This happened to me this week. It’s election year, and White progressives need Hmong American (and Communities of Color) votes and labor which also ends up using our Emotional Labor. So I was hesitant to do this 1:1, but decided to go with setting boundaries in not doing any emotional labor, and solving White people’s problems on race and ethnicity in political organizing and outreach.
More often then my emotional labor can take by the typical White progressive and liberal identified people in leadership positions in any political or social campaign and Institution of White Supremacy,”Yes, we/I want to KNOW and HOW TO, work with Hmong people, and People of Color… and with Race aside… we all struggle the same…” I was about to flip the caribou table over, but I’d be shattering my boundary I set for myself. So I listened and reinsert the problem is not the same, because in White people families and institutions, political engagement and access have always been there, because, and 1) the lack of funding and the requirements of how funding is fundamentally used, in which only benefits White people organizing. 2) the White Organizing model does not work for the Hmong American Community based on my 5 years of organizing, and it’s not the end results that count, but the 2 or 4 times emotional and physical labor People of Color Organizers have to go through to help their community yet end up helping the White Supremacy of progressive – liberals win their campaign filled with good intentions, but violent impact where they are not around to experience. Again and again, White Privilege where White people can just walk away from the violence they created 3) and even organizing in Communities of Color and ethnic differ; which has a lot to do with: immigration status, class, language, historical political power, Nonprofit Industrial Complex, and so forth.
Time and time again, White people suffer from White Supremacy and privilege that for example, this very intelligent, political savvy-strategist White person can talk about People of Color as problems, and then whitening out our conversation by setting race (experiences and Communities of Color) aside to normalize Whiteness as not the problem. This person could not even say White Supremacy nor privilege, sure this language is not used in the Political or Nonprofit Industrial Complex, but damn, this White person had a frustrating time, could not even say White people instead, “people… people who… look like me.”
White people are suffering from White Supremacy and privilege. The cure like all other illness is in steps, which is to first admit that in your White Progressive – liberal values lies deep roots of White Supremacy and privilege that causes the “problems” in Communities of Color, not the other way around.
Oh and White conservatives, Right Wing, and teabaggers… I/we see you too.