Race Politics: Pt. 2 – Racism

What is Racism? To put it simply, racism is a deeply embedded idea within our society that places people on a social hierarchy based on what we deem is the “best race”, which would be White people. It is a system that was created for the appeasement of the human condition to categorize ourselves into groups that we can identify with. However those who helped create this system of ‘Us versus Them’ has allowed it to penetrate our values and beliefs and allowed this racism to dictate how we are perceived.

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In the United States, more than ever, the strain of the past has smeared itself into our modern age and tormented people of color (POC). However racism wasn’t always a problem that was specific to people of color. In the 1800’s, during colonial America, millions of immigrants migrated the United States in which the colonialist saw a wave of different cultures coming into their neighborhoods that were different and subordinate to their own. Once this wave of White immigration, from Irish to Italian immigrants, happened there was categorization to find out who was the most superior White ethnicity.

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For years White people fought each other to determine who was the superior White. However once they found the ultimate opposite of beauty and intelligence in the African slave it wasn’t about which White was more superior, but which race was. White people took it upon themselves to oppress people of color and prove it to the world through guns, germs, and steel that they are superior.

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Racism is an idea that is perpetuated by dominant society, which in our modern era is dictated by White people. Until we are able to understand how that ideology of the “lighter your skin the better” leaves a negative impact on our society and marginalizes a group of people then we can’t move forward as a society. We are all equal. We share the same anatomy, but ignorance runs rampant even within our own communities of color. It’s hard to undo hundreds of years of racism in a short amount of time, but we can sure try.

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12 thoughts on “Race Politics: Pt. 2 – Racism

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  2. Look I’m not saying you’re racist or anything. I have racism in my own culture that I have to deal with. Within every culture there is a presence of sun-racism. The sad reality is it stems from the same ideology that Anglo-Saxon Protestant Whites put in place to make themselves superior to the rest of the world. Thanks for the entertaining chat though. It was great to refute with you.

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  3. And here’s the ironic thing: I’d be reviled as racist if I simply agreed with you that “colored anger” is deeply embedded and that you all just won’t listen to us until we “listen” – which seems to mean agree with – to you all.

    As for the outcomes of Irish vs. Blacks – that kind of sums up my original point. Those of my ancestors who were the Irish immigrants – to NYC no less where at least to men of my ancestry became “sand niggers” working right alongside Blacks – didn’t internalize their anger and let it get in the way of succeeding in America under America’s laws, customs, and mores. And, to this very day, those of us who decide that they don’t prefer being in America just emigrate back to our ancestral homelands.

    Hell! I considered moving there myself – got a good job offer – but my wife, who’s Black-Apache-Scot (she’s picky about including the latter two), didn’t want to move to a nation where her looks made her that much of a oddity. An opinion I could sympathize with after an extended stay in Japan.

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  4. Then as a person whose ancestors have seen the partial side of oppression, because really after the ultimate form of anti beauty and ignorance was found in the African Slave Irish immigrants bandwagon on that idea and benefitted from being white, you should know how intense that can get and how far it has to go to get where it is now.
    But you will never understand this unless you are a person of color, which you are not. Colored anger is deeply embedded into what a white person is that we will refuse to listen until you do.
    (Never be afraid to express your feelings. That’s just messed up if you can’t)

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  5. Then, again, get used to loosing and being frustrated. We don’t, for the most part, deny what happened but we’re not going to apologize any further for it. We’re certainly not going to pay any form of reparations, and we’re certainly not going to try to prove anything to the non-Whites. Simply put, we as a whole don’t care about your forgiveness because we don’t see where we have anything to seek forgiveness for.

    We didn’t commit the “crime.” Our parents didn’t commit the “crime.” When it comes to the more egregious oppressions, very few of us are related to anyone in living memory who committed the “crime.” Hell, a lot us didn’t even have families here in the US when the really bad stuff was happening, e.g., half of my family came over from Ireland at the turn of the 20th century and were too busy getting past being “Paddies” to oppress anyone else.

    What you seem to be looking for – and it seems to be common narrative of non-Whites in America at least – is a multi-generational, collective guilt on our part. That’s not something that Americans, at least not White Americans, accept as valid. Our nation was founded partially upon refuting that very idea and our constitution and laws forbid it under the term “corruption of blood.”

    On another note – yeah, Brasil. Lived there in Rio for work. Hated the city; cried myself to sleep more than one night (yeah, man or not, I’m not ashamed to admit that) over parents offering me their daughters for just the promise of feeding them, clothing them, and teaching them to read; and saw more and nastier racism than I EVER saw in The South where I’m originally from. Yeah, except for the Rain Forest – where my actual job was – I’ve few good memories of that country.

