Skip to comments.The Most Racist Thing That Ever Happened to Me
Posted on 09/18/2011 9:20:58 AM PDT by flowerplough
...In 1964, in West Virginia a fourteen-year-old Henry Louis Gates Jr. broke his hip and went to a doctor who x‑rayed his knee, which was also in pain. The doctor saw nothing wrong with his knee and deemed his pain psychosomatic. "He said that I had a nervous breakdown because I was an overachiever," Gates said. "He said colored people weren't supposed to do as well as I had done. I had been stressed out and there was nothing wrong with my knee. White guy thought I was imagining things. And that's why I walk with a cane and I've had a dozen operations since I was fourteen." Gates remains bitter about the whole thing. "I hope that motherf***er's burning in hell."
Duke Professor Wahneema Lubiano, ... took the National Merit Scholar's test and placed as a semifinalist. But when she went to the guidance counselor, he suggested she go to secretarial school. "And I believed it," she said. "I went home crying but I believed it." ...
In the fall of 1960, in Greenville, South Carolina, an eighteen-year-old Jesse Jackson tried to use the public library. He was home from college and needed a certain book for a speech he had to give. "I went to the colored library," he told me. "Librarian said, 'I don't have that book but my friend at the Central Library does. I'll write you a note and I'll call her. She's my friend.' ... When I got there I went in the back of the library and two policemen were standing there talking with her. No doubt she told 'em I was coming.
"So I give her the note. Said, 'May I get the books?' She said, 'I'll have 'em in about six days.'
(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...
Given the three examples here - while there *could* be alternative explanations - I’ll go ahead and stipulate that these *were* examples of racism. Albeit from a couple of generations ago.
The problem is that these people have allowed these experiences to define themselves for the rest of their lives and to dwell in the past. The result is minds filled with hate and the spectre of racism lingering behind every seemingly innocuous incident that the have passed on to succeeding generations.
Perhaps some of this is inevitable and human nature but it’s obviously not constructive for anyone.
i was hit over the head and robbed at knifepoint and gunpoint while i was in the military by two blacks.
lucky me, a friend was knifed from his biceps down to his wrist.
today we would have probably been shot.
We have got to get over this unhealthy obsession with racism. The year is 2011, 150 years after the Civil War and 50 years after the Civil Rights legislation. There may be a few vestiges of it in older white people. As seen from this article older black people find it difficult to move on. As for young people, I am seeing very little of racism at all. It is time to forgive the past and move on. It would be terrible to waste any more generations on this.
About that same time as the black liberals speak of their suffering a black liberal supervisor told me that I (as a white man) was to blame for all problems and that I should feel guilty. I told him that I was was not and would not.
This racism bullcrap will be with us forever, or as long as we have a category of citizen known as African-American.
Unfortunately, we have a community of racist pimps who make their living fabricating incidents of so-called racism.
Black people need to get over themselves and act like they are just like other people. Lose the attitude. Lose the ghetto culture. Your problems are not of my making, so don't try to say your problems are due to my racism. I know it's not true.
"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well." - Booker T. Washington
Some of this could be called “slot machine racism”. That is, you put a nickel in a slot machine, and if you win, it is “good luck”, but if you lose, it it because the slot machine is “racist.”
But that, in itself, is a conundrum. They can see racism anywhere, and whether it is racist or not can only be proven with objective information, which is usually not forthcoming.
Another way of looking at it is the “middle class black paradox.”
When a poor white person gets an education and works hard and becomes middle class, nobody really notices and there is no great recognition of their status.
But when a black person does the same, they often have an expectation that there *will* be some recognition. Something, anything that distinguishes them from poor, uneducated blacks. And yet, no matter what they do, they feel like they are still lumped together with the people they left behind.
And thus they are unhappy when, holding a good job, they move into a nice neighborhood with expensive homes, they are treated just like a white person, which means ignored.
To make things worse, there is no recognition by other black people, either. Comedian Chris Rock even made a stage routine about this, (peppered with NSFW language), about how going to prison held the same status as earning a Master’s degree.
