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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-03-06 12:09 PM
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White is the color of the canvas on which we paint diversity....
Edited on Sun Sep-03-06 01:08 PM by Skidmore
so some Americans think. Being white is somehow construed as a passive condition, when it has been historically an excuse for active and agressive political and social oppression of other groups within and outside of the nation. White culture has historically been viewed as the norm...an absence of color...a neutral backdrop on which all other human experience can be projected in sharp relief. It has not been viewed as a distinct color with an accompanying culture all its own. Throughout much of US history, whiteness has been associated with power and privilege, and there are white people who make assumptions about other groups from the perspective of a white culture they do not recognize as even existing. Stepping outside of that culture to recognize the value and contributions of the "others" in our nation can becomes a threat to a well ensconced worldview in some circles. Whiteness is not the backdrop on which the universe is painted. It is one color among hundred of other hues and values. Until we recognize the beauty of the pallette, the sharp lines of divisiveness will not soften or blend.
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astonamous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-03-06 12:21 PM
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1. Very well put...thank you!
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Lost-in-FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-03-06 12:54 PM
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2. Bravo!
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-03-06 01:01 PM
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3. The fish is the last to discover water....
You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. . .

It's not necessarily evil, just ignorant or uninformed. A thoughtful person will admit to the color of the canvas if it's pointed out to them. Not to adjust their behavior in light of this new information, however, makes them culpable.
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-03-06 01:02 PM
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4. Yes, indeed.
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-03-06 01:05 PM
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5. Nice!
Thank you!
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sweetheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-03-06 01:10 PM
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6. silence is the present without assertions
shoosh, don't talk about racism, nobody wants to hear it, gerrymandering is not questioned,
the drugs war is not scorned for being a thinly veiled state racism, and the gross inequalities
in our world across racial lines, are painted over with splooge, not white, not black, but
money, painted on green.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-03-06 01:10 PM
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7.  I am no scientist
But I honestly thought that white was a combination of all colors. When you put white light through a prism, you get a rainbow. http://www.astrosociety.org/education/publications/tnl/...

Maybe we need white folk to channel their inner prisms!

Eventually the Pat Buchanans are gonna have to deal with and get used to an increasingly diverse America. If they don't like it, too damn bad. Maybe those types should get used to the fact that despite our outward differences, we're all pretty close when you get down to DNA.
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Sparkly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-03-06 01:50 PM
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8. K&R
Excellent post. :thumbsup:

(Similarly, in many ways our culture sees being male as the "norm," and female the "other.")

:kick:
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CollegeDUer Donating Member (452 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-03-06 01:53 PM
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9. I think you're right. Assimilation is not tolerance
Sure many immigrants can be treated well if they assimilate and become exactly like us. But if they can't practice their own religion, cultures, languages, and ways of life -- well then it's still bigotry, discrimination, and racism. It's no success if the foreigners just become exactly like white americans to fit in.
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