…and the Democratic Party still runs the Plantation.
Racism is the default defense mechanism of the Left.
This is one reason that I did not want a Hillary Clinton Presidency. There would have been zero room for criticism of the Queen of Chaos.
If Hillary had been elected and caused World War III, any criticism leveled at Hillary would have been met with accusations of misogyny. It had already started during the Democratic Primaries. The “Bernie Bros” all hated women according to the Hillary Echo Chamber.
The Left cannot help themselves. They cannot take criticism. They believe themselves to be incapable of mistakes. Any and all criticism must most assuredly come from a place of hate for a persons race, gender or sex.
If the Democrats ran a Muslim for POTUS, he could enact an executive order mandating that all women wear the hijab. Anyone who objected would be branded an Islamophobe.
There exists no human being who does not discriminate. There is no individual within Homo Sapiens who does not exhibit or feel some bigotry or prejudice.
Racism is different. It takes thought. One must consider oneself superior based upon one’s own race (skin color in our age, economic status in another age, nationality in still other ages).
The Liberals who are protesting this election are exhibiting bigotry as we speak. They are, in effect, saying that the half of the Nation who voted for Trump are ignorant, befuddled simpletons.
Many Liberals and Conservatives acted out in this same manner during the whole of the Election season.
We’ve all done it. We’ll all continue to do it. It is human.
Discrimination and prejudice are most often naught but ignorance and fear of the unknown, the stranger.
We are human. We will always be human. We progress superficially but we remain in many ways the same Homo Sapiens creatures who ventured forth from East Africa some 50,000 years ago. We are the beasts who arrogantly dubbed ourselves “Wise Man” and caused the extinction of our fellow Humans (Neanderthalensis among others known and unknown). We fear the unknown. That fear drives us to madness and we murder when in the realm of psychotic madness.
Nationalism, borders, political parties and the like are nothing but tribal associations writ large with pretensions of civility. Humans are anything but civil. We speak of the sanctity of life yet will go to war with the barest of provocations. We kill the unborn in droves. We speak of Liberty yet we incarcerate millions for daring to possess and/or smoke a nature provided plant that has actual healing properties. We are not fit for civilized society. It is the height of arrogance to suggest that we have ever been a civilized people.
We are unenlightened in the main. Brutal to the core. Distrusting and inhumane. Yet, we can be and have been beautiful, wondrous beings. The horror of war brings out the best in us.
“It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.”— Robert E. Lee, at Fredericksburg.
We are conflicted. We will remain conflicted.
It is time to demand true and equal representation in all areas of life. With this in mind, it is time to boycott the NFL and the NBA. White, Asian, Native and Arab American Athletes are under represented in both of these institutions.
White Americans are a full 60% plus of the population of the United States of America. Yet, the White athletic population of the NBA and NFL fall far below this number and does not accurately reflect the citizenry of the US.
This is unacceptable.
The NFL and NBA should be forced to accept less talented athletes on their teams in order that the teams shall make up a truly representational reflection of the population of the United States of America.
We cannot stand for the racist, elitism of the NFL and NBA. That Black American Athletes are more talented than White, Asian, Native and Arab Americans is meaningless. White, Asian, Native and Arab Americans deserve the “opportunity” to play for pay in the professional sports field as much as their more talented Black American counterparts.
Furthermore, State Universities should be mandated to award scholarships based n proper representation of the population of the Unite States of America. Therefore, College Scholarships for all Sports at State Universities and any University or College which accepts State or Federal funding should be held to strict statistical standards of population representation based on the demographic make up of the United States of America.
Anything short of this is pure bigotry and intolerable in a truly civilized society.
From my experience, one can take anyone from before the Politically Correct era of 2000 Forward and call them a bigot based on their writings. It doesn’t matter who we’re discussing. Even today, one can find bigotry in nearly anyone’s writings. If you one wishes to dismiss the ideas or writing of any person because of that one aspect, one would wind up dismissing nearly the whole of humanity. From W.E.B. Dubois to George Washington to Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton, every last person who has put thought to paper has written something that is or could be construed as racist and will be construed as racist or bigoted by future generations. This is especially so with the current hyper-sensitive generation of Liberal.
Jefferson can seem a genius or a racist crackpot depending on the level of knowledge of the man. Ceaser can seem the despot or the liberator. There is not a human being who has tread across the globe who cannot be made to seem monster or hero depending upon which work or word one chooses to use in support of one’s views.
“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. And the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
Che Guevara held racist ideas in his youth and may have carried them forward into la revolucion’. Not a living human knows for sure what was in the heart of Che’. What cannot be denied is that he was an exceptionally brutal, murderous and bloody revolutionary.
Nathan Bedford Forrest was the author the Fort Pillow Massacre. He was also a founding member of the Klu Klux Klan.
Forrest also went on to disavow the KKK. He helped shut the doors of the KKK in his lifetime. He also spoke against the murder of Black Americans by criminals. His words. He called them criminals. He advocated for more humane treatment of the freed slaves and advocated for their admission into law school in Tennessee.
“After only a year as Grand Wizard, in January 1869, faced with an ungovernable membership employing methods that seemed increasingly counterproductive, Forrest issued KKK General Order Number One: “It is therefore ordered and decreed, that the masks and costumes of this Order be entirely abolished and destroyed.” By the end of his life, Forrest’s racial attitudes would evolve — in 1875, he advocated for the admission of blacks into law school — and he lived to fully renounce his involvement with the all-but-vanished Klan.”
Forrest changed. He renounced his racist past. Compared to our age, Forrest more than likely went to his deathbed with what we would consider bigoted attitudes. Yet, he did more for Black Americans than your average Democrat or Republican of our time.
If Forrest and the Confederate Battle Flag should be purged from the American Landscape, so too should Margaret Sanger who agitated for the extermination of the Black Race and Che Guevara who wrote openly of his bigotry and murdered many more and in just as cold blood as Nathan Bedford Forrest.
If we are to “cure” America of racism via the purging of symbols and historical figures in some Maoist Cultural Revolution, we should look to all symbols of racism, hatred and bigotry. Targeting only the Right is not the answer. West Virginia’s Robert Byrd, Lyndon B. Johnson, Woodrow Wilson all were at least as racist as any leader of the Confederate States of America up to a point in their lives and possibly to the end of their lives.
Strom Thurmond was a Democrat turned Republican. He switched parties allegedly over the Civil Rights movement. Democrats make this statement despite the fact that Republicans voted FOR the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on average at an 80% rate while Democrats voted for the the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at a 63% rate.
Strom Thurmond also had a Black daughter which, I’m sure, helped to modify his racial attitudes. He put her through College at an HBC. He also supported her throughout her life.
Racial attitudes are rarely simple…rarely “black and white.” Race is a complex issue. The issues of Race, Racism, Bigotry and Discrimination cannot be brought to resolution simply by ridding ourselves of symbols and statues.
