I’m actually not a white supremacist.
I do not believe White people are a superior race. I see evidence all around me to the contrary. It’s more like I am comfortable in my own skin. I identify as White. I think White people have lots of problems. I stick up for White people because no one else is willing to do so.
We’re not living under anything resembling “white supremacy” in the United States. If white supremacists were in power, AOC and The Squad wouldn’t be tolerated in Congress. From 1901 until the 1970s, there were no black representatives in the U.S. Congress from the South. It took the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to dismantle the Jim Crow South.
AOC is currently the best thing that white supremacy has going for it. If AOC is against white supremacy, it couldn’t have been that bad, right? White supremacists would have already sent her back. They didn’t want tens of millions of AOCs flooding into our country from the Third World.
It’s a damn shame that the Civil Rights Movement gave us the Immigration Act of 1965. It was the single worst law ever passed in American history.
There is a difference between white supremacists & white supremacy.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 8, 2019
White supremacy is like a virus.
Supremacists are those who have been completely overcome by the disease, but supremacy – the virus – exists on a larger scale beyond just the infected. It also lays dormant.
White supremacy is often subconscious. & Clearly, our nation has not been inoculated. WS is our nation’s original sin;the driving logic of slavery, of Native genocide, of Jim Crow, of segregation, of mass incarceration,of “Send Her Back.”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 8, 2019
It never went away. It was just dormant.
Healing ourselves of white supremacy will be hard. It will be hard because it requires us to confront *ourselves.*— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 8, 2019
We wish it was as simple as denouncing a white hood, a burnt cross, vile language. But we need to address where supremacy *begins,* not just where it ends.
Perhaps more than the obvious last steps of the supremacist,we must examine the nuance of their first steps.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 8, 2019
That is a painful inquiry, bc for many, we may see familiarity in those first steps. And that familiarity is very difficult to see + admit. We’d rather not talk about it.
Recognizing white supremacy in ourselves – our institutions, our subconscious, our own past remarks or acts (no matter how consciously unintentional), is what makes the healing work ahead challenging.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 8, 2019
But it is not impossible,and confronting it is the only way to move forward.
What this moment is asking of us is to discuss *white supremacy and racism* as much – or possibly more than – *white supremacists and racists.*— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 8, 2019
When we do that, I believe we will start to make progress.
But it is incredibly important that we recognize that perfectly normal, good people are capable of aiding racism & white supremacy.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 8, 2019
Recognizing that is not about pillorying people. It’s about learning to recognize *the virus* & end an oppressive system designed to hurt us *all.*