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Black People in America Can Not Be Racist (As Much As They Might Like To Be)

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Black's Law Dictionary (no pun intended) defines "racism" as follows: "A set of policies that is exhibited by a person or persons toward a group of people of a different race. Often antagonistic and confronting. The assumption of lower intelligence and importance given to a person because of their racial characteristics".

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The Oxford English Dictionary defines "racism" as follows: "prejudice, discrimination or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior".

Black People in America can be, and often are, prejudiced or bigoted. As such behavior pertains to white Americans, it can be argued that blacks have valid reasons to be so; but, alas, that is another essay. However, Black People in America cannot be "racist" in the United States. The Black's Law definition of racism is quite interesting in that it refers to "a set of policies". And, of course, from the word "policies" we get the words "police" and "politics". It is more than coincidental that the police in the United States are particularly "antagonistic" towards Black People in America in a way that they are with no other racial group; for they are a direct result of slave patrols and the Ku Klux Klan. I will never forget an F.T.O.'s (Field Training Officer) reference to blacks as "Jungle Bunnies". That was thirty years ago. Needless to state, my foray into law enforcement was brief. White man was not going to use such terminology in my presence; especially with me being as well equipped as he was.

Don't shoot the messenger.

Racism, inherently, implies power; Black People in America have virtually no institutional power. They do not control the government, courts, policing, transportation, housing, finance, employment, corporations, commerce, utilities, banking, publishing, the media at large, education nor politics; and sure as hell don't print any currency (I have always said, somewhat tongue in cheek, that "you might have had a black President, but you will never see a black Federal Reserve Chairperson"). All of which are the things from which "power" is resultant.

I have often asked my white counterparts if they have ever come into contact with a "black racist". I always ask questions before the formation of any hypothesis. Inevitably, many of those white people stated that they, indeed, have come into contact with a black racist (which makes me chuckle). My academic training has formed me into a person that asks preemptory questions; and that preemptory question is a set-up for the more substantive question, which is: "and how did that racism affect you"? I don't mean some lame thing like "I got my ass whipped', or 'my feelings were hurt'". I mean, did you not get the loan? Were you denied living in a certain neighborhood? Were you given an illegal sentence? Did the police immediately attack you because some n-word said "I'll call the police"? Is your child relegated to an inferior school/district because the black racists have the better schools? Do black police officers routinely gun down your white children (or white people in general) in your neighborhoods? Was your child abused because some black racist judge thought you were a honkey that didn't know his place? Are you routinely denied employment? When this second question is asked, every last one of them has fell silent. Not one white person could/can tell me how black "racism" has had some negative institutional effect on them and/or their day-to-day lives or their existence en masse. Not one.

Not liking you, despising you, even hating you, is not racism. It is bigotry, it is prejudice. It is not racism. In a very perverse way, maybe when Black People in America are racists will there be true equality.

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One must be cautious about what one chooses to be "equal" to.

There are cities, towns and hamlets across this country where there are white people that have never seen a black person, especially if they do not watch television. I know because I have been to some of them (New Hampshire, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Idaho, Nebraska, Michigan, The Dakotas, Appalachia, Ozarks, etc.). However, it is impossible to be a Black Person in America and not see white folks no matter where you live. The mere act of buying groceries means you will see white folks, for their images are plastered all over the currency that you use.

Now, I can almost see my white brethren girding their proverbial loins ready to pounce and regale me with stories of "reverse discrimination" (an oxymoron if there ever was one). "Discrimination" can be a component of racism, it is not racism on its own. This is the typical argument/counterpoint cited by rather unimaginative whites that are on defense, which is as it well should be. Further, such an example is both facetious and specious because policies such as Affirmative Action and EEOC laws/regulations are an attempt (however feeble) to level the playing field; designed and implemented by the white power structure. Frankly, I think them ridiculous, and absurd, but certainly not for the same reasons that my white counterparts may think them so.

