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Reasons why white people should care about racism:

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True to myself

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Oct 2, 2010
Reasons why white people should care about racism:
1. What goes around, comes around. We all live in the same society. I don’t understand what makes white people think that the social ills that our actions (or inactions) are actively maintaining in the ghettos aren’t going to come around and bite us in the ass one day, too. It’s easy to maintain the illusion that these are “their problems” in an all-white enclave, I suppose, but social ills like increased crime (and abusive and untrustworthy law enforcement) and the economic/social marginalization and geographic isolation of a huge chunk of our population WILL affect white people’s standard of living too. How can having such a huge number of Americans (predominantly young, black, male Americans) not have an effect on American society as a whole?
2. On a personal level, as a white woman, racism hurts me because I can never look in the mirror and say to myself “I earned and deserve my accomplishments.” Every victory is slightly hollow for the reason that I don’t know what percentage of my accomplishments are due to my own actions, and what percentage was simply due to white privilege.
3. On a similar note, I feel like my country doesn’t represent the values that it claims as a foundation – fairness, justice, equality of opportunity. I grew up believing in these values and internalizing them – I was ashamed to discover that the real America is so far from the ideal. I’d like to be proud of my country.
4. In middle school, I was attacked by a girl who was frustrated with white people in general and was looking to vent that frustration. Imagine – in seventh grade – a 12 year old girl is already so fed up with the unfairness of a racist system that she would go after someone she barely knew. White people can’t be the victims of reverse racism (i.e. the girl who beat me up does not have the systematic power to deny me a job, etc.) but individual whites may still reap some of the consequences of what a racist system sows (see point #1).
5. Systematic racism has created a climate of interracial distrust and suspicion. It’s a sad truth that I had far more friends of color as a 5th grader than I do now – and I’m hardly the exception to the rule. Many white people I know have expressed “discomfort” interacting with minorities, without realizing that it’s the racist system they (consciously or not) maintain that generates their discomfort.
Obviously, there are more, but that’s all I’ve got for 9:13 a.m. on a Monday. Thank you for all the good work you do with this blog. America needs more voices like this.
Liebreaker

Huntington, WV

#2 Oct 2, 2010
Black people are disadvantaged because they don't try. Look at Barck Obama, do you think he got where he was by complaining about racism everyday?
Negro Free America

Atlanta, GA

#3 Oct 2, 2010
True to myself wrote:
Reasons why white people should care about racism:

2. On a personal level, as a white woman, racism hurts me because I can never look in the mirror and say to myself “I earned and deserve my accomplishments.” Every victory is slightly hollow for the reason that I don’t know what percentage of my accomplishments are due to my own actions, and what percentage was simply due to white privilege.
If you didn't "earn" your accomplishments then that is on you, not your skin color. Being a female is what granted you privilege, not being white. If you hate yourself and your skin color so much please do us all a favor and kill yourself. You won't be missed.

Level 1

Since: Apr 10

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#5 Oct 2, 2010
Racism is on the other foot; The Whites are now being excluded and shutout from the public venues.

Thats okay; The Whites leave their trash behind for the blacks inherit.
One day, the whites will have enough of this nonsense of running.
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Since: Sep 10

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#6 Oct 2, 2010
Liebreaker wrote:
Black people are disadvantaged because they don't try. Look at Barck Obama, do you think he got where he was by complaining about racism everyday?
Obama is always the example. I'm sure he has had his complaints, however his position won't allow him to voice them publicly.

Black people are at a disadvantage because of lack of unity. A community of people, united under one cause can accomplish their goals if they lift each other up and hold one another accountable. Black people have a history of distrust toward one another, a learned behavior that needs to be eradicated.

