reply to post by Clark Savage Jr.
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
In a class of race relations that was taught by an ultra-liberal Obama-lovin' graduate student, we watched the video of L'il Wayne's "Lollipop."
My personal feeling was that the single was an example of the cultural supremacy of Blacks. However, one attractive young white girl pointed the video
and the song out as a product of "white construction." Its an absolutely ignorant assertion, as we all know (and even I pointed out) how Blacks have
essentially created a culture separate from the rest of the America, one that eventually creeped into the mainstream and grabbed a hold on American
youth. Yes, whites and others exploit it, but the idea that L'il Wayne was "manufactured" by Whites is just absurd and pure conspiracism at best.
L'il Wayne knows what he's doing, nobody is forcing him to take on that image and sing that crap (you can't spell "crap" without "rap,"
My point being, I completely agree with you on the notion that Blacks have cultural supremacy since the late '80s. Always have thought so and always
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.
Its the "rally by whites" notion I take exception to, however. It seems like you agree that whites control wealth and political power in American
society. If so, then why on Earth is a "white rally" even necessary? Your assertion is based largely on the belief wealth and power do not go as far
as it may once had and cultural power holds more water. You do have a point, as Barack Obama's initial "attractiveness" was the idea a Black man
could become president (as stated by the brave Geraldine Ferraro).
But when it comes down to the wire, what matters more? The music on the radio, or the ability to feed, clothe, and educate yourself and your family?
Culture comes and goes, it warps and changes. For all we know rap and hip-hop culture could die out within the next decade and youth of the next
generation will be listening to country. Even if rap reigns supreme, Generation Y, in retirement age, will probably have gotten tired of hearing about
bitches and ho's. Yet the need to support oneself and family, as well as ensure survival and the pursuit of happiness will trump any of these other
You and I are at an impasse, as you clearly place greater emphasis on cultural power. I do not disagree with you there. But I don't think there is
any way to challenge the fact that the ability to harbor wealth, political power, and experience secure, fulfilling lives is more important than the
ability to tell those who control much of their fates that they are racist, or whatever they say. After all, not all Blacks become rappers. In
addition, the ability to cry "reverse racism" shows the entrechment of colorblindness in today's society. Its become so entrenched that we do not
even notice racism anymore. We always look for the big markers, such as culture, but the fact is, its in the most mundane of things, in everyday
On the issue of rallies, Whites have no reason to have rallies. They hold ultimate power in American society. A rally would be rubbing it in, would it
not? Not to mention there isn't really a "white culture" to speak of anyway. The White population is so diverse to the point we might as well just
start with St. Patrick's Day and branch off from there. Then again, America should celebrate no culture but American culture.
Some may be wondering how I am seemingly holding two different positions on the issue. Well, I'm not. Race relations is a very complex matter and
thus, my own position is very complex. Racism still exists, but I also happen to be very pragmatic about the issue. I will never tolerate the
assertion that Whites are disadvantaged compared to Blacks, as well the notion that the plight of Blacks is due purely to a lack of "individual
responsibility." However, I will smack down any Black or non-White who implies that people of a particular race have no right to associate with
people like themselves, unless they are racist. If they do not want racism to be judged on an individual basis, then these liberals need to stop
complaining about personal behavior.