I received the following in an email this morning and it actually got me thinking.
Anyway, here is a cut down version (I am trying not to bore you) and, although it is American, parts of it could also apply in Britain. For example, the Metropolitan police have an association for only black officers but they do not have an association for only white officers. That alone proves that the Met are institutionally racist doesn’t it?
There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab 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.
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.
Now I fully believe this email was penned for purely white racist reasons, however, it has got me thinking, and I came up with the following conclusions. Most of these minority organisations were initially set up because the minorities had a tough time in, what is basically, a white environment. Yes, they needed to stick together and help each other with their own advancement.
But then, has the clock now come full circle and isn’t it time for whites to be allowed to have their own separate organisations as well? My own thought is, having black organisations and white organisations is not a good thing and what I would prefer is to have no separate white organisations, and no separate black organisations either. There are good and bad in all races.
But if fairness is to prevail, we must either ban separate white and black separate associations totally, or allow separate white and black associations without reservation. We should not tolerate the unfairness of having one for one set of people and nothing for another set of people.
Comments to my thoughts and reasoning here would be welcome.