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The Starbucks racism video is remarkable for just how unremarkable it is to black Americans
NBC "News" ^ | April 19, 2018 | by Elon James White

Posted on 04/20/2018 5:59:26 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

The coffee chain's anti-bias training is a potentially positive step. But white people need get real about the extent of racism in America.

Can black folks do anything without scrutiny?

The arrest of two black men sitting quietly in a Philadelphia Starbucks has set off a national discussion about whether there are any places or activities where race doesn’t color the experience. Even something as innocuous and common as waiting at Starbucks for a friend looks different when viewed through the lens of America’s ongoing race problem.

And so well-meaning outrage aside, it’s time that white people in America get real about the way racism — including their own — reveals itself in social situations, usually off-camera.

Looking beyond Starbucks, the mistreatment and subsequent denials of our reality aren't simply frustrating. They hurt the black community in diverse and measurable ways, both psychologically and physically.

For black women in America, an inescapable atmosphere of societal and systemic racism can create a kind of toxic physiological stress, resulting in conditions — including hypertension and pre-eclampsia — that lead directly to higher rates of infant and maternal death.”

The lived experience of millions of our citizens is actually killing black folks. But racism doesn’t require a white hood and a burning cross to thrive. It doesn’t even require overzealous police officers or a problematic coffee shop manager. All racism requires is people who refuse to believe that it’s real and therefore do nothing to stop it.

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Elon James White is writer, performer and founder of This Week in Blackness, a multimedia digital platform dedicated to diversifying voices and news coverage within media. White has appeared on shows like Al Jazeera’s "Flashpoint," "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah," VH1’s "Black to the Future" and "The Rachel Maddow Show," and his commentary has been featured in outlets like Slate, Colorlines, BuzzFeed and The Root.

1 posted on 04/20/2018 5:59:26 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“And so well-meaning outrage aside, it’s time that white people in America get real about the way racism — including their own — reveals itself in social situations, usually off-camera.”

Sure, when blacks get real about the fact that whites find it unremarkable that murderers and rapists on the news are black men. I’d rather be the people getting booted for loitering than those that are raped and/or killed...


2 posted on 04/20/2018 6:01:44 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’ve got the crime statistics ready for whenever they want to have a real conversation about “racism”.


3 posted on 04/20/2018 6:01:51 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Number of arrested coup conspirators to date: 0)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
two black men sitting quietly in a Philadelphia Starbucks... not buying anything, taking up table space, and not leaving when asked.

What makes this clown think whitey would get different treatment?

4 posted on 04/20/2018 6:04:27 AM PDT by grobdriver (BUILD KATE'S WALL!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Problem is not white people its Sratbucks employees and as another poster put it blacks over whelming numbers of violent crimes


5 posted on 04/20/2018 6:05:03 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Cannon Christian and Christopher Newsome. Most Americans don’t know these names, but know the names of James Byrd, Emmett Till and Matthew Shepard and that’s all you need to know about American media today.


6 posted on 04/20/2018 6:05:09 AM PDT by TallahasseeConservative (Isaiah 40:31)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

First of all, they weren’t sitting quietly in the store.


7 posted on 04/20/2018 6:05:10 AM PDT by LydiaLong
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Rather than a barf alert, how about a complete and utter BS alert?


8 posted on 04/20/2018 6:05:22 AM PDT by bk1000 (I stand with Trump)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

it’s a weird story. No video footage from the store, no interview with the cashier.


9 posted on 04/20/2018 6:05:53 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The lived experience of millions of our citizens is actually killing black folks

if only there was some place, like a continent that blacks could go to in order to escape evil America

10 posted on 04/20/2018 6:06:09 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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This merely another expression of the black citizen as a ‘victim’ syndrome.


11 posted on 04/20/2018 6:07:04 AM PDT by chief lee runamok
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NBC is a major enabler for bad race relations. And they are the racists. If the people were white, everyone would know that they are loitering, taking space away from paying customers, and not moving along when asked to either buy something or leave the premises...by both the manager and later the Police! So, instead of the story being about people disrespecting a business and the Police, we have another manufactured race outrage story. This reminds me of the Treyvon Martin or Brown stories where black people doing terrible things are given a free pass and painted as innocent victims! The racism of low expectations is alive and doing very well at NBC.


12 posted on 04/20/2018 6:07:30 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Oh gag, featured in Slate and The Root, nuff said.


13 posted on 04/20/2018 6:08:33 AM PDT by GnuThere
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To: TallahasseeConservative

“Brad Heyka, Heather Muller, Aaron Sander, Jason Befort”

Wichita Massacre victims, subjected to unspeakable horrors before being murdered.


14 posted on 04/20/2018 6:08:43 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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The lived experience of millions of our citizens is actually killing black folks

And here you thought you were just ignoring them, steering clear, giving them room to destroy, etc.

You are actually, literally, killing them: You raciss, you.

15 posted on 04/20/2018 6:12:21 AM PDT by j. earl carter
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Whites would have simply left the store at the first request.

And if they didn’t—be they deranged or drugged homeless or whatever—the cops would have come and got them out, either voluntarily or by arrest.


16 posted on 04/20/2018 6:12:53 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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>>For black women in America, an inescapable atmosphere of societal and systemic racism can create a kind of toxic physiological stress, resulting in conditions — including hypertension and pre-eclampsia — that lead directly to higher rates of infant and maternal death.”

LOL. Women and children hit hardest. They write their own satire.

After reading this article and how “toxic” the majority of Americans are just by existing, I am convinced that the only way to save the African-Americans is an absolute “separate, but equal” system that gives them a apportioned area as determined by actual census figures so they can live without fear of white people anymore. /sarc


17 posted on 04/20/2018 6:13:20 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Asking a pro athlete for political advice is like asking a cavalry horse for tactical advice.)
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To: TallahasseeConservative
Cannon Christian and Christopher Newsome.

Or Ken Tillery.

18 posted on 04/20/2018 6:14:05 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: TallahasseeConservative

I remember them. What a horrific story.


19 posted on 04/20/2018 6:16:54 AM PDT by pinkandgreenmom
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To: grobdriver
Even something as innocuous and common as waiting at Starbucks for a friend

Simple solution. When hanging around in a coffee shop, buy a cup of coffee.

20 posted on 04/20/2018 6:18:10 AM PDT by glorgau
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