You could probably guess the thesis of the brief essay on White Supremacy, but here it is for your own edification.
If you want to teach someone something, it is usually best to do it over and over. White supremacy is something that has been ingrained into white people since the Age of Imperialism started. They have been taking whatever they desire with minimal push back, and over time, they have desensitized themselves into thinking it is OK to do so. After acquiring so much, they became the dictators of western society and thus coating it in privileges that only they can enjoy.
I never tip white waiters. White people are too used to being given things for free/with no effort. They are given an easy ride in areas like education and our judicial system. Since this happens over and over, they see it as normal, even though it’s wrong.
I never tip white waiters. I don’t want to enable their sense of entitlement. I want to break the cycle of them getting what they want.
I only tip minorities. It’s time we balance the power structure, one gesture at a time.
Where do I even begin with this train wreck of logic? I guess I’ll begin with the modern history of tipping in the American service industry. Many of us have lived this reality — there are about 2.5 million waiters and waitresses in the U.S. — but for those who don’t, allow me to give you the Cliff’s Notes version:
- The federal minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.13 per hour.
- The tipped minimum wage has not increased since 1991.
- Seventy percent of servers are women.
- Approximately 40 percent of employees of restaurants and bars work part-time.
- Less than a quarter of waiters and waitresses get health insurance from their employer.
The National Restaurant Association — the other NRA — is the driving force for keeping the tipped minimum at $2.13. Led at one point by former-GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain, the group successfully got Congress and President Bill Clinton to decouple the tipped minimum wage from the standard minimum wage. Ever since, they’ve relentlessly fought pay increases for servers.
So, there’s your background. But what does any of that have to do with White Supremacy? Not a damn thing. And that’s the point.
“I never tip white waiters. White people are too used to being given things for free.”