Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Being "White" Is Optional

There is no white race. Somebody just made it up. It’s a huge umbrella of cultures from Europe and other parts of the world. But, I often wonder, does a person who throws themselves under the umbrella of “white” in some way take credit for the accomplishments of someone like Bill Gates, Elon Musk, or Steve Jobs?

Do they say to themselves. “Yes, that’s one of us/I’m one of them”. Meanwhile, they look at someone from a minority group and say “Oh, look at them. They’re not one of us. If only they had an Elon Musk.”

You can pick and choose who’s “white”. You can decide to exclude Hitler, but include Carl Sagan into the identity narrative. Exclude Stalin, but include Einstein. However, when you’re “Black” in America you don’t have the option of opting out, or being opted out. You wake up that way, and only that way.

Racism in America is ultimately about how people look.

And, there are college educated people who will say about discrimination “But, it’s always been that way.” To which I satirically ask “So, then let’s continue to be that way?”

In the news: Twelve officers were shot, five killed in Dallas TX by a sniper. - A Pokemon application craze is at full tilt.

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