jupiter23 wrote:I have to agree mostly with Senshi_of_Vision on this one. Those of us who are not black could never really understand what kind of treatment they have (or do) live with.
Do not ever presume to tell me what I can and cannot relate to. No, I wasn't a slave. But you know what? Neither was any other black person my age or fifty years older.
I understand racism. I've experienced it, a lot of it, and being white does NOT make me exempt from that. And I'm fucking tired of being told that this somehow isn't possible, simply becuase I'm not black.
And for the record? I'm half Mexican. So I'm not as white bread as people think I am.
I have lived in a neighborhood and spent my first year of high school in one of the most racist and violent situations I have ever experienced. I have been threatened with violence for being white.
And then? I spent the first two years of teaching in two very racist situations. I was hated by parents for being white, despite doing my very best to teach their children, not caring a bit about what color they were. I was told, by an african-american parent, that she "didn't want that white lady teaching her kid." It drove me to tears and caused me to turn down a job I really wanted. I was told by fellow black co-workers that the reason I wanted to expel a violent student (the same student you all were appalled about) was becuase she was black, and becuae "that white lady just don't like black kids", DESPITE the fact that I spent two years in an all-black school and loved my kids. I loved my kids so much that I still miss them.
Don't tell me I don't understand. Don't presume you know a damn thing about my life without asking first.
I understand the need for a good role model. I absolutely do. What I don't understand is why the color of a role model has to match the color of those admiring him/her. Why does a black child have to have a black role model? Why does a white child have to have a white role model? And if that must be the case, where are the other black role models that we've spent years teaching about in schools? Dr. King?
In my personal opinion, the continuance of singling out race and people BECAUSE of their race is an addition to racism, not a progression from it, whether it's in a positive state or negative. If people no longer want to be seperated by color, then they need to stop seperating THEMSELVES by it. People are people. Obama, to me, is a man. Not a black man. A man. And it saddens me that the rest of the world can't see it the same way.
I have nothing against the man, or giving him a chance. It's the media and the people who only see the color that piss me off.