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0 posted 11-02-2005 03:09 PM       View Profile for Jaime Fradera   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jaime Fradera


Bill Clinton sat in back.
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1 posted 11-02-2005 04:07 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I didn't notice.

But that bothered you?
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Tangent time.  Rosa Parks, by her actions and stubborness, helped break racial barriers and allowed greater freedom of choice.  Blacks were no longer mandated to sit in the backs of buses.  Yet something I couldn't help but notice is where the majority of Blacks sit in buses: at the very back.  I realize they aren't ordered to sit back there, but that they choose to sit back there.  What never ceases to confound is when those same back seaters raise the racial flag whenever they don't get their way.  You'd've thought racial segregation was alive and well, and in a sense, it still is.

I've been called a bigot, racist, and other less polite racial slurs from dark tinctured Americans not for anything I've said or done.  Merely based on the color of my skin, not the content of my character.  My, how Dr. King would be proud of his legacy.
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Rosa Parks shall be forever remembered, sparking a movement of critical mass of civil rights --and  not for what she did, but for what she did not do.

She didn't relinquish her seat on the bus.

Passive resistance--a powerful force:

"Passive resistance is an all-sided sword; it can be used anyhow; it blesses him who uses it and him against whom it is used."

--Ghandi

*peace*

and special hugs for my sistah, Kacy

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It is not the point of where she sat in the bus, back or the front. The point made by Rosa was she wasn't giving her seat up to stand, because of the color of her skin.  

She was sitting in a seat and a white person wanted her to stand so that they could sit.

And then she was arrested and fined because she wouldn't give up the seat.

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I'm not sure why they've called you those things Alicat. But I'm fairly certain your not helping your case with the sweeping generalization you've made, especially:

"My, how Dr. King would be proud of his legacy"

As if the whole of his legacy rests in the hands of those individuals. It totally ignores and demeans those who have/are still striving to acheive that dream.
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I totally respect Mrs. Parks.  What she did and did not do took bravery, courage and conviction.  Likewise for the hundreds of thousands who also strove peacably for racial equality.  As for my remark on Dr. King's legacy, that rests in the hands of every American, irrespective of what they call themselves.  I will tell you why I was called those slurs.  I'm a white male.  That was the only reason I could think of, since those who called me a racist, bigot, cracker, white meat and other colorful names don't know me, and really didn't care to know me.  All they focused on was the melanomic tincture of my skin.  And every time, it was from so-called 'African Americans'.

I'll admit I'm rather simple.  You're either an American or you're not.  Not African- Mexican- Asian-...just American.  If I'm totally off base, then I guess I should start referring to myself as a Scottish-Texan-American. *chuckle*
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*chuckling*

If all it takes is a sweeping generalization to bring you back Raph, I think I can manage a crew to point 'em all out to ya!

gleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

It is good to see your name here.



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"I will tell you why I was called those slurs.  I'm a white male.  That was the only reason I could think of, since those who called me a racist, bigot, cracker, white meat and other colorful names don't know me, and really didn't care to know me."

oh i don't doubt it, i've lived in predominantly black communites for much of my life so i've learned about reverse racism first hand. but your initial statement was a blanket statement, their are dangerous, and there are way too many coming from both sides of the racial coin. That's all i'm saying.
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grins K, not back persay, just couldn't bite my tongue hard enough this time
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10 posted 11-03-2005 03:13 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze



And the reverse racism thing?

nodding glum--but then, I wondered, just like I can't judge the proverbial book by its cover, how were my black co-workers to know I was on the coalition to stop racism?

(I looked like every other "whitie" to them.)

It took time, but I did eventually win their trust.

That broke my heart too.

Funny, while I was on the road from the storms, and I was in that small town of Crowley, I had a scarlett letter R for Refugee written all over me. (Everybody knows everybody there.)

While most people were kind and gracious, there were those that looked at us with suspicion--the local taverns even closed earlier 'cause the bad ass N'awlins natives were in town. I can't tell you how many times we were followed by the local police, too.

It did occurr to me that had my skin been darker, I would prolly have been run out of town.

Now I'm not saying there aren't people of color in Crowley--but they literally lived on the other side of the tracks!

I'm so naive sometimes, that I put myself in danger. *shaking my head*

Hugs you.

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11 posted 11-03-2005 04:01 PM       View Profile for bslicker   Email bslicker   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bslicker

Gosh would have think they would have left the bars open longer!!!!!
I would have heck maybe even all night..LOL

Gosh might even had to have a backyard/front yard party..

You mean they didn't have any drive up dac. shops in that town serenity?


But now for the racial thingy, I was born and lived in Detroit for a while, any questions?


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Ok, I was going to remain silent until I read the latest posts.  I so loathe racism and honestly, racism is UGLY no matter WHO throws the dung.  I am black, african american, colored, negroe (which still means black!), and whatever other identity crisis and need to label name one might come up with.

In my humble opinion, I am the TRUE color of brown. Just like the crayola crayon and wouldn't change it for anything in the world.  I am confident and happy to be me, no particular race need to accomplish that.

