brotherpeacemaker

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White People Are Welcome

There was a comment in the mail box.  The first sentence started off with something to the effect, I’m a white woman so I know this automatically makes me wrong here.  The entire comment must’ve been almost four paragraphs long.  But I couldn’t bother to read the rest of it.  I deleted it straight off the bat.  But a comment deletion only sends the comment to the trash bin.  I went to the bin and emptied it so that it was irrecoverable.  But a copy of the comment was sent to my email for confirmation so I could still retrieve it if I wanted to.  But give me a minute and I’ll delete it from there too.

Contrary to what a lot of people, both black and white, like to pretend to believe, I am not a racist and I invite contrary opinions.  From a social perspective I think it would be fair to call me a liberal.  If I had to choose between the two political parties I can say that my leanings are more Democrat although I do have a history of voting for Republican as well as for people who would be considered politically independent.  I practice an African tradition that is totally unorthodox.  Most people are some form of either Christians, Muslims, Jewish or atheist and would consider my spiritual values somewhat ridiculous.  I think people should have the choice to smoke pot and if the public needs protection from dangerous drugs then alcohol would be public enemy number one.  I think the black community has been seriously and significantly injured by institutionalized racism and blatant racial discrimination and racial stereotypes are actively being employed to keep the black community in general.  Homosexuals have just as much right to marry the person of their choice as heterosexuals.  Sarah Palin is a very charming politician who is a total idiot.  And while Barack Obama is the world’s first black President of the United States, his election does nothing to reverse America’s racial imbalance.

Now, any one of these issues alone is enough to catch a lot of flak from the average joe all by its lonesome.  Considering their collection here on this blog, and plenty of other issues from my unpopular take on things as well, it’s a given that these issues would be an invitation to conversation, discussion, and/or even a heated dispute.  People are more than welcome to disagree as long as they do it with a class and respect for me and my blog and an open mind to hear something new.

A lot of white people think they have the lock on being wrong when compared to my humble opinion.  Any one who comes here with the attitude that they’re automatically wrong or that their comment will never be published or with the attitude that they cannot care any less about how I feel about things that matter to me, really is wasting his or her time.  Riddle me this, if someone comes to my blog and says that they don’t give a shit about me and my opinion then why in the hell would I give a shit about theirs?  Why would I want their opinion on my blog if the commenter doesn’t even think it should be there?

My unique view of the world isn’t designed to condemn white people to feeling like they are automatically wrong or unwelcome.  I’m expressing an opinion, albeit a very unpopular one, about our modern day happenings and how these happenings impact the black community and some people wish to dismiss these observations as nothing more than self centered thinking wrapped up in righteousness so tight that white people simply don’t have any chance to voice their opinion and are, therefore, unwelcome.

Truth be told, a lot of people are unwelcome here.  But it’s not because they don’t share my opinion.  If someone is unwelcome here it is because they refuse to engage in an honest conversation with an honest desire to get to the truth of what has happened and of what is happening in all the issues that are mentioned here.  I might not be right about everything.  But whatever is written here is what I feel about what I see and comprehend as truth.  Other people have their truths, and if that’s the case let’s compare and share and come away with a better understanding of things.

I doubt very seriously if that there are many people on this entire planet who share my view of things a hundred percent.  Many people are more likely to share an opinion contrary to my own.  Hell, even the misses and I will find ourselves on opposite sides of an issue on occasion.  Regardless of the subject or the disagreement, I always do my best to welcome her opinion and respect her views.  We have our heated moments.  But the way I see it, that’s just part of us being in a relationship and having our own point of view.  She might have a different opinion.  And the way I see it, it’s okay if she’s wrong.  At the end of the day, we still have a son to raise and we still have a house to run.  We still work together.  You might not agree with me.  But in the grand scheme of things, we should still be able to work together for bigger and better things.

