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originally posted by: anicetus
Shouldn't it be called "White Shame"? "White Guilt" sounds like you feel guilty of something your ancestors did.
Why would anyone feel guilt over that? Who exactly is trying to make us "white" people feel guilty? How exactly are they trying to make us "white" people feel guilty?
Are we going to play victim to ignorant nonsense? If one understands racism, where it derives from and how it works. Then one can intellectually denounce such ignorance. I'm ashamed of anyone who doesn't understand that...
This is one of the most pathetic threads ever... and it really does not surprise me with how many stars and flags it received. We live in a nation of ignorance.
My mind won't let me play victim... it's the way I'm hardwired I guess. If anyone tries to white shame me, lol... whatever the heck that is, I may or may not waste my energy, unless I'm in the talking mood. So in other words, shake your damn head and walk away, or speak from an "educated" mind.
Why the heck was slavery brought up? I've got plenty of "black" friends and not once have we ever had a conversation of slavery. If we have, which is possible, I would have probably been the one to bring it up and it would definitely been on an intellectual level.
originally posted by: DegreeofFre3
a reply to: tothetenthpower
New here, rather first post from lurking. Came across this earlier from other delving. One of the least racist countries. The continent of Africa does have a couple of strikes.... Sorry for the bubble pop! www.dailymail.co.uk...
Hope the link works.
originally posted by: suz62
a reply to: whyamIhere
No white guilt here. My family had nothing to do with slavery. We got here well after that. Ain't gonna happen.
Besides, I never apologize for having an opinion.
originally posted by: retiredTxn
a reply to: 3u40r15m
Both Al and Jesse need to move on, and then things may start moving in the right direction. I don't have a spokesman, and for damn sure not a KKK leader. My one and only leader is Jesus Christ. Don't think He would be accepted into the KKK.
originally posted by: Galvatron
Most people don't understand that "white" countries were the first countries on earth to abolish slavery in codified law. This started somewhat in the medieval period with Kingly declarations in countries like Sweden or the Sachsenspiegel in Germany. But in the medieval period, nations, as they are today, hadn't yet formed, and the "countries" were more or less a very complex web of family and warlord alliances. England's abolition of slavery as a modern nation in 1706 is arguably the most significant.
Up until this point, the institution of slavery was prevalent and popular all over the world, and throughout history, regardless of race or culture. Arab, African, and Indian institutions of slavery basically start with the beginnings of their civilizations and only ended in the 20th century. Heck, the only countries left in the world that practice legalized slavery are in Africa. Near-slavery also still exist in law in some middle eastern countries as well as some central and south east Asian countries. I think it is important to point out that the countries that still practice slavery or near-slavery with codified law are nominally or predominantly Muslim countries, Niger being a notable secular exception.
It's also interesting that when European countries started to abolish slavery in codified law in the 1700s, within 100 years of doing so, they experienced an industrial revolution.
It makes one wonder what would have happened had the Romans abolished slavery under the rule of say Trajan or Marcus Aurelius. They had knowledge of steam power, but viewed it as a novelty: en.wikipedia.org... . HIstory might have turned out very differently indeed.
Is the media dividing the country? Absolutely. It race being used as a divisive tool? Absolutely. What's the end game? Who knows, but you'd have to be blind not to see it. Does race exist? Scientifically absolutely. Even at the cellular level, different races are slightly different. There's a reason why drug companies actually make drugs specific for blacks and native americans. Their cellular pathways, in some instances, are different enough from Caucasians and Asians for drugs not to work on them nearly as effectively. Bidil, a heart medication, is a good but often swept under the rug example. Does all of this mean people can't get along? No, we certainly can. It does however, mean recognizing not only our similarities, but also our differences and understanding them. I'd much rather work with people through understanding our differences rather than work with people through ignoring them.
If you've ever worked abroad, understanding cultural difference is key to being successful. I think the same can be said for racial difference too. Ignoring them always leads to confusion, problems, and ultimately dissatisfaction.