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I try to stand up for my rights. I try to follow appropriate protocol when this happens. But, I have never received an apology. I have never been given the job or the promotion I should have had. I have never received compensation for the money I lost because of the job I left due to sexual harassment.
I was startled. I am white. When a black colleague and I were talking about a conference on religion and racial justice at her church, I asked her what she thought it meant to be white. "Priviledged" she said. I was startled that she saw all white people as priviledged by definition, by birth. We have white colleagues from all social and economic backgrounds, some of whom are still poorly educated and living paycheck to paycheck and some of whom are well-educated and financially secure. But she saw all white people as "privileged." As she described her childhood, she had a better homelife than about half of the employees with whom we work. Several of our white colleagues have such rough manners that they would not be able to function socially or professionally in places that this black woman would be welcome and graceful. So they would be excluded, but she would not. She had not considered that white skin is not a total definition of opportunity.
I am white and when racism occurs towards me I just shrug it off. First of all you can never make another race see that there is racism towards whites and reverse discrimination. I work for the federal government and I see it every day. If a person is of minority status we can hire them off the streets. If you are white you have to go through a long drawn out process to even have a chance at a job. As a white person I have had so many minorities tell me of their families struggles and how my race has all the privilges. They are wrong. One of my best friends, that happens to be black, came from a family with both parents working with great incomes. Because she was a minority she was able to get financial help with college. My father passed away when I was 15. We lived on social security. My Mom made $9,000 a year. She couldn't pay for college. I couldn't get financial aid because I was white. I had to work full time and go to college. I made it and I didn't complain that I was being discrimnated against. I did what I had to do and I earned my degree with a lot of hard work and determination. All races need to realize that most of us are all working as hard as we can every day to get by. We don't have time to worry about wronging someone else. We have enough to do just taking care of ourselves. Most white people aren't out to get anyone, they are trying to survive.
I am hispanic, but I am blue eyed and light skinned. I have experienced racism from people of every color of the rainbow. I have had white people make comments to me about "those mexicans" and even had a hispanic lady accuse me of being racist against hispanics (not knowing that I understood every word she was saying about me in Spanish prior to even interacting with her). In every case, I can't help but feel angered. What would even make some one think that comments like either one of those are acceptable? At the same time, I feel sorry for people who cannot see past the superficial. They will never know the different experiences that they miss out on by just assuming that people are only as deep as their color.
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@ ... But she saw all white people as "privileged." maybe what she meant was not what you felt. Maybe what she means is that white look better by appearance and she uses white's language, food, and clothes and that makes non-whites suffer from inferiority complex. Yes, "privileged" by a racist God.
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