Why are only white people considered "racists"????

United States
March 12, 2007 10:02am CST
I get called Whitey, Cracker, Hillbilly, Honkey or Caveman and thats ok. But if a white person says Nig*er, b*aner, g**k, ch*nk or camel j*ckey then we are called racists. Its ok for blacks to have BET tv, Martin Luther King day, Negro College fund and Black history month and thats ok because your proud of your heritage and I TOTALLY understand that. But now what if we had WET tv(White entertainment Tv) or a Caucasion College fund to help the underpriveledged white kids? (YES they do exist) Then we are considered racists, its not that we are proud of who we are its because we are "racists". I get tired of the two way street here.. They want to be called "African Americans, Mexican Americans, Arab Americans or Native Americans"...ok...but what ever happened to just AMERICANS????
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
13 Mar 07
The same situation exists here in the United Kingdom, and it does nothing to help racial harmony. We have had several television programs dedicated to black culture, yet it would be considered totally wrong if someone wished to produce a white man's program. I have no problem with being referred to as white or other any other terms, and many of my friends have no objection to words like black or negro, so I suggest that the politically correct faction leave us alone to get on with living together. I tried to submit this response with the correct spelling of "honkey", which is without the e, but apparently the word violates Mylot's terms of use.
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• United States
9 Apr 07
White people are not the only one that is racist. All races are racist. For example the people in Iran, and other places hate Jews. There are black people that hate white people. Have you ever accidentally asked a Puerto Rican if they were Cuban? Or Vice Versa? Everyone has the potential to be racist.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
well there are funds and organizations of white people, like italian-american, irish-american, german-american organizations....those are full of white people. And those other racial groups can be just as racist and more and more you do hear them getting called if they act it. Also, some people just cant get over the past. I'm actually like 1/4 native american, my grandpa's 100% and he's never had an "us" and "them" mentality, so i DONT think its natural, non-whites choose to be that way same as a white person would choose to be racist. The way i see it, is if anyone ever brought my race into it, then they just gaveme fair game to bring their race into it too, theres no double standard here for me.
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@tishabest (602)
• Belgium
13 Mar 07
I totally agree with you that there shouldn't be any differences and often times those previously discriminated against use reverse discrimination and that is terribly UNFORTUNATE! The reasons for products like BET TV are historical and societal and minority communities were neglected for so long that they took those things into their own hands...for example make-up, Bobbi Brown created a line of cosmetics for people of dark complexion which never existed before and the same goes for other communities.
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@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
13 Mar 07
dont get me started, i feel the same way, especially about the BET channel, if we did something like that, you bet there would be static about it for years.
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@ddzdvd (361)
• United States
3 May 07
this is just to keep this debate going::.since we white people are so evil and racist,and the other races dont want to forgive or forget the past- that we living white people had nothing to do with.we white people should come together,form our own groups and start looking out for each other.the racism is never going to end so why even bother trying.is having a preference for white people racist? and if so why?what is wrong with seperatism?if we seperate, every race can show case how great they are, and it would end descrimination.what do you think would happen to the black race if it was seperated from the white race?? 300 years ago if the black race had the power to conquer and enslave white people do you think they would have??where do feel the black race would be today if not for slavery??can some one point out one great all black nation in the world??in the history of the world has a black nation ever had a great navy,or tried to send a rocket into space.can some one point out any wise ancient books on philosophy ,science ,math or religion that was a product of a black man from an all black nation??i think we all know the answers to these questions,but pollitcal correctness and fear stop you from answering HONESTLY.i prefer brunettes over blondes ,i dont hate blondes i just like brunettes better- i prefer white people over black people ,i dont hate black people i just prefer to deal with white people its less hassle.
