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Showing posts with label White Privilege. Show all posts
Showing posts with label White Privilege. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Quick Hit: "I Want A White Doctor!"

A few hours ago we published a piece about white privilege. We worked with quit a few words to delineate various levels of racism which isn't factor in the life of American white people. Link.

We are offering a quick hit related to the topic. 

 As you view what follows, notice the overwhelming level of overt racism the women is totally comfortable exhibiting.  Also notice a fairly common tactic among bigots and racists: that ever-present strategy to turn situations around while feigning victimhood.

The Root published a piece about black doctors and the reality of it all.
Video of a White Woman Demanding a White Doctor Shocked Everyone ... Except Black Doctors 


A Paradigm (Even If Conferred) Worthy Of Discarding: White Privilege

I only post special posts regarding race and America's evolving reach back to times of old. Yes, anti-Black racism experienced, a short respite in the late 1960s and very early 1970s.

As we moved through the 1970s, I assert, a resurgence of racism, white supremacy, bigotry and all forms of their social deficiencies. A resurgence directly attributable to political strategy, political policy and political operatives who leveraged America's 75% white citizenry as a field of "wins": for Americans who bought and incorporated Kevin Phillips's (Nixon), and Lee Atwater's (Reagan) Southern Strategy. The net-net of the strategy was solid GOP voting blocs (southern states, rural denizens, most western states, and millions who would resent human equality even within their own a metaphor).  

The Kevin Phillips strategy is as real and productive a political strategy as tax cuts are integral to any and all GOP political platforms.  While tax cuts served the party via appearing to all (especially the nation's wealthy), the psychological effects of a fully incorporated southern strategy (ideology) involves deep rooted assimilation of racial bias, bigotry, and racism. Assimilation which is reinforced via family units, friend associations and, yes, school environments. Ideology requires one major conduit: human senses as paths to a mental repository which guides behavior.   While no a psychologist, I suggest we suffer from the successful paradigm developed  by, and nurtured via,  the GOP. 

The GOP taps into that repository (paradigm). But human beings are not robots, the usefulness of the paradigm doesn't just sit on a shelf for application as elections approach.  For some the paradigm feeds another consideration which reaches across all aspects of Americana:  White Privilege.

White privilege isn't a topic which is easy to explore. A major reason for the reticence in approaching the topic is the broad scope and depths of its fissures. From obvious disparate treatment of black police stops (New York City Stop & Frisk).....

2011 DATA

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...through the equally serious reality of the GOP Southern Strategy. Another example of the conferred nature of white privilege manifest in the less visible, but economically deleterious home mortgage lending discrimination of a few years back.

Justice Department Reaches $21 Million Settlement to Resolve ..


Merrill Lynch agrees to $160 million racial bias settlement - Aug. 28 ...

When industry giants practice race based discrimination as a matter of policy (albeit unwritten policy) it is impossible to overlook the privilege you may derive simply based on your birth. You may not seek privilege, you may even abhor privilege, but rest assured your skin color offers a privilege which millions upon millions across the globe do not share.

There are some, very few, who are witnessing a changing society and taking a stand uncommon to most.  It should be noted if you are male, you also have certain conferred privileges regardless of your race.

Bev Collier

One important way that I can use my privilege as a white person to help eliminate racism is not to walk away or ignore a conversation or experience regarding race that places me out of my comfort zone. A few that things I have learned:
1) It is important to listen to what people of color are trying to say and to believe them when they share their experiences with racism. Their stories are their reality and only they know what it is like being a person of color in this country.

2) Avoid responses that diminish their struggles. Leave off the "but ifs" and assuming that if they had acted in a certain way they could have avoided the experience. Take off the privileged white lens and try to understand what it must be like to be victims of racism every day!

3) Hold that knee-jerk defensive reaction when I feel offended. Be quiet and listen!

4) Reflect on my own words and actions, learn from the experience, and change the err of my ways.
5) Be willing to make mistakes. Risk putting your thoughts and feelings out there to be challenged by those who are most effected by racism.
6) Don't expect people of color to teach me about racism! I should already know!
7) Don't expect people of color to soothe my wounds when my tender white feelings are hurt.
8) Understand that people of color get tired of dealing with racism and don't always want to talk about it. They desire to live their lives and find peace and joy in their daily lives. I need to talk more to white folks about racism!
~ Bev Collier

If you need more....


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

UPDATE: Apology? Arizona Student's "N" Word Exhibition Signs Of A Socially Devolving Nation

UPDATE:  One apologizes.  For my perspective apology, no accepted.

The Daily News published this piece earlier today.

NY Daily

Earlier today:

Earlier in the week we published this piece about the Arizona students.