There must be real and open communication. Putting White Teens through guilt trip driven reality TV is no discussion. That will come to no good end.
The discussion must be open. It must be real. It cannot be one sided. There are millions of White folks out there who are not racist. There are millions of Black folks out there who aren’t racist. There are also other races in America who are often left out of the discussion. The discussion cannot be a “People of Color” against White People dialogue either. White Privilege only goes so far when you live in a Trailer Park and are dependent upon the government and educated in one of America’s Branches of Public Wage Slave Propaganda.
What must be realized is that racism will never go away. Bigotry will never go away. As long as there are two humans or two groups of humans, one will vie for supremacy over the other. In old Europe, Race was Class. One’s class determined one’s place in society. The Race that we recognize today is a product of Colonialism and European Oppression, Suppression and Exploitation of the world.
Yes, Slavery was a part of that. However, it was only a component.
If we are ever going to come to a place of understanding, we have to understand that how we understand and react to race is based upon the lies of Colonialism and that these race based ideologies were thrust upon us.
Once we begin to comprehend this, we can move towards a better understanding of who we are as a HUMAN RACE. The Color Line is as artificial as Jim Crow, Apartheid and Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
**********WARNING: SARCASM FOLLOWS! The author does not actually hold the following opinion*********
Google the term “Golf” and the first images the search engine offers are of Brown Men in tight, nerdy Golf attire playing at whiteness. How did this become acceptable?
The term “Golf” itself is a Scottish one. In Arabic, this kind of sports is still called Golf . As a matter of fact, the “sport” is called Golf in any language. The term has been appropriated into many languages just a the term “computer” has. Golf has its roots in the Scottish Highlands where it was invented by a group of what I can only assume were a bunch of bored, grouchy, slightly drunk Scottish fellows who were bored and not very athletic. Brown appropriation of this Western sport began much later probably in the early 20th Century in America but possibly earlier in India. Brown people who are continuing this tradition are continuing a century old tradition of cultural appropriation. One can see it every day in the NBA, the NFL and in Futbol (Soccer in the US). Brown people or “people of color” have essentially stolen cultural sports that were invented by White people and edged them out whether they are willing to view this practice this way or not.
Growing up in America, I saw men in my community play Basketball, Football and Golf at parks and in the school yard. Men often played with other men, in private spaces, so that this sport was for each other. When they played at school with women in attendance, the dynamic shifted. Men played for men alone, there was a different kind of athleticism and competitiveness, perhaps more powerful, definitely more earnest, or maybe that’s how it felt to me, as a child and teenager, wary of women’s intentions. At schools the sport was competitive and masculine and daring, something aspiring professionals would come use to better their lives, their family, their social standing. In the early days, these sports were all White. Black folks had their own sports in their own community. Baseball was invented by White Americans for White Americans. Likewise with Football and Basketball. Brown people were separate from our communities.
One of the most awkward occurrences for me when I watch sports such as Football or Golf is portion of the game where the Black or Brown athlete is feted as the Best Ever in a Sport invented by White men. Amazingly, it is even more awkward these days when a White athlete is hailed as a legend or a “greatest ever” in a position such as Quarterback in Football. There is always the backlash of “if he was Black, they would give credit to the coach or receiversThis usually happens on weekends, and I’ve learned to avoid watching Sports when there are too many Brown faces around, but sometimes I forget. The last time I forgot, a Brown man came out in a football uniform — because that’s what that is, when a person who’s not White wears a jersey and tight white knee high pants with a helmet or Golf attire looking like a slightly nerdy White guy that is meant to say “golf nerd” or football professional and wears a helmet or custom sneakers of some kind and begins to play the sport. They’re usually terribly large and they don’t remind me of the lithe, athletic players of earlier years who used finesse instead of brute strength.
There are videos of these men bashing their way through the line or powering their way to the goal in basketball. It reminds me of all that is lost in these sports since the Brown man stole these sports and changed them to their suit their talents. It signaled the end of the sport as an intelligent art of strategy and mental exercise. The Brown man appropriated these Sports and the White man was left to ponder what might have been.
OK….I’ll stop there. It’s ridiculous, is it not? And quite bigoted. Imagine though, if a White man had written such a thing as a serious opinion. That man would be vilified. He’d be ushered off into oblivion. If he owned an NBA team, he’d be forced to sell. If he played the sport, he’d be drummed out.
Yet, this woman, Randa Jarrar, actually wrote a similar bigoted article and Salon not only approved of it but called it an important feminist work. Apparently, any culture except Western or “White” can appropriate any aspect of a culture that they deem worthwhile and it is appropriate. It is only the Western World who is accused of appropriation by confused, bigoted liberals who more than likely grew up in comfortable upper middle class homes. After all, the upper middle class liberal is the only human who has the time to waste on idiot ideals such as “cultural appropriation” and to complain about growing up so affluent as to be able to afford an education in one of the better cities and universities in America.
How difficult it must be to grow up in America and be so embattled that one can afford the time to sit about and think up nonsense such as “cultural appropriation” and lament the wretchedness of White women learning a dance that Arabs themselves appropriated, in part, from Persia, the Eastern Mediterranean (Greeks, Roma Gypsies and Turks) and from Hindustan (India) when the Muslim Arabs conquered the subcontinent. Belly dance did not originate with the Arabs alone that much is historically proven. It most certainly did not originate in the make believe land of Palestine which was only created out of thin air when the Arabs failed in their genocidal efforts to “drive the Jews into the sea” in 1967.
Cultures have melted, melded, blended and merged since the first “clash of cultures.” The Arabs were influenced by every cutlure/nation which they conquered. The Arabs in turn influenced those cultures. Likewise, the Arabs have been under 100 years of Western colonialism and conquest. They influenced us their colonizers even as they were influenced in return. This has been the way of the world for millenia. Anyone who studies history knows that the Greeks complained of the undue Persian influence upon Alexander. Kubhalai Khan was criticized for becoming too Chinese. The Arab world was greatly influenced by the Turks, the Kurds and the tribes of Central Asia who drove south in bloody conquest.
The one thing that is certain about Ms. Jarrar is that she does not understand the world, history or Liberty.
Bellydance Unveiled: A Brief History
The origin of bellydance is an actively debated subject among dance enthusiasts. Some of the most popular theories include the following:
1. It descended from a religious dance that was performed during fertility rituals by temple priestesses. As early as 1000 B.C., temple engravings depicting dancers have been found in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece.
2. It arose out of the dance that was associated with childbirth. It prepared girls for labor and was part of the delivery ritual.
3. It descended from ancient Egyptian social dances.
4. It originated in India over 5000 years ago, and had spread through out the Middle East with the migrations of the Gypsy tribes also called Roma in Europe, Ghawazee in Egypt, andNawar in India. The Gypsies eventually reached Europe where one of the most famous Gypsy dance styles was born – Flamenco. Many moves in modern Flamenco are still very similar to bellydance.
