The Racist Bone

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The toe bones connected to the foot bone and the foot bones connected to the leg bone and the leg bones connected to the racist bone… Wait – A – Minute. Is there a racist bone? I don’t know but I have been reading a lot of articles where people are constantly throwing out the “he/she doesn’t have a racist bone in their body.” I even read one where a guy was saying that Bush didn’t have one of those bones either, now that was a barrel of laughs, yep, sure he nor they don’t. My philosophy has always been, if a person has to start off a sentence denying the obviousness of the racism/racist that it probably is racism/racist. Like how people usually start off their racists rants with “I’m not racist but…” It never ceases to amaze me that in this country which was literally built on racism, classism, sexism and any other ism you can think of, people would actually deny that racism still exists. Racism and racists exists people and those racist bones are riddled throughout most of their bodies.

Now I am not going to claim that only White people are racist because racism permeates all cultures, countries, continents and probably planets (if I read Brotherpeacemaker’s post correctly even “Andorians are racist”). The problem I am having is that people want to tout that they have no racist bones or they are not racist when they say these things which are usually aimed towards Blacks, but the question is how and when did they lose this racist bone? Just because Blacks have come a long way doesn’t mean that everything is equal game over, no it is just the opposite, and we still have a long arduous road ahead to continue until we get EQUALITY. I know that people are probably thinking, but Blacks do have equality, that is what was being fought for during the civil rights struggle. I also know that things are far from equal. You can see this in daily life but please remove any rose colored glasses first. We have disparities in all facets of our lives, housing, employment, education, healthcare and the justice system or for all the Blacks who are reading then it’s the in-justice system.

This world in which we live has been twisted toward the views of White people in general, we call this white privilege. When a person is born into a world where they are receiving clues and propaganda that they matter more than other races of people, they will grow up to have a feeling of superiority toward other races. The clues and propaganda come from a variety of sources, television shows – almost everyone on television looks like them and shows them just how special they are; news – when all viewpoints are told from their perspective and just how evil or bad other races especially Blacks are on a continual basis; businesses – businesses that they frequent or their parents workplace are 99% the same race as them, it lets them know that people like them are obviously more qualified; government – the people who run the country they live in look like them and make laws to protect them and their family interests; cities – is full of people who look like them and those that don’t live in a crappy part of the city they avoid just deserve the best life has to offer; friends/family – make comments about the negativity of other races, they are learning that these other races are in fact inferior because Grandpa or whoever doesn’t have a racist bone in their body.

Ruby Bridges, the first black student at the formerly all-white elementary school William Frantz, November 1960, in New Orleans, is now only 53 yrs old. So it wasn’t all that long ago that this poor little girl was getting death threats, spit on, yelled at and cursed by all manners of racist White people who if you asked them today would tell you that they don’t have a racist bone in their bodies. How can anyone think that pictures of such hatred could have disappeared just because laws were passed saying that the hatred was no longer going to be tolerated. When unfortunately hatred though now disguised in the form of all those disparities I listed before is still tolerated. It is tolerated that a person who is totally qualified for a job will be passed over because “ah you know you just don’t fit in with the company image”. Or maybe you go out for a Sunday drive and whoop, whoop the sound of sirens and “you were going 4 miles over the speed limit,” as you proclaim your innocence “uh are you rolling your eyes at me, you know I could give you a ticket?” Maybe you want to walk around the store looking for just the right gift, when you notice you are being followed, don’t worry it’s just store security trying to keep you safe while shopping.

But yet these same people who are passing Blacks over for employment, pulling racial profiling, following around innocent shoppers or any number of rude treatments that Blacks receive on a daily basis are being committed by the Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas and friends that everyone keeps saying doesn’t have a racist bone in them. All I am trying to get across is that no matter what people are saying racism/racist still exists. And whether or not it is in the bones, the heart or the brain is still up for debate but the fact that it exists is absolutely not.

 

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7 responses to “The Racist Bone

  1. You’re right. Being a white person in a predominately white world (most of us anyway), we don’t have to worry about the same things that Black people have to worry about. It takes a certain sense of observation; an open mind to step out of that rose colored glass to be completely aware of the difficulties, the history, everything.

    I too, have heard people begin sentences with, “I’m not a racists, but…” and they go on to say something about the black people who’ve moved into their neighborhoods, as if having crappy neighbors has anything to do with race. If the loud neighbors were white, they’d be bad neighbors, and they would not have had the racial description. Since they’re black, of course that has something to do with it. Why is it so common to attach race to people who do crazy things? White people do crazy things all the time, and there’s no stigma attached to race because of it.

    When I worked at a restaurant, I got stiffed all the time by white folks. One day, a Black family walked in and sat down. “You wanna take that table?” I was asked (I was new, and already had a lot of tables. I assumed the question was geared in that direction, but it wasn’t). It wasn’t until they were ready to leave when a waitress asked, “Let me know if they tip you.” They did. I got a five spot from them: the biggest tip of the night, actually.

