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Mon Dec 29, 2014, 05:06 PM Dec 2014

Does America treat Black People fairly? [View all]

It is my opinion that America has been treating minority populations, especially Black and Native Americans like dirt for Centuries. Now, I have noticed lately that many here seem to think that our efforts at assimilation are funny and use our attempts to discuss Cultural Appropriation to mock us and accuse us of Appropriating White culture by assimilating to the dominant culture.

I do not think that is fair. If we do not assimilate to the dominant culture, we suffer serious consequences, like not being employable. I have worked in industries where looking more white, like having long, straight, hair, wearing certain clothing and accessories actually increased my pay and helped me succeed. Wearing an afro to a job interview is not helpful. You may think it doesn't matter, but it does.

Since there are no consequences for being themselves, many black people are offended when members of the majority adopt cultural mannerisms of our culture. There is a history there if you choose to look. Stolen people with stolen identities forming a culture among those who stole them, their labor, their children are loathe to give up anything else to the majority who have taken so much from them already, and still don't like or accept them as equals after all these centuries. There is it. That's my take on it. I could go further, but I don't want to make this too long.

61 votes, 1 pass | Time left: Unlimited
No, America does not and never had treated black people fairly.
56 (92%)
Maybe. We used to be unfair, but things are fine now.
0 (0%)
Yes. Black people are living in the past.
1 (2%)
What about Black on Black crime?
0 (0%)
Black people should just allow the appropriation without comment so that White people like them.
0 (0%)
There is no such thing as appropriation.
4 (7%)
Your protests are interfering with my life. Stop being disruptive to the system!!!
0 (0%)
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The useful discussion is the sentence that follows the correct answer "no". lumberjack_jeff Dec 2014 #1
It depends on how it is done. bravenak Dec 2014 #2
"...don't make it a minstrel show." Nuclear Unicorn Dec 2014 #7
I can get with that. bravenak Dec 2014 #8
"I can usually tell flattery and sincerity from greedy opportunism." Nuclear Unicorn Dec 2014 #12
Thank you. bravenak Dec 2014 #14
That's in my top ten list JustAnotherGen Dec 2014 #70
I have to say that when I moved out to NM Warpy Dec 2014 #15
Competently is a better word for what I was trying to say . bravenak Dec 2014 #17
Speaking of New Mexico lumberjack_jeff Dec 2014 #85
You've never seen what they're selling under the portal of the old Governor's Mansion Warpy Dec 2014 #100
Indeed not. A hint? n/t lumberjack_jeff Dec 2014 #132
White men who lie America into war walk free. Octafish Dec 2014 #3
Somewhere... bravenak Dec 2014 #4
Colin Powell AgingAmerican Dec 2014 #94
Maybe, but wasn't he lied to by Tenet and given false info to present? nt brush Dec 2014 #134
Oddly enough, I just responded to a new poster Erich Bloodaxe BSN Dec 2014 #5
This seems to be a very difficult subject for us as a nation. bravenak Dec 2014 #6
Oh we are so far from exceptional... sheshe2 Dec 2014 #9
Thank you She. bravenak Dec 2014 #11
Well I put both your links in my favorites file. sheshe2 Dec 2014 #16
Oooh, the favorite file.... bravenak Dec 2014 #18
I love your post. Thank you for this Number23 Dec 2014 #44
I would say for the most part yes they are treated fairly helpmetohelpyou Dec 2014 #10
It goes for everybody. bravenak Dec 2014 #13
I think in many work places there is a lot of hidden discrimination that can never be proven. helpmetohelpyou Dec 2014 #19
