It doesn’t matter what forum, what news report or op-ed you read that has something to do with race, you will undoubtedly read a plethora of racist demeaning stereotypical comments from people who start off their rant with “I’m not racist, but” or “I’m not black or white, so I am unbiased, and.”
I was reading an article from CNN Money called “Black unemployment ‘a serious problem’.” You can go and have a look at the comments and you will see just what I am talking about. Now these types of comments are all too common, I mean I get a lot of them myself no matter what I am talking about. The general theme consistently seems to be that blacks are just a bunch of lazy, unqualified, and looking for a handout whiny cry babies.
And then they turn right around and say that racism is not responsible for the serious disparity in unemployment rates. Now I am pretty sure that this type of stereotypical thinking by so many white bigoted people is completely responsible for the disparity. Because we know that white people ARE the majority of managers in charge of hiring, so it is relative that this type of thinking, which seems very prevalent, is a serious problem for black employment numbers.
Yet, we see by these types of comments that far too many white people are all too willing to play the white race card by deflecting, denying and raising issues that have nothing to do with the original point. What chance do we have for looking at the issue of disparity let alone solving it if we can’t even raise the issue without most people becoming overly threatened?
What these people are trying to have us all believe is that the disparity we see in unemployment rates are just our imagination. In fact one person replied that the rates of unemployment for blacks and whites were the same. When actually what these people are saying is that it doesn’t matter that blacks are unemployed at twice the rate of whites because blacks don’t matter.
These people come to blogs, forums and every news report about racism and cry about how black people cry about racism. Yep, they cry and it is OK, we cry and it is just too much for their sensibilities. I guess blacks should just shut up about racism and allow it to continue their comfort be damned, all for the sake of making sure that white people don’t feel uncomfortable.
And then of course the comment was made that a few deadbeat blacks make all blacks look bad. Do these people who say these stupid things ever wonder why deadbeat white people never make ALL whites look bad? Would the answer be, the same racism that they deny even continues? And is it the few deadbeat blacks who cause bigoted white hiring managers to overlook black applicants while not doing the same to the white ones?
Of course what discussion about racism in employment would be complete without the ever pressing complaint by bigots that blacks can’t get hired because their names are too “ethnic?” One person says “Looks at their first names!!! Any prospective employer sees “Shatiqua Washington”, the resume’ goes in the trash!” Isn’t this the epitome of racism?
Wouldn’t this be a prime example of why blacks have a higher unemployment rate? And for anyone to know, see or say this and also think that racism doesn’t exist has to either be completely stupid or a huge bigot or both. But we know that most of the people who are spewing these stereotypical idiocies are both.
What I see is that a lot of people will continue to use their ability to try and derail and stifle any look at racial disparity. And this will continue to foster racism and racial disparity in this country. We can’t escape the racial problems because those who aren’t suffering from the disparity don’t want to.
These people aren’t just sitting idly by while racism continues. They are helping to continue it through racist rhetoric, stereotypes and propaganda. The anonymity of the internet has allowed these bigots who are probably the hiring director for some company who just happens to be completely devoid of minorities to spew the racist rhetoric they would only say to their closest bigoted ally.
Until these types of bigoted white people can somehow be made to understand that their white privilege doesn’t give them ownership over black people’s experiences with racism we will continue the crying that they find so unbearable.