Recently Whoopi Goldberg touched on the subject of race as it related to the recent presidential election. She discussed CNN Van Jones’s remarks about how “whitelash” from white voters contributed to Hillary Clinton’s defeat. Her co-host, Jedediah Bila took exception to that remark and they began debating.
Almost immediately they fell into a familiar trap, where neither could find common ground. Whoopie then made the remark, “This is why black people don’t want to talk to white people.”
I hate to say it, but Whoopi Goldberg makes a good point. It’s frustrating talking to white people about race because most of the time it becomes a contest. They act like anything you say about racism is a condemnation of every white person, especially themselves. And suddenly they just have to prove you wrong.
It doesn’t matter if you talk about America’s hidden history of oppression and discrimination or things happening today. There is almost always a prerequisite to soothe someone’s bruised fragile sensibilities after they become defensive.
Why is it so hard to just say to someone:
“I understand that your experience is different than mine, and while I can’t understand or relate to everything you’re talking about, I do want things to get better. We just may not yet agree on how to do so.”
Black people have been and still are disenfranchised. White people resent any mention of systemic or institutional racism, hell many hate hearing about clear individual cases of racism.
Then you get, “Well, what about “Reverse Racism?”
Are there black people who discriminate against whites? Yes. Is that the same as racism? No.
Racism is about power.
When is the last time you’ve heard of a black racist judge who sentences black suspects more harshly?
Or a black prosecutor who dismisses more cases involving blacks?
How about a black police officer who disproportionately targets white people?
And please don’t use the example of going to an all black school and being bullied or picked on by black kids.
I mean come on, would it have made you feel better to be bullied and picked on by white kids? How much power did those children really have over you? How many of them grew up to become your boss?
Time after time, more often than not, we find that the people in powerful positions within our society who are exposed as racists turn out to be white.
“Well that’s not fair, you can’t take a few racist white people and paint all whites…”
But you can take a few black people who commit crimes and paint 13 percent of the population as being more prone to criminality because black people are convicted of 40 percent of many of the crimes in America.
As, though law enforcement enforces the law equally in every community and only catches black people committing crimes.
Honestly, when is the last time you’ve heard of a single black officer fired for his association with the Black Panthers? But you can find numerous cases of white officers with ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
The “Whitelash” Van Jones referred to had more to do with a certain segment of white trump voters lashing out against so-called political correctness.
People are now saying racist things under the guise of being anti or un-PC.
They justify the most disgusting and vile lies and slurs by saying, “this is something that needs to be said.” As though it qualifies as the unfettered truth because it offends people.
Well if the only qualification for something to be true is that it has to offend people, then Black Lives Matter is just as truthful and “non-PC” as the alt-right.
After reading comments on YouTube, I feel like what America needs is a good ole’ fashioned Alien invasion that wipes out everything and leaves survivors struggling to rebuild.
Short of something like that sometimes I just don’t see us coming together as Americans, let alone humanity.
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