Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.
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These are additions made by others. They were so great I thought they should be given their own post!
The Devil’s Advocate- [This bigot] is a weird mix between The Troll, The Enlightened, The Teacher, and The Almost. they, like The Troll, are in it for the satisfaction. however, their satisfaction is drawn from seeing your point completely and then trying to find a way to tear it down or refute it using tactics that The Teacher and The Almost uses. throughout the entire argument, or as they see it, “argument”, they will use these tactics along with any new information you provide to try and shake you up. because The Devil’s Advocate thinks that they’re helping you. They think that by frustrating you, that they are helping you create a better argument. they will continue on until they feel you voiced your argument strongly enough or until you’re completely flustered, at which point they’ll say that they were “playing the devil’s advocate for fun” or “making sure you knew what you were talking about”. sometimes this is genuine, other times it’s a cop-out. they will even sometimes end with a “I agree with you”. but they don’t realize that all they’ve done is waste your time and theirs. there is absolutely no other reason to be The Devil’s Advocate outside of debate training, so The Devil’s Advocate is purposely arguing for the bigot while being a bigot. you’ll find that The Devil’s Advocate will usually be a wannabe lawyer, politician, or psychologist and they’ll rarely self-examine the reasons why they feel the need to be in such a role. (Added by tokokomo)
The Student/False Ally- This bigot will pose as someone genuinely interested in learning why what they did was wrong. Their key trait is that they’ll ask, expect, or demand to be educated. If they are refused, they’ll cry victim, that they’re trying to learn, and big bad POC won’t be their ever dedicated teachers. They’ll rally others to show how they tried and were rebuffed in an effort to put themselves in the right and garner sympathy. If they are given explanations they’ll take nothing from it and steadfastly keep with their initial argument. (Added by blue-mage)
The Detective- This bigot will demand irrefutable proof that what they did was wrong when called out. Often they’ll offer hypotheticals with skewed logic. For example, if an unprovoked Detective uses a racial slur, some would ask “Yeah, well if a POC stole someone’s boyfriend and beat them up and killed their mother for no reason, would it still be bad to use that slur?” and ask the engaged to prove that the slur would be wrong to use in their hypothetical situation. If engaged and actually proven wrong, they’ll usually give a half-assed apology, saying they feel bad that people got offended and try to turn the victim spotlight on them. If not they’ll take the same route as The Student. (Added by blue-mage)
The Magpie Eye- The Magpie Eye will take an aspect of a POC’s culture to “appreciate” it. If met with resistance they might say that you don’t understand their sense of style or that they’re simply admiring. Don’t be fooled. If met with further resistance the Magpie Eye is likely to lash out at the people daring to tell them what they can or cannot use, and will claim to continue their offensive behavior out of spite for the one’s calling them out. (Added by blue-mage)
The “Blindwashed”- (as in, a combination of colorblind and whitewashed) The Blindwashed will assert that race has nothing to do with the conversation at all and immediately jump in to call foul on those who bring the topic of racism into the discussion. This is a person who says things like “there’s no such thing as race, we’re all human and we all bleed red” when socioeconomic disparities, violence or other forms of oppression are brought up. They further assert that they ‘don’t see race’ and are ‘colorblind’ and it shouldn’t matter. This person’s arguments are weak and has very little to contribute to the conversation other then to remark how racist it is to bring up racism. They follow the same route as The Student but this is more of a willful ignorance of social issues on the part of The Blindwashed. They simply refuse to see how race still impacts the lives of those affected by it. (Added by separationbymitosis)
The Ally- The Ally fancies themselves as someone fighting for Civil Rights and Social Justice and while this person tries to advocate for others, they do so while holding on to racist ideals. The Ally does not hesitate to interject themselves into conversations to tell People of Color and the LGBTQ+ community about how they discuss oppression is wrong or how their feelings are wrong. The tone policing and domination of discussions about and by the oppressed is why The Ally is anything but. Instead of listening, they come with their own ideas about how anti-racism and such should be handled while not examining how their privilege. (Added by separationbymitosis)