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.
Martin Luther King had a dream that his children would be judged my the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Today, if you try to do that, you are called a racist or worse. Blacks are not to be judged, or criticised
or held to account in any way.
The problem described in this article could be viewed as a genetic problem of some sort, or you could view it, as I do, as a political problem. My own view is that the variable which correlates most closely with every sort of urban pathology in America is democrat machine politics, and that 97% of the problems which blacks experience living in America would evaporate within five years of the democrat party being outlawed and banned.
What is it Like to Teach Black Students?
by Christopher Jackson
Until recently I taught at a predominantly black high school in a southeastern state.
The mainstream press gives a hint of what conditions are like in black schools, but only a hint. Expressions journalists use like chaotic or poor learning environment or lack of discipline do not capture what really happens. There is nothing like the day-to-day experience of teaching black children and that is what I will try to convey.
Most whites simply do not know what black people are like in large numbers, and the first encounter can be a shock.
One of the most immediately striking things about my students was that they were loud. They had little conception of ordinary decorum. It was not unusual for five blacks to be screaming at me at once. Instead of calming down and waiting for a lull in the din to make their pointsomething that occurs to even the dimmest white studentsblacks just tried to yell over each other.
It did no good to try to quiet them, and white women were particularly inept at trying. I sat in on one womans class as she begged the children to pipe down. They just yelled louder so their voices would carry over hers.
Many of my black students would repeat themselves over and over again just louder. It was as if they suffered from Tourette syndrome. They seemed to have no conception of waiting for an appropriate time to say something. They would get ideas in their heads and simply had to shout them out. I might be leading a discussion on government and suddenly be interrupted: We gotta get more Democrats! Clinton, she good! The student may seem content with that outburst but two minutes later, he would suddenly start yelling again: Clinton good!
Anyone who is around young blacks will probably get a constant diet of rap music. Blacks often make up their own jingles, and it was not uncommon for 15 black boys to swagger into a classroom, bouncing their shoulders and jiving back.
They were yelling back and forth, rapping 15 different sets of words in the same harsh, rasping dialect. The words were almost invariably a childish form of boasting: Who got dem shine rim, who got dem shine shoe, who got dem shine grill (gold and silver dental caps)? The amateur rapper usually ends with a claimin the crudest terms imaginablethat all womankind is sexually devoted to him. For whatever reason, my students would often groan instead of saying a particular word, as in, She suck dat aaahhhh (think of a long grinding groan), she f**k dat aaaahhhh, she lick dat aaaahhh.
So many black girls dance in the hall, in the classroom, on the chairs, next to the chairs, under the chairs, everywhere. Once I took a call on my cell phone and had to step outside of class. I was away about two minutes but when I got back the black girls had lined up at the front of the classroom and were convulsing to the delight of the boys.
Many black people, especially black women, are enormously fat. Some are so fat I had to arrange special seating to accommodate their bulk. I am not saying there are no fat white studentsthere arebut it is a matter of numbers and attitudes. Many black girls simply do not care that they are fat. There are plenty of white anorexics, but I have never met or heard of a black anorexic.
Black women be big Mr. Jackson, my students would explain.
Is it okay in the black community to be a little overweight? I ask. Two obese black girls in front of my desk begin to dance, You know dem boys lak juicy fruit, Mr. Jackson. Juicy is a colorful black expression for the buttocks.
Blacks, on average, are the most directly critical people I have ever met: Dat shirt stupid. Yo kid a bastard. Yo lips big. Unlike whites, who tread gingerly around the subject of race, they can be brutally to the point. Once I needed to send a student to the office to deliver a message. I asked for volunteers, and suddenly you would think my classroom was a bastion of civic engagement. Thirty dark hands shot into the air. My students loved to leave the classroom and slack off, even if just for a few minutes, away from the eye of white authority. I picked a light-skinned boy to deliver the message. One very black student was indignant: You pick da half-breed. And immediately other blacks take up the cry, and half a dozen mouths are screaming, He half-breed.
