As I walked through Barnes and Noble the other day I saw a book titled: “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism.” By Robin Deangelo. I didn’t purchase the book, but if you want to spend an hour and a half of your time you can watch the author’s talk and reading sections from that book on youtube.
So…I reject “racism” as a system, which makes me part of the problem so to speak. The definition of “racism” had to be expanded to “a system” to keep the problem of race relations relevant to people who make a business out of grievance. The grievance business is an incestual mix of academics, activists, and politicians.
“She was a white girl. She deserved it because us minorities have been through slavery,” Temar Bishop, 23, allegedly said to someone who witnessed the bloodied 20-year-old woman after the assaults, according to a criminal complaint.
“This is what they used to do to us. This is what they did to us during slavery. They used to beat us and whip us.” https://nypost.com/2019/06/18/man-nabbed-for-bronx-rape-allegedly-said-she-deserved-it-for-slavery/
I also reject the idea that we are supposed to treat everyone equally beyond basic politeness and expected social courtesy. Everyone the same is a really stupid way to do the threat calculations. A well dressed gentleman calmly shopping the computer programming language section of the bookstore is less of an obvious threat than the homeless man ranting at the streetlight outside. And we judge people by their appearance, which is why we have the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
I admit that I’m not culturally aware of every culture from everywhere. That doesn’t mean it is racist of me for to be ignorant of someone else’s culture anymore than it would be racist for them to assume that all Scandinavians enjoy fermented seafood dishes (hint, we don’t, lutefisk and harkel are straight up survival foods).
I reject that “white” and “black” are enough to describe people. If you want to see normal “white Americans” be comfortable around a “black” person, just have them interact with a “black” Jamaican who is polite, well dressed, and well groomed.
The second part of this idea of “white fragility” that I reject is the idea that “whites” are fragile because they don’t know their own history. This is because there is no “white history” anymore than there is a “black history.” There is only the history that you are personally aware of, and the history of which you are ignorant.
What I do believe: Americans are among the least racist people on the planet. America does have racist people in it, but they are a small minority. If America were so racist and horrible, Africans wouldn’t fly to South America to make the trek north to our southern border. By any real measure of racism, the US is very tolerant.
What I do believe, we can’t have a conversation about race because one side wants to do all the talking to get to the conclusion that “whites” are the problem, and no other race or ethnicity has any culpability in their situation.
The candidate most fervently backing reparations, though, is Marianne Williamson, a self-help guru and spiritual adviser who wants to set aside $200 billion to $500 billion for a reparations program. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/3/11/18246741/reparations-democrats-2020-inequality-warren-harris-castro (note, 500 billion dollars divided by 3.9 million would be a $128,205.12 per slave freed in the Civil War, equal to about 8,590 dollars in 1866, or a “good healthy sum of money”)
If we really want to have a talk about race, we need to have a talk about human history. The strong cultures overtook the weak cultures, and exterminated or assimilated them. In the United States today, an amalgamation of Europeans and Asians are the stronger culture, a least in terms of demographic success. If “whites” were systemically racist, why are the Asians (east and subcontinental) who are obviously different by skin tone, doing so well in America? The answer to this question is often the “history and impact of slavery” And to that I call BS, as the “history and impact of slavery” was well on it’s way to being a non-entity when Johnson started the “war on poverty” and created the modern welfare state that traps so many into a permanent underclass. One author lays the blame firmly at the hands of FDR with well documented justification: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/274057/reparations-madness-mary-grabar
We can’t have a conversation about race or racism until we can talk about how no one living today caused any event in the past, and no one in the present is responsible for anything in the past. No “black American” is responsible for their ancestors being conquered by other Africans and sold to European slave traders. No current African is responsible for their ancestors conquering other tribes and selling them into slavery. No “white” American is responsible for their ancestors who purchased slaves, and then had them freed without compensation. Even the sticky issue of what about black slave owners? Would a black descendant of a black slave owner get reparations for slavery? The clear moral answer is “no” but there could be an argument of “well, then reparations for Jim Crow!” which brings up the question, “what about blacks who lived in states without Jim Crow laws?” and so forth and so on.
The truth is that the United States of America, like Zimbabwe or Belgian Congo, is a former colony of a European power. However, the United States rose from a “post-colonial” era into an era as a global power by drawing deeply on some of the functional culture and thought from Europe, especially in creating a Republic rather than some other form of government. If America were still a crap hole backwater filled with the the “poor white trash of Europe” there really wouldn’t be much angst wasted on “white fragility” or talk of “reparations.”
After the civil war 3.9 million slaves were free, and at no point have we created a society with truly equal opportunity or equal outcomes. However, no society has ever achieved that goal, so as long as progress is being made towards and unattainable goal, I’ll be happy. The days of blatant racism that fueled the Civil Rights era are gone, Jim Crow is a thing of the past. The Revolutionary Fervor for justice denied has served its purpose. To call every “white person” an active and passive participant in “systemic racism” is a self serving position only for those who have something to gain by preventing greater social harmony between all ethnic groups in the United States.
A graduate of America’s West Point military academy has become a celebrated viral sensation after he was photographed crying with emotion during his graduation parade.
Second Lieutenant Alix Schoelcher Idrache, who was born in Haiti, graduated from the academy as the top-ranking physics student and aims to become a pilot. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/haiti-west-point-graduate-photo-crying-tears-us-military-graduate-alix-schoelcher-idrache-academy-a8162151.html
America is more than any single characteristic or stereotype. Our history is what it is, warts and all. Today Africans come to the United States both legally and illegally looking for a better life.
The immigrants in Texas were mostly from the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola. Cameroonians have also been traveling up through Mexico and into the U.S. in larger numbers and seeking asylum at ports of entry. On recent Saturday in Tijuana, there were 90 Cameroonians lined up to get on a waiting list to request asylum that has swelled to about 7,500 names. Also on the waiting list are Ethiopians, Eritreans, Mauritanians, Sudanese and Congolese. https://www.apnews.com/429f04067c38428ba0d06749b53e6df0
The truth is that Africa, run by Africans, is just as warlike and genocidal as Europe run by Europeans for most of recorded history. Ironically the most peaceful period in European history has been the post WWII era where the United States set up permanent military bases in the countries of former enemies and put NATO together after kick-starting the European economy with the Marshall plan. Unfortunately for Africa, it wasn’t very industrialized prior to WWII, and simply became yet another proxy battleground for the Cold War, and the current US aversion to “imperialism” in foreign policy makes it unlikely that any sort of large scale assistance to Africa will ever come to fruition beyond security assistance, as China really has the African economy locked up.
Sorry to ramble, all these things are connected together. The European slave trade to the colonies in the united states, the American Revolution, and Civil War, the rise of the US as a world power in WWII and the Cold War. The French assisting us in the Revolutionary war caused the British to commit their navy to protecting assets in the Caribbean rather than the colonies, which allowed the land battle to be won. Western culture isn’t pretty, but it has been one of the largest forces for good leading to the age of modern prosperity, even in places like China where experiments with capitalism have literally brought billions out of poverty.