I wish they would go back natural. bravenak Dec 2014 #21
I don't blame you helpmetohelpyou Dec 2014 #27
Belong on the blog roll at DU! Outstanding! freshwest Dec 2014 #154
..... bravenak Dec 2014 #155
Posting privledges... sheshe2 Dec 2014 #20
I'm glad. bravenak Dec 2014 #22
Not sure what that comment to BainsBane meant, but I have an idea. sheshe2 Dec 2014 #23
The same thing they always use to beat up white women. bravenak Dec 2014 #33
Message auto-removed Name removed Dec 2014 #24
Tick tock. nt cyberswede Dec 2014 #25
library's open. eom uppityperson Dec 2014 #26
Damn it-I was on the jury and didn't even have time to register my "hide" vote before MIRT Rowdyboy Dec 2014 #28
2-0 hide and yay for mirt. she's nasty today, still needs a new hobby, or a job. uppityperson Dec 2014 #29
Maybe she should just create her own job! greatauntoftriplets Dec 2014 #31
she could start collecting toenail clippings? uppityperson Dec 2014 #32
Or shill for big pharma! greatauntoftriplets Dec 2014 #35
Hi, bravenak! Feral Child Dec 2014 #30
Was that not the worst op ever? bravenak Dec 2014 #36
*Rambling Crazy* as well as incredibly racist Feral Child Dec 2014 #38
Crazy is right!! bravenak Dec 2014 #39
If you are talking about that post that is hidden that I read from the racist asshole randys1 Dec 2014 #55
Things shouldn't be like this. bravenak Dec 2014 #57
By then they will have climate change to deal with... randys1 Dec 2014 #60
I guess we'll go back. bravenak Dec 2014 #64
there is a lot of denial here JI7 Dec 2014 #34
Yep. bravenak Dec 2014 #40
When people are robbed of their very lives through slavery and or land theft, there exists Jefferson23 Dec 2014 #37
Thank you for the thoughtful response Jefferson. bravenak Dec 2014 #41
You're most welcome, bravenak. n/t Jefferson23 Dec 2014 #45
The U.S. Congress managed to pass a token reparations bill for the victims (and KingCharlemagne Dec 2014 #147
I agree and it's disturbing as hell. The human mind can rationalize away, just about anything. n/t Jefferson23 Dec 2014 #153
Question "offended when members of the majority adopt cultural mannerisms of our culture. "??? 4139 Dec 2014 #42
I'm sure you'll figure it out. bravenak Dec 2014 #43
? I turn 60 in a few weeks, it may be an age thing... 4139 Dec 2014 #46
I think we'd have to plan an op for that in a group. bravenak Dec 2014 #49
Send him a copy JustAnotherGen Dec 2014 #72
Okay. bravenak Dec 2014 #75
He will get it JustAnotherGen Dec 2014 #82
I just got a new reply... bravenak Dec 2014 #83
I just asked the same thing in another thread. SMC22307 Dec 2014 #86
Not a blog on the internet!!!!11!! bravenak Dec 2014 #87
No kidding? SMC22307 Dec 2014 #90
LOL!!! bravenak Dec 2014 #97
...... sabrina 1 Dec 2014 #47
I can't tell which is better - your poll question of your Ask Bravenak blog Number23 Dec 2014 #48
Thank you, it means a lot coming from you. bravenak Dec 2014 #51
This shit is just getting out of control.... giftedgirl77 Dec 2014 #91
That one drives me crazy with her bullshit. bravenak Dec 2014 #93
That was one of the ugliest threads I've ever been involved in... giftedgirl77 Dec 2014 #101
I posted the one from earlier on Tobin's thread in AA. bravenak Dec 2014 #105
Define "America." LWolf Dec 2014 #50
I cannot define America for you. bravenak Dec 2014 #54
What about black on black crime? JustAnotherGen Dec 2014 #52
I'm ready!! bravenak Dec 2014 #53
can I play too? rbrnmw Dec 2014 #92
Yep!!! bravenak Dec 2014 #95
I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro... randys1 Dec 2014 #58
Driiiiinnnnkkkkkk! JustAnotherGen Dec 2014 #67
you wont believe this randys1 Dec 2014 #73
That's shameful JustAnotherGen Dec 2014 #76
No, America does not and never had treated black people fairly. abelenkpe Dec 2014 #56
