It is easy to always be right. Just associate and talk only with people who agree with you.
We all have a tendency to do this because it is unpleasant to have someone question or disagree with what we think or believe to be true. It is far more pleasant to have someone reinforce our point of view and confirm that we are indeed Right!
The problem is, when people only talk with people in groups that agree with themselves, the issues cannot be resolved. The different groups of “like think” simply stay divided and perhaps even come to physical conflict.
We have a great nation together. We must reconcile our differences to survive in the competitive and dangerous world we live in today. The expression “A house divided against itself will not stand” is a prophecy for what is to come for America if we cannot stand together as a nation to face the challenges that exist today.
Pointing out the problems of others only divides. Only when we consider and address our own problems can solutions be accomplished.
It is time to openly discuss our differences, not for division, but for our individual and person introspection. We have to look back at ourselves with the same critical eye we view others.
If we are willing to blame others, then we must be open to having that blame challenged and perhaps turned back on ourselves. We must judge ourselves in the same manner we judge others.
Change and solutions begin within.
“If you change yourself, you will change your world. If you change how you think, then you will change how you feel and what actions you take. And so the world around you will change.” –Mahatma Gandhi
The racial narrative in America is primarily focused on the alleged victimhood of people considered to be “Black”. This point of view requires that “White” people be demonized and blamed for the circumstance of all seemingly disadvantaged “Black” people.
When my granddaughter, who is Irish/Italian heritage and very light skinned, told me she “does not like white people”, I was concerned and confused.
In trying to determine how to respond to her, I, for the first time in my life, began to read and research into the history of race and race relations in America.
I was surprised, and in many ways shocked, at what I found. I found that I was very misinformed and ignorant of the actual facts regarding the issue of race in America.
I had realized that the issue of slavery and racism had overshadowed the goodness and achievements of “White” people in America and had spawned a high level of blame, resentment and animosity from “Black” people toward “White” people.
I had not realized, however, that much of what I had been lead to believe was false half-truths and misinformation. This distortion of fact and history has cause racial antagonism so profound that even the founders of America liberty are vilified and demeaned for being “White” oppressors of “Black” people.
Learning the truth about matters associated with race in America influenced me to begin a letter to my Granddaughter to explain why she should actually “like white people” and be proud to be an American.
In having to defend “White” people, I came to an expanded appreciation of what “White” people have contributed to humankind and how much they have done to benefit “Black” people. I began to wonder why the educational institutions and public media have not presented the factual truth regarding these matters.
The letter to my granddaughter began to expand into several pages and eventually a large document. Early on in the writing, I had realized that I was also writing to my fellow citizens. I came to feel that all Americans should be made aware of the real truth behind the racial myths and misconceptions being disseminated throughout American society.
My feeling was, and is, that if the real truth is known we could begin to heal the racial divide that exists today in our nation. In fact, I realized, in my reading and research, that failing to heal the divide would be extremely detrimental to America and lead to increasingly serious racial and social conflicts.
For this reason, I decided to publish the document as a book The Black and White of Racism. I also decided to establish this website, DiscussRacism.com, to further develop articles to accompany the book and further challenge the racial blame and shame game that is destroying the unity of our nation.
Turns out that is a trick question. Currently there is no scientific consensus regarding what actually constitutes intellegence. Making the issue even more complicated, a concept of different types of intelligence is emerging from studies by neuroscientists.
So the answer has to be based on a further question: “What type of intelligence is being determined?”
The question here is specifically focused on Academic Intelligence or IQ.
The reason is because we are forced to compare the on average academic type intelligence between people called “White” and people called “Black”. The difference is often attributed to “White” racism and racial injustice.
The issue we are dealing with here, however, must be approached in three parts.
(1) Have “White” people caused “Black People”, on average, to score consistently below, on average, the IQ score of “White” people?
(2) Should “White” people be held responsible to elevate the average “Black” academic Intelligence Quotient to be equal to the average “White” IQ?