Perhaps the richness of Middle Eastern dance tradition and its universal appeal can be attributed to the blending of many various sources, cultures, and dance styles.
Technically, Cleopatra VII was a White Woman as she was 100% Greek. I wonder if Ms. Jarrar would have been offended to see the good Pharoah get her funky belly dance on.
Lots of us out here empathize with you. Lots of us have actually sided with you. However, when you decide that directing violence against random White people simply because they are White People is the right and proper thing to do, you lose all of the support and empathy.
Racism is racism. Bigotry is bigotry. These acts are self defeating. These acts are what your enemies want.
The people who did this to you are YOUR community leaders. The person who killed Mike Brown is a Police Officer. Random White Dude walking down the street did not kill Mike Brown. I realize that passions are high. At times such as these, it may seem that it is you against the world. I say to you that it’s not you against the world.
There are Americans out there who agree that there are issues at hand here that need to be resolved. You targeting people who have done you no harm makes any kind of resolution or real conversation impossible. Be rational. Don’t be complete fucking idiots. Think before you act. Stop targeting businesses owned by regular people.
I can’t, for the life of me, understand why you have not staged “sit-ins” and such at your local city, county and State Governments. These are the real oppressors. White dude sitting at a red light is not your enemy. The Police are the enemy. The County Prosecutor is your enemy. The District Attorney is your enemy. The people in your local government are your enemy in this fight. The State Government and the Federal Government are your enemy.
Yes, that includes Barack Obama. I know this is difficult to reconcile but while you are attacking random White guy just because he is random White guy, the Federal Government is militarizing your Local and State Police and making possible, ney making it certain, that your local police will treat you not with the respect of a citizen but with the disdain of an enemy combatant. Barack Obama has done much to further the programs that are militarizing our Nation’s Police Forces.
You can, if you wish, continue to blindly support Obama as he makes your lives harder, oppresses you at the hands of Billionaires and lies that he’s “here for you” and that he’s “surprised and angered” by the situation. However, he’s not. He’s a part of the system that had led you to this moment. Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and the rest of our politicians stand right there with him against you and against the rest of us.
I know. Barack is Black. It was a proud moment. However, he’s not your friend. Any more than the criminal who steals your last few dollars is your friend. He’s a politician. He’s no different than George W. Bush.
So, stop targeting random White dude who is just as much a pawn of the State as are you. Direct your angst against the Government. Demand change. Real change. March against them.
Join with your fellow pawns (White, Latino, Asian & Arab Citizens) and march against your government. If you allow them to divide you by fomenting racial angst instead of political angst, you are already defeated.
Your government has betrayed you…from the President on down to your local council person.
The notion of White Privilege is inherently racist.
Those who push this bigoted screed are accusing every living White Person in America of treating White People better than people of other races. You are accusing all White People of being racists.
It’s a generalization. It’s nonsense. It is simply not true.
They are also saying that my accomplishments whatever they may be are based not upon my own sweat and tears but upon the color of my skin.
My only answer to that is not a nice one so I’ll not type it here.
It’s not “White Privilege” as it has nothing to do with color. It is being a member of a majority. It could be called “majority membership privilege.”
This notion that I am privileged because I am White is nonsense. If I were born White in Asia, it would not be a privilege to be White. Were I born White in Africa, I would belong to no privileged majority unless I was born in the nation of South Africa.
I was born White in America. Therefore, I am a member of the dominant race. It was not a privilege. It was an accident of birth.
I was born into mild poverty. We weren’t destitute. We were poor. I was not privileged to have been born or raised poor. I was not privileged when I basically had two choices after High School — the Military or likely imprisonment.
This “privilege” to which I am supposedly privy as a White person in America has nothing to do with my color. It has everything to do with being born a member of the majority group in America.
Certainly, by looking physically similar to others in the majority group, I am treated differently. However, this is not always a positive and this does not always work. Nor does this “privilege” extend to all members of the majority group. For instance, White Homosexuals are treated extremely poorly by the majority group. Explain to a White Homosexual how they are privileged. I’m sure you’ll get a tart reply.
There are more White Americans in poverty, more White American Children who are homeless and hungry, etc.
Being a member of the majority group anywhere will always have it’s advantages. However, this can take one only so far.
So, pls, stop trying to tell me how privileged I am because I’m White. I’m not buying it now nor will I ever buy it. It’s a stale, moldy piece of propaganda that serves no purpose except to turn me off to the plight of others.
That I do not believe in “White privilege” does not blind me to prejudice, bigotry or racism. I know that these things exist. I know that these things do harm to minorities and women and others. However, that I am not prejudiced against by some White Americans does not mean that I am not discriminated against in America or in the wider world.
Racism, Bigotry and Prejudice are not unique to America. Not every American has spent the whole of their lives in America protected from the wider world.
This is one of the basic assumptions of White Privilege. My white skin doesn’t carry the same credit in all places. In some places & in some situations, my white skin is a liability. This is the same for the fact of my citizenship. Being an American does not make me universally loved nor does it open doors for me everywhere I go. In some places, being White and/or American has closed doors to me.
I suppose if one has lived all of one’s life in America and has had to deal with only American challenges, a “White privilege” may exist to one extent or the other.
That being said, when I was a child, I was treated often as though I had no worth. Teachers treated me this way. This was due to my “class” and not my color. The kids from affluent families were treated well. The Black kids were treated differently by some of my teachers. The poor White were treated like “po’ White trash.” Perhaps this was a Louisville, Kentucky thing. I heard a few teachers talking about it. “He comes from a poor part of town. He’ll never amount to much.”
I have known prejudice. I have known bigotry. I have known racism. I have experienced each first hand. Inside and outside of America.
To tell me that I am privileged and to act as though I have never experienced hardship due to my race is to deny my life experiences. The notion of “White privilege” diminishes me as a human being.
All of this nonsense is going to backfire one day. There will be a backlash. People are going to grow tired of being told that they are inherently evil and owe people whom they have never seen an apology for things which they’ve never done.
Peggy McIntosh, the inventor of White privilege, is obviously an affluent White person who does not interact with people of other races or economic classes much if at all.
I can, if I wish, arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.
(This is not true of all White people. This is mostly true of folks in the Northeast. How is one “White privileged” if White is the only race with whom you live, work, etc.)
I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
(This is not true of all White people)
When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.
(One cannot change this fact. This is being part of the cultural majority. If one lives in Asia and is White, this would not be true.)
Whether I use checks, credit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability.
(This is not true of all White people.)
I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to “the person in charge,” I will be facing a person of my race.
(This depends on the region, city, area. Not all areas, cities or areas are White dominated. Over 50% of my First Sergeants in the Army were Black.)
I do not have to educate my children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily physical protection.