We'll get there. bravenak Dec 2014 #59
No fucking way! Enthusiast Dec 2014 #61
Very Special brand of justice. bravenak Dec 2014 #65
My answer would be "Sometimes" BlueJazz Dec 2014 #62
Of course not... randys1 Dec 2014 #63
Nothing like a poll with a topic such as this to reveal who's who on DU; nc4bo Dec 2014 #66
True. bravenak Dec 2014 #69
I thought the list Caretha Dec 2014 #96
Obviously not. Jackpine Radical Dec 2014 #68
Thank you, I try to give the benefit of doubt. bravenak Dec 2014 #71
Option 1, but I don't think America treats most people fairly. aikoaiko Dec 2014 #74
They have been most consistent with us. bravenak Dec 2014 #77
Message auto-removed Name removed Dec 2014 #80
I would agree that the AA community has been treated most unfair aikoaiko Dec 2014 #115
The one person who voted yes JustAnotherGen Dec 2014 #78
Always. bravenak Dec 2014 #79
Yes, they do - Spirochete Dec 2014 #81
You funny.nt bravenak Dec 2014 #84
There is much to be said for the old saying, "Walk a mile in my shoes!" Dustlawyer Dec 2014 #88
I agree. bravenak Dec 2014 #112
"No" to long, straight hair. "Yes" to dressing professionally. SMC22307 Dec 2014 #89
Too bad Caretha Dec 2014 #98
I acknowledge educated, hard-working, successful... SMC22307 Dec 2014 #107
I am doing just fine, ma. bravenak Dec 2014 #99
Those women have excelled in a world... SMC22307 Dec 2014 #103
They are twice my age. bravenak Dec 2014 #106
What triggered the change? SMC22307 Dec 2014 #108
Style. bravenak Dec 2014 #111
And that's the problem... SMC22307 Dec 2014 #116
Are u judging? bravenak Dec 2014 #117
How did you arrive at "judging" from what I posted? SMC22307 Dec 2014 #121
It's different for black women. bravenak Dec 2014 #122
I have a pretty good idea. SMC22307 Dec 2014 #123
It's really good. bravenak Dec 2014 #124
While styling your hair? SMC22307 Dec 2014 #125
LOL! bravenak Dec 2014 #126
who are you to school bravenak? rbrnmw Dec 2014 #113
And how should I speak? bravenak Dec 2014 #114
Huh. SMC22307 Dec 2014 #119
You'd have to have been there for that. bravenak Dec 2014 #120
Trust me, rbrnmw, I couldn't care less... SMC22307 Dec 2014 #118
No doubt your anecdotal (and alleged) observations are colored through a fine lens of personal bias LanternWaste Dec 2014 #156
K&R! marym625 Dec 2014 #102
+1 bravenak Dec 2014 #110
America has never treated its black inhabitants even remotely fairly. jdenver_2624 Dec 2014 #104
Hello bigwillq Dec 2014 #109
OT, but I ROFLed Jamaal510 Dec 2014 #127
I loved that one too. bravenak Dec 2014 #128
Wow... Jamaal510 Dec 2014 #151
Stupid. bravenak Dec 2014 #152
Should've told that person to sit down, he's rockin' the boat. WinkyDink Dec 2014 #148
Hell no. lovemydog Dec 2014 #129
When I finally start writing nonfiction. bravenak Dec 2014 #130
You already do - right here you're writing non-fiction. lovemydog Dec 2014 #131
Oohhhh!! That's good! bravenak Dec 2014 #133
LOL, thanks. lovemydog Dec 2014 #135
Thank you. bravenak Dec 2014 #138
No problemo. lovemydog Dec 2014 #140
I have 3 different versions. bravenak Dec 2014 #142
Thanks a million. lovemydog Dec 2014 #143
I think you can buy refurbished too. bravenak Dec 2014 #144
I can't live without my radio. lovemydog Dec 2014 #145
Hahaha!nt bravenak Dec 2014 #146
Hell; I don't treat black people fairly. Sweeney Dec 2014 #136
I like you Sweeney. bravenak Dec 2014 #137
Everybody likes me Sweeney Dec 2014 #141
White European Americans have never treated Native Americans, nor Black Americans fairly. roamer65 Dec 2014 #139
This is a trick question, am I right? To separate the sentient beings from the Pod People? WinkyDink Dec 2014 #149
All questions are trick questions. bravenak Dec 2014 #150
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