I didn’t own any slaves.

me-and-Davins-dogsDavid Murray
Springfield, IL

Racism is real – all around. Frankly, I am tired of being considered a racist just because I am a white male. I have a family history that had some slave ownership, but also those that worked (worked very hard – and died) to end slavery. Levi Coffin is ancestral First Cousin of mine. I am tired of abuse being done against me just because I am white male. My white ‘privilege’ hasn’t allowed me anything that I didn’t work for. Some – want a free ride on the account of race…and that cheapens the real racist issues we have as a society.

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  • escabrosa1 .

    I can relate. I have multiple lines of Quaker ancestry who’ve been instrumental in civil rights issues since the late 1600s. I also know of a few other ancestors who owned slaves. While all that is very interesting, it has nothing to do with the kind of person I am.
    I find it ironic when a person implies i’m a racist simply because i’m a white male. I find myself thinking with amusement, “do you see what you just did?”

    • barry irving

      ..what they did…maybe in the wrong manner is to contextualize their comment. White people ( a false ethnicity, you are European Americans )
      use a term to describe themselves that is ambiguous…is it nationality?…ethnicity?…Race? culture?…all of those are different, yet “WHITE” IS USED TO DESCRIBE THEM ALL WITHOUT DIFFERENTIATION. White as a term comes from the notion of “better” and “White privilege”…

  • barry irving

    …you are confused by your own communities indoctrination…you are white/…that’s a false ethnicity…what is White really? Yuo should read Salon 1/9/15, ‘5 Reasons why White Pride is always Racist” it’s written by White people who are clear about the convenient labels White and white privilege. You didn’t own Slaves but you admit White Privilege…that is connected to those in your past who did!…Free ride on account of Race?…more fallacy with no context or integrity! The real Racist issues that you can address are yours that you learned at home and in your community that makes you so free to quote these stereotypes.

    • barry irving

      …get a grip on the Real Reasons for the Civil War and the real reasons that it was fought…hint: it wasn’t for our benefit.

 

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