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It can be hard to see racism if you’re white
Deluth News Tribune ^ | 1/27/2012 | Naomi Yaeger-Bischoff

Posted on 01/30/2012 2:29:07 PM PST by YankeeReb

I work very hard. My parents worked hard. Everything I have is because we all worked for it, right?

I was raised to believe that. And I do believe it. But about six years ago I saw a video that opened my eyes to the possibility there may be other ingredients to success.

It was after worship services at First United Methodist Church one Sunday. A bunch of us — all white, educated, and, I daresay, comfortable — watched a video. In it, people of all races stood in a line in the middle of a room. The leader of the group asked several questions, telling people to respond by moving forward or stepping back. She said step back if you had ever been followed around a store. Step forward if you expect to inherit at least a little money when your parents die. Step back if you’ve ever been denied housing because of your race. Step back if you worried that your hairstyle was too “ethnic” for an employer or if you’ve ever been stopped for driving your car in the wrong neighborhood.

Wow!

As I watched the video, I realized that even though I have worked hard most of my life, I’ve never had to put up with problems like that. I’ve felt accepted no matter where I went, and if I didn’t, it wasn’t because of my race.

I realized that even though my father had literally put blood, sweat and tears into farming land in southwestern Minnesota, that had he been Native American or African American his parents probably wouldn’t have even owned land in the first place. And my life would have been much different.

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FYI.

Words fail me when garbage like this actually gets published in a newspaper.

1 posted on 01/30/2012 2:29:10 PM PST by YankeeReb
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To: YankeeReb
Apparently these billboards are being put up in Deluth


2 posted on 01/30/2012 2:30:57 PM PST by YankeeReb
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To: YankeeReb

“BARF” tag??


3 posted on 01/30/2012 2:33:09 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: YankeeReb

Hey, Naomi, don’t be dissing me wit’ yo’ White Guilt. Homey don’t play that game.


4 posted on 01/30/2012 2:33:49 PM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: YankeeReb
The title might have read: It can be hard to see racism if you don't expect to be a victim of it

And what the heck does inheriting even a bit of money have to do with race. Yeah, this is typical tripe.

5 posted on 01/30/2012 2:33:49 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: YankeeReb

ask a Rhodesian if he or she sees much racism


6 posted on 01/30/2012 2:34:04 PM PST by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common- Voltaire)
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To: YankeeReb

And conversely, it’s easy to see racism if you are a minority, even if it isn’t there...


7 posted on 01/30/2012 2:34:23 PM PST by LifePath
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To: YankeeReb

No we do see it, like getting into college competing against affirmative action candidates. Hell white males are the most discriminated against people on the planet. Cripes everything is skin tone.


8 posted on 01/30/2012 2:34:32 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: YankeeReb
It can be hard to see racism if you’re white

Ah hah! So, THAT'S what it is...

9 posted on 01/30/2012 2:35:23 PM PST by moovova ("Obama Bulbs" - That's what I call the new CFL light bulbs...because they're not too bright.)
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To: YankeeReb

Yes, it is hard for blacks to notice the anti-white racism that pervades all workplaces (and has for the past 25 years.

It is hard for blacks to notice that the 85% of America that is white chose to vote for affirmative action in 2008, and that is how we got the clearly incompetent black boob as president.

It is hard to see anti-white pro-black racism when you are black. I do agree.


10 posted on 01/30/2012 2:35:31 PM PST by Notwithstanding (1998 ACU ratings: Newt=100%, Paul=88%, Santorum=84% [the last year all were in Congress])
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To: YankeeReb

“It can be hard to see racism if you’re white”

And mighty easy to see it if you’re not.


11 posted on 01/30/2012 2:36:10 PM PST by Scanian
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To: YankeeReb

It’s easy to claim racism when your opponent is white. It takes no thought at all.


12 posted on 01/30/2012 2:36:25 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: LifePath

“And conversely, it’s easy to see racism if you are a minority, even if it isn’t there...”

Especially if you’re making a profit from it. Then it’s just everywhere.


13 posted on 01/30/2012 2:36:37 PM PST by mkmensinger
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To: YankeeReb

Possibly the lady’s cable provider doesn’t carry BET.


