Questions you want to ask white people

When you're a person of color getting emails like these, they make you recall all those times some random white person came up to you, stalked you, or cornered you to demand that you "answer" for your race (or if you're LGBT...well, you know....).  They always start with "Why do black people..." and "How come black people..." or "Why won't black people..." and so on and so far.

Sometimes - just sometimes - my mind wanders in a weird direction, and I have this sudden urge to start asking some counterproductive questions of my own, such as:
1) Why is it that when a black person criticizes something about televised portrayals of black people (for example), whites rush to say, "It's just TV;  it's not real"...yet these are the same whites who watch the same portrayals of black people and automatically accept all that false information at face value?

2) Why are white people so ready to believe negative information about a people, without conducting their own research to see if that information's valid in the first place?

3) Why are white people so desperate to believe their superior to everyone else?  Why do all they all seem to have a severe inferiority complex?  What are they compensating for?

4) Why don't white people ever seem to know anything about non-white people?  And why do they insist on speaking when they clearly don't know what the hell they're talking about?

5) Why can't white people learn, understand, and then accept what's going on around them?  Why are they always in such deep denial about everything?

6) Why do white people think white racism is black people's problem (as in "We don't think about racism much because that seems more like black people's problem")?

7) Why do white people whine, rant, bitch, and throw full-on tantrums about wanting black people to take time off from talking about their struggles with white racism, but never whine to and browbeat other white people into stopping racism altogether?  Where's that same energy and conviction and determination then?
And so on, and so forth.

POC - what questions do you sometimes feel like asking white people who walk up to you and start pulling this shit?

Comments

  1. Why do they need to see themselves reflected and glorified in EVERY kind of cultural media out there - even when it doesn't make any damn sense (Prince of Persia, The Last Airbender)?

    Why do they act like White narratives are universal but POC narratives are a "niche"?

    Why do they assume themselves as the default for everything?

    How do they manage to stay so ignorant about so much? Do they have to work on it?

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  2. Why are they surprised when they find out that I'm not proficient in all things hip hop?

    Why are you surprised when I don't care about their problems?

    Why are they surprised that I've done something or visited a place they haven't?

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  3. I just don't engage them anymore because when they start with that I know where they're coming from.

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  4. 1. Why do white people believe that the news is a viable source of information concerning crime?

    2. Why is it when POC point out racism, white people will love to quote and misquote Martin Luther King's line about "Living in a world where people are not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character" and why is it the ONLY quote they know from MLK or any other black civil rights leader?

    3. Why is it that white people love to point out crimes committed by black people, but will not so much as whisper about their own crime, and will love to create statistics to prove their point?

    4. Why do whites love to see themselves as saviors in and outside our media to the point where they are the default image of heroes?

    5. Why do whites who have a history of creating, promoting and maintaining racial supremacy now claim to be "colorblind" or not prejudice or racist?

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  5. Alexander Ahmar1/4/11, 11:22 AM

    1. Why do white archeologists insert white people into every past culture? Why do they insist on being everywhere, even though they weren't?

    2. Why do whites believe that they invented/created everything in history?

    3. Why do whites ask POC/LBGTQA people ridiculously racist/sexist/homo/transphobic questions?

    4. Why is it than when I have conversations with white people, it seems like they are verbally competing with me? With POC, our conversations are usually laid back and chill, but with whites, everything is a competition.

    5. Why do whites ask African immigrants if they dislike/hate African-Americans?

    6. Why do whites believe that all Latinos are of brown or white skin? Why do they fail to realize that we come in BLACK?

    7. Why do white men harass Asian women with their petty sexual advances?

    8. Why are whites in Africa spreading their homophobic religious doctrine?

    9. Why do white americans constantly refuse to accept African-Americans as Americans? Why do they constantly feel the need to separate themselves from a group of people that built the country culturally and economically?

    10. Finally, why do white people feel the need to foster a world wide anti-black sentiment?

    Actually, one last question: Why do they whine/freakout/have a heart attack about POC crimes in America, but fail to do so when one of them (a) molests a child or (b) is a serial killer?

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    1. I personally find most Their demise is coming because they refuse to be honest with themselves.The serial killers and racial chants no matter how much wrong they do they always want to blame Blacks and minorities when they are only 12% of the population in this country.They rob their own whites and lie and mislead in politics no matter what wrong they do.I have learn not to talk to them unless I have to and will protect myself at all times because I do not trust them. They feel they should be in control at all times.Even when the commit crimes.

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    2. "I personally find most Their demise is coming because they refuse to be honest with themselves."

      Truth undermines the bedrock that provides support for the tenets of white supremacy. Such a fragile scaffold too. Falter but a bit and you risk folding the whole structure in on itself.

