Fairness: The Blaming and Defending of White America

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Fairness: The Blaming and Defending of White America

1SteveGhentAuthor
Ago 1, 2022, 12:52 pm

Steve Ghent

Introduction:

When The New York Times discovered two journalists, one Asian and one white, had made past “racist” tweets and comments, as expected, two very different outcomes emerged. Sarah Jeong, a journalist of color, had in her past, commented, “dumbass f****** white people” and “how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.” Jeong is an American of Asian descent.1

Quinn Norton, a white journalist, faced a different fate as she was hired and fired on the same day when “racists and homophobic” tweets were discovered from her past.2

Tiffanie Drayton explains why The New York Times stood by a journalist of color and not a white journalist. “So why is the paper standing by Sarah Jeong while a white writer got the boot? The simple answer: Because the white writer is white and Jeong is a person of color.” Drayton adds that since the U.S. was founded on white supremacy, “it is impossible to be truly racist against white people.”3

So, if you’re a person of color, you get a pass for racist comments?

Civil rights or fairness for whites is not about racism, supremacy, or separatism. Although very few references to white civil rights exist that do not correspond to racism, this book never support racism, white supremacy or separatism.

Fairness and decency should include white people.

Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and other racial groups have countless numbers of clubs and organizations that cater specifically to their race. However, a double standard applies with white only groups as Pat Brown found when she started a “White Women Yoga” group on MeetUp.

“White Women Yoga” was banned from “MeetUp” as it was deemed racist, though it never promoted or made any comments about racism.”

“I see the same type of thing happening on college campuses, where we see “safe spaces” and college dorm floors that are all black,” Brown said of her feigned attempt to start a whites-only group. “Where does this stop?” 4

In 2017, Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, had a “Day of Absence” where event organizers wanted white people (students and faculty) to “stay off campus.”5

White people are required to leave a courtroom in Atlanta with no repercussions towards the judge making this decision.6 How is that legal?

“In retrospect, it was a mistake,” Judge Marvin Arrington told CNN. Arrington, who is African-American and is a judge in Fulton County, Georgia.7

Would that be allowed for any other race? Would all black people be forced to leave a courtroom open to the public?

Yet, there’s no National Association for the Advancement or Equality of White People to take legal action against such activity because such a group would be deemed racist.

“White People Are Noticing Something New: Their Own Whiteness,” as Emily Bazelon writes in The New York Times Magazine. “Being white in America has long been treated, at least by white people, as too familiar to be of much interest. It’s been the default identity, the cultural wallpaper — something described, when described at all, using bland metaphors like milk and vanilla and codes like “cornfed” and “all-American.”8

How could white people not notice they are white when “white people” are told to leave a courtroom or asked to stay off campus?

“In America you can’t even talk about whiteness,” said Drew Domalick, who lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin. “If you try to embrace being white, you are portrayed as being a racist. If we had a White History Month, that would be viewed as a racist holiday.”9

Diversity training seminars have become a euphemism for a “Blame-the-white-people” meeting. The examples of racism or discrimination will be a “diversity” of racial groups attacked by a white person, yet there will not be any white people attacked by another race (based on racial attacks). No wonder the current generation thinks only that white people are guilty of hate crimes or discrimination.

In Seattle, Washington, the Office of Civil Rights conducted a training session on “Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness,” to help white employees learn of their “complicity in . . . white supremacy” and “interrupt racism in ways that are accountable to black, indigenous and people of color.”10

In addition, white employees were to learn how to “undo your own whiteness.”11 And, you, the taxpayer, will pay for it.

Fifty-three white employees were fired and replaced with black employees by New Orleans first black district attorney. The new district attorney denied he fired the employees for being white, but a mixed-race jury didn’t agree by rewarding the plaintiffs roughly $1.8 million.12

At the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, black students demanded a freestanding black museum and elected only a black homecoming queen in a “bloc” vote until their demands were met. It was a mandatory demand that the building be freestanding.

Basically, the homecoming court was held as a political hostage, but the real question is why did the white students, who were the vast majority of the student body, allow this to continue for six years?13

Almost daily in the U.S., a mantra of “the white people are racists” story is highlighted in the media while failing to identify other racial groups in the same manner.

