Do Caucasions Feel that black people are too sensative about race?

United States
December 20, 2009 2:30am CST
Me, as a half black female, I personally am very easily offended by any comment that I feel is disrespectful in any kind of way to my black race. And I sometimes do pull out the race card and use phrases like "oh its because Im black, isnt it.." and I just wanted to know if anyone (doesnt matter what color you are) feel that black people are a tad bit too sensitive when it comes to race?
3 responses
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
27 Dec 09
To acuse someone of being racist when there is no cause for it is borderline slander. It is also an incredible insult to a lot of people. The use of the tactic also desensitizes people to genuine racism...the ol' "boy who cried wolf" syndrome. I take part in the politics section here on mylot and I can't begin to count all the times I have been called racist and heard comments like "oh, the wihite sheets are comming out now aren't they", when ever I discuss an issue I have with the current presidental administration. Things like that are not only rediculaous but counter productive. It is usualy a sign that someone cannot argue a particular issue on it's own merrits. In an age where race is not suposed to matter, why is it so many people are perpetuating it and making sure it matters? It seems to me that there are far too many people out there who are just sitting there waiting, almost begging, for someone to come along and offend them.
• United States
27 Dec 09
X, I do believe there are many people who use Race as a defense mechaninism. For the most part , it is understandable. Not that long ago so many blacks were lied on, like the Scottsborough Boys. So many have been hung without trial because a philandering wife said that a Black man looked at her or tried to do something, Look at Emmit Till. The Race cards helps to keep things in perspective. In some ways, it serves to balance out injustices of the past. But I agree that many blacks use it for reasons unrelated to race. Many blacks try to use it to blame for their person situations. They will always say, I cant be successful because of racism or I did not have a chance because the white man holds me back. That may have been true years ago but in the age of Obama, that arguement does not hold much validity. Not even half the problems of race have been vanquished but it is a million times better than it was for my ancestors and my father. For the record, I am a 47 year old black man who has encountered many experiences.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
27 Dec 09
47? Wow, you look much younger bro, you got me by 6 years and I don't look half that good, lol. Anyway, I guess not having been on the recieving end of racism specificly, I can't ever 100% understand. I guess I can see being defensive at times, especialy if one has encountered it. But as you also concured, it is way over used and that to me just seems to keep the fires of racism buring. I have encountered it because of my religion however. Next to judasism, mine probably has a history of being one of the most persecuted. My daughter had experienced it much worse in school and actually had a couple students threaten to burn her at the stake, obviously an empty threat but still disturbing none the less.
@tawny_24 (351)
• United States
2 Jan 10
Have you ever said "It's because I'm white" (or whatever your other race is) to a black person? When you hear black people talking negatively about a white person in the way that would be offensive if a white person did it do you ever flip the script? I'm black and Korean and have gotten racism from every race of people. I think that black people are sensitive about race, but only because we have been conditioned to be. I was raised by a white person, because I'm also adopted. And race is not the kind of daily talked about issue in white circles as it is in black circles. I also think that pulling the race card is a passive agressive action and it always seems like the person who pulls it is insecure about themselves. Being unethical, or beligerent is not a racial thing it is a personality thing, and I not saying that you are, I'm saying that anyone can behave in a way that neccesetates having to dodge an issue by saying "it's because I'm black". In my experience everyone I have heard say that was being called out for a personality glitch or miscommunication and not thier race. Just like if you were gay and some one caught you stealing, they aren't aresting you because you are gay they are aresting you because you were stealing.
• United States
27 Dec 09
Racial stereotypes and unintended prejudice will always exist. It is the nature of being a human in the world. The first thing to ask yourself is does what the other person is saying matter? Was it an innocent comment of a nonthinking individual or a persistent cloud that corrodes the environment where you work or go to school? To try to police everyones conscious and comments is impossible. On the one hand you must become stronger and realize not everyone is intentional trying to mess with you. On the other hand if it constantly makes you feel uncomfortable and uncomfortable you should think about a response or a reaction. The biggest and number thing is to do your job well or score high in school and maintain focus on what your are there for. In the end there is no law that says others are supposed to go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Life, despite what anyone says is not a popularity contest. It is about spending your time in a productive way or falling short because you got distracted for too long. Focus on production and those that wish to treat you with respect will and then don't spend another second thought about the others.