Race, race and even more race. It’s all about race. Don’t you know?
How can it be otherwise when discussing anything wrong in America? There are so many vested interests that will make sure the race card is always pulled.
I’ve lived in the US for my whole life and I’m still blown away by our constant, never-ending, unstoppably sloppy obsession with race. It’s part of the American psyche, an indelible part of every discussion, every article, and every problem. We’re not talking about culture, education or values, no, it’s always race.
Blacks of different economical, cultural and ideological backgrounds are all lumped together, all readily identifiable by the color of their skin. Period. No further discussion required.
What exactly is a “person of color”? Does this include the Hmong people? Does it include Central Asians? Arabs? Are white-skinned Kashmir Indians people of color too? What about the differences between American blacks and blacks haling from actual Africa?
And, of course, the blame always falls on “white people.” By that we mean Caucasians of European descent. Wow, that description sure narrows it down, doesn’t it?
All our differences are squished so that “white” becomes an all encompassing guilty-laden tag. Never mind our respective ethnic lineage, cultural and financial background. Never mind if our ancestors came here in the 1710s, 1880s or in the 1970s. Never mind if they came here as pioneers, colonists, servants, land developers, migrant laborers or refugees. As a result, a Bosnian-born resident of St. Louis is mushed together with a 5th generation Minnesotan of Norwegian stock.
Way too many people don’t seem to see any issue with this specific racial “blindness.”
The Berkeley/NYU crowd says that so-called “whites” are guilty for not “rectifying actions that targeted and punished residents of color.” Right. So what exactly is the proposed solution for this so-called “white” lie? Quotas? Affirmative action? For those who haven’t noticed, both of these approaches are highly racist and have been proved to be dramatically ineffective and even destructive in the past few decades.
Also, the notion of “White Guilt” is unrepentantly stupid.
Let’s run this logic ad infinitum: should an individual of German descent despise those of Latin descent since Romans tortured, killed, and enslaved the Gauls thousands of years ago? Or should those of Latin descent despise those of Germanic descent since it was the Gauls who ultimately doused the glory that was Rome? Are these two examples not valid since they’re so far removed from the present day? Is this to say that there is a “time limit” under which my profiting from or being disadvantaged by these examples expires? When does that come? Are the sins of the fathers always carried by the sons, and the great-great-grandsons?
If my father was an unrepentant racist scoundrel and I’m not, am I still completely marginalizing people of all different races — through my mere DNA?
If white guilt is required of all whites regardless of slave ownership and ancient discrimination will we ever begin to reconcile the disparity which racism perpetuated?
All of the above questions get only one short answer: No.
Those who buy into “White Guilt” are undeniably retarded.
Shall we now talk about “racial profiling”? So a beat cop patrolling a predominantly black neighborhood should first go look for the (non-existing) whites who, apparently, must be committing crimes there too. All for Quotas’ sake.
In the unlikely event of a violent confrontation between a cop and a black resident of a rough black slum the motivations of such actions are always, we’ve been told, racial.
Too bad that police aggression is never just a one-way street. In fact, police brutality has no color. More than plenty of “whites” have been brutalized by police forces. Not taking this fact in account whenever one speaks about this matter is profoundly discriminatory.
In sum, why such racially-aware speakers assume that the lack of progress documented among black communities should always fall on whites?
Are we supposed to feel more guilty about our presumed racist “white” selves? Or maybe — I know this is a long shot — should we demand more from the native “people of color” communities?
Are black communities willing to seize personal responsibility as a path to success? Or is this all just about the police?
If the families who live in the projects where violence happens everyday can’t make these problems “their own” — for their own well-being — how will things ever change?