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PhillyB

A concise history of black-white relations in the USA

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valid question, and honestly i don't know the answer. it's a complicated discussion for many reasons. understand, though, that centuries of inherited poverty is a tough thing to overcome at the drop of a hat, and there is plenty of evidence that society is still easier for a white person to succeed in than a black person (when you take into account the socio-economic brackets invariably tied to both.

How do you know you've ever fixed a problem if you never define what that fix would look like?

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Replace the black guy with the middle class.

Replace the white guy with the .1%'ers.

Cartoon is now correct.

you forgot "disregard all studies which indicate that white people experience privilege across all socioeconomic levels, such as the one that indicates that white felons are more likely to be hired for a position than a black person with no criminal record (http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/08/09/study-black-man-and-white-felon-same-chances-for-hire/)"

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How do you know you've ever fixed a problem if you never define what that fix would look like?

black people are more likely to be arrested (if they live in new york, they're 9 times as likely to be stopped and frisked as white people, but statistically less likely to be carrying drugs/weapons), more likely to be convicted, more likely to be given longer sentences, more likely to be given the death penalty, more likely to be born into poverty, more likely to live in poverty (rate 3 times that of white people), more likely to be unemployed (rate twice that of the national average), etc, etc, etc

so, want me to define what a fix would look like? once none of the above is relevant to modern-day america, things may not be totally *fixed*, but it would be quite a fuging start

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I simply started out by asking what would be the time period and/or the measure by which we can say that all race-based concessions be ended.

& I pointed out that with poo like I mentioned going on, it ain't now & until we leave crap like that behind it's not going to be, because it slants the field against me & more importantly my son.

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sometimes people just need to understand that maybe others don't like them or trust them or whatever else because of who they are, not what they are!

this is a huge issue in my opinion and racism will never go away as long as it exists.

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the other issue is that many whites seem to believe that by somehow acknowledging racism they are devaluing their own experience and their own work... which is why largely you see such an emotional response by white men particularly to charges of racism and sexism... it's not that people don't actually believe (logically) that it exists, I think they feel subconsciously that by acknowledging it they devalue themselves and by default, attribute their own successes to something horrible that they don't knowingly have anything to do with... the fact that said system might be oppressive makes it even harder to accept... or even consider. consequently you have people constantly trying to reframe the argument, i.e. reverse racism, microcosmic racism, classism etc. For most people, I don't think it's actually about devaluing another person's experience as much as it is about protecting their own...

not speaking of anyone in particular around here... just something I've noticed.

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you forgot "disregard all studies which indicate that white people experience privilege across all socioeconomic levels, such as the one that indicates that white felons are more likely to be hired for a position than a black person with no criminal record (http://ac360.blogs.c...ances-for-hire/)"

You assume way to much about way too many things my friend.

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You assume way to much about way too many things my friend.

what is the assumption here? that institutional racism exists?

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My comment was referring to my belief that the Extreme upper class pushes down the Middle/Lower class much more than Whites have/do push down blacks.

I do not deny that racism exisits.

I do not believe it is as rampant as people suggest.

I believe it is ingrained in all cultures.

Want to see some intense racism? Go to China/Japan/Korea and ask them about each other and whites/blacks.

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i agree that the 1 percent oppresses the middle and lower classes; my problem is that minorities suffer doubly (this is reflected in all relevant data), both from the rich and from institutional racism, but middle class whites don't rally around them because my privilege :( :( :(

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