Do you have "White Guilt"?
In view of the recent riots and officer involved shootings, one has to question themselves where they stand on race relations.
Nope, not a lick, and neither should anyone else.
Perhaps, the better question for blacks is; Do you have black guilt? The reason for the twist in the question is that it would seem that the majority of crime in America is caused by blacks. This would also hold true of murder as the great percentage of blacks being murdered are done so by other blacks.
Although the black population in America is 45 million out of 315 million, the black prison population is 6 times greater than white. Sadly, 73 percent of babies born to black women are out of wedlock and blacks comprise 33% of all welfare recipients, while only 13 % of the population.
Felony drug arrests and imprisonment show black males almost 100,000 more per year than white males and only 13 % of the population.
There are other figures that may be of interest, as too, high school drop out rate, overall literacy and unemployment.
Being of European descent, I am often embarrassed when I see figures that represent badly those from a European ancestry, especially of Swiss and German lineage. If I were of African ancestry, I would be very embarrassed and guilt ridden to see such representation in the black community and, I would want to do something to help. For this I would applaud Bill Cosby, Dr Ben Carson and others, who have provided constructive criticism.
I like the twist on the question. I had not thought of turning it around.
Of European ancestry should one feel guilty because he/she was part of a cultural that built the greatest country the world has ever seen?
One feels guilty or badly if ones family, culture or place of origin has behaved in a poor manner. Unless you condone that behavior. Not meaning to pick on the Swiss or German people, but they have a few skeletons in the closet, as it were.
Connie--"I am often embarrassed when I see figures that represent badly those from a European ancestry, especially of Swiss and German lineage." Stated above in original post
I'm sorry. I didn't realize you were the same poster.
I wouldn't say I have white guilt for the crimes committed in the past. I didn't participate in any of those. Though I can't deny that I feel a bit of it when white people do stupid things today. Though I'm not sure if that's guilt or shame. You see a white person, claiming they aren't racist, saying something super racist and all you can do is shake your head and insist you're not like them.
Not even a little.
Even if my ancestors had owned slaves, which they didn't, why should I feel guilty about it? This isn't Britain where you can't be a noble unless you're born into it or an old woman with a cane taps it on your head, this is supposed to be a country where your own actions dictate how you're treated.
I fail to see how anyone can be "anti-racism" and yet expect someone to feel guilty about they he was born--something totally out of his control. No, I don't have "white guilt."
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