For decades, the country has been lamenting the poor academic performance of blacks and there is much to lament. There is no question, however, that many blacks come to school with a serious handicap that is not their fault. At home they have learned a dialect that is almost a different language. Blacks not only mispronounce words; their grammar is often wrong. When a black wants to ask, Where is the bathroom? he may actually say Whar da badroom be? Grammatically, this is the equivalent of Where the bathroom is? And this is the way they speak in high school. Students write the way they speak, so this is the language that shows up in written assignments.
It is true that some whites face a similar handicap. They speak with what I would call a country accent that is hard to reproduce but results in sentences such as Im gonna gemme a Coke. Some of these country whites had to learn correct pronunciation and usage. The difference is that most whites overcome this handicap and learn to speak correctly; many blacks do not.
Most of the blacks I taught simply had no interest in academic subjects. I taught history, and students would often say they didnt want to do an assignment or they didnt like history because it was all about white people. Of course, this was diversity history, in which every cowboys black cook got a special page on how he contributed to winning the West, but black children still found it inadequate. So I would throw up my hands and assign them a project on a real, historical black person. My favorite was Marcus Garvey. They had never heard of him, and I would tell them to research him, but they never did. They didnt care and they didnt want to do any work.
Anyone who teaches blacks soon learns that they have a completely different view of government from whites. Once I decided to fill 25 minutes by having students write about one thing the government should do to improve America. I gave this question to three classes totaling about 100 students, approximately 80 of whom were black. My few white students came back with generally conservative ideas. We need to cut off people who dont work, was the most common suggestion. Nearly every black gave a variation on the theme of We need more government services.
My students had only the vaguest notion of who pays for government services. For them, it was like a magical piggy bank that never goes empty. One black girl was exhorting the class on the need for more social services and I kept trying to explain that people, real live people, are taxed for the money to pay for those services. Yeah, it come from whites, she finally said. They stingy anyway.
Many black people make over $50,000 dollars a year and you would also be taking away from your own people, I said.
She had an answer to that: Dey half breed. The class agreed. I let the subject drop.
Many black girls are perfectly happy to be welfare queens. On career day, one girl explained to the class that she was going to have lots of children and get fat checks from the government. No one in the class seemed to have any objection to this career choice.
Surprising attitudes can come out in class discussion. We were talking about the crimes committed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and I brought up the rape of a young girl in the bathroom of the Superdome. A majority of my students believed this was a horrible crime but a few took it lightly. One black boy spoke up without raising his hand: Dat no big deal. They thought they is gonna die so they figured they have some fun. Dey jus wanna have a fun time; you know what Im sayin? A few black heads nodded in agreement.
My department head once asked all the teachers to get a response from all students to the following question: Do you think it is okay to break the law if it will benefit you greatly? By then, I had been teaching for a while and was not surprised by answers that left a young, liberal, white woman colleague aghast. Yeah was the favorite answer. As one student explained, Get dat green.
There is a level of conformity among blacks that whites would find hard to believe. They like one kind of music: rap. They will vote for one political party: Democrat. They dance one way, speak one way, are loud the same way, and fail their exams in the same way. Of course, there are exceptions but they are rare.
Whites are different. Some like country music, others heavy metal, some prefer pop, and still others, God forbid, enjoy rap music. They have different associations, groups, almost ideologies. There are jocks, nerds, preppies, and hunters. Blacks are all wellblack, and they are quick to let other blacks know when they deviate from the norm.
One might object that there are important group differences among blacks that a white man simply cannot detect. I have done my best to find them, but so far as I can tell, they dress the same, talk the same, think the same. Certainly, they form rival groups, but the groups are not different in any discernible way. There simply are no groups of blacks that are as distinctly different from each other as white nerds, hunters, or Goths, for example.
How the world looks to blacks One point on which all blacks agree is that everything is racis. This is one message of liberalism they have absorbed completely. Did you do your homework? Na, homework racis. Why did you get an F on the test? Test racis.
