- From “Bubblegum Crisis,” directed by Hiroaki Gouda (1987)
“WHAT ABOUT CANADA!?”
screams the indignant cracker.
Yeah, what about the genocide of Indigenous folks? Let’s do talk about that.
‘What about Canada,’ indeed.
Part of whiteness is constructing it in a way that makes it good. When white people are shown negative aspects/impacts of whiteness, they will ignore it or attempt to divert attention by making excuses or exceptions.
It would be so much better if we (myself and fellow white people) could just come to terms with the inherent atrocity of whiteness and what whiteness has done and continues to do. We (anon’s sending darkjez asks and myself as I am white) should not be making excuses or exceptions to the atrocities that have killed, harmed, and oppressed others. We are part of the problem. Even Canadians. All white people are part of the problem of whiteness because white people benefit from whiteness (at all times).
Learn to accept this, because it is true and will ultimately help. Then you don’t have to make excuses for what happened. You shouldn’t. There are no excuses. You can then recognize that there are problems, very real problems, that have existed and continue to exist, and that we are at the very center of that problem.
Equality and the continuation of the social construction of whiteness are incompatible. Let’s stop upholding and protecting it.
- From “Bubblegum Crisis,” directed by Katsuhito Akiyama (1987)