View Poll Results: Have White Americans benefitted from Civil Rights era gains?

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  • Yes, we've benefitted greatly same as Blacks

    52 85.25%
  • No, I've noticed no significant benefit to me

    1 1.64%
  • No, I still get along nicely with my African-American peers

    7 11.48%
  • No, things have gotten worse for me as a White American since the Civil Rights era

    1 1.64%
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    Re: Have White Americans benefited from Civil Rights era gains?

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    The movie, Selma, debuted today and among the masses who gathered at the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, AL were many Blacks and White both young and old just as it was during the actual march so many years ago.

    On this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, we, of course, hear of the significant gains made by African Americans in Civil Rights legislation and social acceptance. But I was wondering on this day where African-Americans celebrate the essence of "we shall overcome" if White Americans feel the same way? In short, do White Americans feel as if things are significant different for them as well in a positive way since the Civil Rights era? What gains, if any, do White Americans feel they've obtained in a post-Civil Rights era in America?

    I know it's a strange question to ask, but I'm curious to know how White people feel about the changes this country have made since then and how such changes are affecting their lives today.
    Culturally, everyone has benefited from most civil rights legislation. That legislation that deals with affirmative action is problematic. I don't know how you create equality by giving preferential treatment to one particular group. I understand affirmative action as a vehicle to get minorities assimilated in the work place so historically, I understand it's relevance however at a certain point, it becomes another form of discrimination.
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    Re: Have White Americans benefited from Civil Rights era gains?

    of course we have all benefited, the country benefited, the people that fought for those rights all helped cement the rights that already existed and the rights that followed that were being denied.
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    Re: Have White Americans benefited from Civil Rights era gains?

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    Re: Have White Americans benefited from Civil Rights era gains?

    before civil rights were effected, there were white businesses and black businesses
    and when able to shop at the perceived superior white businesses, the black community did so
    to the detriment of the black business owners (and employees)
    so, white business owners then benefitted from a larger market

    and urban renewal, "negro removal" was the expression novelist James Baldwin used, certainly displaced black business and home owners from thus 'blighted' communities; from what would soon be very desirable real estate. so, that is another way white Americans were benefitted from the advent of the civil rights act. they became owners of lucrative properties formerly owned by members of the black community who were displaced using the power of eminent domain

    certainly, there were other, more positive aspects to be noted, but i anticipated these might not be mentioned, so i have thus intruded with my snark
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    Re: Have White Americans benefited from Civil Rights era gains?

    Good question. I love questions and perspectives I've never heard before.

    Its hard to say. Certainly is non-tangible ways: getting to feel better about society, ability to enjoy a more interesting culture. There have also been significant contribution from black Americans that have benefited all races but many occurred before the civil rights movement.
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    Re: Have White Americans benefited from Civil Rights era gains?

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    The movie, Selma, debuted today and among the masses who gathered at the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, AL were many Blacks and White both young and old just as it was during the actual march so many years ago.

    On this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, we, of course, hear of the significant gains made by African Americans in Civil Rights legislation and social acceptance. But I was wondering on this day where African-Americans celebrate the essence of "we shall overcome" if White Americans feel the same way? In short, do White Americans feel as if things are significant different for them as well in a positive way since the Civil Rights era? What gains, if any, do White Americans feel they've obtained in a post-Civil Rights era in America?

    I know it's a strange question to ask, but I'm curious to know how White people feel about the changes this country have made since then and how such changes are affecting their lives today.
    The VP of my division (my boss' boss) is black and he's probably the best executive I've ever worked for in almost 30 years of working. If this were 60 years ago, he never could have achieved the role he has today. So I'll say "yes" if nothing else because I personally benefitted. The Civil Rights movement allowed great black people to achieve greatness.
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    Re: Have White Americans benefited from Civil Rights era gains?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Which is exactly my point. White folks are just as apt to fall into the government dependency trap. The idea that handouts help folks "catch up" should mean that their need should diminish over time yet that is clearly not the case.'
    That aside, do you believe White Americans have benefited from Civil Rights era gains in any way? If so, how?
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    Re: Have White Americans benefited from Civil Rights era gains?

    Absolutely,unless white women don't count!


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    Re: Have White Americans benefited from Civil Rights era gains?

    Id say no benefit for me personally. I work in an organization that is 75 pct white male. However only 25 pct of the supervisory positions are occupied by white males. Its due to affirmative action that has become discriminatory, but as a white male, i have no recourse. No voice, that makes it racist.

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    Re: Have White Americans benefited from Civil Rights era gains?

    Whites have benefitted in a myriad of ways...
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