    The sad part was, the woman at that table asked if we were hiring. I got her name and number, though we weren’t. A position opened up that very night, and her number just sat in a pile on the front desk. I later learned that my employer didn’t really want to hire Black people because he thought they were lazy.

    They sold the business within the next two weeks anyway, giving us all the shaft, so I guess it was a lucky break for the unemployed lady who managed to tip bigger then the white triple-dipping pensioners who had me running around for bigger napkins and crispier lemons for their teas.

    Anyway, I’ve had crappy White tippers and crappy Black tippers. I’ve had great tippers on both sides. Same thing for neighbors. It’s unfortunate that society is so oblivious to even the smallest form of racism (stereotypes), when there are even bigger problems (historical segregation leading to impoverished communities and poor education; employment issues; on, and on.)

    That’s my point of view, anyway. We all have different perspectives, I guess.

  2. theblacksentinel

    Well said. The things that you are saying is what I am trying to get people to understand. I just want people to see the hypocrisy in some of the things they say and do. I can’t begin to tell you how your restaurant story hits a spot for me. I don’t understand how and when Blacks got the whole “lazy” label. I mean we worked for like 400 years for free, so that people could sit around themselves and not do the work.

    I am glad that you are one of the people who “get it”. I know that people don’t want to get it, and that includes Blacks who do the same thing. Something that I totally can’t stand. But, you see the hypocrisy and can lay it out plain and simple.

    Thanks for the insightful reply.

  3. cynicalsynapse

    Well, first off I felt I needed to stop by and say hi. Next, I’ve read some of your recent posts and I’ve got a few thoughts. Rather than comment separately, I figured I’d put it all here. Kinda fits a common thread anyway.

    I think we all have prejudices, sometimes based on race, sometimes just different groups. Heck, the rivalry between schools often has some prejudicial basis. Unfortunately, it seems to be some human nature flaw that we have to feel superior to someone. The old boss-yells-at-dad, dad-yells-at-mom, mom-spanks-kid, kid-kicks-dog story sums that up. Skin color is just an easy way for us to identify the “we” and “they” of our groups. The key is how we, as individuals and as sub-groups and a society recognize and deal with that.

    The propaganda and clues you mention give us a racist bone. This is true for all races and groups, I think. It’s just that the clues and propaganda are different and the message is communicated differently. We see the same setting differently, often the same way as other members of our group. I’d like to say there is no racism or even that it’s an anomaly when it rears its ugly head. I think it’s certainly less overt and less common than years ago, but it’s definitely there. There was an inference in a post or comment that this is peculiar to the US. I seriously question this; it looks to me like most countries have some issue in this regard. It’s just not part of the national discussion. That’s at least one plus for us as we work toward a resolution. And I do acknowledge the profound significance slavery has on the issue for the US that is different than for other countries and cultures.

    Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I’m the white guy. Like the restaurant story, I’ve gotten bad service (as well as good) from workers of all races. Unfortunately, sometimes that causes a racial thought. Fortunately, I hope I catch that thought when it happens. What’s really stupid is that I don’t think I’ve ever felt the bad service was perpetrated as a means of discrimination against me.

    It’s that work ethic thing. I’m not an expert, but I think that stems from the old “Welfare Mom” mentality. Which may be racial in some people’s minds (those would be the ones without a racist bone in their body). But I think it has more to do with underfunding schools, lack of jobs, and inadequate city services (like police) that faces all of our urban core cities as fallout of the exodus of the well-to-do to the suburbs. The big drawback is this situation reinforces stereotypes because those who left the cities were largely white and those left behind were largely minority. The haves in the suburbs don’t understand why the city doesn’t fix things, but if the city has inadequate tax base, how can they fund meaningful programs to break the cycle? Duh! But I digress.

    I’m sure I have been discriminated against, probably on some subtle occasions and certainly some times that were reasonably obvious. I’m also sure my experience is minor compared to that of others. I’m a little naive, I guess. I’ve worked most of my adult life in large organizations that don’t tolerate discrimination. I know that doesn’t mean it’s not there. I expect it is, just not as aggregious or blatant as maybe smaller firms or outside the office.

    My experience also leads me to conclude that some things that may appear racist do not actually have that intent. There was a comment referring to people being stupid or criminal; I’d add just plain honest mistakes. That could be on the part of the one who perceives racism or the one supposedly being racist, or both. Just like you suddenly see dozens of the kind of car you’re interested in on the road, I think it’s possible to perceive some situations as you want to see them, not as they actually are. And no doubt some situations really are just plain racist.

