Yes, I am white. What is the problem with being white became a question after events in May spurred the movement, Black Lives Matter (BLM) and had me asking myself, am I really a racist?
The more evidence I showed to the contrary the more I was met with saying you’re not a racist only proves you are and cyber bulling including, but not limited to: copying and distributing of my Facebook profile (and my husband’s), death threats via phone and text/Facebook messages, and threats to have me fired from my job, as seen in the Cancelled in the Wokeplace.
AM I REALLY A RACIST: SYSTEMIC RACISM, POLITICS OR BOTH
After mounting accusations of systemic racism, I dug a little deeper, preparing me to acknowledge the difference between education and indoctrination.
If systemic racism is really at play in the United States why do Americans make changes to their own identity to appeal to the “oppressed” (or have to fake racism)?
Just four examples: Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Kevin Leon and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). If you want to “cancel culture” shouldn’t you stop playing by the alleged “white man’s rules?”
- Elizabeth Warren claimed to be Native American
- Beto assumed his nick name to appeal to Hispanic vote.
- Kevin Leon become Kevin de León to emphasize his ethnic background to relate to Californians in his run for a congressional seat.
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims to be from the Bronx middle class even though she came from an upper middle-class family in Westchester County as pointed out by David Hanson in the games of pseudo authenticity.
So, if there is so much systemic racism why do individuals have to fake their identity or racism in an effort to validate their victimhood as seen with Bubba Wallace (race car driver), Jussie Smollett (actor) and the Covington Boys.
Systemic racism, politics?
AM I REALLY A RACIST: PRIVILEGE CHECKING
After finding my way out of identity politics I was then met with “privilege checking.” Am I victim enough?
What is important here is to understand the philosophy you are up against to avoid the snare with any confidence.
ARE YOU ENOUGH
If you think I’m asking if you’re white enough or even black enough, just know you haven’t even hit the top of the iceberg yet.
AM I REALLY A RACIST: IDENTIFYING INTERSECTIONALITY “PHILOSOPHY”
The intersectionality philosophy makes individuals believe (remember my comparison between education and indoctrination) they are the champion for the oppressed.
- Do not question their victimhood or you will be met with privilege checking.
- Do not don’t bring up Jews because (who could be more oppressed than that group of individuals), they are beneficiaries of white privilege.
You can only be a part of the gang if you are willing to fall lower and lower to prove you are indeed the biggest victim of the identity-disadvantaged to lead the cause.
For example, their intersectionality ideology leaves no basis for women’s rights, since there is no objective criterion for defining what a woman is.
Translation: transgender for the win.
You cannot be whole because if you were this group would simply shift their focus to the disparities among individuals.
Pitting Americans against each other is where they get their power.
No matter what sound data you bring to the table you can only be freed by understanding who has been indoctrinated into victimhood.
REMAIN AT A DISTANCE
How do you proceed if you can never truly win? First, you lock down the privacy settings on your Facebook profile including your: photos, past posts and how/who can search your profile.
Second, keep in mind a drowning victim knows their life is in danger.
When someone is drowning, if you have had any training in this field, you know to keep your distance if at all possible.
A drowning victim will pull you under.
They do not intend to harm you. They are in a fight or flight situation.
HOWEVER, If climbing on top of you (and forcing you under) will save their lives, they WILL do it.
You did not cause the situation yet you are still in a position to yourself.
You can decide for yourself if you feel BLM is in need of saving.
AM I REALLY A RACIST: WHEN YOU DO NOT ALIGN
You have probably realized you do not align with all of their intentions and your survival may feel threatened too.
The two best ways to save this hypothetical victim is:
- Throw them a floating object they can hang on to or
- Approach such individual from behind to avoid being pulled under (e.g., education)
2020 is unfamiliar territory for most of us.
Although we may not be literally drowning; we are all caught up in a sea of emotions.
HONOR OTHERS POSITIONS
Given the recent events (e.g., George Floyd’s death and the fallout that followed) one can easily agree our current climate feels threatening to all sides.
Hippies of the 60s said, “make love, not war.” Their words and actions outraged another class.
People would beat up hippies and even shave their heads. Older generations hated the narrative, but it was their movement.
Thankfully we have our First Amendment.
Think of racism like COVID-19. Viruses can not tell the difference between a protestor or a presidential rally goer.
When an individual thinks they have identified a racist it is validating.
Note: Narrative therapy like used in I’m So Sad is a powerful tool in identifying the reason they believe you to be racist; it is not the quickest or easiest route.
Try on that we all represent a life and the future in some capacity. This is what is charging this situation.
We are all desperately trying to get it right for our future, and for the future of those we will unavoidably leave behind.
Respect everyone is doing their best with what they have, even when they are rude. At this point in the game I try to remind myself to see them in a way that I can remain undefensive: you are dealing with a child.
For example, if you had to explain how someone could bring statism into fruition while trying not to use force, how successful do you think you would be?
