I’m a white but I grew up in a black neighborhood and I got along well with my neighbors. I’ve lived in China and I’m a member of my local NAACP. I’m not saying I could never fuck up and act racist, of course I can. I am usually called on it and I apologize. But I’m only human.
I say all of that just to clarify how messed up it is that I had to leave Tumblr before it made me a complete racist. I understand needing a space to vent, etc. but so many of these blogs just rage against white people that if I wasn’t paying attention to the names I’d think they were the KKK. There’s only so many times someone can hear how horrible they are, how inherently evil and how they can’t possibly ever understand or help fix anything before they flat out give up. I found myself getting more and more defensive because of all the assumptions made about me. (Before you start, yeah, racist white people make assumptions about other races all the time - but why do you want to act like racist white people so badly?)
I understand that my life is easier than it could because I’m white (and that it is unfair), but that doesn’t mean I’m some super-powered hate demon who controls the universe and sways everything against you. And neither are any of the white people you probably deal with on a daily basis. Don’t assume we hate you before you’ve even said “hi.” Hate only breeds more hate, I thought this was common knowledge. This kind of “activism” is only going to frustrate every ally until they stop caring and encourage already racist people that they were right all along.
I’m glad that this is a purely internet/tumblr thing and that most activists for racial (and all other forms) of equality are wonderful, passionate and caring people. I will stick to real world activism and pray this attitude never spreads off of tumblr.
tl;dr: I had to leave tumblr before it made me a racist and I encourage others who feel themselves getting angry or defensive about being white to do the same.