Oxford English Dictionary states, in its definition of the term "racism": "Prejudice, discrimination or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior". Black People in America have sought "equality" (another silliness), few have espoused "superiority" unlike their white American compatriots. The bigotry/prejudice of Black People in America, where it exists, is based on 400 years of maltreatment and unparalleled brutality. I happen to know that white people haveth not a monopoly on intellect. I graduated from High School at 15 years old. As a sixteen year old college freshman, I made a rather handsome sum tutoring less intellectually endowed white students (I am being polite), and writing term papers/bluebooks for the lazy, entitled brats.

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Hello Mr Kenyatta,

In 1870 there was a "policy" enacted called the 15th amendment to the Constitution. I am sure you are aware what this policy was. However inconsistently or ignored completely this policy was, it was still the law of the land that hypothetically black people would have and should have benefitted. My ancestors were not given the same rights under law until The Snyder Act in 1924. So my supposition to you is the blacks who did manage to benefit from this policy were enjoying rights not afforded to others in this country. Is that not the definition of racism? Blacks could be and were racist by voting when they were allowed to do so from 1870 to 1924. Thanks for your time.

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Whew! I was almost overcome by white guilt, but now I see we are all brothers. Ok, Native Americans might disagree. I say to hell with whites and blacks; turn over the keys to Indians for the next 500 years, and let them run the country. They would undoubtedly have a much cooler-looking flag. But I might not go into the Man-Called-Horse voting booth.

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I am very aware of Native Americans being the last "major" group of people in the United States being allowed to vote. However, what you have cited does not change the author's message or factual points in any way, shape, or form. Ok, so Blacks were allowed to vote before another group of people... and you consider this racist. So, you are assuming that: 1.) Black voting at this time was actually fair and legitimate (ie. not throwing out the Black vote like the United States still does to this day). 2.) Jim Crow laws did not exist that precluded the vast majority of Black people from even voting in the first place... isn't it a funny coincidence that Jim Crow began seven years after this so called amendment was passed and was perpetuated for decades? Lastly, the most important point is that it was white people who barred Native Americans and Black people from voting. I'm sure that if Black people or Native Americans controlled the institutions in the United States, things would look a lot different and then maybe, they would be capable of racism. However, we all know that is not the case.

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" Ok, so Blacks were allowed to vote before another group of people... and you consider this racist."

The author defined racism for us and by his definition...yes this is racist.

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I am very aware of Native Americans being the last "major" group of people in the United States being allowed to vote. However, what you have cited does not change the author's message or factual points in any way, shape, or form. Ok, so Blacks were allowed to vote before another group of people... and you consider this racist. So, you are assuming that: 1.) Black voting at this time was actually fair and legitimate (ie. not throwing out the Black vote like the United States still does to this day). 2.) Jim Crow laws did not exist that precluded the vast majority of Black people from even voting in the first place... isn't it a funny coincidence that Jim Crow began seven years after this so called amendment was passed and was perpetuated for decades? Lastly, the most important point is that it was white people who barred Native Americans and Black people from voting. I'm sure that if Black people or Native Americans controlled the institutions in the United States, things would look a lot different and then maybe, they would be capable of racism. However, we all know that is not the case.

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Semantics.

Any black person who thinks and acts with intolerance from a view that people who aren't black are inferior to his/her race, is just as much a racist as any white person who pays the same disrespect to any non-whites.

Just as whites can be racist toward blacks, browns, indigenous, asian, or whatever, there are certainly blacks, browns, indigenous, asian, etc. that are racist toward whites, and/or one or more of the rest.

It is illogical to think it can only go in any "one direction".

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Advocatus Diaboli you speak with tongue of Angel (Lucifer?)

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I considered engaging Mr. Kenyatta one more time with another comment, but frankly I'd rather speak with someone a bit less biased, bigoted and yes, racist. His articles and attitude appear more self-gratifying than communicative, so I'm done.

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Nicely said! Also saves me the trouble.

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The article was written in an attempt to start substantive debate on the subject. However, I do understand that facts are stubborn things and are often uncomfortable to negotiate.

