It’s Not On Minorities To Fix Your Racism

Minorities can only do so much — we will continue to see racism and hate crimes grow if they majority refuses to step up

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At some point, the United States is going to have to demand tough consequences for White nationalism, rage, and supremacy.

There should be hard consequences for those who encourage and enable it with their words. It has and always will be more than just rhetoric. It continues to get people killed and it continues to stand in the way of justice being equitably served.

More than anything, there needs to be even harder consequences on those who take those words and act on them.

And here we are, at another standstill trying to figure out how to process another racially-motivated violent crime in Atlanta against a group of minorities, this time being Asian women. It was a hate crime by the usual suspect, a straight, White, Christian-aligning male. Despite the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office saying this mass shooter was having a bad day, couldn’t bear the temptation of the women he targeted in the massage parlors, and that he didn’t do this with any racial connotations, it was a hate crime that was directed at their race and their genders.

It was one of many kinds that have increased by over 150% in the last year towards Asian-Americans.

Minorities, many of us shouting from the rooftops, are in a constant state of trying to wake the world up around us. We told everyone that the language Donald Trump used as president was instigating and stirring up something with a far worse outcome than hurt feelings and bad words. He was inciting retaliation towards minorities and we have been seeing and feeling the fruit of that for over four years and counting.

Yet people denied it.

Out of all the “bad hombres” and “sons of bitches” and “kung-flus” among so many other awful phrases, the downright objection to condemning White supremacy and the complete ignorance to the struggles of the minority population wasn’t enough for people to see the light.

Statements and actions of that nature weren’t just accepted, they were welcomed as a dominant part of our culture in our highest forms of leadership.

It’s not that it didn’t exist before. It’s that it’s been brought in as a normality to the privileged and its beneficiaries to a place where even the powerful and platformed are no longer afraid to show their true colors. It’s so much of a common public occurrence now that those same powerful and platformed people have become influencers to racism and encourage the wrath that comes with it rather than a change of heart and empathy.

And herein lies the problem.

Minorities have to bear the burden of creating their own revolutions when it’s truly not their problem to solve.

When another racially-charged act of violence happens, it’s minorities who are giving their money, getting petitions signed, approaching their politicians, and literally having to rewrite their own narratives while media skirts around what’s really happening.

The root of the problem is where it always has been, at the feet of the majority. Sure, we should stay away from generalizations, but the reason why we stay in this cycle, where American minorities are constantly tagging in and out as the center of attention for all of the wrong reasons, is because micro and macro aggressions against them go largely unchecked and unmuzzled. White supremacy, racism, and its structures are rabid dogs that this country and the majority refused to get neutered.

Let’s go even further. Evangelicals ignore it and drown out cries for help with empty prayers about the sin while never addressing the perpetrators that fill their buildings. The uncomfortable say and do nothing and hope it just goes away and lace their vernacular with talk about how we should just love each other. Promoters turn them into bite-sized phrases and ideals and call it politics and feed them to the masses who then turn it against their neighbors. And there are many in the majority that fall into one of these three categories.

That’s why we are still here, talking about the same things, writing these same articles, doing the same work, and frustrated that things won’t change.

Minorities then have to contend with the media, law enforcement, politicians, and other people of power who refuse to call hate crimes what they are. IN so many cases, they’ve refused to acknowledge police brutality against Blacks. They’ve refused to acknowledge Anti-Asian violence. And they’ve refused to do something about the domestic terrorism that constantly happens on their own soil because of race.

So it persists. Why? Because minorities by themselves can only do so much. It was never their job to fix the hate towards them in the first place.

The official company statements are great, so are the hashtags and profile picture changes to raise awareness, but dismantling racism has to evolve into more than just a conversation, cute gestures, and endless chains of thoughts and prayers.

This is my call for anyone who doesn’t classify as a minority to step up. It’s past time to talk to your family and friends about this and it’s damn sure past time to demand change and goodness from your local elected officials and even vote differently.

This country belongs to all of us regardless of the way we got here. We share this land and that means we should support each other in the face of tyranny in spite of our differences in race, ethnicity, and gender. As I said before, it’s not on minorities to fix racism in America. We’re already working to do that.

The rest is on you.

A writer and singer-songwriter centered around perspective and diversity. Words found on Medium’s Level and Index. Follow me @JoshuaDairen on Twitter and IG.

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