Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Racism: Ignorance Seasoned with Paranoia

I wasn't looking for trouble.  I hadn't planned to write about race again any time soon. I just stopped by a post by one of my favorite bloggers, Tom Degan, of The Rant. The post, "Message to My Fellow White People," is about five weeks old but I had never read all of the comments on the piece.

There were lots of thoughtful and interesting responses to Tom's absorbing post, but there were also repeated comments by Anonymous, who under cover of his or her anonymity seemed more concerned with arguing "I am not a racist" rather than offering anything substantive to the discussion. Nonetheless, I did not plan to offer any commentary on Anon's meanderings until I got to the following comment from Anonymous:
I love how liberals are either stupid or just amazingly ignorant of racial realities in this country.
Between the numerous black gangs attacking white people in every city of America and the specific examples of the Wisconsin State Fair, Iowa State Fair and Peoria, Illinois, we have more than started the Jim Crow period against white people, and the media is fully complicit
The new trend appears to be to insist that black people and liberals are the new racists but I have never come across anyone who goes so far as to declare that we have started the Jim Crow period against white people. The sheer ignorance of this statement is highly offensive and trivializes the very real denial of civil rights and relegation to second class citizenship of African-Americans for nearly 100 years  post civil war. Following is my unpolished, from the gut response to Anonymous.

Anonymous, I can't decide if you are a racist or just the most ignorant person in America. Maybe you're both. Clearly there is something seriously wrong with you. WTF are you talking about? Jim Crow period against white people! LOL!

Perhaps you should read up a bit on the history of Jim Crow; it was both a system of laws and of social etiquette to restrict the interaction of blacks with whites and to ensure that white superiority was recognized in all aspects of life.  

I concede that there are some black folks who commit acts of violence against whites; mostly in the process of committing some other crime such as thievery but not because they hate white people but because they seek financial gain. Unacceptable behavior but not unique to black people. White people just steal on a grander scale. Ask Madoff and all those folks on Wall Street.

Here's how you'll know that Jim Crow has arrived for white people.

1. Black people will hold the political offices at the state, local, and federal area and white people will not be allowed to hold office.

2. White people will have to pay a poll tax and pass a literacy test in order to vote.

3. When white people are walking down the sidewalk and encounter black people, you will need to step out in the street, tip your hat, say good morning or good evening ma'am or sir, and wait for the black people to pass.

4. You won't be allowed to eat inside any restaurant but you can purchase food at the back door of some places.

5. There will be no white people in any upper level positions in business.

6. If a white male looks at a back woman or dares speak to her, then her family members will come and drag him out of his house in the middle of the night, even if he's just a 14 year old boy, and beat and torture him so badly that his own mama can't recognize his corpse. At the trial, an all black jury will acquit the killers and they will later brag about their deed in a national magazine.

7. Hospitals, clinics, and all businesses will have have an entrance for Blacks only and Whites will only be allowed to enter facilities that provide a separate Whites only entrance and a separate area for whites to conduct their business in the facility. If no such arrangement is provided  you can't come in at all.

8. Be careful to adhere to all rules, don't ever act uppity in front of black people or you may find yourself being dragged out of your house by folks wearing white sheets. If you're lucky they will just beat the crap out of you and if not, they will hang you from a tree. They may burn you a bit first or castrate you and then lynch you.

These are just a few highlights that will signal the implementation of Jim Crow against white people. There were far too many racists practices and laws to enumerate in a single list.

Besides, I recognize that I'm wasting my time because you are an ignorant, whiny, paranoid racist. Only an ignorant racist would propose that anything that black people have done is even partially equivalent to Jim Crow. Don't bother to respond because I will not engage in additional communication with you. I've already wasted far too much time on the inane braying of a total jackass. google6b73f2f8eb0ba261.html

7 comments:

Lisa :-] said...

The unfortunate part of a jackass like this revealing his beliefs--as so many of them do "anonymously" online--is that you get the sense that he is not the only idiot who believes these things. (They tend to run in posses.) I am mystified by what some people will believe, and that they think they need to share their brain-garbage on the internet...

Sybil said...

You tell him Sheria !!
Like Lisa I am quite mystified by what some people believe and then sread their belief around...without even checking to see the true facts..
( It is the same over here in the UK)

Leslie Parsley said...

Love, love, love it, Sheria -- point by point. All it takes is one smart person to take these idiots down and you do it better than most. Of course, this is a must share.

Diniyoyo said...

What I find really disturbing is the massive number of racist and sexist comments you find in response to news stories. Even when the article has nothing to do with race or gender, these disturbed folks find a way of inserting their bigoted, racist ideas. I think the anonymity of the web gives these people a sense of power, that they can spread their poison freely without consequence. In a social setting with others who don't share their views, I doubt they would be so bold. The Web brings out the worst in some people. I'm glad folks like you exist to use reason and intelligence to refute their ridiculous comments.

Diniyoyo said...

What I find really disturbing is the massive number of racist and sexist comments you find in response to news stories. Even when the article has nothing to do with race or gender, these disturbed folks find a way of inserting their bigoted, racist ideas. I think the anonymity of the web gives these people a sense of power, that they can spread their poison freely without consequence. In a social setting with others who don't share their views, I doubt they would be so bold. The Web brings out the worst in some people. I'm glad folks like you exist to use reason and intelligence to refute their ridiculous comments.

Ken Riches said...

Well done! Such uninformed analogies as anon made just show the frustration and fear that the previous majority feel as we move toward a truly diverse and equal society.

By the way, any update on the other website???

Beth said...

Not surprising that they posted as Anonymous. The most special-est of all the trolls seem to do so, don't they?

But don't let your head explode over these people. They truly are beyond the pale (so to speak), and it's not worth letting them get to you so much that they send your blood pressure through the roof.

I'm slowly but surely learning to step away. I am starting to be able to tell when someone is genuinely interested in a discussion and when someone is just trying to be inflammatory, or is just spouting talking points.

Perfect example: my young cousin, who is new to FB, and who I recently emailed you about. I am not going to get into discussions with him (if he says something hateful, I will smack him down, of course), because there is no "there" there. His last couple of comments have ended with "Whatever." Wow, that's a really substantive argument there, cuz!

Until these people can present a cogent, rational argument, they are not worth the time. Or headaches!

Love you!