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Although I didn't vote for Barack Obama, I welcomed the election of a black man to America's highest office. I assumed his election signaled that white America had finally atoned for the sin of slavery. I assumed that Martin Luther King's dream of judging a man by the content of his character instead of the color of his skin had become a reality.

No more would I have to spend my life proving a negative, as in 'I am not a racist.' No more would I have to automatically lower my voice when issues of race entered the conversation. No more would I have to censor my thoughts and actions when dealing with people whose skin color differed from my own. Alas, I was wrong.

America's elites seem intent on continuing to identify citizens by their skin color instead of their character or achievements. Case in point: This February has been designated by President Obama as National African American History Month, sending the clear message that black history is separate from the history of everyone else.

Hispanics also have their own Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) in which they focus on their own cultural achievements, as distinct from American culture. Even American Indians have their own Native American Heritage Month.

With all this focus on celebrating multiculturalism, whites, especially white Christians have gotten a bum rap. For the last 40 years white Americans have been blamed for all of the world's ills. Possessing white skin is automatically associated with oppression, slavery, paternalism and colonialism. And everyone knows that's bad stuff.

No-one has dared point out the absolutely phenomenal achievements of White Americans. That would be considered racist, under the faulty assumption that any white achievement necessarily demeans or excludes black achievements. This premise, however, doesn't apply when touting black progress, or Hispanic progress, or progress of any group not burdened with white skin.

Last week, the city of Farmington, New Mexico, unanimously voted nto to participate in any event celebrating a proposed "white history month." As a white American, this tells me that whites are still not allowed to celebrate their own achievements. The media backed, self anointed race hustlers have decreed that whites are still the oppressors and blacks are still the victims, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Whites must still atone for the sin of being white.

NBC is currently being lambasted for the sin of offering fried chicken on the menu of a special NBC Black History Month lunch spread. How dare they point out that blacks like fried chicken! I guess its a good thing they didn't offer watermelon on the menu, as that might have triggered a national boycott.

No-one, however, is questioning the overt paternalism and outright racism evidenced by billionaire Bill Gates. His Millennium Scholarship Project specifically excludes whites from participating. I guess that kind of racism is OK. After all, it perpetuates the myth that whites are the ones with all the power. Tell that to the increasing number of whites displaced under the racial spoils system that operates under the benignly named 'affirmative action.'

If Obama were truly a 'post-racial' president, I would be allowed to comment on the fact that blacks dominate the NBA. I wouldn't give a thought to mentioning the overwhelming percentage of blacks working for the postal service. I could, without fear, comment on the fact that most blacks dance a heck of a lot better than whites.

But no, for a white to dare mention cultural differences between blacks and whites is verboten. But when blacks set aside a whole month to celebrate these very differences, it is somehow acceptable.What's wrong with this picture? And how much longer will whites have to atone for the sins of their ancestors? Inquiring minds want to know.

White Racism: Part 1

Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for RightBias.com
She lives in South Carolina

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Tags: Obama, racism, white


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Comment by willie fess on February 9, 2010 at 10:28am
Ms Morgan,
Delusion: In everyday language, is a fixed belief that is either false, fanciful, or derived from deception.A false belief based on incorrect inference about external reality that is firmly sustained despite what almost everybody else believes and despite what constitutes incontrovertible and obvious proof or evidence to the contrary. The belief is not one ordinarily accepted by other members of the person's culture or subculture.
When I first read this post, it made me so angry that I felt compelled to write a response but all the good people here have covered most of what I would have said. It makes me feel better knowing that so many others catch this woman up in her own make believe convictions and don't buy into her BS.
Take a harder look inside Ms Morgan, your fallacies are showing.
Comment by Sedona7 on February 9, 2010 at 8:14am
Brethren dwell in unity, lay your weapons down. This is sad. I will not downplay my achievements or anyone else because of the color of their skin. It is OUR/their character, Inner Qualities, Actions that speak louder than words and what is remembered years from now.
Comment by funesthememorious on February 9, 2010 at 6:36am
Comment by belle054 on February 9, 2010 at 5:30am
Possessing white skin is associated with oppression, slavery, paternalism and colonialism (don't forget capitalism!) because that IS our history!
Comment by Dazzling Zoomer Gal Diana on February 9, 2010 at 3:15am
Oh! And it would seem that from this blog that it is our current president who started Black History month. I found her comment to be so utterly confusing I refreshed my memory 'bout the origin of this cultural enthusiasm in the States (we have Back History month in Canada - and in the UK too - does she know this)?

So: For quick ease - here is a bit 'bout it from Wiki:
Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States (US) and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in the month of October./i>/b>

The remembrance was founded in 1926 by United States historian Carter G. Woodson as "Negro History Week".[1] Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans:
former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass. Woodson also founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

And yet Ms. Morgan states: "Case in point: This February has been designated by President Obama as National African American History Month, sending the clear message that Black History is separate from the history of everyone else." As though he just invented the notion!

News flash. Black History (or African American if one prefers) and Hispanic and Caribbean and Persian etc. IS different - and inherent in all of these cultural histories are stories of great cruelty and great heroism, and it is to my mind right and honourable that we are reminded that it's not just all about the seemingly down trodden white folk! I am reminded of a program I recently watched on PBS about the Underground Railway and how extraordinary individuals in Delaware, Black and White - risked their lives daily to help free slaves.This was only 156 years ago! I am reminded of family in Austria and in England who risked their lives to help Jews escape persecution, and how this history is celebrated in Europe and in England.

