Through experience, research and observation of our society, as well as the world too, I have come to the conclusion that people of colour (POC) will never be equal to people who are white or at the very least that it is near impossible for POC to be equal to them. I have purposely made a clear division between ‘us’ – POC and ‘them’- white people, this is so the points I make are clear cut with no room for blurring the lines in this discussion, the title of this blog is to represent.
I will start this off by saying that I think it’s a myth to think that racists are unusual. Not because of how we may be intrinsically racist via nature but because we are living in a white supremacist society – and have been for a very long time. We are a society that, on its face, values white people, what they do and their body, their integrity more than people of colour, not just black people, but all people of colour. We dehumanise people of colour in a majority of this world. And so once a white person recognises this if they’re given the opportunity and privilege of education, then it is a constant struggle throughout the course of your lifetime to overcome it.
What is a white supremacist society? White supremacy is a complex social phenomenon. It was an invention that was created to make Europe’s efforts to colonise and conquer the world seem like a “natural” process wherein “superior” white races would dominate “inferior” non-whites. It allows white people to have the advantage of not being structurally disadvantaged (white privilege), this social construct allows white people to have opportunities that POC are exempt from and makes them exempt from donning negative labels and derogative stereotypes (with the small exception of women) – the concept is like a double edged sword. Britain is built on racism – the infrastructure of Britain was fuelled by its colonisation of Africa and India, for example, British India: consisting of the directly ruled British presidencies and provinces, contained the most populous and valuable parts of the British Empire and thus became known as “the jewel in the British crown. In addition, the British Empire benefiting from the transatlantic trade, in which tens of thousands of African slaves from Rhodesia, north Africa etc. were supplied to America, Canada and Portugal – I don’t want to go on tangent on the crimes of Britain, but I’ll assume you understand my point by now; White supremacy has always been there and is ingrained in our modern society today .
White supremacy also has the power to reorient and reimagine empirical reality for those who have consciously or subconsciously internalised and learned its principals and assumptions. White privilege is central here: those people considered “white” are also judged to be “normal”; the experiences of white people are taken to be universal and a baseline for how others are to be evaluated; Black people are judged en masse as having “bad culture” while whites are de facto viewed as having “good culture.”
Now if we look at statistics to further validate this. If we examine the unemployment rate for all ethnic minorities is 11.3%, more than twice as high as it is for our white counterparts at 5.5%. This gets worse when we break the number down further, with black people almost three times as likely to be unemployed (15.5%) in general, and 38% of young black men currently unemployed, compared to 17.8% of young white men. These unemployment figures may go some way to explaining the wealth gap that means the average white household has assets of £221,000, while the figure for black Caribbean households is £76,000, for Bangladeshi’s £21,000 and black Africans just £15,000. In fact, 60% of black and Asian households have no savings at all. Ranging from finance to justice to acceptance, at all sides, we are at a disadvantage in society, whereas white people are exempt from this. Even by looking at the media we can see that white people are favoured over POC – this shouldn’t be difficult to see. Following the unfortunate deaths which occurred last year in Paris, in which 298 civilians were killed by terrorist groups, the global media was quick to spread every word and detail everywhere, leading to world leaders expressing their condolences to the lost European lives. However, when middle eastern hospitals in Pakistan are bombed, leaving early born children dead, the global media is nowhere to be found, world leaders fail to express their sympathy and the global conscience does not even flinch at these cases. We seem to value lives who are from white societies rather than those who are not, is this not due to the unjust racial bias that we have towards white people and POC?
Now seeing that the system is governed to benefit individuals who are white over than those who are coloured, how are we equal to them? In fact, where in history has there been a time in which POC – living in predominately white societies or areas governed by one- have been on all levels equal to the white majority? Where in history has there been a time in which civil rights leaders have been successful in achieving equality in white societies? These are pressing questions that we must question about our civilisation. This idea of racial equality is a clear false pretence, which some fail to comprehend, we cannot strive for the progression of minorities if these questions cannot be answered. What other actions can we carry out that can be successful? The integration of different ethnic groups in society has brought more tragedy than good; when evaluating the events that took place in the past. Even looking at our modern society, there are many political leaders and mass groups that inherently resent specific ethnic groups and are near impossible to reason with. The integration of different races, from how I see it, in society will always invite dilemmas such as inequality and will always be perpetual. It almost makes me feel that assimilation or the idea of separatism is de facto the best choice for all societies in general. If my community lives in a system designed to put them in position of being at a disadvantage for the rest of their lives, as well as lifetime efforts to change the system to benefit all is futile and in vain, why would I want us to live in such a place when we can design our own society and wider community where it is fair for us there?