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• United States
4 May 07
VERY well said.. If I hadnt already picked a favorite for this discussion, You would have won it hands down to me. GREAT JOB...I can still give you a + for the discussion...Thanks for a great response.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
12 Mar 07
Hi Nascar_girl_4jr, You ask a very, very good question!!! How is prejudice ever going to fade into obscurity if minority leaders won't allow it to? If Black Americans ever want to be free of racial suppositions, they must demand that their leadership stop focusing on what happened 200 years ago. I've been from coast to coast, every state but Alaska. I've lived where I am in the majority, and where I am in the minority. There may still be a few Archie Bunker's out there. But, for the most part I think American Whites have really moved beyond prejudice. Perhaps mostly because of certain Black Professionals & Athletes: Bill Cosby, Walter Williams, Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Shakeil O'Neill, etc... These are Black Americans who have catapulted themselves to notariety despite any underpriviledged start to life. And, they've done so free of the shoulder 'chip' that relegates some in the Black Community to the perpetual status of underpriviledged. The same is true of Hispanics, and Asians. We are all people. Under the color of the skin, everyting else is the same. I don't believe that I've ever been called a white racial slur in my life. But if I had, I would absolutely stop that person in their tracks and explain that racial prejudices are not an exclusively white behavior. If a Black, Asian, or Hispanic person wants my respect, then they must be willing to offer me the same. Oh, and did you hear about the 'white only' scholarship that was offered at one of the Ivy League schools? It was a measley amount, and was offered just to raise awareness to the very valid point behind your post. It caused quite a firestorm, but in the end the administration was not allowed to prohibit the scholarship. Which I was pleased to hear.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
I liked that you added Tiger Woods to that, because when it was reported that "Tiger Woods was the youngest, black man to win the PGA's" he said that he was half white and half black and that maybe it was the white half that helped. I thought that was very upstanding that he didnt want to be known as the "black" man who won the PGA's. Just another man. He didnt see race as an issue at all. Very commendible...
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
12 Mar 07
I hadn't heard that Tiger made that statement. I think Tiger is absolutely amazing! Not just as an athlete, but as a famous person. Of course, I don't know him personally, but he strikes me as the kind of guy who would make a great neighbor.
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@lisado (1230)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I hadn't heard about the college fund but always wondered what would happen if someone started a college fund for just people that are "white". My mom often talked about having me or one of my siblings apply for the United N*gro College Fund just to see if they turned us down just because we were white. We never did, just thought about it. I am sure there are people out there who have. There is Ebony magazine, Miss Black America, BET, Black History Month, and so on but if we were to start something only for white people then we are racist. I've never owned slaves and don't know any of my family that did, either. If they did, it was way down the line of our family and no one remembers it or has record of it. Why is it thrown in our faces whenever it's convenient? Most people says a person is a person (skin color doesn't matter) until something happens, and then there is some small group of people, somewhere, that add race into the argument when it didn't belong. I never understood that.
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• Canada
12 Mar 07
There are all kinds of it and it is up to the peopele to stand up for it. Recently a friend went to a restaurant here and was not severed casue they could not read or order in the language of the owner of ther restaurant. When they questioned then on it they were told that it is to keep it authentic and give you a true dinning experience. Mean while you can sit there adn not be served unless you are able to speak or read the language. At first i thought this was an isolated incident but it is becomming more popular in certian parts of the city recently a mall would nto renew leases to places that did nto serve the ethnic background of what the amll managment wanted to be the clientele there. It was on the news and everything but the mall went ahead and did it anyways.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
12 Mar 07
Hi Huggiebear22, It's very unfortunate that your friend experienced this. In all fairness though, I think that being annoyed with foreign speaking visitors (who do not appear to be making a concerted effort to learn the language) is very different that basic suppositions that someone with a different color skin is somehow not an equal. Language barriers can be extremely expensive, especially in a service industry like restaurants. If the customer does not accurately order the product that he or she wants, then a service oriented business owner may feel obliged to 'eat' the loss. This is very frustrating and expensive for the business owner, and the server as well. Whereas, if the foreign speaking person had a translation dictionary with them, and did their best to explain to the server that their English is weak, I doubt that there would have been a problem. When I travel to areas where my native tongue is foreign, I make a genuine effort to try to use the new language, keep a translation dictionary accessible, and humbly beg the patience of those with whom I am communicating. This way they know that I am foreign, but that I am trying. Also, I possibly won't anger a restaurant owner in Zimbabwe, and end up with wild boar eyes instead of a hamburger (chuckle).
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• Canada
13 Mar 07
When i travel i try to do the same but what i was talking about was in your home city and not being served casue the restaurant will not becasue you do not speak the language that is being used there. I recently went in to a bank here and they now provide service in 22 laguages English and French nto on the list.
