Why are whites attractive?
Why whites are never victims of racism
But the major difference is that white people may be assumed to be wealthy, or they may be perceived as particularly attractive. Perhaps to an extent that can be uncomfortable or even threatening. But the attributes that are ascribed to them are positive and superior. The attributes that are ascribed to me are negative and subordinate. So whites are never victims of racism.
You don't even know what else to say. The typical reaction to the R-word. This attitude is a delegitimization of the anger of those who are discriminated against. A media: “Come on down!” The culture of indignation, it is said, creates a threatening atmosphere for everyone who could potentially discriminate. Freedom of expression is threatened, there is talk of language and even thought police. Mostly this is expressed by people who are not discriminated against. Perpetrator-victim reversal. But it gets even trickier when people who are discriminated against themselves jump to the side of those who are discriminating against.
The request: adapt
For example, when a woman says she thinks feminism is stupid or black people think racism is a pipe dream. These people often claim that they have never experienced discrimination and conclude from this that you create the conflicts yourself because you need attention or are effeminate. These people think they know better how to counter structural disadvantage: you can avoid all of this if you only behave “correctly”. They are then happy to give advice, such as "Then close your blouse" or say: "Well, I am not offended if someone calls me the N-word."
Behind this is the assumption that the world is just the way it is, and instead of changing the world, it is better to change yourself. One should adapt. They make themselves complicit in a mindset that works against them.
The media can increase prejudice immensely. But you can also help break them open. Unfortunately, the latter rarely happens, and that's due to a lack of presence and a lack of voice from non-white people where the stories are being written. Stories about BIPoC (BIPoC stands for Black People / Indigenous People / People of Color, editor's note) are told in a very one-sided way. BIPoC are shown when it comes to poverty, racism or crime, in loveless relationships or family structures.
The "White Gaze" is on top of all reports
Or they are insanely wise and sublime. Or just funny. In any case, they only have one quality. They either know everything or nothing and are only relevant in the context of white people - to either make their lives more difficult or easier. They do not have a life of their own, interests, drives or desires of their own. The stories about BIPoC that we receive in books, news or films are shaped by a white gaze - the so-called white gauze.
To prevent BIPoC from asking such questions in the future, the following must happen: more opportunities, more options, more images must be offered. More stories need to be told. And very important: people with different skin colors, origins, bodies, genders and sexual orientations have to have a say in the decision-making process. It is not enough to put BIPoC in front of the camera.
If only that happens and nothing else, the result is the mascot effect. I came up with the term. I think that sounds pretty good. But there is also an English term for it: tokenism.
We also need BIPoC behind the camera. You have to look through the lens, set up the lights, write the script, pick up the sound, direct, determine the broadcast schedule and manage productions and editorial offices. In this way you not only make them visible, but also contribute to a structural change - and this is necessary. Diversity is important because it is real. If we have diverse staff, whether in editorial offices, in the Bundestag or in the teachers' room, it is not because we want to comply with a utopia - but rather the reality.
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