In Your Case, Ignorance is Just as Bad as Racism

Just the other day I got one of these bullshit rants written by some white prick because he thinks he is getting screwed because there are no white organizations for the advancement of white people. You read that right. He thinks the white race, which is the culture in power in this country, needs advancement. Nothing could be further from the truth. But the sad thing about this rant was posted on my facebook wall by someone I know not to be racist. It is the abject ignorance with which this post was made that makes it so invidious. We all know racism is not cool, nbut in this case, ignorance isn’t much better. So I’m going to reproduce this post in its entirety, then I will proceed to tear it apart in that wonderful way that I do. 🙂

You call me “Cracker”, “Honkey”, “Whitey” and you think it’s OK.
But when I call you Kike, Towelhead, WOP, Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey, Gook, nigger or Chink you call me a racist.
You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you, so why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?
You have the United Negro College Fund.
You have Martin Luther King Day.
You have Black History Month.
You have Cesar Chavez Day
You have Yom Hashoah
You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi
You have the NAACP.
You have BET.
If we had WET(white entertainment television) …we’d be racists.
If we had a White Pride Day… you would call us racists.
If we had white history month… we’d be racists.
If we had an organization for only whites to “advance” our lives… we’d be racists.
If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships…you know we’d be racists.
In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your race and rights. If we marched for our race and rights…you would call us racists.
Did you know that some high school students decided to make a club for only the white students because the other ethnicities had them… they all got sent to court for being racist but the african-american, latino, and asia clubs were not even questioned.
You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re not afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists.
I am white.
I am proud.
But, you call me a racist.
Why is it that only whites can be racists?
Repost if you agree.
Now watch, I’ll be a racist for posting this!

I was aghast when I received this, because it didn’t come from a person who is a complete idiot. Instead, it came from a well-respected human being who is at least book smart enough to be successful in school. But it seems as if his common sense has failed him and his ignorance of reality has shone through, because, even though he is not racist, his ignorance is apparent by the very fact that he would associate the person who wrote this with his name by posting it to his and other peoples’ facebook wall. Let’s go through this piece by piece and I’ll explain why:

You call me “Cracker”, “Honkey”, “Whitey” and you think it’s OK.

First of all, let’s start by saying it’s not ok to use any of these words against another person. Secondly, we have to fail to reject a potentially false assumption that the “mystery minority” you’re referring to is actually calling you the “mystery white person” a cracker, honkey, whitey…

But when I call you Kike, Towelhead, WOP, Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey, Gook, nigger or Chink you call me a racist.

Having said that, don’t try to compare words like “Cracker” and “Whitey” to words like “Nigger” and “Kike.” There is no comparison at all. Randall Kennedy, author of a book dedicated to the etymology and historical context of the “N-Word” referred to it as the most consequential social insult in american history. More harm has been done in this country because of that word than even the word “cunt.” You can’t possibly tell me that you’re even remotely offended by the word cracker. As a white person, you have the advantage of being a member of the culture in power in this country. As such, there are no words with the historical impact of any of the other racial/ethnic insults you mentioned that carries even a fraction of the power. And really. You can talk about a saltine or a ritz cracker, mention the honking noise your car made, or discuss your favorite ballplayer Whitey Ford without ever insulting a white person. You can even get away with calling your immaculate home “Spic and span,” listening to “doo WOP rock,” finding a “chink in the armor,” or wiping the “Gook” from your eyes. But where in idiomatic English does the N-word fit in? Only in insults. N-rig, N-knock the door, you N-lipped my cigarrette… So don’t act like you’ve had your human rights trampled on because someone called you a honky. Get your ass back into American Eagle and buy yourself some khakis, you crack-ass yuppie cracker!

You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you, so why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?

Again, in order to address this, we have to assume that you’re talking about one or multiple minorities who have actually said this to “you” (or maybe you saw two people say it on the news so you think they’re all saying it.)First of all, I have never heard anyone say “whites commit a lot of violence against me.” I don’t know where you’ve heard this, but it has been a proven fact that the highest incidence of violence is committed against people of the same race/ethnicity – black on black, white on white, hispanic against hispanic, etc. Secondly, let’s talk about ghettos for a second. How do you think Ghettos came to be? What I am going to tell you is supported by research in professional journals, and just to give you one of the articles that support my theory, try ERIC #: ED469954 Title: Racism and Racial Inequality: Implications for Teacher Education. Authors: King, Sabrina Hope, Ed.D.; Castenell, Louis A., Ed.D.; The poverty commonly found in cities has to do mostly with the disintegration of jobs that used to exist in cities. Most of the careers that did not require much if any education no longer exist. Therefore, inner-city residents lost their jobs and began to leave the city for the suburbs – the place where you could re-train and possibly become re-employed. Caucasians seemed to have little problem doing so, but others would have to do so against the trend to reject mortgage applications for people of color. This was no easy task. Let’s not forget about community developers refused to sell to many non-whites who actually did get mortgages. Therefore, most people of color failed to relocate and were forced to live in poverty. That’s right – they were FORCED to live in poverty. Your family had no such problems because you’re white. Now we’ve left these people in the “ghettos” to fend for themselves, and that is why we have all of these programs that you mentioned – to try and reverse the damage that our eurocentric society has done to the population of people in this country who aren’t white. You don’t have to believe me, I just cited MY source – a scholarly peer-reviewed journal – which is an information source of the highest caliber. But you probably won’t review it, will you? A shithead like you is more likely to exist with his ignorance than to go get the actual facts. Sad, sad, SAD.

