Dear White People

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As many of you have seen lately (and have been disgusted by), white people are having the audacity to wear “Black face” as costumes.  Personally, it makes my blood boil and if these people get punched because a person of color is offended, well, they had it coming.  People are getting fired of this, yet each year there are more racist strutting around in Black face.  Let me be the first to say I don’t care about you losing your job over wearing Black face.  Being Black is not a costume. Quit throwing around your racist stereotypes.

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These weak ass apologies are the worst.  Here’s the apology from Heath Morrow (pictured above as Kanye), who is a fifth grade teacher at Chestnut Grove Elementary School in Decatur, Alabama.

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In this lame apology letter, he claims to “not see color,” yet here he is in a photo wearing Black face. I’m disgusted. They try to make you think that they don’t know any better.  They will also say, “I have a Black friend.”  I get so tired of hearing this statement.  JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE A BLACK FRIEND DOES NOT MEAN YOU GET A FREE PASS TO DO RACIST SHIT!  Whew!  I had to get that off of my chest.

As this goes on every year, I see that White people just don’t give a f*ck. In truth, what are the consequences they face for wearing Black face or being racist in public?  A few people may come up to them and say it’s wrong.  They don’t care because 50 more will pat them on the back.  They may get fired, but more than likely will get hired somewhere else in the same field.  We have to make it difficult for them.  I don’t want a person like Heath Morrow any where near my child or anyone else’s child. There should be harsher punishments for people who do this.  Black face should be an automatic dismissal from your job.  If you’re a professional, such as a police officer or teacher.  You should not be able to get a job in that field again.  If you’re a student in college, you should either be expelled or suspended.  The point is there should be severe consequences.  We have to power to fight racism.  I encourage you to come together and speak out against racism.  If we don’t, then things like this will keep happening.

erika

9 thoughts on “Dear White People

  1. Sometimes certain individuals can not relate until they see themselves -so next Halloween dress up like a white person, encourage your friends to do so, and make sure you visit their establishments to trick or treat. Videotape your night and put on Youtube. This is the only kind of behavior they recognize -their own.

    1. This is exactly the kind of thinking & attitude that helps no one. “Encourage your friends to do so”… WTF?! Really ?! That right there tells it all. You’re part of the problem, not part of the solution. Interesting that you’d choose “Dear Japheth” when the comments you espouse aren’t anything even close.

      1. Dear Bitch…I think your name describes your personality perfectly! “Dear” indicates a term of addressing as in a letter. In my Blog my letter is addressed to Japheth, in this response it is addressed to the Bitch in the Badlands…got it? The problem is the behavior of Bitches, the solution is to hold up a mirror so that they can see their behavior. But you already knew you were a Bitch, obviously; you condone the behavior, you just don’t want anyone else talking about it, if they do, then thay are the bad ones and not the Bad Lands Bitches!

        Merry Christmas 🙂

  2. Dear Ask Cara, I absolutely 100% agree with what you say, both about the crime and the punishment. My grandfather did minstrel shows when he was a young man, using blackface. He died when I was too young to have a conversation with him about this. I don’t know what possesses people to think that is cool or funny unless there is some deep-seated jealousy. But the main fact is that it is so offensive and so hurtful to African-Americans that there is just no excuse. Please know that there are white people out here who also find it offensive though we can’t know personally the depth of the hurt it causes.

  3. What is wrong with people? These are the people and incidents that make me embarassed not only to be white, but to be human! I don’t understand the ignorance in this country. So many people have no idea how ignorant they really are. Sometimes I feel like it’s selfishness. If people could just take the time to step out of themselves and think how would this make someone else feel? I guess the best example is people who don’t see white priviledge. You’re white, of course you don’t see it because you are born with it! You have lived with it and you have no damn idea what it is like to be treated any other way. I wish people would take the time to listen. Even if you can’t fully understand at least listen and try to understand.

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