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@anonymili (3138)
17 May 07
Yes it is pretty weird that some people assume it's only white people that can be considered racist. I am Indian and refer to myself as that or British Indian and I have heard black friends refer to each other as n****r in a jokey way but God forbid if someone else who isn't black says that word (it's a horrid word anyway)! I've heard Pakistani people refer to Indians as "stupid Indians" and Indians refer to Pakistanis as "stupid Pakis" but if a white person says it, it's all such a big deal. They're only words at the end of the day but I'm not saying I would like to be referred to in a racist manner but on the other hand I would not dream of using racist abuse against someone. If I have a problem with someone it's because of what they've done personally, it wouldn't be against their whole race or culture or countrymen. I think it all might have gone too far in the USA with expressions likes African Americans. Over here Africans, West Indians, Jamaicans, etc, are just referred to as blacks and it's a pretty standard expression. Years ago I was involved in the running of a Black and Asian Writing Group (sponsored by the Arts Council) and that was it's official title. None of the people attending (who were all black and Asian) ever had an issue with the name! Beat that huh?!
@ddzdvd (361)
• United States
23 May 07
yes,but if your art council was named "caucasian and nordic writing group" there would have been a big fuss about it. what do you think?? i also notice that the black people always try to justify instead of condemn having racist labeled tv stations(such as BET)the mrs.black america pageant,the united NEGRO colledge fund,exclusive all black colledges,radio stations here in south florida claim to be LATINO AND PROUD. and they always seem to try to justify these obviously racist bodies(there titles alone make them racist and seperatist)example- white entertainment television-mrs.white america pageant-the united caucasion college fund-exclusive all white colleges- a radion station proclaiming to be caucasian and proud.and why people defend the obviously racist organizations and would raise heck if it was white people doing it is in my humble opinion HYPOCRITICAL and just as racist and ignorant as what they claim to be against
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• United States
13 Mar 07
I always wonder that as well. White people are always deemed racist. Blacks, Latinos, Natives, Asians, Islanders and Middle Easterners are never called racist, yet they are just as racist or more racist than whites a lot of times. What is up with that?
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• United States
13 Mar 07
Just the other day, someone called me a "white-breed tourist" in Hollywood. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, but I was not dressed the part because it was the daytime and I was not doing anything special. The woman was trying to sell me "Maps to the Stars" and I told that I was from LA and I was not interested. Celebrities are people as well. That is when she called me "white-breed tourist". People can be so ignorant.
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@diego9774 (172)
• United States
1 May 07
That's horrible that you have been called those names. However, You should know that you are not the only one to be on the recieving end of racial slurs. The fact that you are so informed of the broad spectrum of racial slurs is proof of that. As an American who happens to be of mixed race, The most racism i've experienced has been from "minorities". As far as college funds, There are many funds that do not cater to minorities and target underpriveledged white kids. and in terms of TV, Have you ever watched NBC? Does Friends ring a bell? Anyway I think that you may be angry by the Horrible actions of STUPID RACIST PEOPLE which by the way includes non caucasion Americans. And you have every right to be. But that doesn't mean people are not entitled to have the same things as everyone else. I suggest you get stop taking everyone else's "inventory" and keep the focus. Racism is a color blind thing that is fueled by the exact reaction that you have had.
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• United States
14 Mar 07
I agree with you 210%. There are too many rules in the spoken language. There are also too many foreigners in America. You're exactly right in that what happened to just regular Americans?
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@c45hfl0w (77)
• Latvia
13 Mar 07
Yeah, that's a problem. A huge problem. Who can draw the line between beeing proud of your skin color/nation and being nazi/racist? Of course, if you see someone with different nacionality/skin color, and you start to harass that someone, its nazi/racism. But if you just say you`re proud of your skin color, nation, country? I live in Latvia and now there are some pretty f*cked up sittuation. Because if you say you`re proud because you`re Latvian, you will be compared with nazi. Even for things like "I like Latvian music better than foreign" - Reaction will be bad, like you`re wrong. But I have rights for my OWN opinion! But still, everything I say must be VERY tolerant and so on. Another example - homosexual people. I don`t hate them, acctualy I don`t care but I don`t like "pride" and their aggresive attitude. But when I say I don`t like the attitude. Oh my God, I`m homophobic, I`m sick and I`m dangerous. Oh sorry thait I said "Oh my God" because it can hurt people who have no religion(but I don`t have religion too and it doesn`t hurt me) But again - about races. This is politics, african americans had done lot to fight about their rights. They did well, congratulations. And most of them are very talanted, very nice people. But sometimes white people start to deny what we are. Like we`re responsible about everything that happened in the past. And there are peole who use this weak point. In Europe (USA is really different case) imigrants should remember one thing - they are guests in the host country. They have rights. But they have NO RIGHTS to complain about national festivals, beliefs, religion. Just like in the western world - it's wrong to say "Merry Christmass", because it can hurt non-christians. So what, western world is christian culture. And we shouldn`t deny ourselves only because of imigrants feelings. They can be what they want to be, but they also have to accept the fact we have our rights to save our cultural traditions. PS. Try to travel to IRAQ and to say that their prayers hurt your feelings. I don`t think they will change their traditions only because you don`t like something.
