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.
A few weeks ago, I was (once again) returning to the US from a trip to China.... through the Atlanta airport. As I was standing in line at immigration, I started looking at the people working for INS. There were SIXTEEN agents checking people on the US Citizen side... ALL SIXTEEN were black males.
There were 12 agents on the Visitor's side.... ALL TWELVE were... black males.
That caught my attention. So, I started counting the number of black employees I saw before seeing a white person... among INS, TSA, and airport employees..... I made it up to 38 before I saw ONE white guy... in the TSA security line where you re-check after customs.
After seeing that guy, I made it up to 78 without seeing another white person.
Now... I KNOW Atlanta has a large percentage of black people... That is not news. But, seriously? ONE white employee out of 78 people?
And...anyway.. 78 people working in the customs check-in area?? They were EVERYWHERE... most, doing nothing... but standing around, or yelling at people to walk.. (In the ONLY direction available to go).
White in America = target.
Dang! Forgot about that. On the other hand, look how well things are going in Detroit.
Appointed by the hated, EEEVIL Bush! So she does not count and will be written out of the history books.
Wow. Thanks for sharing.
They are protected in government jobs,
but the big plus is to be given
You are right.
The productive people are paying for the lazy slobs who reliably vote democrat. Non-violent people are attacked, raped and murdered by the good-for-nothings who vote democrat. Then as a final insult, they accuse Whitey of being racist.
One of those cultures if very quickly taking over this nation, and it looks like it's almost time to look for the exits.
Many whites are trying to do just that. However, many other whites are not and, often being the ones who control the press, suppress the voices of those blacks who do agree with Dr. King.
Last week, the RightWingNews.com blog included "The idea that everyone should be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin" in a list of "25 People, Places and Things Liberals Love to Hate."
"Conservatives feel they have embraced that quote completely. They are the embodiment of that quote but get no credit for doing it," says the author of the article, John Hawkins. "Liberals like the idea of the quote because it's the most famous thing Martin Luther King said, but they left the principles behind the quote behind a long time ago."
Yes it is and some of the attacks are clearly racial.
Well, besides the fact that she’s insinuated she too voted for ‘the won’.
And so did Colin Powell.
And Walter E. Williams has forgiven us:
That's supposed to be a link, guess I didn't post it right.
A Brief for Whitey, March 21, 2008, by Patrick J. Buchanan
How would he pull it off? I wondered.
How would Barack explain to his press groupies why he sat silent in a pew for 20 years as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright delivered racist rants against white America for our maligning of Fidel and Gadhafi, and inventing AIDS to infect and kill black people?
How would he justify not walking out as Wright spewed his venom about the U.S. of K.K.K. America, and howled, God damn America!
My hunch was right. Barack would turn the tables.
Yes, Barack agreed, Wrights statements were controversial, and divisive, and racially charged, reflecting a distorted view of America.
But we must understand the man in full and the black experience out of which the Rev. Wright came: 350 years of slavery and segregation.
Barack then listed black grievances and informed us what white America must do to close the racial divide and heal the country.
The white community, said Barack, must start acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds .
And what deeds must we perform to heal ourselves and our country?
The white community must invest more money in black schools and communities, enforce civil rights laws, ensure fairness in the criminal justice system and provide this generation of blacks with ladders of opportunity that were unavailable to Baracks and the Rev. Wrights generations.
What is wrong with Baracks prognosis and Baracks cure?
Only this. It is the same old con, the same old shakedown that black hustlers have been running since the Kerner Commission blamed the riots in Harlem, Watts, Newark, Detroit and a hundred other cities on, as Nixon put it, everybody but the rioters themselves.
Was white racism really responsible for those black men looting auto dealerships and liquor stories, and burning down their own communities, as Otto Kerner said that liberal icon until the feds put him away for bribery.
Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America.
Fair enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to.
This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:
First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.
Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.
Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the 60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.
Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas to advance black applicants over white applicants.
Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.
We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?
Barack talks about new ladders of opportunity for blacks.
Let him go to Altoona and Johnstown, and ask the white kids in Catholic schools how many were visited lately by Ivy League recruiters handing out scholarships for deserving white kids.
Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America? Is it really white Americas fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent?
Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself?
As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?
Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?
We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.
Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago.
In America, there’s the Western Christian-based culture,
and there are the anti-cultures that seek to destroy it.
Excellent article. So very true.
We have given already. Enough.
I have a mixed view of that.
Up until now, I believe there has been a historical justification for the Blacks’ overwhelming support of the black candidate.
It was part of America’s healing.
Now the president has been a black guy. TWICE.
It is now time to get beyond all that, and just be Americans.
I may catch heck for agreeing with Blacks on the issue, up until now. I believe they did have a discriminatory system they were imported into, and yes they all bound together.
However that has now changed.
Obama blew it bigtime, with his support of black racial grievances.
That is a part of history now.
Now we need to drop all of that racial thought, and get along as Americans.
No laws governing one side. Eliminate all race-related laws. Period.
Just get along.
I don’t have a mixed view of that.
She voted for someone she HAD to have known (given her job) was a communist, a fake, and a con guy.
She still voted for him.
So did Colin Powell.
They cared more for the fake, communist con artist than their country.
Begone to both of them.
A lot of racists still do live in Alabama, they are the ones who believe Abraham Lincoln was a Democrat and George Wallace was a Republican and the KKK was started by Republicans. Of course they are in most other states as well. We have a lot of them here in the, “Cradle of the Confederacy”.
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