This is a discussion on Race Baiting within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Is color really the issue or the end result...? IMO, it's the uneducated, uncivil behavior that's difficult for some to cope with and the me ...
Is color really the issue or the end result...?
IMO, it's the uneducated, uncivil behavior that's difficult for some to cope with and the me first attitudes that come along with it.....like dealing with a five year old threatening violence if he doesn't get his way.
First off, to say that racism does not exist is to be in denial. However, there are those who have an obsession with it and just cannot let it go no matter what. Some can and do their best to deal with the racism while not wanting to seem overly zealous about it either.
One man I had the pleasure of conversation with, he Black, me White was very enlightening for both of us. He began with the fact that I seemed very educated and did not want me to take offense. I didn't. Then he asked for my "white" perspective of the term African-American, which he refused to call himself. His Black friends were upset with him over it. He stated, yes his ancestors most definitely were African but, that he wasn't born there so why should he use the term. I offered the explaination that Black people in the U.S. only had about a 200 year history in the country and maybe were seeking an identity. He liked that and said that me and him were simply Americans.
The continent of Africa is huge and has a variety of people. The countries of Egypt, Lybia, Algeria, Morroco etc are on the continent. Should a citizen of one of those countries, or a white minority person from the country of South Africa emmigrate to the U.S. would they not be "African-Americans" too?
I know a man who chairs a committe to end racism. Seldom is there a conversation where he does not interject the notion that racism is in everything and it needs to stop. It has come to the point that I (white guy) have begun to avoid this person because he is so obsessed with seeing racism in everything that occurs. I fear sometimes that if I greet him with "hello" he will somehow find a racist quality in it. I know he means well and am glad he has taken it on, but not everything or everyone is racist.
Just some random thoughts, I don't know the answer to racism, but one day I think it will all go away.
Last edited by JoJoGunn; April 22nd, 2012 at 03:31 PM.
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Reverse racism has existed for many years in corporate life. I had a friend in the late 70's and 80's, a black, female mechanic. She could get a job with any large company or public entity with little experience, based upon who she was, not what she knew. She proved it by quitting many times until she found one she liked, while I had to stay with smaller companies. She is still a poor mechanic, but enjoying a lucrative retirement pension.
As the the Hyphen-American issue, i believe Theodore Roosevelt said it all. While Wiki says he appointed numerous "African-Americans", T.R. would not have insulted them by using what he considered to be an offensive term.
And I believe that racial profilling exists because it has proven to be effective. When the majority of crimes in an area are perpetrated by a particular group of people, then that group of people is more likely than others to be up to something. Simple mathematics.
i don't believe in supposed "revers racism". whatever is being called "revers racism" is either outright normal racism or an attack on justified affirmative action or some similar thing. normally its that later one.
Hate breeds more hate. For each racist organization that sprouts up, I would gesture that an equal and opposite organization is created to "fight back". Examples would be Nation of Islam= KKK, New Black Panthers= Neo nazis, the list goes on. No race is innocent of racism, these are just the predominant ones we see here in America.
Zing! Pow! I'm getting the popcorn!!! (sorry for instigating)