(3) Is this even possible?
We hear and read often that the “Educational system is failing Black people”. Once again, racist “Black” people are shifting blame to “White” people and demanding the inequity be fixed by “White” people.
Keep in mind that we are not suggesting that “Black” people, on average, do not excel beyond “White” people in other types of Intelligence. We are specifically addressing the issue of academic IQ here.
The only sensible and accurate way to address this charge of blame regarding IQ is to look at the factual reality. For this reason, it is”Black” people blaming “White” people for their academic inequity that makes it necessary to mount a defense.
Otherwise we could simply consider that individuals have different IQ’s and take race out of the issue.
Guess what, all people are not all exactly the same and equal in capability.
If someone tells you that “Black” men seem to be more capable and perform better, on average, at Professional Football and Basketball than “White” men, would you agree?
Would this be racist?
Would this be the fault of the “Black” players or the coaches?
If someone tells you that “White” people seem to do better in school and perform better, on average, academically than “Black” people, would you agree?
Would this be racist?
Would this be the fault of the “White” students or teachers?
Jared Taylor, editor of American Renaissance, does not mention, in the video below, why “Black” men seem to excel at Football, but makes a powerful case, in a similar manner, that “White” people do not cause the gap between “White” and “Black” people academically.
In the YouTube video titled “Race Differences in Intelligence”, Mr. Taylor explains why it is important to recognize this fact, and why we, as a nation, should base our expectations on reality rather than blame and guilt when it comes to race and achievement.
Here are quotes from the beginning statement by Mr. Taylor in the video. Be sure to view the complete video for a very comprehensive and fact based commentary on the subject. We also recommend that you visit the American Renaissance website at www.amren.com/
“I would like to talk to you about racial differences in intelligence. I realize this is an unpleasant subject. Even if different races have different IQs, why talk about it? The truth is, Whites have to talk about it if only in self-defense. In America, and in every other majority White country, if non-whites, especially Blacks, do not perform at the same level as Whites, the inevitable explanation is White racism. It’s our fault.
But what if, on average, people of different races don’t have the same IQ? Differences in intelligence are a big part of why some people do better in life than others. Could it be that Blacks do poorly in school, for example, not because schools are racist but because, on average, they are not as smart as Whites? If that’s true, it may not make much sense to try to narrow the racial gap in achievement. Instead, maybe we should be trying to simply improve the performance of all children, and not worry about the gap.
So what’s the evidence for racial differences in intelligence? Actually that’s the wrong question. The right question is why would anyone think that Blacks and Whites, for example, have the same average level of intellegence? There are certainly smart Blacks and stupid Whites, but why would anyone think that the people who live in the Congo are just as smart as the people who live Sweden.
Before Black Africans had contact with outsiders, not one African society had invented the wheel. No Blacks had a written language or a calendar. No Blacks had built a two story building or mechanical device, or had domesticated any beast of burden.
All this suggests a low average level of intelligence.
Black Africa has now been in contact with the outside world for hundreds of years, but it is still where you find the countries with the most poverty, the shortest life expectancy and the lowest levels of economic development.
Many people will tell you Africa is poor because it was colonized and exploited by Europeans. Not so, the most extensively colonized parts, such as South Africa, Ivory Coast and Nigeria, are now the most advanced parts of Africa. Ethiopia and Liberia, which were never colonized, are among the poorest places in Africa.
And do you know which country in the Western Hemisphere was the first to become independent after the United States freed itself from Britain? It was Haiti. Haiti, which has an almost entirely African population, has been independent for nearly 200 years. But it has a profile of poverty, disease, corruption and under development that makes it a perfect match for Black Africa.
Its history is very different from African countries, and it is 4,000 miles away, across an ocean, but African people have brought a typically African society to the new world.
Wherever Blacks live outside of Africa, but among people of other races, they show the same patterns of generally less successful behavior. This is true of Canada and Britain, for example, which never had a history of slavery or Jim Crow.
