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Originally posted by hotel1
I am sure that the other culture's you mentioned could also list only negative aspects of their histories such as Africans selling other Africans into slavery, twenty million Chinese murdered by their own government, Jewish bankers financing both sides in various conflicts, Ethnically cleansing Turkey of Armenians, 9/11, or many other attrocious acts carried out by people that are not white.
So in the interests of balance I would point out that it was largely white males that built the civilised world as we know it, put the first man in space, and on the moon, conquered the wildernesses, explored the unknown world, began the concept of philanthropy, and social justice, set up the original charitable trusts, brought wealth through trade, scientific progress, healthcare, literature for all, free education, broke the sound barrier, and more.
Originally posted by Indigo Starchild
I wish I was anything else. First of all, being white and male is the most boring choice of all. All the other cultures are so colorful and have long deep traditions. The only things white males have is oppression and a history of darkness. When I was in school I was so jealous of minorities who had these cool cultures they could identify with, they all seemed so special. When I looked at myself I could see nothing special, just another dumb suburban kid with a history of slavery, war, colonialism, and raping the earth behind him.
Since there was nothing I could be proud of about myself I tried to be different things...for awhile I wanted to be Buddhist, then I looked into Shamanism and some other traditions, but none of them felt sincere. I even tried to be gay lol that didn't work out too well. I had to accept that my destiny was the most shameful one...a white male! There is nothing to be proud of about it, nothing deep that I can hold onto, no traditions to savor. Instead I have to work on myself to get rid of the awful burden of my ancestors, who were literally the worst people this world has thrown up. Who ran the slave trade? White males. Who oppressed women? White males. Who killed the Jews? White males. So I have a responsibility to look in myself every day and make sure I never do what my forefathers did.
Well, I wish I was anything else but a white male but I'm stuck in the worst, most boring category of all and for culture all I have is McDonalds and swing music to look to while other people can draw on much deeper and more profound heritages. Whish there was something to do about it but I guess not. All I can do now is try to be a better person by giving up my advantages and letting people of color and women go ahead of me when I can, to make up for what I am...the worst of the worst. Well, thats my rant.
Originally posted by StratosFear
Originally posted by Aesop
Originally posted by Fitch303
Ok then go jump off a bridge. Yeah it must suck being part of the most dominant race, poor you. "white" people as you put it can be broken down into several groups. You can be polish, irish, german, italian, french blah blah blah. The problem is your ignorance is so far beyond belief which is causing you to hate yourself. I don't want you to be white either, it's a disgrace to the rest of us.