posted on Aug, 10 2010 @ 01:35 AM
First of all let me first start with, I am NOT racist towards anyone, of any nationality, if you happen to be another race and I don't like you, I
assure you there is another reason, and I would have stated why.
Now with that said, I have seen lots, I mean lots of recent threads where race and racism has been thrown around as if it has been over for so long,
it should be irrelevant. When you call someone out on their nationality or their color, and you are not of the same race, how is your approach?
Do ask the opinion of that person, or declare that they no longer have a leg to stand on because their ancestors haven't been in literal shackles for
200 + years? Sometimes when you think that you are speaking out for someone, you can actual be making the situation worse.
Here's an example, I had a co-worker once who has immigrated from North Korea, I happened to had seen a documentary about the atrocities there and
wanted to ask her a few questions. I don't think that I approached her the wrong way, but she was reluctant to answer the only question I had, and
that was, are the things I heard and saw real?
She seems frightened, and I felt bad, and told her in NO WAY was she obligated to answer my question, and I learned to understand that I could never
in my lifetime understand what she went through. I had a huge amount of respect for her, and we later became friends, and it never came up again.
Now my example was in reference that most of us here in America cannot say that you can identify with, but the black and white issue is more at play
here ( I don't even want to get into the illegal immigrant thing), and there seems to be a divide in who should have someone to blame, and who should
take the blame.
Im sure that no one here is in need of a lesson on the past as far as slavery is concerned, and though it happened long ago, and isn't happening the
same way now, does it give us the right to dismiss it as a whole?
I don't think that white people should take the blame for what happened years ago, as I don't think that if a person expresses the fact that it
happened, even if it did so long ago, its not to demoralize the facts. In some countries you can get arrested for denouncing atrocities to a certain
race, but here it seems to be a way to set the blame, on both ends.
Who you are today, no matter your race is a representation. If a white person senses racism from a black person, yes, they have the right to point
that out, as it should be the other way around. As far as I know there hasn't been a set of rules that has been set for people to address each other,
unless you think that political correctness is included.
Pride needs to come from your actions and not the color of your skin, or where your family came from, especially if you claim pride in the plight of
those before you. To say well, white people went through the same, it doesn't give precedence to a black person unless the same was said.
We still live in a diverse world, and everyone will have their point of view, but speaking from what you heard and not what you know doesn't make it
so. If I know 2 white people, that doesn't give me a pass to call them whitey, it just gives me the right to claim them as friends, I wouldn't even
be able to speak on their behalf, unless I was there.
I guarantee you that what happened so many years ago with almost all of our ancestors is accurate, then we ALL have a story to tell, but its
his-story, not your-story.
I am all for the rights of all black, white , Asian, gay, frankly I don't care about most of those things, I only care if your a good person, and you
will not get that reaction from anyone if you first make an assumption, and you don't get to know them.
So, if you know first hand, or you can speak from experience, then maybe we can start a better form of dialog and avoid any future problems.
For every person that I see, if they are white, I don't automatically think racist, If I see a black person I don't automatically think a thug, it
surprises me that when I come here and we cannot even have this form of discussion without the constant assumption, all that say's to me is that we
are further away from progress then I thought.
For those of you who have felt violated, or even those who have violated someone based on their race, or spoke out without understanding someone
else's point of view, this is just a perspective of a person that knows that our intent is not always the way it seems, and sometimes we need to take
a look back and make sure, that we (either side) wasn't portrayed or portrayed themselves in a false and dim light.
Peace to you...