One Sentence Saturday: The overlooked aspect of racism

Too many people look at racism as if it's all about hatred when a great deal of it is actually about apathy.

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Comment by Zanelle on November 19, 2016 at 10:45am

Apathy?!  I dont think so.  It is about hatred of Black People.  Anger that black people aren't slaves anymore and have come out to rape the women and daughters.  Anger that they might be smarter than the whites and didnt deserve to be enslaved.    Apathy?  I dont think so.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on November 19, 2016 at 10:56am

If you mean  Indifference   to the plight of people stemming from racial bias, yes. Not sure Apathy is the word you want. If it is, pls explain further.

Comment by Ron Powell on November 19, 2016 at 11:01am

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

-----MLK

Comment by Zanelle on November 19, 2016 at 11:06am

indifferance...it doesnt hit you until you are involved and then you never forget it.  Racism is a cancer in the world.

I just read about this in the Netherlands...hadnt realized it was like this....I keep thinking that the new world will have it all solved and multiracial will be the norm...it sure is on coastal areas and jmac says he even sees it in Texas where all races mingle.   

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/dec/05/black-pete-race-nethe...

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on November 19, 2016 at 11:15am

Zanelle    really interesting piece you post here...thanks!

Comment by Zanelle on November 19, 2016 at 11:27am

Here is one more and then I need to get outside and off these keys!!

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/10/13/kierkegaard-diary-bullying...

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on November 19, 2016 at 11:32am

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Comment by koshersalaami on November 19, 2016 at 2:10pm

Not empathy, not sympathy, apathy. You want to call it indifference, fine. 

Some of Trump's followers are the hatred kind, guys like Steve Bannon. But a lot are something else. 

They don't want Black people to have bad lives. They don't want Black people to disappear. They don't even necessarily want Black people to know their place.

They want Black people to shut up.

They know Affirmative Action is in place and most regard it as just bigotry in reverse, penalizing White people for being White. So Black people are already getting extra Government help.

They think if you're Black and don't want to be shot by cops, being careful is on you. Cops have a right to protect their own lives.The reason cops stereotype and fear Blacks is because of actual aggregate Black behavior. They think that if Black people want to stop getting stereotyped by cops, they should stop killing each other in the Inner Cities. 

They don't see why Black lives should matter more than anyone else's. They think that the reason race is such a big topic is because Black people won't shut up about it and that if they did, the phenomenon would be ignored by everyone and everyone would do just fine.

They think the reason Black people keep complaining and bringing this different treatment on themselves is because outside agitators make a living leading those complaints, and they think those people are slime who profit on the suffering of others. And that's why they hate the Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson with such a passion.

They don't see the link between collective White behavior and the killings in the Inner Cities. They don't see the current White behavior that makes Affirmative Action still necessary. They don't think they're bigoted and they don't think they should have to pay to repair damage done by people who are or were. 

They think Black anger is reverse racism. If they don't want to be targeted by racism, they should stop practicing it.

They think these complaints are just excuses to avoid individual responsibility. 

They are sick of being told how to talk and what to think. They can see, thank you very much. They'll reach their own conclusions.

For God's sake, we have a Black President! What the Hell more do they want?

They are thoroughly sick of being called racists when they don't see themselves that  way at all.

And Donald Trump said to them: "You're right. These people even want to police the way you talk. Well, if I'm President, I won't let them." 

They were so relieved that someone finally got it, that someone wouldn't take their tax dollars and give them to the undeserving minority poor, that someone would just let them speak normally without making a Federal Case about it. And so they elected him President.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on November 19, 2016 at 2:15pm

Racism or at least unconscious racial preference is institutionalized in American industry, politics, religion, education and law enforcement.  That is a fact.

Comment by koshersalaami on November 19, 2016 at 2:17pm

The trouble is it is not a widely acknowledged fact and it is a fact denied by a lot of people supporting it. Not that they're necessarily lying; this is mostly actual denial. 

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