people can say
“slavery was forever ago, black people should get over it”
but dammit, just try to say
"the holocaust was forever ago, white people should get over it"
sometimes, you’re not the hero and dammit, white people, you’re just going to have to get over it.
slavery matters. the…
No offense but, that’s really rude of you to say. Like, yeah it was a tragedy no one is denying that. Okay, maybe some people do but not all white people are and pointing at all white people and saying they’re all thinking this way is just as bad as white people saying black people need to get over it. Not every person of every race thinks/feels/acts the same way and making assumptions like that over ANY race IS racist. Racism doesn’t happen to JUST black people, it happens to ALL people.
Honestly though complaining about the fact that we USED TO have slaves isn’t going to fix anything. The only thing we can really do is be nice to EVERYONE. Just because your great great great grandparents were slaves doesn’t make you any better than me. Just because my great great great grandparents owned slaves doesn’t make me any better than you. Honestly, what do you want me to do about the fact that they had slaves? If there was something I could do about it I would, but unfortunately I can’t, so people need to stop making white people feel like crap over something they have no control over. I was raised by the saying “Don’t antagonize over things you can’t change” and I think everyone should really think about that saying for a while. According to German history books the holocaust never happened, should we just write slavery out of our history books? Would that solve everything?
Equality for black people should not be a thing either, it should be equality for everyone. People like to say things like “Well I’m black so I should get more than you because you’re white and my family used to be slaves owned by your family.” No. That’s not equality. Equality is “Well your family used to own my family but it’s cool, we should have the same.”
And people need to stop saying only the black people were oppressed because they were slaves. Like, thousands upon thousands of races, religions, ethnicities, and genders have been and STILL ARE being oppressed/murdered/tortured/enslaved. It’s just that the only people that still bring it up are (usually) black people. I mean, you don’t walk around seeing Armenians yelling at Turkish people “You killed my ancestors so I should get this and this and this and this!”, like no that doesn’t happen.
And I just want to make clear that I’m not pointing any of this at you directly (honestly I think you’re a pretty cool person and I do really like you) I’m just saying in general to everyone in the world. I think we all just need to pull on our big kid pants, educate ourselves a bit, and move on to a different subject. How about instead of talking about slavery in the past we talk about the slavery that’s happening now? Or we can talk about this massive amount of snow we’re about to get? Or how Ellen freaking rocked the Oscars?
Excuse me, but nowhere up there did I say “all white people.” I made a statement in general by saying “white people” and going gently about it and saying “a few minority of the white population” is just not the way I wanted to do things, I’m sorry. I was/am angry and I’m not going to stop to softly articulate something that, truly, is something bigger than you might realize. It’s so incredibly obvious to me that all white people aren’t like that, and that is why I did not say “all white people.” But, I will tell you that you sound so ignorant to me right now. I am not calling you stupid or an idiot, just misinformed and uneducated about something that, really, doesn’t effect you on a daily basis.
You can NOT sit here and tell me that “Racism doesn’t happen to JUST black people, it happens to ALL people,” and expect me to just nod my head. Of course, everyone can be racist to everyone, that’s a straight fact, but I was discussing white and black in that post and so white and black racism is what was brought up front. Also, there is no way in hell a black person can be as racist to a white as a white can be to a black. It’s the damn truth. Until black people lead the country in highest pay and best jobs, until black people stop being called “thugs” and “trouble-makers” and “ghetto” and so much fucking more by white people who see nothing more than the color of our skin or the kinkiness of our hair, until we can stop being held guilty of our own murder in the courts, until so much fucking more is done, there is no way you can get me to believe that blacks can be more racist to whites. It’s just not true.
What are you talking about with the history books thing? Yeah, we can’t change history, but are you really implying that I would think I’m better than you because your people owned mine? Are you really implying that we should just stop talking about slavery merely because of the point I said above? Because it’s “in the past” and “nobody can change it anyway” so stop talking about it? Because, fucking shit, slavery is not over. It’s just institutionalized now. It’s in a different name, in a different system, in a different time, but still under the same fucking master. And, honey, ignoring the Holocaust doesn’t mean it never fucking existed. It’s just erasing an embarrassing part of history because the GERMANS weren’t the heroes in that part of their history. They were the villains, they see it now, and so they conveniently decide to leave it out of the books so that their children won’t see the monsters Hitler created. It’s hiding demons in the closet. They’re still there, just out of sight. And, once they leave Germany or, shit, do a quick Google search, those kids are gonna open that closet door wide open and see what the whole world already knows.
And what the fuck do you mean, “Equality for black people should not be a thing either, it should be equality for everyone,” and then go on to give an example of something some black person would say? NO, HELL NO, there is no fucking equality for black people in this country. There is no equality for ANYONE in this damn country unless your skin is light and your hair is straight and your face is pretty and you’re white. Don’t let anyone fool you and teach you bullshit. Black people are not held at the same standard of whites, we don’t get the “same” as whites, we don’t get jack shit the same as whites. Don’t tell me about equality when I get the privilege of staring inequality right in the fucking face every day.
Also, oh, I see. I’m so sorry. I see now that I “…need to stop saying only the black people were oppressed because they were slaves.” Because, obviously, other people are suffering so much more, right? I mean, we never suffered from the ACTUAL slavery, right? Just the institutionalized version, just the effects of it. I mean, there’s starving kids in Africa for pete’s sake! We should just weep for the state of the REST of the world and ignore the suffering taking place in our own damn country. Other people have been slaves, too, other people are slaves now, right? When they’re delivered from slavery, I guess you’ll want them to put that behind them, too, and want them to hold hands with their captors in their newfound state of “equality” that exists, even when it damn sure doesn’t seem equal to them. And I mean, why would the white folk bring up slavery? We’re all supposed to forget about it, right? But, you know, remember the Alamo, remember Pearl Harbor, remember the Holocaust, remember 9/11, remember everything else, but FUCK YOU if you wanna bring up the enslavement, torture, murder, and dehumanization of an entire race that just so happens to have happened to your fucking family. Because, now, now you’re just making people feel bad. ):
Honey, you need education. I am not going to move onto a “different subject” when you’re not even getting an A in this one. I know you’re not black, so you probably can’t relate to or understand 95% of the things I can, so I’m not going to pretend like you can. Speaking about the slavery my great-great-grandmother went through is not trivializing the plight of slaves today. This is not a competition of tragedy, this is a statement of truth. And, dammit, you need to learn it.
I do not hate you, I do not dislike you. This is not a personal attack against you but against whatever or whoever has ingrained these thoughts in you. Because, sweetie, they’re not right. They’re really not. And that angers me when people push that whole “Everyone is equal in America!” bullshit, because it is a LIE. It is the biggest lie to be told to a child. America is not equal. America is not free.