Skip to comments.WHAT IT MEANS TO BE WHITE IN AMERICA
Posted on 07/22/2013 6:08:33 AM PDT by shortstop
The president told us on Friday what its like to be black in America.
A couple of days before that, his attorney general said that America needs to be honest about race. Since then, any number of prominent black people have said we need to have a national discussion about race.
Lets have a discussion about race.
Not a one-sided harangue, but a two-way discussion. Lets move beyond the politically correct Whites are racists, blacks are victims and actually talk things out.
You do that by hearing both sides.
Toward that end, in the spirit of the presidents remarks, Id like to discuss what its like to be a white man in America. And Id like to be held to the same standard as the president. His remarks were personal impressions based on generalizations, traditions, culture and folklore.
He was called brave.
Ill be called racist.Thats because our system is based on a double standard. Black criticisms of white society are insightful; white criticisms of black society are bigotry.
White people know that if they say anything that doesnt exactly toe the line of political correctness, they run the risk of losing their jobs and their public reputations. We live in a society where the accusation of racism is evidence enough; to be accused is to be guilty.
Thats what we white people think.
We also think that we pay the bills. We think that we disproportionately pay the taxes and that black people disproportionately collect the welfare. We feel like we are being ripped off and that this uneven shouldering of the burden will eventually bankrupt and kill our country.
I work in a building that houses a Social Security office. One elevator serves that office specifically. It is stunning to note the demographic difference between the elevators. Overwhelmingly, white people go up one set of elevators to work, and black people go up the other set of elevators to apply for SSI.
Young, healthy people.
All day long.
The culture of many white Americans is one of hard work and self-reliance. Our heritage teaches us that work is ennobling, and our religion teaches us that by the sweat of our brow we should eat our bread.
And we feel like we are being robbed by a socially dysfunctional urban black America where out-of-wedlock birth, educational failure, criminal conduct and other irresponsibility perversely entitle people to money we earned to support our families.We believe that races are equal, but cultures are not, and that a woefully failed black urban culture is cancerously destroying lives and communities. And we feel like we have to both foot the bill to support it and fight it, and watch out for spillover that might threaten us.
White people also believe black America has a predatory crime problem that creates a real danger for all of us.
We believe that because it happens to be an undeniable truth. Blacks are disproportionately involved in crime, and while some blacks believe thats because of a racist criminal justice system, most whites believe its because blacks are more likely to commit crime.
We all pretend not to notice the race of the mug shots on the evening news, but were only pretending. We notice, and we dont forget. We dont believe the criminal justice system is victimizing inmates, we believe the criminal justice system is protecting us from inmates. We believe people in prison deserve to be there they did the crime, they do the time.
Black violence much of it directed against other blacks has over the years since 9-11 racked up a higher body count than the war on terrorism.
White people think that is a big deal.
If black people are complaining about Stand Your Ground laws of self-defense, white people are saying that you dont have to worry about it if you dont attack anybody. The cry against Stand Your Ground is a cry in defense of people who are violently assaulting other people. Black people are disproportionately injured in all types of self-defense situations because black people are disproportionately involved in attacking other people, and pushing those people into self-defense. Thats not a problem with the law, thats a problem with peoples conduct.
White people also believe that we are disadvantaged in the workplace. We believe that quotas and diversity programs discriminate against us in hiring and promotion. This is truest in the government and corporate workplaces.
Its true for the white male hoping to get hired on the police or fire department, and its true for the mid-career white person passed over for less-qualified minority employees.
Many white people are bothered by the social conduct of some black people. Often there is a loud, obnoxious and profane behavior, and a crude sexual harassment of women in public settings.
Black apologists often speak of culture and of the need for whites to understand and respect black culture. The president on Friday said we needed sensitivity training. Many whites would like that to be a two-way street. Wed like a little courtesy extended to our sensitivities, too.
White people believe that black people have a chip on their shoulder about race. And a persecution complex. And an inability sometimes to talk or think about anything else.
We also think that black people get pulled over by the police for the same reasons anyone does for breaking the traffic law and that the cry of racism anytime anyone has contact with the police is a bunch of crud.
These are some of the things white people think.
Of course, my account is just as full of generalizations as the presidents. He made assumptions about the thinking of the very diverse group of Americans who happen to be black, and he made assumptions about the thinking of the very diverse group of Americans who happen to be white. I have done the same. He was undoubtedly part right and part wrong. I am also undoubtedly part right and part wrong.
Do you think some of my observations were hurtful and overbroad? What of the presidents implicit assertions that white women on elevators are racists, and that cops on patrol are racists, and that store employees are racists? Are his claims different or more justified?
The president, to the extent that he understands the subject, told us what its like to be a black man in America.
But what he had was not a conversation, it was a condemnation. And two can play that game.
With all this clamoring in recent days for a conversation, it is understood that what activists and politicians really want is one more denunciation of white America. The conversation is about how racist America is and how unfair it is to blacks.
And thats simply not true.
And if this is truly a conversation, then I am free to say that.
But Im not.
And thats what it means to be white in America.
Ping for truth....it’s notable that the author must have really watered down his observations.
The writer is spot on.
It would be hard to find something disagreeable in that article.
It would also be hard to find something that isn’t objectively true, as well, if one were honest.
I can’t add much to this, except to point out that black violence against whites is on the rise, and being deliberately masked by our media.
I found myself nodding yes throughout.
Everything is our fault. That it what it is like to be white in America.
Spot on, and definitely watered down.
Thx for sharing!
About time someone says the truth.
It is long, long overdue - to eliminate laws about racial bias in America.
We are all equal now.
Act like it.
