Shut Up and Hold My Fucking Margarita (Answering Questions You Wish No One Had Asked): Yes, Saying “You Don’t See Colour” Is Racist

Okay, so people post some stuff that I just want to scream, ‘What the fuck are you fucking thinking, you fucking dickhead?’ 

So I’ve decided to create “Shut Up and Hold My Fucking Margarita” questions to abolish some ignorant-as-fuck myths that people seem to earnestly believe because they’ve obviously never heard of Google before, let alone fucking Snopes.

If you see something that makes you think, ‘What the fuck are you fucking thinking, you fucking dickhead?’, please post it below and let me know, so I can tag you/your blog with the recommendation! 

DISCLAIMER: CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF THAT I HAVE CREATED BY ALL THE DRINKING POSTS, I ACTUALLY DON’T DRINK VERY MUCH OR VERY OFTEN. THESE POSTS ARE WRITTEN SOBER, SO ANY INACCURACIES ARE LEGIT INACCURACIES, SO PLEASE DO POINT THEM OUT. THE MARGARITA PICTURED WAS TAKEN ON A CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY WITH MY FAMILY WHILE WE WERE OUT AT THE FED IN MARYBOROUGH, WHICH IS A GREAT PUB. CHEERS TO THE FED MAKING MY MARGARITA JUST TEQUILA, LIME AND ICE, WHEN I GOT PISSY ABOUT THE IDEA THERE WAS GOING TO BE LEMONADE IN IT AND THEN EVERYONE WAS LIKE … ‘SO WHAT YOU WANT IS JUST A LOT OF TEQUILA?’ LIKE, SHIT YEAH. MY UNCLE WAS RACIST AND SEXIST AS FUCK, I JUST NEEDED SOMEONE TO LEAVE THE BOTTLE THAT YEAR.

Black people are being murdered by police, and there’s no outcry.

Aboriginal people want to have a proper platform where they can be heard so that they discuss small things like fucking Australia Day without being reminded to “get over it”, and then white people wonder why “we’re not solving bigger problems” to hide their racism, yet they never consider the fact that How the fuck can Aboriginal people tell us what they’d like if white people are constantly talking over them?

The people of Flint would like clean water, please.

There’s literally a genocide happening in Syria, and some of the most affluent countries in the world are denying these people refugee entry statuses.

There’s a damn good chance that Khashoggi was murdered because of what he knew about Osama Bin Laden and the Saudian Arabian Royal Family, but we’ll never know for certain, because most of us have already forgotten him.

Venezuela is literally in a state on emergency.

But white people have feelings.

Which means they don’t like to hear about their white privilege, because they were born with it (spoiler alert: so was everyone who doesn’t have white skin, too), and other bullshit thing they need to believe because they think people are trying to make them feel guilty, instead of pausing to realise that no one’s asking that of you. All anyone’s asking is that you acknowledge the privilege that comes with white skin.

Some of these people really are well-meaning (but incredibly misguided and need to shut the fuck up and stop) when they spout that “they don’t see colour” and they wish “people would stop with the race card between ‘whites and blacks’”.  

After all, these people state, we’re all just “humans”. 

Why can’t we all just get along? 

And, in a sense, these people are right. 

We are all just humans. Race is a social construct. 

However, it doesn’t matter. Race was created to make white people superior and other races inferior.  

Which, due to the fact that race is a social construct, religions can be turned into a race. (Which means that when you reply to someone who’s called you out for being a racist douche to Muslims and you think your ‘smart’ quip about how Islam isn’t a race, that actually doesn’t mean you’re not racist. I mean, you could just be a bigot, but let’s be realistic. Hitler infamously turned Judaism into a race, resulting in the genocide of six million Jewish people. He gave specific ‘identifiable’ characteristics to Jews so that Germans could ‘be on the lookout’. People who weren’t Jewish were killed for having Jewish grandparents. Hitler made a race. If you see Muslims as Arab terrorists … that means your image, is, in fact, a racist one. You can react to this information one of two ways: a) Throw a tantrum and yell at how you’re not racist and learn nothing or b) Acknowledge that you’re human, we’ve all thought racist and/or prejudiced things before, and now you know better. Now you can remember that there are more Muslims living in Australia-Asia, and be content that you’re one step closer to making the world a better place if you picked door number two.)  

