It's Still Racism

@breepeace (3022)
Canada
April 27, 2007 1:07pm CST
I had this forwarded on, and I had a few thoughts I wanted to share afterwards...There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, Native Americans, etc. And then there are just Americans. You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you, So why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live? 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 racists. If we had a White Pride Day .. You would call us racists. If we had White History Month We'd be racists. If we had any organization for only whites to "advance" OUR lives .. We'd be racists. We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of Commerce, and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce. Wonder who pays for that? If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships .... You know we'd be racists. There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US, yet if there were "White colleges" . THAT would be a racist college. 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 racists. 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. You rob us, carjack us, and shoot at us. But, when a white police officer Shoots a black gang member or beats up a black drug-dealer running From the law and posing a threat to society .. You call him a racist. I am proud. But, you call me a racist. Why is it that only whites can be racists? Before I get flamed and called things like a 'white-supremacist', etc, let me clarify my situation. My high school boyfriend, and one of the loves of my life was of Japanese descent. One of my best friends in high school was a black girl. My coworkers are a rainbow of diversity and ethnicity -- black, asian, east indian, muslim, native american, filipino, hispanic, latino and european -- and I love them all because they're wonderful people. I don't agree with everything in that email, but it does make sense to me. Last year I was turned down for a job because I was not a 'visible minority', and yet I read articles and see anti-white tirades online all the time about the so-called 'white privelege'. How am I priveleged if I can't apply for 1/2 the scholarships or jobs that my friends who are minorities can? Are the US and Canada failing to see the point in 'equality'? The opportunities are obviously there for minorities, it's up to them to take them. As for me? I guess I'll apply for the few scholarships that don't require me to be anything but smart and good at writing an essay and finance the rest through student loans. I was watching the Comedy Network the other day and there was a black comedian who was hilarious.. until he launches into an anti-white routine that garnered a lot less laughs. I wasn't feeling so happy about watching that, and since comedy is supposed to make you happy, I shut it off. I can't help what color skin I have or what family I was born to. I cannot help the fact that I am white. My ancestors escaped from Austria during WWII and moved to rural Saskatchewan, Canada to make their livings as shoemakers and farmers. They lost siblings, friends, relatives to German concentration camps and children to the cold, inhospitable Canadian winters. Life wasn't easy for them either. People seem to believe it's normal for white people to dish out racist remarks and be the traditional users of prejudice. I believe the reality is people of any ethnicity can be "racist". rac·ism/'re?s?z?m/ Pronunciation[rey-siz-uhm] – noun 1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. 2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination. 3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races. People of European descent are not the only ones guilty of the things pointed out in this definition. I hear people say all the time that black people and native americans are justified for making these remarks after hundreds of years of oppression and slavery at the hands of white people, and that a few 'anti-white' remarks on sitcoms and comedic routines are a small price to pay. Regardless of race, I'm sure most of us heard the same sentiment from our mothers when we were young -- Two wrongs don't make a right.
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• Canada
27 Apr 07
To me i is just another one of those double standards in life i belive there should not be any of those groups or arganisatons we are all humans and we all live on this planet so long as the present generation has to pay for sins of past generations there will never be true equality if you have groups saying that we are all equal but this group is entitled to this that and the next thing. Good post really showed both side of it
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@Jlowe110 (313)
• United States
20 Aug 07
I think racism is very bad. Even though I don't know many racists... or any at all, we still think its funny to make racist jokes. EVen some of the other races love to hear those jokes, you'd be suprised. But I think its also offensive, and you have to be careful what you say and do. But yes, I frown upon racism.
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• Canada
28 Apr 07
awsome post bree
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
28 Apr 07
I think that deep down, everyone is at least a little ethnocentric. It's our job as human beings to try and get along with each other, and that goes for everyone. I will give anyone of any race or ethnic origin a chance, and try and be understanding. Anyone who continues to deliberately do or say anything against me just because of my origin, I'll just ignore, and figure they've got some growing up to do.
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
22 Aug 07
You are so right. Black people can be racists as well and have you watched television and noticed that it is the black man or woman who is the moral standard by which all us 'hedonistic' white people must obey? And they are usually the police captain, the man in charge, on Tv shows? You know if you go far back enough, us white people were discriminated against as well. I am part German, Austrian, English, and Welsh, and there might be a little Italian in me as well. The German and Austrian part of me was discriminated by the Romans in the Roman Empire. tjhe English part of me was discriminated by the Normans in the eleventh century. The Welsh part of me was discriminated by the Anglo Saxons in the fifth century, yet none of my ancestors got special treatment. So why do Blacks, Native Americans and Canadians, etc. have special treatment? And why is it when people say, 'We all should be brothers' it is us white who say it?