  Another day, another exhibition of American Racism.
Desert Vista High School seniors

This photo, taken by a student and widely available on social media on Friday, shows Desert Vista High School seniors after class photo day. KJZZ has obscured the faces of the students. 

(Photo via Twitter)
Well, let's show white privilege for what it is worth and with full disclosure. We have un-"obscured" the faces and added the names of what amounts to the embodiment of American racism; in a state well noted for its anti-Civil Rights aura.

Oh, I can hear it now. "They are young, they are joshing around, they aren't racists." Of course, not; they are the overt manifestation of white privilege and the obvious offspring of parents who probably raised them with complete indifference to tolerance of people of color; in some cases possibly raised by parents who practice open bigotry and racism.  
Now for more detail from the source that first draw my attention to the exhibition. 
KJZZ 91.5 (Phoenix)

Phoenix Students Spell Out Racial Slur On T-Shirts, Leading To Social Media Outrage

By  Will Stone
Jan. 22, 2016


(Photo via Twitter)
This photo, taken by a student and widely available on social media on Friday, shows Desert Vista High School seniors after class photo day. KJZZ has obscured the faces of the students.
A photo of Ahwatukee high school seniors spelling out a racial slur on T-shirts has triggered outrage across social media.    
Every year, the more than 700 seniors at Desert Vista High School participate in a panoramic class photo shoot. Students sport shirts with letters spelling out various phrases, all pre-approved by the school. But this year that tradition took a bad turn. 
After the class photo — and unbeknownst to administrators — half a dozen female students gathered in a corner and with smiles, lined up next to each other to spell out a racial slur, commonly referred to as the “N-word.” The middle two letters of the word are asterisks, instead of gs.  
The picture quickly went viral on Twitter, with some calling for the students to be suspended or expelled. Many users also called for names and details about the students.  
“I cannot stress enough how upset and absolutely outraged the principal is, the administration is at Desert Vista," said Jill Hanks, a spokesperson for Tempe Union High School District, which runs Desert Vista. 
Of course, you know what is next.  "I'm not racist!" 
Sc the second from the left exhibitionist decided to respond to criticism via "proof" she has black friends; thus not a racist.  What does she do? She appears to have reached back to what seems a grade school picture as a tool (proof).  The "N" word image shows a much taller and more mature exhibitionist than the very obvious pre-pubic offender.  
Another "What's next" item is, as predicted, "they are just kids.
Herewith is a typical dismissive response, and it is from an African-American. 
......these are just kids, I don't care about their year book. in fact, let them have the photo. As an adult, people-matters are far more interesting than school yard politics. Take the presidential nomination, for example. Who will lead public policy for the next 4 years? Who will you elect? Doesn't that sound more interesting than a high school argument about racial language?
" an adult, people matters are far more interesting than schoolyard politics." If the young African-American commenter wasn't so accepting of public use of the "N": word VAI WHITEs, he would think more carefully and intelligently about his comments. He states "kids" with anticipation of more relevancy regarding adults (and the coming elections). If such behavior isn't checked and placed in a box of close scrutiny and scorn, said behavior repeats and proliferates and supports levels of such exhibition that have increased exponentially since President Obama took office in 2009.  The young rationalizer fails to move his acceptance of the "language" and inherent harm the language does to people who are easily influenced, the very young and the level of offense to those who lived the word "Nigger": during a time when it carried additional potential baggage: lynching, land grabs, rapes and Jim Crow. Possibly the young rationalizer has grown to buy the hype of a musical genre (Hip HOP and Rap) that has so promulgated the use of indecent language the "N" word has become part of his paradigm.  The scenario beckons a question. "What happens if the young rationalizer stands face to face with one fo the six young racist or all of the six and the word "nigger" is level to his sense of hearing and into his brain?" I doubt he would lecture the students in the merits of voting in the fall (Of course, the kids are too young to vote).
The young who grow unfettered or unchallenged for use of such an exhibition run the real risk of growing into what follows.  It is a very familiar exhibition based on the reality of a guy headed to work, stopping at Family dollar to purchase a toothbrush, and the noise of his truck (as he started it) must have frightened the women's unattended kids.  Notice the free and open use of the word "Nigger", and the reality her children while developing similarly. 
A day later and after a visit from local police with word the truck driver could press charges, the woman went here.
In the video, the woman tells the man that her husband is on his way to confront him, and upon realizing that the conversation is being recorded on camera, she taunts that the video wouldn’t get her in any legal trouble, quoted as saying:
“He knows the cops? How many cops have I stripped for?”  
The same day the video was uploaded, Redditor crunchy_noodles submitted the video to the /r/videos[2] subreddit, where comments were disabled shortly after Redditors began posting the woman’s personally identifiable information, but not before they identified her as Janelle Ambrosia and uncovered her Facebook account. In less than 48 hours, the video gained over 4.2 million views. 
Notable DevelopmentsIn the following days, the video was highlighted by several news sites including The Daily Mail,[7] The Daily Dot[8] and The Huffington Post.[9] On June 4th, a Facebook page[13] titled “Janelle Ambrosia is racist” was created, gaining over 14,000 likes in less than 48 hours. 
Radio Interview with the Woman
On June 4th, Buffalo, New York radio station WBLK[3] uploaded a video to their YouTube channel[4] featuring a phone interview they had conducted with the women from the video, who identified herself as Janelle Ambrosia. The interview was arranged after she contacted the station with a desire to share “her side of the story.” During the interview Ambrosia alleges the man videotaping the incident had almost hit her son with his car and had called her a “Crackheaded cracker.” She went on to say that her ex was trying to use the video as means to gain custody of their children, and insisted several times that she is not a racist.

