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You Donít Have To Apologize For Being White(BARF ALERT!)
Medium.com ^ | 5/4/14 | Dex Digital

Posted on 05/07/2014 1:57:20 AM PDT by Impala64ssa

Tal. Hey bro.

I want to talk to you for a minute.

I read your article, ‘Why I’ll Never Apologize For My White Male Privilege’. First off, congrats on landing an article on Time. That’s huge.

And I get it, dude. You’re annoyed with the ‘check your privilege’ line. Hey, I am too. I think it’s overused, and it’s basically turned into a meme at this point.

I read your piece. You’re Jewish. Your family, or at least your family a couple generations ago, had it pretty damn rough. And your dad worked his ass off so that you could have the opportunities that he didn’t. That’s great.

But, I want to talk about this line right here:

It was [my grandparents’] privilege to come to a country that grants equal protection under the law to its citizens, that cares not about religion or race, but the content of your character. This is where you messed up, bro.

This country actually does care about your race. A lot.

You brought up some of the horrors of the Holocaust. That’s a pretty heavy card to play off the bat, but it’s not going to work on me.

I forgot to tell you: I’m black. And I bet you can already guess where I’m going with this. You want to tell me about the systematic extermination of six million? I see that and raise you to ten million. You want to talk about a few years of forced labor? Let’s try for a few hundred. You seem to be able to trace your family’s history back pretty far. That’s awesome. I can’t, because they didn’t really keep records for property like that back then.

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TOPICS: Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: racism; whiteprivelegebs
A rather condescending rebuttal to Tal Fortngs article on so-called White privilege". Notice at the end of the article this snot-nosed punk needs to rub it in about his own potential privilege, yet he's still oh so bitter.
1 posted on 05/07/2014 1:57:21 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa
You want to tell me about the systematic extermination of six million? I see that and raise you to ten million.

Total fiction. Even a left-wing academic with a motivation to boost the numbers could only come up with less than half of that:

The total number of African deaths directly attributable to the Middle Passage voyage is estimated at up to two million; a broader look at African deaths directly attributable to the institution of slavery from 1500 to 1900 suggests up to four million African deaths [*]

That is "up to" 4 millions over 400 years on 4 continents.

2 posted on 05/07/2014 2:03:31 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Impala64ssa

” he’s still oh so bitter.”
________________________________________
It’s the culture, don’tcha know?
We come into this world with the race and culture of our forebears.
There are many in this world of ALL races and nationalities that are not happy.


3 posted on 05/07/2014 2:07:09 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: Impala64ssa

While it is condescending it’s not badly written and at least the guy has the balls to admit he is racist - which he is and he plays it well. I am not sure he is trying too hard though he seems to pluck numbers out of the “I’m more underprivileged than you” playbook rather than reveal how he personally has or has not had to struggle because of his supposed lack of privilege. I think he doesn’t want to raise that as it may bring up the quota system that got him into college in the first place.

He tries to be nice but he does have that sickening “I’m better than you and know more than you” superiority about him! The “check your privilege” saying is an device to undermine people not based on merit or even privilege but rather by being a bully. When you don’t want to listen to what someone has to say or their point of view - it’s “Check your Privilege”. What a way to negate a whole individual and their life experience, their history and their thinking.

Mel


4 posted on 05/07/2014 2:16:46 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: Impala64ssa

I am looking for a hoot to give but seem to be fresh out.

PS I have a tee time. If you are under 60, get to work or get back to work doing something productive. And by productive I don’t mean producing drivel.


5 posted on 05/07/2014 2:51:10 AM PDT by GeneralisimoFranciscoFranco (I love liberals. They taste like chicken.)
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To: Impala64ssa

I guess the black guy hasn’t noticed that Jews aren’t exactly popular with huge amounts of the world’s population. When’s the last time a major religion told it’s members to kill all the black people?


