Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Why are they left out?

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I was discussing this subject with a friend last week and I do not believe we came to an understanding, but maybe some people in the class will be able to explain this to me.  We were discussing why it seems that whites are not really allowed to find something in common to bond with. (I am writing this as a black person and am not trying to offend anyone). To explain  we have groups such as black unions, Hispanic clubs, Asian groups and nothing for whites. My friends explanation was  that, if whites were to get together  people will think that they are doing it for racist reasons. This is what I see the problem in America as being, there are many people growing up not having anything to define themselves with. For example, my friends always think that it is a good thing that I am foreign because I have a culture to define myself with. To them they describe themselves as having ancestors of different background but nothing they can solidly call their own. Personally, I do not see whites getting together and identifying themselves with their background as a problem. Maybe studying their own history could help them correct the mistakes of the past. I just don’t understand why it is acceptable for us to clump ourselves in groups but they are not.

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Written by emefad

April 5, 2010 at 3:33 am

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  1. To be honest, we have “insert group here” clubs because White is mainstream. White history is seen as American history (in addition to 90% of all the other history and humanities courses). It’s the same argument for a “White” entertainment television. What would it show? Everything that is already on TV. Whites do not have a set aside group because they don’t need one unless it specifically pertains to a heritage (i.e. Irish).

    mzlisarenee

    April 5, 2010 at 9:50 pm

  2. To elaborate on the previous response, you hit it right on the spot. The White culture is already dominant in every aspect of America. The ethnic groups are formed so minorities can express cultural needs. Look at this way, Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), where Blacks are the dominant race, do not have a major Black Organization. They have interest groups where the people within these groups relate to one another more than the just the “general public” would, for example: Black sororities and organizations for specific cultures (Haitains, Jamaicans, Africans, etc.)

    jbillingsley11

    April 5, 2010 at 10:41 pm

  3. I agree with the above comments. Also, just because I am white does not mean that I do not actively celebrate my heritage. Panhellenic sororities are bashed because they are mostly all white but when its about culture somehow its okay. These are ways that white people unite together but it’s seen as racist

    amgostigian

    April 6, 2010 at 2:31 am


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