(She seems to be oblivious of school systems wherein White kids are sent to predominantly Black schools as part of “Bussing.” I had many friends who had to be extremely aware of race when I was growing up. If they weren’t, it could mean a trip to the hospital.)
Most of her examples are that of a privileged AFFLUENT White person (Woman) and not the experience of the AVERAGE White person. I’ve read Peggy’s propaganda and her knapsack nincompoopery. Her experience is not that of “White America” but her own experience. I’ve never been able to NOT interact with people of other races. I’ve always lived near and interacted with people of other races. I’ve always been around Black Authority figures…my whole life. This started with my First Grade teacher who was a Black Woman. In the military, I always had Black persons in my chain of command. Both of my Drill Sergeants in Basic Training were Black. Post Military, my last two immediate supervisors were Black.
I left the military over a decade ago. My Boss at this job is Black. My Deputy Program Manager, to whom I directly reported, at my last place of employment was a retired Colonel who was Black. The last two guys whom I replaced were Black. My last five immediate supervisors non-White.
No, this is not the experience of everyone (every American). Neither is Peggy McIntosh’s experience or her “White privilege.”
The thing is that people can read the McIntosh nonsense for what it is — ridiculous White guilt propaganda that Peggy dreamed up to make herself feel better about her life of affluence and being born with a silver spoon. People can also spot ignorance and self deception when we see it.
Any person who falls for this White Privilege bunk is either a racist or an Affluent American who has never existed outside of their own comfortable rich person life. White Privilege is not the common experience of the White American. It is an experience of the 1%.
Bigotry begins when you force your idea that “same sex marriage is one of many wrongs” onto others.
It’s fine that you have your beliefs. Your beliefs are yours.
It’s really rather simple. Keep your beliefs to yourself and do not force others to act on or become a part of your belief system by enshrining them into law, etc.
For instance, I believe that people who force their beliefs, esp. religious, onto others should be taken outside and beaten to within an inch of their lives and then deported to Saudi Arabia with a blaring loudspeaker announcing their beliefs that Jesus is Lord and Savior and Muhammad is a pedophile and that Islam is apostasy hanging around their necks.
That would bring me great joy.
Beheadings are scheduled every Friday on Jami Square.
However, I would never act on that belief nor would I demand that it be codified into law.
I know. I know…I’m racist because I said “Black.” Anyway… Dear Black People, Pls wake the fuck up. It’s the 21st Century. You have to take what you want. You can’t be a victim. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are wrong. Not every Black American who finds success in “White America” or who joins the GOP is an Uncle Tom. The Police are corrupt and have always been corrupt. This corruption affects everyone in America. It does not only affect Black people.
Most White people are no more racist than most Black people.
Cops are Cops. Many, if not most, are corrupt, ignorant, bigoted, ill trained assholes.
Stop blaming White people. It’s long past due that this is a viable complaint.
I travel the world. Everything that Black people in America complain about has happened to me in the wider world. It’s not a White thing. It’s not an American thing. It’s a human thing.
Get over the race card. Not everything is about racism. Some of it is about what you do or do not do in this world.
Opportunity does not just come to people. People have to seek opportunity.
I work with quite a few Black people who don’t sit back and wait for someone to hand them an opportunity. They go out and make it happen.
Lots of people do this and find successes and failure. The best of us do not blame someone else for our failures. We get up and try again. We do not let failure immobilize us and blame the World or the Man or the Government or our Mommy or our Daddy. We get up and start again.
I get so tired of hearing whining little welps cry about what’s holding them back. Everyone in this world has something holding them back. I come from a family wracked by poverty and alcoholism and abuse. I got out of there and did my own thing. I made it happen for me. I made it happen and am making it happen where I am a minority and where many folks do not like me simply because I am American and White. I’m not whining about it or laying down. I’m making it happen for me and mine.
When Americans start lopping off heads with machetes and/or smashing heads with sledgehammers or shooting Black people simply because they are Black, then I’ll see a real issue. As it is, we have Cops who react violently towards Black people in a Government headed by a Black President with a Black Attorney General.
Perhaps, the problem is more complex than simply White on Black crime. Especially when 90% of crime against Black people is committed by other Black people. But…I know…we don’t want to talk about that. We only want to talk about White on Black crime which is less than 10% of the issue.
The lack of dialogue about Black on Black crime is disturbing and is racist on the part of Black Leadership. Let’s ignore the larger problem and talk about the small issue because it’s easier and there is an easy target. Let’s ignore the elephant in the room because that one is too difficult to solve and we can’t blame that one on some outsider like White folks or “The Man.” All that said, I look forward to seeing Dear White People. Apparently, there are a lot of ignorant White folk out there who haven’t a clue. However, that is America and Americans — Black and White Americans. Most of the idiots who live in America are pretty darned clueless. They’ve never been further than the largest city in their State much less the wider world. Americans need to travel. They need to get out of their little towns and their neighborhoods in their big cities. The world is amazing. It’s also a dangerous, beautiful, deadly, lively, incredible, breath taking place. The world can kill you. It can bring you life. It can give you perspective. Perspective is what most Americans lack.
This is exactly why Americans can feel guilty about events, circumstances and history that is common to the whole of the human race and feel uniquely smug and self satisfied at feeling said guilt. Americans think that America is so unique that their racism is exceptional and that their crimes are special. To many Americans, racism is America’s special shame. They feel this way due to their own ignorance of the wider world. Americans feel exceptional not only in that they feel that America has a special prerogative to dictate to the World but that we feel especially bad about the past and the actions of our ancestors. Americans actually believe that they are unique. The reality is that there is nothing unique about America. This has all been done before by Rome, Britain, the Mongols, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Egyptians, the Sumerians, the Phoenicians (who might well have come from Africa) and a whole host of Empires across the ages. Every good we have done and every evil we have committed is a repetition of earlier Empire…even our special, exceptional arrogance. American Blacks are not special either. Every trial and tribulation through which they have passed and through which they will pass is a repetition. This is the World. This is humanity.
And I find it especially humorous that the racism in America is so horrid, so wretched that one of the greatest complaints that Black Women have is that people touch their hair out of curiosity. Then again, there is the terrifying stereotype about Waffles and Chicken. Though, I have had Black friends since I was 5 years old and am now 45 and have never heard of this nonsense. OH…THE HUMANITY!!! Who do Americans try so hard to be offended by…well, anything. It’s impossible that so many could be so offended by such trivial nonsense. It’s a profession now. We have professional Outrage Commissars who tell Americans exactly when and by how much we should be offended. WOT WOT!!!
In summation…GET OVER YOURSELVES, AMERICA!
These girls are cute. I mean really, really cute. They made me laugh and, better yet, smile. I hope I have daughters who are as intelligent and precocious and beautiful as these two gals.
I’ll leave you with a prophet.
Words are not racist. Racism is about intent. If I say a word and mean nothing racist by it, that word is not racist.