The purpose, here, is to acknowledge the intellectual folly of "discussing" a subject that the participants thereof have not defined. And those who have, are the architects of the behavior/subject in question; obviously delimiting and not coincidental. Participants who possess neither desire, nor inclination, for whatever reason, to define; let alone achieve consensus.

"The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms"- Socrates

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So which is it? Substantive debate or intellectual folly? You have already defined racism for us and the discussion was revolving around that definition as my first comment clearly states. I do not find facts uncomfortable, as a scientist I relish them. Racism, schmacism I always say, actually not. But I do love you. Thanks

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Here is my 2 cents, you decide if it is worth it, more or less?

The USA was founded on white supremacy. The White race was invented to dehumanize those that were not "white" so that the colonial settlers could steal the land and labor of the Indigenous, Africans and other people of color (e.g. Mulato, Mestizo, Zambos, Chinese, Arab etc.).

As the White race was far outnumbered they gradually accepted other ethnic groups into the "club" as long as they assimilated. The melting pot is mythology. Other ethnic groups with pale skin colors were welcomed into the club as long as they assimilated (i.e. not "melted").

To make a long story short, what is now called American values, democracy and capitalism is actually white supremacy. People in the US and the rest of the world that assimilate to "Western value" (regardless of skin color) are white supremacists, and therefore racists, whether they know and admit it or not.

It is all part and parcel of capitalism, manifest destiny and exceptionalism. It is alive and well in the US and still a malignant cancer on the humanity of the world.

P.S. Once the white supremacists divide you, then they got you!

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As a former Financial Planner, did you only direct people's monies into socially responsible investments or were some of them companies that had profited from slavery at some point in their history? How have you reconciled your past in the halls of financial whiteness?

It seems you are living in a divide, they already got you. Thanks

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Mr. Pear, be careful...you appear to be self-gratifying; judging from your attitude.

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How so, Mr. Kenyatta? Did I hit a nerve?

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You are a very intelligent, very honest and, dare I say, very funny man.

Just finished your North Korea (6/18/18) article; read it twice. An outstanding piece of work and proof positive that great minds, indeed, think alike; as do feeble ones.

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@Dana Clark.

Guilty as charged. Not only that, I am a war criminal too. But I know what I am. Do you?

P.S. As Mr. Kenyatta says, facts are stubborn things.

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I could never claim to know completely what I am. I am a racist and anti hypocrite. It is a living list that grows as I do. The list is open to all...feel free to add to it.

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This article is extremely valuable, but the comments and discourse that has resulted because of the article is just as valuable... because it proves how hard it is for white people to accept the consequences of their actions. I remember many, many moons ago, I was in an economics class and I did a group presentation on how race/ethnicity affects income inequality in the United States. Well, it does not take a large amount of brain power/neuron intensity to predict what the data and overall presentation concluded. With the exception of Asian Americans, White Americans do better than every other racial group ("minorities") in every aspect of economic status and familial wealth. Black people came in dead last, and Black women were even worse off than Black men (of course, cue my gender inequality speech). Here's the point. After the presentation, I took questions from the audience. One member of the audience was a white woman from Russia. She asks me, "Did any of you think about collecting data on the levels of economic inequality within the white race... an example being a Russian white man vs. a British white man." And she said it with complete resentment in her voice. These many moons later this question still has not completely sunk in. My response to her was: "I'm sure on any given day when someone asks you your race, you say 'I am white', not 'I am a white Russian'." Further, I went on to say, "It does not matter what "type" of white person you are, you are white and you benefit the most from the economic gap and opportunity apartheid in this country." This topic, the topic of the article, and reality in general is difficult for white people to deal with, young and old.

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Yes, I agree. This article and the discussion is very valuable.

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So, about the "white Russian" woman my guess is that she was very racially Americanized.

Here is some trivia about Russians that I have from a good source.

There is no such thing as a "white Russian", unless you are referring to a cocktail, or an opponent of the Russian Revolution.

Russians have no designation for race. Forms do not ask about race, instead ask about nationality. People are categorized as Ukrainian, Georgian, Chinese, etc. or Russian. A Russian is a Russian, regardless of skin color.

