“Colonialism and Whiteness” was the name of the session, part of Portland Community College’s “whiteness history month” in April. This particular event was put on by PCC librarian Max Macias, and by the tone of his voice, he sure has one giant chip on his shoulder.
He starts off, like most of these “whiteness” events, trying define whiteness by saying “What is whiteness? Everybody seems to be having a problem with this idea. Whiteness is a concept that European people and culture are more important than anything or anyone else… This colonial system is created for and by Europeans for the benefit of Europeans. Everything was and is in relation to the European. This is a hallmark of the concept of whiteness. That everything is judged in relation to whiteness, and not something else.”
He goes on to bash Christians by saying “The racial hierarchy in combination with the destruction of these indigenous cultures by book burning, destroying cultural monuments, and using them to build churches. To build churches, right? That’s WHITENESS right there… As a matter of fact, when you look at a lot of these so called ‘illegal aliens’, they’re Indians. You can see in their faces. They have the right to migrate anywhere they want in their country. Not immigrate or emigrate, migrate. It’s their continent. How DARE somebody from somewhere else come and say that they don’t belong here, that WE don’t belong here, right?”
He also claims that Obama, Loretta Lynch, and Eric Holder “adhere to whiteness”.
And that’s part of a greater concept, that successful people of color are actually traitors! “I see people adhere to whiteness, that’s exemplified to me, in too many people of culture who achieve success, and they then distance themselves away from their color, and they cling to whiteness like it’s a lifesaver, and their ocean liner just sunk. cause they don’t want to fall back down into the darkness.”
Of course when the participant filming has an opportunity to ask Mr. Macias a question about borders and civilizations over the years, he gets chippy and continually interrupts the lady as she’s trying ask him her question. In fact, he doesn’t even bother to try to answer her question.
He concludes that “Whiteness is fluid. It changes. It’s not a thing I can point to and say ‘here it is, let’s look at it'”