I’m a White dude. My Black friends tell me that I’m a “Nigger” all the time. I’m not offended by it. Hell, I’m one of the few White people around who can say the word to Black people and THEY aren’t offended by it.
It’s all about intent and relationships.
I get called White boy, Cracker and all kinds of things such as that by Black people. It’s because they know that I’m not concerned about faux outrage or the color of their or my skin. I’m concerned about the content of their character and their intent.
What is meant when someone speaks is more important than the words that are used. If I say; “Call a spade a spade.” to a Black person, I don’t mean it in a racist way. I mean that one should speak plain. If I call someone a Black Bastard, I’m always joking and, actually, making light of the racism that pervades cross racial relations in America.
People know who you are. They will react accordingly.
Words are tools. Words can do no harm except to the mentally and emotionally weak. The problem with America today is that we have raised a couple of generations of mentally and emotionally weak persons who embrace victimhood.
America should grow a pair and stop being offended by every utterance. Get off the phone, get off the computer, get out of your shell and get to know people.
Racism will always be with us. It is a global phenomenon. In America, it is comparatively mild. I’ve lived all over the world and the racism in other parts of the globe is virulent and deadly as compared to that of America. We have made great strides in coming to understand each other as a people. Do not discount this.
I think what disturbs many CRACKERS is that no matter how much they reach out, the hand is smacked back by raceprofessionals like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and those idiots on MSNBC and at Daiy Kos.
Not all of American White people give a damn about racism. They’ve got their own problems. Racism is not something that a poor or lower middle class White person is going to spend a whole lot of time thinking about when they have to struggle to put food on the table, a roof over their children’s heads and everything else that goes into surviving in consumerist America.
Before people can come to terms fully with ideals such as racial harmony, they must be secure. Most Americans simply do not feel secure enough to spend a lot of time thinking about race. This is something that liberal elitists spend time constructing and deconstructing. The average White American just wants to get through the week and spend time at home with their family orhave a beer on a Friday Night. Some of them even have those beers with people of other races.
Perhaps, I am an outlier but I grew up with people of other races. Immigrants from India, Pakistan, Black Americans, Hispanics and Asians were my friends from grade school up through High School and in the Army.
I’m never quite certain what to make of made up, faux issues such as words that are “racist.” It all seems like hogwash to me. When I ask my Black friends about this stuff, the majority of them look at me like I’m nuts.
And when you get right down to it, Miley Cyrus is really Justin Beiber in drag.
A bit sensationalistic, this. However, some truths lie within. Regardless, this video will upset the masses of Muslims around the world Hopefully, they’ll realize that it wasn’t made by Americans as we usually are blamed for everything.
All religions have skeletons in their closets. The “Virgin Mary” impregnated by God at/abt age 13. Did GoD get down with the boogie in the Virgin Mary or did he just reach up there and throw a baby inside? Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, married a girl somewhere between the ages of six and nine. No one knows for certain and the actual age is hotly contested by Muslims and “Infidels” alike. The one thing that the record makes clear is that he did not have “relations” with her until she had “passed her first blood.” Mohammad also had multiple wives as did nearly all of the Prophets of the Bible. Such was the custom of the times. Abraham, the great patriarch of all three major Western Religions, pimped his wife out at least two times. Both times, he denied that Sarah was his wife. Both times, he allowed her to “marry” a local ruler by deceiving said ruler into believing that Sarah was his sister. Abraham also sexed up his consort (slave), Hagar, in order to bear a child. Did Jesus not say “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone?”
The Europeans in this video and elsewhere are complaining about the actions of a subset of Muslims. They are complaining that nothing is being done to counteract the criminality of this subset. Here’s the thing, though. Muslims in Europe are being treated differently because of European Culture and European Politicians. Who elects these creatures? Oh….EUROPEANS!
If you do not like what is happening, stop electing these people.
The other problem is the immigration programs of these nations. Immigration, at certain points, was selective. Europe took in oppressed peoples. They accepted immigrants with certain needed skill sets such as Doctors, Engineers and Scientists. This was a wise policy. In the past 40 years, European nations have accepted all comers. Many of these people journeyed to the Scandinavian nations, France and Germany because of these lax immigration measures and because of the benefits and “entitlements” offered by these nations. These people had nothing to offer but the “equality” mindset of Europeans made it so that all immigrants were seen as equal. There is an issue with this egalitarianism in that all people are not equal. Some are base criminals. When a country accepts large numbers of these undesirables and treats them as the oppressed when they are actually the oppressors, these are the problems that will arise. Europeans, primarily because of the World Wars and Colonialism, became myopic and wished to offer themselves as reward or recompense. The guilt of the collective European nations overwhelmed sense and has created a situation in which large numbers of criminals were accepted and their activities excused as being “part of their culture.” That sentiment in and of itself is bigoted. All peoples have morals. Even the “other” who arrive from distant lands. To act as though this subset of folks are representative of any culture is ludicrous and bigoted. It is an insult to those who are of those cultures who do act with common courtesy and are law abiding, moral peoples.
I’ve long said that there is coming a backlash in Europe. That old race hate will again raise it’s ugly head. Muslims in Europe had best pay heed. Europe has a long and nasty history of murdering the masses of immigrants who come to their lands.
The past 60 years has been an anomaly in European history. With the resurgence of Nationalism and the threat from the old Russian Empire raises, Europe will revert to form.
All it will take is a major economic slowdown. Muslims will become the targets of massive hate. Some will deserve it. Others will not. Some will have laid the seeds of their fellows destruction. Others will be innocent victims. When the wave strikes, it will destroy the lives of many innocents. It is coming. If you read between the lines, Europe is close to the edge.
It does not matter that it is a small percentage of Muslims who are guilty. All will suffer. All will reap the whirlwind.
60 years in the face of thousands of years of history…the “tolerance” of the “new Europe” will be wiped away and blood will run in the streets.
Muslims would be well instructed to police their own. Yet, this will not happen. Eventually, they will all pay for the actions of a few. Europe will set itself afire and the dead will pile up as the pyramids of old. The blood will be on the hands of all.
You may not have noticed it but it’s there.
A WHITE Person is killed in a firearms related incident. The Liberal Left goes insane. Full on berserker mode. Heads spinning! Exorcism worthy.
A BLACK Person is killed in a firearms related incident.
Yeap, that’s right. That’s about what you hear.
Trayvon Martin had nothing to do with gun control. Doesn’t fit. The Martin-Zimmerman hullabaloo was all about Stand Your Ground Laws. Even though Black folks benefit more from the “Stand Your Ground” laws in this nation, the Left will tell you that these laws are racist. The only time that race comes into the question is when it is a Black Male shooting a White Male. In those instances, Black Males are at a cultural disadvantage when it comes to Stand Your Ground laws. The Left won’t tell you the full story. One has to research this to find the truth. The Right doesn’t want to talk about that last bit either.
