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girlsgenerationvevo asked: Yes; I was referring to that message, but I didn't have enough space to quote it lol Anyway, PoC don't make fun of white people because they think it's gonna end racism. Like I said, it's a coping mechanism. Like how when you're in a situation being caused by someone, and the situation is so crappy all you can really do is laugh about it and make fun of them or you'll go nuts. Also, if you don't mind me asking, are you white?
That makes a lot of sense. Yeah I can see why people would do that in that situation. I would absolutely do the same thing. You’re right. Yes I am white. I’m the dude in my avatar.
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steamuserid asked: All I can really add to this is that it just all seems convoluted and a bit pointless. I (personally) believe that racism affects all races/ethnic groups; I know my dad, who is white, had problems with people acting superior to him because he was growing up in a troubled city area. I don't think I answered your question really but I just feel like it shouldn't be fine to say rude remarks because of race regardless of if the person is white, black, etc.
I think you add an interesting viewpoint! While it almost never happens, it is possible for that kind of hate to affect white people. I guess my issue is that those examples tend to get all of the notice. I wish the same amount of attention was given to ethnic minorities since their problems always seem to be swept under the rug.
raulgoesrawr asked: This has to do with white privilege. Specifically, in the U.S. the government is built for and maintained by white men. So when people talk about "reverse racism" and people of color make fun of it, it's because it's impossible. Racism is about power. It implies that there are institutions that literally bar people of color from receiving great power. Reverse racism doesn't exist. And people of color can't be racist because it implies they hold power over white people, which they dont.
I think that’s a great argument and I think it’s very true. White men hold the power and essentially control other ethnic groups through cultural attitudes, but I don’t necessarily agree that “reverse racism” doesn’t exist. Firstly, I don’t believe in the term “reverse racism.” I think racism is racism. But while I think the argument you provided is a great explanation of why people express hate towards white people, I don’t think it exactly justifies it. Expressing intolerance towards white people I think would further the divide between races instead of trying to remedy the situation. I acknowledge that white people have done very little to contribute to fixing the problem, but I do think progress is being made, however slowly. I just don’t think using hate to fight hate would win out.
Anonymous asked: People play off the guilt of white people, convincing them that it's okay to be made fun of because of what white people have done to other races. People often lump all white people together as well. Saying that even if a few white people are racist then the whole race is racist. Like that master post that said if a milkshake is 10% shit the whole thing is ruined, like if a few white people are racist they are all ruined. Even though that argument is totally invalid on several levels. It's sad.
While you make some good points, I think it’s important to point out that we all have implicit prejudices. While a lot of white people aren’t openly being racist, many white people do perpetuate stereotypes that don’t help anything. You don’t have to commit racist acts to hinder the progress of equality.
justbeingbrown asked: I don't think it's okay to be racist to any ethic group. I think why people think it's okay is because its usually the minority that is the victim of racism, which never seems to be white people.
That’s very true. White people are almost never the victim, and that should be considered. But I don’t know if trivializing the hate that those few white people DO face is the answer.
justbeingbrown asked: I almost feel as though they think that its okay because you usually hear about white being racist so now everyone is just getting them back.
I think a “revenge” mindset could be the reason, but I’m sure there is more behind it than that because that’s not a very compelling reason.
girlsgenerationvevo asked: It's not "okay", but I suppose it's justified because, regardless of sexual orientation, white people ARE privileged. They don't have to worry about most of the things that PoC have to worry about, plus white people have been oppressing PoC for eons and continue to do so inadvertently or otherwise. It's just how PoC cope, especially since most white people will be quick to tell me I'm being a killjoy because I didn't laugh at the extremely racist joke they just made.
I understand that. It makes a lot of sense that thy respond in that way and I think they have good reason to do it. But I think you bring up an interesting point when you say that it doesn’t necessarily make it okay.
Okay I have a question. I am not trying to incite an argument or anything, but if you are a social justice person, please enlighten me.
I see a lot of posts about people being racist towards white people or making fun of white people and there’s always that person that replies saying that it’s wrong to be racist against white people or it’s wrong to be sexist against men or the like. Usually there is a reply to that that says something like “aw a white person got their feelings hurt” or “that’s the sound of white people tears.”
My question is that no one has ever really made an appropriate response or provided an argument as to why it’s okay to do that. I get that saying those things is funny and that people actually hold that point of view but I guess I’m just looking for a solid argument.
I want to emphasize that I’m not picking sides here. I just want to learn more about both sides of the issue. Feel free to message me and I’ll publish it for everyone unless you ask me not to.
But seriously. It’s almost 2014 and we haven’t invented a washing machine/dryer combo.
"boy i’m in a great mood!"
"oh, please. you can’t REALLY be in a great mood. there are people out there who just got raises. people just got married. people are being reunited with their families right now. how dare you say you’re happy."
The equivalent of someone saying you can’t be sad because other people have it worse than you.
This is how I feel when you say “I’m sorry” and someone says “Why? It’s not your fault”
I just want to say “What if I said I was happy for you? Would you look at me and say ‘why? You aren’t the reason I’m happy.’”