Friday, June 6, 2008

When It Comes to Making Money, "Whitey" Don't Care about You, Either

This is for all of you who think civil rights, equality and justice is just for black folks, women, and other racial and gender minorities. What so many of those Ferraro whites who aren't racist but have "racial resentment" fail to understand is that if they'd get over their racism, we could build stronger labor unions and better jobs and wages. If they'd get over their racism and vote Democratically, we could have a government that better responded to the needs and concerns of the people. Think about it. It's the war hawks who've got us in Iraq, spending billions that the Pentagon can't account for, letting "homeland" infrastructure crumble and for oil that's ruining the environment. It's the Republicans who wanted to privatize social security and cut medicare programs, which many an old white people depend on.

Take the whole housing crisis as an example. Yeah, black folks upset because we disproportionately were given illegal predatory loans. But, some white folks got those bad loans, too. And if a more Democratic government had been in place, not that the Clinton administration didn't stop some regulation, but it would be reasonable to assume few people of any race would've been given these bad loans.

And now, take a look at what the CDC is doing to babies. And mostly white ones at that. And be sure, that while my language is a bit rough this post, and I may even come back and clean it up . . . may not, that I don't just care about African Americans. Yes, put in the crowd the places the Black community first and foremost. But, I'd never leave anyone, white, brown, black, red, or yellow, behind.

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This isn't too complicated. If you disagree with me, I'm more than happy to have an honest discussion. I'm quite open to learning new facts and ideas. I'm dying for a conservative to explain their ideas in a sensible way.

But, I do have rules, and they also apply to those who agree with me. They just get the benefit of my already knowing the fact they'll be referring to.

So, here're the comment thread rules:

1 - Use facts.
2 - Refer to policy.
3 - Don't rely on theories and conjectures. Show me how, for example, a public health insurance option will lead to "rationing" of health care.
4 - No unfounded attacks on any entity.

If you break those rules, I will edit your comment to my own whimsical satisfaction.

Lastly, perhaps most importantly, I'm not going to entertain too much pro-white/racism-denying discussion. I want this to be a space to discuss strategies to fight racism, not space where I have to fight racism. I want anti-racists to be able to come here for a mental respite. If what you're interested in doing is attempting to demonstrate the fallacy of anti-racism by repeating the same ole comments and questions and accusations we hear all the time, please do that somewhere else.

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