I told another pip member in email that while I was appalled at the comments made, I refused to comment at first because likely it would mean that I would have to go on trial for my entire race in some pathetic way.  

Thoughts like many expressed here are the ones that help keep the flames of racism alive and well. Or perhaps "prejudice" is the correct term.  Yes, I believe it is.  

I'm sure that if there are any others of "color" here, I can understand why they would hesitate to speak up.

so sad...

~Robin
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quick note to Bernie--

the daiquiri shop is a story in itself.

There is one.

It's a window, and a single blender.

They mix 'em on the spot.

And Bern? As you know, I'm from New Orleans--
I believe all my racial protestations/questions have been answered.

Not just on worldwide television, but in a whole buncha "clean-up" work that the world will never see.

But back to the issue folks...

ta!
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And Robin if my jargon offended you, I'm afraid I am at times clumsy with the language, but I tend to use what I have at my disposal.

If any of my comments upset you, then I have to believe that I either expressed myself poorly or you misunderstood.

I've discussed the racism, and the media's hand in perpetuating it by their portrayal regarding Katrina at some length here at Pip, so if you'd like to discuss that it is another thread.

As to what I tend to call people, Robin, I generally call them by their names.

If the term "people of color" is offensive, I didn't know it.

But then? I'm a dumb coon ass, that is too stupid to live above sea level and doesn't even deserve help to have her home rebuilt.

There's offense to be found everywhere, and like you, I find it distasteful and offensive to the memory of Rosa Parks that this thread has ventured here.

Seems what she started remains unfinished, yes?  
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Tiersdin~
My SISTER ... (I believe I once 'adopted' you as my sister in these forums) ... that bond still remains as true as the day I said it~

Yes, I agree with you ... racism and bigotry are UGLY ... as ugly as the ignorant people who hold onto those beliefs no matter WHAT COLOR OF SKIN they have~

I can tell you that I still am PROUD to call you my sister of an honest heart~

I live in the deep south ... and I stand up and say my piece when those ignoramuses start to spout off~

I do not and will not allow it in my presence without letting the perpetrators know that I find them totally repulsive and ignorant~

I've been called an '*insert your own letter of the alphabet*'lover ... and that's fine with me ... I'd rather be called that than to be called *IGNORANT*~

Like you ... I didn't find it pleasant to have to come in on this thread ... but I know that only by stating my own views will others know exactly how I feel about prejudical people ... if I can say it to someone's face ... I can sure say it to a monitor screen~

May we all strive to embrace the legacy that Dr. Martin Luther King worked so diligently to set before ALL of the people~

God bless ... Robin ... love you sister, yep, I do~
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Um...perhaps it might help matters, if Jaime might come back and clarify his intent, which is what I had hoped for by my initial reply.

Otherwise, chaos rules, and I for one, have seen firsthand that nobody benefits from that.

Jaime?
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Yea I know Karen, if you remember H and I lived in LaPlace for 6 yrs.

I might be coming that way sometime in January...

Hey Robin i wasn't be racial but was trying to tell the real reason why Mrs Parks didn't get off the seat, it didn't matter if it was in the back, the front, nor the middle.  But she didn't get up because it was about which race thought their race was better than another race.

But it does make me said that it exsist at all.  But it does in both and all directions.  And it is a shame that the world still has to live that way.  And not only with the race of someone, but also with the religion someone lives.  

I have lived in Michigan, Louisana, Florida, Tennessee, and now here in Indiana for a while longer. And it sure is amazing the different views the communities have out in the open, than what is practice.

I have seen people that put on a good show, and then boom, as soon as the situation has removed itself, the truth comes out right there and then. The typical 2 faced person that is.


also Robin
By the way hope you read my tribute to Mrs. Parks.
http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum93/HTML/002799.html

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Tier?

I am going to email you a very long email.  Suffice to say here...I'm very glad to call you Friend.  Your unveiling of self makes it even more special in my eyes, m'dear.

And when I send you the email, and I will...let me know if it is worthy to post here.  OK?

Welcome Home!
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I don't really get it. Why is it considered that a black member is "unveiling" herself by stating her ethnicity? If I say "I'm white" nobody is going to say "Oh, honey, you unveiled yourself!"

Not meant to be offensive to you in particular, Sunshine, but it is a reflection of American society in general. The exception always has to be qualified when it is not obvious (ie, what someone looks like when not in face to face conversation over the internet). We white people tend to assume that others we talk to are also white. We could just chalk this up to one person gravitating to or assuming likeness in another, but I don't think that's the case.

