Gormur wrote:It has no meaning to me because I don't understand what it means. To be a citizen of a country just looks like a political map in my eyes
All this means is that you take the benefits of citizenship--access to jobs, education, medical care, police protection, etc.--for granted. Listen to the stories of those without that kind of access--like refugees, undocumented workers, those who have been stripped of their citizenship, etc.--and you'll soon learn the value of it.
Gormur wrote:I don't identify as white. Please don't hate me or call me names
"White" is not a slur. I'm white myself. I don't hate white people and I don't call anyone "white" out of hate. But if you prefer, I can call you "white-passing", meaning you don't identify as white but that you appear white to others.
Gormur wrote:Racism is mind control. Plain and simple. There's no reason for it. It's not based on anything scientific
There doesn't have to be a scientific basis for something for it to have a powerful impact. That's why I brought up citizenship. There's no "scientific" basis for it; for most people, their citizenship is simply an accident of their birth. But that doesn't mean that it's effects aren't very real.
Gormur wrote:That's why I don't identify as American. All these people know what racism is but I don't. I've met skinheads and I still don't get it. It's all brainwashing
I'm seeing a theme here...
Unless you formally renounce your American citizenship, you still get the benefits
of being an American citizen no matter how you "identify". It doesn't matter that it's an invented identity, with no scientific basis, that's been forced upon you without your consent. It is "real" as far as the law is concerned, and this law determines where you can go, what you can do, and whether you live or die.
Race is the same. Racists don't care how you "identify". If they perceive you as "white", they will treat you differently that those they view as "nonwhite". This is a simple observable fact about our world. You don't have to be "brainwashed" to see it. In fact, you have to be brainwashed not
to see it.
That's how racism works. The beneficiaries of institutionalised racism are taught not to recognise it, so that when those who are discriminated against demand equal rights, supporters of the racism system can paint them as "spreading hate" and "demanding special rights".