Originally posted by ScRuFFy63
reply to post by Sheeper
While blacks may continue to segregate themselves, the mentality that causes that was not our fault. And while I won't condone it what we now have as
a people is nothing compared to what we have been through as a people.
Dont mean to jump on you here Scruff, but I have issues with a few things here.
The mentality is not your fault? Sooner or later you people ( and I say you people because thats how you refer to yourself) have to get out from under
that shadow and take responsibility for yourself and your actions. You weren't a slave. Instead of being a generation of people oppressed by The Man,
be the generation that overcame. Encourage your people to get educated and get involved and make a difference, and work to convince those that dont to
join you. Leave the past behind and move forward to a future you have the power to shape. I'm not saying forget it, but look ahead, not behind
What you have is nothing compared to what you went through? Try living in Africa and tell me you wish things had worked out differently. Yes slavery
was a horrible thing, if I had been around those days I would have been one of the many white people that risked their lives and their property to
help those people escape or gain their freedom. But look at where the ancestors of those people are now. Doctors, lawyers, inventors, actors,
musicians, athletes, teachers, scientists, politicians, PRESIDENT. That's a long freaking way from not being able to drink at the water fountain.
Yes, there are many poor black folks, too many I'd say. But you know what, there's poor white people too, along with mexicans, asians, Native
Americans(can't forget about them, how's that for a rough history?). All races have suffered and paid heavy prices and gotten the shaft in some way
shape or form. How about all those white people that served their country with honor and courage and faces horrors we couldn't believe and came home
and were forgotten about by the same government that used them like a pawn? The point is, no race has a monopoly on oppression. How about the Jews?
They sure had it rough eh? Or the Soviets under Stalin? The Palestinians are having a regular picnic over in Gaza these days huh?Oh and how about the
genocide in Darfur? Compared to some of these other oppressed people black folks in the US are doing mighty fine.
Racism is bad mmkay? But, BUT! White people dont have a monopoly on that either, every race has people that are racists. In fact, Racism is not a race
specific quality, it's a character flaw. And it's reactionary, people who see racism everywhere tend to be racists themselves on some level as a
reaction. Because you say hey, that cartoonist made a racist cartooon, he must be racist, I bet hes white too. Freaking white racist! That's the
problem with racism, it makes racists out of everybody.
If you think I am racist, don't blame my skin color, blame my character, or else you're a racist too. Regarding the cartoon in question, see it how
you want, nobody can stop you and nobody should judge you. But if you think it's racist, blame the man not the color of the man.
All that being said, I applaud you for your composure and level- headedness. You got some steel in you to be able to say what you mean and feel in the
face of people with less conviction and more bias.
Edit to add the Darfur comment, seems especially relevant here.
[edit on 20-2-2009 by Gigatronix]