(Soon to be revised.)
Many other bloggers have said this before and practically wrote books on this issue, I’m just going to donate my observation on this.
The popular opinion among many PoC who blog about race is that white opinions don’t matter. I personally think white opinions matter. For one reason, this humble blog of mine wouldn’t exist without them. Another reason is, I find it fascinating and it’s useful information to know the reasons of why many people will rationalize, defend, and support the racists actions of others and/or themselves.
Anyway, I’ve seen many people, white and non-white, complain about this idea. They say that it isn’t fair and it’s racist for them to say white people can’t have opinions on race. I don’t think these bloggers are saying that white people can’t have an opinion on the subject of race, they’re just saying that they don’t care about those opinions. Some said that this is counter-productive, but as you can see throughout this entire blog, there is a reason why white opinions don’t matter to many PoC.
Some of the reasons why white opinions don’t matter to many PoC are:
Because it usually misses the point. Too many times.
Because the holder of the opinions usually lacks empathy. As seen in the recent lolpc.tumblr.com and pclol.tumblr.com blogs.
Because it whitewashes the subject of the conversations. They will usually say it’s not that serious so stop whining about it or something of the like.
Because it usually derails the conversation. This action is best known as White Women’s Tears, or White Tears.
Because it is usually formed from willful ignorance. For example, many will complain about minority scholarships, but know nothing of the white ethnic scholarships that exists, or the 95% of scholarships that have nothing to do with race.
Because it ignores the opinions of PoC. A PoC will tell them that cultural appropriation is harmful, but they will say it’s not and it’s about art and fun.
Because it erases the experiences of PoC. Example of this would be Charlize Theron’s response to Viola Davis’s statement about the treatment of black actors and actresses in Hollywood.
Becauses its self-righteous. Example of this is when people were saying that the black community does nothing when it comes to black-on-black violence during the Trayvon Martin case.
Because it is usually based on harmful stereotypes. Remember when Santorum2016 said thugs were apart of our culture.
Because it interrupts the flow of the conversation. WoC will talk about the European standards of beauty and how it degrades them, in comes a white feminist who is not too familiar with intersectionality.
Because it brings nothing of substance or value to the conversation. Most of the white opinions are redundant. I feel like I’ve heard it all before when I see a new one.
Because it dehumanizes PoC.
Because it generalizes PoC.
Did I miss anything?