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"White Girl" gets an awakening to racial tension in SoCal liberal arts school
http://www.dailynews.com ^ | 06/26/2013 | Josephine Fenster

Posted on 06/27/2013 3:16:00 PM PDT by BBell

For seven years of my life, from sixth grade to twelfth grade at primarily black and Latino schools in Las Vegas, I was the White Girl. In sixth grade, my classmates assumed I came from money and were shocked to learn that I, too, took the bus to school. In basketball, I was always forgiven for my terrible dribbling, and, when I sank a shot, I was seen as impressive. My friends never laughed at me for being behind on the newest slang, and they often volunteered definitions for words I didn't yet know-"Not-White Girl Words," as we called them.

In my high school, everyone was aware of race, but no one was afraid of it. We joked about it constantly. When there was a dance circle, I wasn't expected to join it-white girls can't dance.

We all told Hector, a Catholic Mexican, that we knew he had to have at least ten siblings. If my half-black friend Carl rolled up in a shiny new car, we all joked that he must have jacked it. With our discussions and jokes, we played with stereotypes and made them non-scary. School administrators even planned an assembly for my class to talk about our inappropriate jokes, but then they decided it was okay and cancelled the event.

In 2010, I moved to Los Angeles and to college. My campus was (and is) diverse, but I was no longer the White Girl. Sometimes, frankly, I didn't even feel especially white. A lot of my fellow white girls were doing yoga and wearing designer jeans. I wasn't. I was used to people caring more about their shoes than the rest of their outfit.

My college, Occidental, is progressive. It prides itself on ethnic and cultural diversity. I'm proud to be a student here. But gone is

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I can relate to this. My kids attend heavily black schools with a smaller group of Asians. My daughter has a friend who looks and talks like Urkel. He is a smart kid and he wears hearing aids and has a protective Momma. My daughter jokes that she is blacker then he is. My daughter tells me they always joke about racial stereo types. Asians are all supposed to be smart. White's can't dance or play BBall. All blacks are BBall players and dance artist and not to bright and so on. It's all part of the fun of High School kids joking about stereo types. My son knows all the latest slang and style. He does not talk ghetto but I still call him a whigger.
1 posted on 06/27/2013 3:16:00 PM PDT by BBell
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To: BBell

Occidental is one of the places 0bambi attended and didn’t have to perform.


2 posted on 06/27/2013 3:22:12 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (If youÂ’re happy and you know it clank your chains!)
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To: BBell

And I have a good friend who grew up in Long Beach and was bussed into Wilmington in the ‘70s.

He’s so traumatized by that he moved out of the country.

Basically, his parents generation turned him into a punching bag for hate filled non-whites with their “can’t we all just get along” social engineering.

It’s true that people who grow up together can in many ways get beyond old divisions. But it’s a lot easier for a white female. Rather different if you’re the Evil White Cracker Male, to use a Trayvonism.


3 posted on 06/27/2013 3:43:54 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Uncle Miltie
"Occidental is one of the places 0bambi attended and didn’t have to perform."

not surprised.....always thought that he had "performance" issues....

4 posted on 06/27/2013 3:50:06 PM PDT by cherry
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To: BBell

Anu White parent who sends their child to a school largely populated by blacks is committing child abuse. I vomit when I see wiggas or any other whites enjoying gangsta rap.


5 posted on 06/27/2013 3:54:20 PM PDT by Clemenza ("History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil governm)
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To: Clemenza

Or lily white people flashing gang signs in pictures.


6 posted on 06/27/2013 3:54:55 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

LOL!


7 posted on 06/27/2013 4:02:24 PM PDT by Clemenza ("History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil governm)
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To: Clemenza

That one really sticks in my craw.


8 posted on 06/27/2013 4:03:15 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BBell

I know exactly what she is talking about.


