Originally posted by truthseeka
If one has reaped the benefits of those past injustices ... then whether or not one did the deed becomes largely a matter of irrelevance.
I strongly disagree and there's no basis for that statement.
I am not responsible for injustices done by someone else regardless
of the benefit OR detriment that I may experience as a result. So, in other
words, if my neighbor let's his house go to crap, and my home values plummet, I am not responsible for what HE did, any more than I am responsible if
he renovated and I benefited.
white people have a race card, too!!
Of course they do! It's the SAME card, regardless which race plays it. Black people don't get accused of playing the "black card". It's the
"race card" and anyone can play!
In my opinion (which is worth no more than any other single person) Tim Wise is kind of talking to hear himself speak. When he says stuff like the
previous excerpt about reaping benefits of past injustices - he has no basis in saying that other than it's his opinion. It’s really just another
opinion. In fact, his commentary is just that. A bunch of comments. Here’s another baseless opinion of his:
Those of us who are white remain thought of as sober-minded, and never as given to underestimating the extent of racism, making a molehill out of
what is, in fact, often a mountain, or playing our own race card, the denial card, which far and away trumps whatever pallid alternative
people of color may occasionally find in their own decks.
That’s BS. The denial card is the “Denial Card” and anyone can play it. And it doesn’t naturally “trump” the race card. That’s just a
bunch of useless opinion. Granted he’s allowed to have and express his opinion. But it doesn’t MEAN anything.
In other words, privilege is not merely about money and wealth...[r]ather it is the daily psychological advantage of knowing that one's
perceptions of the world are the ones that stick, that define the norm for everyone else, and that are taken seriously in the mainstream.
He’s assuming that all white people daily experience this “knowing” that our perceptions of the world are somehow more valid. That’s
ridiculous! Speak for yourself, white boy! I never think about that crap and if you do, you should be taking a good close look in the mirror. I think
this guy is carrying a great deal of “white guilt”, myself and writes about it to assuage it.
While people of color bear the burden of disproving negative stereotypes regularly--when interviewing for a job, taking a standardized test, or
merely driving in the "wrong" neighborhood, where they are presumed not to belong--whites rarely if ever have to worry that the actions of
others like us, no matter how horrible, will stick to us or force us to prove that we are somehow different.
I call BS!!!
Whites (like myself ) definitely bear the burden of disproving negative stereotypes and proving that we are not like other whites!
I have spent page after page after post and post trying to do JUST THAT and STILL, I am grouped in with the most racist and most guilty of them all.
IN FACT, the very idea of making a thread on White Privilege or Reparations groups me in with the guilty because I’m white!
I don’t deny that this is the case for black people too, but whites carry the burden too.
If the President of the United States mispronounces every fifth word out of his mouth, none of us white folks have to worry that someone will
ascribe his verbal incompetence to some general white illiteracy.
Sure we do! Have you noticed how people of other countries think about Americans? They think we’re as stupid and useless as our president. And have
you never heard the terms “white trash” and “redneck”??? Do you think they’re talking about Asians with those terms???
Strange. People here on this site support the slop eating police harassing me because I'm black, yet don't have to worry about me not trusting my
money to white people in a financial institution.
And there, you’ve proved my point. You just credited ATS members (AKA “white people”) as supporting the police harassing you because you’re
black. Don’t take offense if I don’t bother to try to disprove the negative stereotype and prove that I am not like other whites that may
Edit for clarity and to fix tags.
[edit on 25-2-2007 by Benevolent Heretic]