6 posted on 05/07/2014 3:11:02 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Impala64ssa
You’re Jewish. Your family, or at least your family a couple generations ago, had it pretty damn rough.

There is a perfect word to describe the author of this article; schmuck.

7 posted on 05/07/2014 3:41:21 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Impala64ssa

awesome you can trace your family history back pretty far?? Brainiac, less than 75 or so years has passed since the holocaust, DIRECTLY IMPACTING the last 2-3 generations of families. Ate you suggesting that SLAVERY has a DIRECT IMPACT on your life? can’t trace your familys lineage back more than 2 generations? Without extensive research and some dumb luck, most people probably couldnt fill in the blanks in their family trees beyond the turn of the century, let alone before the civil war. Privelege is something all of us enjoy by means of the generations before us that dealt with hardships that sorry whiners like this guy could NEVER even begin to fathom. Leading to his ignorance when it comes to HIS OWN PRIVELEGE..


8 posted on 05/07/2014 4:31:03 AM PDT by snappahead (if your gonna be dumb, you better be tough.)
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To: Impala64ssa
I forgot to tell you: I’m black.

Oh, cripes. A professional life-long victim.

9 posted on 05/07/2014 4:52:59 AM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Impala64ssa

There are planes leaving for Africa every day. No one is a slave in America. Go to a country where you’ll be happier. It’s stupid to carry baggage from long ago that makes you miserable when you could live a better life elsewhere.


10 posted on 05/07/2014 5:13:18 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Fido969

Well, If Blacks (or anyone else) thinks they can get a better deal in the land of their ancestors, then leave and go back.
Nobody is forcing anyone to stay here. This isn’t East Germany or Cuba. I bet they can even pool their money and charter a airplane or two.
And good riddance to those that leave.


11 posted on 05/07/2014 5:14:18 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: txrefugee

Is it my imagination or do African blacks who come to America to work have a better attitude about being here than those born here?

BTW, American blacks who journey to Africa seeking their “roots” generally get a chilly reception from the locals. Wonder why?


12 posted on 05/07/2014 5:29:25 AM PDT by elcid1970
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To: montag813
That is "up to" 4 millions over 400 years on 4 continents.

And it was a relative drop in the bucket compared to the number of Africans killed in tribal warfare by the coming of the "religion of peace" either forcing them to convert, making them slaves and, sometimes, believe it or not, both.

Before the "religion of peace" arrived, Timbuktu was a center of university learning. Now it is synonymous with an out of the way backwater.

13 posted on 05/07/2014 5:39:31 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Impala64ssa
A clue is found at the end of the article, when the author suggests reading James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time. First, the book is over a half-century old, a product of a very different era. Second, Baldwin had a number of issues of his own, particularly his despising of religion in general and Christianity in particular, and his own homosexuality. Third, The Fire Next Time isn't that well written: it is a somewhat rambling monologue, not tightly organized, and constantly going off on tangents--one of the more interesting of which, to be honest, is Baldwin's attack on the blandness of white bread.

If the author thinks Fire is a good example of American literature, one wonders if he has ever read Up From Slavery or even Incidents In the Life of a Slave Girl, the latter of which would have buttressed his own argument much better than the Baldwin book.

Fourth, I would remind the author of another passage, from a movie that was somewhat contemporaneous with the Baldwin book:

"Dad, you're my father. I'm your son. I love you. I always have and I always will. But you think of yourself as a colored man. I think of myself as a man."

When the author stops thinking of himself as a black man, and starts thinking of himself as a man, racism will end. I keep trying to stop thinking of him as a black man, and I would be able to almost instantaneously, if he would simply stop reminding me of it every time it seems to be helpful to his position. And yes, that goes for the President, the Attorney General, and the National Security Advisor, among many others.

14 posted on 05/07/2014 5:57:37 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: Impala64ssa

I am a bigger victim than you are!


