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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:06 PM

 

I had the problem of being born a white male.

Because of nothing I did, i will be looked at as the problem.

It was not me that did anything bad to another human being, but because I am a white male I will be looked at as the problem.




I understand white privilege and I acknowledge that it exists, but I will always be cursed for being a white male for something I have never done.

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Reply I had the problem of being born a white male. (Original post)
whoawhat Apr 2012 OP
WilliamPitt Apr 2012 #1
demmiblue Apr 2012 #2
petronius Apr 2012 #3
whoawhat Apr 2012 #4
uponit7771 Apr 2012 #15
doh1 Apr 2012 #17
petronius Apr 2012 #16
Morning Dew Apr 2012 #5
JustAnotherGen Apr 2012 #6
TBF Apr 2012 #18
Lex Apr 2012 #7
SunsetDreams Apr 2012 #8
Voice for Peace Apr 2012 #10
doh1 Apr 2012 #19
one_voice Apr 2012 #9
Spazito Apr 2012 #11
Marrah_G Apr 2012 #12
JHB Apr 2012 #13
uponit7771 Apr 2012 #14
marmar Apr 2012 #20
Little Star Apr 2012 #21
Solomon Apr 2012 #22
jenmito Apr 2012 #24
Demonaut Apr 2012 #23
Zalatix Apr 2012 #25
LanternWaste Apr 2012 #26

Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:07 PM

1. Here



He's white, too.

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:09 PM

2. Oh, lordy...

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:13 PM

3. I can top that - not only was I born a white male, I'm straight and

my parents weren't poor. When (oh when!) will I ever catch a break in this fucked up world?!!?!


<-- just in case it's needed...

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:16 PM

4. ok

 

but where am I wrong?

what is wrong with my statement?

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Response to whoawhat (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:29 PM

15. here "...Because of nothing I did, i will be looked at as the problem. ..."

Who is looking at you as "THE" problem?!

I'm tall, I had a slight advantage in my wife picking me as a marriage partner cause I was tall!!!

Don't understand why this is an issue.

Please help

Thx in advance for any input

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #15)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:32 PM

17. this is pure speculation on my part, but maybe this person feels that people will look at him as the

 

problem, even if he is working toward a solution. That is not something you know from just looking at someone. so he feels that because he is a white male that he will always be looked at as the problem, the one causing the problems when he is not.

idk if any of that is true, though.

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Response to whoawhat (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:31 PM

16. Where you are wrong, IMO, is this: you recognize the existence of racism and

sexism in our society, you acknowledge the privilege that exempts you from those issues, and yet you come to complain that in some nebulous and unspecified way it all makes you the victim. That's mock-worthy...

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:16 PM

5. This world is a screwed up place

Sorry you got caught with such a bad deal.





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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:17 PM

6. I can top that

I'm a bi-racial woman in America.

Top that. Seriously - no seriously.

I'm the welfare queen.
The tragic mulatto.
The ugly and 'angry' one.
I 'steal' - since I shop while black.
I will be treated 'less than' when my white husband and I are in a hospital for the delivery of a child. . . because well - you know - no one wants black women so they just get knocked up and pop out babies.


Now that said - I see your point. But get over it. I've gotten all of those things that vast majority of NON Liberal/Progressive white men think of me as outline above - but you need to get the chip off your shoulder too.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:32 PM

18. +1

nt

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:18 PM

7. yeah, white males just can't catch a break . . .

always suspected of being up to no good when walking through a neighborhood, or browsing in a store
making less than everyone else in the workplace
no representation in Congress

it's so terrible . . . I feel so bad for you, man



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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:18 PM

8. If it's nothing you did personally,

be a voice to effect change in old mindsets.

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Response to SunsetDreams (Reply #8)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:21 PM

10. yes, best response.

thank you.

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Response to SunsetDreams (Reply #8)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:33 PM

19. correct.

 

It is nothing this while male did, he needs to be a voice of good thought and must go out of his way to try and make things right.

other wise he is just a part of the problem.

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:19 PM

9. ,,,,,

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:22 PM

11. WTG, MIRT!

That was fast.

PPRoni has been served.

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:24 PM

12. omfg......

~facepalm~

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:25 PM

13. I think that's a curse you can live with...

...the much worse curse it the lack of clue that you have, that you "will always be looked at as the problem".

The good news is your white-male "curse" really doesn't rate that word, and cluelessness and lack of a sense of proportion can be cured, if you let it. All you need is humility.

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:27 PM

14. REALLY!?!!?!?! WHAT THE FUCK!? Why are white people wigging out over this issue?!

You don't think a tall black person has advantage playing basketball in college?!

Come on people...

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:35 PM

20. Trayvon Martin had the problem of being born a black male.....


...... He's not alive to make a blog post.

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:42 PM

21. We need equality for all. Help make that change then....

your white male privilege problem will be solved. Until then... stop making a fool out of yourself with this nonsense whining.

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:46 PM

22. I'm a black male who busted his ass and made straight

A's in every school I went to. But everybody assumes
my success is because of affirmative action. That I don't deserve any of my successes, that the government paid for my schooling and i get micromanaged on every job I've ever had by people stupider than me. My word is doubted, I get watched when I shop in stores. I get pulled over by cops for no reason. Etc. Etc.

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Response to Solomon (Reply #22)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:55 PM

24. That poster (and his ridiculous attitude) is no longer with us. n/t

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:47 PM

23. welcome to DU..............................................................................

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:58 PM

25. As a non-white person I do not look at you as the problem.

 

There are problem white people out there, but I'd rather we not blame whites who aren't racist for the racist problem.

That way we can deal with racism and, more importantly, the Plutocracy that keeps it going so we don't concentrate on dealing with THEM.

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Response to whoawhat (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:18 PM

26. you can of course, point out consistent and pervasive negative consequences, yes...?

I think you confuse "curse" with " relevant historical precedent which is not yet over and done with"


Two wholly separate meanings... unless of course, you can point out consistent and pervasive negative consequences that run the gamut from employment to being pulled over for having done nothing...

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