When I was a little kid, in the ‘60s, my parents took us to the local electronics store (George’s, in Marlow Heights, MD) to buy a color TV. The salesman showed my dad a black and white TV and told him it was color but that the color programming wasn’t on yet. My dad saw other TVs on the same channel in color. He was so angry he wanted to punch the guy, but he didn’t. We left the store and never went back. We bought a color TV from Sears or something instead. I never heard that there was a problem at that store till 30 years later. I guess my parents didn’t want me to think that there were stupid/racist people in the world at that young an age. I guess I’m glad they didn’t tell me about it at the time because I would have been frightened.
There used to be dinosaurs roaming Manhattan, but I don’t live in that time anymore, so I don’t worry about it.
What’s worse, experiencing an incident of racism, or inflicting a lifetime of “hate whitey” rhetoric on innocents simply because they share the same skin color? The solution to racism is not more racism.
My life was once saved by a black man and I had a very close relative brutally raped by a black man.
I couldn’t care less about color—the first is a blessed saint and the other an evil bastard damned to Hell—no more no less.
1960s - Real racism.
2010s - Racism of that type now rare to non-existent.
What exists now are either incidents that are infinitely more subtle or alternatively just exist in the minds of those that lived through or have been told about the real incidents.
Apparently only a couple hundred cases are diagnosed each year, implying that the rarity of the disease might be a more plausible explanation than racism.
Poor Henry, everything in his life seems to be the fault of some white man.
They dredge up this garbage from 40 years ago. Hopefully that generation will pass along soon and we can hear the racism stories from the current generation.
Agree. The problem is the lack of recognition that things don’t stay the same - they change.
We see this in all walks of life. For example the music industry has a hard time seeing things as they exist in 2011 as opposed to how they were in the 60s.
While it might be a stretch to compare attitudes towards race with those towards music and the purchasing of same, but the common denominator is the refusal to accept that things change over the course of 50 years, sometimes in very dramatic fashion.
Another example might be the Polish Cavalry leading charges into German Blitzkreig columns. What worked in 1870 ain’t gonna cut it in 1939.
I was told pointblank that it was too bad I was white, that they would have liked to hire me, but they had to hire a black. This was in 1980 during the end of Jimmy Carter rein.
We can all play the race card if we want to. I bet the whites will have more recent examples.
Booker T Washington was the man. I love this quote and show it to many blacks I work with to show them that the race-baiters have always been with us.
It would probably help a lot if they stopped calling each other niggers. Tune in a Black comedian and you’ll hear that word so many times you change channels. Too many of them have no respect for themselves.
I am not so sure I ‘believe’ the renditions of Gates and Jackson, while admittedly it more than likely happened, with them sort of embeleshing it.
Now, with rabidralph, I am not sure it is racist other than the clerk thought your family was inherently stupid (for one reason or another) and figured you wouldn’t notice the difference in the TV you were looking at and the others, which in an essence just points out the stupidity of the clerk, as I always had the impression that money was ‘green’ and the boss/owner didn’t really care who put it in the till as long as it was ‘his’......
A friend that I worked for is a Ret COL USA that went to West Point in the early to mid 50’s followed up by Fort Benning.
He and his classmates used to have ‘fun’ by going to the clubs outside the gate (GA) and be refused service because my friend was Black.
More often than not, the ‘Band of Brothers- 1 Black, other 5 or 6 white’ would ‘teach’ the owner what Brothers were about.
Naturally this wasn’t an everynight thing but my friend did note that he didn’t recall being invited to accompany any of his classmates on Leave or other family get togethers - not that he would have gone, he did ‘understand’ the situation but his wife ‘never forgot’.
A lot of that ‘changed’ when he attained the rank of LTCOL, but then again, the times had also changed.
Sadly, because of the hard work of BO and his minions, including Holder, I see a late 50’s early 60’s attitude on race beginning anew and hopefully it doesn’t get any ‘worse’.
Anytime someone publicly discusses getting rid of affirmative action, there is a chorus of, “America isn’t where it needs to be YET,” stated by blacks as fact with no supporting evidence, despite a minority pres(id)ent.
