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I thought white people were evil. I was wrong.

 

Whenever anyone mentions the historical atrocity of chattel slavery, white people will emerge from the dark crevices of humanity to gnaw away at the assertion like roaches on a discarded Cheeto. They will explain how most white people didn’t own slaves. They will offer a convoluted explanation about the Confederacy and Southern heritage. They will introduce the concept of “presentism”—the idea that we shouldn’t judge the actions of people in the past using modern-day standards—as if the white people of the past couldn’t quite grasp the idea of inhumanity and brutality until 1861.

 

Everyone knew that slavery was evil. Everyone knew that Jim Crow was evil. Everyone knew that lynching was evil. Everyone knows that any kind of injustice or inequality is evil. These things persist because most white people don’t actively fight to eradicate them.

 

And most white people don’t actively fight to eradicate inequality and injustice because they usually benefit in some small way. The Southern economy was built on evil slavery. Jim Crow laws maintained a national order with white people firmly planted atop the social hierarchy. Systematic injustice keeps black people in their place, but it also comforts white people to know that the big black bogeymen are being kept behind bars.

 

Inequality and racism exist not because of evil but because the unaffected majority put their interests above all others, and their inaction allows inequality to flourish. That is why I believe that silence in the presence of injustice is as bad as injustice itself. White people who are quiet about racism might not plant the seed, but their silence is sunlight.

 

Many of those people don’t speak out because they fear alienation more than they hate racism. For them, the fear of having someone furrow their brow in their direction outweighs their hatred of sending children to an underfunded school knowing that they don’t have an equal chance at success because of the color of their skin.

They know the reality of disproportionate police brutality, but they don’t have to worry about their children being shot in the face. Their kids receive good educations.

 

Their kids can wear hoodies whenever they please. Little Amber and Connor’s résumés don’t get tossed in the trash because of their black-sounding names. Their children’s futures are determined only by work ethic and ability. Therefore, they stay silent on the sidelines.

 

That’s not evil.

 

That is cowardice.

 

Attention getting headline, but eff it. If you stand by and do nothing when evil is taking place, you are a coward.

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Black people are lazy.

Asians are sneaky and can't drive.

 

See how ugly that is? 

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9 minutes ago, Dan T. said:

Black people are lazy.

Asians are sneaky and can't drive.

 

See how ugly that is? 

The equivalency would be that black people don’t speak out enough about the crime and poor education in their neighborhoods. That Asians don’t speak out about the disregard for the safety and well-being of others when it comes to them driving.

 

 But I see what you did there!

 

Your comparison is based on your own exposure, therefore shows how far apart you are for what he was trying to present. Almost like a reverse racism mentality, like a force that has stress due to resistance.

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1 minute ago, Riggo-toni said:

Hey, some of my best friends are white...

And some white people have given their lives for the benefit of minority movements.  But that is not the point of the article .

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3 minutes ago, ClaytoAli said:

The equivalency would be that black people don’t speak out enough about the crime and poor education in their neighborhoods. That Asians don’t speak out about the disregard for the safety and well-being of others when it comes to them driving.

 

 But I see what you did there!

 

Your comparison is based on your own exposure, therefore shows how far apart you are for what he was trying to present. Almost like a reverse racism mentality, like a force that has stress due to resistance.

 

I read the Root often.  I agree with many of the viewpoints expressed.  However, too often they shoot themselves in the foot with the overwrought headlines and insulting generalizations. Broad generalizations don't help. 

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I know I am. I'm an absolute ****.

 

12 minutes ago, TryTheBeal! said:

White people are awesome

No, come on. We're so friggin' lame.

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I haven’t read the article, but I’d say probably. Most people are driven by fear, self-interests, short term thinking, and greed. 

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If the system were set up to keep black people in power and ensure that black people received better education, health care, standards of living, etc, would black people fight for their own self interest or would they fight for equality?  All black people or only a few?

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34 minutes ago, Riggo-toni said:

Hey, some of my best friends are white...

 

They all need one to mention when they post.....:kiss-smileys:

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17 minutes ago, Springfield said:

If the system were set up to keep black people in power and ensure that black people received better education, health care, standards of living, etc, would black people fight for their own self interest or would they fight for equality?  All black people or only a few?


