Reverse Racism  

SunneyOne 43F
2146 posts
10/26/2005 6:45 am

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Reverse Racism

This morning I was perusing upcoming events at local concert venues and came across one of my pet peeves. It’s a little something I call racism. Some people call it reverse racism. To me, racism is racism no matter what group it is against, minority or majority. Whatever, tomAto, tomAHto. We could dither on that one for hours. Anyway, the pet peeve.

The Chocolate Nutcracker.

Seriously. Now, the original one isn’t called The Vanilla Nutcracker, or Whitey’s Nutcracker. Why do we need to get specific? Why? Are there no people of color in the original? Are white people not allowed in The Chocolate Nutcracker? Isn’t that sort of racist?

BET. Black Entertainment Television. Uh huh. How much hubbub would there be if there was a WET, White Entertainment Television?

The list could go on and on, really, but the point is this… Are we, as a nation, still so racist that a minority group NEEDS to go out and form their own ballet, their own TV station, or whatever, excluding the majority because that’s what we’ve done to them? Does anyone else see the irony in that but me?

I really don’t think the US, as a nation, is that racist anymore. Maybe that’s because I’m white, always have been and always will be. But to me, skin is skin. People are people and should advance due to their merits, not their color. They should be accepted for who they are, not what nationality they are. Sure, I’m throwing this out there for your opinions, but for godsakes, we all know this is a sensitive topic. Be aware of that and don’t get nasty, or I’ll delete your posts. I think we are all adult enough to state our opinions, even controversial ones, in a respectful manner.

So what do you think?

476 posts
10/26/2005 11:18 pm

You obviously don't live in the south, or you are completely isolated. I encounter racism every day most particularly against brown skinned people. So, who can blame them if they want to have their own things that exclude people who aren't like them. It really doesn't matter to me, it's when it gets down to the racially directed violence and killing stuff that I draw the line.

creativcouple2 65M/63F

10/27/2005 2:44 am

Sunney, I have to agree with you on this one whole heartedly. I recently received a complimentary almanac when checking out at a Cracker Barrel. Thumbing through it, I came across a list of holidays which included Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. I wish I had the darn thing right now so I could list the other holidays, but I threw it away. Anyway, there was no mention of Washington, Lincoln, Kennedy, Einstein, Robert Goddard or any other white notable. Didn't they name enough roads after the lying cheating philanderer? It almost made me go to the management with a complaint. I would boycott Cracker Barrel except that Uncle Herchel's breakfast with fried catfish is just too yummy!

SunneyOne 43F

10/27/2005 4:32 am

Bossier - Actually I was born in Atlanta, where my family still lives, and I am Southern through and through.

creativ - While I appreciate the opinion, let's steer away from name calling please. It's hard to believe that they'd list holidays and leave out those on a standard calendar. My calendar is pretty all encompassing, including Jewish holidays, Kwanzaa, MLK, Lincoln, Mexican holidays, and Canadian holidays.

creativcouple2 65M/63F

10/27/2005 8:18 am

Sunney, my bad, sorry, steering away from name calling.

digdug41 49M

10/27/2005 9:31 pm

this country was founded on violence and it will end that way I believe sunney I dont care what color you are but it is your mindset that interests me and I love this country but it does have some serious internal problems and rascism is one I respect southerners becuase they will tell ya straight out they dont like you but up here in nyc there are alot of devils on both sides of the color line and those people I avoid like the plague my kids are mulatto and I teach them to give everyone a fair shake and not to judge and to arm them they know the history of this country and not just what the government wants you to know and that is the best I can do for them the rest is on them how they take in what they see and hear,I personally will swing with the madness and not let it swing me because life is too short for that and I cant see myself cutting off my stream og knowledge based on skin color totally out of the question. good post cya

roaming the cyber streets of blogland

2muchwoman4some 41F

10/29/2005 8:16 am

hmm, Sunney. Usually when I read what you've written I feel like it could come straight from my own experience. And I have a lot of respect for you considering that we're strangers. But we DO have "White Entertainment Television" in America - it's TV as we know it.

I love and appreciate being American (and being a minority) because we do have BET here and because I can choose whether I want to watch it or not, and discuss it with you

2muchwoman4some 41F

10/29/2005 8:30 am

excuse me...I didn't quite finish my thought before hitting "post". LOL

I DON'T agree that the nation isn't still racist. We virtually define our politics in America around issues of race. Entitlement to success in America, I think, is all about eduation because that is all about race and poverty and economics and it goes on and on.

I DO agree that there is such a thing as reverse racism, but I don't think that the Black Nutcracker, which I can't say I've seen, sounds like a good example of the phenomenon. To me, reverse racism would need to have some kind of threatening and powerful impact against the ruling majority. Taking a classic balet and then redoing it in a culturally different or exclsive way and selling tickets for anyone to buy to see a performance, or putting it on tv is not discrimination, it's art. We don't have to like it or think it's good art, but we don't have to call it discrimination just because race is involved either. A better example of reverse discrimination might be the way the way Affirmative Action programs work in contrast to the way they were conceived to work, are supposed to work, and clearly are failing to work.

SunneyOne 43F

10/29/2005 12:11 pm

Digdug - Many thanks for the opinions. Your kids are lucky to be raised with such knowledge.

2muchwoman - Wow, many thanks for so much thought! That's exactly what I wanted, to spark some thoughtful discussion whether we agree or not. Unfortunately, I'm not currently as thoughtful and am too preoccupied with some personal shit to even hope to be that articulate. So, just please allow me to say, well written, and for the most part, I agree.

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