Not Every Black Experience Needs Your White Opinion

Sep 2017
Can we even win at all? Acknowledge black people as black people? You're a racist for seeing color. Treat them like special little beings? You're perpetuating institutional racism. Treat them like PEOPLE? You're not acknowledging their "suffering."

Give me a break. I'm not going to play this game.
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Sep 2017
>complain about messy hair to a valued friend
>"You're perpetuating institutional racism!"

Why try and run, when you just can't win?
Dec 2016
as the final sentence in the article states: "If you have to ask, that's exactly why."

It's clear you didn't 'get it.'

That's not a value judgment. Not everybody gets it. I get it - I'm not sure I can live up to it - but I'm going to try like hell.

But, when a POC makes a statement about their feelings about their race, their life experience, their life viewpoint, it's just none of your business. Unless they ask for your opinion, don't give it.

It's hard.
The problem here is that you don't get it either, because the author of this Medium post doesn't get it, and doesn't have a coherrent point to make, and I suspect never intended to make a point besides maintaining a black/white divide based solely on color lines!

I know it's a short piece, but there is NOTHING here dealing with economic class relationships which are at the heart of maintaining racial inequality. I suspect that the writer is economically 'privileged' despite the carping about racial inequality, and just as in the white majority, there are internal class divisions in black and brown communities across America. And those economic elites try to lead the parade and declare themselves representing the entire black community...even those living in misery and abject poverty who have no time or money to participate in politics and usually no time to engage in activism either.

The simple fact is that the black elites, like the black business class only shared the same interests as their communities while they were facing the same persecution from the white majority...especially in the South. The era after passing the Civil Rights Act did little to address the economic conditions that MLK viewed as essential(especially after Nixon immediately started rolling back Johnson's "War On Poverty" programs). But, what it did do, was allow blacks with enough money to move out of poor neighborhoods into better housing and get their children into better schools. They could take advantage of antidiscrimination laws and rules..but these were only available to those with the economic means to challenge discrimination in the workplace and university acceptance.

So, what came out of the 60's was a great divide in black communities..which was being written about in the 70's...the 50 or more percent left behind. Once welcomed into the club, black elites found more in common among white liberal elites than with their own communities...whether they were willing or honest enough to admit it! The last thing either black or white economic elites want is a class revolution! So, for all those who were baffled by the attacks of prominent black faces against Bernie Sanders and in favor of Hillary Clinton in the last election, their job is to sow discord and dissention where there is any evidence of a coming together of working class people to achiee goals the majority want: like a national healthcare program, free or low cost tuition, and at least a $15 minimum wage. Anything that would benefit all working people who are falling further and further behind the monied elites, has to be stomped down by the privileged classes defending their own gains...regardless of how great or modest.

*Speaking of Black Live Matter: BLM gathered first around the Twitter platform, and was led by three black women...I forget one of the names offhand, but two of them:patrice Cullors and Alicia Garza could hardly be described as poor and uneducated! Right now, BLM shows up in the news every so often, but they appear to be a lot more selective about when and where they doubt this is due in large part to getting a multimillion 10 year grant from the Ford Foundation. And you can bet for damn sure that Ford and another foundation sending them money have tied a can to their tails as far as deciding the limits of BLM activism. Real activists in black communities are not looking to them for leadership, nor are they looking to the majority of Democrats (black and white) they faithfully deliver their votes to every 2 to 4 years....and fail to live up to promises each and every time!
Dec 2006
New Haven, CT
Sorry, right to left, I have to vehemently disagree with you.

I live in a very diverse neighborhood - in an upper middle class section of Connecticut. The African Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, Jews, etc. who live here very comfortably with the white population are of equal education and financial means.

Though they certainly have many of the same problems as we do, as individual groups, they all have cultural issues, problems, celebrations, life experiences, etc. that are unique to their own communities within our larger one.

I'm not dismissing classism from existing in American society...of course, it does.

But, there are instances when outsiders of a subgroup simply have no worthwhile opinion or life experience that relates to an issue being discussed.

It's hard for whites in America to get it - but the world simply doesn't revolve around us for everybody else.
Dec 2012
If this is the kind of claptrap I'm to be excluded from...PLEASE, exclude me!! If you want a perfect example of why people, other than Black people, are being put off by the incessant the article again! I've passed the point of giving a rats-ass!!