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Nov 20, 2017 - 0 comments

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/11/opinion/sunday/interracial-friendship-donald-trump.html

"It is impossible to convey the mixture of heartbreak and fear I feel for him. Donald Trump’s election has made it clear that I will teach my boys the lesson generations old, one that I for the most part nearly escaped. I will teach them to be cautious, I will teach them suspicion, and I will teach them distrust. Much sooner than I thought I would, I will have to discuss with my boys whether they can truly be friends with white people."

I read the above article 3 times in hopes of finding a shred of hope for ending or at least narrowing the racial divide.  Not a chance.  If a white man were to have written the article about this discussion with his white child, the man would have been called a racist and rightfully so.

I am disgusted with where we are as a country and as a people right now!  This has nothing to do with the ******* that occupies the office of the President.  I will not be compared to the man without saying something.  I did so on a link to the above article and was naturally called a racist because I 'didn't agree' with the author.

What I didn't agree with was, trying to teach your kid to distrust an entire race of people based on ones opinion of one guy or some of life's unpleasant experiences.  It's racism 101.  A complete indoctrination in racism, and I don't see how this helps anything or anybody, especially if one wants to be considered or seen as or accepted as an equal.

There were numerous comments on the article and I can only assume that these comments came from either gender and any number of different races.  After reading them all, I couldn't help but think, how do we get around this?  How do we have discussions on this uneasy topic when an entire race is being blamed for all of the ill's in the world?  

I don't think we can.  I think this offers yet another road block on the highway to true equality.  I was told "you'll never understand the plight of minorities" (by a white person, mind you) and "you have no idea how far and how deep the scars of racism and slavery run."  To some extent, that is true.  What I can't get is an explanation.  I want it explained to me.  I want to know.

These people were talking to me as if my life has been a walk in the park with a silver spoon in my mouth, because I am white.  I have no choice in the matter when it comes to my skin color or my heritage.  I came into this world with no say on the matter.  I have been kicked in the teeth literally and figuratively so many times its uncountable, just like a lot of people.  I have been held back, hand cuffed and told that I would not succeed.  I have had major road blocks thrown in my way.  I've had to go as far as to re-educate and reinvent myself in order to have the financial means to raise my children.  I've worked 2 full time jobs at the same time to make ends meet.  I have had jobs that I didn't like and frankly didn't pay well. I have had less than ideal living situations.  

The decisions I made put me into those situations.  The decisions I made got me out of them.  I still get kicked in the teeth every now and then.  Everyone does.  I don't find it racist, no matter who is doing the kicking.  Figuring out where to go next is what's important.  Setting yourself up outside yet another road block is not the way to go.

I don't know.  One thing that I have noticed is, people who are "successful" take responsibility for themselves and their actions.  They don't blame other people for their mistakes.  

I just don't get it and I just don't see a way around it... Furthermore, why in the hell would we look to a President for the answer?  

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