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Ignorance is no excuse.

The following is a an email I woke up to this morning. It was a forward from someone I know, and i really pissed me off big time. After that is my feeble attemot to pop off a quick response.

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the steaming pile of crap that was in my inbox today
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Subject: Some one finally said it....

Proud To Be White

Someone finally said it.
How many are actually paying attention to this?
There are African Americans, Mexican Americans,
Asian Americans, Arab Americans, Native Americans, etc.
And then there are just Americans.
You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction.
You Call me "White boy," "Cracker," "Honkey,"
"Whitey," "Caveman" .. And that's OK.
But when I call you, Nigger, Kike, Towel head, Sand-nigger,
Camel Jockey, Beaner, Gook, or Chink ... You call me a racist.
You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you,
So why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?
You have the United Negro College Fund. You have Martin Luther King
Day. You have Black History Month. You have Cesar Chavez Day. You
Have Yom Hashoah You have Ma'uled Al-Nabi You have the NAACP.
You have BET.
If we had WET (White Entertainment Television) .. We'd be racists.
If we had a White Pride Day .. You would call us racists.
If we had White History Month We'd be racists.
If we had any organization for only whites to "advance" OUR lives ..
We'd be racists.
We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of
Commerce, and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce.
Wonder who pays for that?
If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships
... You know we'd be racists. There are over 60 openly proclaimed
Black Colleges in the US , yet if there were "White colleges" .
THAT would be a racist college.
In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching
For your race and rights. If we marched for our race and rights,
You would call us racists.
You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you're
Not afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride ...
You call us racists.
You rob us, carjack us, and shoot at us. But, when a white police officer
Shoots a black gang member or beats up a black drug-dealer running
From the law and posing a threat to society . You call him a racist.
I am proud.
But, you call me a racist.
Why is it that only whites can be racists?
There is nothing improper about this e-mail.
Let's see which of you are proud enough to send it on.

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my retort:
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I woke up today to the email below. I was completely astonished and partially horrified.

some first thoughts on this:
Roughly 125 years ago we didnt even have "Towel head, Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey, Beaner," but we had Dago, pollack and establishments with signs like "No Irish" proudly hanging in their front windows.

Calling someone on the streets bad names is simply rude. This is a result of poor parenting and posturing against your fears more than anything else. Being able to pass someoen on the street and refraining from calling a slur out at them simply means you know how to live in soceity.

BET is BET because thats the marketing demographic the network is aiming at: Black people.

Why is there no WET? There was and still is: ABC, NBC, CBS. White Entertainment Television been around for roughly 60 years now.


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In addition to the NAACP, we have the Sons of Italy, The polish Home, the Ukranian home, The [insert name of european group here] Home. Decades ago these organizations were more than just clubs with a building you could rent for your Kid's wedding reception.

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From the email: "There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US , yet if there were "White colleges". THAT would be a racist college."

Got a little bit of info for you all; if the institute is more than 60 years old, is WAS a "White College." An educatoinal institute for educating the local populace in higher learning in a cirricullum based on that socecities cultural standards: A.K.A. - White people being taught by other white people in a system based on a white persons background and viewpoint. There was no sin in this because it was a soceity prpopgating itself.

The sin was when these organizaionos started telling people "you cannot learn here becausee we dont like your kind. We know you [insert ethnicity here] people aren't smart enough to learn, anyway" Blacks WANTED to learn and were willing to so it by the current ruled and they weren't allowed to, so they set up their own schools.

for a bit of insight, see the Wikipedia article on Grambling State University:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grambling

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its about being allowed to be proud of who you are and where you come from, people, no matter how awful those pasts are. I'm extremely proud of the fact that I'm basically half greasy dago and half dumb pollack. I'm proud of the fact that my extended family came from basically lower class undereducated peasant immigrant stock and have managed over the course of generations to overcome that and produce people that are intelligent, educated, and morally instilled enough to be able to live in an ever-lessening homogeniuos soceity without feeling the need to spit on or fear people simply because they want the same things I want but are a different color, or religion, or sexuality.

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From the message: "There is nothing improper about this e-mail."
Aside from the fact that everything seems to be spelled correctly, there is pretty much nothing proper with this email.

This is extremely small minded; we don't live in the same world our ancestors did, not by a long shot.

Think for yourself. Free your mind, and your ass will follow. You'll benefit, your children will benefit, and your neighbor's children will benefit, too.


Don't beleive the hype, people.

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-sj

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We all get emails forwarded from family memmbers on a daily basis. Most of them are simply junk and those of us in the konw simply delete them.

Things like this need to be stomped on, and harshly. Next time you get a message like this in your inbox, take the time to reply. Better yet, take the time to reply to all. Hide the person that sent it to you as a BCC or whatever, but take the time to respond.

Memes like this cannot be allowed to just rampage around without some pushback. Be the one to do that pushback. It really is necessary sometimes.

What also pisses me off was that I was going to write about playing softball yesterday and post an awesome image of me doing it while still managing to smoke and drink a beer. shit.

Slap out.

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