posted on Jul, 17 2007 @ 10:28 PM
I have been lobbying over this one for a few days, trying to decide if I wanted to even discuss it. After much elaboration, I thought I'd go with
it. I've thought of it from several different angles, and personally, this comes across as some blatant white privilege in my opinion.
Currently I live in an apartment building. About two months ago, maybe less, a native woman moved in across the hall with three young children. Very
nice lady, kids were very polite, and I enjoyed having them in the building. It can be sketchy at times having someone new move in, because you
don't know what you are in for. But within a day or two, I was quite content with my new neighbours. Anyways, over the last week, week and a half,
my girlfriend had noticed that they were not around anymore, and their car was nowhere to be seen. Seemed odd, but it is the summer, so we assumed
they were simply out of town.
Then a couple days ago, I had noticed some movers from the company that owns the building, coming in and out of their apartment, and taking all of
their stuff. The place was full of all their stuff, right down to the dishes in the cupboard. Seemed odd, but I never payed much attention to it.
Apparently there are a few "gossipers" in the building, because a few people made it their business to find out exactly what had happened. Seems
that this lady took her children and bolted. Whether they paid rent or not, I have no idea. But I know she left everything behind, and the people
who own the building are forced to put her belongings into storage.
That evening when I was coming into the building, there were a few of the tenants out front enjoying a beautiful evening. They were all talking about
this lady, who is a native, and how she bolted from the building. Everyone was talking some serious smack about her, and had nothing good to say.
This, a lady who got along with everyone while here, was suddenly the brunt of every inappropriate comment known to man. I listened to what they had
to say for a few moments, and then grew too frustrated and went into the building.
I did not engage them on this, but I honestly believe that if this were a white woman who had done this, nothing would have been said, or a viable
excuse would have been given. But because she is a native, or anything other than white for that matter, all of these people are sitting out front of
my building, ridiculing this lady for whatever decision she was forced to make.
Now this isn't too much, but when you look for these slight privileges, it seems to be quite visible from my end of things, at this moment. It can
be said that it is people like this, the native lady, who create these negative stereotypes for minorities. But that is a double edge sword that is
just as sharp on either side. She can be guilty of creating these stereotypes for making a poor decision, but at the same time, she should not be
ridiculed any more for her decision than any white, black, purple, yellow, etc.
So what say ye?
When white people act inappropriately, is it just good people making bad choices? When minorities act inappropriately, is it merely reinforcing these
negative expectations that have already been laid out before them?
In the 15 or so months I've lived here, a lot of people have come and gone. Probably isn't the first time that this has even happened. But from
what I've seen, this is the first time that we've had someone living in the building, that isn't white. And now, after her climactic departure,
she's nothing more than the dirt we scrape from our shoes.
Blatant double standard in my building here, and I'll be sure to keep my head down the next time my lovely neighbours are enjoying another beautiful
[edit on 17-7-2007 by chissler]