By now you probably have heard of Dixon D. White.
If you haven’t, you should have. He’s a self-proclaimed redneck calling on all white people to make a video of “White Racial Responsibility.” And he’s making lots of fans along the way.
Take a minute and listen to his video. NSFW Language warning, but well worth the listen.
His words are so important for all of us to hear and take heed to. And acknowledge that it is true. American culture was not designed for people of color to flourish, especially Black people.
It was designed from the beginning for our use and disposal, until they were pressured into freeing us, then it was designed for our failure and eradication. Why else would we have been set free after working for free for hundreds of years with no property and no means of sufficiency? There had been a system put in place for us to receive provision- the ability to have land and to farm. However, when Lincoln was assassinated, those laws were repealed. So instead, we were set free. With nothing but the clothes on our backs.
And yet we survived and yes, in many instances, we thrived.
But this has not been without having to fight and claw and shed blood and tears and prove our value and our worth. And often only to be held back and lynched and beaten and imprisoned and red lined and on and on only to be shown and told that we still aren’t good enough. That we still will never measure up. That our lives still do not matter.
Yet in spite of all the blocks and the obstacles, as Maya Angelou said, still we rose…
And I won’t say we did it alone. We’ve never been alone on this journey. It’s never been entirely us v. them.
We have always had allies along the way. Men like Dixon, who are willing to speak up and say “This shit ain’t right! This shit needs to stop!”
I like this message because I know this man. He is just like all the people I grew up with. And it is my hope that they all one day start thinking like him. I live in Tennessee right now and I live around people who sound just like him. It is my hope that they see me and my children as people and not as anything less than them.
We need more men like him.
Because honestly, My People have been through a lot and we are trying. We have been making progress in impossible conditions. Think about that. We have survived and thrived in the harshest of conditions.
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Are White NBA players getting their legs broken by NYPD right before their play off games?
Did another White man just get gunned down in the streets by a Black police officer?
Because Black ones just did. Thabo Sefolosha from the Atlanta Hawks just had his leg broken by the NYPD.
And I know everyone already knows about Walter Scott.
We see this everyday.
Violence. Physical, Emotional. Visual. Scorn. Hatred. Envy. Lust. Dismissal.
And we still endure.
So thank you, Dixon D. White for speaking up for us. For giving us a breather for a minute and reminding White People of their responsibility in all this too.
Here is my response:
Thank you Dixon for speaking up and encouraging others to as well!
White People…. It’s Your Turn, Are You Complicit In This Wrong?