One more post about racismApril 13, 2007 at 3:50 am | Posted in Personal, Politics | 11 Comments
How about this; if you don’t believe that I am completely racism free, would you believe that it possible for somebody somewhere to be completely racism free?
My blog posts yesterday generated some interesting comments. Here are some highlights:
Commenters have offered the following links:
These ones are quite funny:
Would it surprise you to know that I’ve already learned the information provided by those links ten times over. If there ever was any racism in me it’s been beaten to death by now.
Among the comments there were some confessions including:
- in some way, my reaction to a cultural that I don’t know/understand/live could be construed as ‘racist’.
- I know that I have had thoughts that were absolutely terrible and I would never share them with anyone…so I couldn’t in clear conscience say that I am not a racist.
- I recognize the racist things I have said and done in the past, and I acknowledge that racism is a part of who I am
- My knee-jerk reaction to people of colour speaking out about their issues is to be defensive, and to be angry or jealous or dismissive.
I have a lot of sympathy for people who feel guilty about things that they have done in the past, but I did not do those things.
I have a lot of sympathy for people who feel guilty about what they do now that they think might be racist, but I don’t do those things either.
Even though it was part of a discussion about a specific case of active racsism, it’s possible that Rosie O’Donell was talking about white privelage when she made her statement “We all have some racism in us; that can’t be denied”.
I guess she could have said “all” forgetting that one or two people are not white.
I do not deny that white privelage exists. I explicitly acknowledge that this unfair system, which I did not ask for and do not condone, does in fact exist. I am aware of it because I have learned of it ten times over and I take action to diminish it.
BTW, if “living within the white privelage system” is the same things as saying that each and every white person “has racism within them” then the word racism has become too broad to have any real meaning.
Furthermore let me ask you, if you believe that the mere existence of a white privelage system is enough for each and every white person to have racism in them, then do you believe that non-white people also automatically have racism within them.
After all, they’re part of the system as well.