Charlottesville: The Wake-Up Call America Needed

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@Centristsin2010 wrote:

Good article, Chas, thanks for posting it.

 

Is this our wake-up call?  I sure wish it was, but I'm not optimistic.  There are too many whites that are too shallow to admit they harbor racist feelings.  While some, are just to embarrassed to admit it or just not self-aware enough to look inward.

 

We all know that most all posters here are white and look how some posters here, attack others that raise racial issues.  Just yesterday one poster attacked another because he thought the other poster posted articles about racism or raised the issue too much and another complained as well.

 

Mature, intelligent posters know that these posters reveal their own racist views with their comments, because if they weren't harboring racist feelings, it would be very easy to make no comment at all and move on to another topic, or contribute constructively.

 

Collectively, we are the problem.  Our generation raised those Alt-Right, KKK, White Supremacists protesters in Charlottesville.  We've seen posters here attack others and claim it's "white guilt"....how much intelligence does that comment take?  We have another that chooses to add, "the next thing they'll want is reparations".  Another looks for opportunities to invoke the name of Al Sharpton as if it's a dog whistle to rally the racists here to jump in and disrupt the topic and another proclaims he's "ready to discuss the topic, but only if everyone agree's with his terms and rules," like everyone must agree that we have lower expectations for minorities."  These posters are emblematic of our nation's "birth defect", and yet, none of them would admit they were part of the problem.  However, if we don't see ourselves as a part of the solution, we are indeed, the problem.


I agree ..... "we" (America as a whole), are the problem. I have worked as a quality engineer since 2008, problem solving is the main thing that I do. No problem can be solved until the root cause is found, the problem is 'owned' (or simply realized') and then systematically addressed. Underlying racism and bigotry are destroying our country.

 

I seriously doubt that anyone on the Right here will actually go to the link and read the entire contents. Perhaps a few from the Left won't either. The last words presented in the article are powerful. America has an underlying problem and has to admit it before it can be addressed and corrected. Yet, anytime anyone here points out racist acts like those of the KKK and the incident in Charlottesville, the Right (even here) refuses to admonish the actions and the agenda of a White Supremacist group such as the KKK. Instead, they distract or try and put blame on the left, or hide behind the Constitution, trying to erroneously protect the free speech rights of the Neo-Nazi KKK's.

 

Will anyone on the right here publicly admonish the actions and agenda of the KKK? Everyone should.


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Good article, Chas, thanks for posting it.

 

Is this our wake-up call?  I sure wish it was, but I'm not optimistic.  There are too many whites that are too shallow to admit they harbor racist feelings.  While some, are just to embarrassed to admit it or just not self-aware enough to look inward.

 

We all know that most all posters here are white and look how some posters here, attack others that raise racial issues.  Just yesterday one poster attacked another because he thought the other poster posted articles about racism or raised the issue too much and another complained as well.

 

Mature, intelligent posters know that these posters reveal their own racist views with their comments, because if they weren't harboring racist feelings, it would be very easy to make no comment at all and move on to another topic, or contribute constructively.

 

Collectively, we are the problem.  Our generation raised those Alt-Right, KKK, White Supremacists protesters in Charlottesville.  We've seen posters here attack others and claim it's "white guilt"....how much intelligence does that comment take?  We have another that chooses to add, "the next thing they'll want is reparations".  Another looks for opportunities to invoke the name of Al Sharpton as if it's a dog whistle to rally the racists here to jump in and disrupt the topic and another proclaims he's "ready to discuss the topic, but only if everyone agree's with his terms and rules," like everyone must agree that we have lower expectations for minorities."  These posters are emblematic of our nation's "birth defect", and yet, none of them would admit they were part of the problem.  However, if we don't see ourselves as a part of the solution, we are indeed, the problem.


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Charlottesville: The Wake-Up Call America Needed

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Opinion:  Charlottesville Is The Ugly Wake-Up Call That America Needed

By:  Sophia A. Nelson

 

"In this country 'American' means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate. " - Toni Morrison

 

 

To be an American is a gift and a privilege, a status that many outside our borders aspire to. But the problem with the definition of "American" is that it almost always seems to be interpreted as "white" — and if some have it their way, it always will.

America began as a nation of immigrants mostly from Europe: Dutch, Irish, English, Scottish and French. A country under the rule of the mighty British Crown.

And, of course, there were my ancestors who were captured and taken from West Africa in chains, brought over in the hulls of slave ships, treated like less than animals, sold off and robbed of their freedom as our founding fathers, like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and others, demanded their own liberty, even as they themselves owned other human beings.

Race and racism continue to be this great nation's birth defect: It is our weak link.

Eventually, slaves become Negroes, who become "colored" and finally Afro or African-Americans. Italian-Americans. Irish-Americans. Jewish-Americans. Native-Americans. Hispanic-Americans. The rest of us are known not simply as "Americans" but as other people who came after the English settled here in the 1600s.

If you know history, you know that is simply not true. It was not just white people who built this country. And if anyone needs to take their country back, it is the native people who lived here and had their land and sovereignty stolen from them.

The truth is, black people — slaves — built this country and created much of its wealth during its early years. The institution of slavery was a huge money maker for the American colonies. The wealth of the Southern colonies was in the billions of dollars at the height of slavery and up until the Civil War.

 

Much more at LINK:

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/opinion-us-charlottesville-ugly-wake-call-america-needed-n792251


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