Why White Americans who claim to be color blind like to write about African Americans?
This is something I've never really understood. They will always start their blog with some example of black people they know and then go on a rant about how black people do this or African Americans do that. Whats is their point and who are they trying to fool?
I've never read their blogs, but would assume they are angry or hurt about something they considered wrong or unfair.. just like everyone else these days.
I'm not trying to be racist in my answer, but perhaps the question should be directed in the reverse—in other words, why do black comedians always start off their jokes comparing how a white person would react in a situation and how a black man would?
Racism goes in both directions.
Springboard - Black comedians don't pretend to be color blind and in most of those jokes the black person is the punchline. Talk about reaching shoulder deep into the barrels to pull out a rotten apple.
The question centers around those who claim colorblindness throughout their assessment of another race. If you are color blind you see people as individuals and not as groups. So whats the point of claiming colorblindness when you are addressing a group by its color?
Springboard commented that racism runs both ways. Actually, this is untrue if you use one of the most common and agreed upon definition of "racism." Putting it into a formula: Prejudice + power=racism. Racism (at least here in America) has always been about whites constructing institutions, laws, cultural norms, monetary systems to enrich themselves. In other words, the classic schema for us in the U.S. has been framed in a black-white universe around which revolves our constellation of racism.
Basically, those who are oppressed have no part in the definition of society or any social issue. It's the white, elite, power, and privilege system that runs this country. So it's whites who have problems with race. Since we have this sort of power and privilege, we don't want to give it up. Persons of color often deal with internalized racism or internalized oppression that stems from generations of conditioning of self-loathing, and having their necks held down as being labeled as inferior. This feeling of self-hatred comes from oppression, and then is directed to others of their own ethnicity. Thus, we have black on black, brown on black, brown on brown, or black on brown crime and put-downs for not being light enough in many, diverse cultures.
I suppose if you define racism from an internalized oppression standpoint, then you might say it runs both ways, but there really isn't such a reality that persons of color aim their racist attacks against whites, (and thus are racists) it's only European Americans who are a part of systemic racism and may use their racist conditioning to express everything from blatant racism to the subtle, insiduous unaware racism.
I know for a fact I'm not racist towards African Americans, yet many of my blogs include African Americans. I can't speak for "all of them", but I can tell you what I'm thinking.
As a woman of color who is first generation in America, I am no stranger to struggle and the ugly existence of racism. Part of this experience is the obligation I have to my family and my race to improve my standing in the American society. In other words, it's important my race rise above the obstacles that stand in our way.
I have witnessed the Asians, the Latinos, the Indians, and many other races rise above these obstacles. One race, however, that to this day is struggling is the African American race. As 12% of the population in this nation, I would imagine reputation is priority number one within the race. But, it's clearly not. 50% of that 12% is incarcerated. And the last consensus shows the population growth rate equivalent to the death rate. This is the first step to extinction. And the equivalence include African and Jamaican immigrants. So the extinction trend has already started.
So when I write about African Americans, I'm not really writing about African Americans. I'm writing about a group of people, (I could care less about their race), who just can't seem to crack the code. And when members of races who have cracked the code try to advise them or give them constructive criticism, the African American race raises the RACIST flag...reread your question.
Thanks for the opportunity to express.
Haleh...Please, please, please stop spreading your outlandish missinformation. Fifty percent of the black population incarcerated? Where do you people get this crap? If you are going to address the African American population in your hubs atleast spend some time researching and getting your facts straight. OMG!
Why does anyone feel the need to write anything about black people, african americans, white people, or any other race. When we all start viewing things as "average americans" rather than slipping a word in there that describes a skin color we will all be better off. And by the way "African American" in my opinion would mean a person who was from africa and now lives in america. How many "African Americans" are really here?
As for Bear who says that racism is solely about whites engaging in power and prejudice to write laws and legislation to deny fairness to black people thn I guess Bear hs not filled out a job application with the big E.O.E. all over it. Legislation and laws over the past couple of decades have been aimed directly at giving opportunity to black people so they have the same options and opportunities as whites. Often this has resulted in reverse racism where a black person gets a job or assistance with college based only on the skin color. Now I ask is that fair? Is that the way America should be run? I stand by my position that every American should be judged and have opportunities based on merit and ability not skin color.
bro....you had to go there lol. wait till you get your kumbya answer how we need to be specific..not all black men are this or that. good luck.btw [HASAWAY WITH WORDS]... EEOC the equal employment opportunity com is what i think you are referring to. IT IS NOT AN ORDER TO HIRE OR ALLOW A BLACK PERSON IN. It is however a means of addressing BLATANT discrimination. IF you want all people to be treated on equal grounds then start by not assuming you or someone you heard of, didnt get a job or in college because they are white. That is what the EEOC IS for and dont know where you have been in the last 10 years but quotas are a thing of the pass. Only private groups and institutions can decide without recourse who they want in their jobs. LIKE
private clubs, and private schools not getting government funds. BTW the EEOC also covers age and disablity not just race. Maybe a senior citizen or a man with one leg got the job over a black person...should blacks whine.?
(well i'm not a racist, but). oh boy, here we go again.it seems the main ingredient of this hub is the prefixes. and as far as oppression because of race, check out the native american. it still lives on and some were not allowed on the same buses as blacks even in the 1990's. it's still fresh in my mind. racism is not confined to black and white. it is of any race thinking it is superior.
i was in a vfw of all places and heard a table telling racist and ethnic jokes. they hated jews, indians(dot and feather) and blacks. one person at the table had a thick german accent. i went to their table and told them hitler lost the war because he truly believed white anglo people were really superior. no one is superior or inferior because of their race or ethnic background. they only rise above normal when they assert themselves to achive a higher standard of life. same goes the other way around. a person only becomes the victim of society if he or she allows it. as americans we are all born with the same ability to succeed or fail. we just have to remove the prefixes and call ourselves americans and be proud of it.
I am new to this but I do have answer. It does go in both directions but whites tlak way more about us then we do about them. Its been that way for over hundreds of years, and no one said a thing. But now peolpe are getting bent all out of shape because black people are now talking about white people. Take a look at your history books and lets really see who has been talking more about my race. We just trying to even the score.
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