Racial tensions just seem to be a part of life. Perhaps it’s embedded in our DNA. There are probably entire books about the issue that I haven’t read. In places like America, the UK and other more Western parts of Europe such as Germany and France, it’s rife, because those nations are multicultural melting pots.
We’ve heard a lot in America about how black lives matter, so much so that it’s now a popular hashtag. I agree, black lives do matter, but does it have to be a movement? If so, why is it exclusive to black people?
Some of the media that’s been put out to ‘educate’ white people about this is cringe-inducing. We had the FCKH8 video involving the Ferguson kids.
We had Black Lives Matter protestors interrupting Bernie Sanders – because he’s such a racist, right? We also had BLM people on the Larry Wilmore show discussing why it’s important to make white people feel uncomfortable.
The black cause is such a strong initiative that even white people are joining it, but of course, only as fake black people. Shaun King was recently ‘unmasked’ as most probably being white, as was his female predecessor Rachel Dolezal (who looks more like Sideshow Bob, and he’s yellow). She has admitted she’s white but feels black. Ah, that’s so sweet. I wonder if there are any black people who feel white?
Here’s the thing that bothers me. Apparently white people are uncomfortable talking about race, and that’s a bad thing. Some are even driven in to pretending they are black, so great is their fear of talking about it as white people. When a white person actually has the balls to say what he really thinks about the issue, black people don’t like it and white people gasp. You can’t win. You either don’t talk about it enough because you are trying to dodge the issue, or you’re a racist.
Black on white racism is practically nonexistent….OFFICIALLY! It does happen, but it’s either not talked about or not seen as discrimination. Positive discrimination is okay too. There’s Black Lives Matter, the NAACP and many TV and radio stations, as well as other organizations who openly promote the work of black people. There are also organizations who offer certain opportunities, but only to non whites.
I ran in to this not long ago. As a journalism graduate and aspiring journalist/writer, I saw a great opportunity on a site called Creative Access. There was an offer of a journalism internship at Time Inc. I noticed however, that in the criteria, among others, was a statement saying that you could only apply if you were black, Asian or of any other non white origin.
I decided to apply anyway, carefully explaining in my application that I understood I did not meet the racial requirements, but felt this was not a fair criteria. I told them I had not had any special ‘breaks’ given to me as a white person and felt just as entitled as non white people to apply for the opportunity.
I got a response a few days later. It was a rejection (of course) that explained the reasons I may not have gotten the placement, one of which was that I was not from the stated ethnic minority groups. I didn’t bother replying to their email, although I did have the urge to tell them that in my area I am actually an ethnic minority – it’s 95% black (if not more).
I understand the constantly used argument that most opportunities are for white people. Most television shows are for white people, most history is for white people and that’s why we have a black history month, black television channels and opportunities exclusively for black (or non white) people. I really do get it, I just don’t agree with it.
Let’s eradicate this myth right now – there’s no special white privileged package for white people that instantly makes their lives better. Okay so there is if you were born in the Trump family, but there is if you were born in to the Smith family too (ask Jaden and Willow). A lot of white people live in horrible conditions (yes even in America!) and a lot of them have to fight their own way out of them, without a helping hand from anybody.
Then there are the double standards. If it would be considered racist to have job opportunities or internships only for white candidates, then it’s racist to have them only for non white ones. Racism is racism – look up the definition; it doesn’t say ‘prejudice, discrimination or antagonism directed against non white people based on the belief that white people are superior.’ I agree that black lives matter, but I think white lives matter too. It seems mainstream society doesn’t agree.