Originally posted by RealSpoke
When black people talk about white people, they mean the power structure, the elites, not individual white people.
I really wanted to touch on this, because it says a lot.
I personally hate stereotyping and the lumping of everyone into the same group.
Now you say that is not what is meant when it is said. So say what you mean if that is really what you mean. So if you have a problem with the elites
or even the white elites you need to say that. There is no need to talk about white people and not mean all white people. Just like it is not okay for
a person to talk about black people but only mean a limited number of them. It is not acceptable and should be brought up.
Here is something to chew on. I grew up poor and in a trailer; I wore clothes that were normally from the lower income yard sales growing up. Dressed
as I was and not having the money to get all the coolest toys I did not fit in with the rich kids, still don't to be honest.
I left school later in life picked up my GED and then later still got an AAS in criminal justice. Being that I waited so long the degree really did
not help with my career, but I still got one. I am doing better to provide my family with more than I had. I work long hours throughout different
times of the day many times while most here sleep. If someone is talking about white people I will instinctively feel they are talking about me (I
would identify as Native American but I need slightly more in my blood to be recognized I am close to 1/8 Cherokee). Should I know different and know
they are not talking about me when referring to white people? How can I possibly know this?
If their problem is with the elite they should say they rich white guys running the show, not white people. Again the generalization might not be
their intent but it is in their words. Words hold power, blacks and any minority should know that words hold power. They hold power of course because
we give them power the word itself means little. But often times we associate words with emotion that gives them power. If I hear someone talking
about white people I can only believe they are generalizing. I as a white male factory worker that is in the upper portion of being poor and on the
lower portion of the middle class am doing nothing to hold anyone back. I could care less what color they are or who they are.
When it comes to work I see places where the place I worked has set themselves up for trouble in the future if it comes to it. The place I work had a
minority woman (not going to say more than that so no one can figure it out but she is not our first or only minority or female) working there, she
has recently been let go. I had a big amount giving great detail of the events that led to her being let go but thought better of it, as someone might
read and know who I am talking about and then figure out who I am (I do not know who reads ATS). Regardless she was let go for good reasons, but they
let it go too far and now have set precedent that others can use later no matter their race or whatever.
When I work with people I do not care who they are or what they look like. I care that they do the job and do it to the best of their ability. There
are plenty working there now that I would also like to remove and replace, but they are only digging their own grave. Sadly though due to a few things
the company has done over the years they have made it very hard to get rid of someone. I mean you either have to go way beyond the attendance issue or
just be so lazy you do absolutely nothing, or fail the drug test if they decide to pop a random one on you.
My point to all that was I work a factory, I grew up poor, I am still basically poor and I am white. If they are not talking about me when they talk
about white people then they need to please clarify themselves and talk about those you really intend to talk about, unless they really do mean white
It's like the song Cop Killer (do you remember that and the fuss it got?), Ice T wrote it about a guy that was sick of the police and brutality from
them. His guy in the song took revenge. Of course he did not clarify that until later after the big fuss. Really though that big fuss was much ado
over nothing. It was at a time of political change in the masses and the elite really wanted to make a fuss over it. Tipper Gore was pushing hard
against Ice T most notably though there were others because of his "terrible" music that was "causing violence in the youth" and how his music was
"demining to women while glorifying drugs and violence". In the end though Tipper did more to help Ice T make money than she hindered him, but that
is another story and I have gotten off topic reliving the past.