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The White Man's Burden a S/O of the White Privilege thread

Posted by on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:27 PM
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The White Man’s (and Woman’s) Burden

Published By: All Right Magazine on February 5, 2010

racismchainsbothBy NANCY MORGAN

Although I didn’t vote for Barack Obama, I welcomed the election of a black man to America’s highest office. I assumed his election signaled that white America had finally atoned for the sin of slavery. I assumed that Martin Luther King’s dream of judging a man by the content of his character instead of the color of his skin had become a reality.

No more would I have to spend my life proving a negative, as in ‘I am not a racist.’ No more would I have to automatically lower my voice when issues of race entered the conversation. No more would I have to censor my thoughts and actions when dealing with people whose skin color differed from my own. Alas, I was wrong.

America’s elites seem intent on continuing to identify citizens by their skin color instead of their character or achievements. Case in point: This February has been designated by President Obama as National African American History Month, sending the clear message that black history is separate from the history of everyone else.

Hispanics also have an Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) in which they focus on specific cultural achievements, as distinct from American culture. Even American Indians have their own Native American Heritage Month.

With all this focus on celebrating multiculturalism, whites, especially white Christians have gotten a bum rap. For the last 40 years, white Americans have been blamed for all of the world’s ills. Possessing white skin is automatically associated with oppression, slavery, paternalism and colonialism. And everyone knows that’s bad stuff.

No one has dared point out the absolutely phenomenal achievements of White Americans. That would be considered racist, under the faulty assumption that any white achievement necessarily demeans or excludes black achievements. This premise, however, doesn’t apply when touting black progress, or Hispanic progress, or progress of any group not burdened with white skin.

Last week, the city of Farmington, New Mexico, unanimously voted not to participate in any event celebrating a proposed “white history month.” As a white American, this tells me that whites are still not allowed to celebrate their own achievements. The media backed, self anointed race hustlers have decreed that whites are still the oppressors and blacks are still the victims, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Whites must still atone for the sin of being white.

NBC is currently being lambasted for the sin of offering fried chicken on the menu of a special NBC Black History Month lunch spread. How dare they point out that blacks like fried chicken! I guess its a good thing they didn’t offer watermelon on the menu, as that might have triggered a national boycott.

No-one, however, is questioning the overt paternalism and outright racism evidenced by billionaire Bill Gates. His Millennium Scholarship Project specifically excludes whites from participating. That kind of racism is OK. After all, it perpetuates the myth that whites are the ones with all the power. Tell that to the increasing number of whites displaced under the racial spoils system that operates under the benignly named ‘affirmative action.’

If Obama were truly a ‘post-racial’ president, I would be allowed to comment on the fact that blacks dominate the NBA. I wouldn’t give a thought to mentioning the overwhelming percentage of blacks working for the postal service.  I could, without fear, comment on the fact that most blacks dance a heck of a lot better than whites.

But no, for a white to dare mention cultural differences between blacks and whites is verboten. But when minorities set aside a whole month to celebrate these very differences, it is somehow acceptable. What’s wrong with this picture? And how much longer will whites have to atone for the sins of their ancestors? Inquiring minds want to know.

Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for RightBias.com.  She lives in South Carolina.

This isn't a recent article. It was written a few years ago. I feel it's relevant to the White Privilege thread.

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mommajen32
by Platinum Member on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:38 PM
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Obama also.recognized Irish American History Month. There's an extensive list of history months for both minority and Europeans. Visit the LOC website.... such a lame argument. If one has to constantly go around proclaiming they are not a racist then one needs to examine why sooooooo many people come to thay same conclusion. I understand and acknowledge some folks jump the gun but to have to do it constantly.....you've got issues

Last if one was silly enough to think the election of a Black (or half white as conservatives like to throw out) President signified tje end of both personal and institutional racism one is a bone fide idiot.
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by on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:42 PM
Well said.

Quoting mommajen32:

Obama also.recognized Irish American History Month. There's an extensive list of history months for both minority and Europeans. Visit the LOC website.... such a lame argument. If one has to constantly go around proclaiming they are not a racist then one needs to examine why sooooooo many people come to thay same conclusion. I understand and acknowledge some folks jump the gun but to have to do it constantly.....you've got issues



Last if one was silly enough to think the election of a Black (or half white as conservatives like to throw out) President signified tje end of both personal and institutional racism one is a bone fide idiot.
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krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Ditto. 

It's good to see you!

Quoting mommajen32:

Obama also.recognized Irish American History Month. There's an extensive list of history months for both minority and Europeans. Visit the LOC website.... such a lame argument. If one has to constantly go around proclaiming they are not a racist then one needs to examine why sooooooo many people come to thay same conclusion. I understand and acknowledge some folks jump the gun but to have to do it constantly.....you've got issues

Last if one was silly enough to think the election of a Black (or half white as conservatives like to throw out) President signified tje end of both personal and institutional racism one is a bone fide idiot.


mommajen32
by Platinum Member on Jan. 23, 2013 at 9:19 PM
TY Mama...most of us got ghost but it's good to check in here and there. BHM is coming...lol. Can't believe I wasted all thay time and energy now that I can see somethings for what they are....but hey I made some great friends out of it. Good to see you too.



P passing changed CM for me.


Quoting krysstizzle:

Ditto. 

It's good to see you!

Quoting mommajen32:

Obama also.recognized Irish American History Month. There's an extensive list of history months for both minority and Europeans. Visit the LOC website.... such a lame argument. If one has to constantly go around proclaiming they are not a racist then one needs to examine why sooooooo many people come to thay same conclusion. I understand and acknowledge some folks jump the gun but to have to do it constantly.....you've got issues





Last if one was silly enough to think the election of a Black (or half white as conservatives like to throw out) President signified tje end of both personal and institutional racism one is a bone fide idiot.