A white high school student is assumed to be “engaged in racist conduct” during an encounter at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. and is subsequently slandered in the media and by online commenters.14

The morale of each story has become “white people are racists.” Many whites are now raising generations as schools promote a history of “only white people do wrong.”

“Cancelled,” “fired,” and/or “harassment” have been the outcomes for many whites with only an accusation of racism, but without due process. Involving race, a person of color’s word (with an accusation) is taken over a white person’s word.

Hate crimes against whites “don’t count,” but instead are classified as “a random crime.” How often has the media used a white person as the victim of a hate crime? Though mostly unheard of, many are committed.

Calling white people “racist” is the new “how high do you want me to jump?” The same group of race baiting “leaders” show up at every “racial calling” assuming guilt of the white people or person without any proof or evidence. Racism has become an industry as people “look for something” to be offended. Crying “racism” pays well as lawsuits are invariably profitable.

The majority (traditionally white people) no longer run the U.S., but give deference to a small number of race-based reactionary groups that are rewarded by the media for endless protests by controlling our nation through intimidation ranging from violent protests to using social events as protests. Basically, “we’ll get our way or else.”

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds,” said 200 years ago by statesman Samuel Adams, is as relevant a statement then as it is today.

The same reactionary groups have decided what statues should stand and which should be toppled without any legality or due process. If you see something you don’t like, just tear it down or burn it?

The U.S. society has become a dichotomy of those living in two different worlds. The people that live in the new demographic of the U.S. who know the realities of discrimination towards whites. And, from an entertainment and newsroom “Apartheid” who champion diversity until they have to do it. Their employment in those industries is that obvious. Two industries that both provoke the “white people are racist” agenda, yet still remain two of the most segregated industries in the U.S.

In a country where whites have historically been the majority, whites have become the national enemy as the word “white” has become a pejorative. In less than two decades whites will be a minority.

This book presents a long overdue account of the unfairness faced by many white people.

EXCERPT from “Fairness: The Blaming and Defending of White America” available on KindleUnlimited, IngramSpark, Amazon and paperback.

https://www.amazon.com/Fairness-Blaming-Defending-White-America-ebook/dp/B09XJM3...

ENDNOTES:

1) Roberts, J. J. (2018, August 3). Did the New York Times hire a racist? lessons of the sarah jeong saga. Fortune. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from https://fortune.com/2018/08/03/sarah-jeong/

2) Sherman, J. (2018, February 14). New York Times Fires Star writer after seven hours over homophobic and racist slurs. The Independent. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/quinn-norton-new-york-times-fi...

3) Drayton, T. (2021, January 26). You can’t be racist against White People. The Daily Dot. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from http://www.dailydot.com/irl/racism-against-white-people-doesnt-exist/.

Originally published August 3, 2019.

4) Chason, R. (2019, February 27). ‘white women yoga’: How one woman’s Meetup experiment exploded on the internet. The Washington Post. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/white-womens-yoga-how-a-meetu...

5) Godlewski, N. (2018, May 16). Students at Evergreen State College have taken the “Day of absence” into their own hands. Newsweek. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from https://www.newsweek.com/evergreen-state-college-protest-day-absence-2018-cancel...

6) NPR. (2008, June 3). Black judges bringing race into the courtroom? NPR. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from https://www.npr.org/transcripts/91113939

7) Cable News Network. (2008, April 2). Judge admits mistake in kicking whites out of Court. CNN. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from http://edition.cnn.com/2008/US/04/02/judge.whites.out/index.html

8) Bazelon, E. (2018, June 13). White people are noticing something new: Their own whiteness. The New York Times. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/13/magazine/white-people-are-noticing-something-...

9) Blake, J. (2016, March 31). It’s time to talk about ‘black privilege’. CNN. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from https://www.cnn.com/2016/03/30/us/black-privilege/index.html

10) Rufo, C. F. (2020, July 9). When ‘diversity training’ is all about feeding racism. New York Post. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from https://nypost.com/2020/07/09/when-diversity-training-is-all-about-feeding-racis...

11) Wallace, D. (2020, July 9). Seattle held ‘segregated’ training session on ‘undoing whiteness,’ encouraged staffers to forfeit ‘guaranteed physical safety’. Fox News. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from https://www.foxnews.com/us/seattle-chop-segregated-training-session-white-suprem...

