Why do black people perceive racism when its quite possible that none was intended?
Call Obama a criminal (McCain too). No problem with the McCain statement, but such a statement about Obama means you are a racist.
In a discussion of MLK, mention that he plagarized his Phd thesis and cheated repeatedly on his wife (both of which his family/friends admit), and you’re a racist.
State how you’d like to have Tiki Barber run for President, state that he’s articulate (as Joe Biden says), and you’re a racist.
Is it paranoia on the part of black people?
Question #1 I think everyone perceives some form of racism when someone of a different race agitates them. It’s not just black people.The way you worded that question worries me a little.
#2 I agree with what you said about MLK. I’ve heard this stuff before but never researched it. I will agree that if you ever mentioned this you’d be called a racist if your white and a “Uncle Tom” if your black.
#3 I think that people have a preconcived notion that people of different races are supposed to act a certain way, if you don’t fit the stereotype then somthing is wrong. Once, when I was in Japan a young lady struck up a conversation with me. One of the first things she said was I talk “white”. Next she asked me what kind of music did I like. She said I should listen to hip hop because it comes from “my people”. I then asked her if she knew all the secret moves to the video game Street Figher II. She said she didnt know. I said “But its Japanese, you should know, it came from your people”.
In my opinion I think minorities have been given a free pass to be perpetual victims which in turn makes whites forever guilty. I think white guilt is largely to blame.
On the paranoia thing… I keep a watchful eye of EVERYONE.[/quote]
What strikes me as odd is when Prof X or Big Boss (or any other minority poster) rips into a white candidate, I don’t even consider the race of the poster. Yet if I do similar, the first assumption is that I am making racist statements. The Prof is especially keen on doing this.
Ripping on icons is NOT racism. Quoting Bill Cosby about 50% of black students not graduating from high school is NOT racism. Expressing admiration for an intelligent black man is NOT an implication that I think most black men are, by comparison, therefore stupid. It is paranoia.