Does this mean that White people brutally mistreat Black people all over the world wherever they go, or do Black and White People have different level or ability?
Here in the United States, there are about 16,000 different school districts. There isn’t a single one in which black students perform at the same level as Whites. Is every one of those 16,000 districts run by racists trying to keep Black people down? Or are there simply racial differences in intelligence?” — Jared Taylor
View the entire video:
Following are Some Further Comments by Waylon Allen after viewing the video:
Without question, individual people have different mental and physical abilities. It would be absurd to require, or even expect, every human being to have the exact same intelligence and athletic ability. If an educational institution or government entity initiated a program to raise the intelligence of every citizen to the same level, it would be a waste of money and effort. It would be impossible to achieve.
Regarding physical ability, a good example to consider would be professional Football or Basketball players.
Suppose the owners of the team demanded that the coaches raise the athletic ability of the White and Black players to the exact same level of skill, ability and performance. Suppose the owners accused the coaches of discrimination and racism, because the White players were consistently performing at a lower level of ability than the Black players.
So, what if the owners simply demanded that the coaches “Fix it” with no exceptions? Of course the only solution would be to require the Black players to perform at a lower level so as to not outperform the White players with lesser ability.
What effect would this have on the quality of the game?
It would be the same if we required all the runners in a race to run at the same speed. Here again, the runners would have to all reduce their speed to not exceed the speed of the slowest runner. It would not even seem like a race, however, the slowest runner would not be made to feel the slowest. All would be winners, or losers, depending on your point of view.
This is exactly what the government and many corporate and educational institutions are doing today. It is no longer a question of which individual person excels or best meets the requirements. Determinations of which individual is the best qualified, most capable, or performs the highest level must be filtered and weighed on a racial basis. The outcome must meet the prescribed racial and gender statistical standard. Any exception shows racial and gender bias and must be penalized.
In a nation that assures individual freedom for each citizen, race should not be a factor. Individual ability should be the only consideration. Who is most qualified and best suited to throw the football, run the race best, fulfill the responsibility best, be the best student, teach the students best, manage the situation best, and hold the position best should be the only consideration.
America cannot excel unless the individual citizens are allowed to excel without imposed limitations or racial bias.
In America, there has been a mix up. With the advent of private DNA testing, the distinct lines between racial origins of individual people has become a bit blurred. It is not unusual for an individual American to find out, from such a test, that they are not purebreds.
A light skinned person with obvious ancestry in Europe might find that one, or more, of their ancestors might have African heritage. Likewise, a dark skinned person with ancestry in Africa might find that one, or more, of their ancestors might have European heritage.
It is natural that most people want to think of themselves in terms of a single geographical, ethnic and cultural origin. The ancestors of most Americans did not come from America, but came to America. Many want to preserve and celebrate their individual “racial” and cultural heritage.
We see special ethnic and cultural gatherings and celebrations from Greek-Americans, Italian-Americans, Irish-Americans, African-Americans, Native-Americans and so on. We have citizens who want to protect their “racial” integrity and avoid dissolution of their racial purity out of cultural and ethnic pride. We also have people who want to dominate and divide racially such as, so called, White and Black supremacists. There are religions that dominate the ethnic and cultural identity of people such as Jewish-Americans and Islamic-Americans with specific religious requirements and laws.
Regardless, in America, all races, cultures, ethnicities, and religions must accept the American Culture of individual freedom and the freedoms described in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Therefore, when we say that White people are more intelligent than Black people, the statement is too general and stereotypical to apply to all individual Americans.
For example, we had a president. Barack Obama, with ancestry that was half European and half African. Does this mean that his intelligence was probably halfway between that of White and Black people?
Frankly, it is unfortunate that, as president of all Americans, he did not simply declare that he was neither White or Black or, perhaps, both. Instead he fed the dividual flames of race consciousness and racial obsession leading to even more racial polarization in America.