In less than 48 hours the video gained over 500,000 views, and was been featured on several websites including Gawker[5] and Mediate.[6] 
Radio Interview with the Driver
On the next day, the station uploaded a video of an on air interview with the man behind the camera, Narvell Benning, which had aired the previous night during a show called Brian’s World. During the interview Benning refutes Ambrosia’s claims he had called her names, and claimed he had only scared her children by starting his car, but did not nearly hit them. He also expressed disappointment that her children had witnessed her tirade.
No, dismissing the racist students off as kids is not a viable option.
As an after thought, it is worth noting the students live in a state in which the acceptance of national holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. was only enacted to accommodate securing the Super Bowl.  It was the last state to sign-on in recognition of a national Civil right leader. 
Yet, we are finding exhibitions (in various forms) of heinous racism in every state of the union.

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Ugliness Of White Privilege (UPDATED)


Atlanta man gets himself and his friends fired by mocking black child in racist Facebook selfie

An employee of Atlanta-based Polaris Marketing Group (PMG) was fired after he posted a photo of himself with a coworker’s black child that went viral. reported that on Sep. 16, blond, hazel-eyed Gerod Roth — known on Facebook as Geris Hilton — posted a photo of himself looking askance at a school-aged black boy over his shoulder. 
The racist comments came pouring in almost immediately.
Read more at The Raw Story but first take a look at the effusive white guy seeking humor and a sate of "cool" via a classic exhibition of white privilege.
Image: Gerod Roth, formerly of Polaris Marketing Group (

Also The Raw Story piece has even or disgusting and racist responses. Never ever think racism and its foundation white privilege is solely the domain of the high end Baby boomer. Response.....
Geris Hilton FB post image 1

White Privilege!
Polaris Marketing Group responds.
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Comment On A Non-post Racial Nation

Michael D. Nurse...visits with comment about our non-post racial nation.

Michael D. Nurse

Michael D. Nurse's photo.

I like this analogy: the white supremacist culture functions (biologically) like a body  with auto defense mechanisms acting to preserve cultural homeostasis (a medium where white dominance is beneficially favored and perceived benevolence of white people). As a group dynamic, white supremacy is a 500 year old successful way of living, by privileging people of European descent with preferable access to resources and a sense of collaborative belonging (one which sees them as part of the collective, one and the same with the body culture that promotes white survival as a group). They are peaceful, benign and agreeable, so long as stability/white supremacy is maintained without challenge.

Blacks are viewed as a threat (like a foreign body/organism/parasite) that must either be shaped into something beneficial (anti black resistance or an innocuous entity that tacitly supports white supremacy and provides resources when called upon) or destroyed; marginalized; denied; rejected and avoided. 

Blacks seeking direct confrontation, competition for resources or challenge are viewed as the other, which must be suppressed, destroyed or ejected from the body (white dominated society). The inflammatory response of heightened sensitivity, overt racism and murder are signs of recognized threats to white supremacy. This marshals a cascade of processes that aim to orchestrate a return to the status quo ( white backlash). 

The system is designed to resist change, and whites are viewed as members of the body that through the process of inflammation will respond defensively to cultural infections by anti white supremacy entities, acting to destabilize the status quo.

It is no wonder they come up with solutions like: ".....just don't talk about it" and slogans like: "I don't see color."

They are suggesting that black people avoid (white supremacy's) auto immune defense system.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Martin O'Malley, Milt Shook and Please Cut The Crap And "Black Lives"

"White Lives Matter." Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley in response to black protests at an event in Phoenix, Arizona.  " lives matter, white lives matter, every life matters."

