Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
What disturbs me is the ease at which many black people seem to categorize white people as having more access to programs or more specifically as
having such an advantage or being 'entitled' to the good things in life...My suspicion is that black people (speaking generally here for a moment)
either have no clue about white poverty or discount it in some way.
People all over the world think that all white Americans are rich. TV, a medium largely controlled by whites, routinely depicts white Americans as
comfortably middle-class or better.
Do you think that could be the reason "many black people seem to categorize white people as... being 'entitled' to the good things in life"?
It's almost like these people blame the white people for their station in life.
I know that wasn't supposed to be funny, but it was... in a very, very sad way.
You are addressing another topic entirely now.
Another aspect of this that I find interesting...
I know you said you were covering a lot of topics, but I just wanted to point that out to
everyone else. Conflating 'why everyone thinks white Americans are rich' and intra-ethnicity classism just confuses things.
is that usually when a black person becomes wealthy or famous or successful, many black people ‘disown’ them as being too white or selling
Clarification, and, BH, I know you didn't know this. As I was reading your quote, it occurred to me that you said "being
That's incorrect. Black people, please correct me, but I've always heard "acting
too white." There's a difference. "Being
white" is something outside your own control, ie, I knew a black girl who grew up in a place where her family was the only black one. She
white." That was no act. OTOH, "acting
white" is offensive, because it's a conscious disavowal of whoever you had been,
before. I don't know if I explained that well, but I think this misunderstanding is at the root of your question.
Anyway, to respond to your quote, I've 'disowned' a few famous people, for "acting too white." It has nothing to do with wealth, like, simply
having money turns you white. After all, this isn't Brazil. No, it has to do with a kinda mental lapse whereby black people who were formerly poor
(and felt oppressed, whether true or not) make a little money and purposely forget being poor. Literally. Now, nobody's asking that they dwell in
their past, but unlike you, BH, when they
get out of whatever f'd-up situtation, they don't become advocates for the poor, or the black, or
whatever. No, all of a sudden, they're friggin Republicans.
That's what pisses off the rest of us.
Conversely, there are plenty of sucessful black people who simply are themselves, and, yet, can manage to enter the larger, mainstream world, excel,
and still identify with average black people.
They seem to equate wealth with white and that’s a misconception.
I think the phrase is older than we realize. If it's from the slavery, Reconstruction, or Jim Crow periods (most of our great country's history),
it was accurate at the time. It might be slightly anachronistic, but it's still useful, linguistically, in that it conveys a well-understood
PS, I responded to your other thread, BH, but the server must have been down bc I lost my post.
I didn't remember what I had written, but I have
pieces of it on a word document. I'll get it together, promise.