Your post is very true. It is time to move on - especially after all the cruelty and ruination inflicted by the Civil War and the Jim Crow era.
Very well put. Had a co-worker once who always asked the color of the criminal when we were discussing something from the paper. I once asked him if he would feel better if he was robbed by a black man?
He actually replied that at least a black man would have some money. Total idiot.
I can hear it almost daily where I work. It is 98% minority.
The most racist thing that ever happened to be was the affirmative-action election of a racist US President based on the color of his skin.
and when I wanted to go to journalism graduate school at Boston University, the student aid office told me there was no financial aid to be had because I was not of the right socioeconomic class
(Not able to afford tuition with a widowed mother and 2 younger sibs on Social security, I declined my grad school acceptance and joined the military within a week)
The most racist thing that happened to me was when my daughter was choosing colleges. A small scholarship, but nothing else. Only full scholarships went to the minorities, even though some of those girls weren’t the
“classic” ballerinas. We footed the $17,000 tuition ourselves by working and saving.
Jackson, Sharpton and the like will never, ever allow racism to fade away. They will continue to perpetuate racism to the point of taking heroic measures to keep it alive whenever and wherever they can, regardless of the ridiculous leaps in logic and reasoning that may be required in the process. Theres simply too much money to be made with it.
is it just me - or does anyone else notice - these three have zero contribution to society? 3 race pimps, with non-working moral compasses.
In all seriousness- if one started a list of “biggest turds” - these are three top contenders. maybe not starting team - but certainly - their names would come up.
Secretarywould bea step UP for Lubianno.
So Prof. had a bad guidance counselor. The explanation could be a simple as she went to a government run school. My public school guidance counselor told me to learn a trade because I wasn’t college material. I now have a BS, MBA, and JD.
...I guess my parents didnt want me to think that there were stupid/racist people in the world at that young an age.
Was there some discrimination between the black and white televisions vs the color televisions?
Were the televisions kept segregated in different areas of the store?
Are you suggesting that the salesman tried to sell your father a black and white television but represented it as a color television?
The first two might be a very odd example of discrimination (of course you usually group items together in "like" categories) but the third might be simply mean the salesman was a con artist.
The salesman could try to rip you off due to race, but I can't determine that without knowing what your race is. Then again, if you are white, he's just a con artist. If you are black, it most certainly racism. That's what Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton told me so it must be true.
Did you where sneakers that day? Perhaps he was a shoe-ist.
Well, we did come to this country with funny accents so maybe he thought we were stupid. I don’t know. I will say that a lot of what passes for racism is, in fact, stupidity. So I don’t believe there’s as much racism in America today as there was during the time of MLK and before. And if it’s covert racism, who can tell what’s in another person’s heart?
‘That my children will be judged, NOT by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Still stands today. Except for blacks, who somehow get to blame others, be perennial victims, and carry a chip on their shoulders that any CHILD would be challenged on.
Because? I for one do not feel guilty, nor am I a perpetrator.
I was told that too — “You don’t match the students at this school, don’t bother to apply for that math job.” Off the record, of course.
All the TVs were in one area of the showroom. Back in the '60s, I remember that there was very little color programming on TVs till later in the day or early evening, depending on what stations were early adopters of color cameras and technology. So you could watch a color TV in the morning at your house and most shows were in B&W and then when you got home from work, you could see a few stations in color.
Yes, the salesman showed my dad a B&W TV and told him it was color.
Agreed. First off, most people who claim "Racism!" don't know the meaning of the word. With the exception of a few supremacist groups and individuals, racism is gone, in particular "institutionalized racism." There's a bit of bigotry around, but it's NOT institutionalized at all, and it's certainly NOT all White against Black. This is evident when you compare recent Black immigrants to the US versus native born Blacks. In many cases, recent immigrants have done quite well, while those who are native born who find themselves to be challenged economically tend to blame "racism" or even "the White man's holding me down." With the least little bit of introspection, they would see that their attitudes and reliance on "popular Black culture" is damaging their prospects.
