(A quick apology for the long read.) I tend to stay away from the "race-tinged" threads as many of them are fueled by emotion filled statements that
end up turning the thread into a murky quagmire of painful reading. That said, curiosity sent me into this thread, as I dont watch much TV and hardly
any mainstream news.
I am not at all surprised about what is going on, because it is the "same-ol same-ol" dressed up in different clothes. The idea is division
and its an idea that works very well with us as a country, as sad as I am to say that. We let such trivial things divide us as a people, and fear and
ignorance are the fuel for this divide.
I am a black female, although I am very much a "mutt" as my lineage is very diverse and multicultural. I am also a very "out-of-the-box" person
so generalizations about what it means to be black, or female for the most part, do not apply to me. When I meet someone I honestly do not see color,
ethnicity, or gender when I am trying to get to know them.
I see a person based on YOU
, the real you. And while I realize there are opposite extremes on any spectrum, generalizations based on an
extreme life example truly limits you as a person and the extent to which you learn something new. This in terms of understanding another individual.
So if a person
comes to me and says they dont like Obama because of XYZ, well I believe them.
I dont attach race to it, and I dont attach ignorance to the person. I understand that some people do this, but not ALL people. I would like to
formally state that there are certain cultural aspects
of being black that are generally true. However, the generalization that all
black people think or act the same way is just plain false.
I am proof of this and I am not unique or different or somehow not black. (Believe it nor not, I have had this said to me.) Some people thrive off of
strife, drama, and other negative emitting emotions. Therefore, no amount of logical, fact-filled, information will deter them from the desire to
gain that negative emotion.
I am hopeful that we as a people and as a nation will finally wake up and demand some accountability, and real definable actions to fix this mess we
are in. Despite the efforts of a powerful few to keep us divided and stuck arguing over things that in the end dont matter. I am hopeful because we
have places like ATS where we can share ideas and knowledge and be from different cultures, genders, and economical backgrounds.
Of course, there is a popular thread up now where there is a threat to take the internet away from us. (
) What better way to get us to go to one source for information? A fine
helping of MSN anyone?
In response to the post on page 2 by deadline527, I am very sorry that your experience with black people has left you with understandable objections
and biases towards the race as a whole. However, the truth is, generalizing and making statements such as:
"I grew up around black people, and am forced to interact with them when I go to stores like walmart." ... "We all know african americans as a
culture are louder. They express emotion by jumping around, stamping their feet, and so on. They are also less likely to conform to standards set
forth by society."
are statements that make your dislike of black people painfully obvious. So if you were to meet me for instance, I would be pre-judged by you and
treated accordingly. I am regretful that you feel forced
to shop with black people in wal-mart. Try shopping with some in Macy's or Target,
you may find the experience more pleasant.
I also express my emotions very well with well thought out words and have never felt the need to resort to stomping or yelling to get my point across.
I admit that I am not a conformist, but this is true only in terms of conformity to fit inside anyone's pre-labeled box of how I am supposed to act,
think, or believe. I hope that one day you will be able to meet someone, who happens to be black, who will have a positive influence on your life.
In reference to the OP, I wonder just how long the people who put this stuff out there think we will put up with it. There has to be a breaking point
somewhere, and I often wonder if they are aware of this, dont care, or dont believe a breaking point is even possible. I for one feel a sort of
tension in the air, and it is quite tangible to me.