Black people need a leader, something we haven't had since MLK.
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#7 Oct 2, 2010
DoubleAction wrote:
Racism is on the other foot; The Whites are now being excluded and shutout from the public venues.
Thats okay; The Whites leave their trash behind for the blacks inherit.
One day, the whites will have enough of this nonsense of running.
I'm not trolling or fishing. I don't want to start a race fight, I just want to see your point of view. So would you mind expounding on exclusions and shutouts, as well of nonsense of running.
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#8 Oct 2, 2010
Negro Free America wrote:
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If you didn't "earn" your accomplishments then that is on you, not your skin color. Being a female is what granted you privilege, not being white. If you hate yourself and your skin color so much please do us all a favor and kill yourself. You won't be missed.
Hey, don't be so ruff on the girl. If more whites saw racism in the same scope that she does, it could lead to an end of it. I would rather see what she is speeking out against die, not her.
How about you?
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#9 Oct 2, 2010
Correction: Rough

Level 5

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#10 Oct 2, 2010
True to myself wrote:
Reasons why white people should care about racism:
1. What goes around, comes around. We all live in the same society. I don’t understand what makes white people think that the social ills that our actions (or inactions) are actively maintaining in the ghettos aren’t going to come around and bite us in the ass one day, too. It’s easy to maintain the illusion that these are “their problems” in an all-white enclave, I suppose, but social ills like increased crime (and abusive and untrustworthy law enforcement) and the economic/social marginalization and geographic isolation of a huge chunk of our population WILL affect white people’s standard of living too. How can having such a huge number of Americans (predominantly young, black, male Americans) not have an effect on American society as a whole?
2. On a personal level, as a white woman, racism hurts me because I can never look in the mirror and say to myself “I earned and deserve my accomplishments.” Every victory is slightly hollow for the reason that I don’t know what percentage of my accomplishments are due to my own actions, and what percentage was simply due to white privilege.
3. On a similar note, I feel like my country doesn’t represent the values that it claims as a foundation – fairness, justice, equality of opportunity. I grew up believing in these values and internalizing them – I was ashamed to discover that the real America is so far from the ideal. I’d like to be proud of my country.
4. In middle school, I was attacked by a girl who was frustrated with white people in general and was looking to vent that frustration. Imagine – in seventh grade – a 12 year old girl is already so fed up with the unfairness of a racist system that she would go after someone she barely knew. White people can’t be the victims of reverse racism (i.e. the girl who beat me up does not have the systematic power to deny me a job, etc.) but individual whites may still reap some of the consequences of what a racist system sows (see point #1).
5. Systematic racism has created a climate of interracial distrust and suspicion. It’s a sad truth that I had far more friends of color as a 5th grader than I do now – and I’m hardly the exception to the rule. Many white people I know have expressed “discomfort” interacting with minorities, without realizing that it’s the racist system they (consciously or not) maintain that generates their discomfort.
Obviously, there are more, but that’s all I’ve got for 9:13 a.m. on a Monday. Thank you for all the good work you do with this blog. America needs more voices like this.
So eloquently stated. Like a real lady. Much respect.

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#11 Oct 2, 2010
Liebreaker wrote:
Black people are disadvantaged because they don't try. Look at Barck Obama, do you think he got where he was by complaining about racism everyday?
Do you think that if you're a Black person that additional odds are not against you??? Please, get real.

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Since: Aug 10

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#12 Oct 2, 2010
Negro Free America wrote:
<quoted text>
If you didn't "earn" your accomplishments then that is on you, not your skin color. Being a female is what granted you privilege, not being white. If you hate yourself and your skin color so much please do us all a favor and kill yourself. You won't be missed.
People like you and your ignorance is keeping the entire world messed up, miscombobulated and confused. Get a life.
Liebreaker

Huntington, WV

#13 Oct 3, 2010
Its 2010. Black people, stop complaining.
Stop Racism

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Oct 3, 2010
Negro Free America wrote:
<quoted text>
If you didn't "earn" your accomplishments then that is on you, not your skin color. Being a female is what granted you privilege, not being white. If you hate yourself and your skin color so much please do us all a favor and kill yourself. You won't be missed.
Negro Free America, sound like you hate your skin color. Telling someone to kill yourself is sick. It is sad that you are full with that much hate.
Mister Black Man