I was trying to teach a unit on British philosophers and the first thing the students noticed about Bentham, Hobbes, and Locke was Dey all white! Where da black philosopher a? I tried to explain there were no blacks in eighteenth century Britain. You can probably guess what they said to that: Dat racis! One student accused me of deliberately failing him on a test because I didnt like black people.
Do you think I really hate black people? Yeah. Have I done anything to make you feel this way? How do you know? You just do. Why do you say that?
He just smirked, looked out the window, and sucked air through his teeth. Perhaps this was a regional thing, but the blacks often sucked air through their teeth as a wordless expression of disdain or hostility.
My students were sometimes unable to see the world except through the lens of their own blackness. I had a class that was host to a German exchange student. One day he put on a Power Point presentation with famous German landmarks as well as his school and family.
From time to time during the presentation, blacks would scream, Where da black folk?! The exasperated German tried several times to explain that there were no black people where he lived in Germany. The students did not believe him. I told them Germany is in Europe, where white people are from, and Africa is where black people are from. They insisted that the German student was racist, and deliberately refused to associate with blacks.
Blacks are keenly interested in their own racial characteristics. I have learned, for example, that some blacks have good hair. Good hair is black parlance for black-white hybrid hair. Apparently, it is less kinky, easier to style, and considered more attractive. Blacks are also proud of light skin. Imagine two black students shouting insults across the room. One is dark but slim; the other light and obese. The dark one begins the exchange: You fat, Ridario! Ridario smiles, doesnt deign to look at his detractor, shakes his head like a wobbling top, and says, You wish you light skinned.
They could go on like this, repeating the same insults over and over.
My black students had nothing but contempt for Hispanic immigrants. They would vent their feelings so crudely that our department strongly advised us never to talk about immigration in class in case the principal or some outsider might overhear.
Whites were racis, of course, but they thought of us at least as Americans. Not the Mexicans. Blacks have a certain, not necessarily hostile understanding of white people. They know how whites act, and it is clear they believe whites are smart and are good at organizing things. At the same time, they probably suspect whites are just putting on an act when they talk about equality, as if it is all a sham that makes it easier for whites to control blacks. Blacks want a bigger piece of the American pie. Im convinced that if it were up to them they would give whites a considerably smaller piece than whites get now, but they would give us something. They wouldnt give Mexicans anything.
What about black boys and white girls? No one is supposed to notice this or talk about it but it is glaringly obvious: Black boys are obsessed with white girls. Ive witnessed the following drama countless times. A black boy saunters up to a white girl. The cocky black dances around her, not really in a menacing way. Its more a shuffle than a threat. As he bobs and shuffles he asks, When you gonna go wit me?
There are two kinds of reply. The more confident white girl gets annoyed, looks away from the black and shouts, I dont wanna go out with you! The more demure girl will look at her feet and mumble a polite excuse but ultimately say no.
There is only one response from the black boy: You racis. Many girlsall too manyactually feel guilty because they do not want to date blacks. Most white girls at my school stayed away from blacks, but a few, particularly the ones who were addicted to drugs, fell in with them.
There is something else that is striking about blacks. They seem to have no sense of romance, of falling in love. What brings men and women together is sex, pure and simple, and there is a crude openness about this. There are many degenerate whites, of course, but some of my white students were capable of real devotion and tenderness, emotions that seemed absent from blacksespecially the boys.
Black schools are violent and the few whites who are too poor to escape are caught in the storm. The violence is astonishing, not so much that it happens, but the atmosphere in which it happens. Blacks can be smiling, seemingly perfectly content with what they are doing, having a good time, and then, suddenly start fighting. Its uncanny. Not long ago, I was walking through the halls and a group of black boys were walking in front of me. All of a sudden they started fighting with another group in the hallway.
Blacks are extraordinarily quick to take offense. Once I accidentally scuffed a black boys white sneaker with my shoe. He immediately rubbed his body up against mine and threatened to attack me. I stepped outside the class and had a security guard escort the student to the office. It was unusual for students to threaten teachers physically this way, but among themselves, they were quick to fight for similar reasons.