The oddest bit about the Martin-Zimmerman contrivance was that Zimmerman isn’t a White Person. He is Half-Hispanic. If Half Black Obama is Black, why is Half Hispanic Zimmerman White? That is the Left in action. Duplicity. Hypocrisy.
There have been approximately 9,000 Black on Black murders since Trayvon Martin was killed by Zimmerman. Have you heard about this? No, you haven’t. Why? Why does the left not use this as part of their Gun Control dialogue? Maybe they don’t want to seem racist by highlighting Black on Black crime. It’s taboo. Discussing Black crime will see one branded a racist by the Left. They can’t very well have an open dialogue about this issue if they won’t allow anyone else to honestly and openly discuss it.
Black people in America suffer from gun violence so disproportionately as to be nearly unfathomable. However, we can’t discuss this. One problem is that discussing race is taboo in the Age of Obama and “post-racial America.” The Democrats have painted themselves into a corner. They won’t allow anyone else to discuss it. This makes it nearly impossible for the Left to discuss it. When Black leaders discuss it, they are marginalized and called Uncle Tom’s because “How dare they jump off message and out of the Democratic Plantation!”
America ignores the violence challenge of Black communities. The only reason that Trayvon Martin received any press was that incident’s availability to the Left as a racial baton with which to bash America, the Red States, WHITEY, Red Necks and those who failed to obey by voting for Barack Obama. If it weren’t for the political usefulness of Trayvon and his hoody, no Democrat in America would have given it one second’s thought. That includes Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who are the greatest race pimps in the history of mankind.
I will concede that Martin was murdered. The reasons that I assign are quite different. The Media has been portraying Black people on the news, TV and in movies as violent and out of control. Reminders of Watts and Rondey King and O.J. Simpson are ubiquitous. Black people are portrayed most often on TV as gang banging, hoody wearing animals on TV. TV shows such as The Wire, Southland, The Shield and more portray all Black people as either corrupt or violent. There are very few positive Black characters on television or in the movies. The News may as well show pictures of Fallujah when they speak about Detroit or Chicago and it’s Black denizens.
With that in mind, White people start to see Black people as they are portrayed. This country is only 13 to 15% “African American.” Most White people have never had meaningful interaction with Black people. They know of Hollywood stars, rappers, assorted other artists and Sports figures who are Black. We’ve all heard of Marion Barry and Roy Nagin, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. For many White people, these people ARE Black People or “African Americans.” This picture of Black America is informed by the news which is always about violence (if it bleeds, it leads) or corruption. If this was the only thing that you knew about a group of people, how would you react when you encountered them.
I’ve known Black folks my whole life. I worked with Black folks in the Army. I work with Black folks overseas in Afghanistan and
elsewhere. I’ve had very few violent encounters with Black folks. The one truly violent and racial encounter that I had with Black people was in Baumholder, Germany. I was jumped by eight black guys who thought that I was alone. They jumped me and tried to beat me down while calling me a “dirty ——ing CRACKA!” and “F—-ing Honkey” and that sort of thing. One of them yelled; “I got your massa’ right here” as he hit me with a brick in the face. I yelled for my friends who were around the corner. They came to my aid. Two of those friends were Black guys. We rough them off together. I’m proud to say that I broke one of their shoulders with the brick with which they had earlier hit me.
How does one hate Black people for a bigoted beating attempt when those who came to your aid were also Black? It’s kind of difficult.
This leads me back to WHITEY and the Gun Control Crowd. There have been somewhere around 80 “mass gun murders” in the past decade killing approximately 200 people. Primarily WHITE people.
In that same time frame, there have been thousands of BLACK folks killed in America.
I find this interesting. I, also, find it further proof of the duplicity and callous bigotry of the DNC. Race is only a problem in America when it is convenient to the Democratic National Party. If race cannot be politicized, it is rarely raised as an issue. This is the very definition of hypocrisy. This is the Democratic National Party or Committee as it is called.
P.S. Now think about all of the Police murders in Black communities. The numbers are bewildering. But let us not talk about this. We’ll be branded “extremists” by the transparent Obama Administration.
Let me preface this by saying that I am by no means making the statement that all Afghans are bigots or racist. Nor am I stating that all Afghan National Security Force personnel are bigots. That said, racism and bigotry are rampant in Afghanistan.
It is a shame that folks come to Afghanistan from all over the world to try to lend a hand and their efforts are repaid with racist attitudes. Bad enough that corruption has made it all but impossible to make real progress here. Measurable progress inn our endeavors in the Stan is extremely difficult to sustain. This is bad enough. When advisors are ignored simply because of the color of their skin or the shape of their eyes, this only makes the job more difficult.
I have served in mentor and advisory positions for roughly 5 years in Afghanistan. I’ve worked with the Afghan National Police in Herat, Farah, Ghor and Badghis as well as with the Afghan National Army in Kabul both with the Kabul Military Training Center and the Afghan Partnering Unit. In each of these locations, I have discovered that Afghans, who see themselves as “White,” have harsh and negative opinions of peoples of Asian and African descent.
If one has the appearance similar to Hazaras, one is automatically looked down upon. A mentor who looks Hazara is all but ignored. I have discovered the same attitudes shown towards African Americans and all other African peoples.
While I was in Herat, the ANP would make disparaging statements about Barack Obama during his candidacy openly mocking him because of his skin color. They started calling my African-American counterparts “Obama cousins.” They had this attitude towards anyone who looked remotely African American. This attitude carried forward in their mentor/advisory relationships with African-Americans as well as any Asian peoples.
Asian peoples would be called Hazari and thenceforth ignored being seen and treated as valueless. African Americans would be treated similarly.
I experimented with this a few times by having one of my team members discuss subjects with them and make suggestions about areas well within his expertise. None of the Afghans would take him seriously or attempt to put these suggestions into action going so far as to tell said team member that the suggestion would be impossible to implement or that it was a bad idea. Usually they would employ the favored Afghan tactic and say; “This is not in our culture.” I would make the same suggestions a week or so later. The Afghans would usually act on the suggestion within a week or so. Same suggestion, sold in much the same way. One Black person, one White person. Completely opposite reactions.
At my newest location, I discussed these racial attitudes with my interpreter. He replied that I may be correct. I have been able to step in here and get positive results in a much shorter time than my counterparts. I have noticed the relationships between my fellow advisors and the Afghans. From my vantage point after watching and listening for a month, there is no reason that more improvement could not have been made in a shorter time. However, two of the advisors with whom I work are Black. Both of them are experienced. Both of them retired military. They have the expertise to get the job done, to advise and to mentor. Both of them have been here in Afghanistan around 4 years as civilian advisors as well as having deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq while serving in the military.
Neither of them have made great strides in this position. Something toxic existed. That toxicity was, I surmised, the racism of the local Afghan officers.
