The New Racism

“Hey, I’m not racist but …”

I always love to hear that statement because everything after that is the soft-porn of racism.

“Hey, I’m not racist or anything but why can’t those people get off of welfare?”

“I’m not racist, but I think that Somali women can’t drive.”

“Is it racist to say that Mexican women have a lot of children?”

Yes, why yes it is.

Listen, I’m not going to sit here and say we should like all people and we shouldn’t see color, but fuck if I’m not going point out what bothers black people about white people and their futile attempts to act like they are not contributing to the fuckery we call American society. Automatically people with little curiosity or closeted racist tendencies have clicked away from this page. Those that have stayed, thank you and welcome. This will not be a white people bashing commentary, rather an observation of 1 black male–not all black males. There are 3 types of caucasians that I have encountered in my life.

The Overt Racist

These are the Confederate Flag waving dickheads we see here and again, but we mostly see them in the south. They don’t like minorities. They don’t want to associate with any. In all probability, they would love to, peacefully or not, rid America of all people who are not white Christians (yes, the Jews too).  Now, are there minorities who are racists? Yes, there are, but not in the numbers this particular group will lead you to believe. If you need a shining example of their thinking, you should look no further than the comment sections on Facebook about the Trayvon Martin case.  I could go deep on this group, but there’s not much to discuss who or what they are. I digress.

The Covert Racist

This is the average American.  They are aware that there is a race issue in this country. They have seen or experienced racism in some way. On this continuum, you will see the “I’m color-blind” group. You will see the “I’m not racist but …” group.  This person has not had much experience with another ethnic group outside of their own, and they will have very little understanding on issues concerning those groups.  In fact, the only contact they may have with another ethnic person may be work, which is a place of political correctness run amuck and passive aggressiveness layered so thick you could sop it with a biscuit.  If you ask them, they’ll tell you they’ve never been the only white person in the room. Now, this doesn’t make you racist, but it will truly hinder your judgment in the matters of discussing race or issues concerning these groups  if your point of view is so limited.

The Unaware Racist

This group is the most dangerous because they perpetuate the racist system but don’t know it. They are so insulated from any minorities at the workplace, home, and everything in between that race isn’t a factor for them.  It’s not that they’re color-blind; they’re oblivious.  It’s like the old saying: out of sight, out of mind.  How can you think about what you don’t see?  The majority of these people are conservative white men who think they are “losing the country.”  They are so convinced that minorities are “takers” and don’t have the same value system as they do.  Every one of us wants the same thing: safe homes and neighborhoods, good schools, and  good educational and job opportunities.  But again, how would you know that if your only experience with any other group is around the water cooler?

Let me be clear.  I’m not saying all racist people are bad.  Yes, I said that.  We’re all racists. When you go to a lunch or a gathering where you don’t know anyone, which group of people do you sit with: the transvestite, albino, little people or the webbed-fingered sullied sap suckers?  You sit with the group that looks mostly like you. It’s caveman shit.  Biological decisions we make everyday. But the acceptance on my end stops when other people’s bullshit impedes my family’s life, liberty, and pursuit of a million.

Usually, I give some recommendation on how to combat the crazies, but you can’t change a belief system.  Racism is a belief system not an innate behavior. It’s something learned and passed around like a blunt at a Snoop Dogg concert. All we can do is be aware of our actions and hope we can correct it a little.  That way, when my age group starts tipping over, the next generation can get it down better for the next group. The only solution I have that would work like a dream would be for everyone to have a baby from a different race until there’s no one ethnic group left. Then we can tackle the religion problem after that.

 

Bully Oshin
I’m a resident Minnesota shit-talker (by way of Texas), father of 2, and a yes man to one female human. I’m a failed musician/rapper with a flair for words. I enjoy all things of hateration; moreover, I’m a constant contrarian of pop culture. I love writing and podcasting. I don’t listen very well, but I love to talk about various topics, of which I have strong opinions. Catch my occasional podcast on Spreaker. http://www.spreaker.com/user/6852101
  • bullyoshin

    My wife pointed out that the article reads like I’m implying all white people are racists (she’s white). That’s not the case. I’m saying that everyone falls into one of these category by degrees. I’m stating that the people I have generally encountered through discussions about race helped me shape my opinion, to be a little more clear.

    • WrongAsRain

      When I first read this, I thought it was aimed specifically at racists, rather than all white people.

      Even the most liberal, anti-establishment white person may find themselves tightening up at the sight of a black man walking on the sidewalk late at night–or some other unconscious act of racism–I think this would be another category. Maybe like the “Accidental racists” or the “Brainwashed racists.”

      • http://twitter.com/ashliejefferson Ashlie

        or “the person who tries so hard to prove they’re not racist that it comes full circle” lol. there are many variations.

        • bullyoshin

          See what I’m saying? I had to narrow it down. I would lump those in with the Covert. They’re aware of it and their actions adjust to the situations. Huge topic. Hopefully, everyone gets what I’m trying to say.

          • http://twitter.com/ashliejefferson Ashlie

            we do!

      • botenana

        Oh I can agree with this part of it – I will avoid driving through certain areas or will move my keys into my fingers if I’m through the crossroads and encounter a group of guys late at night. As a Jew, I’m supposed to be above those behaviors, but it’s insidious. It creeps inside you and before you realize what you’re doing it’s already done.

  • http://twitter.com/ashliejefferson Ashlie

    I know you said the “overt racists” are in the south but I think you meant “rural areas” because Western PA is nowhere near the south and I saw someone selling confederate flags this summer in NJ.
    Also, I would say that the “unaware” racists are not mostly conservative white men. A lot of them are what you might call “hipsters” (a word that has almost lost all meaning). These people come from small white Ohio towns and move to NYC (very segregated, imo) and wear “ironic” wu tang shirts but they won’t sit next to black people on the subway.

    • http://twitter.com/ashliejefferson Ashlie

      very segregated. I feel like racism is almost totally unchecked in places like nyc because everyone who lives here (by choice) gets to act like they’re so progressive because they saw a pride parade one time and they take public transportation and a brown person lives in their building. In reality, neighborhoods are very segregated and nobody leaves their bubble.

      • http://www.theflounce.com AlexisO

        Do you live in Western PA? I’m outside of Pittsburgh! There’s a place I drive by, a junk yard business, and the owner has a confederate flag hung on the side of the building with “KEEP OUT” underneath it. There are a lot of people with confederate flag stuff around here, license plates, stickers, patches. We’re not rural, mostly suburban and “cities.”

        • http://twitter.com/ashliejefferson Ashlie

          I live in Brooklyn now, but I’m from Southern NJ. I do have friends in PA though and I’ve been there quite a few times. I know there are a lot of suburbs but also there are a lot of rural places (in PA as a whole) and that’s what I was thinking of (just a few examples). I guess the point is it’s everywhere! I think that when we pretend it’s only in one place (away from us) we do more harm than good because we aren’t making ourselves aware and trying to change it.

    • bullyoshin

      I agree with you. This was kind of a big one so I generalized heavily.

    • botenana

      As a person who left a small white Ohio town, I wish that people would stop painting my state with being the source of all Midwest and Northern racism. PA is just as bad with those kids, as is IN, as is IL, as is MI…