Americans have fallen in love with racism.
The victims have allowed their anger to destroy them and have become part of the problem. Reverend Wright's sermons are the perfect example of the victim becoming the perpetrator. I have a feeling that many African Americans subconsciously don't want to get beyond racism, and I think this happens with many people who have been oppressed or repressed. Sometimes discrimination creates and preserves a culture and a community. I am a depressed person and in some ways I have fallen in love with depression, it is who I am, it is a much a disease as a defense mechanism. The same might be true for African Americans. I think many have fallen in love with being the victim and it has been so inculcated into their culture and church's. Sometimes anger and victim-hood becomes a cause celebre and almost creates a false sense of togetherness.
A super-sized elephant is in the room: minorities are as guilty, if not more so, then the majority. Yes, minorities are also racists! I am white and went to a 90% black school for four years, I was repeatedly the victim of racism. Americans on all sides have such an aggrandized sense of entitlement, we are essentially the Israelis and the Palestinians, right here in the USA. No side will cede anything. People with originally good ideas have turned into monsters. This widespread racism, hidden behind the facade of religion is repulsive on all sides: Blacks can be bigoted against whites, whites can be bigoted against homosexuals, religions can be bigoted against other religions, all in the name of some god or other.
The most egregious recent widespread discrimination to occur in America was the government sanctioned ban on gay marriage. Blacks overwhelming supported this. How ironic a minority discriminating against a minority! In the democratic primaries the statistics show that whites voted less along racial lines then blacks and Hispanics. With blacks overwhelmingly supporting Obama and Hispanics overwhelming supporting Clinton, because she isn't black. This is all racism by minorities! Quite frankly the statistics seem to say that whites are the least racist group in the country. It is hard for any objective person to stomach this and then repeatedly hear from African Americans and other minorities sometimes absurd claims of racism, for example: that the slow response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina was all racism, before any form of evidence was in to support this.
Many of my "liberal" friends repeatedly buy into and perpetuate claims of racism without analyzing the facts or doing any critical thinking. They immediately jump on the bandwagon, even if its broken. Liberals have also fallen in love with the oppressed and being oppressed particularly since Bush has been in power.
Homosexuals are guilty too, they often say outrageous things against straight people. We also have: Fat people versus skinny. Smokers versus non smokers. With everyone in America being in a group being discriminated against. Oh, I almost forgot the disabled!
Even black people now also discriminate against black people. Debra Dickerson was on several programs on NPR, months back, speaking about how Obama was not black enough. Apparently for Dickerson you are only considered black if you are poor and fit all the black stereotypes. Neil Conan actually let this woman speak and few seemed to object at this flagrant racism, against not only black people, but white people also - because you could conclude: she felt Obama seemed too white and there was something wrong with that. Again the victim becoming the perpetrator.
GUILT: We are all guilty. It is hard for any side to be on a soapbox at this location in history. There have been so many ridiculous conspiracy theories aired and perpetuated, even by the media, regarding racism. Wolf has been cried innumerable times. All sides have lost their patience, are apathetic and jaded.
EXPECTATIONS: Whites are expected to be racist. Black are expected to be victims. These expectations in themselves are stereotypes and bigotry. Expectations often help cause the proposed outcome. If people are repeatedly expected to be a certain way, they often become it.
PRIDE also plays a huge part in this mess. Minorities are repeatedly espousing mission statements of pride, they have so wholehearted bought into this, without analyzing some very negative consequences. Pride is a dangerous animal. In some ways it can be used to boost self esteem when people are against you. But after a while it can also cause people to go overboard and believe their culture our group is better then the others. Pride has now become a form a self-segregation.
Perhaps this racial muddle will result in such confusion, that people won't know what to believe anymore, will stop trying to figure it out and everyone can just become individual people!
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