Whites are the new slaves. Blacks are the new masters. But at least the old white masters were actually leading the PRODUCTION of a crop and involved with legal COMMERCE. Can’t say the same about the new black masters...other than the ILlegal drug/sex trade.
An normal, intelligent, well-intentioned man would never express such a thought.
Read some of it. Dead on. The Democrat plantation is still alive and well and keep blacks on it using welfare. If I were black or Hispanic I don’t think I’d find much to be proud of: High crime, high welfare, low education, ghetto neighborhoods, etc.
it strikes me that the only thing not mentioned in this fine tale on being white in America is the urge to hurl. No Im not exaggerating.
A casual glance at the regime and its deeds has on a number of occasions inspired me to eject my “lunch” . Most usually Ive been able to control that spastic urge.
There’s something so not right about this gang of punks that the inherent toxicity they represent is recognized by my GUT as something to be evacuated asap.
This last blast of surreal jibber jabber form the mouth of the DEMORALIZER IN CHIEF stands ALONE in OUR History as the most FOUL most reprehensible blast of rage IMAGINABLE.
the DEMORALIZER IN CHIEF doesnt want DIALOG. the DEMORALIZER IN CHIEF wants to continue to spew his MONOLOGS..PRETENDING that by doing so hes engaging in DIALOG
Being heartbroken about the condition this Nation is in doesnt cut it. SYSTEMIC CLEANSING of the toxic dreck that passes for “dialog “ will,
ONWARD AND UPWARD
Black people don't go out of their way to say hi to white people in Walmart .... or anywhere else, for that matter.
Well, them facts... is facts.
How about an honest conversation between a conservative black person (like Col. West or JC Watts) and Jesse Jackson...The liberal black politicians hate their brothers who have not bought into the victimhood mentality that they preach. Condoleeza Rice has a compelling story of growing up in the south and yet her parents raised her to be smart, independent and work for her own success. She became the first Black American woman to be Secretary of State. While Obama is denouncing the racism in America, President Bush quietly took a trip to Africa earlier this year to attend the African first ladies women’s conference with Laura and even Michele Obama was there. I don’t recall hearing much about this trip.
” Bottom Rail On Top Now Master “ ,, big payback time . The great uniter my @$$ .
Blacks want to complain that the system is unfair when they are their own worst enemies. Any black child who tries to get out of the ghetto on hare work and education is dragged down by their piers for “acting white”.
Thanks for posting
He is of a “depraved mind” (Rom 1:28), as most leftists are.
Make no mistake, “white culture” is a proxy for “Christian values”, another phrase for “God’s Law”.
They hate God’s law. Without understanding that, you will look at their conclusions that a dysfunctional culture is good and a functional culture is bad, and think you’re going nuts.
We have had a “conversation” on white racism for 50 years. Until blacks acknowledge black racism the conversation is over.
My favorite Lonsberry piece was the one that he wrote just after 9/11 about George Bush, titled â
“Oh Captain My Captain”.
I am sick to death of “discussions” about race. How about we take up Judeo-Christian values for awhile.
"What does it mean to be an American."
The sooner we can have THAT discussion the better, because then all the hyphenations drop off, as they should. They are just a tool to divide us, which is precisely the aim and plan of the left, Obama, and the MSM.
One Caveat: Not sure what this means exactly.
We believe that races are equal, but cultures are not,
'Equality' is problematic to relate to reality.
Pop culture, media and America’s education system is also responsible for the destruction of America and damaging much of society. Television, especially commercials, have become unbearable to watch. Last night, I came across another Ad Council spot where the white male was the image of ridicule. Granted, the Ad Council appears to have an agenda where whites and especially white males are rotten but in this one, it was so obvious it is impossible not to criticize. A white guy was on the floor, in the fetal position, of a black guy’s house. The black guy challenged and chastised him for being a drug addict and something about âyou are not going to influence my childrenâ and âI will block you.â It had to do with parents being able to block certain TV content. Imagine an ad where a white suburban family âblockedâ rap music in that context? Come on Ad Council, grow a set!
Whenever I hear ‘conversation about race’ I tune right out because it’s never a conversation. It’s a lecture.
“Conversation about race’ means ‘let’s talk about how racist white people are and the ways they need to change.’
Let’s ping all our lists ... THIS is a good one
That’s OK, since chris Matthews has already apologized for all white people. /sarc
Good column, and the comments at his site agree.
I can STILL remember when all the racists lived (ONLY) in Alabama.
Well, if each one of us who read FR hadn’t been so evil and wicked to our slaves............ Oh crap! None of us had any. But we’re probably descendents of someone who did or at least knew someone back in the mid 1800’s who had some so we’re all guilty by association.(?) Thus, like some liberal asshat sign wearin’ runners had on their homemade signs, we must “End White Supremacy”. I guess that’s like white priviledge?(sp) You know like being taught how to read cursive. But then again, more and more young folks are gonna have thumb problems from texting than from writing.
Being white means being bombarded with an endless stream of the most inane, juvenille, patronizing claptrap about blacks, black culture and the imaginary benefits of diversity, 24/7/365.
Great article and spot on......(((ping)))
Very well put and best of all THE TRUTH...
“With all this clamoring in recent days for a conversation, it is understood that what activists and politicians really want is one more denunciation of white America. The conversation is about how racist America is and how unfair it is to blacks.
And thats simply not true.
And if this is truly a conversation, then I am free to say that.
But Im not.
And thats what it means to be white in America.”
Ditto to Lonsberry and thanks for posting. As Jeff Head noted, now let’s move the conversation to what it’s like to be an American. Too few of our elected representatives can even begin to wrap their rhetoric around that concept, given the evidence in the immigration conversations.
What it means to be white in America is to be the historical liberator and benefactor of blacks in America.