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Thu Apr 12, 2012, 12:15 PM

161. I am not interested in being badgered by race baiters

Why is it so important to you to badger a minority person who has stated that she sees people denying racism, playing the victim, and attacking anyone who offers an honest opinion. I am not the only one who found many of the comments on this thread to be an embarrassment to the DU community. Many others upthread have said essentially the same about posts I took issue with. I don't need to embarrass the posters further by calling them out by name. I don't need to give someone reason to alert on my posts. Posts that take issue with people of color for reacting to racism are silly. To tell black Americans they have no business standing their ground when whites treat them badly is ridiculous. To further accuse the black person of racism for identifying the source of the racism is ludicrous. To defend institutional racism is wrong. To falsely take offense at being labeled as part of the racist dominant culture when you clearly are a part of it based on skin color and more importantly when you daily benefit from that system is lame. To deflect blame for the problems on the victims and then get up on some high horse when one small bi-racial minority voice points it out makes you look foolish. I am half white. I am able to see that when the professor refers to white folks, it is the white folks with attitudes such as this that he is referring to. He is not referring to the white folks who get it, who know that the deck is not stacked against them as it is for people of color. I didn't take offense at his addressing white folks about racism. Who is he supposed to address? Martians? Anyone who takes offense to his words is tacitly supporting the status quo, is defending a system that has supported slavery, lynching, Jim Crow, segregation, real racial profiling, Confederate flags flying from statehouses and a thousand other daily reminders of whose skin color makes the rules in this country.

But you somehow are able to gain some form of satisfaction by badgering me to name names. If I refuse to play your game, then I must be treated with contempt by you because I don't know what racism is unlike you. You and others on this thread believe you are the victims of horrible reverse racism because someone addressed his comments to people of your race. Time to pile on and put that man in his place all the while proclaiming he is unfairly targeting colorblind you.

This is the problem with race in America. Too many white folk say they are colorblind which means minorities are invisible to them. Until a person of color dares to express an opinion about race. Then it''s "How dare you...who do you think you are?" Sputter sputter...spew.

Again, if you can't see the defensiveness, hostility and racism expressed by white "victims" in this thread, I don't see how my pointing it out will help you. Probably all it would do is give you or others ammo to mock my views. Like the judge said about porn, I will say about racism, "I know it when I see it." So do most other people of color. It seems only the racists themselves deny it. Go read some real racist websites. They also play the race denial card. And their posts read a lot like some of the posts on this thread. But you already know that.

Have a nice day.

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