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Friday, June 26, 2020

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

We often think of White Supremacy as people with Nazi symbols or the KKK dressed in white robes, but Layla Saad points out that many of us promote white supremacy in different ways. She started off with an Instagram challenge before putting her thoughts about white privilege and how we can look inside ourselves for our attitude toward race in her book Me and White Supremacy.

Some points she makes:

People of privilege from western countries travel to do charity work in countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. The belief is that our way/religion is best.

White Centering
Centering of whiteness. White values, white norms, white feelings over everything and everyone else with the belief that white is normal.

White Saviorism Colonialist idea that assumes people of color need white people to save them (i.e. the book/movieThe Help) and without white intervention they will be left helpless.

White Superiority
White people domination

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