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    3. Why do white people constantly harp on crimes some alleged and some not regarding famous black celebrities yet stay very silent when a white celebrity does the same thing? cough Chris Brown cough

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  6. Alexander Ahmar1/4/11, 11:31 AM

    @ Student of the World

    I am usually the same way, I do not like to engage white people in conversations about race. I find that they are usually incompetent, willfully ignorant and insufferably annoying.

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  7. 1. During my formal education years I always wanted to know why I was expected to care about history in a country that intentionally excludes black people and other people of color who have made great contributions?

    2. Why do you expect me to give a damn about America's founding fathers when you don't give a damn about the slaves they held in bondage?

    3. Why do you automatically expect me to trust you or something that you do when you instinctively mistrust me?

    4. Why do you question my qualifications in anything but become indignant when yours are questioned?

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  8. Why do white people assume they are experts on everything?

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  9. Why do you assume I give a flying- (you know what) every time a white woman or child goes missing? Why is it that you erroneously assume I’m not interested in children of color who go missing every single day?

    Why must you assert yourself in every culture, and in every corner of the globe? What is it with this need to control everything and everybody?

    Why must you put a 'thin blonde woman' (as default damsel) in almost every science-fiction, romantic comedy, (feature animation or cartoon) or horror movie that hits the big screen?

    Why are you so aggressive? Why must you make war- invade and occupy constantly? Why are you so greedy? And why do you feel it’s perfectly ok to misrepresent yourself in almost every facet of life?

    Why is it that when you depict white parents in popular media the mother is always thin- but when you depict a black woman/mother she is always heavy? When the average sizes of women (both black and white) in the U.S. is a size 14?

    In regards to Science Fiction; why is it that when one travels the reaches of the known universe- in the farthest galaxies (Stargate Atlantis- Stargate Universe, - Stargate SG-1, and Stargate infinitum, Star Trek franchise, Battlestar Galactica) we find you there as well?

    Why do you still believe that Jesus was white? Why is WHITE the default for everything?

    What is with this pathological fascination with Hitler?

    Why are you so lacking in Empathy for everything non-white? Who told you that you were the superior race?

    And finally…
    Why is everything a competition with you people? This pathological need to compete with everyone and with everything, in every aspect of life- be it academic- religious, social/financial; what in the hell is wrong with you people?

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  10. jas0nburns1/4/11, 2:29 PM

    "3) Why are white people so desperate to believe their superior to everyone else? Why do all they all seem to have a severe inferiority complex? What are they compensating for?"

    I used to think that BP in general must have an inferiority complex. What I didn't understand until recently is that if that's true it's WP's superiority complex that has caused it, and is therefor the real problem.

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  11. I will say that the conclusions you came to about WP in this post will accurately answer more than half of these questions. And I hate to answer questions by using other people's questions but - WP really do have both a superiority complex and an inferiority complex and it has a LOT to do with why we can never just STFU and listen or just be wrong sometimes without it tearing down our entire senses of self. That's all I have been able to glean from television and repeated interactions with "my own" people.

    I've asked some of these questions (superiority, competitiveness, default color) to WP... like in the "Why do you think we do this?" format, and I've yet to have anyone give me a straight answer or at least an answer that didn't make me feel embarrassed FOR them for saying it.

    Bottom line, and please direct any "you're a race traitor" comments to someone who gives a shit - white people have had THE longest history of killing everyone who ever threatened us either by real threat (i.e. someone denying us food, shelter, or room to grow) or simply by being different and scaring us into believing that there COULD be a threat if we don't kill or conquer them immediately. It allowed us to go around the world and destroy other people who hadn't even threatened us yet. It has to have somehow become a gene in our bodies because we're all born with it. All of us. Proof is in the fact that every single one of us, even anti-racists get to CHOOSE our levels of concern for race and racism.

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  12. Why do you insist that all different white "ethnicities" are unique and make people special snowflakes, yet lump the incredibly diverse non-European peoples into broad and often inaccurate categories?

    Why do you treat any POC who excels in some field as a threat?

    Why do you protest far more if your child dates a POC than if he or she dates a bigot?

    How is it that you refuse to open your minds or your hearts, yet explode in a torrent of butthurt when someone calls you out on your racism?

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  13. I think white people suffer an interesting identity crisis. White skin is presented as a default and thus to be anything special you must be competitive to accomplish something great. They long for labels of "the smart one" or "the strong one" or "the player" for guys.

    But this makes them jealous of anyone they have learned to regard as a minority. A minority in a white space is instantly identified as "the minority." The jealously occurs because white people worked so "hard" for their label. They see minorities as being special just for existing.

    Of course this completely ignores how minorities are labelled as such and have little hope to be "the smart one" etc. unless it is a stereotype of their label.

