Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Racism without Racist

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I have enjoyed reading this book so far. This is mainly because it has opened my eyes to differents areas that race plays a role in our daily lives. It also shed some light in the ways I act upon race. I do think that the author is very partial in this book. So far in the book, the author only discusses whites as the racists. He does not mention the fact that other races can also be racists. And I am definitly writing this as a black person. For example, there was an expert in the book where an lady freaked out at a clerk and started calling her racist because she did not help her out. I thought that was totally uncalled for, from the lady’s part. I hear my friends talk about people and judge them by saying that the way is a person is acting is because she is white. The way I view it, that is a racists act. I also feel like there are so much double standards in the way we treats each as blacks. This one thing that has been bothering since I have been in American and If someone can explain it to me, it would be amazing. Why is it acceptable for African Americans to call each other the “N” word but if others say it, it is because they are racists? From my understanding, it is a degrading term and it should not matter whose mouth it comes out of.

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Written by emefad

February 8, 2010 at 1:57 am

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  1. I understand what you mean, only whites are discussed as racists because according to the author, the way our society is set up practically forces whites and only whites to act in a racist manner towards predominantly blacks but other racial groups as well. I found it odd that only whites were interviewed about their incorporating of black friends into their social group, and that the statistics given were only of the small percentages of whites with black friends. How about groups of black friends that don’t have white people in their social group but claim that they embrace integration of diversity in their life? Quite frankly I agree with many of points the author brings up whether it says something about my race or not, but I am getting a little tired of the one-sided view.

    cgator19

    February 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm

  2. In one of my blogs i mentioned my feelings the the “N” word as well, and agreeded with what your saying. This word is completly degrading and was used during a time where African Americans were slaves. I also quetion why black people find it acceptable to say that word to one another while non-blacks are called racist. I don’t see white people walking around saying “what up HONKIE!” They don’t say this word becuase the it is degrading. Therefore to address your question, i am sad to say i can’t because i am in the same state of confusion as your are.

    jeanliiping

    February 10, 2010 at 2:18 am

  3. The author does seem bias in that he puts so much emphasis on Whites being the only race capable of racism and engaging in discriminatory acts. I dont think that racism is bound to any specific group, all it takes is ignorance. Also, as far as the “N” word is concerned I think that Black people(which I am) use it because they are not truly in touch with the time period it was used in. I dont think they understand just how degrading and oppressive that word really is. Although, it is taught in schools we were not here to live through the Civil Rights Movement or to experience the Jim Crow laws. And I think that because of that disconnect many find it acceptable to use the word and think that the stigma has been erased.

    deanna15

    February 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm


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