posted on Jan, 21 2009 @ 04:26 PM
Originally posted by sweatmonicaIdo
reply to post by tdavis0096
This isn't an issue of personal behavior. If it provides any consolation, a lot of whites and liberals have criticized me for not voting for
Are whites the only people who can be racist? Absolutely not. As we saw in Samuel L. Jackson's character in Lakeview Terrace, even blacks can be the
most racist of people. I myself have been very vocally critical of the rhetoric employed by many blacks, liberals, and self-called "tolerant people"
against whites and on race in America. However, its an issue of power. Racism by blacks is unjustifiable, but the idea that it hurts society as much
as racism by whites is absurd and deserves no dignity. Whites carry the most power (of any type) in this country, thus racism by them carries more
weight and has a greater effect than racism by any other group. Remember that segregation was not just an official policy in many places, it was also
an unofficial, "just-the-way-it-is" policy as well. There is no way the entire Black community of America could ever make segregation both an
official and unofficial policy, disenfranchise whites, and make it stick. It would never happen because Blacks do not carry the power in society.
Without understanding the intersection between race, power, money, and even gender, then yes, you are pathetically naive on the issue of race
relations. Its not just about "'n-word'" and lynchings anymore.
I have never discriminated against another human because of their skin color
Everyone's been racist at one point or another. There is no society or person that is immune to racist sentiments. To say one has never been racist
is to perpetuate the myth that we live in colorblind society.
[edit on 21-1-2009 by sweatmonicaIdo]
I must take exception with all respect to one point in particular that you bring to bear:
"Whites carry the most power (of any type) in this country, thus racism by them carries more weight and has a greater effect than racism by any other
With that statement you speak of primarily finiancial and political power, neither of which is as influential as most think. Whites do NOT in fact
have the cultural power that blacks have as far as pop culture and popular sympathetic thought is concerned, particularly where todays youth are
This isnt a case of buying a bigger house in a whiter neighborhood..its a case of popular thought and accepted societal reactions and standards. A
rally by whites is ridiculed,white pleas for 'equal attention' culturally are laughed down ---and blacks know and understand this tactic and
mechanism perfectly and expect it to be the case simply because its very culturally accepted to deny the white race simple luxuries such as grouping
or associating exclusively with other whites.
Given simple numerical realities then, this type of cultural racism used by some in the black race can in fact be as damaging--and as wrong---as any
financial or political racism used by whites because that is instantly exposed and dismantled by the societal and cultural power that the black race
controls. Of course, besides the obvious moral wrongness, the side effect is the building and encouraging of a victim mentality amongst black
youth..and entire 'thug and drug' culture that is truly tragic.
(It would be a very interesting topic indeed to see who may ULTIMATELY control the black cultural power-grab that has went on the last three decades,
however, and fingers of blame can in fact extend beyond the black community.)