12) Nossiter, A. (2005, March 31). Jury says New Orleans da guilty of Bias. NBCNews.com. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna7348320

13) Cambanis, T. (1994, December 4). Campus correspondence : A whites’ tradition helps blacks gain New Power. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1994-12-04-op-4664-story.html

14) Lampard, R. (2020, July 26). Washington Post settles with Covington Student Nicholas Sandmann over false racism claims · Caldron Pool. Caldron Pool. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from https://caldronpool.com/washington-post-settles-with-covington-student-nicholas-...

2paradoxosalpha
Ago 1, 2022, 3:29 pm

Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity.

3Cecrow
Editado: Ago 2, 2022, 9:24 am

Maybe this is just book promotion, but since you've posted a whole argument with citations I guess you're inviting the discussion.

On the topic of "Person A did this, Person B did the same thing; why aren't the consequences the same?", I liken it to my children when they squabble and hit each other. The bigger, stronger child is told they should know better than to hurt the smaller, weaker one and needs to smarten up and mature. The younger child is only reminded it's not nice to hit. The criminal act is the same, the consequences of the crimes are not (the younger is sporting a bigger bruise), and the justice is equitable.

Until we are all on an even playing field (and we are a long, long way from that; maybe never), this is how it has to be. Otherwise it's a world where the bigger child can righteously claim "He punched me in the fist with his stomach!" and punishment get distributed evenly. I don't want to live in that one.

4cpg
Ago 2, 2022, 10:30 am

>3 Cecrow:

Is this a metaphor that people of color would endorse?

5Cecrow
Editado: Ago 2, 2022, 9:29 pm

I haven't asked. My only credentials are that I used to sympathize with the OP's perspective (although not so extreme) but I switched views after a lot of answer seeking. I remember the frustration and incomprehension.

Like most political issues, there's a communications problem. It happens when both sides are making absolute statements about rightness/wrongness in their own terms, writing from their own perception, instead of trying to explain their side in the other's language, in a way that will make sense to that person. Worry about nuance later unless both sides are ready for the weeds of agreeing on textbook definitions first, 'white fragility' and so on.

When the other perspective finally 'clicked' for me, I was irate that nobody had ever explained it to me in a simple, non-confrontational way that made sense. I had to piece it all together myself, figuring it out in my own words like in that metaphor, before I could see that my original view was wrong, and only then could I begin to learn that other perception's language. I wouldn't recommend not allowing room for that process, if you want to change minds.

The hardest part is that first step: convincing people to entertain the idea that they might be wrong. There's almost no reason for them to try, except as a thought experiment or after some personal experience that makes them second-guess. When someone has written and published a book devoted to one particular view, you can bet pretty heavily that they aren't a candidate for trying on the other's shoes, but ... like I said, this wasn't just a "here's a link to my book, check it out" post.

6aspirit
Ago 2, 2022, 9:34 pm

The first thing I noticed in the introduction is that Jeong was quoted but Norton was not. Is that because there's a difference in acceptability of what was tweeted that has little to do with the tweeter's racial identity?

Going into an online search, I found an article on hackers' acceptance of "one of the most famous neo-Nazis in America" and aggressive use of homophobic slurs that shows a few of what were apparently many of Norton's tweets.

https://slate.com/technology/2018/02/why-a-tech-journalist-like-quinn-norton-mig...

Next, who's Tiffanie Drayton? We're supposed to know who that is without any explanation? Turns out, she's the author of Black American Refugee: Escaping the Narcissism of the American Dream.

https://www.npr.org/2022/02/15/1080793010/a-damaging-love-affair-with-the-u-s-en...

But that book looks newer than the hirings in 2018. When did Drayton comment on Jeong's and Norton's relationships with The New York Times, and what was she known for then? No idea. I could click around more, but at this point, I've already lost interest in the book the intro was for, because I've already been pulled away with questions multiple times.

7Cecrow
Editado: Ago 3, 2022, 6:35 am

That's great background checking! I was turned off even without that, just by the scattershot examples relying on emotional appeal rather than setting up a cogent argument. Theres also a clear lack of care for supplying context.

8paradoxosalpha
Editado: Ago 3, 2022, 9:07 am

>1 SteveGhentAuthor: this book never support racism

If the text posted here is representative, "it have" problems with basic English grammar.