The real victims are the unfortunate whites caught in this. They are always in danger and their educations suffer. White weaklings are particularly susceptible, but mostly to petty violence. They may be slapped or get a couple of kicks when they are trying to open a bottom locker. Typically, blacks save the hard, serious violence for each other.
There was a lot of promiscuous sex among my students and this led to violence. Black girls were constantly fighting over black boys. It was not uncommon to see two girls literally ripping each others hair out with a police officer in the middle trying to break up the fight. The black boy they were fighting over would be standing by with a smile, enjoying the show he had created. For reasons I cannot explain, boys seldom fought over girls.
Pregnancy was common among the blacks, though many black girls were so fat I could not tell the difference. I dont know how many girls got abortions, but when they had the baby they usually stayed in school and had their own parents look after the child. The school did not offer daycare.
Aside from the police officers constantly on patrol, a sure sign that you My black students had nothing but contempt for Hispanics. Whites were racis, of course, but they thought of us at least as Americans.
Security guards are everywhere in black schoolswe had one on every hall. They also sat in on unruly classes and escorted students to the office. They were unarmed, but worked closely with the three city police officers who were constantly on duty.
There was a lot of drug-dealing at my school. This was a good way to make a fair amount of money but it also gave boys power over girls who wanted drugs. An addicted girlblack or whitebecame the plaything of anyone who could get her drugs.
One of my students was a notorious drug dealer. Everyone knew it. He was 19 years old and in eleventh grade. Once he got a score of three out of 100 on a test. He had been locked up four times since he was 13.
One day, I asked him, Why do you come to school?
He wouldnt answer. He just looked out the window, smiled, and sucked air through his teeth. His friend Yidarius ventured an explanation: He get dat green and get dem females.
What is the green? I asked. Money or dope? Both, said Yidarius with a smile.
A very fat black interrupted from across the room: We get dat lunch, Mr. Jackson. We gotta get dat lunch and brickfuss. He means the free breakfast and lunch poor students get every day. Nigga, we knowd you be lovin brickfuss! shouts another student.
Some readers may believe that I have drawn a cruel caricature of black students. After all, according to official figures some 85 percent of them graduate. It would be instructive to know how many of those scraped by with barely a C- record. They go from grade to grade and they finally get their diplomas because there is so much pressure on teachers to push them through. It saves money to move them along, the school looks good, and the teachers look good.
Many of these children should have been failed, but the system would crack under their weight if they were all held back.
How did my experiences make me feel about blacks? Ultimately, I lost sympathy for them. In so many ways they seem to make their own beds. There they were in an integrationists fantasyin the same classroom with white students, eating the same lunch, using the same bathrooms, listening to the same teachersand yet the blacks fail while the whites pass.
One tragic outcome among whites who have been teaching for too long is that it can engender something close to hatred. One teacher I knew gave up fast foodnot for health reasons but because where he lived most fast-food workers were black. He had enough of blacks on the job. This was an extreme example but years of frustration can take their toll. Many of my white colleagues with any experience were well on their way to that state of mind.
There is an unutterable secret among teachers: Almost all realize that blacks do not respond to traditional white instruction. Does that put the lie to environmentalism? Not at all. It is what brings about endless, pointless innovation that is supposed to bring blacks up to the white level. The solution is more diversityor put more generally, the solution is change. Change is an almost holy word in education, and you can fail a million times as long as you keep changing. That is why liberals keep revamping the curriculum and the way it is taught. For example, teachers are told that blacks need handson instruction and more group work.
Teachers are told that blacks are more vocal and do not learn through reading and lectures. The implication is that they have certain traits that lend themselves to a different kind of teaching.
Whites have learned a certain way for centuries but it just doesnt work with blacks. Of course, this implies racial differences but if pressed, most liberal teachers would say different racial learning styles come from some indefinable cultural characteristic unique to blacks. Therefore, schools must change, America must change. But into what? How do you turn quantum physics into hands-on instruction or group work? No one knows, but we must keep changing until we find something that works.
