I am a white male. I make no apologies for it because I was born that way and had absolutely no control over my skin color. Conversely, those of other races can say the same: our skin color and our gender (minus surgical procedures) are metaphysical facts of reality.
While we can’t change the color of our skin we surely can—and must on a regular basis—change our ways of thinking. We have the capacity to control our minds which includes our reasoning, civility and means of viewing and approaching the world.
The headlines are screeching everywhere today about just how racist white America is; one would think the KKK is not only lurking behind every corner but is walking straight down main street.
This is not true. It might make Al Sharpton wealthier to promote this falsehood and provide political and media opportunities for others. But it is simply not reality. Of course, there are racists in the world. I’m sorry but there always will be—their ilk cannot be legislated or shamed away. But these people, as wrongheaded and irrational as they are, have the right to exist—and speak their minds—just like the rest of us.
Freedom is a messy and sometimes ugly state of affairs. But wouldn’t you rather have the right to speak your mind and have others speak theirs—mistaken or otherwise—to at least know who you’re dealing with as opposed to the sanitized world of totalitarian rule and blank-faced censorship?
Yet that type of rule is slowly coming to this nation under the guise of political correctness, speech codes and “non-offensive” language guides on our college campuses.
Let the racists speak their minds and then ignore them. As a white male, I’d rather know I’m hated upfront then have someone hypocritically lie to my face—wouldn’t you? You don’t want to serve me in your store because I’m white, or black, or gay? Fine, I’ll go where my money is appreciated. That’s the beauty of the capitalism I proudly promote.
And as far as this so-called “white privilege” I keep hearing about? It doesn’t exist. A privilege is a favor granted by a governing board or some such group or government. I’m a while male and I can assure you that I don’t have that kind of official sanctioning.
To be clear— and please understand this question— do I have an advantage being white? Without a doubt. This is sadly the case and true and I feel extremely sorry for my black friends who have undergone harassment or discrimination solely due to the color of their skin in situations where I can get a pass because I was born white.
But: I can’t do anything about this awful fact except try to treat all people equally as individuals and encourage my circle of friends to do the same. I do believe that such shabby treatment of my fellow black countrymen is actually on the decline and not rising as the media would have us believe. Believe it or not, I think a strong majority of white people really want equal treatment for all people. That idea doesn’t sell papers or bring in ratings, though, so any isolated incident of racial idiocy instantly becomes an indictment of racist America.
Will we ever be able to act and interact as individuals if the proverbial melting pot keeps getting stirred? Probably not, unfortunately.
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