Posts tagged: racism
“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled, was making us think that black was bad…”
Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing, author of The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Color and founder of the Cress-Welsing Institute of Psychiatry and Social Research
My white skin does not make me the oppressor. I wasn’t the one who colonized Africa. I never bought and sold African-Americans in slavery. I never opposed integration, or worked against the civil rights movement. Oh, but other people of my skin color did, and so suddenly it’s on me?
I suppose that because the 9-11 attacks were carried out my Muslims, that all Muslims should share the blame. And that because the Armenian genocide was carried out by the Turks, that every Turkish-American citizen carries a bit of the blame.
I’m not trying to erase any sort of black history. I just fail to understand why there is this need to quantify our struggles, so that we can label whites as the “oppressors” and blacks as the “oppressed.” We all face struggles in life, whether they’re big or small, caused by race or not. I’m just sick of people telling me that I can or can’t do things because I’m white. Somehow, it’s okay to argue that I can’t do things because I’m white, but if I were to argue that someone couldn’t do something because they’re black, I’d be deemed a racist. Apparently, I have been oppressing their people, not through any actions of my own, but simply because the color of my skin links me to a certain group of people before me.
And I’m sick of it.
You benefit from oppression.
You benefit from genocide.
If you’re a white person living anywhere other than in Europe (and maybe even then) you benefit from colonialism and imperialism.
You cannot stop benefiting from these things, because privilege is not determined by you or your actions, but by the society you live in. It’s not your fault. But it’s not untrue.
It is your responsibility to recognize it.
The entire Internet is available for you to educate yourself. Your words come from a place of STAGGERING ignorance, so here’s a 101 list.
Lee Atwater, a head republican strategist, in an anonymous interview in 1981. He is admitting that republicans use coded-language to appeal to the racists in their base. Because, as he always said, “people vote their fears.”
Lee, who would eventually become the head of the Republican National Committee, helped Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush win their Presidential elections by teaching them to use overtly-racist tactics.
When the N-word became taboo, Republicans began referring to black people in less-direct ways, with terms like “welfare queens.” They learned how to say the N-word, without saying the N-word.
Sadly, this still continues today. As seen in Newt Gingrich’s claim that Obama is a “food stamp President” and Rick Santorum’s assertion that he doesn’t “want to make black people’s lives better by giving them someone else’s money.”
I’m just saying.
These are photos of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation: An Oglala Sioux Native American reservation located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Here men, women and children are forced to live in appalling poverty stricken conditions because of the neglect and ignorance of the Government whose members live in luxury while these people struggle in cramped conditions with little food and no running water. Many are unaware of this and others just choose to turn a blind eye but we need to get the truth out there and encourage more and more people worldwide to speak out against this as it’s completely disgusting and unacceptable for the U.S in today’s modern society. Reblog and help increase awareness and if you would like to help further you can find out more or make a donation here, every little bit counts. http://friendsofpineridgereservation.org/
INTERESTING, 15 NOTES.
AND YET, A PHOTO THAT I POSTED YESTERDAY OF A TACKY/RACIST BELLY RING HAS 3000.
Oh weetz, darling. Don’t you know that no one cares what out life is actually like? They just want to play pretend Indian.
released for free by MHP in light of the first lady recently commenting about being tired of the stereotype constantly being applied to her
An insight on how black men are harassed and bullied by the police on a daily basis in the UK.
Percentage of black males among people stopped and searched by the police:
2009-10: 18% In London : 33.5%
And keep in mind that black people represent about 2% of the UK population.
Yet the general consensus would like you to think that racism does not exist in the UK and that the structural discrimination of the police and the judiciary system that black people have been complaining forever, is just a myth.
“Bringing race into it is an irrelevance” John O’Connor, former Metropolitan Police commander. This is a white British male for you!
Got a few requests to make this rebloggable!
Bless this post.
Also, I love how people (both those on the internet and those I’ve met in real life) are like, “Slavery was like 200 years ago. You people have a black president now. Why aren’t you over it already?” or “Racism is just something black people say is still around when they can’t find a job.” or “So it’s okay if a black person is racist to a white person, but not the other way around? That’s so hypocritical.”
I just want to cause them bodily harm. Let’s do a crash course in history, shall we?
- SLAVERY in America has been around since 1619. SIXTEEN FUCKING NINETEEN A.D. I’ll give you a hint: It’s been around longer in North America than the United States itself.
- The EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION was enforced after the Civil War ended in 1865. The THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT, which ABOLISHED slavery, was ratified December of that year. This is 245 years after slavery came to America’s shores.
- DESEGREGATION was “put into effect” with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That’s 345 years after the start of slavery in the United States, and a decade after BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION was decided.
- BUSING took place in 1974 after the Supreme Court’s SWANN v. CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG Board of Education ruling. The protests and the violence that took place in Boston, MA, a state far above the Mason-Dixon line and a presumed beacon of liberality, show just a sample of the political climate at the time. Remember reading about this in history class?
- RACE RIOTS took place the year of my birth, 1992, in Los Angeles, CA, following the videotaped, violent beating of Rodney King, a black motorist, by LAPD officers: three whites and one hispanic. This takes place 28 years after Brown v. Board. In retaliation, a white truck driver and a hispanic construction worker were dragged from their vehicles and brutally beaten. The riots lasted six days, and brought to light the bitterness of wounds barely healed.
- OUR PRESIDENT has been HARANGUED about his nationality since before he was elected. Like the post above states, he’s had to, on numerous occasions, present his birth certificate to prove his legitimacy. In addition he has been attacked based on his faith, with rumors such as he is MUSLIM (here Muslim being the “worst insult”— that’s another degree of prejudice). Some may not agree with his policies, but to bring into question his RELIGION and, especially, his RACE in regards to whether or not he is a GOOD PRESIDENT is ridiculous and plain stupid.
Let’s do the math:
2011 (today, where the above facts take place every day)
- 1619 (first documented slavery)
= 392 YEARS of racism
“Why aren’t you over it already?”
This is just a superficial look at the history of racism towards black Americans. I’m not even going into the details of racism and prejudice displayed towards Hispanic, Asian, female, gay, transgendered, disabled, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and so on individuals out there. It’s repulsive.
America is a country with a great potential for hate. To deny it is to be, quite frankly, amazingly and bewilderingly ignorant.
But America is also a beautiful country, and while its future is uncertain, we can certainly learn more than a thing or two from our pasts. By keeping ourselves informed, with open hearts and minds, we can hope to heal the hurt that has been inflicted on so many lives and races. It’s my hope that our generation can do that. It will be hard, and we may regress, but it can be done. I hope it will.
Bless this commentary.
Also…can we address the fact that this person seems to think that the president of the United States is “the most powerful man in the world”? Cause…what?