I really hate the word “white”.

Anna,
Columbia, SC.

I know I have “white” skin, but I really hate that word. I don’t think about myself as “white”. I am Italian and Czech. My dad was the first generation of my family to live in America. Our family wasn’t here for the Civil War, we didn’t enslave anybody. In fact, my dad came here because the Nazis, and then the Soviets, were murdering my people and enslaving them in his country. My grandfather was in a concentration camp. My dad has PTSD from fighting Soviet soldiers. So when somebody calls me white and tells me all about how my people enslaved theirs, I get a little offended. My skin color doesn’t erase the struggle of my people, and it does not define my mindset. I am not racist, and I am not ignorant of the struggle of oppressed people in this country. I do not carry “white guilt”. All I’m guilty of is wanting to live my life. When you call me white, you pretend my heritage does not exist, and you generalize who I am based on my skin color. Please stop assuming things about me just because I have paler skin than you. And please stop acting like your struggle is the only struggle that matters. We are all going to have to work together if we want to solve the problem of oppression.

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  • olblue9

    Great card! Funny how the wealthy American families that were involved in the slave trade were a small percentage of the group of white’s in America. Most of these families lived in the northern states, and ran their business on a “snow bird” schedule not unlike many wealthy northerners today.
    Yet the uninformed consider all southern whites as the slave owners.
    Most true southern whites were tenement farmers forced to compete with the plantations and each year their debt increased due to unfair markets that were owned by the same plantations. Generations of white folk lost their land to plantations due to company store practice.
    After the war black former slaves were allowed into these types of farm agreements, most with the same results.
    Some things never change. The rich get richer, the poor struggle on any way that they can.
    World wide Africa, Asia, South America, Russia are still very involved in the slavery trade. They move their product throughout North America and the world, in ways that old time slavers would not believe. Yet so called African Americans do not concern themselves with this slavery. They demand Media time for 200years ago.
    Maybe 200years from now, some one will help the slaves of today.

    • barry irving

      ..shows how divorced from reality you are! The International Slave trade which America was a leader in, was a specific event in history. It need not be cross referenced with any other form of Slavery. It has ramifications for today’s society in the form of “Affect” among Slave descendants and continued Racial baggage among the European American population.

      …If you are talking about Slavery in general…fine! If it’s about American society and the affects of Slavery, that is a case that should be addressed on it’s own!

      • olblue9

        So sorry B, I thought that the “race card” site was for race discussion. I did not know that it is only for “African American” topics. America has more than two colors…slavery is not only a “American” problem. “Whites” did not invent slavery. “Black America” is not the only victim of poverty….etc.
        It is very easy, and does not require a higher education to point fingers and blame ALL “whites”. We all do not live in urban communities, so one answer may not solve all issues.
        So ” green” has no power in your senerio?
        The Divide and Conquer strategy will not work in any community.
        No ILOL? Thanks.

        • barry irving

          …fauxblue…it’s Mister Irving to you…know that…

          …embrace it!

          …this site is about Race. Race and it’s discussion is an issue in America that is completely founded in African American life. Who said anything about “only” African American subjects?…”YOU”

          …you can’t generalize slavery in America…it is central to life in it’s affects and how it plays out in various ways every day. Other Races have their own histories to consider protesting about…that advocacy is on them. African Americans do not have to crowd a point with “every other”
          group that experienced racism from European Americans. All discussion is NOT directed to YOU or your Race!

          Most of it is Inner Cultural conversation and debate. It just happens that in America, the media does it’s own take on issues and they play one side against another to sell their product under freedom of expression. America has a problem using the Constitution.

          ( A Civil Protective Document ) to make personal statements and claiming it to be Constitutionally protected. Yes, it is, but when do you grow up and start valuing the principles of the Constitution and stop using it to GRIPE!

          ..you are a nuclear Dude. Your conversation and assumptions are typically absurd…all banter. WHY????
          …you are a nuclear Dude. Your conversation and assumptions are typically absurd…all banter. WHY???

          • olblue9

            The world is not just “black and white”. America is not just “black and white”. Yes the media directs the national conversation for many… If you have a problem with the wording of the Constitution, fine join the ” tea party”.
            Most of your gripes are with the Government and society.
            We don’t agree with every detail of history. No problem, even historians cannot agree.
            If you want a world where everyone is forced to think alike, try the mid east.
            Also, I would never even try to limit the contribution of African people in America or the world history. PS, don’t forget my ILOL! Thanks.