I work in healthcare. I also worked in food service. These are two (in my opinion) highly racially integrated industries, and in both I work with/have worked with an amazing variety of ethnicites and backgrounds. I went from the little white girl who never talked to a black or mexican American in my life, let alone had intimate contact with any great number of immigrants, to just another face in the crowd. With greater exposure, one comes to realize that the "people are people" stereotype/saying is true... just because someone of another ethnicity may look physically different, in addition to embracing different mannerisms, clothing styles, and speech patterns/colloquialisms (as well as those negative stereotypes that have become reclaimed by certain ethnic groups as a certain identity, ie the use of "nigga" by black people, as well as the back of the bus thing [which, Alicat, I consider more a youthful behavior than anything else]) doesn't mean we are, at worst, unable to communicate, or, at best, essentially different in any way, shape, or form.

But back to the qualifying of exceptions- as a white person who works with many black people (among other groups) I notice a tendency that when a black person is describing someone to me, they will identify them as "a black guy/girl." This would be understandable if they assumed that as a white chick, I would automatically assume the person they were talking about is white until otherwise told. But I notice that they do the same thing when conversng with other black people- they aren't assuming any similarity of race, because they have learned that they have to identify the excpetionality even amongsts themselves.

I don't want to polarize this with all the "us and them" language, so I'll use another example. Healthcare people all know this little inside joke (I guess it's a joke) but it's an excellent example of my point:

A father rushes his injured son to the emergency room. Upon the boy being seen by the doctor, the doctor says "I can't treat this patient." Why?

The answer, of course, is that the doctor is the boy's mother. Not so obvious to me when my mother first told me this at a young age. There is often the need to identify "a woman doctor" or, to be fair to the guys, "a male nurse." Once again, the exception has to be identified before the listener considers the possibility- otherwise, we tend to jump to the conclusion that the person being spoken about is part of the status quo.

I think saying things like "Why do black poeple sit in back of the bus" is a sort of crass observational humor. Why? Yes, sure, it's ironic, but where does asking the question get us? Nowhere, unless we expand it into why does a sort of voluntary segregation still exist in American culture? Here's my question: who the hell cares where they sit? There are more pressing questions at hand, like why, when we fought a Revolutionary War as a country to get the right to run our own democratic society, doesn't every eligible American citizen vote?

Oh, just for the record, I've been called racial slurs as well, and sexist ones too. I doubt there's a person alive who hasn't been. It sucks. And racism is racism- there is no such thing as "reverse" racism. My experience has simply been that when you open yourself to people in general, these experiences can be minimized and mutual conversation can be engaged in.

Phew... so much for a quick read here... I guess I'm back to that paper I'm supposed to be writing.
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Beautifully said hush.
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" We white people tend to assume that others we talk to are also white."

Um, I didn't.

If you scroll up, I was the one who didn't even notice where Bill Clinton sat, and wondered why it mattered.

I'm still wondering, too.

*shaking my head*

All these assumptions and hurt feelings--and to make what point?

I'm still waiting.

If there's a list for a brain transplant, I'd wait for that too. But hush seems to be using hers.
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" We white people tend to assume that others we talk to are also white."

But alot of people do. I think alot of people's initial reaction to tier's statement was 'She's black?!' Admittedly, when she first told me I was surprised, and then immediately felt like a tool for it. Because that's how engrained the division has become and as hush mentions, it's become subconscious habit to declare a person's colour when telling a story.

I don't think this thread has become hostile or hurtful. I think it's open dialogue that, hopefully, makes people see even the smallest divisions and how ridiculous they really are. Exactly what Rosa Parks was attempting to do.

Topple the subconscious barriers and the rest should follow. And be mindful of generalizations, which is why i commented in the first place.
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Thanks to all who responded to my "two cents". Margie, you are a sweetie and I suspect, shall always be.  Sunshine, thank you too for your kind words.

I don't think of my words as a kind of unvieling since I have been secure within this coacoa skin for quite a while. Rather, it's just a note to kinda ask, could you be a bit more tactful in what you say while you express your right to say it.

Sure, my feelings got hurt. Isn't the first time and I'm quite sure it won't be the last.  I like to think of myself as fairly strong and not easily crumbled by such talk.

But I feel compelled to say that it's pretty irritating to be referred to as "them" or "they".  NO ONE wants to be lumped into a group like a herd of cattle. There are other blacks that I don't wish to be identified with, not to mention other person's of other cultures.  It's no different from someone trying to identify you with a serial killer or bomber.  Nope, don't think anyone would like it.

Serenity, I'd like you to know that I wasn't offended by your refering to blacks as people of color.  After all, we are.  We have so many colors, including what could be viewed as "white". I think that as unpleasant as most blacks would find it, "colored" might be a more accurate term because of that.

The discussion of race is indeed a volatile subject (as is politics) no matter how delicately it might be approached.  What I find offensive may be viewed as nonsense to another of a different race and vice versa.

This is where tact comes into play.  While we have the right to our own opinions, there's no harm in taking another's feelings into consideration, is there?  I find the abilty to do so is a strength rather than a weakness.

~Robin
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Hush, you are right...I could have said what I did in a way that would not have upset anyone.  Personally...I was thrilled to learn of Robin's heritage.  My letter to her explained why.

Her letter back...deepened a bond that has been growing between us since she first started at Passions.

But...you were right.  Thank you for pointing that out to me.
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