Public school has certainly changed since anyone reading this was a student. I have a friend who teaches elementary school, and she tells me that every week the students get a new diversity lesson, shipped in fresh from some bureaucrats office in Washington or the state capital. She showed me the materials for one week: a large poster, about the size of a forty-two inch flat-screen television. It shows an utterly diverse groupI mean diverse: handicapped, Muslim, Jewish, effeminate, poor, rich, brown, slightly brown, yellow, etc.sitting at a table, smiling gaily, accomplishing some undefined task. The poster comes with a sheet of questions the teacher is supposed to ask. One might be: These kids sure look different, but they look happy. Can you tell me which one in the picture is an American?
Some eight-year-old, mired in ignorance, will point to a white child like himself. That one.
The teacher reads from the answer, conveniently printed along with the question. No, Billy, all these children are Americans. They are just as American as you.
The children get a snack, and the poster goes up on the wall until another one comes a week later. This is what happens at predominately white, middle-class, elementary schools everywhere. Elementary school teachers love All of the Colors of the Race, by award-winning childrens poet Arnold Adoff.
These are some of the lines they read to the children: Mama is chocolate Daddy is vanilla Me (sic) is better It is a new color. It is a new flavor. For love. Sometimes blackness seems too black for me, and whiteness is too sickly pale; and I wish every one were golden. Remember: long ago before people moved and migrated, and mixed and matched there was one people: one color, one race. The colors are flowing from what was before me to what will be after. All the colors.
Teaching as a career It may come as a surprise after what I have written, but my experiences have given me a deep appreciation for teaching as a career. It offers a stable, middle-class life but comes with the capacity to make real differences in the lives of children. In our modern, atomized world children often have very little communication with adultsespecially, or even, with their parentsso there is potential for a real transaction between pupil and teacher, disciple and master.
A rewarding relationship can grow up between an exceptional, interested student and his teacher. I have stayed in my classroom with a group of students discussing ideas and playing chess until the janitor kicked us out. I was the old gentleman, imparting my history, culture, personal loves and triumphs, defeats and failures to young kinsman. Sometimes I fancied myself Tyrtaeus, the Spartan poet, who counseled the youth to honor and loyalty. I never had this kind intimacy with a black student, and I know of no other white teacher who did.
Teaching can be fun. For a certain kind of person it is exhilarating to map out battles on chalkboards, and teach heroism. It is rewarding to challenge liberal prejudices, to leave my mark on these children, but what I aimed for with my white students I could never achieve with the blacks.
There is a kind of child whose look can melt your heart: some working-class castaway, in and out of foster homes, often abused, who is nevertheless almost an angel. Your heart melts for these children, this refuse of the modern world.
Many white students possess a certain innocence; their cheeks still blush. Try as I might, I could not get the blacks to care one bit about Beethoven or Shermans march to the sea, or Tyrtaeus, or Oswald Spengler, or even liberals like John Rawls, or their own history. They cared about nothing I tried to teach them. When this goes on year after year it chokes the soul out of a teacher, destroys his pathos, and sends him guiltily searching for The Bell Curve on the Internet.
Blacks break down the intimacy that can be achieved in the classroom, and leave you convinced that that intimacy is really a form of kinship. Without intending to, they destroy what is most beautifulwhether it be your belief in human equality, your daughters innocence, or even the state of the hallway.
Just last year I read on the bathroom stall the words F**k Whitey. Not two feet away, on the same stall, was a small swastika.
The National Council for the Social Studies, the leading authority on social science education in the United States, urges teachers to inculcate such values as equality of opportunity, individual property rights, and a democratic form of government. Even if teachers could inculcate this milquetoast ideology into whites, liberalism is doomed because so many non-whites are not receptive to education of any kind beyond the merest basics.
It is impossible to get them to care about such abstractions as property rights or democratic citizenship. They do not see much further than the fact that you live in a big house and we in da pro-jek. Of course, there are a few loutish whites who will never think past their next meal and a few sensitive blacks for whom anything is possible, but no society takes on the characteristics of its exceptions.
