14. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them.
I think he is just flat out wrong. If he means in school, all children have those that don't like them, and there really isn't anything to do about
it. If he means people attacking his kids on the street or something, I think he (as a white person) has the exact same ability to protect his
children than any other racial group.
15. I do not have to educate my children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily physical protection.
Not really true. There are plenty of cases in the news where white people are targeted simply for being white. On the other side of things, most black
people do not get physically assaulted for being black. This isn't the 1800s.
16. I can be pretty sure that my children's teachers and employers will tolerate them if they fit school and workplace norms; my chief worries
about them do not concern others' attitudes toward their race.
The number of teachers who are going to discriminate against a student for not being white has got to be incredibly low. Any instance of a teacher
going against a student because of their race would most likely make headlines and end with the teacher being removed from the classroom. As far as
employers, there are still racist people out there, but I know a few cases personally where a manager refused to hire white people. The particular
department was 100% Asian. Considering how vulnerable employers are to lawsuits about race related issues, I can't imagine the number of employers who
refuse to hire non-whites is that high. Every job I've had in my life, whites were the MINORITY there. My coworkers were nearly all Mexican. This was
the same for every single job I've had. It's pretty common for that type of work. So?
17. I can talk with my mouth full and not have people put this down to my color.
I think he is just making things up now. Honestly, like I said I think he's giving is a glimpse into his own bigoted mindset than exposing some grand
conspiracy of white privilege.
18. I can swear, or dress in second hand clothes, or not answer letters, without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the
poverty or the illiteracy of my race.
If you swear in an environment where it's not deemed appropriate it will cause issues regardless or your race. I don't really know how people would
know you're wearing second hand clothes unless they were in bad condition, dirty, or smelly, in any case people would notice such things regardless of
your race. Not answer letters? What the heck is he even talking about?
19. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial.
What powerful male group? Say a black man had an audience with the president and some cabinet members? You really think he would be putting his race
on trial? No?
20. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.
Where in this country would that be deemed acceptable to say to someone or any race?
21. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.
I can't even recall how many times I've been asked "what do white people do/think/etc about this or that" while involved in conversations with people
outside my race. I think it's fairly common when in doubt about another race to ask a member of that race. Who else would you ask?
22. I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of color who constitute the world's majority without feeling in my culture any
penalty for such oblivion.
Bzzzzt. Wrong. Other than the scores of jobs I've wanted to apply for that require me to be bilingual (spanish) Other than that, why on Earth as a
citizen of the US should I have to know how to speak the language and be knowledgeable of the customs of other countries? Which ones? ALL of them? I
know the language and customs of the country I live in. When/if I go to another country I make sure I know their customs to the extent I don't do
anything offensive. I also do my best to speak their language. I can assure you if I MOVED to another country I would totally be expected to learn
their language and customs.
And he is TOTALLY off base here. That has nothing to do with being white. You think your average black American speaks any African language, or knows
the customs of a certain tribe? Do you think your average Mexican American can speak Japanese and knows their customs? No? Then why should a white
person? What is the relevance to being white with this one? Total nonsense...
23. I can criticize our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behavior without being seen as a cultural outsider.
Absolutely false. I think you fellow ATSers are well aware that regardless of skin color certain people look at you with a raised eyebrow when you "go
against the grain" as it were.
24. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to the "person in charge", I will be facing a person of my race.
Sorry, not true at all in my experience. Not very often do I need to make such a request, but when I do it's generally a Mexican or Asian in my area
who is the manager. And the jobs I've had the same thing goes.
25. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven't been singled out because of my race.
How can I be sure of that? On the flipside, how can a minority know they WERE singled out because of their race?
26. I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys and children's magazines featuring people of my race.
Plenty of posters with Minorities, Post Cards, Picture Books (my nephew has several featuring Minorities, I don't think I've seen greeting cards with
people on them, many dolls and toys with minorities. So nope, wrong again.
27. I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling somewhat tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered,
unheard, held at a distance or feared.
Totally depends what organizations I would belong to. An organization featuring mainly minorities, I would probably feel the same way.
28. I can be pretty sure that an argument with a colleague of another race is more likely to jeopardize her/his chances for advancement than to
Completely baseless claim, once again I think he is showing his own bigoted thought process.
29. I can be pretty sure that if I argue for the promotion of a person of another race, or a program centering on race, this is not likely to cost
me heavily within my present setting, even if my colleagues disagree with me.
This is just far too convoluted and vague to even address. There are too many variables here to even approach the issue regardless of what race you
30. If I declare there is a racial issue at hand, or there isn't a racial issue at hand, my race will lend me more credibility for either position
than a person of color will have.
Wow... really? This is again total BS. The thread I was talking about here on ATS proves this. When minorities bring up race they are coddled and
agreed with. When white people bring up race they are ignored and ridiculed. He couldn't possibly get more wrong.
31. I can choose to ignore developments in minority writing and minority activist programs, or disparage them, or learn from them, but in any
case, I can find ways to be more or less protected from negative consequences of any of these choices.
Where does he come up with this stuff? Is he saying minorities who read minority writing are attacked or suffer because of it? Really?
32. My culture gives me little fear about ignoring the perspectives and powers of people of other races.
Load of bull. White people are constantly worried about appearing "racist" or offending people of other races. Wrong wrong wrong.
33. I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing or body odor will be taken as a reflection on my race.
Wrong. It's not uncommon to hear people talk about how white women have no butt, or no chest. Or what white men have small genitals. Such stereotypes
exist against all races, whites included. He's really racking up the wrongs.
34. I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking.
Evidently not. Again the threads here on ATS are proof of that.
35. I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having my co-workers on the job suspect that I got it because of my race.
Uh.... yeah. That's because employers aren't forced to higher white people. Therefore there is no suspicion from coworkers that's how you got the job.
If there were no such thing as affirmative action then there would be no such thing as people getting suspected as being an AA hire.
36. If my day, week or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it had racial overtones.
If any minorities viewing this would like to share a year they had that was constantly made worse because of their race feel free... And a white
person who was fired from his job so that it could be taken by an affirmative action employee sure WOULD ask if his negative episode (getting fired)
had racial overtones. It most certainly did.
37. I can be pretty sure of finding people who would be willing to talk with me and advise me about my next steps, professionally.
Other than friends, family, or career advisers at a college (options open to all races) who else are you going to talk to?
38. I can think over many options, social, political, imaginative or professional, without asking whether a person of my race would be accepted or
allowed to do what I want to do.
I'm trying to think of something minorities aren't allowed to do... they are in all levels of politics, industry, and social organizations... still
39. I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.
He has so many of these.... he is basically saying anything bad that a minority does is reflected upon their race. A racist person will probably
always blame negative aspects of someone on their race..as we know there are racists in every race, therefore people of all races have to deal with
this. As far is it actually being said out loud, again that's not acceptable anywhere.
40. I can choose public accommodation without fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated in the places I have
I don't doubt there are some places in the south where minorities would be scared to go, but the same thing goes for white people. I know for a fact
there are certain areas that white people are taking a big risk to go. So once again, this is not a phenomenon specific to minorities.
41. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help, my race will not work against me.
If you need legal help you go to a lawyer. Lawyers want money, they don't care the color of your skin as long as you can pay. If you can't pay, it
doesn't matter your race, you won't get help. As far as medical help, is there a rash or hospitals kicking out minorities that I'm not aware of? Last
I checked the fact that so many illegal immigrants using medical services and then jumping on the bill is affecting a lot of hospitals, so how exactly
does being a minority hinder your ability to get medical care, when it's obvious many minorities are not only getting medical care but getting it for
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