What makes someone have racists thoughts even when they don’t want to have them? Toure, a columnist for Time, provides some answers. Check it out.
Read the article and it’s pretty interesting to read something from other people’s perspective about racism. It’s nicer to hear from both side: the racist and the one who’s being discriminated.
I thought Toure was thoughtful and to the point; as ususal. I don’t have a problem with him looking at racism from an African American perspective; he’s an African American man and that would be part of his world-view. He drew a lot of ire for discussing what a Caucasion woman (who had the guts) to say something to him about which she wishes she could change. I don’t even want to get into the biracial issue and how people see things because to do that I’d have to say: the multicultural issue. My father is biracial; one brother has a Philipino wife and half Philipino son; the other brother’s has a white wife, and I have 3 biracial neices from that; and my sister has a half mexican granddaughter. My fiance is Black and Native American; so what? To me, that’s what African American IS-a hodge-podge of many cultures. I
‘ve heard many ignorant statements from all sides, and for many reasons. The worst issue right now seems to be with my Philipino sister-in-law, who told me she has to constantly defend her marriage to a Black man because her homies believe Philipino women should “marry white” if they marry outside of their race at all. When they see my gorgeous nephew and handsome brother; and how well he loves and treats his wife, only then do they “get” it. What I am saying is Toure has a right to TALK about racism; it is alive and well in the US. By the way Black people who negate their own race and make slurs against other Blacks, are immersed in self-hate. It’s very easy not to love who you are if you’re Black and buy into all the crazy negativity you hear and see. I
I just quickly read this article had have read Toure before and have liked other columns. However, as a white person, I have to say I think that this article was weak and only looked at racism from Toure an African-American’s perspective and not the term ‘racism’ as the headline implies. It infers, IMO that the only people who are racist are caucasians. There are MANY African-Americans who are racist or have racist thoughts about white people and about people of other races. I have witnessed it from both sides particularly being in an interractial relationship with a bi-racial child. Honestly, I have witnessed many black friends and family make what I would term racial/prejudical slurs of ppl w/in their own race. To me the words racist and prejudice are interchanged frequently and IMO are very different. IMO, all people are prejudice – positively and negatively. Positive ‘predjudice or pre-judging’ assuming all Asians are smart, all AA are good athletes — common ‘thoughts’. Negative predjudices abound as well obviously. We all prejudge people all the time rightfully and wrongfully. I don’t think all of us whatever race — are racist as I believe that means an inherent, distaste and unwaivering bias against a certain race that is consistent and clear which I think is far less common. The biggest ‘thing’ I find most people of all races are is: IGNORANT which comes usually from lack of exposure and can be changed with better communication and a willingness across race and culture to tackle tough subjects and learn from one another and sometimes agree…to disagree.
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