CheddarJackOk so if this is like a schoolyard bully, then a bystander that says nothing is just as guilty as the bully himself. Either way, something should be done.
I'm sorry but you have a lot of things wrong here. As the president recently said, racism is not about saying nigger. It's on a deeper level and the effects are institutionalized.
I am a racist.
I'll say it again. I am a racist. I have looked the other way. I have not spoken up. I have ignored white privilege because I benefit from it and it's easier to do so. I'll admit it, there's a small part of me deep inside that is judgmental of those who are different than me. This is all due to the society I have been raised it. Nobody is born with any stigmas.
But as I become more aware of these issues as I become more experienced in life, I take more opportunities to stand up and point out racism and oppression in general. It is my goal and duty to be an anti-racist. If I am not, I am a racist. Our society is a racist so it is extremely difficult not to be, being a member of the society. It doesn't take a Nazi to be a racist.
So why do I care that a crackpot in Florida is anti-Muslim? Because by much of America's standards, he isn't a crackpot. Because he is by no means alone in his thinking. A united nation is not one that avoids problems and discriminates. A united nation is one where everyone is united and no one is oppressed for invalid reasons.
You and your diverse friend group have a thing or two to learn.
Let me ask you, did you know anything about your "white privilege" until it was forced down your throat by the media?
Let me answer for you, No.
Let me continue.
Our society believes that "racism" exists because stereotypes exist... and again, are being perpetuated by the media.
Racism in institutions? Please enlighten me on these racist institutions and let me pick them apart bit by bit. Dude you really need to read both sides of issues before you start spouting off about how they are racist.
Long story short, Stereotypes exist. Its not racism. To put it in a different context, I recently discussed this issue with a black friend.
He was annoyed that someone had followed him around the store that he was in, suspecting that he would steal something. He was offended by this, calling it racism. I asked two questions, what was your behavior like, and how were you dressed.
He responded by saying baggy shorts, and a baggy hoodie, and the group I was with (mixed group of people) was being pretty loud.
No matter who is wearing the baggy shorts and hoodie, white black asian indian whatever, someone is going to be suspicious of you. In general, thugs wear clothes that dont fit. If I saw eminem walk into a store dressed in his usual attire I would follow his ass around too. I mean shit if I saw half of NS walk into a store I would assume they were going to steal shit just because of the way they are dressed.
My point is, you all have very little actual experience with anything racial, and are in no position to make judgement of other people who have actually experienced any of this. (Oh look, I live in the south, I actually deal with these issues on a semi-regular basis)
The thing I really dont think you understand is that no matter what we do, there will be a small minority of people (which for some reason you think is the majority) that will be racist. There is no changing that. The thing to do, is to avoid giving them any glory.
I mean for fucks sake look at school shootings if you want another example. We covered school shootings extensively in the media, and it led to an explosion of violence across the nation.
If you bring enough attention to it, the crazies will find it, and incorporate it into their belief system.
It really pains me how a bunch of privileged white kids think they know everything about issues regarding race in this nation.
Other races can can be openly racist towards whites, and yet, because white people feel guilty (again I really dont understand this mentality), its just free expression.
Equality goes both ways, this is the concept that none of you seem to grasp. I'm not saying that anyone should be "kept down" or whatever slanderous conclusion you will make from this post, I'm saying that black people should be just as accepting of white people as we are of them (I say we meaning strictly me because you actually have racial issues going on with yourself). Its a two way street. If we give blacks advantages over whites, that isn't equal. If we give whites advantages over blacks, thats not equal. Equal is everyone having the same rights, pay, opportunity etc.
Once again, apologizing for being white and accusing other white people of being racist just because we believe in actual equality is not going to change anything.
Oh and if you're confused as to where I came up with the "White guilt" concept you outlined it in your paragraph. You're a racist if you don't speak up about racism? Are you stupid? You're a racist if you believe someone of another race is at a lower level than you. I dont say anything to Biff McDonald the racist kid from the highschool I went to, (not a real person) because its one guy, out of thousands. Its not worth my time to try and change his mind because VERY FEW PEOPLE CARE ABOUT WHAT HE IS SAYING. That does not make me a racist.
I'm sure no one will read this far, and will accuse me of being a racist long before they finish the second paragraph, but I genuinly believe that you either A. Have never had any prolonged experience with people of another race or B. are mentally incapacitated in some way.
What you are asking for is not equality. Equality is about being EQUAL. On all fronts. You should really read up on the concept.
And society made you that way? Are you serious? You have free will, turn your brain on. If you dont dislike blacks, you are not a racist. If you do dislike blacks, you are a racist. Its one or the other. You dont become a racist by associating with society. You become a racist by making your OWN judgement on the material presented and personal experience. The very stupid people (you included) are the ones who read or watch material and take it as fact. The educated can read past the bullshit and make educated judgements.
Get off your weird high horse of righteousness and join the real world man. You're letting your ideals get in the way of real life.