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People Aren’t Racist, They Just Sound Like It

White People Only

A lot of people write comments that somewhere in the beginning say something to the effect that the writer is not racist. But right after the disclaimer they’ll say some of the stupidest, most bigoted things. I’m not racist but black people need to go to school. I’m not racist but black people have no work ethic. I’m not racist but black people are the source of all crime. I guess these people feel like they’re just telling things as they are without any personal bias. But if that’s the case why does it have a tendency to sound like the stupidest and bigoted things they are?

Just this morning I read a post with a guy saying, I’m not racist but I’d like to pop some black loud mouthed woman in the mouth. Okay I’ll bite. What fact about this statement makes it obvious that the writer isn’t racist? Is it just some kind of crazy coincidence that Mr. White just so happens to like to fantasize about assaulting black women? I’m not under any false assumption that some black women don’t need a good popping. But coincidentally there are white woman that could use a good pop as well. There are women of every shade, grade, and color that could use a good smack. In fact, there are men of every shade, grade, and color that could use a good bitch slap as well. I have to confess there have been more than once where I should’ve been knocked on my ass. Almost everyone at some time in their lives could have benefited greatly from getting their ass kicked. But this racist white writer wants to focus his attention on black women with a disclaimer that he’s not racist. Not only is he racist but he’s misogynistic as well.

Other people will make racist comments about black people could get jobs if they would just quit their belly aching or pity parties and go to school. Why do these people insist on believing the assumption that black people are not educated? Black people could get jobs if they’d quite trying to dress all ghetto fabulous when they put in their application. Why do these people insist on believing that black people don’t know how to dress for an interview or apply for a job?

Let the black person apply for an employment opportunity and the automatic assumption is that they are not as qualified as the white applicant. Let the black person apply for an educational opportunity and the assumption is that there will be a more qualified white person who applied for the same position. White applicants will make claims of reverse discrimination when they discover that they didn’t make the cut because a minority got the opportunity.

Funny thing though. The white person who would make claims of reverse discrimination would be as quiet as a church mouse when it is another white person that got the opportunity instead of them. I have yet to hear a white person make a claim of parallel discrimination. It’s only when the competition for an opportunity falls along racial lines do people bother to hold an institution to the fire to check for unfairness. White people never utter a peep when they loose their opportunity to another white candidate who may be unqualified. A white person doesn’t say anything when the unqualified candidate is the son or daughter of an alumni or an exceptional financial donor. The day a white person points to another white person and makes a claim of parallel discrimination will be an interesting day indeed.

Until then however, we have to deal with people who aren’t racist but have a tendency to say the most racist things. “I’m a good person. But if my son wants to keep his job in the family business he has to dump his nigger girlfriend.” To the vast majority of the people if the words from this racist had never been made public then no harm no foul. If the man hadn’t used the word nigger then there would be no problem. But the fact of the matter is that the man is using his position and the control of the family wealth to manipulate his son to keep black people from penetrating his inner circle. “I’m not racist. But everything would have been okay if it was kept behind doors. The person who busted his racism and made it public is the problem for society.” Blaming the whistle blower is something that’s supposed to be rather immoral in America. It becomes news when the whistle blower gets fired for making the unethical inner workings of government or business public information.

But if the whistle blower is outing racism people bend over backwards defending the racist. “I’m not racist. But what’s the problem? That black woman could have been after that man’s money.” People don’t know jack about the woman and they want to blame her for what comes out of a racist’s mouth. The assumption is that the black woman is unethical despite the lack of any evidence other than she’s black. To a lot of people that’s proof enough. And all that racist talk from the racist? People with a white mindset are more likely to say something like, “What’s the problem? No biggie. I’m not racist. I said the same thing just this morning.”

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - Posted by | African Americans, Black Community, Black Culture, Justice, Life, Racism, Reverse Discrimination, Thoughts


  1. This seems to be the thing to do in order to spew whatever racist rhetoric you want. I see it everyday on my blog and I know you do as well. Yet I am supposed to believe that those people are forward thinkers and have no racist intentions.

    I still don’t like the fact that people at least black people who will hear their so called friends spewing this racist propaganda that blacks don’t get education or jobs because we are so unwilling to dress or act correctly, and do or say nothing. That really irks me. If more people were called out for this behavior it just might sink into these racists that just saying I am not a racist doesn’t make it so.

    Great post BrotherP!

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Tuesday, January 8, 2008 | Reply

  2. I’ll just comment on what you said here:

    “Why do these people insist on believing that black people don’t know how to dress for an interview or apply for a job?”

    Answer: because many white people don’t know either.

    I am not kidding here, but we’ve had graduates from our university:

    1) show up late for job interviews
    2) show up wearing flip-flops
    3) show up for an interview with their parents (and I am not talking about just getting a ride from their parents; I mean that their parents tried to go to the interview session itself.

    Yes, these are mostly white kids.

    Comment by ollie | Thursday, January 10, 2008 | Reply

  3. Thanks for the feedback Ollie!

    I think that’s hilarious!!! It’s funny you mention this because I heard on a 60 Minutes article about these kids and their parents and how the parents try to intervene on behalf of their grown children getting jobs. I keep promising myself I’m going to do an article on it but keep putting it off. Soon though!


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, January 10, 2008 | Reply

  4. Haha.. great article! So great that I just HAD to comment, though I have nothing useful to add lol.

    Comment by lecya | Thursday, January 10, 2008 | Reply

  5. Thanks for the feedback lecya!

    Even if you don’t think it’s useful just knowing people out there are stopping in to take a look is good enough for me!


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, January 10, 2008 | Reply

  6. why are people so racist!!!!!

    Comment by jakayla | Tuesday, January 22, 2008 | Reply

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