by tkt on October 16, 2015 - 12:37pm
In his article ‘Anyone can be a white supremacist. Just ask Raven-Symoné’ published in The Guardian, October 14th, Steven W Thrasher argues that anyone can perpetuate white supremacy and maintain institutionalized racism, even African-Americans. The author states that Raven-Symoné’s idea of refusing to hire someone because of a ‘black sounding’ name explains why black unemployment is twice as high as white unemployment. However, more importantly, it highlights a troubling fact, that African Americans with ‘black sounding’ names are assumed to be bigger and scarier even though they do not differ in average height than white people. The author continues by saying that it explains why black children as young as 12 can be gunned down by policemen without committing a crime, because the population finds in ‘objectively reasonable’. The author concludes by that saying that similarly to patriarchy having no gender, Raven Symoné’s comments reveal that white supremacy is subconsciously internalized even among Americans with black skin.
I believe that Steven W Thrasher’s column is a powerful news piece, because it educates the reader on the delicate topics that are internalized racism and white supremacy in America. This article tackles an important issue that is often ignored in the black community, which is black celebrities that perpetuate white supremacy and self-hatred. The author does an outstanding job in demonstrating the problem and how it affects African Americans in their everyday lives. I particularly agree with the statement where he explained how comment like Raven-Symoné’s cripples African Americans everywhere and helps accept the nation’s prejudice against the black population as ‘objectively reasonable’. Furthermore, it relates to Smedley’s conclusions that state that because race has been internalize by its members, it creates problems in the “low status races” that are conditioned to think of themselves as culturally inferior. This self-hate not only slows down the struggle for equality but propagates white supremacy. I also agree with the author when he concludes by saying that like patriarchy can be enforced and perpetrated by women, white supremacy can surely be broadcasted by black individuals.