BlueCanary1575 42M
110 posts
8/25/2006 3:24 pm

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In the past few days, there has been an exchange of posts here in blogland about racism. If you didn't catch it, I'll provide a summary:

Blogger A: man, there sure are some racists in my state.

Blogger B: I agree, when I was in that area, I could feel it in the way some people treated me.

Blogger A: Don't label me.

Blogger C: Shut the F--- up, Blogger B. I'm not a racist, you're a racist.

The crux of the argument against "B" seemed to go like this: "I'm not a racist, therefore no one from my area is a racist." Oddly, "B" was met with unabated anger and hatred. I found it rather disturbing. How is this going to convince "B" that he's not being discriminated against? He didn't say any of the bloggers here were racists, just that he felt that vibe coming from other people in the area. Yet, he was called names, belittled and basically shouted down. I don't think the behavior of these bloggers was racially motivated, but nothing was solved. I (as well as "B", I'm sure) was not convinced in the least that race relations are anywhere near an acceptable level in the area in question.

If someone accused my town of being racist, my first reaction would be sympathy and embarrassment. I know racism still exists just about everywhere, but I'd feel sick if someone came here and felt uncomfortable enough to not want to return. If I thought that my city was better than what this person had experienced, I'd beg for him to return -- to prove that not all of us are that bad. I can't imagine getting angry with someone who simply stated he felt discriminated against.

Bah -- once again I've made a post that is just some incoherent ramblings. But, I guess it upsets me when people make a problem worse, then pat themselves on the back for their effort.


eclecticsoul4u 57F
942 posts
8/25/2006 8:24 pm

Hi Robert, really good balanced post about the whole thing.

BlueCanary1575 replies on 8/25/2006 8:53 pm:
Thanks... hopefully I don't get more people angry and make everything worse.

rm_wetfingeraz 54F
3012 posts
8/25/2006 10:48 pm

Was C from the same town as A?

BlueCanary1575 replies on 8/26/2006 1:57 pm:
Same area that was being "criticized" by B.

rm_verriberri 79F
1849 posts
9/4/2006 3:22 am

Well, once again, I seem to have either side-stepped the intrigue, or been m.i.a. - I've bumped into it in a couple of spots though, and suspect it may have something to do with the 'seasonal' tensions I've been feeling around the site. Irritability in droves. The summer was tense and tempers were short everywhere I looked. That's not to say it wasn't a 'serious' topic - more that I think at a different time of year, or a differnt part of the cycle, that these same individuals would have been more aloof from the topic, and would have taken it less 'personally'.

My hometown has a particular stereotype attached, and mostly I accept it, and try to patiently address it when it comes up.. mentioning the thriving subcultures which contradict the dominant culture, and illustrating the true diversity which exists there... but there are certainly days when I'm edgy, and it takes very little to cross that thin line into a cranky retort - once out of my mouth.. or off my fingers.. it's easy to watch the chain reaction. It just takes one of those comments.. it's so easy to see the wildfire start when the atmosphere is charged.

It's been an uncomfortable summer all around in my life. Everywhere I look on the site - groups, blogs... and in my 'real' life.. people who otherwise get along and co-exist just 'fine', sniping, and fighting. I don't think it's personal, I just think it's a cycle. -v

Interesting new spot you have here. I'll be back.

lustcurious42 56F

9/6/2006 8:03 pm

It's a hard topic to openly discuss and, unfortunately, the reality is never open to discussion.

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