sorry about the lengthy citation, but i think it's needed.
Brooke, we can all trot out our own stories about the ways in which
we have been discriminated against. Society is not perfect. Perhaps
affirmative action hasn't worked in the way in which it was intended,
but hasn't California now revoked it as part of a reactionary
backlash (much like the one now suffered by feminists in the States)?
Even if Afro-Americans are given preferential treatment in the job
market, they still face mainstream white culture everyday. Black men
walk through the streets knowing that the sight of them engenders
fear in both white men and women. How much social and cultural
power does someone hold if he earns $50,000 a year but is still
assumed to be an armed robber if he enters a 7-11 in a bad mood.
Obviously the argument is vastly more complex than can be discussed
here. But defensive and rather sullen protestations that you, too,
have been discriminated against don't actually help the situation.
If, as you say, you are not a racist, surely you could spend your
time more effectively by doing something concrete to improve the
Californian situation rather than just whingeing about it.
> >>Hi Brooke --
> >> You know -- I agree with you 100%! I lived in Northridge >>(pre-quake)
> and my
> >>husband tried to apply for civil jobs, only to be TOLD (off the >>record,
> >>course) that he shouldn't bother to apply, because he was >>white and all
> the jobs
> >>would be given to blacks and hispanics. He had taken all the >>tests and
> >>with flying colors -- but he would be discriminated against >>because of
> his color!
> >>M R
> Thank you for your depth of understanding. I understnd this fully. I have a
> dispute with Beverly Hills court, which has a staff of 100% minorities (not
> an exaggeration) and discriminated against me. After being hung up on 8 times
> (and my mother twice, once she identified who she was calling for), and then
> going in to face this person... I was told several times to "get out of her
> face" and then referred to as a "white b----". Then, I try to make a
> complaint with the supervisors and I get the "Well, honey... Blacks have had
> life so bad, maybe you need to give a little..." story. Why?? I lost my
> hearing in 93, and have learned what TRUE discrimination is. So, when people
> sit behind their computer making accusations of racism regarding my comments,
> I become annoyed.I get sick of hearing, but not seeing racism against
> blacks... If anything, it is reversed, like you said...and then to be grouped
> with other racists?!! and told by Monica Hay...
> <<"You might want to know what you're talking about the next <<time you say
> something idiotic"