A noble and fair thought followed by a poignant statement? If police abuse of white and black Americans was administered equally, the statement is most apropos.  Equal abuse outside of the black community, is a bridge too far. O'Malley's statement actually stands as comment from a person who is oblivious to the reality of cop abuse against Africa-Americans. Yet, the pseudo-progressive politician resorted to an insensitive phrase that hit my grey matter comparable to comment from Bill O'Reilly or Megyn Kelly of Fox News. All lives certainly matter, but all lives are not being taken by authorities paid to enforce our laws.

Donna Brazile, CNN and Jake Tapper on O'Malley's statement. 

An interesting and accurate perspective. 

O'Malley's misstep is a classic example of how pseudo-progressives harbor some of the same "cop abuse indifference" endemic in many white Americans."  The reality is the reality of white privilege.  

Noted progressive author and Obama Administration archivist/historian Milt Shook, published a piece earlier today which to the verb nails O'Malley's deep indifference and that of many across the nation. 

Why #BlackLivesMatter Can't be Diluted, White People

I can't believe I have to say this again. I mean, I've already explained "white privilege," primarily because too many white people (and yes, I include a lot of white liberals in this group, I'm sad to say) think they know everything and never take the time to actually listen to what black people have to…

Thursday, July 9, 2015

White Privilege Brings Tears

Kudos to AddictingInfo for such an intriguing and educational piece.

Discussing White Privilege Brings These White People To Tears In New MTV Documentary (VIDEO)

AUTHOR JULY 8, 2015 8:51 PM

In all the talk about race and racism in this country, one thing that is often not talked about enough is white privilege — something very real and very prevalent throughout the entire nation.

White privilege can most easily be defined as the benefits people with white skin get over all other skin colors. Benefits that have nothing to do with ability, location, education, etc. — all the advantages that come along with being white that no one dare talk about, because what if they themselves will appear to be racist.

In a new documentary put out by MTV called “White People,” they ask a group young people “what it means to be young and white.” And while answering questions it can be noted that many of them seem to be making the discussion of white privilege all about themselves using a lot of “I” statements.
“I’m trying to be careful here.”
“I don’t want to offend people.”
“I feel like you guys are attacking me now.”
Albeit, those are just lines from the new official trailer put out by MTV, so the context could be lost, but what’s not lost is how many usually take being called “privileged” as an insult, because of course you don’t want to admit you’re better off than someone else — better off without even trying. However, what about the people on the other end of privilege? People who often get the shit end of the stick just for not being white. Maybe think about how all if this is affecting them and not just yourself. Which is exactly what MTV does in this documentary.

This social experiment set up by MTV is brilliant and much-needed, especially in a political climate that likes to shove race under the rug (ie. Republicans). It forces people to feel uncomfortable and face truths they ordinarily wouldn’t even see in their day-to-day lives — because, really, why would you if you’re on the benefiting side of the privilege.

Kudos to MTV for doing such a much-needed documentary, that’s not only beneficial to those involved with the project, but for everyone who will be viewing it at home.

Check out the trailer here:

Video/Featured image via YouTube

Saturday, June 27, 2015

"NO GO" Zones...An American Privilege

'No Go' Zones Were First Made In America

[Cross-posted at Orcinus.] Projection, I have observed more than once, is more than a mere trait of the American right wing, it's a conscious strategy designed to marginalize their opposition and open the field to nearly any behavior it chooses. One of the more revealing instances of this projection is the sudden rise of claims from…

Thursday, June 18, 2015

South Carolina Church Murder..And America Marches On!

"His Dad gave him a 45 Semi-automatic for his birthday?" Really?

Since time doesn't permit with vacation occupying every minute, I'll just post this piece about the latest example of "PRIVILEGE" and the predatory nature of some who call themselves American.  

America the Beautiful!

Charleston Shooter Reportedly Told Victims ‘You’re Raping Our Women,’ ‘Taking Over Our Country’

The at-large shooter who killed 9 people in a traditionally African-American Charleston church reportedly told the victims they were “raping our women” and “taking over our country.” 
The quote was tweeted out by a Emmy-winning reporter for the Dallas-Fort Worth local NBC affiliate, who claims to have interviewed a family member of one of the victims.
Eric King 

- Reports: shooter said,"You rape our women and are taking over our country & you have to go."Report coming on @NBCDFW
6:59 AM - 18 Jun 2015
Eric King
@ #BREAKING - Witness says #Charleston shooter reloaded 5 times. @NBCDFW #CharlestonShooting
7:04 AM - 18 Jun 2015

MD @MDretweets @EricKingNBC5 @NBCDFW who else is reporting this quote? Where did it come from?
 Eric King 

@MDretweets @NBCDFW from a survivor explaining to family member of a victim. interview coming up.
7:39 AM - 18 Jun 2015

The interview has yet to air, but if true, it would certainly back up law enforcement’s decision to treat the shooting as a hate crime.

[Image via Charleston Police Department]