The book “The Black and White of Racism”, suggests that Americans abandon racialistic thinking and stop using the racial specifiers “Black” and “White” altogether. This would be a “fundamental change” that would make a profound and positive impact on race relations in this nation.
Opposition to not using these words would come from Politicians who use the words to divide and manipulate American citizens; Racial Agitators, who profit from the exportation of racial division; Government Bureaucrats, who make their living administrating racial bias against people they call “White”; Educators, who consider themselves to be Black, and teach racism in the classrooms; Educators, who consider themselves to be “White” and enlightened, who teach that “White” people take advantage of “Black” people and should be reprimanded; Hostile Religions, that use racial division to encourage converts; Our Nation’s Enemies, domestic and foreign, who want to diminish our unity as a nation and use the principle of “divide and conquer” to their advantage; and Institutions, Groups and Organizations that use “Black” to exclude “White People” and to form segregated enrollments and memberships such as The “Historically” Black Colleges, The Black Wall Street Merchants Association, The Miss Black America Pageant, The National Association of Black Accountants, The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, The National Registry of Black Baby Names, The National Society of Black Engineers, The Congressional Caucus, and et cetera.
Perhaps, the most objection would come from the people who consider themselves to be “Black” themselves.
Considering the information in the Video “Radial Differences in Intelligence” regarding the self-limitations of African people, and also considering all that has been done to help people with African heritage to improve their circumstance over many years, often at the detriment of innocent people called “White”; naturally these people would not want to give up the benefits of being designated as “Black”.
They would have to compete on an individual basis. Just like in football, entertainment and other areas of achievement, they would find success in excellence and less success when unqualified or less capable. No longer would the most qualified student be denied enrollment in college because they were not of African heritage, no longer would racial quotas supersede individual qualification. No longer would the best and brightest be held back and shamed for their excellence.
In this circumstance, the race card and crutch would no longer be available. Race as an excuse would no longer be valid. America would be stronger, more fair and unbiased.
It is time for “Individual Freedom” and “Individual Opportunity” to exist without consideration of race. Any individual American that is, in any way, impeded by racial quotas or racial limitations should be supported in a legal petition to the government for their “Inalienable Rights” as American citizens.
(Inalienable rights cannot be bought, sold, or transferred from one individual citizen to another under the Constitution of the United States.)
Let’s begin to destroy racism at its roots. Stamp out the use of “Black” and “White” now used to de-individualize American citizens and stereotype them for racial purposes.
Not all people who consider themselves to be “Black” are racist. However, for many people “Black Racism” is epidemic. Following are examples of how to identify a “Black Racist”.
“Black Racism” can be defined as:
(1) An Obsession with racial identity by many people who consider themselves to be “Black”.
For the “Black Racist”, it’s all about race. They project race into most social, educational and business situations. Race is the central focus of their existence. It taints all aspects of their lives. It infuses their thinking and talking with one another. It is at the center of their lives fermenting blame, envy, resentment, animosity, and in many cases, hatred for the “White Oppressors”.
(2) Stereotypical categorizing of “White People” as “Racist” and “Anti-Black” based on a range of skin tone alone.
For the “Black Racist, all people with light skin are racist, and children of racist, until proven otherwise. They demonize a large diverse population of people they consider to be White” without any individualized proof or historical evidence of wrong doing. It is a wholesale indictment that reflects the worst elements of racism.
(3) Shifting individual and personal responsibility for bad actions and behavior to other people they consider to be “White”.
“Black Racist” have altered the term “The Devil made me do it” to “White people caused me (or us) to do it”. They use it like a “Get Our of Fault Free” card. Regardless of the unacceptable behavior, from mob violence to out of proportion crime statistics, it is the fault of “White” people and the injustice they have suffered being black in America. Using the antithesis of Dr. King’s dream, the “Black Racist” insists that they Not be “judged by the content of their character” but excused because of the “color of their skin”.
(4) Blaming people they call “White” for their own inadequacies and failures.
