Oh… and you’re probably one too.
According to a piece on social-justice Internet, there are approximately 9 million things that automatically make you a “white supremacist” no matter how much of a social-justice hero you try to be — including being “born and raised in America.”
“How am I a white supremacist?” self-described “white ally” Emily Pothast asks in a piece for The Establishment titled “True Confessions Of A White Supremacist.”
“Well, I was born and raised in the United States of America, a country built by slave labor on stolen land, and every privilege I’ve ever enjoyed has come at the expense of someone else’s oppression,” she answers.
She then goes on to list a bunch of other things that automatically make her a white supremacist, even though she does do really awesome, social-justice-y stuff like “believe in the mission of the #BlackLivesMatter movement” and “engage in uncomfortable conversations with other white people about racism:” She was educated in school with “an artistic canon comprised of and curated almost exclusively by white men.” Her “aesthetic tastes are permeated with subtle coding that extends subconscious preference to those who look like [her] and communicate themselves in a way [she] can identify with.”
“The very foundations of my way of life are in white supremacy, and the list of microaggressions I have committed, and will no doubt continue to commit in spite of my ‘good intentions’ for as long as I’m alive, is virtually endless,” she writes.
Now, she admits that she totally does understand how some Americans might think it’s kind of overkill for them to have to automatically consider themselves white supremacists just because they are white people. In fact, she admits that she (gasp!) even thought that way once herself:
“The first time someone called me a white supremacist in an online forum, I found it ridiculous,” she writes. “After all, I’m from Texas — I know “real” white supremacists, the kind of people who watch Fox News and sport Confederate flags on their pickup trucks.”
But then she saw the light:
“Pointing a finger at everyone but ourselves is an exercise in self-righteousness, not an antidote to the deep foundation of white supremacy underlying and permeating our entire culture,” she writes.
“I’m a white supremacist,” she concludes. “If you’re white and American, you’re probably a white supremacist, too.”
— Katherine Timpf is a reporter for National Review Online.