14 posted on 01/30/2012 2:36:56 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: YankeeReb
southwestern Minnesota

The author needs to get out more. Say take a trip to Baltimore, DC or Philly and walk down the inner city and feel the love. Then get back to me.

15 posted on 01/30/2012 2:37:19 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: YankeeReb

Take the A train uptown on Friday night if you’re white. Get off at the end, walk around the block, and come back downtown.

Let me know how that goes.


16 posted on 01/30/2012 2:38:31 PM PST by Darteaus94025
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To: YankeeReb
Actually its pretty easy to see nowadays, but its just in a direction that the author of this self-flaggelating weep-fest wouldn't care to consider.

Heck, the man currently in the White House is currently a posterboyperson for this kind of racism.
Simple question: would Mr. Obama had ever been considered qualified to run for office (President, Senator, Legislature) if he was a mere white man?
Why was he given the brass ring? Racism.

17 posted on 01/30/2012 2:39:10 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: YankeeReb

Black Entertainment television (BET)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

I could go on and on but as a white guy see black racism all over the place.

This is how they took over Zimbabwe and ran all the white farmers out....and turned to starvation.


18 posted on 01/30/2012 2:39:10 PM PST by CodeToad (NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!!)
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To: kosciusko51
The cure for White Guilt.....
 
 



19 posted on 01/30/2012 2:39:12 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (Newt or else. What part of "Join or Die" don't you understand?)
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To: YankeeReb

It’s hard to see anything BUT racism when you persistently look at the world through race-colored glasses.


20 posted on 01/30/2012 2:39:30 PM PST by Maceman (Obama: As American as nasei goreng)
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To: YankeeReb
I have seen plenty of racism - AGAINST WHITES!!
21 posted on 01/30/2012 2:39:36 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: YankeeReb

White Like Me

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/white-like-me/278716


22 posted on 01/30/2012 2:39:45 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: YankeeReb
Words fail me when garbage like this actually gets published in a newspaper.

The sad reality is that a large number of non-thinking people will believe this trash.

The only real racism that remains today is in the Democrat party and in victimology groups such as the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus. Herman Cain correctly stated: "A lot of these liberal, leftist folk in this country, that are black, they're more racist than the white people that they're claiming to be racist."

23 posted on 01/30/2012 2:40:34 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: YankeeReb
Not every white person owned land either. Where do people come up with junk like this? I can still remember the friends who lived on someone’s land as sharecroppers. I also remember Black friends of my parents who owned houses in town and some owned farms. Some people are still stuck on stupid. Not every person is a victim.
24 posted on 01/30/2012 2:40:59 PM PST by MamaB
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To: YankeeReb

I feel the same way. There should have been a warning to get your waders out and strap them on, you’ll need them to read that article. Very sad........


25 posted on 01/30/2012 2:41:52 PM PST by Pilated
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To: Sgt_Schultze

“It can be hard to see racism if you’re white”

It is not hard at all . . . I see it all the time. Gangs of minority youts “wilding” or “flash mobbing” whites. Minority youts committing hate crimes on white kids and adults.
No, it is not hard to see it at all!!


26 posted on 01/30/2012 2:42:12 PM PST by Mr. Wright (N\)
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To: YankeeReb; All

of course this means that if you a non-white then racism is very easy to see because everything bad that happens to you and everything that does not go your way is due to racism- just ask the race baiters...

“I realized that even though my father had literally put blood, sweat and tears into farming land in southwestern Minnesota, that had he been Native American or African American his parents probably wouldn’t have even owned land in the first place. And my life would have been much different.”

any black American or native American that puts blood, sweat and tears into farming land or any other occupation will have something to hand down to their kids...my dad was NYPD for 23 years during a time when cops made nothing...he worked second and third jobs regularly because he had to in order to make ends meet....this is why i now work 5-6-7 days a week as i learned my work ethic from him...

its not a matter or being white, black, green or blue its a matter of doing what is necessary to ethically get where you wnt to go....then again its much easier to cry “racism!” rather than work 7 days a week...


27 posted on 01/30/2012 2:42:12 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: YankeeReb
It can be hard to see racism if you’re white

Yeah, first of all you have to be looking for it under every rock so you have something to blame for your abject failure in life, and to justify wrapping yourself in a comfy cocoon of permanent "victimhood".

"Where's my free stuff?"