9 posted on 06/27/2013 4:17:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BBell

***I can relate to this. My kids attend heavily black schools with a smaller group of Asians.***

I can relate but for a different reason. I went to Intermountain Rockies schools with Latinos, blacks, Navajos and lots of white oilfield kids. We mostly got along well as we were all in it together.

Then my dad pulled us out and we ended up in the 1950s Ozarks. Talk about culture shock!

Most of the kids (all white) in class were kin to everyone else. Most were dirt poor. Those with money lorded it over the others. Some had never been more than 25 miles away from home. They all looked at us as if we had our hand in their pocket.

Needless to say, we found ourselves at the bottom of the social structure.

When Little Rock schools blew up we learned a new word we had never known. Segregation. We could not comprehend it.

When we went back to the oil fields we found ourselves again accepted in all the schools.

Then back to the Ozarks where we ended up at the bottom again.

Unfortunately I am still here.


10 posted on 06/27/2013 4:21:13 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Clemenza

It depends on how the school is run. Where I live the parish school boards are very strict when it comes to discipline. They don’t take any crap and will have kids arrested and charged in a heart beat. Remember Jena High in LaSalle Parish? Those kids were arrested immediately and severe charges were leveled against them by a prosecutor who was black. Then Jessie Al and the rest of the clowns rolled into town and created an issue where there wasn’t one.


11 posted on 06/27/2013 4:37:30 PM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: Regulator

I am NOT a Howard Stern fan, but he has talked many times about how his liberal, Jewish parents would NOT move from Roosevelt (I think) Long Island, NY in the 60s and 70s when all the rest of the whites were fleeing.

It made his life hellish and no he is not joking.


12 posted on 06/27/2013 5:30:30 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Hey, don’t forget me! I’ll be your friend. ;)


13 posted on 06/27/2013 5:45:41 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: BBell

That’s a nicely written piece, although some of the details elude me, like the stuff about the shoes. I suppose I could ask my daughter, although at 26 she may already be too old to explain.

I wish our gentle authoress luck and I hope she finds her way away from humorless leftists before she becomes one of that borg.

Thanks for posting this.


14 posted on 06/27/2013 6:05:46 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: dfwgator; Clemenza


15 posted on 06/27/2013 7:42:52 PM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: Clemenza
Anu White parent who sends their child to a school largely populated by blacks is committing child abuse. I vomit when I see wiggas or any other whites enjoying gangsta rap.

One thing that always bugged me is that Black music has really devolved from the beautiful Do-Wop of the 1950's, the sensational soul of the 1960's and 1970's, the disco of the 1970's and the cool songs of the 1980's. I think with few exceptions, rap and hip-hop, took music back a great deal.
16 posted on 06/27/2013 7:54:42 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Welcome to "1984" 29 years later.....)
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To: Nowhere Man

RAP is an acronym for regressive African poetry. I love the oldies and when my son is riding with me I always comment that the song playing was made when black people made good music. I have yet to find a young black kid who has heard of Sam Cooke. Unbelievable. The platters, drifters, four tops,Stevie Wonder, The coasters, the shirelles, the dixie cups, fats domino, little richard,CHUCK BERRY, leadbelly, I could go on for awhile. The music was great and to think it evolved into the garbage that is popular now. Talk about regression.


17 posted on 06/27/2013 8:31:22 PM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: BBell

I went to a county high school that was somewhat ill-considered as far as the district. It was created to surmount historic segregation, and that it did. However, the reality was nearly half of the student body being black from the western reaches of the plantation belt, their forebears never having left after the war, and the other almost-half being from a sundown town all-white area. It was ugly. The great grandchildren of former slaves and the great grandchildren of their former owners got on one heck of a lot better than did the racist white trash with anybody else. The worst of them all were the very obviously mixed race people, historically so, who belonged to no group but their own, virulently anti-black as if they had something to prove. And they did, in their own minds at least. Then there were the very fair-skinned black folks, who were just as biased toward darker black folks, just in a different way. Very biting, but not the same. It was quite an education in human nature. People are at base very tribal, whether this is recognized or not by a given individual in question. I have few delusions in this regard.


