Do white people ever feel inferior?
Whiteness as a privilege: I recognized my extra sausage - and you?
I saw a lot of crap in my school days. You know, girl stuff: I was grabbed by the bottom as a young girl on the way to school, or I surprised my sports teacher by not throwing like a "girl". Such things. What I can't remember, however, are teachers who didn't trust me from the start and who couldn't be happy for me even when they performed well. I do not remember that complete strangers grabbed my hair as if I were any dog and, to the best of my knowledge, no one has ever spat at me or condescendingly insulted me for no reason. In God's name, no one ever changed seat in the subway when I sat down. Yes, I've been stared at in the past for being a woman. Lascivious. I've been catcalled. Total strangers, disgusting men, whom I didn't like in the least, threw stupid sayings at me when I was already feeling miserable: “Hey baby!”, “Geiler Arsch”, “Come here!”, Or so, but the looks And proverbs never said to stay away On the contrary.
No stranger ever looked at me disparagingly on public transport or in the street, and I have never been asked to leave the country for no reason.
I went to a Catholic, private girls' school and remember two Turkish classmates who always hung around in pairs. I liked them but never had much relation to them. They went to ethics class and they both never graduated from our school. First one left, shortly afterwards the other. An accident? I never gave it much thought back then. In secondary school there were only white people in my class, and my circle of friends to this day consists almost exclusively of white people - with a few exceptions. All my life I have surrounded myself ignorantly and unplanned by privileged whites and used to cheerfully throw "We are all the same" around me. Until I understood that it was a nice thought on my part, but also a naive one and, above all, a selfish one. After all, I can say that from my point of view, which was always preferred and who never had to feel out of place and who “only” had to struggle with sexism, which is bad enough of course! But I have no idea what it is like to have a different skin color, to belong to a different religion than Christianity or to come from a different cultural area and to feel that every day anew from my surroundings.
I have no idea what it is like to have a different skin color, to belong to a different religion than Christianity or to come from a different cultural area and to feel this anew every day from my surroundings.
Racism is damn real and I don't understand why so many whites refuse to accept that they are privileged. Critical whiteness, or critical whiteness research, wants to make whites aware that they are not only "people", but that they are preferred because of their appearance. A whole society is based on the system that is based on the figure and needs of the white person, and this system is so inconspicuous to many people because it is so normal. Because it was never different.
I come from an orderly, Bavarian, studied family household and have never felt out of place because of the color of my skin. I am not called stupid or condescending by anyone because of the color of my skin. Yeah, I'm a woman and yeah, that sucks enough times. But I am white and now I understand that it makes a difference. Thanks to my friends of color who I listen to and who I try to understand, although of course I will never understand them. Anyone who thinks that skin colors don't matter is probably white - because they have no idea what it feels like not to be white.
Realizing that racism as a system still exists today does not mean that I have no problems or that I am to blame for the system.
It just means that I could afford never to seriously delve into racism because I didn't have to. Whites can be disadvantaged, poor, or have other problems. But that's another topic. Racism is based on a system and is deeply anchored in society. The racism system is based to this day on the unequal distribution of power between people of color and whites and nobody has chosen their skin color or origin, but that does not change the fact that some enjoy more privileges than others. This insight may be difficult because your own life so often doesn't feel easy at all. But it is extremely important. Because we all know: insight is the way to get better.
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