It’s nothing new, racism will unfortunately be around probably as long as the human race is around. It’s just, sometimes I’m still taken aback by it. I had the nerve to feel shocked when I saw a nasty racist Myspace bulletin posted by a friend of mine who I grew up with. I went to Kindergarten with this girl and she is as sweet as the day is long, but the bulletin was disturbing to say the least. Negativity and racism sometimes finds new life within the power of social networking.
It was one of those, “I’m not a racist but why can’t I call a black person a racial slur” type things? Why can they have BET, but we can’t have WET? In her defense, she didn’t concoct this bulletin, but she did pass it on. Also in her defense, we come from a very racist area of the country, and even more so within our own state. It’s par for the course where we come from, but luckily I was raised with worldly parents. I had experiences outside of my small town growing up, friends of different races. So to me, skin color just wasn’t an issue growing up.
All the arguments are so pointless. For starters, really, does anyone call you racist white names? I doubt it, since most people who espouse this philosophy live in primarily white areas to begin with. So what are you complaining about? Second, if someone called you a “cracker” would it make you cry? I don’t think so, since most of the “racist” names used for white people are both funny and very renascent of the 1970’s. And lastly, there is zero hurtful significance attached to the words “cracker” and “honkey” for you. It means nothing and has no historical significance. There is no word you can call a white person that has the sting of most racial epithets. Top 10 Best Sites to Buy Instagram Likes in 2020 will be provided to the person. The availability of the likes and comments will be beneficial for increasing the sale of the products. The significance of the purchase should be clear and clean in the mind of the person.
Why would you want to have the freedom to use a racial slur in the first place? You’re upset because you can’t use the “N” word freely, I take it. But why would you want to in the first place? It’s not like you have any practical use for that word and it’s impeding your daily life. Hand me the…oh, I can’t say that. No. It’s a word meant to hurt, just like the words, bitch, slut, or asshole. I’m sure if anyone caleed you one of those names, you would instantly feel an intense inner burning and rage. So why bother if you know that’s all a word is meant for? You can say it all you want, but you know in your heart of hearts that you just plain shouldn’t say it. You’re like a child pouting because your parents said no to something that would ultimately be bad for you.
It cracks me up that people think their rights are being stomped on for the sake of sensitivity. It’s called being nice, kind, and polite. Why fight for the right to be a jerk? “I’m not a racist, but…” is always the start to a racist statement. And I don’t see you complaining about being deprived the right of intelligent debate. Nobody runs around complaining that they can’t sit down for coffee with a friend who has an opposite viewpoint and have a genuine discussion about racial issues. Nobody complains about not being able to educate themselves on the power of words, or American history, or world culture. Nope. It’s all about the fact that you feel robbed because you can’t spout off at the mouth without making someone angry or hurting someone’s feelings. You want to do what you want, when you want, and you don’t want to hear any opposition. That’s what this is about.
And don’t even tell me that BET or a latin club at a high school annoys you. It doesn’t annoy you for any legitimate reasons. It doesn’t replace anything you want to see on t.v., and nobody forces you or your children to be involved in any special interest clubs. Because God forbid you or your child learn about world culture. You are annoyed because you feel threatened, and I can tell you that you have no reason to feel threatened. Your whiteness will stay intact. Don’t worry. Everything on t.v. is for white people, and every month is white history month. Don’t worry, you won’t lose your “cultural heritage” anytime soon.
I can’t understand where the American dream went. Why doesn’t anyone have a sense of pride that America is the land of a thousand cultures, or should be? We’re the great American melting pot? We house the poor, tired, hungry, and abused. Right? Shouldn’t we? When did it become all about possession? It’s MY country, and I want MY culture, and MY race to stay untouched.
I’ve never been a racist, but I know there was a time when I didn’t understand the plight of minority sensitivity. Then I spent four months in Romania, often times being the only white person on a street, in a theater, or in a room. It’s hard people. It really is. It’s strange to walk down a street and know that nobody understands me and that what is natural and normal to me is freakish and weird to others. To be laughed at, to have someone roll their eyes at you when you’re talking about home, music, food, or style.
If you could stop arguing with what people are saying is hurtful and just respect it, well then, what would you possibly have to complain about then? I don’t know, maybe something legitimate…like war, poverty, hunger….
Well, this dissolved into a rant rather quickly, didn’t it? But I can’t help but feel heartsick when I know that people don’t understand why it’s important to be kind. To anyone. No matter what their skin color may be, or what your level of understanding of their culture is. Why argue with someone when they say, “that hurts”.
The truth is, I’m probably speaking Greek to anyone who didn’t see anything wrong with that bulletin. I think it probably takes education via personal experience to change hardened opinions about social issues. So this Christmas, I wish you all a deep personal experience that enlightens you about what it means to truly be a “racist”. Because after a moment like that, you’ll probably never start another sentence again with, “I’m not a racist, but…”.