OK. Thank you for your curiosity.
Here is what I mean by this term, which is ‘non-black people of color.’ When ‘whiteness’ was established — that is, Europeans declared themselves superior to other non-white peoples and then codified it, so that it became part of the important social institutions (part of the social contract which defines how all people live in a society), they had to declare an opposite against which this ‘whiteness’ could be superior. One cannot be superior without an inferior: contrast, by definition of itself, requires an ‘other.’
That is ‘blackness.’ This binary is a necessity of Macchiavellian-type political maneuvering, which at its core requires: 1. A binary (that is, a clear-cut enemy); and 2. Deception. (see The Prince or The Art of War.)
The establishment of white supremacy worldwide over the course of the last few centuries was, at a basic level, Macchiavellian-type political maneuvering. Its natural opposite, once the notion of ‘whiteness as superior’ was invented, was ‘black.’
This economy of thought allows for no gray zone in absolute terms; thus, all people of color are inferior, or as Kant stated ‘subhuman.’ This philosophy, which cast the peoples of all continents not European as ‘subhuman,’ was required to dominate without taking responsibility for the fascism it embodied.
Thus, ‘equality for all’ (on paper) equals ‘equality for white men’ in the real world. This is the fundamental deception of white supremacy: that it frames fascism as equality.
In real terms, however, people of color are framed as ‘in between;’ that is, not quite as good as white people but better than black ones. This is evident in areas as anecdotal as my own experiences observing a variety of anti-black behaviors amongst a range of POC, and as concrete as the comparison between actual bodily manifestations of disease, for example breast cancer where we see that African-Americans as a group fare worst, followed by Asians, followed by white women.
As a nonblack person of color, my words are meant to acknowledge that we are all part of a white supremacist system, and therefore we should all acknowledge our positions accurately. As a nonblack person of color, because I believe white supremacy is fundamentally binary, I also believe that at a fundamental level, black people as a group are subject to the greatest stressors and that nonblack people should be aware of the ways in which we may be oppressors as well as oppressed.
There are plenty of examples of the ways in which institutionalization has damaged African-Americans. Carol Anderson’s book White Rage exposes many of these, as does Alexander’s The New Jim Crow….
I hope this helps…