White people are smug in the privileges that their skin tone gives them. They don’t realize the special status that they do have – many of them cry ‘reverse discrimination’ these days even though it does not exist, except maybe if the business in question is a taco stand that caters mainly to Latino clientele, for example. They would probably want to hire someone who speaks Spanish or is bilingual, and not a lot of Americans can speak more than one language.
When White Americans are well spoken, no one accuses them of ‘acting White’ or ‘being uppity’. The same goes for when they aren’t very articulate. I have watched shows where people spoke in heavy regional accents (which makes one sound uneducated to my ears), but they were White so I’m sure no one thought that they sounded ignorant, the way Blacks are described when they speak ‘Ebonics’ or when immigrants use broken English. Who looks down on Cockney accents or strong Brooklyn voices or those slow Southern drawls so long as they come the thin pink lips of a White person?
Who calls Eminem, Justin Bieber, Kid Rock, Robin Thicke, or Justin Timberlake, for instance, ‘thugs’ because of the way that they dress? Whites can walk around in sagging pants, their hair in dreadlocks or twists, their skin tanned to leather, and no one blinks an eye. If a Black man is sagging, he’s a felon just out of prison…his dreads are ‘nasty and dirty’, and as for having permanently dark skin – that is a nightmare for most non brown people. Remember the ‘nappy headed hoes’ comment? That’s the way White people see a lot of Black women. Blacks are definitely more sexualized than any other race.
Whites don’t know how it feels to walk into a store and feel every eye upon them, or to be ignored by the salespeople, just because they are a certain skin color. A lot of Whites believe that we can’t afford to buy anything in some shops – recall the incident with Oprah Winfrey in that exclusive store over in Switzerland a few years back? I guess they think all minorities shop at Goodwill or Walmart or some other cheap place but I’m here to tell you, the most visible customers I see in those stores are Whites, followed by Hispanics.
White people do not have to constantly prove themselves the way minorities must do. If the job requires only a high school diploma, it might be wise for the minority to have a 2 year college degree or at least a one year diploma or certificate from a vocational trades school. I have seen requirements that ask for a lot and I always think to myself: why in the world should this position have a need for x amount of schooling, and x amount of experience into the bargain? I always see young White girls in jobs that deal with the public, such as a receptionist or a secretary, and even in minority-run dental offices, there were will be several White women present. You rarely see Blacks – or Latinos – in White dental clinics in my area.
White people are never told to ‘get over’ the Holocaust, 9/11, the Civil War, or any of the other wars. Yet Blacks are always reminded that slavery ended over a hundred years ago. Never mind that the Black Codes and Jim Crow Laws were instituted after the fall of slavery. Never mind that Blacks did not have any more rights than the average mutt in the street. Never mind that the Ku Klux Klan and White Citizens Councils reigned powerfully supreme over the region of the South, terrorizing Blacks and those that supported them. Never mind that more than 5,000 Blacks were lynched from the late 1800s through the mid 1900s.
I hate playing the race card but sometimes there are words that must be spoken – or written, as the case may be with this blog post – and I firmly believe that Blacks will have to look to their own kind if they want to lift themselves up from poverty, crime, single motherhood, drug dealing, chemical dependence, and other woes before marching with Black Lives Matter. The problem isn’t the police or White people, illegal aliens or GMOs, skinheads or the KKK. The problems lie within our own communities and until we own up to it, we shall never overcome.