RACISM AND ME – 2020

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Yesterday’s reblog shows  where I stood last year – the year we now see as peaceful, normal; the year we long to go back to – the year I was only charged with racism!  Yelling racism became so rampant it had little effect so the language had to change – so now I am charged with  white privilege! Even worse – White Supremacy!

People cannot stand being ignored.  If you think people hate you, just imagine how much better that is than that no one even thinks about you.  So choose hate, choose riots, choose murder, choose ….

Ask almost any teacher and you will find she/he has had children who will choose any form of discipline you want to throw their way rather than not being recognized.  Those are likely the ones who make up gangs.  Even white, well off, privileged kids – whose parents are too busy with careers or hobbies.

Equality does not make any color supreme.  It is often to one’s advantage to claim minority status.

Some examples:  If being white is such an advantage, why did Elizabeth Warren choose to further her career as an Indian?  Even more current:  Kamala Harris  would not be close to the being Supreme Leader of the World if she were not black enough to be called Black.  Indian helps but Biden was looking for a “Black Woman.”  Also, would Barrack Obama ever had been President if he had not had the votes of those who voted for him only because he was black?  If you believe that had nothing to do with it, please tell me a way in which he excelled that drew people to believe he would be a good president.  How did Biden describe him?  “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

So how about me?   Have I ever had an advantage because I was white?  Yes, I told you before that the Personnel Director assumed I would want to be placed on the “white” side of town.  I am fairly sure he would not have made that assumption if I had been black.

I would be foolish and dishonest if I do not acknowledge that whites (including me) have had advantages over blacks even when all other things are equal.

On the other hand, my husband, a white man, had a good job with good standing at a university as an adjunct teacher.  In spite of his good standing, when the full time job was needed, he was laid off, and, guess what?  A young black woman was hired!  Yep, yell white privilege about that!

Another change this year from last year.  Last year I was not afraid to write about this issue.  This year I am “cautious” regarding my freedom of speech.  I am easily identified.  Yes, that bothers me a bit.  New year, 2020.

 

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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12 Responses to RACISM AND ME – 2020

  1. floridaborne says:

    You are writing posts about this issue that I am in agreement with.

    You are well aware that I can find sarcasm in anything. Take the fact that I, a blue eyed woman with very light skin, have 1% native American and 1% Cameroon/Bantu people in my genetic code. I keep asking a questions no one will answer: What percentage makes a person black, white, Indian, Asian,..? Why is a person who had a white and a black parent considered black —- and should that person hate him/herself? If that person demands reparations, should one half give reparations to the other half and call it a day?

    The whole thing is so bizarre. If you’re white and people call you hateful things, why isn’t that racist? The last time I looked, were were all different hues of human that belonged to one race: The human race. I think you’ll agree that it’s about time we remembered that. 🙂

  2. The thing that bothers me about all this color wheel business is found in those little details…actually facts about color…
    Obama was not our first black president, he is of a mix of black and white…well, technically, African and white American…and thus is our first mixed president.
    Ms Harris is Jamaican and Indian as in from India so technically and correctly, she in not our first black VP candidate.
    And as for the poor folks like Ms Warren, who looks like she could have stepped off the Mayflower…well her claiming to be Native American is like me claiming to be Asian—you might not see it upon first glance but if I talk it up enough, maybe if you turn your head sideways and stand on one foot, it could be there.
    I can remember when JFK was running for president and my grandmother had a fit because he was a Catholic.
    Heaven help us now as we have Catholics running, or those already in high office (cough cough Pelosi), who have turned a blind eye to their faith, and tout a hip hip hooray for abortion….
    because it’s all about woman’s rights remember…
    I don’t know if my nerves can handle all of this lead up to November.
    There is just way too much loosey goosey shenanigans taking place over color, race and sex.
    Sounds like a made in Hollywood script—and it probably was.

    • Faye says:

      well expressed Julie. Great discussions unfolding. I had an uncle who was ? not sure if he was black,white Asian ????? His colour changed with his mood swings. I rememenber him saying the whole world will be Led into HELL if JFK a CATHOLIC was in the Whitehouse. He HIMself ruled his household with authority and harsh cruel discipline, I was never surprised to learn he died alone. His children today after escaping found their own lives. I do not remember his real colour I do remember his lack of LOVE.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks for giving me a hint about how to see the Indian in E. Warren. I’ll give it a try. I’d hate to believe an Okie had make an untrue claim to Indian-hood. 😀 Only two more months before a little relief. Of course, trying to take down President Trump will still go on. I have heard some who believe if Dems take over, things will quieten down. What a joke! Look what they are doing to their own cities and states now. You’re dreaming if you think that the tear down of the country doesn’t follow soon. The Dems will really have a power struggle if one of them tries to keep America alive. What if God heals Biden and he decides tells Obama, Berney, and AOC to take a walk? Some fun in the wings. This gives me an idea for a blog when I get past my current subject.

      • Now that would be marvelous!
        I actually read yesterday that some on that sad side of the fence said out loud, to other people, that they wished it had been Donald Trump who had died and not his brother— who says that kind of cold, bordering on evil, craziness?
        Speaking of healing— yesterday as I was purging our laundry room, which also needed/needs a version of its own healing, I clicked on a bonus episode of The Chosen— it was the Christmas Story—— well let me tell you, I burst out crying!— it was so utterly powerful— to see these backstories that mirror what we know— a crippled shepherd who longed and knew, that yes, the Messiah was indeed coming, was shunned even by his own- he had a chance encounter with a young couple in town looking simply for water- he offers the young pregnant wife riding a donkey his own animal skin of water— and directed them to where they might find a room— and they were so appreciative of his kindness-it was later that night, in the field, where he had been sent away from the others with his poor lamb that was broken and blemished like him as well as unacceptable, yet he defiantly kept it, the heavens opened and all the shepherds fell to their knees as did our lame friend— but then he and the others got up and began to race back to town— our lame friend began to run as well, dropping his crutch and freely running— they find the stable and he recognizes the young couple from earlier as the young couple recognizes him—- the others reach out wanting to hold the baby but the young father offers the child to the outcast shepherd— his wound on his arm is bleeding so they offer him some of the swaddling around the baby— powerful stuff— which reminded me that God sees and God knows— all of this current mess— He will heal us— maybe not as we anticipate but He will heal us none the less!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Julie, my reply to this is below Faye. Let me know if you find it.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks for giving me a hint about how to see the Indian in E. Warren. I’ll give it a try. I’d hate to believe an Okie had make an untrue claim to Indian-hood. 😀 Only two more months before a little relief. Of course, trying to take down President Trump will still go on. I have heard some who believe if Dems take over, things will quieten down. What a joke! Look what they are doing to their own cities and states now. You’re dreaming if you think that the tear down of the country doesn’t follow soon. The Dems will really have a power struggle if one of them tries to keep America alive. What if God heals Biden and he decides tells Obama, Berney, and AOC to take a walk? Some fun in the wings. This gives me an idea for a blog when I get past my current subject.

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