Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Seriously?: On Being Offended

I very rarely do Seriously? posts, but this required one.

I was slogging through my Google Reader backlog and came across this post from My Friend Amy. This was another teeth grinding experience to get to the end of the post. It is yet another manifesto on how white people are the cause of all evil and how "white privilege" exists, blah, blah. Seriously? Seriously?

The so-called "white privilege" is for upper middle class WASPs which I certainly am not (although, I will say that I am white - well, more pink but I won't go there). Said WASPs should stop blaming all of society's problems on the entirety of the white population. Not all problems are caused by white people.

I will say it once. Just once.
  • Not all white people owned slaves.
  • There is no "white privilege" for anyone who has actually has to work for a living (at a real job, and not for Daddy at one of his companies, and modeling does not count as "working").
  • Other races can be racist, white people are not the only ones.
  • Yes, it is still racist if a non-white person says something racist about a white person.
No one should ever be made to feel guilty or bad about the color of their skin. It is just as racist to made disparaging comments about white people as it is any other group. Shocking, I know, but I don't feel guilty for being white no matter the pressure to conform to the "white guilt" propaganda. I'm okay with it. If anyone else has a problem with the color of my skin, it is their problem, not mine.

If you want to blast me for not having enough white guilt so be it, but I am not going to feel bad about being white. I'm just not.

Also, why the hell should I be told as a white person to read more from authors of other races? You don't see other races being hounded to read books based on the author's color. Why can't we all just read what we want? This is still a semi-free country after all.

Everyone is equal whether they are black, white, green, purple, polka dot, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, atheist, gay, straight, whatever. Stop blaming each other for everything. Just get over yourselves already and treat everyone the way you would want to be treated.

That's it. I'm over it. Yell at me all you want. Back to the regularly scheduled programming...


Book Dilettante said...

I read My Friend Amy's post and wrote a comment at the end of her post. I think she may have misunderstood her Asian friend's comment and been unnecessarily offended.

Mardel said...

I read it too, there was a part where she mentioned her eyes were opened by her friend. I think she appreciated that it was done by a friend.

Beth, I might be reading different posts than you are, but I think mainly over the book covers for MAgic Under Glass, there was suprise that no-one really noticed. I was surprised. I haven't read the book, but I do think that if the character is stated to be brown, the publisher should have made more of an effort to find a more suitable subject. And it's the same publisher that did Liar.

I don't think they are the only publishers who are ignoring the character descriptions - look at what some of the covers of urban fantasy heroines look like - tattoos where the character has none, etc.

I think the publishers need to wake up to who their market is. I also don't feel like I'm being forced to read "ethnic" books - just encouraged to broaden our horizens. It's hard, though to broaden your horizens when the publisher don't have accurate covers on the books, or even publicize their "writers of color".

Marilu said...

I have not yet gone over to read the post you referred to, so I can not comment on that. I will go read it though. After reading your post I have to!
I totally agree with your opinion. I hate that some people try to make white people feel guilty for things done by previous generations. Having researched my family tree back to the 1600's I haven't found a slave owner yet!
I must also say that you are right! "White people" are not the only ones that are racist! I remember when I was a little girl maybe aged 6 or 7 and I was camping with my aunt and uncle and 2 cousins. We met a couple of other families there. Both families were black. I don't remember even noticing honestly, but they did. One of the other kids started laughing at me and saying that I stunk. Of course the others joined in. They said they could still smell the bleach on my skin. I didn't even understand. I just remember being upset, and telling my aunt that I didn't want to wear my sunblock (I am very pale) anymore so that I could get a tan like the other kids so they would not make fun of me anymore! I grew up in an area where there were all sorts of nationalities, and races, and a huge tourism industry( Niagara Falls), so I was used to seeing people with all different shades of skin, and never really paid attention to it. That summer was when I learned about racism. And it wasn't a white person being racist to the black people either!

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