Originally posted by CityIndian
reply to post by phoebeflakes
What you don't understand is blacks have gone through years of physical, economic, abuse. Being racist to a black person has years of this abuse
associated with it, a history of slavery and lynch mobs etc. Racism goes very deep for them, and any sign of racism, however slight, is going to
bring all that history into sharp focus.
Now look at you, whitey, you come from the privileged race that CREATED the situation that made blacks slaves, and put them in a situation of poverty
and oppression? Your race created the racism.
So if a black calls you whitey, or whatever, and upsets you then I have no sympathy. You want things to be equal when it's turned on you, but what
happened to equality when it came to all the other stuff blacks have had to go through?
(btw I'm a whitey before you assume otherwise)
[edit on 18-4-2009 by CityIndian]
It doesn't upset me if somebody calls me whitey. It upsets me that I was taught that I'm inherently racist for being white basically, and bombarded
with all this stuff about how I need to treat a certain group better (even though I'd never once given a flying sh*t about anyone's own race) but
despite this, many many people in that group remain highly, often absurdly racist, as though they were exempt from any of the principles taught.
Sorry, but if things are going to improve as far as negative effects of racism goes, I think everybody needs to take on a healthier attitude, not just
the people that did the most racist stuff in the past, whoever they may be. I am not personally responsible for what a bunch of white, sick a-holes
did, just because I too am white. They are sick a-holes, many white people aren't. Likewise for any other race.
Also, I am not asking for your sympathy.
Also, I wasn't talking about blacks, nor do you happen to know what I do and do not understand about their history.
I understand distress due to conflict and groups in the past, disgust, fear of similar action, but hate and racism is hate and racism and hurts and is
wrong, regardless. Just my opinion.
There are lots of things that happened to me in my LIFETIME, lots of things that are unfair that I have seen happen to my OWN family, let alone my
ancestors. I don't chose to perpetuate discrimination and I focus on avoiding trouble and hopefully finding solutions.
Be racist back to a group that was or is cruel, you just give them more 'justification' to do worse. It's wrong, but if you're smart, use some
'defensive driving' so to speak.