Ask Ben Carson that question.

It will always ultimately be about content of character. And if your character is weak, then it will be about superficial **** like skin color or whatever in-group/out-group dynamic that keeps a person perched atop the social hierarchy.

Things like care and empathy are like muscles, you have to work them against resistance to make them grow. To be in the right position to carry out the most healthy and evolved of choices.

If you don't have that training then you will balk in the face of risk and stress, you will cling to your comforts rather than work for others, and you're zone of care and awareness will be this small pathetic thing that only circles your individual wants and fears.



 

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I think the overall point of the article is that people (that just happen to be white in this case) who benefit from inequality might not be as motivated (as a group) to fight for equality as hard.  It's not suggesting there is a cowardly gene in white people. 

 

I've said before in threads that a bi-product of equality is inconvenience for the people who benefit from the current (and past) systems. 

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1 hour ago, ClaytoAli said:

The equivalency would be that black people don’t speak out enough about the crime and poor education in their neighborhoods. That Asians don’t speak out about the disregard for the safety and well-being of others when it comes to them driving.

 

 But I see what you did there!

 

Your comparison is based on your own exposure, therefore shows how far apart you are for what he was trying to present. Almost like a reverse racism mentality, like a force that has stress due to resistance.

 

I agree with your first part. I dont understand the analogy "force that has stress due to resistance". I imagine this may be a law of physics analogy? 

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As for the headline? meh and yawn. Seems like red meat like what trump tosses his core base. The article itself assumes a broad generalization that tries to put all white people in the same box. White kids do get shot and killed by police, quite often actually. White kids have crappy school districts. 

 

It assumes all white people live in the burbs in a 2 family home with a garage. Flip side, I think a lot of racists assume black people all live in projects with out family support and live off welfare. 

 

Its easy for me to to not give this article a second thought .. if that means this writer thinks that makes me a coward ... meh i dont care. At this point in my life, I care very little what others think.   

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This is the modern day left, identity politics and general stupidity and ignorance

 

With a nice mix of self loathing losers applauding them on

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2 minutes ago, Sacks 'n' Stuff said:

Bang up contribution Zoony. Spot on as always.

 

He is outraged!

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11 minutes ago, zoony said:

This is the modern day left, identity politics and general stupidity and ignorance

 

With a nice mix of self loathing losers applauding them on

 

The left hardly has a copyright on identity politics, it just isn't referred to as identity politics (for whatever reason) when the GOP courts old angry rural white folks.  Hell, half of Trump's platform seems to be built on the fear of "whiteness" eroding from the country.

 

 

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23 minutes ago, zoony said:

This is the modern day left, identity politics and general stupidity and ignorance

 

With a nice mix of self loathing losers applauding them on

 

Oooh, I smell embers burning....repressed passion maybe? You need to let it out more, tell us how you really feel.

 

 

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I think this oversimplifies a lot of historical awareness.  Did all white people know slavery was bad?  It is easy to assume people must have known, but how would they have known?  Were newspapers covering the evils of slavery, and do we think everyone read those that mentioned it?  I also think specifically in belief's like white man's burden, where it was the responsibility of the European Christians to spread Christianity. If they converted a slave, have they not improved things long term for the slaves?  I mean they were no longer starving infidels...  There are also the biblical references to slavery.  For something so often mentioned, why was the practice of slavery not mentioned more as an evil in and of itself (rather than just wrong when the Jews were slaves).  Finally, I suspect many people then, not unlike now, took their moral compass readings directly from the pulpit of their local churches.   

 

Of course, it is true many White people benefited directly or indirectly from slavery, and that benefit likely colored their perceptions.  However, I think the same thing happens everywhere at all times.  Most of us see ourselves as good, and few have the introspection needed to recognize the potential harms we inflict often without ever giving thought.

 

It's one of the reasons I have long admired the Quakers.  In a time of slavery where many were thriving using the practice, they rejected the practice.  What's more they were a huge force in the abolishment movement both here in the U.S. as well as England. 

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22 minutes ago, NoCalMike said:

it just isn't referred to as identity politics (for whatever reason) when the GOP courts old angry rural white folks

 

Right, you guys are pretty persistent that the correct term there is Racism/ist

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