What pray tell is wrong with celebrating the history of other cultures? AND learning about ourselves through the history of other cultures? Ms. Morgan would have us do away with all this it would seem, because it's sometimes uncomfortable. I'm reminded of those who wish to sweep the Holocaust under the rug too, hummmmmmm . . .Yes. This inquiring mind wants to know why it is she protests so much.
Comment by Dazzling Zoomer Gal Diana on February 9, 2010 at 2:44am
I just have to chuckle! I'd LOVE to settle Ms. Morgan into Toronto for a good six months. I wonder how she would cope in a multi-cultural world where by every month there is a different cultural celebration or event going on about town - and all the different hues of our citizens skins - her mind would reel from the impact of it all and how all of us rub along quiet nicely and politely quiet literally en masse on the Red Rocket (our streetcars and metro system) never looking to anyone in particular to be their great "panacea" but bumbling along cheerfully in tolerance and good fellowship.

I note with glee that Ms. Morgan rants that she can not comment on this that and the other, and yet - wait - hark - she does - she can, she did, most vociferously!

" How much longer will whites have to atone for the sins of their ancestors"? It seems to me that some "whites" by their very actions such as the authorship of this pejorative stereotypical and out-dated drivel will be setting themselves up for a continuation of atonement by virtue of their thinly disguised racial remarks. A perpetrator of prejudice be she, and her lot - perpetually.
Comment by Dallas on February 8, 2010 at 11:33am
Dear Nancy,

I assume you are using hyperbole as you discuss the effect of Obama's election on what other people think about what you think and how you act. If not, we are left with unsettling evidence that you are engaged in magical thinking. That a single person's election to any office could effect a change in the way others perceive you is nuts, wouldn't you agree?

A more sensible interpretation of Black History Month is that it is an addition to, not a replacement of, conventional American History. I cannot write a credible treatise on the history of Blues-Rock without mentioning Elmore James and Slim Harpo, even though Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page are more well-known to casual fans of the genre.

Black History Month is not just about "...cultural differences between blacks and whites...". It is about telling the whole story of American History, good and bad alike. One needn't know a thing about George Washington Carver's "culture" to marvel at his achievements, although viewing them in the context of his time makes them all the more remarkable.

White History Month isn't actually a month - it's the other eleven months.

I'll be glad when both celebrations disappear, but I see nothing wrong with trying to hasten that day by promoting an awareness of the historical achievements of American blacks in the meantime.

As for "...continuing to identify citizens by their skin color...", one need look no further than a state-issued Driver License to see that skin color is a great way to identify someone. If you meant that no one's moral or emotional state can be assessed on the basis of skin color, you could have simply said so. "Identify" and "assess" mean different things. Like the use of question marks after questions and the proper contraction of "it is", precise usage makes things easier for the reader.

Some show-biz insider - a musician, I believe - snapped a cell phone picture of the NBC menu and published it on a blog (I think) along with a comment that implied it was racist. The black cook responsible for the menu was rightly bewildered and insulted. The story was picked up by lots of news outlets, of course. However, the vast majority of comment from blacks and whites alike on such things as Newsvine has been of the "Jeez, enough already!" variety. Check it out for yourself. So much for the effectiveness of any attempted lambasting.

To be sure, castigating all today's white people as whip-cracking bigots is just as wrong as asserting that all blacks are shiftless crackheads. The fringes that engage in either practice are rightly shunned by the overwhelming majority of Americans - black, white and otherwise - who reject such crazy-ass notions.

Now - let's get some things straight: the NBA has a lot of black players, and NASCAR has a lot of white drivers, and neither fact makes any difference to the fans. I don't know the figures on US Postal Service employment, so I'll accept your demographic assertions. So what? Who is their right mind would take offense at the recitation of dry facts and figures?

However, I must draw the line at food, music and dancing!

As a born-and-bred Southerner, I assure you that practically all Southerners - whites and blacks alike - will clean up a plate of ribs, crank up the music and "dance like nobody's watching" before the Northerners can even get the valet to park their cars.

It's Black History Month, y'all! Let's party!
Comment by caseyjo on February 8, 2010 at 9:54am
These Yet to be United States

Tremors of your network
cause kings to disappear.
Your open mouth in anger
makes nations bow in fear.

Your bombs can change the seasons,
obliterate the spring.
What more do you long for ?
Why are you suffering ?

You control the human lives
in Rome and Timbuktu.
Lonely nomads wandering
owe Telstar to you.

Seas shift at your bidding,
your mushrooms fill the sky.
Why are you unhappy ?
Why do your children cry ?

They kneel alone in terror
with dread in every glance.
Their nights ["rights" ? - Schrift nicht lesbar] are threatened daily
by a grim inheritance.

You dwell in whitened castles
with deep and poisoned moats
and cannot hear the curses
which fill your children's throats.
Written by Maya Angelou
Comment by animak on February 8, 2010 at 7:47am
Perhaps no one celebrates the cultural achievements of white americans because there are none. We don't have a culture we have an economy. Money is it.

And good for you for doing your part to keep racism alive and strong in this country.



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