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Response to NOLALady (Reply #65)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 11:22 AM

66. Violence.


Speculating as to their reasons:

- Most of what the White community sees of African-American men (ignoring sports and entertainment) are the violent criminals seen on the nightly news.

- Many Whites are fully cognizant of the mistreatment meeted out to African-Americans over the centuries and assume they would be looking for revenge.

- Fearing what is different.

I think it mostly comes down to fearing the unknown. They have limited interaction with Blacks and, for most, none whatsoever in a predominately Black community.

This even applies to a lot of the haters. What best describes most hard-core racists I have listened to over the years -- to borrow and horribly extend a quote from Will Rogers:

They never met a Black man they didn't like, and never liked a Black man they never met.


The "I have Black friends" defense almost makes sense. For the most part they like every Black man they meet. The Black man they hate appears to be hanging out with Sasquatch.

I know, of course, there are racists that REALLY hate, though I don't know that I have ever met one who doesn't fit the above description. The only prejudiced people I personally know who hate even the ones they meet are men who hate Gays and women who hate Atheists.


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