Once I asked my students, What do you think of the Constitution? It white, one slouching black rang out. The class began to laugh. And I caught myself laughing along with them, laughing while Pompeiis volcano simmers, while the barbarians swell around the Palatine, while the country I love, and the job I love, and the community I love become dimmer by the day.
I read a book by an expatriate Rhodesian who visited Zimbabwe not too many years ago. Traveling with a companion, she stopped at a store along the highway. A black man materialized next to her car window. Job, boss, (I) work good, boss, he pleaded. You give job.
What happened to your old job? the expatriate white asked. The black man replied in the straightforward manner of his race: We drove out the whites. No more jobs. You give job.
At some level, my students understand the same thing. One day I asked the bored, black faces staring back at me. What would happen if all the white people in America disappeared tomorrow?
We screwed, a young, pitch-black boy screamed back. The rest of the blacks laughed.
I have had children tell me to my face as they struggled with an assignment. I caint do dis, Mr. Jackson. I black.
The point is that human beings are not always rational. It is in the black mans interest to have whites in Zimbabwe but he drives them out and starves. Most whites do not think black Americans could ever do anything so irrational. They see blacks on television smiling, fighting evil whites, embodying white values. But the real black is not on television, and you pull your purse closer when you see him, and you lock the car doors when he swaggers by with his pants hanging down almost to his knees.
For those of you with children, better a smaller house in a white district than a fancy one near a black school.
I have been in parent-teacher conferences that broke my heart: the child pleading with his parents to take him out of school; the parents convinced their childs fears are groundless. If you love your child, show her you care not by giving her fancy vacations or a car, but making her innocent years safe and happy. Give her the gift of a not-heavily black school.
Mr. Jackson now teaches at a majority- white school.
I’d like to add another thought.
I belong to a church that is overwhelmingly ethnic and has become so over time. At one time, it was multi-ethnic and culturally diverse.
At various functions, no English is spoken conversationally and those whites left are left out of the “social” chatter.
The culture within is becoming less recognizable and more ethnic.
I am leaving because I can no longer relate, however, I know I will be called racist because of this.
How is it racist when the group decides to continue their culture and language and freezes the whites out while claiming to be “inclusive and diverse?”
They prefer to be among their own and that is considered just and proper.
If I wish to be among my own and relate culturally to my experiences and past, that is considered racist.
I’m heartily sick of it.
If we end white supremacy, who’s going to run everything that actually works?
Great article and this white woman agrees.
Which is more racist of the examples below?
#2 gets some?
#3 gets almost NONE?
Steve, Thanks for sharing your story.
Congratulations on your survival.
Citizens are the slaves being owned by the Government (anecdotally, created by white men and currently being run by white men). In 1964, that government gave minorities “free room and board” to act like “foremen”.
Like the old south, more and more disciplinary power was given to the foremen in order to keep the rank-and-file slaves from rebeling (since they outnumbered the masters). The masters realized that the foremen could also rebel and bring their positions to ruin. The foremen’s benefits were increased along with their power causing them to forget that they, too, were still “owned” by the masters.
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”.
I saw bumper sticker:
“If I knew they be so much trouble,
I’d pick cotton myself!”
If I was soooo pissssed black, I’d go to my bellowed South Africa!
Sharptons would be black heroes if they tried to lead blacks into civilized Americana.
God bless MLK, Rice, Carson, Cain and other blacks showing the path to decency and civility.
Isn't part of the problem because of people like Van Jones who travels the hate whitey circuit to make hate speeches or Louie Farrakhan and his House of Islam keeping power over his congregation not giving them the power of self respect. Regardless of who is doing the preaching, 'slavery' is part of the human condition...the need for workers; the need to keep people too busy to cause trouble; white men, women, and children were slaves also, put into bondage from cities like London around the world...the one sidedness of just Black Victims is another glaring example of re writting history. Lonsberry understands the problem....but he doesn't use that knowledge for political purposes.
