By: Mawuna Remarque Koutonin
Because racism makes their kids life better.
We have to understand White people! There is a fairly dramatic dilemma for the majority of white people when it comes to fighting racism.
Simply because in the world we live now all white people benefit from racism, and the caste system behind racism is profitable, and quite comfortable for them.
- If you are white, you are better treated
- If you are white, you get better job, and much faster
- If you are white, you travel the world without visa and you are treated better
- If you are white, Police won’t harass you or kill you on sight
- If you are white, you are looked up as a model even if you have not achieved anything!
- If you are white, you are feared and people are forced to smile at you
- If you are white, you have a lot of privileges denied to other people from housing to access to capital
- if you are white, you really don’t understand why people don’t get what you get so easily!
Who won’t like to enjoy such kind of privileges as a birth right? Why would white people be forced fight to change something that is profitable to them?
In fact, without the pervasive racism in society and the world, they’d lose most of the automatic privileges now associated to their skin color, and more dramatically they would have to compete with 6 billions people on equal basis. Very scary! Not something quite comfortable! Therefore most of white people are not ready for the end of racial caste system current in the world.
I’d say, it’d be easier to ask a billionaire to give up his money to charity than to ask most white people to give up on racism and the ideology behind it.
For a matter of comparison, asking white people to fight racism would be equal to asking men to fight patriarchy.
There are a lot of men who are ready to fight for human rights, but would shy away from fighting patriarchy and the many privileges all men automatically enjoy just because they are born with a dick in a patriarchal society.
Why would men fight to end patriarchy if it would mean for them to clean, wash and contribute to house works like women; be compelled to do more to get what they want, and more dramatically to compete with more people for the privileges they now enjoy from birth.
Like the legendary investor Warren Buffett put it “one of the reasons for my great success was that I was competing with only half of the population. I mean, my sisters are as smart or smarter than I am, and my parents loved them with the same degree of intensity that they loved me, but they had different expectations about them, their teachers had different expectations about them. And just think of the waste that occurred you know for decades and decades and decades.”
Most men instinctively know, recognize, and use the privileges associated with the mere fact of being born a male. They enjoy, profit and love the advantages associated with the caste system patriarchy had forged for centuries which downgrades woman, and award free bonuses to men life long.
Ths article first appeared on siliconafrica.com