Here Comes the White Safety Patrol
Matthew Heimbach insists he’s not a racist. This comes as a surprise to his fellow students at Towson University, in the suburbs of Baltimore, where Matthew has formed a group called the White Student Union that advocates for “persons of European heritage”—what most of us call “white people.” It also comes as a surprise to the African American students who feel targeted by the night patrols the senior history major began conducting in March. The patrols target supposed “black predators,” Matthew wrote on the WSU’s website, citing (among others) a case in which an African American man pulled out a knife and his penis, and wagged both at a co-ed couple who were copulating in a parking garage. “White Southern men,” he wrote, “have long been called to defend their communities when law enforcement and the State seem unwilling to protect our people.”
Also surprised by Matthew’s claim that he’s not a racist is Duane Davis. “You are a fat, racist little bitch,” the scrappy, dreadlocked man told Matthew one sunny Tuesday this April. There was a rally going on, organized by the Student Government Association and the Black Student Union. In a field behind Duane and Matthew, about 100 students protested the White Student Union by reading unity-themed slam poetry from a microphone. When Matthew showed up on the edge of the crowd, a dozen protesters had come to confront him. Down the façade of a parking garage, a banner unfurled reading, wsu gtfo (translation: White Student Union Get the Fuck Out).
“There’s no need to insult me,” Matthew told Duane, who looked one wrong reply away from punching the 21-year-old.
“I’ve killed people,” Duane said. “In self-defense… But I’ve killed people.”
Matthew has the look of someone who’s been bullied his whole life: he puffs out his chest to hide an abundant belly, wears unfashionable drugstore spectacles, and on this day sported what vaguely resembled a Morrissey T-shirt.
“Who is that on your shirt?” Duane said, jabbing Matthew in the chest. The onlookers leaned in to hear the answer.
“Ian Smith,” Matthew said, before rattling off the biography of the former prime minister of Rhodesia, a white supremacist who resisted efforts to end white rule there in the 60s. “He’s one of my heroes.”
A svelte woman in a dashiki interrupted. “If you were dying and needed a heart transplant,” she asked, “would you accept one from a black person?”
Extended Standing Leg Stretch Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
One of the biggest myths about flexibilty I keep hearing is that one has to be skinny to be flexible…well…that’s NOT true.
I wish there were more larger folk pictures doing workouts.
the best reaction is being in bed with someone and they freak out because you can do stretchy sex positions while being big
being able to write about your experience with public housing and having people see your need as legitimate. It is getting to write about your living situation in a major metropolitan newspaper. It is being able to gain access to those types of connections despite not having much education because people see that you are working hard and that you are an inherently good person who is down on their luck.
Even though I do experience a lot of class hate, whiteness definitely allows me to navigate the world easier. It definitely gives me access to more class privileged spaces, people are far more likely to see me as “inspiring” than lazy. It also causes people to give me the benefit of the doubt more. I have been able to talk my way into resources because I appealed to folks sense of morality, which I fucking doubt I could do if I was black or had an accent or was an immigrant.
Basically, our culture gives me power over poor black and latin@ folks (basically the people I share my building with). I can get almost any person of color in my building, especially if they are a guy, kicked out and sent to bangor Maine (yea, not kidding- they are shipping undesirable poor folks from my bulding in metro Boston to public housing units in Bangor- so far its only been somalian immigrants)*. I was basically told this when I moved in.
*There seems to be obvious racial bias going with the relocation thing, but I have no idea how to approach this. The POC in my building avoid me and for good reason. I would avoid me too if I was in their position. I have had barely any chance to talk to folks about this except from the commentary from the racist white men in my building. If anyone has any suggestions- I am all ears. I think I should just try to get information from the housing department first, see how they are billing it. I know nothing for sure, just chatter around the building.
Welp. I’m packing my shit to leave guys. It was great while it lasted
i just looked on their twitter and there is no such tweet
also the only relevant article i could find was this, which says they are fine with keeping adult content
so it sounds to me like someone is making up shit for notes
(if the tweet was deleted then surely there would at least be some news and blog posts about it already, of which there are none)
All these blogs are run by PoC. And where made for PoC or specifically for ppl in their own respective communities but they are also good for other PoC to follow. Some of these are really informative. Please read all the blogs “About” and “FAQs”, go through the tags, etc. before…
Whenever I try and talk race and white supremacy with other white people, I always hit this same wall:
“You’re just trying to make me feel guilty!”
At which point I backtrack and say well no, it’s not about feeling guilty, it’s about taking responsibility for your own role in a system of oppression against people of color, and acknowledging that there is no “neutral” position for white people
But at this point once I hit that wall I’m just going to start saying:
“Yes. I am trying to make you feel guilty.”
Because why the fuck shouldn’t you? Why shouldn’t you feel guilty about closing your eyes to racism your entire life and benefiting from a system of global murder and enslavement, regardless of whether you intended to? Why shouldn’t you feel guilty about the ugliest inheritance on Earth?
I don’t care if you feel guilty. I care if you act on that guilt. I care if your guilt compels you to take up the fight or wallow in it.
So yes, I am trying to make you feel guilty.
I am hoping that I can shame you out of your cowardice.