The “Black Racist” ignores the fact that, as Africans, they should measure their advancement in America in comparison to Africans that never left African rather than compare themselves with non-Africans.
Over the past 400 years in America, “Blacks” with African heritage in America are no longer the same intellectually and culturally as “Blacks” in Africa today. The difference is the progress they have made in racial terms being in America rather than Africa.
If we compare the first Africans that arrived in Jamestown in the 1600s, with the Europeans that also arrived, there was a distinct difference then. It is reasonable to assume that the cultural and intellectual gap that existed then, has continued to exist since that time.
For this reason, it is unreasonable for “Black Racist” to compare their racial progress and advancement with the people they consider to be “White”. There is no reason to expect the “Black” people to advance faster intellectually than, and out of proportion with, the “White” people. The gap in intelligence and cultural achievement has continued to exist as both races moved forward equally into modern times. The difference that existed at the start still exists today even though both races have made tremendous leaps forward culturally and intellectually.
The “Black” people were not equal to “White” people in cultural advancement and intelligence in the 1600s, and are not equal today. Equality is a political and social right in America, but equality of individual capability is not a governmental right and can not be assured or mandated by society.
“Black Racists” point to Slavery as the cause of the gap, however, the absence of Slavery in Africa has not overcome the intelligence gap. Africans that remained in Africa without slavery, have not advanced culturally and intellectually on average, to the level of Europeans today for example. As noted, “Blacks” in Africa have also not advanced culturally and intellectually, on average, with American “Blacks”.
It would be far more appropriate for the “Black Racist” to appreciate the effort that has been made to help overcome their deficiencies in this area. Rather than blame, it would serve them better to enjoy the advantage they have over their “Black” brothers in Africa and understand that we all live in a world where people have different capabilities.
In reality, we have been considering racial averages overall in this article, not individual capabilities.
Being “White” or “Black” does not mean that one person with light skin is more intelligent than a person with dark skin. There are dumb, uneducated “White” people who would envy the intellectual achievements of many “Black” college professors and professionals.
In addition, Americans are racially mixed and should not be considered in terms of pure “Black” or “White” people. With racial identity blurred, the concepts of intellegence and cultural influence is no longer valid. The 44th president of our nation was half “Black” and half “White”, rendering his racial heritage arbitrary.
We should each take our individual circumstance and make the most of it. America is the land of individual freedom and opportunity to succeed or fail based on a vast number of different factors. Everyone’s initial circumstance is unique with advantages and disadvantages. A child born crippled will likely never be an Olympic runner, yet they can have a wonderful life if they accept their limitations and make the most of what is available to them.
(5) Believing that “White” people are born with special racial privileges and advantages not available to “Black” people
There is no greater insult, or example of blatant racism, than to tell an individual that their accomplishments were gained by a privilege associated with the tone of their skin.
The millions of unfortunate and poor “White” people are not told that they are poor because their skin was not white enough. In citing “White Privilege” there is no reason given as to why there are more poor “white” people in American than any other racial group.
Some college professor wrote a paper that became intellectually in vogue and a social myth was created and became academically fashionable.
Ceased on by naïve educators, well-meaning students and “Black Racist”, the term “White Privilege” became a whip to punish people who dare to demonstrate individual exceptionalism or profit from the earned advantage of family achievement.
For a person born into an affluent family, it is demeaning to tell them that they have somehow caused others to be less fortunate by being fortunate themselves. This modern form of social Marxism has been proven over and over again to crush individual and economic initiative and prosperity. Argentina is just the latest example of socialist disaster.
The “Black Racist” point to successful people they consider to be “White” and accuse them of gaining success at their expense. In a zero sum game, success and prosperity of others keep the “Black Racist” from being able be successful and prosper. They believe that by taking away the “White” privilege, they will have an unimpeded path to certain achievement themselves.