Although the leader of such a mission would bash you for bringing up all the reasons it won’t work because, they have determined in their mind it’s the best path.
You would be dismissed – like in every example above.
If you know history (and are not afraid to admit it) with such a movement you know individuals would eventually be unable to protect their space and take up arms to do so.
We’ve seen it happen before.
Thus, falling victim to the “oppression” of a government you were trying to avoid, like our forefathers.
Logically explaining history to an uneducated child takes some patience and education because, kids think they know everything.
What came first, the wild west or 2020?
The Amendments were added to the Constitution.
Either way, if you honor what you are up against, as much as someone is trying to prove it is a good idea, you gain common ground.
Is this a guarantee you will not be attacked personally?
Can you stay off the hook?
AM I REALLY RACIST: IDENTIFY A HOOK
First, it is your responsibility as an individual to know, and be able to discern bait to be able to identify the underlying hook.
This does not come with a guarantee of quick or easy.
The burden of research and experience will be yours alone.
Here are just some hooks I’ve encountered when saying I’m not a racist:
you’re a __________ (insert nasty name), you don’t understand because of your white privilege, you’re part of the problem, all lives don’t matter right now, you don’t get it, you support violence (if you support protesting), you support corruption (supporting your political party/cops, etc.), there are bigger problems going on right now (if you support social distancing) and so on.
Where are these responses coming from, am I really a racist?
UNDERSTAND THE NARRATIVE
If you are not familiar with narrative therapy, I’m so sad is a good example of what it is and how it works.
If you feel you are dealing with a victim mentality, which you most likely are, consider you may be dealing with a black swan fallacy.
Black swan fallacy: The logical error of discounting the possibility of something in which the arguer ignores contradictory evidence on the basis of past experience.More: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/black_swan_fallacy#:~:text=Noun,the%20basis%20of%20past%20experien
When discussing racism, some individuals will be operating from events they’ve experienced themselves.
Others will be operating from events passed down by their ancestors.
Some issues, such as ancestral wounds (e.g., slavery), will be discussed later; let’s start with the police.
POLICE ARE NOT THE ISSUE
The police have been enforcing law and order since 1838.
Let’s start there.
Some people do not understand the law and that may or may not be detectable based on your own knowledge.
People will try to make you feel guilty for following the law.
This might look like, you’re “spewing stupidity” for suggesting being shot by the police is 100% avoidable if you do not engage in criminal activity.
Plenty of evidence shows Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd on May 25th, 2020.
Two men made a decision that day that lead them both to the end of their life in one form or another.
The U.S. stood in solidarity against this horrible event.
A policeman became a criminal in that moment.
Not a white cop, just a bad cop.
Is it based on the BLM timeline?
There are reasons for grand juries and charges, etc.
Nothing is worse than being directly involved except being a witness to the fallout.
Here is how you know police are not the epidemic the media has made them out to be.
The United States has a population around 300 MILLION and roughly 800,000 sworn police officers in 2019.
That is one cop per 375 citizens!
Let that settle. That is with no other data.
There are stricter adult:child ratios in our daycare systems!
And those children do not pose any of the threat to society.
REALLY A RACIST: FEAR
But let’s look at it from a more recent “cops kill” number.
Police killed 1,098 people in 2019 (and NINE unarmed blacks).Mapping: https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/
Let’s do some math.
The odds of you dying at the hands of a police officer is 0.00000366%.
In the U.S. you are more likely to die from:
- a doctor (almost 100,000 annually from medical error),
- a car wreck (between 30-40k)
then you are at the hands of police.
Now, the black population represents 13% of the U.S. population.
Still find yourself saying: Am I really a racist?
Let’s break it down by race.
Total crime based on race from FBI.gov (table 43):
White – 51%, Black – 27% and Latino- 18%
Total police killings based on race using statista.com:
White – 53%, Black – 26% and Latino – 21%
Who’s still at the top? Whites…
In 2018 the FBI released over 6 million criminal offenses via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).
Keep in mind in 2015 the New York Police Department (NYPD) alone had over two million interactions with New Yorkers.
Arrests by race:
Whites – 69.6%, Blacks – 24.7% and 2.8% were other races.Read more: https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-2018-nibrs-crime-data-as-transition-to-nibrs-2021-continues
Again, not blacks.
Am I a racist? Some have said yes.
And each and everyone usually lacks some basic history.
KNOW YOUR HISTORY
It is difficult to know which conversation might make you feel guilty about being white; keep in mind ethnomasochism depends on white guilt.
Eethnomasochism (n) (uncountable) (politics, derogatory) Self-loathing on the grounds of one’s own race.More: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ethnomasochism#:~:text=Noun,grounds%20of%20one’s%20own%20race
If white guilt is an issue, remember whites do have the right to self determination, just as any race.
If you are not familiar with the self determination it means: a personal decision to do something or think a certain way.
