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Racism Is Dead In America

Ahmadinejad’s Denial Small

A few months ago, in a speech given at Columbia University in New York, the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was asked about the status of homosexuality in his country. Mr. Ahmadinejad answered the question saying, “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.” A woman from the audience said that she knew for a fact there were homosexuals in the country because she had homosexual friends in Iraq. The President asked her for her friend’s address so he could check it out for himself. In Iran, if people are discovered to be gay, Islamic law requires that they would be dealt with rather harshly. So they have a don’t ask don’t tell kind of policy. Of course homosexuals exist in Iran.  However, they had better keep their lifestyle under wraps. It isn’t right.  But it is the law of this Islamic state.  Nevertheless, people in this country attack Mr. Ahmadinejad, twisting his words to make it seem that the Iranian President exist in a world of denial. The Iranian President deserves a lot more credit than people are willing to give.

Interestingly though, a lot of people here in this country are willing to walk around with social blinders on and make ridiculous statements that racism is a thing of the past in America. America has laws that outlaw most blatant acts of racial discrimination. So no one in America would dare be a blatant racist and think that they could get away with their acts of subjugation. And yet, somehow, people in the black community are still being passed over for employment opportunities, educational opportunities, suffer inferior medical care, suffer with inferior housing, and are considerably more likely to suffer the heavy hand of the law and justice than their white counterparts. While there may be some exceptions to these conditions this is the general status of the relationship between the black and the white community.

There are a lot of white people who make the claim that the white community is the victim of some affirmative action program and therefore, a victim of reverse discrimination. A white person is very sensitive to the situation where they lose an opportunity to a black person. A white person naturally assumes that they are the best candidate for an opportunity merely because the selected candidate was black. But white people don’t appear to have a problem being the superior candidate but losing out on an opportunity against an inferior white person. Where are the cries of parallel racism or some other fabricated condition when a white person suffers discrimination at the hands of an inferior white person? It’s only when the white person has lost their chance to a black person do white person stand up and take legal action against the unfairness. This in itself is another manifestation of racism.

A white man takes his shotgun and kills two men robbing his neighbor’s house. The white man had called the police but since they did could not arrive in a time satisfactory to the caller he felt justified taking matters in his own hands. He tells the emergency operator that he is going to kill the black burglars. He takes his cocked shotgun outside and keeps his word. The burglars never attacked Joe Horn. They never made a move towards him. In fact, when they turned to run, Mr. Horn shot them in the back. An investigation ensues to determine if Mr. Horn needs to be indicted for murder. But in the meantime, the mainstream corporate culture is hailing this man as a hero.

A black man takes his gun outside to protect his family from a drunken white mob of teenagers who are coming specifically to his home. The white mob is defending the honor of a white girl that has been supposedly threatened by the black man’s son. The white mob told the black man’s son to leave a party. When the son leaves the white mob decides to follow him home to his house. The white drunks make threats to kill Aaron White and rape his mother. They are making the same types of threats that piqued their anger and then some. When the white mob arrives at the White House they continue to make racial slurs and threats. Instead of leaving the leader of the white mob reaches for John White’s gun and is shot in the face. John White is arrested for second degree murder. He is convicted. The mainstream culture is condemning this man as a cold blooded murderer. But racism is said to be dead.

In fact, a lot of people who are members of the dominant corporate culture will say that it is okay for people to be racist in the privacy of their home or as part of their job because nobody is getting hurt. This culture actually believes nobody gets hurt when a white man tells his son to dump his nigger girlfriend if he wants to work in the family business. Nobody gets hurt when the white politician stands before his supporters and makes a racial slur against a lone minority in the crowd in a sea of white conservatives. Nobody is hurt when employers decide that they’ve met their minority quota so decides not to hire anymore minorities for fear that the office environment becomes too ethnically flavored. Nobody was hurt when the nooses were found hanging in the area. It’s just a prank. It’s just clean white wholesome fun. Nobody is being hurt in any of these cases.

What people are actually saying is nobody that we care about is being hurt by these blatant acts of racial discrimination and racial intolerance. The black community is just a group of nobodies that doesn’t require the American collective’s attention. It’s not that the being black is necessarily bad. It’s just that being white is simply better. The dominant culture doesn’t mean to subjugate the black community. It’s just that the dominant corporate culture made mostly of white people and the black people that love them simply likes to support the white community.

However it is justified, whether it’s just a preference to keep things white or whether it is a conscious decision to dominate blacks, the black community suffers. Racism is dead in America. It’s not a twist of words or an interpretation of a phrase. It is a straight out assertion that all is well here and everybody is treated exactly like they should be treated. If I was a racist and didn’t care about black people, if I was a tom and didn’t care about the other people in the black community, I’d be likely to say the same thing. It’s not just a denial, it’s just the way it is.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - Posted by | African Americans, Ahmadinejad, Black Community, Iran, Justice, Life, Racism, Thoughts

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  1. […] brotherpeacemaker wrote an interesting post today on Racism Is Dead In AmericaHere’s a quick excerptA few months ago, in a speech given at Columbia University in New York, the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was asked about the status of homosexuals in his country. Mr. Ahmadinejad answered the question saying, “In Iran we … […]

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  2. That’s the hypocrisy of it all. We can condemn every nation under the sun who subjugates. Human rights violations in Burma, Chechnya, North Korea, China with America screaming about the horrible nature of it all. Yet, blacks complaining about their human rights are told by senators that they should be thankful just to BE in America.