18 posted on 06/27/2013 8:53:03 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: BBell

For you (thanks for the memories):

Sam Cooke, You Send Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX6QlnlMqjE

Crystals, Da doo ron ron
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqgtsai2aKY

Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Dancin in the Street
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KhbM2mqhCQ

Temptations, Just My Imagination
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJFwgGvMEgw

Dionne Warwick, Walk on By
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0EA7a5LqDg

Dinah Washington, Since I Fell For You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RhWkK0lODE


19 posted on 06/27/2013 8:58:00 PM PDT by viaveritasvita (The Grace of God has appeared, bringing Salvation to all men. Titus 2:11)
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To: viaveritasvita

Roberta Flack, The First Time Ever I saw Your Face
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOFrGbuUqnQ

Note to self: Never forget


20 posted on 06/27/2013 9:12:51 PM PDT by viaveritasvita (The Grace of God has appeared, bringing Salvation to all men. Titus 2:11)
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To: viaveritasvita
Just a couple

mary wells my guy

mary wells my guy

The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman

The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman

The Platters - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

The Platters - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

The Tracks of My Tears - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

The Tracks of My Tears - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Marvin Gaye ~ Lets get it on / Heaven must have sent you

Marvin Gaye ~ Lets get it on / Heaven must have sent you

21 posted on 06/27/2013 9:36:21 PM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: viaveritasvita
killing me softly reggae version

Kashief Lindo

Although I love Roberta Flacks version I am a reggae fan. Love Bob Marley.

22 posted on 06/27/2013 9:42:10 PM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: BBell

Thank you! My Guy...and Smoke...2 of my all time favorites. Here’s a few more backatcha (you have created a monster!)...

Chiffons, One Fine Day
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvyOqKhKWQ4

Drifters, Stand by Me (hope this is not a dupe...I’m getting tired)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaqjpfZJjpk

Little Eva, Locomotion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNNW0SPkChI

Little Anthony and the Imperials, Think I’m Going Out of My Head
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkCa5l_UGAk

Dixie Cups, Iko Iko
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB3gQl2WFZI

Supremes, Come See About Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z47xJhnEOVI

You have no idea how you’ve lifted my spirits this evening...I mean, Dixie Cups Iko Iko!!!! It’s been a long time since I’ve heard that one...another world ago.

This is going to sound weird and kind of out of the blue, but...I wonder if the (so-called) star witness in the Zimmerman trial has ever heard even one of these wonderful songs?


23 posted on 06/27/2013 10:06:52 PM PDT by viaveritasvita (The Grace of God has appeared, bringing Salvation to all men. Titus 2:11)
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To: BBell

Very nice...”something completely different.” lol

Here are a few of my “something different” for you...

Gipsy Kings, Love and Liberte
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtXt3K2FSVU

Van Morrison, Celtic Excavation (Ok, now I’m going to start crying!!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yiwg41B_WB0


24 posted on 06/27/2013 10:25:04 PM PDT by viaveritasvita (The Grace of God has appeared, bringing Salvation to all men. Titus 2:11)
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To: Nowhere Man
I think with few exceptions, rap and hip-hop, took music back a great deal.

No kidding. I grew up with the awesome soul music, jazz, and funk of the 60s and 70s. The introduction of rap in the early 80s was the death knell of that once great art form.

I'm listening to Al Green right now, as a matter of fact.

25 posted on 06/28/2013 12:26:21 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: BBell
The platters, drifters, four tops,Stevie Wonder, The coasters, the shirelles, the dixie cups, fats domino, little richard,CHUCK BERRY, leadbelly

With the exception of Stevie Wonder, all of that was the music of my pre-school years. Not quite my generation, but I still appreciate it.