Now that we’ve reiterated that race is indeed a social construct, let’s deconstruct why the statements I mentioned before are racist and dismissive, because you really need to get it.  

We do not live in a perfect world, and I doubt we ever will. 

Most of the “perfect” worlds we live in were created through the use of slavery, the dehumanisation and exploitation of others. 

For example, children are frequently taught that Australia was “discovered” by Captain Cook in 1770, and “settled” in 1788. 

Neither of those statements are true. 

Cook went looking for Australia; England had already heard about the continent from other explorers.  

More importantly, white people discovered Australia, and then white people invaded it. 

Aboriginal people lived in Australia for at least 40,000 years before white people “discovered” it. Do not give me that bullshit about how “they came here too”, either, because if you’ve been living for 40,000 years consistently in one location before some white people came to invade you, you get to claim that fucking land.  

Secondly, white people didn’t settle shit. 

We killed and took what we wanted. We inflicted new laws on Aboriginal people, without a second thought about how their laws worked, and with no regard about explaining what our laws even were. 

We took their land, their food, their lifestyle, their language, their culture, their children and their lives. 

In return, we gave them diseases that helped to spread our genocide, and plied Aboriginal people with alcohol as a solution. 

When people talk about the stereotype that “all Aboriginal people are alcos”, you’re peddling exactly what our government wanted to. Aboriginal people couldn’t fight back, couldn’t speak out, couldn’t do anything if they were addicted to liquor.

So our men gave them alcohol for small tasks.

Something that probably tasted alright would’ve felt like the lottery to someone who was being treated less than human.

During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, we also had slaves – particularly in Queensland.  

A large portion of those slaves came from the Pacific Islands (or rather kidnapped) and forced them to work in the cane fields.  

There’s a good chance you’ve been to where slaves were, especially if you’ve been anywhere near cane farms.

Australia, under pressure from the entire world because no one could believe they had fucking slaves, decided that we should abolish slavery, because it was the 1900’s, and decided to become even more a racist dick and implemented and enforced The White Australia Policy.  

No, I’m not making this up. Google it.  

It’s a fact, and I’m not fucking Googling it for you. Use your little cursor and scroll over the words, right-click, and then search away.

After kidnapping Pacific Islanders for slave labour, we then deported them (even if they were born here) because we wanted to make Australia white. 

Yes, really. 

Aboriginal people still didn’t receive the right to vote until 1967 – even though discussions had started in 1962 about giving Aboriginal people that right. On top of this, Aboriginal people weren’t allowed into politics until 1983.  

To make this insult worse, Aboriginal men who fought in both world wars weren’t acknowledged for their sacrifices alongside their white comrades, and didn’t receive equal pay, or respect, when they returned. 

In fact, many Aboriginal people weren’t recognised as war heroes until recently. 

If this couldn’t get any worse, Aboriginal parents who had “mixed-race” children, still had their children stolen from them up until the 70’s.  

After these children were stolen from their parents by the government, they were rarely ever reunited with their families. 

They were forced into missionaries, to adopt a new religion. 

They were forced to leave behind any cultural or family ties – and many were taken at such a young age, that they can’t remember their parents. 

These children were then used to work in labour positions that paid very little – which is a fancy way of pretending you don’t have slaves.

And this isn’t even discussing what Australian has taken from other countries – like Nauru – to make our country prosperous.  

Aboriginal people still face extreme racism and prejudice daily – even from elected officials. 

Many Australians (i.e. white Australians) refuse to acknowledge any of this, because it means admitting we have a privilege.  

And we do. 

