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Oppressed

Posted in Library of Congress, Race, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on March 21, 2016

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There was a link to some racial polemic today, White People Explain Why They Feel Oppressed. The feature talks about a group of people, known as both “white people” and “some white people.” If you read anything about racism, this will be familiar material.

“Modern white Americans are one of the most powerful groups of people to ever exist on this planet and yet those very people—or, if you’re white, you people—staunchly believe that the primary victims of modern racism are whites. We see this in poll after poll. A recent one by the Public Religion Research Institute found 52 percent of whites agreed, “Today discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities.” … Why is it that some white people feel like they are the primary victims of racism?”

This is an interesting bit of logic. A slim majority, in one study, says the discrimination against whites is as big a problem as discrimination against blacks. In the next paragraph, whites are “the primary victims of racism”. Not only that, this statement is assumed to be the truth. We bypass the determination of truth, and go directly to wondering about the reason.

The 52 percent figure is found on pages 45 and 46 of the study. Other demographics involved are age and religion. In fact, “37% of religiously unaffiliated Americans believe that discrimination against white Americans has become as big a problem as discrimination against other groups.” Maybe the question should not be about white people, but about Christians.

The rest of the article is full of semantics and rhetoric. It makes statements like “It’s definitely easier to blame a person of color than it is to try to understand how faceless global economic forces have screwed you over.” You could easily substitute white person, for person of color, and get the same result. People are going to look for someone, usually “the other,” to blame.

The Vice article was written by Touré Neblett, whose byline typically only has his first name. He has stuck his keyboard in his mouth before. “Neblett tweeted out an article calling for slavery reparations and endorsing its arguments. One of his followers shot back that “My family survived a concentration camp, came to the US w/ nothing, LEGALLY, and made it work.” But Neblett responded by chalking their survival up to “the power of whiteness.”

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. Some pictures are of the Tuskegee Airmen.

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