June 30, 2008

Stupid white-man arguments

Diversity Inc.--“Why Whites Can’t ‘Get Over’ Color”Diversity Inc.’s Ask a White Guy Column has posted a letter that should feel all too familiar to any anti-racist activist.Some excerpts:* “[B]lacks that keep bringing up how their ancestors were slaves need to look a little more into history books. Blacks were not the only ones who were slaves, all races have had slaves, and even whites.”

* “Nobody is forcing anyone to stay in America, you are free to leave whenever you please (and that is for every race), and, nobody took YOU personally from Africa or Asia or Spain or Italy or from anywhere else.”

* “I love the fact that America is a big melting pot, full of color and different cultures.”

* “Until we get over the past we will never fully get along.”

* “Get over the color!”
Comment:  Yes, these arguments sure do sound familiar to me. I hear them all the time from anti-Indian pundits and correspondents.

For more on the subject, see Multiculturalism Defined.

1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Arguments that say 'color divides' and 'getting over it' is the solution are more like saying the victims and the targets of racism are the causes of that racism. There is a phrase that will be making the rounds after the 2008 election: "Free, white, and 21st Century..."
All Best
Russ Bates