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  •  As a white person (22+ / 0-)

    I'm beyond embarrassed by the whining that goes on by white people. When I think of the countless small and not so small indignities that are daily heaped upon my brothers and sisters of color...and met for the most part with a graciousness and tolerance completely absent in the "white community". I'm convinced the average white person wouldn't last a minute if the roles were reversed, and perhaps that's the underlying truth that creates and recreates the fear and ignorance that is the core of racism.

    In the beginning there was nothing...which exploded.

    by lucysdad on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 03:26:27 PM PDT

    •  As a white person (1+ / 0-)
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      Rick Aucoin

      have you always gotten a free pass, never gotten rejected for anything, and always been treated right by your superiors? Didn't think so.

      The whole "my adversity cancels out your adversity" bullshit needs to stop.

    •  That was the ultimate horror (1+ / 0-)
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      that Mark Twain put into the last two paragraphs of Pudd'nhead Wilson, when the 1/32 Black slave switched at birth (so that he would not be at risk of being sold down the river) and raised as White has been convicted of murder:

      The false heir made a full confession and was sentenced to imprisonment for life. But now a complication came up. The Percy Driscoll estate was in such a crippled shape when its owner died that it could pay only sixty percent of its great indebtedness, and was settled at that rate. But the creditors came forward now, and complained that inasmuch as through an error for which THEY were in no way to blame the false heir was not inventoried at the time with the rest of the property, great wrong and loss had thereby been inflicted upon them. They rightly claimed that "Tom" was lawfully their property and had been so for eight years; that they had already lost sufficiently in being deprived of his services during that long period, and ought not to be required to add anything to that loss; that if he had been delivered up to them in the first place, they would have sold him and he could not have murdered Judge Driscoll; therefore it was not that he had really committed the murder, the guilt lay with the erroneous inventory. Everybody saw that there was reason in this. Everybody granted that if "Tom" were white and free it would be unquestionably right to punish him—it would be no loss to anybody; but to shut up a valuable slave for life—that was quite another matter.

      As soon as the Governor understood the case, he pardoned Tom at once, and the creditors sold him down the river.

      The reader who has any imagination at all is thus invited to imagine how a man who has led a life of spoiled White entitlement would react to being subjected to the worst form of slavery in the United States, where merely being literate was a crime, and how long he would survive the treatment he would inevitably receive in consequence.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 11:13:56 AM PDT

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