What they fail to realize is that “White privilege” is actually “White achievement”, or rather “Individual achievement”. Should they stop and consider what the people they call “White” have contributed to the achievement and wealth of the nation, they might realize what the absence of such achievement might mean to the welfare of America in the world today.
African nations, such as Ethiopia and Liberia, that have experienced little or no “White Achievement” are among the poorest on the continent, while South Africa and Nigeria are among the most advanced due to the contribution “White” people have made to the counties.
Having “white skin” is no assurance of success and having “black skin” is no assurance of being unsuccessful.
(6) Perpetuating a false history of “Black Slaves” and “White Slaveholders” while ignoring the historical facts of “Black Slaveholders” and “Free Black People”.
Perhaps one of the greatest misconceptions today is that a large percentage of “White” people were slave holders in America’s past and all “Black” people in America today have slave ancestors.
In reality, there were less than 2% of the “White” people in America who owned slaves before the Civil War, with less than 5% in the South. In addition, there were many “Black” people who were not slaves, and in fact, there were more “Black” slave owners, based on percentage of population, than “White” slave owners.
For this reason it is unreasonable to assume that a person who considers themselves to be “Black” today, with an ancestry back to pre-civil war times in America, are descendants of slaves. They may well be descendants of “Black” people who were free citizens prior to the Civil War, or perhaps, descendants of slave owners.
Based on this, a “Black” person is more likely to be the descendant of a “Black” slave owner than a “White” person today.
Since racism is a form of ignorance, the “Black Racist” is also racially ignorant and in denial.
(7) Motivated by “Racial Extortion”.
The “Black Racist” uses the false charge of racism and racial victimhood to extort special considerations and advantages from the American government and society.
The “Black Racist” is ever ready to pin a “Racist” label on anyone who dares question their racial myth. So effective has been the dissemination of the racial myth of victimhood that a phenomenon of “White Guilt” has been inflicted on people who consider themselves to be “White”.
Today, to be called, or considered to be, a “White Racist” is tantamount to being a social outcast. Only the most uneducated, ignorant and lowly “White” people are racist. People who consider themselves to be “White” are willing to abandon reason, good judgement and even fact to avoid the accusation of racism.
Even to the detriment of society and our educational systems, it is better to accept the unacceptable than to raise the specter of racism. Rather than face the truth and deal with the truth to solve the actual problem, it is better to avoid any semblance racism and allow the problem to continue unabated.
The “Black Racist” feeds on this “White Guilt” and projects the accusation into every aspect of social interaction and economic function. Like an infection that is allowed to fester and metastasize, “Black Racism” is destroying the very fabric of American society and culture.
Like a cancer undiagnosed and unattended, “Black Racism” will have terminal effects on the unity and well-being of our nation.
It is time to address the issue, call it what it is and begin to take measures to eradicate it with truth.
It will require a national initiative utilizing governmental, educational and organizational resources to set us all free from the false narrative and myth associated with “Black Racism”.
Let’s join together to speak out and demand an end to racism of all colors.
We have to look this issue straight in the eye and call it what it is.
When someone holds a grudge against others, for no factual reason, there can be no way toward reconciliation. When the grudge is focused on innocent individuals grouped in false racial categories, the animosity should be challenged and refuted.
For these reasons, the issue of “Black” racial enmity toward people they consider to be “White” is baseless and erroneous. This effort to polarize other individual citizens using stereotypical categorizing should be denounced for the distorted racist depiction it represents.
First, not all people who consider themselves to be “Black” hold these feelings. This is specific to the people who hold these feeling of enmity for other citizens they generalize as “White”.
Citizens, who set themselves apart with pseudo-racial categorizing such as “Black” or “White”, are already demonstrating a racialist mind-set. While often unknowingly, speaking and thinking in terms of “Black and White” people contributes to divisional thinking about other American citizens
Anything that polarizes, divides, excludes or segregates American citizens is wrong and intolerable. It was in the past and it is, likewise, today. If it is not wrong today, then it should be acceptable for people who consider themselves to be “White” or any skin color or racial distinction.
