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  •  without getting all meta about it, (11+ / 0-)

    I think all of us, however pure of spirit, have racist thoughts from time to time. It's in the culture and how we're raised.

    The difference, I think, is in being able to recognize them and say, "Self, that was a racist thought. Not a good thing" -- rather than getting all het up and stalking someone with a loaded handgun.

    Being able to talk relatively openly about these issues is one of the first steps toward a national healing. You can't cure or repair something if you don't acknowledge the problem's existence.

    Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." -- Isaac Asimov

    by Mnemosyne on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 11:00:48 AM PDT

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    •  Sorry, this is one idea that really (0+ / 0-)

      makes my fury go sky high. It is the clear tone of the diary and I don't dispute the stats presented. I think the implication of this diary, in the attitude and statements, borders on insulting the dKos community.

      I was raised in a way that totally kept me from feeling or having racist thoughts. I distinctly remember thoughts I had at the age of four that clearly show an understanding of discrimination far beyond the normal thought of a child that age. Aside from the dinner table conversations, we knew black people. People I cared a lot about. The day I realized it was those people who were discriminated against, I don't remember well. It was too painful, too awful to think about. All I could do was feel.

      The first crush I had was on a guy with a Magic Johnson smile, with just as much melanin in his skin. I moved away unexpectedly right after school let out in June. No way I could ever tell Charlie good bye. That was way before kids in seventh grade would ask for each others phone numbers.

      One of the things I learned to do early in my nursing career was making people of another race, sexual orientation, even the criminals from jail, know I respected their humanity and dignity. I know very well how much it helped them.

      The fact that people sometimes have an uncomfortable feeling about someone of another race is not necessarily racist. The person may have done something would create that feeling no matter what race. It may have been something that brought to the hind brain an experience that was unsafe or bad.

      Again, the diarists stats are reality, I have lived with a lot this knowledge for up to 56 years. This comment

      If you cross over to the other side of the street when you see a young back man heading towards you, you are part of the problem.
      is very familiar. I don't even have a clue how many decades ago I started making sure that if a person of another race, especially black males were approaching me on a sidewalk, in hall way, etc. I would make eye contact, smile and say hi or good morning etc.

      Let me be very blunt. My appearance as a young girl  started producing comments by age 5 or 6. The first attempt at seduction was age 12, by my own grandfather. It went on for decades, despite being very limited in using make up, etc. and very freely revealing my intelligence. One doctor got my right fist hard in his solar plexus because he reached out to tickle my chest as he was walking behind me. Unfortunately for him, my next older sister had been in the habit when we were kids of holding me down and tickling my chest til I couldn't breathe. He said nothing - the blow knocked the air out of his lungs. That was the last time in that hospital a physician made any attempts. I was married.  

      I never got hit by an AA guy. Before or after I started wearing a wedding ring. I had friends, dates. Nothing inappropriate, ever.

      In the decades of this fight I have known plenty of other whites with the same convictions, lack of prejudice, etc. So pardon my displeasure at the tone of the diary.

      Also at the misinformation in the first paragraph below the orange thingy.

      Never mind that Martin was in the community with his father, visiting friends.
      In a video from Al Sharpton's show, Tracy Martin walks the route from the 7-11 that Trayvon probably took and states how close he was to his back door. He also explained a special connection he had with his son who saved him from a house fire when he was 9 years old. What was he doing there?

      Trying to go home. Stopped because of his skin deep color.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 07:13:43 PM PDT

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