26 posted on 06/28/2013 12:28:18 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

***Then there were the very fair-skinned black folks, who were just as biased toward darker black folks, just in a different way.****

Thirty years ago, movie critics Siskel and Ebert, noticed that in the blacksploitation films, the baddest guy was blackest guy.


27 posted on 06/28/2013 6:59:49 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: viaveritasvita
I live very close to New Orleans. The Dixie Cups are from NOLA. Iko Iko is a staple during the parade season. This video can explain the origins better then I can.

IKO IKO - meaning of the real words and their origin

Although I am too young to have been in Vietnam here is a song that some of the vets I know said were popular over there

The Shirelles - Soldier Boy

Bobby Vinton - Mr. Lonely

Fats Domino is from NOLA and he still lives here. His piano was ruined by Katrina and it was just recently restored and given back to him. He does not perform anymore but he still makes public appearances.

28 posted on 06/28/2013 4:20:04 PM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
***Then there were the very fair-skinned black folks, who were just as biased toward darker black folks, just in a different way.****

Goes the other way too. Dark skinned blacks call the light skinned blacks "yellows".

Mexicans from the north part of Mexico consider the Mexicans from the southern end of Mexico beneath them, and vice versa - the Surenos versus the Nortenos.

It's everywhere.

29 posted on 06/28/2013 4:57:13 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: BBell

Very much enjoyed the vid on the origins of words to Iko Iko! Always wondered.

Soldier Boy...a classic.

I think you may know who Buckwheat Zydeco is...? Used to exercise to some of his tunes. Go figure!

I was born in Detroit...grew up on Motown (and whatever it would have been called prior to being called Motown)...will always love the early “black” music.

My father was a jazz musician (as well as a truck driver and part-time accountant)...alto sax, which my sister still has...had his own band and played around on weekends...there used to be a few thick red vinyl recordings of them, but lost now...I was weaned on Stan Kenton (his favorite), Dave Brubeck (Take Five!!!), Keely Smith, Nat King Cole, etc.

He also loved classical...built his own hi-fi...big hulking thang with tubes...but you should have heard the London Symph Orchestra blaring out Pictures at an Exhibition!!!

It’s no wonder I’ve been told I have eclectic musical taste, eh?

Thank you again for lifting my spirits and bringing back wonderful memories of a happy, innocent time (when a smoke was a smoke).


30 posted on 06/28/2013 6:03:44 PM PDT by viaveritasvita (The Grace of God has appeared, bringing Salvation to all men. Titus 2:11)
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To: viaveritasvita
You brought up Keely Smith which brings up:

Just a Gigolo & I Ain't Go Nobody

Louis Prima was from New Orleans and so was Sam Butera. I would have loved to have been able to see Louis Prima And The Witnesses with Keely Smith live.

31 posted on 06/28/2013 6:38:07 PM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: BBell

Cool, daddy-o! LOL

I remember Louis Prima, too, but never heard of Butera. The vid reminded me (aside from the fact that I always thot Smith had the weirdest hairdo!) that my dad liked the swing bands, too. But I can’t for the life of me think of any!

I took my Dad to see Stan Kenton once...also saw the Beatles at the Olympia (I think that’s the name) in Detroit...AND Oscar Peterson at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge (one of the, if not the, oldest jazz clubs in the country, I believe)...he was not more than 5 feet away from our table.

Of course, I’ve also seen Black Sabbath (LORD, forgive me) with Elton John as warm-up band, Paul Butterfield Blues Band (in a tiny whole-in-the-wall place way back in the day) and Leo Kotke in concert...eclectic, I tell ya! LOL

Hey, we aren’t forgetting people like BB King or Otis Redding are we?


32 posted on 06/28/2013 7:23:29 PM PDT by viaveritasvita (The Grace of God has appeared, bringing Salvation to all men. Titus 2:11)
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To: Nowhere Man
I always considered rap to have originated in white culture. For your enjoyment and consideration I present Rock Island. ;-)
33 posted on 06/28/2013 9:08:29 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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