    This thought process would halt if white people would stop stereotyping the people around them...

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  14. Why are aliens abducting them all the time? For real, the only Black person I heard of being fucked with by aliens was Barney Hill. But he had his wife (a White woman) with him. WTF is up with that?

    Do they really not know how funny they are in horror films? Seriously, why do they go looking for pissed-off ghosts and demons and shit? What makes them think that it's a good idea to get drunk with a bunch of strangers and follow them to a place they never heard of in the middle of nowhere then act surprised when it's some sort of gore!porn shit going on?

    Why is it easier to imagine wizards and elves and dragons than it is to imagine a POC protagonist - in a fantasy setting?

    Do they not know how hard we laugh and/or roll our eyes at the Mighty Whitey trope?

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  15. RVCBard said...
    “Why are aliens abducting them all the time? For real, the only Black person I heard of being fucked with by aliens was Barney Hill. But he had his wife (a White woman) with him. WTF is up with that?”

    Moreover why do they seem to be attracted to parts of the Midwest where men drive trucks that sport gun racks? I watched “The Brother from Another Planet” yrs. ago and if I were an alien sent to observe the populace I might come disguised as a POC- because in white society we’re almost always invisible. Unless we screw up of course- then everybody knows our name. Every time an alien intelligence invades our planet they always seem to settle in white neighborhoods. They have weapons; what could they possibly be afraid of in the hood?

    And if a haunted house asks you to leave why don’t you comply and just leave already? Why aren’t you ever distressed enough by demons, witches- or things that go bump in the night to flee? The demons you’ll talk to, summon from the deep to match wits with. You’ll even go to the library to read up on ancient folklore; locate the scared object (usually in some graveyard) needed to vanquish the terror. But let too many black folk move onto your quiet cul-de-sac and you’re gone faster than we can say boo!

    Why does the white man always get the girl?
    Pair a white actor and a POC together in the same film- the white man has sex- his ethnic counterpart does not. The world can be on the brink of annihilation and the white man always has time for a booty call. In movie after movie we see white protagonists bedding everything from black women, to green; to blue 'ten ft. tall' felines.

    Why is the noble POC still required to sacrifice his or herself in this day and age?

    And what's with Jackass The Movie???? Why is 'penis humor' so funny to white guys? And why is penis size so important? I'm so tired of that smiling white man in those Enzyte commercials...

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  16. Why do white people insist on asking if black people have red hair or green eyes? I mean didn't Biology I (in HS) at least cover some type of genetics?

    Why do white people assume that if I'm pointing out the Racism in the past and present (in the US) that I must have been 'brainwashed by professors into thinking this is a bad country'

    What is white people's sick fascination with saying the N-word? Like really?

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  17. I got two more that drive up the wall:

    Why do white people think that pointing out racism makes YOU a racist?

    Why do whites insist that by not talking about racism will make racism magically go away?

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  18. a) Why do whites confuse nationality with race? Do they not realize that a person can be black and French too?

    b) Why do whites always bring up examples of black "racism" whenever anyone calls them out for racism? Ex. Shirley Sherrod, Rev. Jerimiah Wright

    c) Why are whites so terrified and obsessed with Jesee Jackson and Al Sharpton? I remember when people got mad over the racism implied in Resident Evil 5 and idiots were going "OH NOES NAACP WILL RUIN OUR VIDJYA GAEMS!!111" and crying about protests. I hate to divert, but gamers want video games to be treated the way movies and books are, but when it comes to actual media analysis they bitch and whine like no other. It's disgusting.

    d) What the fuck is a "Thug Culture"? I heard that one a lot when Michael Vick was arrested. For that matter, why did you care so much about dogfighting to the point that you wanted Vick to get the death penalty (not that I support animal abuse) and yet when people were being killed left and right in Iraq and Afghanistan some of you cheerleaded that shit to no end?

    e) Why can't I go to any forum on the Internet without getting into an argument about race? I came here to talk about comics/wrestling/movies/video games/hair care, not point out your bullshit racism.

    f) Why do whites have trouble dealing with reality? Is it the upbringing? Is it society? I don't know.

    g) Why do whites (especially those who are middle class and above) have such an inflated sense of entitlement?

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  19. Cathartic, isn't it?

    Does anyone have anymore?

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  20. jas0nburns1/5/11, 7:03 PM

    "Why do whites confuse nationality with race? Do they not realize that a person can be black and French too?"

    I'm white and I would like an answer to that one as well. I was discussing that same tendency earlier today on Abagond.

    http://abagond.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/how-to-become-white/#comment-75871

    I know it's annoying when WP act all shocked about racism but this one to me seems extremely stupid. The idea that black culture is not only extremely limited but applies universally to every black person no matter where they are from?!. It's just incredible.