Yeah, mine fought with a NY regiment in nearly every major civil war battle but I read secret diaries that they just wanted to beat the south so they could confiscate the slaves for themselves. NOT! I guess abolitionists don’t count huh?
Black violence against whites may or may not be increasing (I regard it as a constant, as I will explain below), but it is certainly being better documented.
Black-white relations are best thought of as having several epochs, or eras. I'm not well-informed enough to break down 1609-1808 (epoch I), but clearly 1808-1865 was epoch II, 1865-1877 was epoch III, 1877-1954 was epoch IV, 1954-1965 was epoch V, and we are living in epoch VI, now perhaps drawing to a close.
Epoch VI is characterized by affirmative action, massive transfer payments, sporadic black-on-white violence (frequent enough for all whites to know, infrequent enough to be a national story), and radically deteriorating social conditions for the 60+% of blacks who live the urban lifestyle.
The role of "civil rights leaders" in our epoch is to keep the money flowing. This is their profession, their principal employment. Whites have transferred to blacks somewhere north of $7 trillion in cash, and have abandoned multi-trillions worth of real estate, plant, equipment, and investments.
Why does this happen? My thesis is that it is the role of the Trayvon Martins as the "bad cop" to the civil rights "leaders" good cop that keeps the white population shelling out. Too much violence? Less money. Not enough violence? Less money. One Trayvon a month in every gated community? Just right.
THAT is why this is a huge deal to the "leaders", and why only dozens of "followers" turned out for the "massive rallies" over the weekend. The followers know who and what Trayvon was, all too well. The leaders know that all the future Trayvons now have an additional factor to consider, and if their transfer payments start falling as a result, WTF are they going to do?
Yeah I can see your side as well, 100%.
My big point is though, now we need to move beyond race and start just getting along.
I don’t see blacks moving that direction.
There needs to be some leadership on their side.
Funny how the left’s definition of racism doesn’t apply to those you refer to.
If you apply their definition, those people can’t be racist because they have no power to impose their racism on others.
They haven’t had to move in that direction.
Who’s going to lead them?
Why would they follow?
They get everything for free. Just for breathing air. How do you negotiate responsibility from their standpoint? What carrot would you possibly be able to offer over ‘free everything’?
When they try to cash their $100 billion welfare check and can’t by half a dozen eggs with it,
that’s when they’ll start to figure things out.
Well, figure things out means different things to different people.
They’ll figure out that those half dozen eggs might be at YOUR house in YOUR refrigerator. And set out to obtain them.
There are a bunch of really well armed vultures (China, Russia, etc) circling this country just waiting for a hint of real social discord. Betchyour bippy they’ll side with the takers. Just because.
This won’t end well for any of us. Lots of unused natural resources in this contiguous landmass that a lot of nations would love to have access to. If only those pesky Americans were gone...
When I was in college, I worked three summers in an all-black construction crew. 8 Black men, and me... I got a good dose of the culture. Much of this seems spot on.
But, these were WORKING black men. The Supervior had 7 children... 6 daughters, and one son. ALL SIX of the daughters had either graduated, or were in college. His son never tried.
I was often paired with a elderly black man, Willy (no middle name) Bell. We worked together... played as domino partners. He taught me a lot. I really came to admire the old man. He was strong as a bull, not afraid to work... or to take a few minutes to rest after finishing a job. :-) He taught me where to hide.
Willie DESPISED the new "culture" of the young black men that came in and out of our crew. He thought they were "worthless", and didn't mind telling them so.
I never really knew what Willie thought about me... Other than, "you're worthless with a sledge hammer, kid". (It was true... I broke several, trying to swing like Willie) But, I *THINK* he came to like me. At least, I like to think so.
That’s the thing.
Someone on their side needs to step up and say “you need to work for your selves, the same as everyone else - no more freebies”.
That is what Obama’s presidency has enabled.
I do not however see Obama stepping up to that role. Quite the opposite, he panders badly to the exact opposite.
I believe nothing will improve now, until we elect a new president.
I could be wrong, but I see zero sign of any additional progress before 2016.