Sunday, May 16, 2010 - Posted by | Life, Thoughts

6 Comments »

  1. I’m a white person. I’ve always enjoyed your writing. I think we agree on about 90% of everything. I’ve never voted for a Republican though. I have to hold my nose when I vote Democratic. I am an unrepentant socialist. I am probably naive, but I am still surprised by the things that upset many white people. I am also surprised by how many white people are experts on race relations and Black history. I once mentioned to someone that I had read a book by Randall Robinson on the subject of reparations for slavery. He got all red in the face, being white and all, and proceeded to offer a “refutation” of Robinson’s argument. I hadn’t mentioned Robinson’s argument. He hadn’t read Robinson’s argument. His “refutation” was entirely based on his imaginings as to what Robinson had planned for him, personally. Finally I asked him, “What are you feeling so guilty about anyhow?” He stormed off in a huff.

    Comment by Jon | Monday, May 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Jon,

      But your friends reaction to your conversation appears to be the norm for a lot of people, both black and white and everyone in between. I think a lot of people simply make knee jerk reactions to assumptions without ever listening or comprehending what they are actually seeing or what they are actually hearing. It’s just too easy to stay ignorant and keep baseless beliefs than to actually take an interest in actual events. Thanks for coming here and busting up some assumption that people like to make.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | Reply

  2. So what you’re saying ultimately is I can come out from my hiding spot behind the sofa??? I sort of broke in when you were remodeling and the welcome mat hadnt been laid out yet. And to think, all the plans towards my insurrection were unneccesary? All I had to do was ring the doorbell?

    I know what you mean, Brother P. While I may be a bit more forgiving of people’s idiocy than you are, I am to a degree allergic to stupid. However, my character flaw usually shows itself when I try to argue with a moron, or a drunk (did that by accident at work one night being mr rentacop and all…makes me wonder if I wasnt the idiot that night!)

    But I enjoy your blog very much. I cant always comment on it depending on the nature of the blog and my ability to know the situation. But that doesnt stop me from reading it, or leaving a smartass remark where I can, and occasionally a halfway intelligent one once in awhile!

    And if those people want to say “since im obviously wrong” or “you dont have the guts to print this…” (i know the blacksentinel has had those issues too), then by all means they deserve to be deleted, not just because its your blog, but because that kind of idiotic line of thinking needs no advertising!

    Comment by Mike Lovell | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Mike Lovell,

      Actually, while I was writing the post, I thought of you. More than any other person I think you’ve been a reliable welcome to my blog. We don’t always agree, but I’d like to think that you know that you are always welcome!

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | Reply

  3. “But in the grand scheme of things, we should still be able to work together for bigger and better things.”
    Indeed.

    Comment by Jeff | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | Reply

  4. One thing I have noticed. White people seem to assume that because they are white, they do not need to care about racism, xenophobia and ethnocentrism. When I was on some bulletin boards posting about topics related to these issues, I was immediately attacked by other white people and called a troll. I was accused of being a Black man POSING as a white woman to spread propaganda. This experience reinforced to me the notion that most white people cannot tolerate ANY dissenting opinions, and that they do not believe that they have anything at stake when it comes to issues of racism and prejudice. I guess that is why so many assume that POC do not want to hear an array of different perspectives. They are projecting their own disinterest in divergent opinions onto the rest of the world.
    The most interesting thing to me is that when I point out issues of race and racism on a bulletin board, the other white people do two things: First, they swear racism does not exist. Second, they accuse me of lying about my race when I espouse views that are in opposition to their racist agenda, thus confirming the idea that they believe all white people should have the same racist agenda that they do. So, which is it? Does racism not exist? Or are white people SUPPOSED to accept racist ideology wholeheartedly lest they be accused of lying about who they are? Ok, that didn’t come out right… the thing is if racism doesn’t exist, as many white people claim, why does it offend them so much when another white person has an ANTI racist agenda, to the point that they will not believe that the person is, in fact white? I don’t know if I am making any sense here…..

    Comment by JuJuBe | Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | Reply


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