Have you ever asked yourself, ‘How can I interrupt whiteness?’.
I used one method this morning that you can do from your couch. As I scrolled through TikTok, I came upon an older white man’s video where he was saying something to the effect of: sometimes it’s better to keep the peace than argue your opinion. It struck me as the very concept to which white people have been acculturated, in order to avoid conflict in confronting the racism around them, namely use silence.
At first I just shook my head. There it was again, the silence of racism acculturation, disguised as peacemaking. In the comments under the video, all these white folks were agreeing with him, further cementing the silence acculturation.
So, I decided to interrupt whiteness. I commented that the silence of white people, in the face of racism, empowers the racist, and perpetuates racism. Silence isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
I expect to get my peace interrupted, from those who don’t like their whiteness interrupted.