Re: Jamele Hill = Racist
posted at 11/24/2010 6:31 PM EST
In Response to Re: Jamele Hill = Racist
" This started out as a discussion of racism, perceived or real, and then morphed into a discussion of slavery and oppression, and has now gone down a road that, in my opinion, doesn't merit further response, except to say that it's clear that anonymity empowers people to say things that they wouldn't otherwise ." ~BrooklineRob First this merits another reading, perhaps even a third or fourth reading, by some ... And in ALL respects, IF I indeed am understanding Encinitas correctly here, This sentiment relates to the previous one: " The tragedy is blacks fought hard to get equal opportunity and to be judged by their character instead of skin color, yet too many modern advocates demand equal outcome and for all to be constantly aware of skin color ." ~Encinitas And imo, here's how... This is not about White Americans needing to pay reparations to, Or even having any guilt because, Some Black American's great-great Grandparents were enslaved by another White American 150 or more, years ago... We should neither forget, but we shouldn't make forgettable excuses for nothing which occured to single individual Right Now. It becomes a debased form of rationale and belief on both sides of the racial topic, When someone assumes that because in 1300 bc, The Sumerians assimilated and enslaved The Assyrians, I can Either: Excuse, Blame, OR Ridicule AS an excuse-ANY person's current actions or predicament... But see, Here's the rub... In NOT finding neither TOTAL excuses for the current ill-acts of some, OR in finding TOTAL blame & culpability for the same ill-acts of the same people, There is an awful, and a grey, and a cloudy, Simple & Neccessary recognizing which needs to be met... It lies here, and I'll attempt to simplify: ASK Yourself now, " Do I believe that MY own experiences as a typical White Male growing up in a safe, small town in Suburbia (IF this is indeed the case), FULLY translates in terms of simply having the exact same number and degree of opportunities As Every Single Other American has had ?" NEXT, follow through with this reasoning 1 step further, by pondering to Yourself, " Are there STILL, certain Racial Groups of Americans, in a greater degree, Getting less opportunities as some other groups of Individuals? Can I MYSELF, having trully ZERO Experience growing up as a malleable and still learning child & adolescent, KNOW with total certainty, That I would have turned out with the same degree & form of success, in any way, no matter how small, and in every form, IF: I, as that child, was brought through and lived in a world with: Far Greater Crime, Gangs, & Violence; Far Greater accescibility to Drugs, Alcohol, and Substance use; Far LESSER job & employment opportunities; Far Lesser recreational & physically worse living conditions; Far Lesser & less skilled, and less caring-Practioners of education, Practitioners of mental or physical health, and much more underfunded total assets towards these people & places ?" " Do I honestly and TRULLY know for certain, that I would have had the neccessary strength & learned knowledge & moral fortitude, IF the Great Many persons, places, and/or things I experienced from Day #1 in life, were altogether worse ...?" " So, Would I have been the exact same person that I am right now ?" And this is not an excuse, This is not an excuse, this is not an excuse....here, at least. ~ It's a simple & very real RECOGNITION, That many people had to endure greater forms and greater numbers of trials & tribulations, In order to get to the exact same spot that I'm in, And that STILL in many instances, A great number of them are of a different racial group as I... Do they need to be TWICE as good and TWICE as skilled as me, for the same amount of recognition or simple, 'Thanx'? No...Yet, I HAVE to recognize and fully appreciate, that in MANY Instances, they personally, Have travelled further than I have... The rules don't have to change, and shouldn't change, Once they get here...BUT some of them STILL need to change, so they CAN get here.
Posted by LazarusintheSanatorium
It's a bummer a bunch of people were herded into the big city slums by the social welfare system. You should know however that per capita much more money is spent on inner city school children then kids going to school out in the farmlands.