    Well, I’ve rambled on quite a bit. I should have just said racism exists. I think things are way better than they once were and I hope they’re not as bad as some may think. I know some people catch a lot of breaks and others are stuck in real tight and constraining circumstances. I know there’s a way to go; I know not everyone’s working on it. But most of the people I encounter are not holding things back, either.

  4. theblacksentinel

    Thanks for the reply. I agree that this is not centered in the US by any means it is world wide and it is inside our individual communities. Whites discriminate against Whites and Blacks discriminate against Blacks, so on and so forth. I agree that sometimes things look racist that aren’t. I talked with my son about a comment he made as a joke from the French not supporting the war fiasco and we started hating the French. I asked if he wanted French cut green beans and he said no he doesn’t like the French and laughed (a joke). But, I had to tell him that if we heard a White person saying that about Blacks we would be totally offended etc. Even if it was an inside joke that we didn’t know about, we would probably label that person racist. Joke, sure it was a joke. I get it that not everyone is racist or practices racism. Misunderstandings abound in daily life.

    One thing I did want to ask you, because I have worked in a lot of large companies, is what is the minority to White ratio? All the companies I have worked in had at least 600 employees and I was 1 of at the most at any one time 6 Blacks, maybe the same or a couple more Asians. I find this interesting and disturbing. In one office I worked in human resources and was privy to the hiring, it was blatantly racist in their practices. But that was just one company, not all. Now I’ve digressed, it’s easy to do.

    You are right we have come a ways away from the brutal racism of the past, but I see things stagnating not progressing as much as it should be. I understand that it could just be the car reference. But, I don’t understand why people see that things are not equal and no one says WHY NOT. Why are Blacks still making less than Whites, getting less home loans, still getting more jail time for the same crime with the same criminal background/history? What is keeping these things from being equal? If we would honestly look at the reason for these disparities maybe we could actually get where we need to be.

    Your assessment of the inner cities is spot on. Thanks for that. I have hated that people constantly look to those areas to point the finger instead of doing something to help.

    Great reply, again thank you.

  5. cynicalsynapse

    I was a supervisor/manager for a large security guard company for about 15 years. Supervision tended to be about 3/4 white. With the guards, it depended on the job location. Higher paying assignments tended to have larger percentages of whites, but they tended to be in the suburbs and transportation to/from the site was usually the determining factor.

    Thinking of this did remind me of a prejudicial client we had. Two things struck me: first, this was not a high-paying assignment and it was probably several transfers on the bus line out into the suburbs. And it was at a hot dog factory. One weekend I got so frustrated trying to assign a replacement for a call off that I finally told the white client I only had qualified Black personnel available but I wasn’t going to send them unless he would let them work. You see in a previous situation I had just sent a guy who probably had to make a couple of transfers on the bus line and the client had sent him home when he got there. Because he was Black. This time hHe accepted the guard (in both cases the individual was trained to work the facility and they were good workers). My boss asked me about it on Monday so I told him the story; last I heard of it. We lost the account a few months later; nobody cried.

    I work for the National Guard now. The percentage of minorities varies with the unit location and I don’t know the exact numbers but overall I think we’re running 16-19%. Nice thing about the military is if you do your work and have any ambition, you’ll get promoted. So, while I’m sure worker bees have a higher percentage of minority representation, it’s still pretty much in that range. Two things affect this: education (officers have to have college and educational level can be a determinant for best qualified with NCO promotions) and transportation. If the promotion opportunity is in a unit 75 miles away, you have to be able to get there to accept it.

    Which brings me back to the fundamental issue with education. There’s a saying: “if you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to get what you’ve always gotten.” If the core city school district only gets the state minimum funding per pupil, that’s as good as the education is going to be. Where I live, there’s a suburban district that spends twice that per pupil–the highest in the state. So, if you continue to underfund city schools, their students will continue to be at a disadvantage, no matter the color.

    So this is all just my opinion; I’ve not really done any research. No child left behind is a wonderful concept, but today schools are teaching to the required testing. I get that from my own kid’s school. Johnny might read a little better and his math might be a little better but can he use either of those outside the testing environment?

    The richer schools can have a more varied curriculum with art, music, and a wider variety of electives. They can use multimedia and other fancy stuff as part of the basic studies. So they learn more, better, and faster, I suspect. The poorer schools can barely afford the latest textbooks to teach the mandated subjects. Bright kids might learn, others are bored because it’s not engaging enough, and still others probably don’t see the point. Not a conducive learning environment.

    There’s another saying: “show me the money.” You can have fancy programs like No Child Left Behind that makes us all feel good because we’re doing something about it. Fundamentally, though, if the city schools are still underfunded, you’ll still get the same result–kids lacking what they need to get that job to better their situation.

  6. Hey, Sentinel,

    Great post. I’m planning a post on my blog on racism. Just remember that human beings throughout history have shown an infinite capacity for exhibiting major depravity.

    I’m linking to you

    Peace.

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