posted on Mar, 30 2012 @ 07:24 PM
reply to post by digital01anarchy
Funny...as a white male, with white male friends and plenty of white male family members, I've never had one story told to me (or confided to me
behind closed doors...ie, when a "minority" isn't present) that proves or backs up in any way what you are saying.
I do "relate" to what your saying, in that I've heard it before, but thinking back, I've heard it on TV shows and in movies addressing the subject
of affirmative action or white privilege. So, my argument would be contrary to yours. The media is the one putting this whole scenario regarding the
purported neutering of the "white male" into your head. The media is creating the narrative of the "racist white male who needs to hold his head
low in shame for all he has done to minorities".
People are people. Race is a myth. Ethnicity and culture are the only way that humans can be categorized. The former is involuntary for the
individual. The latter is semi-involuntary, in that one has no choice in the matter of culture when born into this world, but later this individual
can choose to alter (or not) his or her perspective on the world and how he or she relates to it and others who occupy it.
I'll always have the Catholic, Irish, Italian, Upstate New York, French Canadian, North Country, Wilderness worldview to some extent, because these
are the governing ways of my parents and grandparents. But there are somethings that I learned were perhaps not the best way to see things and moving
from that base, I've made corrections where necessary and will continue to do so moving forward. The ethnic marks given to me by my genes, whether
the continued struggle between my fair skinned Irish and French ancestors and my Mediterranean skinned Italian ancestors; my dominant dark hair and
eye features, my stature and body type, etc. I can do little other than superficial things to change these aspects, but my cultural beliefs (my
worldview) is under my control at this point.
I have no "special" way of feeling about myself around "minorities" because I don't have cultural beliefs that allow me to alter myself for them.
I don't have a media echo in my head that either says I should have guilt or be smug and have a chip on my shoulder. That's stupid, why would I?
I'm the sum of my genes at face value and cannot control what I am or how others see me. My cultural awareness, on the other hand, is in my control
and I have no desire to be a slave to racism.