You do not have to be a victim because, someone orders you to do so.
You can have an opinion about this topic, which is protected by your First Amendment rights.
Whether or not someone else likes it is not in your control.
Just knowing history will help navigate the conversation and help the other person have a more informed conversation in the future.
Third world countries primarily create dictatorships, poverty and civil war.
Recall just three of the dictators from WWII: Adolf Hitler (Germany), Benito Mussolini (Italy), and Emperor Hirohito (Japan).
World War II was from September 1, 1939 – September 2, 1945. That was only 75 years ago.
Let’s not forget about Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe).
He just died last year and Kim Jong-un (North Korea) is still alive.
Consider: the United States has never had a dictator.
Will we be he only country that would go through a second civil war because, the first one offends us.
SOCIALISM WILL NEVER WORK
Individuals will argue that socialism is the only way things can truly be equal. Although I do not know the source, I have never read the reason socialism will fail better than the following five points.
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
SLAVERY IS NOT NEW
Not only is slavery not new, it has been practiced by EVERY. RACE.
- More whites have been abducted and enslaved by muslims (and for longer) than whites that owned black slaves in the U.S.
Yeah, you read that right.
North African pirates abducted and enslaved more than 1 million Europeans between 1530 and 1780Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/mar/11/highereducation.books
Still asking yourself, am I really a racist? Read on.
- Not only were blacks not the first slave in America, they were not considered slaves because, they were white (eg., had rights as a white).
- Native Americans owned THOUSANDS of black slaves.
- Blacks owned black slaves.
- Black Egyptians enslave many races to build places we visit today.
- Romans enslaved Greeks.
- Whites founded abolitionist movement that ended slavery in the United States. (So, if you want to take down that history you can take it all down, including all memories of slavery and segregation).
- Two thirds of the world’s modern day slavery occurs in Asia.
Empiricism Works in the United States
Why does Empiricism work in the United States?
Yes, because we are the best at it.
Empiricists are people who believe in the philosophy of Empiricism (and believe that knowledge is gained through experience). They believe in the power of sensory experience and evidence. The way that people make gain experience is through touch, sight, smell, taste, and sound.Read more here: https://www.papermasters.com/empiricists.html
How can you tell?
The United States has remained at the top economically, and military wise, despite being the third highest populated in the world (and a global pandemic) and current events.
- The U.S. has had the highest stock market recovery in history twice THIS year, despite the alleged “oppression.”
- Take into account that the Mongols (Mongolia) created one of only two of the largest empires in history. No one to-date has asked them to give up their cultural or racial identity.
The empire was created in the 13 and 14th century!
Mongol Empire: the largest contiguous land empire and second-largest empire in history, behind only the British Empire.Read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_Empire
Finally, if you find yourself wanting to defend your position, kneel/ask for forgiveness for your white privilege or even thinking, I’m not a racist.
Consider you may be experiencing white guilt because, white privilege is not real.
Take a step back and understand the person you are dealing with is trying to honor their own difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation.
You should be able to recognize if you are dealing with current data or wounds of the past.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
When you are informed you can have a practical discussions/debates if the other person is also informed.
If they are not, you will probably be met with ugly remarks to deflect their position of “feeling” stupid.
So, if you understand and share the data that is one way to fight the disparage: police are the problem or whites enslaved us for centuries.
You are not a slave owner and they are not slaves.
Those are the facts of our present day, no matter the current climate.
Asking the people of the United States that fought a civil war for reparations is off base.
Logically ask yourself: would it or would it not be correct to collect such reparations from the continent that sold them into slavery – not the country that delivered them from it?
What has kept our country great?
Summed up, it has been by following the fundamental principles our founders laid out in The Constitution.
Deviating from that foundation will only pave the way for excuses to behave badly as we’ve seen in various cities rioting.
More over, damage like this does not help anyone’s growth or development, but rather further divides an already suffering race: the human race.
WE ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT HISTORY
So what if this is just a fascist movement?
Should a non-white person feel offended by the racism they are facing or is this just a race to see who is the bigger victim?
- You can be the competition to the oppression you claim to hate (if you can’t beat ’em join ’em).
- Or you can stand behind the basis our forefather’s found and held dear, we are all created equal. This is the only thing in your control.
In the end you are either dealing with indoctrination in the great race to the top of victimhood or someone who is not threatened by the past. As a society, most of us hold dear the mistakes we’ve made, so that we do not repeat them.
We are not afraid to see our failures and how far we have come.
What do white women think of not being able to vote? Can we acknowledge that or are we dismissed with more “privilege checking” because, white women only support a white man’s superiority?
Remember, you have to be willing to be the biggest victim to lead in this thinking.
Only education of the past some movements wish to erase can set them free, but only if they choose to accept it.
So, unlike what you are seeing, most people understand how their first amendment rights work and they do not end where someone else’s feelings begin. No matter how someone else has convinced them otherwise.
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