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Thu Jul 27, 2017, 01:54 PM

Will white folks PLEASE STOP whitesplaining the experience of being black in America to black people

As a white woman I don't worry about my white son walking out the front door each day. Society affords us advantages in so many ways. I just saw a conversation on the view (in a waiting room didn't watch voluntarily) with the Fergeson police chief at the time Michael brown was killed and it made my head want to explode. White people need to stop telling black people what their god damn experience is in this country. Props to whoopi for not choking the asshole. Lord knows I wanted to.

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Reply Will white folks PLEASE STOP whitesplaining the experience of being black in America to black people (Original post)
onecaliberal Jul 2017 OP
MineralMan Jul 2017 #1
TBA Jul 2017 #2
WhiskeyGrinder Jul 2017 #3
Hoyt Jul 2017 #4
onecaliberal Jul 2017 #6
IronLionZion Jul 2017 #5
onecaliberal Jul 2017 #7
IronLionZion Jul 2017 #8

Response to onecaliberal (Original post)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 01:55 PM

1. Yes. Don't Talk. Listen.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 02:15 PM

2. I agree

I actually had the opportunity to have an extended candid conversation with a young African American man several years ago. Mostly I asked him questions and he told me stories.

This guy looked like he stepped off the cover of GQ. He was extremely handsome and poised. Even so, the discrimination he faced on an almost daily basis was shocking.


I mean... I don't want to sound naive but I thought we were further along. We are not. Racism is the cancer that will kill this country. Trump just metastasized it.

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Response to onecaliberal (Original post)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 02:20 PM

3. K&R. White people need to listen, do their own research and talk to their friends and families.

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Response to onecaliberal (Original post)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 02:36 PM

4. Other than seeing on TV a man who later became Georgia's Governor chase Black people out

of his restaurant with a gun and pick handle, hearing some candidate for Governor who spitted out the words "N_____s and J__s," and being startled at the book and movie Black Like Me, I did not have much direct experience with discrimination/hatred in my early teens. But with those experiences, I sure understood something wasn't right.

As shocking as those were, they were nowhere near the stories of the victims of that time I heard later. Even in 2017 similar crud could hardly be called isolated.

I did luck up in my first year of college to have a Sociology prof come in one Saturday morning with his head bandaged up from being hit with a police baton at a local demonstration on Civil Rights. He walked in, said put away your books, because we are going to talk about what is going on for the rest of the quarter. I was very lucky, a lot of the Southern kids I grew up with weren't so lucky or didn't care.

My 50th year reunion is coming up in a few weeks. I'm not going, because I've had enough disagreements on Facebook, etc., with some of those A-holes that I know I will punch someone.

Great post OneC.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 02:42 PM

6. I was raised in a rural farm community. I've never looked back either.

Couldn't stomach those people. Thanks for the comment.

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Response to onecaliberal (Original post)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 02:41 PM

5. I had someone whitesplain that he served in the military in Iraq

so he knows the experience of being a minority in America.

I thanked him for his service and told him he has no idea that he's part of the problem since he thinks soldiers in a foreign country are like Americans living in our own country.

and for those who think instant public execution without trial can't happen to them:

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 02:44 PM

7. You'd think that situation would give people pause for thought...

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 02:47 PM

8. Some people don't have time for thought

higher priorities, or something...

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