28 posted on 01/30/2012 2:42:57 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: YankeeReb

Some people are, basically, trained to see discrimination. Look up college courses or essays on “microaggression” and you’ll see what I mean.

If we al took training like this, or lived in a culture that constantly looked for discrimination, the move up- move back issue would come out quite different.

A white who did not get an apartment is going to look somewhere else. A black will automatically assume that the reason they didn’t get it was their skin color, most often in the complete absense of evidence.

It DOES happen to blacks and Spanish-speaking people, but I’ll guess nowhere near as often as the “victims” think.


29 posted on 01/30/2012 2:43:51 PM PST by DBrow
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To: YankeeReb

That article is the most racist drivel I have seen in quite a while. She is blatantly saying that if ones melanin content is different from hers, people are automatically unable to succeed.
If that’s not the most ugly, racist, bigoted point of view I have recently seen. I bet she fails to apply that to red heads and that makes it even worse.


30 posted on 01/30/2012 2:43:57 PM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: YankeeReb
I being white and having to traverse through black neighborhoods to get to school in my youth have experienced racism pointed at me many times. I don't blame the offending race for what I had to go through. I blame the racist individuals who did it to me.

I got to where I am in life through hard work. I will never apologize for my success.

31 posted on 01/30/2012 2:44:34 PM PST by outpostinmass2
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To: YankeeReb
I being white and having to traverse through black neighborhoods to get to school in my youth have experienced racism pointed at me many times. I don't blame the offending race for what I had to go through. I blame the racist individuals who did it to me.

I got to where I am in life through hard work. I will never apologize for my success.

32 posted on 01/30/2012 2:44:57 PM PST by outpostinmass2
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To: YankeeReb

So how does Affirmative Action help?

The result is, when a black person truly does achieve success, a lot of people will only think they got there because of Affirmative Action, or some other quota-based program...how does that help race relations?


33 posted on 01/30/2012 2:45:11 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: YankeeReb

I will tell you the first thought that went through my mind as I was reading your post, it was “Oh, cry me a f*ing river...” Then I caught myself and realized that I am White and I should feel guilty. Yeee Haaaaa!


34 posted on 01/30/2012 2:45:22 PM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: CodeToad

you forgot the obvious bro- Cogressional Black Caucus (CBC)...

then again a Tea Party causus would be racist...


35 posted on 01/30/2012 2:46:10 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: YankeeReb

yes it is hard to see racism if you’;re white because the racism is directed at you if you are white.

Whites are told you can;t get a promotion, a job, position , get into school etc because you are not white.

Affirmative action the program which is racist towards whites and rewards those sometimes who are not qualified but they get it because they are not white


36 posted on 01/30/2012 2:47:29 PM PST by manc (FOX, DRUDGE, HAS BEEN DISGUSTING IN THEIR BIASED ATTACKS V NEWT. I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: YankeeReb

I stopped reading at “United Methodist Church”.

Forgive me if I don’t give a d@mn what a bunch of communists, atheists, and sexual deviants have to say on *any* topic.


37 posted on 01/30/2012 2:47:29 PM PST by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: central_va

Yeah, it would be nice if some of those quetions included “Step forward if you’ve ever gotten a job preference because of your race.” Or, “Step back if you’ve ever been passed over for the same reason.”


38 posted on 01/30/2012 2:47:39 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: kosciusko51

Yes, I’ve been followed around stores by aggressive salesmen...I don’t think this was racial at all-the salesman is just obnoxious! And if you are a woman, locking your car doors is a GOOD thing to do when stopped at a streetcorner where numerous men are gathered, no matter what their race. I did not think Native Americans even BELIEVED in the private ownership of land! This babe is just another lib zombie;)


39 posted on 01/30/2012 2:47:53 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: nolongerademocrat
It can be hard to see racism if you’re white

I remember a 16 year old black kid telling me he was going to kick my ass if he saw me on "his" street again and then looked over at my Chinese friend and said, "Not you. You're cool. Just him, cause he white."

It was really, REALLY easy for me to see racism.
40 posted on 01/30/2012 2:48:25 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Mr. Wright

It is not hard at all . . . I see it all the time. Gangs of minority youts “wilding” or “flash mobbing” whites. Minority youts committing hate crimes on white kids and adults.
No, it is not hard to see it at all!!


