Reply to Teeky
My apologies for not noticing sooner that you had replied to my post.
No, I did not get 'in a tiff;' rather, I work hard to correct the revisionist history under which Americans labor. It is my belief that a lot of
racism within our Country would be erased sooner if our schools taught true history - but they never have and the future doesn't appear bright that
they ever will. A lot of racism within our Country would go away sooner if we didn't have programs such as the one discussed in this forum.
Lowering test standards, lowering admission standards, or a program such as the subject of this thread, as examples, accomplish nothing other than
setting people farther apart. When our politicians implement programs to set people apart based on ethnicity, two things happen (and please note that
the following is not only oversimplified, but are also gross over-generalizations and are used only as quick examples):
1) the group set apart is given a message that not as much is expected of them as it is of others; that message can be taken in many ways by the group
so set apart: "Do they not think we're as smart as other groups?" -or- "They don't
think we're as smart as others" -or- "We can do
less work but expect equal reward" -or- "That's stickin' it to 'em" and so on, depending upon the individual. In whatever way any given
individual within the set-apart group decides it applies, it has the same effect: "We are different; we are special; we are more (or less)
2) the balance of the people - we'll say students since it's applicable to the thread (those NOT in the group set apart) develop resentments: "Why
do 'they' get special treatment?" -or- " 'They' aren't
as smart as we are!" -or- "What makes 'them' so special?' -or- "This isn't
fair" and on we go. Again, in whatever way any given individual outside the set-apart group decides it applies, it has the same effect: "They are
different; they are special; we are more (or less) deserving."
We must stop setting groups apart and, instead, teach that we are all equal; take the skin off and we are all the same.
As cliched as it sounds, we all bleed red, we all have hearts and souls, we all hurt, grieve, anger, experience joy, suffer financial hardships (some
more than others), etc. We all love our families. Each ethnic group has its millionaires, its poor, its scholars and its criminals. We are all
Americans - to me, that is where we've become lost. Americans have become so focused on 'equality for ME' that we are chipping away equality for
ALL. So many in each of the groups (whether ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, whatever) are so intent on shouting about who they are, they've
forgotten they're Americans.
No group is blameless.
I agreed with your post that people need to get over it ~ we all do. Were wrongs done? Yes, to MANY; however, nothing about the past can be changed.
I cannot paint Whites with so broad a brush as you seem
to do. I say 'seem' to denote that I am in no way accusing (it's just how
your posts come across to me - which I could as easily be misreading as you misread that I was in a 'tiff) ~ one of the biggest difficulties in
online communication is we miss inflection and facial expression.
I acknowledge that your reference to reparations was that, had it been done long ago, we would not have the issues we now have. However, to your
assertion that Black people "don't expect reparations today," I take full exception. Some (many?) do not; however, googling the phrase "African
Americans demand reparations" produces a plethora of news articles, blogs, websites, etc., evidencing the contrary of your statement. There IS a
large group who DO demand/expect reparations.
Your statement to which I still object was "When White people say I wasn't born I didn't enslave Black people it's a (cop) out.
" It is
this statement that I would like to see you defend, simply so that I can understand your reasoning behind it. My POV on the matter is that no one
alive in the U.S. today, of any ethnicity, had anything to do with, nor suffered from, the institution of slavery; therefore, for anyone living today
to say "I wasn't born (therefore) I didn't enslave Black people" is not a 'cop out' - it is an absolute truth. I see a greater 'cop out' in
the claim that anyone alive today is impaired or disadvantaged due to slavery. How so?!
Unfortunately, it is the nature of all human beings to blame someone else - that is a human trait that each individual must determine to let go of or
retain, as it suits them. In what way do Whites blame? I most definitely see your viewpoint on the bigotry displayed by Whites (and Blacks and
Asians and Hispanics and Native Americans, ad infinitum), but I do not see what 'blame' you see the Whites perpetrating. It may be that you've
noticed something that I have not and, if so, I would be glad to be enlightened to your viewpoint.