When whiteness is made a flaw

The fight against racism has become a business model for some – and that causes a constant supply of indignation. That’s the wrong way. 

When Elizabeth Taylor portrayed Queen Cleopatra in film in 1963, no one publicly discussed the question of whether Taylor was miscast because she was white.  In 2021, the question of whether the Israeli Gal Gadot will be allowed to play Cleopatra in a planned remake – even though she is white. (The fact that she is Israeli doesn’t help either.)  The latest round of racists claim it is much more appropriate to cast the role with an African woman.

As a Macedonian, Cleopatra was basically Greek, so why should she look like an African? Every child today would also say: “Nobody cares whether they have white, brown or green skin, the main thing is that they can play the role.”

Denouncing racism as a full-time job

In the meantime, some participants in the debate have turned the mission “Fighting Racism” into a private business model: be it as a book author, “journalist”, a talk show guest or a twittering mother of four.

If you ignore the issue of racism, for example on the assumption that these people have a full-time job, then nothing is left. It is their day-to-day business – denouncing their disadvantage, disability, or disenfranchisement, deliberately searching for evidence of this ubiquitous racism, if only because someone commented about their hair.

He who does not make a sacrifice cannot be a friend

The aforementioned mother of four recently asked whites on Twitter to forego jobs “that are purely white”, otherwise they are not “ally’s”. She probably means “allies”. This is basically blackmail and marks a new level. She is not alone.

What is required is that whites should recognize their privilege as a flaw and repent for it. If that doesn’t happen voluntarily, then moral pressure is a viable tool.  Missionaries are fully convinced of their moral superiority to public opinion, and that’s why even those whites who are pure of heart and good will cannot do anything right.

Whites can hardly get it right

When thousands of people demonstrated after the death of the black American George Floyd in the summer despite Corona, a press photo went through the sheets. It showed a blonde woman at the demo, who was wearing a mask with “I can’t breathe”. Those were Floyd’s last words before he suffered a heart attack under the knee of a US policeman.

She stands up against racism - and is accused of "cultural appropriation".
She stands up against racism – and is accused of “cultural appropriation”.

But that was not good enough: she was accused of “cultural appropriation!” This white woman mocked the suffering of blacks, of which she actually had no idea and which she was not allowed to make her own; the oppressor was now also snatching the suffering that he himself caused. The woman came with honest motives: she wanted to demonstrate against racism.

Whites are not allowed to do anything right, because then there would be no outrage and the beautiful business model would be broken. The accusers – who feel marginalized – overlook the fact that they are also marginalizing themselves in this way by not striving for equality for themselves, but instead appointed to a special position that makes them unassailable.

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