Pronunciation: \ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm also -ˌshi-\
1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2 : racial prejudice or discrimination
stockingfull wrote:And it's all the more offensive since it was our ancestors who lynched the black men who "quit" their jobs. In fact, "our race" quite literally bred pacivity into "their race," which "our race" had the power to do because, um, "our race" owned "their race." And that is the fundamental basis for affirmative action. (Worth noting in this context is that our incoming President's highly-motivated father came directly from Africa and thus was never subject to the selective breeding process which occurred for, oh, 300 or so years in this country. Lessee, how many generations is that? )
So to complain now about the historic motivation level of blacks as a race is not only "racist" by definition but actually acknowledges the systemic racism which has formed the basis for affirmative action programs.
And it's shameful.
NOTE TO RICHARD: This is on topic as it purports to show how the disfunction in the black commuity is one of the links in the chain that is leading this country to economic ruin.
Stockingfull...First of all, maybe your
ancestors lynched blacks and owned slaves but mine didn't. My ancestors were poor immigrants who came here in the late 19th century and worked hard to get ahead.
I assume your webster definition of racist was meant to apply to me. I won't respond in kind. I guess I'm in good company because here's the men who said blacks have a victim mentality that holds them back. You should read the book.
Guess who also said blacks should get off of welfare because it makes them lazy? No, not George Bush. Give up?
You are burdened with "white guilt" which is making you not able to see that the disfunction in the black community today is coming from within that community, not from whites. Change comes slowly and I acknowledge that. But people have to participate in their own success and take responsibility for their own failures. Playing the victim and blaming whites for all their problems just doesn't hold water any longer.
A culture that shuns getting an education as "acting white" isn't going to make it.
A culture that celebrates "baby-mommas" isn't going to make it.
A culture that embraces the "thug life" isn't going to make it.
The list goes on and on. The cost to society of these is staggering. I want black people to make it, to succeed. When they become on balance contributors to the society instead of a burden to it, we all will benefit.
I'm not a racist but I will not lie to myself about the pervasive problems in the black community that are their own fault. Enough with the slave excuse.....the victim mentality for failure. The playing field has been leveled and even pitched in their direction with things like affirmative action and set asides.
Come on people.