July 23, 2009

One White Guy's Thoughts on the Racial Debate

An interesting take on the latest issues. I hope we can all keepp talking this stuff out, and be respectful even when we disagree. This stuff is complicated and we can have different opinions without either side being a bad guy.

""Reverse Racism": Word Distracts from the Big White Elephant of Systemic Racism"

"Ever since Sonia Sotomayor, a Latina woman, was first mentioned as a contender for the Supreme Court, we've heard a lot from some quarters about how her success has been nothing more than the result of 'reverse racism.' ARC's Terry Keleher digs into the term and explains that 'reverse racism' is nothing more than a way for those in power to change the subject away from systemic racism, a system that puts people of color at a disadvantage from birth until death..."

Posted at July 23, 2009 6:07 PM

I LOVE this guy. He is right on the money with his words. As a person of color, I appreciate his comments.

Posted by: Gabe at July 24, 2009 1:56 AM

I'm sure you do Gabe. You don't have to be white to understand reverse racism, just a person with common sense. Reverse racism happens all the time. Can it be more obvious than with the New Haven firefighters???

Hopefully, blacks will stop trying to use race card in every situation that involves a white person and a black person. It's starting to sound like the kid that cried WOLF!

Posted by: Shelby at July 24, 2009 7:18 AM

Racism is the worst scourge in American history, and it contiues to this day because of white people's refusal to deal with it. And unless we deal with it,I fear that it will be with us in one form or another for a very long time. I don't care if you have a drinking problem or a drug problem,or whatever,most experts will tell you that you will never be cured unless and until you are willing to 'ADMIT' you have a problem and are willing to 'DEAL' with it. And from the beginning,white America has been in 'COMPLETE DENIAL'. It is a conversation that black and Hispanic Americans know that we need to have,but also one that white Americans think we have already had. In the case of Professor Gates I do not know all of the circumstances,but I do know this-if the officer was responding to a reported break-in,and arrived on the scene to find Mr. Gates inside the home,even after the professor identified himself,the officer still did not know if- 1. there had in fact,been a break-in unbeknownst to Professor Gates,in which case,the suspect or suspects might have still been in the house with the good professor not even realizing it. or 2. The police officer had no way of knowing whether or not the professor might have been being held against his will by an unseen suspect,say,someone pointing a gun at him from somewhere out of the officer's sight. And this was likely the reason why the officer asked Mr. Gates to 'step outside'. To get him out of the house and ensure that he was'nt in any possible danger. Of course,it also could've been because the professor had been verbally abusing the officer,and the cop knew that the only way to justify an arrest was if Mr. Gates were 'OUTSIDE' 'IN PUBLIC' 'DISTURBING THE PEACE'. Whereas,if they had remained 'INSIDE THE HOME',the officer knew if would not be able to affect an arrest because the professor,as it were,was in his own home. I would like to believe that the officer was just doing his job. As to President Obama's remarks on the matter,although I am a supporter of the President and voted for him,in think in this particular case,the President 'jumped-the-gun' and misspoke in defending his friend,by seeing racism where there likely was'nt any. This only shows us how important it is to get this conversation started. Yes,Health Care is important,but if we get to the point where we're killing eachother over race,I guess a 'Good Health Plan' will come in handy.

Posted by: Mack at July 24, 2009 1:58 PM

Do you know the experience of cops being called to the various construction sites you, an A-A business owner are working at, saying they are responding to a 911 call regarding a break-in? Share your numerous White similar experiences.

Posted by: phyllis cooney at July 24, 2009 4:56 PM

Don't bring the mexicans in this

Posted by: Anonymous at August 21, 2009 7:52 PM

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