Why do they hate us so?

Debra Brown
Sprindale, OH

My question is based on my belief that though things are better in the US between the races (by ‘races’ I mean Blacks and whites, specifically); there is an underlying animosity from white people, as a group, against Black people, as a group, that persists. I am not referring to individual relationships/interactions. I am referring to the systemic and entrenched racism that is tightly woven into the fabric of the American psyche. I am referring to the racist attitudes that define race relations in the United States. Racism is so insidious here that many times white people don’t even know they are being racist (and more importantly what informs that behavior historically); they are truly confused. Other times it so blatant that you have to accept the racist behavior for what it is. So, whenever a racially motivated incident occurs I don’t ask myself, if it was because the person was Black, I know that. I ask myself: “Why do they hate us so?”.

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  • olblue9

    I have witnessed this behavior in people of all races at one time or another. We are all more sensitive to other races at times. I try not to blame any entire race for the actions of a few jerks. Living down south I have been offended by many “black” and “white” people over the years, yet I do not believe that they represent a majority.

  • Jenna

    I don’t hate any one black person. I’ve even really like a few of them, but I can sometimes dislike them as a group. Or more like, I feel resentful sometimes.
    I dislike that they get special treatment because of slavery. Nobody alive today suffered under slavery. Unless you were a victim of the horrific human trafficking that still happens, albeit rarely. I have Irish ancestors who were slaves, and me an my family don’t cry about it. Anyone asking for reparations really ticks me off. Who is supposed to pay for it? Me? Because I’m white? The English made my ancestors into slaves too. What whites would they figure should pay for it? What about those whites whose ancestors fought for the north in the civil war? How would you tell who people are? Not many had slaves. Only a very miniscule percentage of the population did. Would I get reparations if the blacks do?
    Also there are so many things that the money would be far better spent on. Such as helping the Japanese contain radioactive waste from Fukushima as they can’t handle it on their own. Or education. They education provided in this country is lacking.
    I dislike how they demand recognition/special treatment from everyone everywhere. They seem to want representation that is far greater then what is due for their population’s size in relation to the rest of the country’s population. It wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t shoved down our throats. Now companies that are only in white dominated areas will go out of their way to find blacks for their advertising. So they can be diverse. The same with jobs. They will skip over a white man for a less qualified black man, just so they can so how they don’t discriminate. It’s ridiculous with how far this all gets taken.
    I disliked taking history when the teacher basically told the white students all of our ancestors enslaved all thing blacks, so we have to be sensitive to them. Not my ancestors. Not all blacks here today were descendants of slaves. Guilt for the future generation of whites and unhelpful timidity around blacks.
    I don’t like anybody that blames whites for their problems. There are successful black people. And they didn’t get that way by blaming whites.
    I dislike the culture some of the blacks have. I hate most rap as it is usually demeaning to women while promoting drugs, violence, and stupidity. I dislike the irresponsible parents, and not just blacks, who bring children into this world for welfare, the fathers who abandon their children, and the mothers who abandon their children.
    I don’t like how scared people seem to be of race. You have to tip toe around certain words and stereotypes because the people of today are a bunch of babies. If I see whites start crying over being called a cracker, honkies, glacier niggers, albinos, recessive freaks, ghosts, and so on, I am going to flip out. Hearing about blacks beating whites and Hispanics in revenge for Trayvon Martin is upsetting. The blacks doing such things are only making fools of themselves.
    I also get angry over the double standard I’ve seen from some blacks. If your going to hate a white for being racist, make sure your not racist as well, and realize that blacks can be racist. I really don’t care at all if people are racist. So what? Someone doesn’t like a group of people. boohoo. Unless they’re hurting people. Then, of course, it matters. I just hate the double standard.
    One last thing. How we’re imposed upon. If I want to date only other whites I’m viewed as a bad person. If I want to stay in an all white neighborhood and live with only with other whites I’m a bad person. If I want my kids to marry within their own race I’m a bad person. I think of it as preserving our heritage and culture, living where we are most comfortable. It’s been this way in my family for generations and I won’t change it, even if people want to label me as an evil racist. I don’t see Asians, Natives, and Muslims vilified when they do they same. This has to be my biggest irritation. I don’t have to wish ill on anyone to want keep to my race.
    These are just the things that have me resentful at time. I know that in no way do all blacks do all/are responsible for all of these, or even any one of the issues I have. I don’t hate anyone. Many blacks that I have met have been lovely people.
    I can image that anyone who says they hate black people they may hate them for the things that have irritated me, even though it’s really a broad generalization.

    • fred

      You have received a lot of misinformation and down right lies. yet I think you have a good heart. I only wish I could help you understand how very wrong you are in many of your beliefs.

    • armoniexchange

      Jenna one major thing you are missing here is that even though we (as in blacks) did not live through the times of slavery, it still very much affects us in this day in age. That’s like playing a game of monopoly starting out with 80% of the property and 95% of the money. The point I am trying to make is no matter how you look at it whites have always and will continue to have an unfair advantage. If I saw to it personally that no one in your family could go to school, let alone read or write while I educate and create intricate systems that are specifically designed to keep me and my family wealthy and you poor. thats the quickest sum up I could do

      • Frank Reynolds

        My Irish relatives were slaves in England, and not allowed to go to school. When they came to America, they were drafted into the Union Army literally as they were getting off the boat. My other Irish relatives were debt slaves for the railroads. They were also not allowed to go to schools in America. Instead of complaining, they worked hard and got out of the situation, because they weren’t given handouts.

        • Gia Cruz

          Amen to that. Hats off to your ancestors. Im a second generation pegal immigrant. We also paid our dues and worked hard. Im sick and tired of all this nonsense about white supremacy and people keeping other people down. Such a copout.

        • vince coffey

          shut up you racist! don’t tell black people they have to work hard to succeed in life you horrible person!

          • Frank Reynolds

            I can’t tell, are you joking?

  • Tim Dollars

    I am white. I grew up around racists and the things that whites hold against blacks are very silly. I think whites are misinformed and for whatever reason, do not undetstand black culture. I see that life in the inner city is hard. It’s hard for everyone and it’s more difficult to live as a person of color in a crowded urban setting. I don’t feel that black people are inferior to other races but some whites do, I don’t know why, but I bet that most people would change for the better if they understood someone that is not the same as them. I think this applys to race, I wish there was more getting to know others and less racial shooting off at the mouth with no educated history to back it up.how can we come together people? We need to get to know one another and there are issues that need attention, all is not well. There are racial tensions alive today, in 2014, and I myself as a white dude would like to explore the possibility of chang.Why do white ppl hate blacks so? It is a good question, but I want to know how we as highly evolved social beings can get along and work together instead of against each other.

  • melow

    they hate us cause we r better

    • Frank Reynolds

      Racist. Learn to get along with people and stop being immature.

  • Frank Reynolds

    Just so you know, the vast majority of the slaves that built the pyramids were not black, they were from Jewish tribes and villages. By the way, you are extremely racist.


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