Hard conversations

Have you ever noticed that on Facebook and other message boards, conversations get started about one topic, and then all of a sudden, talking points about “reverse racism” and “Al Sharpton” and “white privilege”  and “fox news” and other such things get brought up and all of a sudden, the thread goes from what it was about to something that’s way too long because too many people want to cling to their ideas stubbornly? Well, here’s a place to discuss that. Comment away below. And like us on facebook.

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4 thoughts on “Hard conversations

  1. I’ll start… Why don’t people get that NOBODY listens to Al Sharpton? I mean, I’m sure there are some people who do. But why is it than when Black people are telling someone about how they actually feel, or how a certain event has personally affected them, or how they experience the systematic oppression that does happen in America (which doesn’t, by any means, mean that individual Black people can never get ahead, just that it’s a differently obstacled path), that we’re told we listen to Al Sharpton too much? NO WE DON’T! MOST PEOPLE WHO ARE TELLING YOU THESE THINGS, ESPECIALLY NOT ANGRILY, HAVE NEVER ONCE LISTENED TO ANYTHING THAT MAN SAID AND TAKEN IT SERIOUSLY!

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  2. Al Sharpton is a polarizing figure, but he does have admirers, at least here locally. And so what? I’ve heard and read things he’s said that made sense to me. I used to work in an office near his and frequently found myself at the same salad bar as Sharpton on my lunch break. He was frequently approached by black youth and was always very gracious, inviting them to sit with him and discussing various social or political issues. I admit I don’t know every last thing he’s ever said so I don’t know, maybe some shouldn’t be taken seriously. But I’ve never come across anyone who’s ideas I agreed with absolutely 100%.

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  3. It’s funny that you’ve written about this topic because this morning someone on Facebook asked a simple question about whether it was appropriate to wear Blackface and some racist high-jacked the conversation. After the woman’s question was answered, a man, who I am going to assume was a racist based on his comments, abruptly switched the conversation to a discussion on how racism is nonexistent. Even when faced with comments from minorities, he refused to change his position. I am extremely fed up with individuals who are so stubborn and narrow-minded that they reject any notion that a minority experiences racism. Beliefs about minorities should be formed using actual evidence; however, for people like that guy, his beliefs aren’t based on the actual experiences of minorities he knows personally but rather, from television stations, like FoxNews, who make a profit from providing the public with erroneous information skewed to their particular bias. I, like other minorities, find it extremely offensive and condescending for non-minorities to insinuate that they know better than we do regarding such topics – especially when we deal with everything from micro-aggressions to outright racist behavior daily while they typically benefit from white privilege. For those who insist on arguing that racism doesn’t exist, do me a favor and get to know some African Americans. I mean REALLY get to know them – their struggles, experiences, etc. before making any further comments. If you haven’t done that or reject the idea then your agenda is clear. You have no desire to learn the truth just parrot what you’ve seen on tv.

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