          • barry irving

            …did I shut you down?…my bad…ILOL!

          • olblue9

            Saw “Hillary” bit with “Black Lives Matter” folks.. I may not agree with ALL of each of their agenda’s…. But. Agree with the um..ha’s and the final assessment. Hope their dialog gets traction and solves the problem.

          • barry irving

            …you can’t trivialize everything. “Black lives matter” is a movement furthering the Civil Rights initiatives of the 60’s protests. You don’t refer to the movement as black lives matter folks. Hope you pull yr head out of the muck…you might find that you have a better attitude!

          • olblue9

            Once again us folks in rural America are dressed down for our earthy, down- home speakin’. I always heard it ” there’s no such thing as bad press…” ILOL?

          • barry irving

            … I guess what you are saying is that you want Hillary to come to your quaint little Rural Community for a meeting to hear your um, Fears?

            …she will visit ‘A” Rural Community or Few…just probably not yours…ILOL!

          • olblue9

            It’s doubtful, but you never can tell. Bob Dole visited once. We’ll keep our fingers crossed. Maybe someone will come a callin’. Ha! ILOLWW?

          • barry irving

            olfoo1…doubtful is right. I mean no one wold come there just because you’re you! There would have to be some national headline focus, You guys are just not that interesting…

            …maybe you can get a Pellet gun and hold the local cafe hostage and say “nobody leaves until Hillary comes clean on Benghazi! That’s the type of stuff that might work!

          • barry irving

            olfoo1…doubtful is right. I mean no one wold come there just because you’re you! There would have to be some national headline focus, You guys are just not that interesting…

            …maybe you can get a Pellet gun and hold the local cafe hostage and say “nobody leaves until Hillary comes clean on Benghazi! That’s the type of stuff that might work!

          • olblue9

            It’s doubtful, but you never can tell. Bob Dole visited once. We’ll keep our fingers crossed. Maybe someone will come a callin’. Ha! ILOLWW?

          • barry irving

            …don’t create a comment and attribute it to me. I never said that the world was Black and White. You are just evading the point which is typical.

  • barry irving

    …when you refer to your nationality as Italian / Czech, you separate “some” of you ancestors from racism, but probably not by much. In America, you are part of the “White Race” which is a false ethnicity. There is no one White Race. There is a mix of White skinned people and lighter skinned, mixed ethnicities as well as all those of any nationality who pass for White.

    …In America, all White people carry the legacy of a Racially exclusive beginning to this country. The “Trans Atlantic Slave Trade” that America was a prime part of is a self defining term. African Americans carry the legacy of Slavery. Those are basic facts that are not AFFECTED OR DIMINISHED BY PUBLIC OPINION!

    • ThomasER916

      Wrong. There is one White Race and many tribes (ethnic groups) within that race.

      • barry irving

        …um, a Race is indigenous to a geographical area…White is a Social / Racial Construct…Africans are a Race…Asians are a Race…Indians ( Native ) are a Race.

        • ThomasER916

          …um, you’re stupid and indoctrinated.

          • barry irving

            …um, you think there is one White Race…you’re the idiot.

            …”facts” make “YOU” stupid. You can only deal with mindless constructs…pity!

  • Why do white people act like everything people of color think about white people–and I get the feeling this card is actually about black people only–is about slavery? I know that I don’t have a problem with white people because of slavery. I have a problem with the fact that white people, regardless of their ethnic and national ancestry, are treated better than black Americans, and I have a problem with the fact that a significant percentage of white people run around acting as if and thinking they’re better than black people or somehow think they know something about what it’s like to live as a black American.

    I’m going to be honest–I’m not going to stop assuming things about white people. I’m going to assume you’re racist. I’m going to assume you think you’re superior because of your race. I will keep saying you don’t get it as long as you keep showing me you don’t. I’m going to ignore your heritage because so does everyone else in this country, including other white people–all anyone cares about is the fact that you look white, and you benefit because of that while some people of color look at you and stereotype you because of that. /Shrugs/ And people will do/think/say whatever about me because of race. Regardless of anything, that will never change.

    So, you can keep trying to disassociate from whiteness in order to not feel like the bad person that, when it comes to race, every single person in the US actually is. I’m not in denial about how I feel or how I view people outside my race, but a ton of white people are. In reality, the best way to kill racial oppression is to face our own racial schitt inside of us first. While you’re disassociating and pretending like only black people are bad and racist, you’re failing to face your own schitt. Knowing most white people will not face their schitt, why should I change how I think of them?

 

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