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@petspets (476)
• Antarctica
13 Mar 07
The majority race in a country is always targeted as racist. It is sad. The minority feels side lined and made sometimes unfair noise that the majority are racist. I dislike real racism.
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@catcai (1057)
• Philippines
13 Mar 07
I think this is because of the past histories, and because of the stereotyping. Caucassians are usually stereotyped as being the "racist" because it was, what was written in their history. And frankly, i think some other non caucassian americans haven't gone over it yet. Or they just value democracy so much that they created this mindset to do unto others what others has done into them. Like unconciously, they are just trying to get some sort of revenge or something... i hope i dont make it sound so bad...
@dean2800 (45)
• Brunei Darussalam
12 Mar 07
ouch! i think it's the mixture of cultures around the environment. that's what i think though.
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26 May 07
everyone's racist to a certain degree.I am friends with several people of different races and they accuse everyone of racial discrimination-not just white people.there is racial upset in every ethnic group,even between those of the same race and/or religion.there is no singular race that is more racist,thats how it stands in my opinion.mind you im from the UK so i dont really know the full extent of racial issues in the US.
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@gardengrrl (1445)
• United States
26 May 07
I lived in a mixed neighborhood in a downtown area several years ago. A black family, mom and four kids, moved in next door and proceeded to make my life a living hell for the next three months. Harassment, vandalism, assault, all were mine to enjoy. I asked why? The answer: "I hate white people!" Why? "White people started slavery." Although the woman and her boyfriend were screaming "Die, fuc*ing white bi*ch!" as they kicked and pummeled me, the police did not record it as a hate crime. The notion that black people can't be bigoted is simply absurd. In fact, it would be unnatural for a group singled out for so much bigotry and hatred NOT to have some of their own in response. I wish some black people didn't hate me on sight, but I can understand why they might. I believe that the term for what ails black society today is "internalized racism". When a group is subject to intense oppression over generations, the experience can become the defining fact/force in many individual's lives. "Talking white" is seen as a detriment to an individual's "blackness", and frowned upon. One doesn't have to "sound white" in order to sound intelligent, but have you ever spoken to a "white-sounding" person of color who didn't appear to be educated and informed? This single thing, the linking of the appearance of education/intelligence with racial betrayal, has done unimagineable harm to America's progress toward true equality. I believe that today's "thug life" culture is an extreme manifestation of internalized racism. Black on black violence and murder has been an issue in America for decades, this is the purient head of a long-festering boil on society's back. The Don Imus incident had one beneficial side effect: black public figures began talking about the commercialized degradation so prevalent in hip-hop culture. Internalized racism is surely the chain that shackles so many black Americans today. When a group is told over and over again that it isn't good enough, the belief sinks deep into the bones. Many members of the group will be paralyzed by fear of proving the stereotype right. Some will be galvanized to strive to prove the opposite as well. Worst off are those paralyzed by fear of success, enormous human potential can be wasted this way. This problem will be helped as more and more young blacks fight their way into college and beyond, rising higher and higher into our corporate and civic society. The first generation of successful, post Civil Rights Act black Americans are sending their children to college now. Each generation will expand the acceptance of equality for all. I just hope to see it truly flourish in my lifetime.
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@Wingedman (238)
• United States
7 Apr 07
This whole reverse discrimination thing really burns me up too. You can't say anything that is truthful even if it is positive about some one of color(read that as not white) without the NAACP or ACLU or the New Black Panthers getting upset. Can you believe that President bush said to a reporter that Senator Obama was articulate and he was then lambasted in the media and by black advocacy groups as being racist. Damn, I woudl love to have the president say I'm articulate. i went to school and took classes to improve my articulation. Elocution and diction classes because being articulate is a desirable thing. But know, you can't use that term to describe a black man because that automatically means that you are setting him apart and really saying that you don't expect a black man to be articulate so their for "all d*rkies speak ebonics" That is BS.
@paul8675 (750)
• Australia
13 Mar 07
Political correctness or should I say incorrectness. I think that most whites are amongst the least racist groups. I believe that middle eastern types are as racist as one can get.
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