“White Man’s Burden”

Is the supposed or presumed responsibility of white people to govern and impart their culture to nonwhite people, often advanced as a justification for European colonialism.
Below is a link to the poem and a Picture of the Pear’s Soap image. I post these today as a resource and a invitation to begin to research an understand the intentional structure of difference that capitalism needs to survive.This idea of Racial superiority is in the fabric of our daily lives, legally, socially and politically.It grants us White folks an inheritance of unearned privilege. In my discussion this week about racism in the TBGLQ ‘community’ specifically in response to a Leather Bar in Portland hiring and canceling of a racism for pay act by a white gay man doing “black face” but not limited to this one event but a daily refusal by many white folks to see how we participate, benefit, and ignore how racism impacts POC.How we refuse to hear from POC how we have done harm or attempt to tell POC that that is not what just happened. The main offense is that we take it personal when we are called out like it is our desire to harm. I know that very few white folks including me run around try to act in harmful racist ways. What took me many years and I still struggle with is that my experience is not the only one happening. This goes for many other things, but here I am speaking about racism.I am not a bad racist person because I do racist things, I am a white person who does not see my white privilege or the structural and institutional benefits I take for granted because I am white. My intention in this blog is to have conversations, give resources, and learn from others. This is hard and often painful work for us as white folks to realize often it is not about us, that we are not wanted in certain spaces, that some of the space we create feel unwelcoming to POC or that our other white friends back away, do not want to hang out, say your to serious ECT. This work of unlearning white privilege is not about being an ally, though if that happens great, it is about a paridiam shift about healing cause we are dying from racism too. We are deprived of our own humanity when we stay silent in the face of oppression. Owning our racism, working on ourselves is the spiritual work. We need to stop thinking working on racism means working in communities of Colour and start working in our own backyards, racism is not over there, it is right here in ourlives, in our families with our white friends. Read, research, ask other white people how they work on it, stop relying on POC to teach us or thank us, it is our responsibility to break the cycle. Being white is not the crime or something to be ashamed of, being silent and complicit is. When the youth ask you what you did to stop racism, What will you say? Blessing

Modern History Sourcebook:
Rudyard Kipling, The White Man’s Burden, 1899
This famous poem, written by Britain’s imperial poet, was a response to the American take over of the Phillipines after the Spanish-American War.
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/kipling.asp 2/8/13 Downloaded


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