posted on Aug, 6 2006 @ 12:06 PM
By all due respect, dg, don't feel sorry for me. I'm fine and my life is too. Contrary to what you and others have tried to perceive about me, I
don't spend my life embittered over race. In fact, I talk about it like many other subjects. In fact, I find it funny that people like you paint me
as so ensconced in racial issues. I am much more political in scope by nature. And more threads on the board have been devoted to those concerns
than ever about race.
Actually, there are many threads before I came a member that feature other posters of color defending African-Americans-especially when other
posters have decided to "give advice" to the "Black Community". And believe me, the posters in threads like those were rather unforgiving about
There are always threads (includiing another one about Asian cops in Britain) that has someone admit openly they don't like Muslims or Africans. I
have not answered at all in that thread. But I read it with a lot of interest. Luckily, there are very wonderful members who are defending the right
to be humane towards other people.
There is another thread about Cynthia McKinney and her Challenger Hank Johnson, in which I had two posts in. But the people participating in that
thread kept on perpetrating that she "had a bad attitude". Funny. I've never heard of the same people equate a white person with a "bad
There are many others that use "race" in a "thread about race" besides me. I didn't start the threads about Cynthia McKinney, BET, nor the
NAACP. Those were started by other people. And they were participated by not only myself but other posters of color who were trying to get their
point of across, but always get ignored because they are simply written off as "crying about race".
Some of these members who speak back were here on the boards a lot earlier than myself. And from what I have read about the past treatises of race on
this board, they had it worse than I did.
I understand your position and I agree with it most of the time. But the line has to be drawn when it comes about defending others in terms of
I don't know about you, but I really don't like people putting Black people down and robbing them of their self-respect and dignity just because a
group of people do so to justify their biases. I know you don't like to offend anyone, but I respect your right to not get involved when defending
the dignity of Latinos--ethnically or race-wise. But I've read other people who do get involved and try to make a difference.
But then again, Black people continually represent the only race that in which the door is swung open wide enough for people to constantly degrade,
laugh at, and put down culturally, intellectually and politically because of a small minority who continues to be embittered about acceptance and
participation in diversity. They are sick and tired of "trying to be politically correct" because that would have them be forced to be fully
accepting of others even though culturally they haven't had to do so before.
It's even amazing to me that someone had the insight to start a thread about why people hate the Jews, when no one else has had the courage to start
one about the hatred of Blacks. That's because Africans and African-Americans, by extension, are continually verbally beaten up by others who
No one posts a thread about the Africans dying in Darfur because of they are more content to speak badly about them. Instead, they take the time to
perpetuate the stereotypes of Blacks everywhere because they can instead of solving these pertinent issues in Africa (That is what "Africa: The
Prison Continent" is about). And the posts about Africans were far worse than the diatribes about Blacks in America by FF and others.
I am happy that someone had the courage to create that thread and continue discussing why "people hate the Jews" with posters there actually
questioning history and their own attitudes in searching for the reason. At least, people are working on their feelings in that thread and trying to
be humane in their search for answers.
For Blacks? No one would ever do that kind of search for understanding at all. Instead, you get threads like this one with a whole lot of people
"tired about race-relations and racism" who constantly vent their anger and put down Blacks in agreement with other people.
I too wish this thread was closed, but for other reasons. I just think that instead of posting threads as this one, things would best be served if
people openly admitted their feelings about Blacks. That would save a lot of bandwidth about putting down the NAACP, BET and other Black
organizations and people. But hiding their bias behind a Black organization and using "equality" as a false reason, they continue to perpetuate
stereotypes about Black people.
For what it is worth, I still admire your friendship with FlyersFan. I still accept your defense of her because that is what a friend does
But FlyersFan's posts toward posters of color seriously have to be considered. I am not the only poster of color who has had to withstand her nasty
comments about African-Americans especially when those posts repeat the same derogatory tripe over and over.
Being tired about race doesn't even explain half of her posts. They are virulently hateful of Black culture and people.
So, I am deeply sorry I said cracker-crat and if it offended others. But I am not sorry for what I said to FlyersFan. She plays the victim and
"screams about race" far better than I could ever do. She often gets away with it because others agree with her virulent assumptions about
Blacks--especially when there is no one to defend Black people here on the boards at all.
I don't play the victim, dg. I do have the courage to fight for the dignity of my own race instead of trying not to "offend anyone", however.
"Trying not to offend people" for the sake of others who don't give a damn about my race is too high for the price of assimilation. But some
willingly pay it and suffer quietly just to fit in.
That's the difference between you and me. I recognize that there are good and bad Black people. However, I can't sit back and let someone put my
people down. And if I don't agree with what the dominant culture says about the actions of Black people, I tell them. I am not the type to just go
along with what those perpetuating prejudicial, hateful stereotypes of my race say just because of the fear of being "painted as a victim". It's
called self-hate and I don't practice it.
As for African-American things to be discussed here, I'm not the gate-keeper. People can discuss what they want. My views can't possibly stop
others from what they want to post. I am not that powerful on this board. I am not a mod. I am not a staff member. So this is not true.
But most of your claims about my subject matter of posting is exaggerated, though. I spend only a fraction of my time about race. The same could be
said about my blog. Only a few entries are actually written about race. More time is spent about "civil liberties" and politics. And I will still
devote my time to those areas because they are very pertinent in this day and age.
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