As the discussion of racism grows and becomes more prevalent, so does the issue of safety.
St. Edward's University in Texas offers a class known as Basic Self Defense. According to a screen shot discovered through a campus reform group, the course's learning materials include a video “Don't be a Bystander: 6 Tips for Responding to Racist Attacks.”
The How-To — created through Barnard Center for Research on Women (interesting name) is a detailed account of the shocking state of America:
In the current political climate, white supremacists and nationalists have gained a lot of strength. In the end, attacks on the public are rising.
Do you often think you will be the victim of a transphobic attack, only to be followed by your inability to respond? The video has you covered.
A lot of people don't know what to do in the event that they witness an act of racism or transphobic violence.
Six steps are listed to help you respond appropriately.
Step One: Be More than an Observer
“It's tempting to avoid the issue due to fear, or because you're not sure of the best course of action. However, not being involved signals an approval signal and makes the victim feel targeted and empty.”
Eye contact is an important component:
“If you are able, speak to the person who is suffering. This is about helping them. Look them in the eyes and make sure you are in touch with them. Do not anger or provoke the person who is responsible. Just sitting in front of someone is better than nothing.”
“You're likely to have had a breathless moment.”
“Make sure to breathe deeply and stay focused.”
The most fascinating aspect of the video is the warning to not use cops as a means of help.
Step Four: Do not get caught by the police
“The presence of police officers with guns often increases instead of reducing the chance of violence during a given situation.”
If you work in law enforcement, you might remember the section of your training that specifically addressed non-whites as well as those who follow Islam and women in male pants.
“Since police are trained to perceive the gender nonconforming, people of color people, or Muslims in a negative light, they tend to view victims as the perpetrators of violence. If the victim hasn't asked you to notify the police, then don't.”
The video goes on:
“Don't call the police.”
Step Five suggests preventative measures – “Make a Statement about every day Culture that is based on White Supremacy”
If you've been wondering what is stirring up the white supremacy that dominates our society be aware it is that Facebook, Twitter, and the media who are all against black Americans:
“The tradition of white supremacy and discrimination against black people is propagated by our social media and the political system. You can help make this culture unpalatable in challenging racism and white supremacy when you're not in a situation of crisis.”
Lead the discussion:
If you're white, speak to your friends and family about the anti-blackness of white supremacy and the white race.
It's a seven day a week job:
Do this every day, particularly when you're in a white space. In doing this, you can confront society without putting anyone at risk of immediate backlash.
According to Campus Reform, an anonymous student claimed that the video was accompanied by an exam. The quiz included:
What are the six suggestions listed within the “Responding to Racist Attacks” video?
Which of the tips is hardest to grasp and what is the reason?
The student didn't like it:
“I felt uncomfortable about having my name next to an answer I did not agree with, regardless of whether it was right. I do not believe this was an appropriate video to be presented as academic content. I feel for the students who view this curriculum as correct information and do not understand their ability [or] free will to think for themselves outside of it.”
America, as with all things in the world, goes through phases. The present one does not call for trust in the police.
In the case of white supremacy and those who are brave enough to stand up against it, here's the six strategies of combating the KKK:
- Be More than a Passerby
- Note the incident
- Help the Victim by sticking around
- Do not be a victim of the police
- We must expose the everyday culture of White Supremacy
- Organize & Protest for Justice
It also reveals the long-standing hatred the United States has of disabled people:
The United States has a long history of violence against people of color, disabled persons, Muslims, immigrants, and LGBTQ people.
This sounds like an absolutely disgraceful place.