"littlemama, You said in another thread that We are all racist (by nature) and its in our nature to be racist. I'd copy the quote here but I think its against the rules to do that."
apples and oranges. the point i was getting to there was the same arguement im making here. by all-i mean all "firstworld"white people, that when you are born into a place of privilege, you grow up with that privilege imbued into your nature, how you approach things, how you go about day to day life. (thank you for the feel better wishes
"I not so sure about this - I think it is attempt to replace the problems of globalism and the first world benefiting from the problems in the third with race. The other points - about the IRS auditing a white person or pulling them over etc... Or the privilege of being a white male etc.. seem to be pretty generic.
I am a POC and obviously a woman but this essay offends me more then it defines me. What about working your way past these things? What I see from this is that we are victims with no way of helping ourselves. As if we are passive, helpless in the face of white patriarchy.
I don't buy it - yeah - I have been in awkward situations where race is a factor and I think think that everytime I go drop my minivan off to be serviced, the guy talks to my dh but actually the majority of my life is not devoted to being victimized.
edited to add that I am strictly talking about the US and not a foreign nation as PM pointed out in her post. I have been to foreign countries where simply being American was a benefit and I have seen dh -white anglo-saxon male that he is - benefit in ways abroad that I couldn't being S. Indian. "
im sorry you feel generalized or disempowered by this. this article is not supposed to define you. it is merely trying to define something that is in place in our world that works against you. i hope the intent is to indeed move past the whole issue of race. but. to become aware that it exists, we have to talk about it. and your experience as a finacially comfortable w. indian, married to a white man is going to be a whole lot more pleasent than, say, a single black mama recieving welfare. not at all discrediting your experiences, i validate you and your feelings totally.
if you look at the statistics, there are more young black men in jail than in college. something is wrong with that. one has to assume that either the education system is flawed, or young black men are flawed. its asisnine to say that young black men have the same advantages as a young white man. there needs to be some evening of the playing field, starting with the acknowledgement that not everyone wants to/should/can play the patriarchy game, and that it needs to change.it has been less than 50 years since black america was endowed the same legal rights as white america.
how on earth can a culture who was/is systemically oppressed
find some equanimity in that amount of time?
as for globalization, no, i think this is an entirely seperate issue. globalization is a whole 'nother can of worms.
you are not passive and helpless in the face of the patriarchy anymore than i am. you are a strong womyn, aware of your own gifts and talents, and intellect. i would never say that poc were passive and helpless. im not suggesting anything of the sort. i AM suggesting that with such a history of enforced servitude and horrible abuses doled out upon them by white people, that POC deserve acknowledgement of the way they have been treated, and are treated in our current sysytem.
that the current system is tragically flawed and screwed up and gererally admits white men, and of late, white womyn into the halls of power.
look up the numbers of the following, who can say POC(and womyn, and esp WOC) are fairly represented:
heads of state-white men
doctors and lawyers-white men, though we are seeing an equillibruim with womyn
railroad/airline/transit owners-white men
the holders of assets and power and white guys.
parismaman, interesting spin on the idea.
"Littlemama, I'm aware of that. However, I was merely pointing out one meandering direction these sorts of analyses VERY frequently take when you follow them through for any length of time. I've done graduate studies in feminist philosophy, in addition to having plain old-fashioned experience, so I've not just fallen off the turnip truck."
i do not think meandering is bad as long as in the dissection, the larger picture is preserved. i didnt think youd fallen off the turnip truck.