#1 Dear White Folks - great piece in Ebony
04-11-2012, 08:58 AM
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Not sure dear malaise is getting the race hatred replies she probably expected...
Wed Apr 11, 2012, 06:26 AM
Dear White Folks - great piece in Ebony
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Dear White folks:
Between the racist comments, the constant use of the race denial card (this country's most frequently used "race card") and the absurd claims of White victimhood, you have really grated my last nerve.
I have heard that “we are all Trayvon Martin” over the last few weeks, yet we are not Trayvon Martin – and we never could be. White America is never suspicious. White America can walk to the store without fear of being hunted down. White America can count on justice and a nation grieving at the loss of White life. We aren't Trayvon Martin, we are George Zimmerman: presumed innocent until proven innocent.
I want you to close your eyes for a second, and imagine that your son or daughter, sister or brother, granddaughter or grandson, ventured to the corner store for some Skittles and tea but never returned? Can you imagine if Peter or Jan were gunned down right around the corner from your house and the police didn’t notify you right away? Can you imagine if little Sydney or Bobby sat in the morgue for days as you searched to find out what happened them? Can you even imagine the police letting the perpetrator go or the news media remaining silent? Can you even fathom learning about background and drug tests on your child? Can you imagine the news media demonizing your child, blaming your child for his own death?
Can you imagine the outcry if seven White youths had been gunned down by police and security guards in a matter of months? Can you imagine the extensive political interest, the media stories that would saturate the airwaves? Can you imagine Fox News or any number of newspapers reporting about a school suspension for one of the victims or doctoring pictures in an attempt to make these victims less sympathetic? Can you imagine a person holding up a sign calling these victims “thugs” and “hoodlums.”Just think about the media frenzy, the concern from politicians, and the national horror every time a school shooting happens in Suburbia or every time a White woman goes missing...can you imagine if women routinely went missing from your community and the news and police department simply couldn't be bothered?
David J. Leonard is Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University, Pullman. He is author of After Artest: Race and the War on Hoop (SUNY Press, spring 2012).May the FORCE be with you!
04-11-2012, 09:52 AMDavid J. Leonard is Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University, Pullman. He is author of After Artest: Race and the War on Hoop (SUNY Press, spring 2012).
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04-11-2012, 10:34 AM
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Great piece of s***.
How racist can you get?
Yeah, "white folks" never get robbed or beaten while walking around. Shall I post more?
Yeah, I could go on and on with this one. How many incidences of violence "in retribution" for the trumped-up Trayvon case have there been so far?
04-11-2012, 10:47 AM
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There are definitely some detractors, and they don't look like moles:
Star Member Syrinx (14,784 posts)
1. I think Zimmerman should be locked up
But this writer lost me at "Dear White folks."
"White America can walk to the store without fear of being hunted down"
Depends on the neighborhood. I made the mistake of walking in a majority black neighborhood, and I considered myself lucky to escape. I was assaulted because I was white. I wasn't shot and killed, but I was pistol-whipped and threatened with being shot. And I was robbed.
Stereotypes. Are "Sydney" and "Bobby" any less offensive than Ashante or Kareem?
Aren't there a whole lot more black people killed by other black people, than by white people in the US?
Race isn't the main, underlying issue. The pervasiveness of guns, and our exceedingly violent popular culture is much more to blame.
I'm on Trayvon Martin's side. I think George Zimmerman should pay the price for his actions. But the author surrendered his credibility when he began with "Dear white folks."
fasttense (13,205 posts)
6. The white privileged class is NOT necessarily ALL white people.
It is just the rich white people that are given many of these privileges. Look how the Occupiers are treated. All occupiers are labeled as poor hippies by the media and can be safely attacked. Most of the Teabaggers are labeled as middle class by the media and they are never abused by the police, even when carrying weapons. True sometimes, poor white people are mistaken for rich white people and are inadvertently given some of these privileges, which rarely happens to people of color. But once their economic status is determined, the poor white person is treated very badly.
If you are a poor white person you can NOT count on justice, safety or liberty.
It is a very small minority of people who are given these privileges and they don't include people of color, poor people or non-christians.
And of course, those sympathizing with Trayvon are getting miffed:
On the Road (19,746 posts)
7. The Expression "We are All Trayvon Martin"
is an expression of solidarity. It is meant to show support.
Of course it's not likely that a white middle-class teenager would meet the same fate in the same way as Martin. That's kind of the point.
But if support from a good portion of the white community is not wanted -- well, OK. Good luck then.
obxhead (5,909 posts)
30. That's how I take this article too.
In their broad brush attack on white people they alienate people standing with them demanding justice. They are creating a divide where people are actually trying to bridge a gap and help.
I consider articles like these part of the problem.
04-11-2012, 10:52 AM
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Even Chris Rock gets it:
04-11-2012, 11:05 AM
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But back on point, do we know that 7 white "youths" (he didn't bother to define this word) haven't been "gunned down by police and security guards" in a matter of months (how many months, Leonard?)
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04-11-2012, 10:14 PMCritical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies at WSU
The department offers B.A.'s in comparative ethnic studies and women's studies and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American studies. Minors are offered in comparative ethnic studies, women's studies, and queer studies.
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