Several bloggers have forwarded me the following chain letter.
It has probably been bouncing around blogs for quite some time. Although I don't usually post anonymous posts of this length, the unknown author has raised points that are routinely asked by whites. I have answered some of the questions (in parenthesis). I'd like to here your responses to the generalizations made by the author.
Subject: Are you a racist?
>There are folks in cyberspace who dream up this stuff and send it around
>the world, just for fun.
>It rings so true when you turn it around.
>You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction.
(How many whites have had this experience? I'm too busy trying to get to my destination to pay attention to whites on the street, let alone sneer at them).
>You call me "Whiteboy", "Cracker", "Honkey", "Whitey" and you think it's
(These terms are racial slurs. What I don't understand is why white audiences pay huge sums to hear black comedians use these terms?)
>But when I call you, nigger, Kike, Towelhead, Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey,
>Beaner, Gook, or Chink you call me a racist.
(These terms are also racial slurs, Frankly, except for the n-word, I've never seen any of these slurs in print,)
>You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you, so why are the
>ghettos the most dangerous places to live?
(I've never heard this claim)
>You have the United Negro College Fund.
>You have Martin Luther King Day.
>You have Black History Month.
>You have Cesar Chavez Day.
>You have Yom Hashoah
>You have Ma'uled Al-Nabi
>You have the NAACP.
>You have BET.
>If we had WET(white entertainment television) we'd be racists.
>If we had a White Pride Day you would call us racists.
>If we had white history month, we'd be racists.
>If we had an organization for only whites to "advance" our lives, we'd be
>If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships, you
>know we'd be racists.
>There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US, yet if
>were "White colleges" that would be a racist college.
(There are still private organizations, churches and schools that are all-white in this country. Historically Black Colleges and Universities were founded because blacks were not allowed to go to schools with whites. Those schools have continued to serve predominantly black students although whites are not barred from attendance, and in fact, have attended HBCUs.)
(The observance of Martin Luther King's Birthday is a national holiday, not a black holiday, )
(The United Negro College Fund raises money to provide scholarships for black students because historically, this group of students have been unable to afford college tuition. On the other hand, private universities and colleges that are predominantly white institutions have hefty endowments (very old money) to provide scholarships and assistance for their students.)
>In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your
>and rights. If we marched for our race and rights, you would call us
(The Million Man March was not about "race and rights" and certainly had nothing to do with whites. It was a gathering of black men who came together to support each other in an environment of atonement and humility).
>You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you're not
>to announce it. But when we announce our white pride, you call us
(What do you call the Columbus Day Parade? Isn't that about Italian Pride? How about St. Patrick's Day, isn't that a demonstration of Irish Pride? )
>You rob us, carjack us, and shoot at us.
>But, when a white police officer shoots a black gang member or beats up a
>black drug-dealer running from the law and posing a threat to society,
>call him a racist.
(Black criminals, rob, carjack and shoot a lot more black people than they do whites. As for black drug dealers, like white collar criminals, they still have constitutional rights.)
>I am proud.
>But, you call me a racist.
>Why is it that only whites can be racists?
(A racist believes that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race, according to Websters. ) Historically, blacks and Jews have been the groups victimized world-wide by people who hold this point of view.)