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originally posted by: tothetenthpower
a reply to: whyamIhere
Here's the thing though. If you don't talk about the privilege afforded to some, then you can't really discuss how others are being discriminated against?
Mind you, America is probably one of the more racist countries on the planet. And that's because of your media and political/socio-economic systems, not really the people.
But yeah, growing up I had tons of advantages as a white, relatively wealthy male.
Still do, if I compare that to the struggle of some I know, even in my own community, how have more education and have better work ethics than I do.
I always said that if you want to stop racism, you have to stop participating in it. But, we do also have to come to terms that there are groups who are whole hardheartedly disenfranchised from all sides.
And we blame for their own predicament. That's the sad part.
originally posted by: KawRider9
No white guilt here. I don't know what my family did over 200 years ago and I refuse to look into it.
I'd rather live in the here and now and judge people for THEIR actions, not something that was done generations ago.
I like personal responsability...
originally posted by: Sremmos80
How about we just acknowledge that what happened in our past was just down right disgusting? Instead of just ignoring it and saying the past is the past. It happend and the values people had back then are still alive today.
We are just over 50 years of not having laws on the books that treated people as sub human so this 200 year mark is bunk.
I get the don't blame me for the sins of my father, but doesn't mean we can't be the bigger man and apologize for it.