White People Will Never Achieve Anti-Racism
White people working on being anti-racist will never be worthy of throwing a huge celebration. Attempting to becoming less racist is merely learning to become a better person. It is not about shouting our accomplishments of shedding our racist ideals from the rooftops. It is not about letting BIPOC know that we are becoming “virtuous”.
It is about doing individual deconstruction in order to learn how to effectively and actively get involved in the fight for justice, equity, and equality. It isn’t about reaching a point of never being racist again (that’s not possible). It is about learning how to consciously confront and address our internalized oppressive beliefs. It is about learning how to challenge white supremacy at all opportunities.
White supremacy and racism, in general, teach us as white folks that BIPOC are not on the same level that we are. It allows us to believe that we are the standard for excellence. It tells us that, in times of racial injustice and racially motivated violence, whiteness is always the victim even though whiteness continually leads to the death of BIPOC.
We see the label of “anti-racist” as something to achieve. We see it as a goal to attain. We view it as something that we can share with everyone else once we hit a particular milestone of being less racist than we were ten years ago. Our whiteness tells us that we deserve accolades for becoming perhaps a less dangerous version of our former selves, yet we are just as equally dangerous; because our whiteness and our white comfortability always take priority in situations in which it is challenged.
We must continually work on dismantling our problematic and harmful ideals. We must challenge other white folks to grow as well. We have to do our best to fight and destroy the system that we benefit from at all times. We have to become angry and use that anger accordingly in the fight for equity in accordance with Black Leadership.
However, we are not saviors. Even if we achieve some type of final level of anti-racism, we are not the example of perfection, nor are we the standard that other people should measure their lives to. In fact, if we ever feel like we achieved a level of anti-racism, it is just another demonstration of white supremacy.
History, this country, the system, our communities, and society are tailored to fit and uphold our whiteness. Becoming anti of what has been surgically grafted into our DNA is a lifelong process. We will never be fully anti-racist.
We cannot reach some level of being neutral when we will forever hold the position of the oppressor.
When we find ourselves working on becoming anti-racist, we should never feel comfortable bragging about it. We have to understand that even if we worked for 30 years on being anti-racist, we are still inherently dangerous and oppressive towards BIPOC. There is no amount of work that eliminates those two facts, and we have to come to terms with that.