Russians do have a somewhat derogatory slang name for "blacks", but it does not refer to skin color. Russians call people "blacks" ("черный) who come from the Caucasus such as Georgia (where Stalin came from), Azerbaijan, and Armenia because of their black hair.

Russians do not discriminate against Africans, whom they may refer to as Africans ("африканский") or commonly "пегр", which is pronounced almost like the "n-word" in English but is not a derogatory, insulting or a demeaning word.

Russians do not discrimination towards Africans or Black people.

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Hi Dave. You are absolutely correct, the individual was a Russian-American born and raised in the United States. I do find your statement "a somewhat derogatory slang name for blacks, but it does not refer to skin color" contradictory though. If it is derogatory in reference to "blacks" it directly references skin color and ethnicity by your own words which I do not doubt at all. One other and final observation about this valuable and important article are the comments about it, Other than ad hominem attacks no one has questioned Mr. Kenyatta's facts and no one has answered the questions he asks. Nothing but defensive emotion and that is why I think this issue has never been addressed in any way that means anything. The response to the article speaks for itself in my humble opinion.

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Hi Savannah. Yes, the comments were very revealing. Race is still a painful topic. I find it quite interesting. I wish more people had joined in. The written word has limitations, but I suspect that Rohn was trying to get people to think. Thank you for participating.

As for Russians, they have plenty of their prejudices and bigotry too. Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, etc. The pogroms were mostly in Ukraine, though. Russian Jews can put down their nationality officially as either Russian or Jewish. Russians and Ukrainian have a long history of animosity even though they are brothers/sisters.

Russia is one of the most diverse countries in the world with 186 different nationalities. The government works at preventing conflict. Otherwise the country could disintegrate. Racism was also un-communist. One of the first thing that Castro did after the revolution was to end official racism.

Russia was one of the last countries to end serfdom. The word Slav comes from the same root as slave.

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Trading bromides with a handful of people on this website does nothing for racial discourse. Defensive emotion responses are what Kenyatta is after. It validates his hatred of the white devil. There is a vast difference between institutionalized racism and personal racism. The former I have no part in or ability to change its course. Racism is taught it is not inherited or genetic.

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"White Russian" drink. Mr. Pear.. I am speechless. You seriously tickle me in your brutally precise commentary.

I am sitting in my office, alone, laughing my proverbial posterior off. Comic relief I truly needed on this day.

Thank you, and Ms. Goldberg.

Hilarious.

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Some seem to be allergic to accuracy. How does anyone know what he "is after"? Do you know him? Have you spoken to him? How do any of us even know if he is a he. The author did not "define racism". It's just the opposite in fact he begins with definitions from two verifiable sources. The entire article is a reference to them. I also can not find within any of the author's articles him referencing a "white devil". I think that is the kind of thing Mr. Kenyatta is getting at: total dishonesty that the liar expects to have accepted out of some misplaced sense of self righteousness AND racism. Instead of addressing the facts they make up things from whole cloth because they know other racist will accept it even though it is a patent lie. I am sure he is used to that, he would have to be. As a "financial planner AND scientist" show the world your credibility by substantiating your statements or have the decency and self respect not to make them. Kenyatta references intellectual dishonesty as well as psycho-social masturbation. FYI.

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It is hard to argue with white guilt. I don't share your guilt because I am not white. My racial makeup leaves me with a reddish brown hue. I have experienced racism directed at me from the full spectrum of hues. The author used a definition of racism to guide his article...so yes he did define racism in that context. He clearly has a dislike for white people. Your passive aggressive way of calling me a liar and self righteous should be addressed if you wish to engage in discourse with other folks and have any credibility. I am the scientist, Mr Pear is the retired financial planner, context is everything when written words are examined. You lack an ability to see context because you let your emotions get the best of you.

Facts are stubborn things, here is one. I am not the cause of black peoples problems and I will not feel guilty because of them. Good luck in all your studies and I still love you despite all your faults. Thanks

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Better to be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.



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Your cut and paste wit is priceless. Keep up the good work.

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