October 20, 2008

Intolerable Ignorance

This is an old bulletin I posted on MySpace back in the day, but I wanted to reiterate my thoughts....

I read a very disturbing bulletin today. I don't know who originally wrote this exact post, but I have seen similar commentaries in the past. I can't hold my frustrations any longer. Please read the posting below and see my comments following:

You call me: "redneck", "Hillbilly", "Slacker", "Cracker", "Honkey", "Whitey", "Gringo", "Sage" and "Hick" and you think it's okay.But when I call you: "jungle bunny", "spear chunker", "coon", "wet back", "jiggaboo","porch monkey", "sand nigger", "rag head", "towelhead", "Camel Jockey", "Gook", "Spook", "nigger", "kike", "slant eyes" or "Chink" you call me a racist.--You have the United Negro College Fund.--You have Martin Luther King Day.--You have Black History Month.--You have Cesar Chavez Day.--You have Yom Hashoah--You have Ma'uled Al-Nabi--You have the NAACP.--You have BET.--If we had WET(white entertainment television) ...we'd be racist.--If we had a White Pride Day... you would call us racist.--If we had white history month... we'd be racist.--If we had an organization for only whites to "advance" our lives... we'd be racist.--If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships...we'd be racist.--In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your race and rights. If we marched for our race and rights...you would call us racist.--Did you know that some high school students decided to make a club for only the white students because the other ethnicities had them. they all got sent to court for being racist but the African American, Latino, and ..:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /> Asia clubs were not even questioned.--You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you're not afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists.I am white. and I am proud.Why is it that only whites can be racists?Now watch, I'll be racist for reposting this.If you agree w/ this than repost saying "I'm not RACIST but it's true"

My immediate reaction is one of shock. How can people be so ignorant? Do they not know the history of our country? Have they not been educated about the hardships faced by persons of color? Do they not acknowledge that discrimination and racism are active still today? Do they not understand how hard it is for these people to have their voices heard?

In the past, racism was very overt. Those behaviors are no longer acceptable in our society (thank God). Now, though, racism has become covert. People are still racist - even though they may not say anything or physically do anything. Institutional racism is alive and well - and it is mighty powerful. And if we sit idly by as it happens, we are only contributing to our nation's delinquencies.

The author of this posting complained about the one measly month dedicated to black history, but I don't hear any complaints about the 11 other months that are (covertly) dedicated to white history.

The author criticized our cable network for allowing one black entertainment channel, but I didn't read any criticism about the hundreds of other channels dedicated to their white audience (because let's face it - that's who they're marketing to).

The author criticized the NAACP. Maybe the author doesn't know that we have institutions in this country that have been established to promote the advancement of white people - it's called Corporate America!

Let's not forget that it's been only 30-40 years since persons of color where even granted the same rights as whites in our country. You have to acknowledge that whites got one hell of a head start there!

The author even criticized the United Negro College Fund. God forbid we have an organization dedicated to giving disadvantaged persons (because they all are in our society whether you like to admit it or not) the opportunity to better their lives!

This posting shows a great lack of acknowledgement (or education) of why such institutions were created and their necessity. I find it despicable that any person can write such a posting and truly believe that the white people are somehow being disadvantaged in this country.

And finally, I wanted to comment on the question of why only white people are considered racist. In the past couple years, I've been exposed to some highly respected authors who have helped me to redefine "racism”. I now understand that the word "racism" can only really apply when a person has power and privilege over another. For this reason, it is only whites in this country that can be racist - because only the white man has such power and privilege where his hatred of others can really affect their lives.

Think about it.

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