This country was built on slavery, convict labour, massacres, oppression and the exploitation of others.  

And many of these things were still happening legally in Australia in the 70’s. 

Just think about that. 

The privileges you have, as a white person, are built at the cost of a person of colour’s.  

Your status is based on our deliberate mistreatment of other races. 

This is why it’s so fundamental to recognise race. 

I’d love to live in a more accepting, more Utopian world. 

I’d love it if we didn’t have racial prejudices.  

But the fact is, we do. 

And we have a lot of them – and they’re still on-going. 

The fact that people still don’t believe Obama is American because he’s black and his name sounds kind of like “bomb” (seriously, it was on one of those ridiculous Fox “News” segments) is proof of it. 

The fact that a black kid can get shot for playing with a toy gun is proof of it. 

The fact that there are literally people alive today who remember segregation and the Stolen Generation is proof of that. 

When you say you “don’t see colour” and make a point about being a “humanist” because “we’re all people”, you’re dismissing the real-life experiences of people of colour. 

You’re forgetting that the past where this treatment was actually legal wasn’t that long ago. 

You’re forgetting that people alive today remember slavery and segregation and were a part of it. 

You’re dismissing the sacrifices of people like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X who literally died for their causes (BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN AMERICA PEEPS! CHECK OUT RAE FROM BOOKMARK CHRONICLES!).

You’re dismissing the fact that, by not seeing someone’s race, you’re saying their experiences aren’t relevant and therefore don’t matter. 

You’re avoiding the very real issues of the deeply ingrained racism in our society.  

People of colour might not have wanted race to be created, but it was. 

And now it’s an undeniable fact that racism is a part of our society.  

Saying you don’t see it and complaining about how “no one gets along” just adds to the problem. 

It’s racist. 

Whether it’s well-meaning or not, it’s deeply offensive. It dismisses that white people have a privilege, and that your developed country is successful due to the oppression of others. 

Colour is important to recognise, because even if you wouldn’t judge someone based on the colour of their skin, doesn’t mean no one else has done the same. 

Stop pretending race and racism isn’t an issue. 

It is. 

And by ignoring it, you’re choosing the side of the oppressor.  

CARS REFERENCING SYSTEM:

Credibility

Is the claim credible? Is the author writing biased? Is the author credible? An elite education doesn’t make someone more or less credible, so you often have to look beyond a person’s education background. 

Accuracy

Do the claims fit in to an accurate timeline? Do the claims made by the author reasonably stand up? If you’re seeing a lot of inaccuracies, especially against the timeline the person is creating, you need to consider if the claim is accurate. Context is often key.

Reasonableness

Mostly, this comes down to whether or not the person is clearly creating a bias. Obviously, everyone has biases. I try and declare mine at the bottom of every post that I think would benefit from extra sources. I freely admit that I definitely have biases, prejudices and will obviously write in a way that conveys what I believe is the truth. That doesn’t mean I’m always right – which is why reasonableness is so important. Everyone is biased, and it’s virtually impossible to not impose your belief, in some form, while sharing. But if the person is deliberately manipulating facts, or omitting information, then they are an untrustworthy source (here’s looking at you, Fox).

Support

Basically, this comes down to whether or not you can find “support” for the claims made. In anything professional, like an essay or journal article, references are essential. However, information can come from popular media sites, or from TV shows/movies, that might require YOU to do some work. I know that conservatives, in particular, seem to detest this as they seem to believe that the other person needs to do all the work, but that’s not how you actually learn. You learn by taking the information and researching it yourself. If you refuse to do this, which is an important part of the process, you will never truly progress in your own education. Out of everything here, I honestly believe this is the most important. If you are unwilling to research things on your own, and instead demand someone else to do the work for you, you have no interest in learning or understanding a different position. You are looking for confirmation bias. 

So do us all a favour in 2019, use your mouse, and perform a reverse Google image search. Or start using Snopes.

Just stop using ignorance as a defence.

Or shut up and hold my fucking margarita.

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