Fast forward to a week ago, I told my interpreter that the reason that one of my counter-parts was having issues was the racism of his Afghan counterpart. My Interpreter gave me that “OKAY…” look and laughed it off. A couple of days later, this Afghan told me that he didn’t like “Africans.” His word for Black people. I looked at my Interpreter with raised eyebrow but said little. I’m not here to preach at anyone concerning moral issues. That said, I decided to put into action a plan to turn this Afghan Colonel towards the side of light and away from racism and prejudice. I’ll have to be subtle but anything is possible.
I’ve run into racism all over the world. For some odd reason, many Americans and especially the more naive people on the Left, believe that racism is “America’s special shame.” I don’t see it that way. Racism in America is mild as compared to that of Thailand, the Gulf and Central Asia. I’ve encountered racism, bigotry and prejudice the world over. It has hit me from all sides. I’ve been treated preferentially in places like Afghanistan and Cambodia because of my “bright skin.” I’ve also been treated as if I were less than human or automatically judged negatively due to the color of my skin and my national heritage. Being an American pays off well in most cases across the world. At times, though, being an American will be cause for instantaneous and harsh judgment. This is mostly the case with liberal Europeans who have a special hate for all things American.
I find it unfortunate and shameful that African Americans leave behind racism in America only to find racism on the opposite side of the planet. That same racism can be found all over, though. It is not unique to Afghanistan.
Myself, I’ve found it best to see people as they are. Through their actions and their interactions with humanity. Judging a person by the color of their skin or because of their place of birth or religion of birth is a wretched lens through which to see the world and interact with our fellow humans. I have met good people and evil people of all races, nationalities and religions. There is not special combination that magically informs me as to a persons goodness or lackthereof.
Judging on superficialities is the only sure way to close oneself off to the beauty that exists in the world. I have met wonderful people because I have refused to judge people based upon anything else but their individualism. We are each of us unique. No person should be judged based upon any subset or group. To look at another and instantly come to the conclusion that they are unworthy of me is in and of itself a shameful sin. To come to this conclusion simply because they have darker skin than I…that must be the greatest sin against humanity ever conceived by man.
Attorney General Eric Holder, who has suggested that critics of the Obama administration are motivated by race and referred to America as a “nation of cowards” on race issues while blasting Americans who resist more gun control laws, suggested that those opposed to President Barack Obama’s policy agenda of “fundamental transformation” are quietly prejudiced.
This idea that one cannot disagree with a Black President without being a racist is why I would think twice before ever voting for another Black President. I have witnessed this dynamic time and time again when a Black person has been called to lead. It doesn’t matter whether the Black person is hired to lead a College Basketball team or elected to lead a State. If one does not agree with said Black persons policies or if one does not believe that said Black Coach is leading that program forward or simply winning enough, one is automatically labeled a racist.
Why would I wish to place myself at the mercy of the race-baiters by electing or hiring a Black official? It has been the same with every Black leader whom I have witnessed in America. Ralph Nagin was accused of corruption. All of his accusers were labeled racist. A few years later, Nagin was caught red handed. Has an apology been issued by the race-baiters? No. Have the race-baiters acknowledged that they were incorrect and that Nagin was actually corrupt? No!
Tubby Smith could not recruit well enough or coach well enough to keep the University of Kentucky Basketball program in contention for the National Title. Kentucky underwent it’s longest Final Four drought under Tubby Smith. Players were not consistently being drafted in the NBA. When drafted, guys like Rondo and Prince were under-rated because of the Tubby Smith Ball Line D system. Tubby was no Rupp. He was no Pitino. He was no Calipari.
Last year, I criticized Calipari because I thought that he had his team underachieving. There were no cries of racism. I was merely called spoiled or an idiot. Any time that I criticized Tubby Smith during his tenure, I was labeled a racist even when Tubby Smith had made an obvious mistake. For instance, when he pulled a player from the foul line early and caused UK to be given a technical foul which cost the team the game, I balked and critiqued the boneheaded move. Even so, I was called a racist.
I see this with any issue involving a Black leader. One cannot be honest about Black leaders in America. For to be honest and to criticize them is to automatically be labeled a racist.
Now, we have Anthony Holder telling us that we cannot disagree with Barack Obama. If we do not march in lock step with Obama, we are surely racists. Never mind that the economy is stagnant. That’s not Obama’s fault. I guess it’s Whitey’s fault. Never mind that they actually tried to cover up Benghazi and PC sterilize it when they really didn’t need to do so. Never mind that Holder is attempting to establish more stringent gun control. It’s not the policies or the outcomes with which I disagree. According to Holder, it’s simply the color of Obama’s skin that causes me to disagree with Obama and believe him to be nothing more than another puppet for the Banking Oligarchy.
I fully realize that prejudice exists in America for it exists the world over. Prejudice, racism, bigotry — these will exist as long as two humans exist in the universe and are vying for control of finite land and resources. This is a part of human nature. We segregate ourselves willingly. We do so eagerly.
America is separate from Canada and Mexico. People who speak Spanish segregate themselves from folks who speak Arabic. Those who associate themselves as Pushtoon willingly segregate themselves from those who identify as Tajik and Hazara. Muslims eagerly segregate themselves from Christians. Sometimes, we separate violently such as the great rift between Pakistan and India in 1949.
Politically, I disagree with Obama as much as I disagreed with George W. Bush. Yet, I am a racist for disagreeing with Obama and not a racist for disagreeing with Bush. I thought Guantanamo should be closed and the prisoners either tried or deported back to their home nations. I disagree with universal wiretapping. I disagreed with bailing out banks. I disagree with gun control. I disagree with the corporate welfare state pushed by both Obama and Bush. I disagree with the criminally neglect energy policies of Obama and Bush. I disagree with the fascist and statist War on Drug policies of the puppets of the DNC and GOP.
When I disagreed with Bush, Republicans merely called me a “liberal.” When I disagree with Obama, Democrats call me a racist.
This state of affairs cannot continue. This nation, America, was built with a guarantee that I could disagree with my government. That I could protest my government. That I could petition and assemble peaceably to inform my government that I was displeased with their performance.
Yet, with a Black President, if I show my displeasure, I am automatically labeled a radical. A hate criminal. A potential or real terrorist. A Racist and a Bigot.
This cannot continue. There is no honest dialogue allowed when this is the rule in all conversations concerning Black leaders.
“Hidden Colors” — a documentary series about the cultural history of African Americans, identity and race in America — recently released the trailer for it’s third installment, “The Rules Of Racism.” And it looks good. The project features various speakers from scholars to entertainment vets like Nas, KRS-ONE, and Paul Mooney who begs the question: ‘whites have always done whatever they wanted to black people, so what are the rules?'”
How is that question not, in and of itself, racist?
“[W]hites have always done whatever they wanted to black people, so what are the rules?”
