posted on Sep, 19 2009 @ 09:50 AM
As a white girl I am gonnna disagree with you somewhat, LOL. Can I use the excuse that I have an outside view?
First off, while yes, it is often being used as an excuse, there has been rampant and still current segregation and racisism in this country. I have
seen it, we all have seen it.
Because of civil rights, the tactics are getting very veiled, and are not always obvious. If it is not taught to you, then you just may not see it at
There is still major oppression towards women, and it is such a slight of hand that most women don't even realize it.
My mother works for the civil rights division, she still has plenty of work to do. And she tells me tactics that are used for veiled
For example, employers may not discriminate against hiring, but what they do is they keep someone for 6 months and then can them.
To work the numbers essentially.
I have been discriminated against several times for being a woman, and pregnant.
I think what is happening for the black community is that it is conditioning. They have been kept down for 100s of years by the man. So what happens
if you conditioned a race for centuries and tell them they can' do anything? Well it is going to become a persistent mindset. Especially since you
still have seniors that remember rampant discrimination.
It is not going to be erased in a few decades.
The other problem is, and the black community is not alone in this, and what Prez Obama has been trying to say. Is that the black community is
obsessed witht he idea that the only success in life is to become a sports star or hip hop star.
I have had black friends who were so smart, and even had degrees who still obessed over becoming a football star. Yet they could of done so much as a
scientist or something else. It was heartbreakign to watch.
And I think because of these high expectations, then people become defeated, and feel worthless and it almost becomes a self fullfilling prophecy.
For the life of me what I can't figure out is that the community always accusses the man of holding them down. Yet when anyone tries to be
successful, they hold them back and berate them for trying to be like white people. I have seen this personally.
I had a friend/coworker. Beautiful and intelligent woman. Who was going to college to study to be a midwife and nurse. She got hassled by her black
friends for acting like a white person. And for getting "high and mighty". yet this woman was going to be a midwife so she could coach poor black
mothers and empower them to have healthy and successful pregnancies!! It just boggled my mind. And she struggled with her identity as a result.
As far as people becoming whiney about Merry christmas and everything else. This is kind of hypocritical. And only people who are not affected by it
complain about it.
It was the very same tactics used by the civil rights division to get people to understand that certain phrases and terms are segratory and divisive.
There are certain terms that are harmful. Some many people don't even realize. If minority communities didn't insist on society removing hurtful
phrases, then it gives people permission to continue to degrade a portion of society.
Is Merry Christmas a negative term? No. But it does alienate a portion of the community and is forcing a belief and assuming that everyone should
celebrate a sector of society. Now I don't mind it as I see christmas as a national holiday of winter celebration.
And it does not matter the size of that society, as black people know very well. It shouldn't be based on numbers.
You say that those people are getting those days off, they shouldn't complain. IN a sense, no. But in another sense, they are getting those days off
but yet don't get the days off to celebrate their own holidays.
As someone who is a member of a religion that is not aknowledged and is often degraded and stigmatized, I know this all to well.
So just because the the portion of the fight for the black community is over, doesn't mean it is over for all communities.
Is it such a bad thing for people to show those sects respect? Or should we stay in the mindframe that the majority rules?