You have the United Negro College Fund.

They need it. It also helps you to get more people educated. Weren’t you the one just saying that ghettos were the most dangerous places to live? Wouldn’t an organization dedicated to educating some of these people mean that these places would be safer, and scrawny, scared white people like yourselves would actually be safer? or does your puny, pedestrian fail to see things that far ahead?

You have Martin Luther King Day.

To honor the one man who had the balls to speak up for his race and push for peace at the same time. This man was a genius.

You have Black History Month.

Told by the point of view of the white male.

You have Cesar Chavez Day

And to celebrate it, they promote service to the community. You got something against helping your fellow human being?

You have Yom Hashoah

You don’t think we should honor 6 million of our slain ancestors? Or are you one of those morons who thinks the holocaust was a lie?

You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi

A religious celebration of the birth of the prophet, Mohammed. What, like you don’t have Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus, or Easter, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus? We all have religious rituals that celebnrate the births of prophets or in your case, the Messiah. We all have remembrance days, be they religious or national holidays. Nobody has a problem with those. What is your problem here?

You have the NAACP.

DOn’t you think we owe them advancement? A culture of people so fucked over in this country to the point that even though they have been here since the 1600s, white immigrants who came to this country 300 years later were treated better and given more rights on the spot???

You have BET. If we had WET(white entertainment television) …we’d be racists.

No, you DO have WET. It’s every TV channel except BET

If we had a White Pride Day… you would call us racists.

You have white pride day – every day on that calendar. Every day is a clear reminder that the systemic advantage in this country belongs to the white race.

If we had white history month… we’d be racists.

Hate to sound like a broken record here, but…. every month is white history month – including February! That’s right, every piece of historical fact we have comes from the point of view of the Europeans that “founded” this country, from 1492 up until yesterday.

If we had an organization for only whites to “advance” our lives… we’d be racists.

No, it would just be stupid. As a race, we don’t need advancing. Some of us need to be advanced on an individual basis, but that has more to do with the fact that a lot of us are morons rather than our skin color.

If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships…you know we’d be racists.

That’s an interesting argument. Were you actually looking for one, or this just one of those “hypotheticals?” Why don’t you endow one and see?

In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your race and rights. If we marched for our race and rights…you would call us racists.

How do you know what they would do? March all you want.

Did you know that some high school students decided to make a club for only the white students because the other ethnicities had them… they all got sent to court for being racist but the african-american, latino, and asia clubs were not even questioned.

No I didn’t know that. Probably because you can’t back it up with any fact. What’s the name of the school? The news/media/information outlet where the story can be found? They don’t exist because you mae it up. Otherwise, cite your sources, asshat. By the way, any of the race/ethnicity clubs on campus are usually required by campus statutes to let any interested parties attend regardless of race. And honestly, from what I remember, they appreciated all the support they could get. If you were interested in learning about them and helping them advance, you were free to join, too. Nobody needs to join a cracker club. We all know THAT story…

You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re not afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists.White pride we don’t care about. But there’s a thin line between White Pride and White Power. And that’s just scary. The only white pride that doesn’t concern me is bread.

I am white.
I am proud.

Good for you.

But, you call me a racist.

If you are one

Why is it that only whites can be racists?

Not true. You’re not seeing the big picture.

Repost if you agree.

I don’t. But I’ll repost anyway if only to show you the folly of your ignorance

Now watch, I’ll be a racist for posting this!

No, you’re probably not racist. Just ignorant. Either way you’re a sad-ass motherfucker.

So here’s what I think happened. The person who originated this, whoever he or she may be, is getting his or her ass kicked by life. So this person goes online and sees that there are all these organziations dedicated to helping people in minority groups try to exhume themselves from the mountain of shit under which our white-centered society has buried them. While not racist, this shithead says, “where are the institutions dedicated to helping ME out?” The fact is, son, you’re not in your situation because of your race. Your situation is as it is likely because you’re just a moron. And unfortunately the only things that help morons better themselves in our society is called education. Either you didn’t get one because you slacked off too much in school, or you got one but didn’t pay attention/didn’t do anything with it, so now you’re fucked. Judging by the quality of this post, I can see why. You think that a black/hispanic person in the same situation as you has the same playing field you have. You’re wrong. You’re not black, so you don’t know what it is like to walk down the street of a quiet white residential neighborhood at night when you’re black. You don’t know what it is like to be pulled over for what my black students call a “DWB,” that’s “Driving While Black” in an uptight affluent white community like Short Hills, NJ. You don’t understand this because you’re white AND you can’t see past your own limited experience and put yourself in another’s shoes. I know plenty of enlightened white people who are sensitive to the struggles of people in minority groups. You are not one of them, and passing along shit like this is doing nothing except causing a bunch of ignorant white folk to get their panties in a bunch over something that is not true. Helping minorities to undo all the shit that society has made them eat over the last 400 years helps everyone. Why can’t you see that? It is for this reason that your ignorance is almost as bad as racism, if for no other reason that you can educate yourself about reality, yet you refuse to do it. Like I said – you’re a sad-ass motherfucker, and perhaps this is why life is handing you your ass on a bent silver platter.

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