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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Being white is so awesome, who can care about casual racism?

by Dawn Cutaia, York Daily Record

Being white is pretty awesome. Don't get me wrong, if I were a white male instead of a white woman, my life would be even more awesome, but being a white female is still powerful.

Being white is an unearned privilege; I did absolutely nothing to get the white skin I have. Yet my white skin gives me power and credibility. I am not just a member of the club; I am a member of the club.

And the best part is that I don't have to show a membership card; the color of my skin is my membership card, which is very convenient. It frees up my hands to send text messages and post to Facebook on my iPhone 5.

Why is being white so powerful? It probably has something to do with the whole slavery thing. Yeah, I said it. Slavery. Why can't blacks just get over it, right? I mean it was such a long time ago. And the minute that slavery was declared unconstitutional, former slave owners and former slaves had a great big party, where the former slaves invited their former owners over for dinner in the houses that the former slaves owned. Oh wait, that doesn't sound right...
Whites don't like to talk about slavery because we think blacks blame us for it. Unless you actually owned slaves, and I'm pretty sure that you haven't, no one is blaming you for slavery. However, if you turn away from the racism that still exists today as a result of slavery; if you promote that racism; if you argue that it does not exist, you should absolutely feel guilty, because you are guilty — not just of hurting your fellow citizens, but hurting our entire country.

You don't have to be a member of the KKK to be racist, but not being a member of the KKK does not mean you aren't racist. Slavery may have been outlawed 150 years ago, but the Civil Rights Movement was less than 50 years ago. Fifty years ago blacks were still sitting in the back of the bus, drinking out of separate water fountains, being sprayed by fire hoses for peacefully protesting, and living in extreme poverty with substandard education.

To this day, there are still a lot of negative stereotypes about blacks. I can't think of any negative stereotypes about white people, other than we can't dance. When you are the people in power, negative stereotypes roll right off your back. But for the people who are not in power, even stereotypes we think are harmless can have terrible consequences.

Ever hear whites make fun of black names? Names like Lakeesha and Jashon? Did you know that when potential employers are presented with two identical resumes, one with a white name and one with a black name, the white person gets the interview, hands down. Not so harmless now. And when "undercover" black and white employees interview for jobs, when they both have the exact same qualifications, guess who almost always gets called back? Yeah, that's right, the whites.

When I say "welfare queen," do you think of a poor white woman living in Appalachia outside a trailer, with a bunch of dirty kids in diapers running around, or do you think of Lakeesha, sitting on her welfare throne with buckets of food stamps all around her? Yet there are twice as many whites on welfare as blacks, and that's not including the white CEOs of corporate America.

Do you ever find yourself having conversations with other whites and when you talk about blacks you whisper the word "blacks"? If you are not ashamed of what you are saying, why are you whispering? Continued...

1 comMENTS:

it is obvious she is sarcastic when she says "white male" rather than White Man; at
the same time she uses "woman".
being White is NOT an "unearned privilege". it is in our DNA and we have earned it through milleniums of healthy breeding. our ancestors live in us.
then she jumps into some "slavery" bs. as if blacks in africa didn't sell their own capured enemies to arabs, who then sold them to jews, who then shipped them to the new world after Anthony Johnson (negro) won a court case allowing him to keep his indentured servant John Castor (negro) as a slave.
so, yeah, blacks should get over it. however; today's blacks are taught racialism while today's White children are taught guilt and self -hate for nonexistant "offenses". so what about jim crow laws? segregation really did not hurt anyone.seperate water fountains? oh boo-hoo cry me a river. sitting at the back of the bus? that's because blacks smell bad. rosa parks? a hoax. the guy who asked her to move was a friend of hers and they set up the whole thing. the jew's purpose in pushing forced desegregation was to hurt White people.

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