‘It’s Hard to See Racism When You’re White’

Fox News reports thatThe Un-Fair Campaign addresses what it calls ‘white privilege’ with billboards, posters and online videos assigning guilt to people with taglines like, ‘Is white skin really fair skin?’ and ‘I am a white man. That’s unfair.’ The ads are plastered across a city where 90 percent of the population is Caucasian.”

I agree. It is hard to see racism when you’re ‘white,’ but being ‘white’ doesn’t make someone a racist.

I remember where I was and what I was doing when I encountered my first experience with racial bigotry, a more accurate term than ‘racism.’ I was in the 7th grade. We walked home from school – a two-mile trek. The barber shop was on the way. I stopped to get a haircut. While in the chair, three black girls saw me and began knocking on the window to get my attention. They waved and giggled. Vadie Ann, Marlas, and Rosemary were new friends to me.

I was started by the reaction of the men. I never heard my mother or father speak about blacks as these men did. While I can’t recall what they said, I can recall how they said it. More than 50 years later, I can still visualize the scene.

I can also remember that during some down time in a class a number of us were looking at copies of National Geographic magazine. There were pictures of African women who looked strange to us. We laughed. Vadie Ann cried.

One of my best friends in high school was black. He was secretly dating a ‘white’ girl. I was his ‘white’ accomplice. I would show up at her house, pick her up, and then take her to see Bill.

Bigotry, racial prejudice, and even racism (the belief that a race is genetically inferior) are still problems in America. I admit it.

So what’s to be done? Telling ‘white’ people that — by definition — they’re racists is not going to work. Is there responsibility among blacks to do something about the way blacks perceive ‘whites’ and act toward them?

Crying ‘racism’ every time some liberal disagrees with a ‘white’ conservative does not go down well.  Consider this from Joe Williams, who covers domestic policy, who appeared on Martin Bashir’s MSNBC show:

It’s very interesting that [Mitt Romney] does so many appearances on “Fox & Friends .” And it’s unscripted. It’s only time they let Mitt off the leash, so to speak. But it also points out a larger problem he’s got to solve if he wants to be successful come this fall. Romney is very, very comfortable, it seems, with people who are like him. That’s one of the reasons why he seems so stiff and awkward in some town hall settings, why he can’t relate to people other than that. But when he comes on “Fox & Friends,” they are like him, they’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company, so it really is a very stark contrast, I think, and a problem that he has not been able to solve to date, and he’s going to have to network harder if he’s going to try to compete.

Even the liberal Politico suspended Williams for his comments.

How many times have we heard how opposition to policies by President Obama and decisions by Eric Holder are actually racial attacks? His policies are bad. A number of Holder’s decisions have been bad. These are facts. Stating facts is not being a racist.

So-called white people are getting really tired of hearing the constant racist charge. One of these days, when there’s real racism going on, no one is going to listen.

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