i am a mixed man (black and white) I have to disagree witht the article about “not seeing color(whts wrong with being white)” and i’ll tell you why. Im light..almost white, and strangely my brother is as black as coal, i would like to state there is no great difference between us. Now for nmy main point. It is stupid to ramble on about there not being enough “black” products on the market because only 12% of the people in america are “black”. Therefore if you are a business, you are goin to make more money by selling toys, beauty products, and bandaids that look “white”. this has nothing to do with racism.
I guess I don’t know how people read these things into my blog posts. But, I don’t recall saying that there is anything WRONG with being white. What is wrong with being black that we have to settle for being represented by white things such as toys, band aids etc.? Shouldn’t I have the OPTION to use things geared towards myself?
That is where you are wrong; it has EVERYTHING to do with racism. I never said that companies had to focus their entire product lines to blacks. I said that they should at least make some, SOME of their toys other races to fit other needs. It isn’t as if I said they had to build new factories. All they have to do is add more color to the dye of the plastic and that ain’t much.
Now if we had the same attitude towards murder you wouldn’t be on board with it. Why not say that since murder only happens to less than 1% of the population we shouldn’t have to worry about it. Or not all women are murdered so let’s not complain. This is exactly why sickle cell disease isn’t getting the play of say skin cancer when it is just as dangerous. Yet, only blacks get it and they are ONLY 12% of the population so why worry about it, it won’t affect the majority. Wow, it’s funny how the percentages and the majority only come into play if the problem ONLY happens to blacks. That is what I call racism.
ALso to say that this causes black kids to think there is something wrong with them is also not a good arguement. Many white kids are bombarded with images in the media that portray them as “dumb” “no rhythm” “flighty” “unrealistic” “boring”..and alot of them believe this. so in those regards blacks are no more victims than whites. Also to talk about tv shows with “your culture” . lets analyze that. the steryotypical “black culture ” is composed of the following :down to earth, loud, expressive, full of life,truly human, got beat and rhythm,vocal, altogether just natural humans at their best. WEll these qualities are actually artributes of any lower class people, not just blacks.
OK, you have really overloaded the bullshit meter in my brain. It is unrealistic to think that a couple of images in the media portraying whites as dumb, no rhythm, flighty, unrealistic or boring are going to cause a bunch of problems when they are MORE than offset by the images of whites as the hero, smart, savior, epitome of beauty and any other good that can be shown.
The fact that blacks have been bombarded from day one on this soil with negativity about everything that encompasses their being is a bit more severe than just a couple of jokes. If all I were talking about is a few jokes about blacks being only being good at sports or being love making machines etc. that would be one thing. But, we aren’t just dealing with those stereotypes. We are dealing with an environment that tells us everyday that we are less than. And that is magnified most by trying to make us believe that we can derive all of representations of life from the personification of white people.
Ive seen rich blacks that act like stiffs and are so up in the clouds, and lower class whites with allof the listed charactaristics. these qualities can sometimes be seen in wealthy people. the reason why its commonly seen in blacks is because the majority of blacks are lower class, that is because of the true racism in the past that has made things that way. But i assure you there are just as many poor whites..its just, there are more whites period and the middle class and rich are composed mostly of whites.
Black people are the majority of “low class”? Really, and what exactly do you mean by that? Because the last time I checked there are low class people who have all the money they want. Take Paris Hilton for example. She is a low class skank with money. So, are you basically saying that people who are poor or have less than rich money are low class? How bourgeois of you!
THis country has legally banned racism, however this country is also founded on the sink or swim rule, so those who make it do, nerdy white kids have parents that can promote that so they move on to succeed, while black kids whose parents truly were affected arent as educated, and those who have black parents who dont show sings of affected lives, they give into peer pressure for the “black image”. Ill never forget in highschool when this black kid who lived in an all white hood and was rich was talking about cocain and drive by’s..haha. SO weve establiched that its a sink or swim, doggy dog world.
This country has legally banned murder, theft and rape, yet that hasn’t seemed to stop any of that. But, I should believe that just because we have banned racism it’s now in the past? If that is any part of what you are basing your argument on then not only do you lose but you are also blind to reality. And I agree with you that this is a sink or swim, dog eat dog world. The only problem is that when slavery ended blacks were thrown in the water without the life vests that white people had. And now that we finally worked our way up to a dingy they are sporting yachts.
Well humans will ban together with those who they feel are connected to them or can related to them, if we have people running around trying to point out all the”differences” (which are inconsistant) do you really think that the “different” people are goin to want you in their pack? Its humans no.1 instinct to survive in groups…if you make yourselfe out to be totally different, than whatever”pack” is succeedding will not accept you in because YOU wont let them. So it does make the problem worde when you try to separate yourself cuz youll get just what you want (be separated). If we let go of these illusions of some set difference in mentality between blacks and whites , than people will see eveybody as just that,people. untill that day racism will never end. if you want to help, write about what makes us connected, what makes people people, what we have in common, how color doesnt make a significant differance other than making the world visually beautiful. what i say makes sence. Of course people”see” the visual difference, but i think you know damn well what people mean when the say they “dont see color”.
So, I have to blend in with white people in order for them to accept me in their group? I can’t be me and be accepted in a group of humans because I am human too. That is the problem right now. You and many more just like you feel that in order to get along blacks need to assimilate to white culture and outlook in order to belong. That is ridiculous. There are significant differences between every culture in this world. And it has nothing to do with color and more to do with outlooks and culture. And to tell people that in order to be accepted they need to deny their culture is to say that their culture is less than and isn’t that what we are talking about here right now?
THey mean it doesnt matter to them. to say”oh so you cant tell this is red and this is blue” is just being a smart a–. I’d like to close by saying that I mean no ill..just keeping the convo fresh, thats what blogs are for right?
When a person of any race tells me they don’t see my color is pure bull. We all see differences in each other. How would you feel if I walked up to you and told you that I don’t see your sex? Would you be OK with people walking up to you and talking to you like they would a woman? That is what it boils down to. We are all different and should be accepted and celebrated for who and what we are. I don’t need white people to ignore my race in order to accept me. They should be able to look at me with my race and have no problem. Isn’t that what we should be working towards? Not this phony everyone is a blank colored white person.
And yes let’s always keep the conversation fresh. So don’t take my criticism of you to heart. I don’t dislike you, I don’t like what you say.