15 posted on 05/07/2014 5:58:55 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Impala64ssa
No,of course I don't apologize for being white.I am neither proud *nor* ashamed of being white.And the same should hold true for all other races,ethnicities,etc.If there's one thing that Martin Luther King said during his life that is *absolutely* correct it's that it's not the color of the skin,it's the content of the character.
16 posted on 05/07/2014 6:00:32 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Impala64ssa
The whole concept of "White privilege" is just means laying a guilt trip, and excusing bad behavior. Those who cry "white privilege" are worse than vultures. At least vultures wait until you're dead before they eat your heart out. Assuming that someone born White has "privileges"? Isn't that a form of bigotry? We all know what happens when we ASS-U-ME. And to those who do whine about White privilege, it kinda reminds me of the song Five Dollar Fine by the late Chris LeDoux
17 posted on 05/07/2014 8:28:49 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Impala64ssa
"Dude, bro, dude, bro, dude, bro...."

More excellence showing how BAD our schools do.

"Idiots on the left of me, jokers on my right, here I am....(you know the rest)".

FMCDH(BITS)

18 posted on 05/07/2014 8:35:41 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Impala64ssa
You want to tell me about the systematic extermination of six million? I see that and raise you to ten million.

Ripped that page right out of the Major Owens classic "Slavery Math".

19 posted on 05/07/2014 8:37:01 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Can anyone help with this memory? It was a black American reporter on assignment in Africa. He was reporting standing on a river bank, watching the dead black bodies floating by, victims of the whatever civil was was going on. He thanked God that his ancestors had been taken to the New World, though in bondage.


20 posted on 05/07/2014 8:48:02 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

I’m thinking it may have been the Ethiopian famine? It does sound familiar.


21 posted on 05/07/2014 8:51:06 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: don-o

I seem to recall boxer Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay) expressing that sentiment rather than a reporter.


22 posted on 05/07/2014 8:54:11 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Impala64ssa

Could have been. It was the image of the bodies floating by that stuck in my mind. I have tried to search for it, but had no luck.


23 posted on 05/07/2014 8:54:38 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: montag813
You want to tell me about the systematic extermination of six million? I see that and raise you to ten million.
Total fiction. Even a left-wing academic with a motivation to boost the numbers could only come up with . . . "up to" 4 millions over 400 years on 4 continents.
. . . and there have never been as many Jews in the world as there have been blacks, either - the “six million” figure was most of the Jews in all of Europe. So that is strictly an apples-to-oranges comparison.

The real objection to this guy’s point is that although he shames the Jew for playing the victim card, he isn’t ashamed of playing it himself, whereas he understands quite well that the Jew understands the self-destructive tendency inherent in it.

Fundamentally, his problem with the Jew is precisely that the Jew's family history indicates that victimhood can be transcended - but he prefers to profit from victimhood rather than to transcend it.


24 posted on 05/07/2014 9:27:50 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism¬Ē is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: Bob

I also remember when the US empassy in Iran was first taken over, Mohammed Ali, to his credit, called those thugs and the ayatollah a “disgrace to islam”.


25 posted on 05/07/2014 1:33:32 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Grandpa was Irish, so no sympathy Dex. We didn’t get affimative action either.


26 posted on 05/07/2014 1:39:37 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Fundamentally, his problem with the Jew is precisely that the Jew's family history indicates that victimhood can be transcended - but he prefers to profit from victimhood rather than to transcend it.

VERY profound point. Thank you. Wish FR had a "LIKE" button.

27 posted on 05/07/2014 2:52:45 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Impala64ssa; don-o

Rwanda 1994. The UN stood by and watched.


28 posted on 05/07/2014 3:33:35 PM PDT by JOAT
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Fundamentally, his problem with the Jew is precisely that the Jew's family history indicates that victimhood can be transcended - but he prefers to profit from victimhood rather than to transcend it.
BRAVO!!

29 posted on 05/07/2014 10:55:08 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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