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EireLass
by Ruby Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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I've been called a racist because I don't live near black people, or that they don't live in my town. Someone told me to take the initiative and move to where they live????? What???

mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:47 AM
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Racism: One race oppressing another race. In this country, America, white people are at the top of the food chain in all areas. It's been that way since the founding of this country. Institutions are still mostly white. Government is still mostly white. Police departments are still mostly white. Businesses are still mostly white owned. Those who earn the most are still mostly white. Communities are still segregated. Here in Chicago, there are whole neighborhoods of one race of people. And this is not because white people are better, this is because this is the way it's designed to be. That is racism. Oppression. 

Discrimination is an action. There was a study done a few years ago (that has been successfully repeated) where two resumes were typed up. They were exactly the same. The only difference was the name. One name was a name we would associate with a white person. The other name we would associate with a black person. Guess who got more calls for interviews? The person with the traditional white name. Over and over this experiment was done in a variety of professions. Each time, the white sounding name got more call backs for interviews. That, right there, is discrimination. So should black people name their kids with white names or should white people knock that nonsense bullshit off? Affirmative action policies were put into place for that very reason, discrimination based on color, not professional merit. Also, white women have been the ones who have benefited the most from affirmative action. 

Prejudice is a feeling. It's something where you just don't like someone based on whoever they are (or what you think they are). 

Those are the three terms relating to racism. This article is bullshit. 

IntactivistMama
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:51 AM
What's wrong with acknowledging that Obama's mother was white?

I tend to feel that saying someone is "black" and ignoring part of their family tree is racist. Like either you're all white or nothin'.
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AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:09 AM
I was the white girl in the bus when the NAACP went to Washington DC to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the march on Washington. Fifteen buses from Florence, South Carolina alone so there must have been hundreds of buses from the states within nine hours of DC.
I bring that up because I brought a Filipino friend with me for a grew trip to DC and when we got to the march, the NAACP had a tent to feed everyone who came on the many buses. Our complimentary dinner was fried chicken, lemonade and a banana. I laughed so hard because I knew that if anyone other than the NAACP had tried to hand out that dinner would have gotten a stern talking to and maybe a smack. Funny stuff.
People on both sides are looking too hard for racism
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mama3814
by Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Back in the early '90s I experienced something like this when I went to a job interview. One of the first things the interviewer said to me was, "You don't look like a (Anglo-sounding name here)." The interview went downhill from there.

I also had a job taking hotel reservations over the phone back around that time. I guess the caller thought I was white because he said, "Make sure you don't put me near any blacks. I can't stand them." Granted this has been quite a while back, but I just don't think attitudes have changed that much.


Quoting mehamil1:

Racism: One race oppressing another race. In this country, America, white people are at the top of the food chain in all areas. It's been that way since the founding of this country. Institutions are still mostly white. Government is still mostly white. Police departments are still mostly white. Businesses are still mostly white owned. Those who earn the most are still mostly white. Communities are still segregated. Here in Chicago, there are whole neighborhoods of one race of people. And this is not because white people are better, this is because this is the way it's designed to be. That is racism. Oppression. 

Discrimination is an action. There was a study done a few years ago (that has been successfully repeated) where two resumes were typed up. They were exactly the same. The only difference was the name. One name was a name we would associate with a white person. The other name we would associate with a black person. Guess who got more calls for interviews? The person with the traditional white name. Over and over this experiment was done in a variety of professions. Each time, the white sounding name got more call backs for interviews. That, right there, is discrimination. So should black people name their kids with white names or should white people knock that nonsense bullshit off? Affirmative action policies were put into place for that very reason, discrimination based on color, not professional merit. Also, white women have been the ones who have benefited the most from affirmative action. 

Prejudice is a feeling. It's something where you just don't like someone based on whoever they are (or what you think they are). 

Those are the three terms relating to racism. This article is bullshit. 



mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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They haven't. White people say racist shit all the time. I just stand there and I'm like, really? You think that's ok to say? Well guess what, you are a racist pig. 

Quoting mama3814:

Back in the early '90s I experienced something like this when I went to a job interview. One of the first things the interviewer said to me was, "You don't look like a (Anglo-sounding name here)." The interview went downhill from there.

I also had a job taking hotel reservations over the phone back around that time. I guess the caller thought I was white because he said, "Make sure you don't put me near any blacks. I can't stand them." Granted this has been quite a while back, but I just don't think attitudes have changed that much.

Quoting mehamil1:

Racism: One race oppressing another race. In this country, America, white people are at the top of the food chain in all areas. It's been that way since the founding of this country. Institutions are still mostly white. Government is still mostly white. Police departments are still mostly white. Businesses are still mostly white owned. Those who earn the most are still mostly white. Communities are still segregated. Here in Chicago, there are whole neighborhoods of one race of people. And this is not because white people are better, this is because this is the way it's designed to be. That is racism. Oppression. 

Discrimination is an action. There was a study done a few years ago (that has been successfully repeated) where two resumes were typed up. They were exactly the same. The only difference was the name. One name was a name we would associate with a white person. The other name we would associate with a black person. Guess who got more calls for interviews? The person with the traditional white name. Over and over this experiment was done in a variety of professions. Each time, the white sounding name got more call backs for interviews. That, right there, is discrimination. So should black people name their kids with white names or should white people knock that nonsense bullshit off? Affirmative action policies were put into place for that very reason, discrimination based on color, not professional merit. Also, white women have been the ones who have benefited the most from affirmative action. 

Prejudice is a feeling. It's something where you just don't like someone based on whoever they are (or what you think they are). 

Those are the three terms relating to racism. This article is bullshit. 

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