United States

#19 Oct 3, 2010
True to myself wrote:
Reasons why white people should care about racism:
1. What goes around, comes around. We all live in the same society. I don’t understand what makes white people think that the social ills that our actions (or inactions) are actively maintaining in the ghettos aren’t going to come around and bite us in the ass one day, too. It’s easy to maintain the illusion that these are “their problems” in an all-white enclave, I suppose, but social ills like increased crime (and abusive and untrustworthy law enforcement) and the economic/social marginalization and geographic isolation of a huge chunk of our population WILL affect white people’s standard of living too. How can having such a huge number of Americans (predominantly young, black, male Americans) not have an effect on American society as a whole?
2. On a personal level, as a white woman, racism hurts me because I can never look in the mirror and say to myself “I earned and deserve my accomplishments.” Every victory is slightly hollow for the reason that I don’t know what percentage of my accomplishments are due to my own actions, and what percentage was simply due to white privilege.
3. On a similar note, I feel like my country doesn’t represent the values that it claims as a foundation – fairness, justice, equality of opportunity. I grew up believing in these values and internalizing them – I was ashamed to discover that the real America is so far from the ideal. I’d like to be proud of my country.
4. In middle school, I was attacked by a girl who was frustrated with white people in general and was looking to vent that frustration. Imagine – in seventh grade – a 12 year old girl is already so fed up with the unfairness of a racist system that she would go after someone she barely knew. White people can’t be the victims of reverse racism (i.e. the girl who beat me up does not have the systematic power to deny me a job, etc.) but individual whites may still reap some of the consequences of what a racist system sows (see point #1).
5. Systematic racism has created a climate of interracial distrust and suspicion. It’s a sad truth that I had far more friends of color as a 5th grader than I do now – and I’m hardly the exception to the rule. Many white people I know have expressed “discomfort” interacting with minorities, without realizing that it’s the racist system they (consciously or not) maintain that generates their discomfort.
Obviously, there are more, but that’s all I’ve got for 9:13 a.m. on a Monday. Thank you for all the good work you do with this blog. America needs more voices like this.
Great post!
Mister Black Man

United States

#21 Oct 3, 2010
Don5163 wrote:
<quoted text>Do you think that if you're a Black person that additional odds are not against you??? Please, get real.
No! you have the world handed to you on a dam silver platter! If whites don't make it then it is their own problem because they are born into white privilege and it puts them far ahead of everybody else! Each which person has just as much opportunity to be rich as the next white person because they are all white! And if they don't do it then it is their fault, they have no obstacles or hurdles to get over!

“Everybody Dies...”

Level 1

Since: Jan 10

...But not Everybody Lives.

#22 Oct 3, 2010
Boogie Beater wrote:
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Of course the odds are against the kneegers, but it is not due to anything the whites have done. Your plight is one made by God the creator.
God made you:
Lazy
Thieves
Parasites
Stupid
Welfare rats
Government dependent
Wholly absorbed by poontang and peckers
anti social
jungle animals
Just kick back, crack open another Colt 45, smoke some dope and be resigned to the fact that God has made you the way he wanted you to be.
Maybe the god YOU pray to did it, but that's as far as I can agree.

I see why I left the AA forum alone...this shyt is ridiculous.
Mister Black Man

United States

#23 Oct 3, 2010
Drunken Masta wrote:
<quoted text>
Maybe the god YOU pray to did it, but that's as far as I can agree.
I see why I left the AA forum alone...this shyt is ridiculous.
The booger eater perverted god he prays to is Satan!

Level 5

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#25 Oct 3, 2010
Boogie Beater wrote:
<quoted text>
Of course the odds are against the kneegers, but it is not due to anything the whites have done. Your plight is one made by God the creator.
God made you:
Lazy
Thieves
Parasites
Stupid
Welfare rats
Government dependent
Wholly absorbed by poontang and peckers
anti social
jungle animals
Just kick back, crack open another Colt 45, smoke some dope and be resigned to the fact that God has made you the way he wanted you to be.
Don't forget the scripture: The weak shall inherit the earth. Don't forget that one. Who that is will be determined at the end. It will indeed be determined by God. Good luck.
Lori

Harvey, LA

#26 Nov 2, 2010
oh you poor white girl life gave you everything and that still wasnt enough..
what a waste of white skin
MXB

AOL

#27 Nov 2, 2010
Quit your whining you pink pig and get your lazy but out there and do something with that silver spoon!

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