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  6. This whole political climate isn’t a race war, it’s about accountability and denying what happened in the past. Reparations aren’t enough. Saying sorry isn’t enough. We want to see the dominant group understand that what they did is unforgivable. That they need to work every single day that much harder to prove that they’re no longer going to dominate and share the power and influence they hold.
    Instead White people allow pockets of Neo-Nazis to parade around waving Nazi flags. That in our eyes is a representation of white people, maybe to some as a whole. (I see it as an uncontrollable pocket that is dragging your race further into the dirt because everyone knows Nazism is associated with racial cleansing. That doesn’t look so good for white people.)

    Yes I know Latinx cultures is the product of Genocide and Colonization. Hispanic culture, which solely remains to Europeans, was the culture that destroyed our indigenous societies. What we have now it’s a white washed culture.
    No one in Latin America ever spoke Spanish before the Spanish Conquistadors. Hispanic/Latinx culture couldn’t colonize the New World before Europeans came along because the Hispanic/Latinx culture didn’t exist at that time, remember?
    If you were to look at the civil wars that happened in Latin America, around the time of the red scare, you would know that US backed governments always labeled indigenous people as rebels and terrorist. If they weren’t US backed then they were corrupt.
    Also if we look at Brazil, a country with a huge black population, we are able to see the seeds of racism sprouting and being replanted. White Brazilians have embedded themselves with the idea that they are worth more than Black Brazilians. (I wonder where that ideology came from?) The people in that country who suffer the most from poverty are Black people. They are given less opportunities not only because they’re poor but because they’re Black.

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  7. Well then, accept that there is no “cure” and accept the consequences of being on what will in all likelihood be the loosing side of a “race war.”

    And, the Hispanic / Lantinx cultures did were the dominant group that did this to the indigenous people’s of the New World – yep, arguably even more so than other Europeans – and some Asian peoples, e.g., Macao. Did you perhaps forget that Hispanic / Lantinx culture IS a European culture, one that violently and genocidally colonized the New World centuries before the rest of Europe? And no, nobody is particularly angry at you all for that except for some indigenous groups that your various governments have labeled as rebels and terrorists.

    But hey! At least you and I can remain reasonably civil. That’s a bridge between cultures right there, albeit a flimsy one that won’t bear much traffic.

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  8. I understand that you see racism as a thing of the past, but the people as individuals and as specific groups refuse to forget the racism that happened. That’s why it’s still relevant. And it should never be forgotten. A group of people that were in power and abused it by decimating cultures, enslaving people and appropriating what they did enjoy about that culture without paying respect to the people is why we are angry. If Latinx people were the dominant group that did this everyone would be mad at them. The fact is that historically being white and the idea of it was placed on a high stool. And it isn’t something that happened in the last 300 years, it happened before then. When they Europeans discovered the “New World” and the coast of Africa.
    I can understand how integrating into each other’s cultures can be a solution in your opinion, but the history between white and people of color is so deeply rooted that assimilating into a culture that destroyed yours to begin with is not a solution.
    There will always be the need to categorize ourselves to distinct groups and White peoples have gotten the reputation of oppression. Why would the oppressed assimilated into a culture of oppressed?

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  9. One, and this is a sad truth of today, I don’t think we’re in agreement on the definition of racism or the examples thereof. Culture and race have become too conflated in America.

    Two, anytime I speak of cultures I do so in the context of geography. Hence, to me, Black, Asian, Indian, Native, Latinx, cultures can integrate with- and become as White culture – a melting pot as opposed to a salad bar(?) – in America. The reverse should – it isn’t – true for Whites in primarily Black, Asian, Indian, Native, Latinx societies. It does solve much of the problem and encourages an equality of result due to an equality of input / effort.

    And no, none of that is a call to erase all of the other cultures, just the parts in conflict with the dominant and historic society they’re in.

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  10. I understand what your conveying. However institutional racism is very real. Now more than ever, thanks to social media, we are seeing news reports of educators K-12 acting out in the form of racism. They tell these little kids that they’ll never be more than a black person and that in itself has a dehumanizing factor that can prevent someone from trying to succeed. If I may add as well that “Behaving as White People” cannot be a standard for other cultures. Black, Asian, Indian, Native, Latinx, cultures will never be white culture. If anything it was destroyed by it during colonization. To say “all you have to do is act as white people do” doesn’t solve a problem.

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  11. Consider that among Whites, with a few atavistic exceptions, racism in its true definition end some years ago. What we actually have, in my opinion, is just a conflict of cultures, mores, and expectations.

    Simply put, if non-Whites, most especially the Blacks, behaved as White people do instead of seemingly as different from- and antithetical to them as possible, i.e., integrate into American society at and identity and cultural level, they’d soon achieve the same outcomes and standing.

    This would be much in same way that persons of the various European cultures assimilated and integrated into an American melting pot, thereby ending their internecine strife.

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