Educational segregation was abolished in the United States by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Public exclusion or discrimination based on perceived race or skin color was also abolished.
Yet we have far ranging de facto segregation and public exclusion existing today throughout America. With unabashed discrimination, a group of people based on a particular range of skin tone and a concept of pure racial integrity, practice a form of racially designated segregation and exclusion.
It is the “Black” movement. The movement sets itself apart as the “Black Community”. This tribal, exclusive association is superficial and specific to dark skin, or somewhat dark skin people. Similar to the racialism of Hitler’s Germany, a perception of racial purity and exclusivity drives the Read more “Black Hypocrisy”
Not everyone subscribes to racial colors. Many Americans do not constantly think in racial terms and concentrate of racial identity.
Admittedly it is difficult when all around us the news media, politicians, governmental agencies, educators and racial agitators bombard us with racial categorizing and division.
These nonracial Americans are in the forefront of liberating our nation from the affliction of racial obsession. They are truly Americans, often with blended racial heritage. They project no blame and accept no guilt. They transcend the racial quagmire that undermines the unity of American citizens and exercise the opportunities of living in a nation of individual liberty and opportunity. Most often they excel as citizens.
Some have light skin, some have dark skin, but all understand that skin pigmentation does not make them separate as American citizens. They see themselves as human beings, members of the human race, and Americans first and foremost.
This is not to say that these racially colorless individuals do not see themselves with cultural and ethnic heritages. However, for these “racial transcendents” ethnicity is secondary to being fully enfranchised and united American citizens.
They do not fit any of the stereotypes associated with race. They are often the truly intelligent Americans, not the pretentious educators who feign moral superiority, nor the racial instigators that use racial division to their personal benefit. They are Americans first and foremost.
They are the hope and promise of the United States of America.
Once again, people with a racialistic mindset stereotype a very large diverse group of people based on skin tone alone. Regardless of their economic, intellectual, educational, health, physical condition, location in the nation or country of origin, these racial minded people lump every person with a certain range of skin tone as exactly alike in circumstance and situation. They are all “White” and they each share a special exclusive “privilege” not available to other people with a different range of skin tone. In this view, a so called “white” person from Appalachia, who arrives in New York City as a hobo in a railroad boxcar, has privileges not available to a poor black millionaire basketball star arriving by limousine.
So called “White Privilege” is an accepted subject on many college campuses and endorsed by many professors in the institutions. It is indicative of the absurd curricular now passing as education today at some university institutions. Using the same stereotypical terminology
used to define “White Privilege”, in actually the terminology should be “White Achievement”.
The book, “The Black and White of Racism” by Waylon Allen addresses this issue:
“Any advantage or achievement an individual person has, regardless of skin color, has a history and cause. It does not just pop out of thin air or just infuse the skin with whiteness and privilege. There is a reason why someone has a situation or position of excellence. Most often it is earned, sometimes if is inherited, it might be simply good fortune like winning the lottery. (1)
(I am responding here to a person that wrote on Twitter: “Race is real and goes deeper than mere skin color. Different races create different cultures. The races aren’t interchangeable. Pushing the false claim that race is simply skin color is not advisable & is particularly harmful to whites. The P.C. lie that you are pushing is used to get whites to not advocate for their group interests.”)
By “Whites” I assume you mean Europeans, or perhaps Caucasians.
If “White people” in America could go back to 1607 when the first Europeans established a settlement in Jamestown and make some changes, things would be very different now.
If the “White” settlers had turned away the Dutch ship that arrived at Jamestown on “a stormy day in August 1619” with 20 Africans on board, things would be very different now.
If the “Whites” had never allowed non-Europeans to become American citizens over the years, things would be very different now.
However the Africans, and the other non-Europeans, came in large numbers and became legal, full-fledged American citizens under our Constitution and Bill or Rights.