    People here look the other way on fair treatment here because they will always say “that’s different”. Blacks don’t get discriminated against they just don’t try hard enough. If they won’t give you a job, go find one elsewhere. If you are being discriminated against it is just a case of a stupid person.

    When the problem is that these stupid people seem to be everywhere in this country.

    Great post.

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Wednesday, January 30, 2008 | Reply

  3. I see lots of generalities here. No need to treat whites as individuals when you can assign them all negative attitudes, right?

    Comment by JohnAnnArbor | Wednesday, January 30, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thanks for the feedback JohnAnnArbor,

    You are right. Sometimes I am generalizing white people and I need to stop. I’m just as guilty as some white people when it comes to making assumptions about people on the other side of the racial divide. Except that I am not in any position to deny white people jobs, education, medical care, housing, etc.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, January 30, 2008 | Reply

  5. “Except that I am not in any position to deny white people jobs, education, medical care, housing, etc.”

    Oh, don’t be so sure. You, personally, may not. But neither are vast numbers of white people. (And Asian people. And Mexican people…)

    Something to think about: you can spend your life being a victim and complaining, or you can just live your life. There are lots of “perpetual victims” out there. They say the world is against them for any one or combination of reasons: race, parents not rich, come from wrong state, have a funny accent, female in traditional-male profession, male in traditional-female profession, etc. But here’s the thing: there will always be jerks out there. They’ll discriminate based on race, or based on whether someone was in a frat in college or not, or some other stupid reason. We can’t reach into people’s minds and change them. But we can choose to avoid people like that.

    Comment by JohnAnnArbor | Thursday, January 31, 2008 | Reply

  6. John Ann Arbor,

    So just because there will always be jerks out there I am supposed to sit and just take this treatment? Is that really what you are saying. Well people will ALWAYS discriminate so just shut up and live with it. That is pretty ridiculous especially if you are not being discriminated against. Now if you are then you sit and take it but for me I highly doubt that I am going to just allow it since there is always someone out there doing it.

    Explain to me how I am going to avoid the hordes of white people who want to discriminate. That is something I need to learn since they seem to be all over the place and in most of the places that I HAVE to go not that I want to go. They are in places that I don’t have a choice but go like work, hospitals, stores etc. So should I now have to live like a recluse so that I can avoid their stupidity or would it be better to stop their stupidity?

    Thanks but I think I’d rather face my victimizers and fight them head on.

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Thursday, January 31, 2008 | Reply

  7. “Oh, don’t be so sure.”

    Are you kidding? I’m very sure!! More white mindset people have control over the black community than you give them credit for. From the checker at the grocery store who are most helpful to white people and treat black people like crap to the police officer who protects the predominantly white community from black people who may be walking by to the hiring manager who refers to black job applicants with derogatory slurs. The vast majority of people in the work force are people with a white mindset and way too many of them will do what they can to express their contempt for black people.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, January 31, 2008 | Reply

  8. Brotherpeacemaker,

    You made the statement that “Except that I am not in any position to deny white people jobs, education, medical care, housing, etc.” I am asking that all black activist get away from the mindset of thinking of denying whites but think more towards providing for blacks. Although we must defensively fight off racial injustice and inequality we have to apply even more of our energy at becoming the person that is in the position to provide jobs,education,medical care housing etc for our people. I watched an old movie the other day with Matt Damon about how people in America hated Jews becuase they were viewed as selfish because they spent money in their own communities. If you feel that white America will always hate us lets give them something good to hate us for. Lets start a movement to take back our communities by promoting entrepreneurship and education and keeping the money in the community.

    And as for your post about the frat, it’s never to late to make a difference in the organization that you once loved. Become active in a grad chapter and help make the Frat and America better.

    Your Frat Brother,

    Lionel “Unbreakable” Carter
    Fall 04′ Prairie View A & M University

    Comment by Lionel Carter | Tuesday, February 5, 2008 | Reply

  9. Thanks for the feedback Lionel Carter!

    But I have no intention of trying to subjugate white people. I guess I should have said “Except that I am not in any position to deny white people jobs, education, medical care, housing, etc., nor do I have the desire to do so.” Personally, I don’t know anyone that is actively promoting the subjugation of white people. It is my opinion that the relentless subjugation of others appears to be a white mindset phenomenon. Too many people do confuse the struggle for equality as the struggle to subjugate white people. A lot of white people think that they have to keep black people in a perpetual state of subjugation less black people gain the upper hand and white people find themselves being subjugated. The fight for equality is not a fight to subjugate others.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, February 6, 2008 | Reply


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