When I went to my high school guidance counselor in 1961 and said I wanted to be an architect, I was told that 'women don't become architects' and was assigned to typing and steno classes. Hated every minute of them!
He actually replied that at least a black man would have some money.
Why did you pass up such a great opportunity? You must surely have a few friends who happen to be black. You could have invited one of them to help you stomp the crap out of the idiot and then go have a few beers on what ever was in his wallet.
He gets robbed by a black man; you and the other fellow get free beer. Don't you see? Everybody would be happy!
“Duke Professor Wahneema Lubiano, ... took the National Merit Scholar’s test and placed as a semifinalist. But when she went to the guidance counselor, he suggested she go to secretarial school. “And I believed it,” she said. “I went home crying but I believed it.” ..”
I have a similar story (except that I WAS a National Merit Scholar, not a semi-finalist). Was race to blame for my story? I think not.
This whole article and book, apparently, is designed to cultivate grievances where they may not even exist. How does some poet think she is more brilliant than people think she is? The work of a brilliant poet will, in the end, rise and be seen and appreciated.
On the other hand, I have seen so many low-talent to zero-talent blacks treated as if they were brilliant, I could scream. Of course, this practice — which is a form of liberal racism — causes all non-blacks to question to value anyone assigns to the work of blacks, as a matter of course. Does the book point this out? Of course not, that would challenge the liberal orthodoxy.
Today, blacks are being destroyed by leftist policies that assume they cannot get ahead without government intervention and dependency-inducing welfare. That has been far more corrosive than the old-fashioned in-your-face racism. In the 1950s the black family was mostly intact in a period of segregation and legalized racism. Today, more than half the black population has descended into degenerate living patterns and many are no more than wild savages. Thanks, liberals, for such wonderful progress.
Imagine what the world would have been like if institutionalized racism had ended and no one set up the liberal plantation based on racism? Blacks would have become a successful minority. Liberals could never tolerate that. They had too much to gain by keeping them down. This article encourages and promotes the mentality that helps keep blacks in their place — the liberal version.
Is there thing that indicates that this is the reason you were treated this way?
Back in the early 90s' a unit on my base was about 3/4 white and 1/4 black. The monthly, quarterly and annual award winners were always black. Only blacks were given accelerated merit promotions (E-5 Below-the-Zone) and STEP Promotion nominations.
The black squadron commander of this unit publicly said "I don't like white boys." It was well known throughout the wing that he was a bigot. Nobody up the chain had the balls to call him on this (Doncha just love PC BS?) and the behavior was never corrected.
Would you say that the commander's behavior was based in racism?
Let's go back to your story. The salesman may have tried to con your family due to racism. He may have thought your father wasn't too bright and did this to anyone who he believed wasn't too bright, regardless of race.
Do you have anything more than the fact that (I assume) this man was white and he tried to rip off a black family? Would you have felt better if it had been a black guy who tried to rip off your family?
I don't know why he did it and I don't think you really know why, either.
“I can’t believe how these people are hanging on to a few negative things that were said to them over 40 years ago, for whatever the reason. What a sad angry life they must live.”
It keeps the TV interviews and cash flowing their way!
Well said, Kara.
Secondly, affirmative action can contribute to bigotry against people who actually EARN their positions. A belief by their co-workers, whether deserved or not, that they got to their position because of their race. This is terribly unfair to those who actually earned their position, and what's worse, can be terribly unfair others of the same race who had nothing to do with it. An unearned position by an incompetent can lead to bigorty.
I remember those days of the '40s and beyond. If anyone thinks that there were no "flash mob" attacks in those days they are wrong. The only difference is a white could avoid them back then by staying out of black neighborhoods.
Things really exploded in the 1960s and many of white found out the "Denny"-way.
This is THREE generations ago
(every 20 years)
This is racism from people who GREW UP BEFORE 1940
I dont actually give a crap about this article for that reason, except as a historical example and proof of HOW THING HAVE IMPROVED
This is not an example of why we need more affirmative action- but how we have more than acheived equality, when an incompetant buffoon can become president mostly BECAUSE he is black.
I guess Obama would say the Dr. "acted stupidly."
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