I’m sick and tired of “race,” sick and tired of hearing how rotten whites are and how they endlessly need to “change.”
I’m tired of a punk like Trayvon being so very, very precious, we’re all supposed to mourn his death, while the many whites who are beaten, raped, robbed and killed by nonwhites every single day, well, they just don’t matter. Shut up about it, Whitey!
I’m tired of paying for schools and parks that whites don’t dare use. I’m tired of white kids getting beaten up in the public schools and their parents having to pay for those public schools AND send their kids to private school.
I’m tired of all the jobs going to immigrants, immigrants I never voted to allow in, and that’s another thing I’m supposed to shut up about. You hear about “Hispandering,” and pandering to blacks, but nobody panders to us. Just once I’d like to know what it feels like to be pandered to. Whites are just supposed to go to work, hand over our money, shut up and hang our heads in shame.
Well, at this point, I have no sympathy for anyone, and you know what? I’m not alone. Whites are waking up. I hear sweet little old white church ladies openly expressing anger and disgust about what this country has become. Whites used to apologetically whisper, “Well, I’m not prejudiced, but...” But now they’re fed up. The nonwhites, the media, Obama, etc., have pushed us too far. Hey, they’re going to call us racist, anyway, no matter how much we apologize and grovel and give, give, give. There’s no gratitude, never a word of thanks, so we might as well show them just how “racist” we can really be.
This country was started by a bunch of white guys, and many of us liked it just fine the way it used to be. Anyone who thinks whites are so rotten and need to “change,” well, there are ships and planes leaving this country every single day. Go find a country more to your liking, where you won’t have to put up with us mean, racist, evil crackers.
As long as the media is only about conflict and pain, this wlll continue in the media.
Thus it will never stop in the media.
Thus the only recourse is to ignore the media.
To stress the relevance, one might consider the disaster that is Detroit. Most of the commentary raises legitimate issues. But the dynamics do not simply reflect, racial, fiscal or both, causative factors. There has been a multifaceted, but compulsive, avoidance of reality for several decades, which has now harvested disaster.
quotas will always be used against you.
unqualified candidates will be hired over you.
personel heads, usually with degrees in feminist studies, have no qualms about telling you have been discriminated agains just because you are white.
The MSM really really really hates you.
NYC effetes have nothing positive to say about anyone in history or the news who happens to be white.
Ivory tower idiots have no problem making you pay for some past real or imagined wrong you have nothing to do with.
Ivory tower idiots refuse to acknowlege any wrongs against you in any historical context. (ie slavery in history was not seperated by skin color. just the conquered and victor)
Other groups are allowed to be engaged in activity which you would be specificall precluded as a matter of law. (ie. blacksingles.com, naacp, uncf)
There will be zero progress anytime.
Why on earth, if you’re getting free everything, would you ever step up and work?
Especially if you’ve been indoctrinated since birth that you are ENTITLED to the free everything because your ancestors, who’ve been dead 100+ years, were once slaves?
‘It’s our turn now’ mentality isn’t an easy thing to reverse. And it’s what’s here now.
They have no incentive to listen to any responsibility talk. From anyone, of any color.
If you think that will ever happen you’ve never really been around that particular demographic for any great extent of time. OR, you’re PollyAnna. History doesn’t treat PollyAnna very kindly.
Bump for later use.
“97% of the problems which blacks experience living in America would evaporate within five years of the democrat party being outlawed and banned.”
I’m sure that you realize as I do that outlawing the Democrat party would accomplish nothing. Even outlawing the teachings of the party would accomplish nothing. We have allowed absurdity to be taught as truth in this country for decades and the ruined minds that have learned to believe that up is down, freedom is slavery, etc. are only able to learn the hard way. Those who could not see what was going on in the 2008 elections and the group includes some of the most “educated” people in this country, will defend the destroyers of the USA right up until they are buried in mass graves.
A young fellow who worked for my little business twenty five years or so back told me that he was convinced that some people go to school to learn to be stupid, he said you could not be that stupid naturally, you had to be taught. I am beginning to think he was ahead of his time.