 
 
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Look at pop culture for more examples of racist behavior. Hollywood, MTV, rap music and other such forms of "entertainment" are filled with cuss words and references to n - - - , bitches and ho's.
 
The ghetto culture has overcome America.


41 posted on 01/30/2012 2:48:25 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (Newt or else. What part of "Join or Die" don't you understand?)
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To: YankeeReb
The idea that the world is out to get blacks is bullshit, but it's a self fulfilling prophecy. That's the problem. If you're white and you're denied a loan, you try, try again. If you're black and you're denied a loan, you chalk it out to racism. They're taught that the deck is stacked against them so they don't persevere the way other races do. Their so-called leaders are more to blame for their plight than white racism because they perpetuate the myth.
42 posted on 01/30/2012 2:49:36 PM PST by youngidiot (Hear Hear!)
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To: YankeeReb

It’s hard to see racism in the mirror if you’re black ...


43 posted on 01/30/2012 2:50:07 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: YankeeReb

Step back if you ever watched a black colleague receive a promotion or other benefit at work based exclusively on “diversity” programs. Step back even further if other people were more qualified for that promotion or benefit.

Step back if your employer has ever had a special month that is designated exclusively to recognize black people but has no such month for white people.

Step back if your employer goes soft on workplace problems caused by black people because they don’t want to seem racist.

Step back if you had ever been sneered at in public by black people whom you have never seen before and seem to hate you because you are whote.

Step forward if you expect to receive slavery reparation payments someday.

Step forward if you expect to receive special government incentives for your business because you are black.

Step back if you’ve ever been denied a scholarship because you aren’t black.

Step back if you’ve ever been taunted by black punks in parking lot for driving your car in the wrong neighborhood.

Step forward if you have ever used the race card at school or at work because you know white people fall all over themselves at the mere allegation of racism.


44 posted on 01/30/2012 2:50:54 PM PST by Notwithstanding (1998 ACU ratings: Newt=100%, Paul=88%, Santorum=84% [the last year all were in Congress])
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Let's not blame the reporterette.

She's growing into a fine little liberal.

She's learning how to hate herself.

45 posted on 01/30/2012 2:50:57 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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I realized that even though my father had literally put blood, sweat and tears into farming land in southwestern Minnesota, that had he been Native American or African American his parents probably wouldn’t have even owned land in the first place.

Naomi Yaeger-Bischoff, even with the moronic hyphenated name, I hope you realise what a massive disappointment you have been to both your parents and grandparents. Take a walk around some parts of Philadelphia by yourself in the evening some time and then tell us all about prejudice.

46 posted on 01/30/2012 2:51:18 PM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: YankeeReb

It’s obviously politically correct on FR to ridicule this article but I happen to believe that its essential point is true. I *think* even if you were to ask conservative blacks like Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Alan Keyes, they would likely say that they have experienced racism. I also think that if you ask all sorts of blacks in America they would report the same thing. This is not the same thing as saying that there isn’t imagined or made up racism. There is. There is also real racism. To deny it is to deny reality.

I don’t go from there to then say we should have affirmative action. We shouldn’t. That’s just compounding the problem.

But come on people - racism isn’t something like the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus - it’s alive and well. It’s not as pervasive as it once was, it’s not as accepted as it once was, it’s not an excuse for every failing.

But, to cite but one example, there *is* such a thing as Driving While Black. To pretend otherwise is foolishness.


47 posted on 01/30/2012 2:51:53 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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...step back if you had ever been followed around a store. Step forward if you expect to inherit at least a little money when your parents die. Step back if you’ve ever been denied housing because of your race. Step back if you worried that your hairstyle was too “ethnic” for an employer...

Step forward if you have ever been thrilled that a brother got away with a brutal double murder.


Students react to televised OJ verdict.

48 posted on 01/30/2012 2:51:53 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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http://microaggressions.com/

http://www.apa.org/monitor/2009/02/microaggression.aspx

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/microaggressions-in-everyday-life/201010/racial-microaggressions-in-everyday-life

With special training and “outlook modification” like this, you to can become a racially-oppressed person!


49 posted on 01/30/2012 2:52:22 PM PST by DBrow
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To: SoldierDad

white guilt sucks...


50 posted on 01/30/2012 2:53:22 PM PST by brivette
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