There is no turning back. We have to deal with the situation as it is today. Like it or not, we are a nation of people who consider themselves to be of different races and cultures. We are divided and fragmented…and divided, we are falling together into a turmoil of potential mutual destruction as a nation.
Unless we can find a way to unite as a people and citizens, our nation will crumble within, and be defeated by our enemies in the world. As Ben Franklin said long ago when we faced external forces, “If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately”.
We are on the verge of serious “racial” and “cultural” civil strife. We see the violence building in our streets, at political meetings and in our Universities. The impending disorder is recognized by most of us. Our problems are deeper than “skin color”. Going forward as we are today “is not advisable & is particularly harmful” to us all.
Like it or not we must begin now to dismantle our divisions and seek grounds for unity.
This is why I have decided to challenge how people who consider themselves to be “Black” feel toward people they consider to be “White”. To use racial terms, this is why I decided to challenge “Black Racism”, “Black Animosity” and “Black Blame” directed at “White People”.
This is why I took the time, and made the effort, to write and publish the book “The Black and White of Racism”. This is why I set up this forum for discussion of racial issues.
This is why I am up now at 3:27 A.M. writing this response.
I am extremely concerned. Not for myself, I am in my 70’s. My time remaining is short. My concern is for my children, my grandchildren and my beloved nation and fellow citizens. We have so much to appreciate and be thankful for together. We have so much to lose in division.
And the irony is that I am, what the writer from twitter might call, an “Indian”, “native American” or perhaps, “a red skin”. I am actually, however, what I consider to be a “full blooded, totally enfranchised, American Citizen”.
So let’s begin, as citizens, to forget, forgive and forbear. Let’s look forward, not backwards, with a mutual resolution to get along together. Every one of us must make profound personal changes in attitude and perception. Let’s focus on things that will unite us not divide us as a nation. Let’s share without envy, jealousy or greed the bounty of our nation together according to our individually earned measure.
It will be difficult, it will require restraint and empathy. It will not happen immediately or without setbacks. However, with determination and an understanding of what is necessary for our survival together as a nation, we can be a United States of America.
I suggest you begin now by reading my book “The Black and White of Racism” . I have attempted to state some facts that should be known and understood by every American Citizen regardless of skin pigmentation, cultural identity or geographical origin. I have put forth some considerations that might contribute to resolving our perceived “racial” differences.
I wrote the book in the same spirit I have written this. I sincerely want us to prevail and prosper as a nation together. Like some of my ancestors, I have looked at the future horizon with fear and dread, and now say to you my brothers and sisters, “Turn Away…take a different path”.
Reading Twitter tweets regarding “racism” has convinced me that people who consider themselves to be “Black” have extreme dislike and resentment toward people they consider “White”. They seem to feel that America and their lives would be better should the “Whites” simply migrate elsewhere and leave the Nation to themselves and the people who migrated into America in recent years.
All the problems of ”Black People” would be eliminated and they would have all the economy, institutions, government, military strength and status in the world for themselves.
In reality, if all the people considered to be “White” would leave the Nation, the fundamental change would be disastrous. Just imagine what it would be like without the “damnable white folks” around.
So keep on demeaning and demonizing the mainstream Americans that have been categorized into the stereotype of “Racist White People”. These are the people who have made a substantial contribution in making America what it is today, and keeping it what it is today.
If things continue in the current direction, “the White Problem” may well begin to migrate out of the country, taking their businesses, skills, and accumulated wealth with them. Those unable to leave might cluster in isolated communities for mutual benefit and protection, leaving the population centers to fight it out for what’s left.
So when the “fundamental” change occurs and the social fabric and culture of the nation is fundamentally changed, “Blacks” will not be in the same America they have today. America may one day look more like the wonderful homelands of Africa, Latin America, Syria or Iran. Perhaps all combined in a dream come true for the people who consider themselves “Black”. “Be careful what you wish for…”
Or forgive, forget and unite, as individual citizens, for mutual benefit and survival of the wonderful nation we all share.