Whites or White People is a subject that apparently enthralls some Black people. The obvious answer to your question: THERE ARE NO RULES!
You aren’t dealing with “Whites” or “White people” because “Whites” do not all hate Black people as a group or even care about race. There are millions of “Whites” out there who really don’t care that you are Black or “not White.” The assumption that Black people are dealing with “Whites” when they are confronted with racism IS RACIST. The Black person wo makes this assumption is assuming that all White people act as one group. This person assumes that all “Whites” are racist when approaching the subject of racism from that erroneous angle. This is inherently racist. For what is racism?
Racism is actions, practices or beliefs, or social or political systems that consider different races to be ranked as inherently superior or inferior to each other, based on presumed shared inheritable traits, abilities, or qualities. It may also hold that members of different races should be treated differently. While most conceptualizations of racism include the notion of “race based discrimination”, the exact definition is controversial both because there is little scholarly agreement about the meaning of the concept “race”, and because there is also little agreement about what does and does not constitute discrimination.
Some definitions consider that any assumption that a person’s behavior would be influenced by their racial categorization is inherently racist, regardless of whether the action is intentionally harmful or pejorative, because stereotyping necessarily subordinates individual identity to group identity. In sociology and psychology, many definitions only include consciously malignant forms of discrimination.
However one view distinguishes prejudice from racism, holding that racism is best understood as ‘prejudice plus power’ because without the support of political or economic power, prejudice would not be able to manifest as a pervasive cultural, institutional or social phenomenon.  Among the questions about how to define racism are the question of whether to include forms of discrimination that are unintentional, such as making assumptions about preferences or abilities of others based on racial stereotypes, whether to include symbolic or institutionalized forms of discrimination such as the circulation of ethnic stereotypes through the media, and whether to include the socio-political dynamics of social stratification that sometimes have a racial component. Some definitions of racism also include discriminatory behaviors and beliefs based on cultural, national, ethnic, caste, or religious stereotypes. Some critics of the term argue that the term is applied differentially, with a focus on such prejudices by whites, and in ways that define mere observations of any possible differences between races as racism.
I’ll lay it out for those who need the obvious explained to them. Racists are individuals. There are no group rules when dealing with individuals. Each individual must be approached as such. White people are simply a group of folks who have been arbitrarily grouped together based upon the superficial characteristic of their skin color. White people do not have power over Black people. Individual White persons may have the power to shape public or group action in such a way as to negatively affect Black people. However, Black people such as Oprah Winfrey, Condoleeza Rice and Barack Obama also exist and have these same powers of influence.
Want to know what automatically turns me off to the subject of racism. It is the exact moment when an ignorant bigot such as Paul Mooney or Al Sharpton, who are obviously racist themselves, begin to talk about “White people” as if we all have the exact same opinions and as if we all act in concert against all Black people.
Racism in America began as an act of asserting power or authority over a minority group. Racism and it’s partner bigotry has affected every immigrant group which has traveled to America. That includes Germans, Jews, Italians, Polish, Chinese, Cambodians, Vietnamese, Cubans and continues with today’s bigotry directed against Latin American groups and all Muslim groups. Black people are not alone in having been victims of racism and bigotry.
Another complete misnomer is the idea that racism is unique to America. Racism and Bigotry exist the world over. Where there are differences in human groups and those groups are vying for power, there is racism and bigotry. This includes Africa. Africa is a hotbed of racism and bigotry based on everything from tribal affiliation to religion, ethnicity and nose length.
A major issue with the racial conversation in America is that it is rife with ignorance and myth. I’ll close with this bit of advice to folks like Paul Mooney: WHITES are not racist. WHITES have not always done what they want with Black people. If you want an honest conversation, do not begin with the premise that ALL WHITES are racist. It is an accusation. It is designed to alienate. It does alienate.
If you want to have an honest and civil discourse about racism in America, it cannot begin with bigoted assumptions. As soon as you start accusing ALL WHITES of being in control or being racists or bigots or even White, you have become yourself racist and bigoted.
Bigotry and racism will not solve racism and bigotry. Hate will not lead to understanding.
I grew up with Black people. I have always lived, worked, played and partied with Black people. The only time that I think of them as Black people is when some hateful person such as Paul Mooney opens his mouth to remind me that I’m White and they’re Black. The rest of the time, I think of them as Tyrone, Grover, Will, Frank, Tony, Mark, Rodney, JJ, George, McKinley, Greg, Katrina, She’Keena and Dorian.
I am fortunate to have traveled the world and to have befriended persons from all over this magnificent globe. I am fortunate to have been able to have bridged the divides that only a person such as Paul Mooney could possibly create for me. I am fortunate to have lived a life within which the only racial barriers which I have encountered were created from without. The only way to end racism is to erase race as a possibility. It is to see each individual based upon their individual merits and to be blind to superficialities such as skin color, nose width/length and hair texture. If we wish not to be judged based upon the color of our skin, we cannot achieve this by judging all others based upon the color of their skin. It is character, not color or toe length, that matters.
The hatred and vitriol directed towards homosexuals and immigrants from Latin America is a stain upon the fabric of American Society today. This same venom that was once directed at the Natives, Irish, Black people, Chinese and Japanese Immigrants darkens the soul of every American who does not speak out against it.
The War on Drugs is a war on American Liberty. As is the War on Terror. These are threats fabricated by the American Federal Government that are being used to erode our liberties.
Where is the America of the Revolution? Where is the America of the Statue of Liberty? When did we lose our attachments to the spirit of the Declaration of Independence and the “pursuit of happiness” and become a nation in pursuit of security from fabricated threats.
We send our troops around the world to liberate the peoples of other nations while we ignore, shun and sow hate against our neighbors.
America! We are a nation of immigrants. We were once the Champion of the oppressed. What has happened?
“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”
All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian.
I’m tired of people whining when they think that I am calling them a racist or bigot. If you are the type of person who cuts the word “Hope” from this picture and replace it with the world “Nigger.” If you are the type of person who creates or forwards emails that purposely denigrate whole groups of folks based on false information or misinformation.
If you participate in these types of activities, I’m not calling you a racist or a bigot. Your actions and words are an admission of your guilt and your true feelings. Don’t whine to me when I dispute the lies and ignorance of these actions and words.
Here’s a bit of a wake up call for all of you. Not all Muslims are terrorists or want to push Sharia on the world. Not all Black people are unemployed and on welfare. There are Muslims serving in the military and who have served in the military honorably. I work with a Muslim right now who is a true American and one of the better human beings whom I have had the pleasure to know in my life. These folks love America and what she represents in the World. If you disagree with Obama over policy, that’s fine. I do as well. If you hate Obama because he’s black or you think he’s a Muslim, you’re an ignorant racist/bigot. Period.
If you are a racist or a bigot, please move to Waziristan. Many folks in that region are as ignorant, bigoted and racist as are you. I don’t want your ignorance in my America.