Where can white people go that black people can't? Have you ever worked in an environment where you were the minority, other co-workers less qualified, less skilled, but the same color as the boss. got away with murder, even those the boss didn't really care for received preferential treatment, and they were black and the oppressed person was white?
I can think of at least two Calypso Louie acolytes right now who have a bow tie in one pocket and a bean pie in the other, at the ready, waiting for their chance at giving Whitey a taste of his own medicine...in some for instances this has already happened.
Let me ask an off handed but related question, have you ever seen White Man's Burden w/ John Travolta and Harry Belafonte?
The real object of this whole little game is called control and power. White's currently are in control and have the power, to think that any other race should they gain control and power would do anything different is sheer naivete. I'm sorry but it is. To argue otherwise is engaging in racism of another sort. Whereas you would be under the impression that white people are intrinsically evil, (them blue-eyed devils) and those non-white races are intrinsically good and altruistic.
I'm not saying you are necessarily making this argument, but you are coming dangerously close.(between both responses you gave)
We also have to be sure we clearly identify racism vs. prejudice based on a shared self-concept.
White man, Brooks Brothers suit , looks kinda like my uncle Pete = Safe
Black man, saggy pants, braids, looks kinda like the 2nd felon on AMW you watched last night = Danger
This isn't racism, but people confuse this for racism
The first guy could be the Bay Harbor Butcher, the second an Investment Banker on vacation for all anyone knows but it is the way we identify others with ourselves and the natural attraction aversion mental games we play.
So if I'm a store owner and the second guy comes in and lingers, am I racist for being suspicious? No.
But again, people will say that that is racism.
To really have any sort of meaningful dialog about race, racism, et al, we really need to set parameters and definitions, and most important we have to be able to agree on them, otherwise its all just anecdotes and talking past each other.
I kinda went off on a tangent here, but to make a final point if context is global we are all in the minority unless we're Han...
I have ancestors from Ireland but I don't call myself an Irish-American.
I have never heard of Native Africans being unfriendly to other races, and my uncle goes there a lot. I generaly think of Native Africans are being very friendly and welcoming based on what my family has told me.
But I have heard of countries like France not liking and being rude to Americans.
I have heard that some other countries are very unfriendly to Jewish people.
But I've never heard of African people being rude hateful or racist towards white people, or anybody.
I don't think phrases like African American or Native American divides people, nor do German American Clubs or Greek festivals.
Racial categories and labels has always been somewhat controversial. But using the phrase African American, is a lot less divisive and offensive then the former phrases of Negro and Negroid.
But you've also previously argued that we shouldn't even use racial classification, and that's not practical. We need to recognize and use racial identification in medicine, anthropological studies, ancient human studies, etc.
Recognizing our racial differences, and accepting those differences... hurts nobody. you can't run around and pretend race doesn't exist.
[QUOTE=MichaelJR;1062629635]Here's an interesting take on things. I think of race as B.S. It's something played on by people with an agenda. I think of us as humans. So this isn't a race ploy, I suppose I want to prove a point here.
Is a white of skin color, south african...that immigrates to the United States....now considered an African American?
No, he would be a White South African
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice"---Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We could break it down further. A European Decent White South African American. Or an Anglo Saxon South African American. ASSAA.
Those damn ASSAA's. Aliens stand in solitude against africanamericanwhiteamericaneukaryoticmicroorganis msinvadingyourimmunesystemandkillingyousolftlywith hissongkillingmesofffttlllyyyywithhissworrdsstelli ngmywhollelliifeeewithhissongkillingmesooffttllyyy yywithhissoooooosssoooososoooonngggg.
I always knew it was a conspiracy. Lauren Hill is the cobra commander.