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  21. Ankhesen Mié said...
    "Cathartic, isn't it?
    Does anyone have anymore?"

    I do, but I have to wait for my blood-pressure to come down first. But I agree..its so cleansing.

    OK a few more:
    Why is it after you've convinced yourself that you’re the only white person left on the face of the planet (the last of your species) sitting in an inflatable raft full of survivors with brown faces; you still have the temerity to view THEM as minorities?

    Why do whites view black anger/resentment as a threat to social stability, but 'White Anger' as righteous indignation?

    Why is it when a few blacks assemble to protest social conditions the media paints them as an 'angry mob'. But when thousands of snarling whites march on Washington with racial epitaphs painted on pickets its a rally for patriots and concerned citizens?

    Why is it when a black man says "God-Damn America" he's quickly labeled as racist? But a white person who refuses to deploy because he doesn't believe our President was born in this country is not?

    Why won't whites call out their own when one emails images of watermelons on the white house lawn; dresses up as a Pimp to take down a social organization, or rewrites the history books denying slavery altogether? Why are they viewed as ‘people with issues’ and not the Racist that they are?

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  22. Alexander Ahmar1/5/11, 9:33 PM

    1. Why do whites think that animal abuse only happens in POC communities? Why do they ignore cattle abuse (THE WHOLE ENTIRE FRIGGIN BEEF INDUSTRY) done by whites?

    2. Why are whites suddenly so concerned about preserving their customs, forgetting that they made it impossible for Native Americans and African Americans to hold on to theirs?

    3. Why do white people initiate conversations with college educated POC, with the expectation that they will confirm their racist world view?

    4. Why do white people not realize that they are a global minority?

    5. On the show Intervention (of which the majority of the drug addicts are white), how is it possible for a full camera crew to follow some white boy/girl around to their pusher and NOT CALL THE POLICE?

    6. Why do white nationalists and supremacists like to claim that the institutions of law, justice, medicine, etc are theirs? Do they not realize that these institutions came to america/europe via the MUSLIM world? Do they also not realize that these institutions existed outside of europe for quite a long time?

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  23. why white people feel compelled to ROUTINELY present themselves at blogs [black hosted] where black people are venting/cleansing themselves of the racism that they experience in real life to inform said black people that they are too obsessed with race & NEED to let go of the past (because, of course, we ALL now live in a post- racial society--translation: "you get to fuck us so now things have changed"). but these same white infiltrators NEVER go to blogs/sites like Stormfront, etc. & inform them of this new color-blind regime & how they [racist whites] are ruining things for everyone else & NEED.TO.GET.THE.FUCK.OVER.IT?

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  24. 1) Why is it White people feel the need to find a missing White child at all cost, but when a child of color goes missing they don't even get more than local news coverage?

    2) Why is it that when a white serial killer is convinced of a crime White people feel the need to sympathize with them and more than often are given life in prison, where as a serial killer of color is automatically sent to death?

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  25. @ Temple

    Oooooooooh - that's a good one. I always wonder about that one!

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  26. *sips imaginary orange juice*

    Since I don't encounter WP much where I live, and the ones I do know have never asked me any dumb questions or pissed me off at this level, I find all these questions pretty flipping fascinating.

    Quite an eye opener.

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  27. THIS. SHIT. HERE.:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2011/01/huck_finning_the_constitution.html

    has the following questions on my mind:


    -why do white people consider this 'rewriting history' when all it REALLY is about is the need to cling to the bygone era when they had so-called privilege of being able to use racial slurs openly against blacks by way of using the 'n' word. (See question number 3 of this post)

    -why do white people care about the 'censorship' of the 'n' word and yet wont type it in their headlines, posts ect..or say it aloud if its so un-offensive and deserves to be civilly discussed of its contextual use..(i say 'censorship' because its not really censorship as long as BOTH versions are available. Why do white people have to blow things out of proportion like this)?

    -why can't white people understand that the use of the 'n' word in this case only points to overt the racism of the time set in the book and is NOT an acceptance of it..

    WHY?!?

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  28. Why are white people so convinced that Affirmative action is the reason they didn't get a job or a college acceptance when black people are such a small percentage of general population and an even smaller percentage of college graduates? Mathematically it does not make sense.

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  29. asummermoon1/7/11, 12:17 AM

    Why do white people call everyone who has an accent "exotic"?

    Why is my natural hair some kind of political statement or cool black fashion statement?

    Why do white people feel the need to share their fetish for a POC just because they are bored with their own counterpart? Like I care.

    What is up with shorts and flip flops with a hoodie in the snow?!?

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  30. Why do white people think they can say or do something that is obviously racist and still claim they are not racist. In fact, sometimes they like to claim that their ability to say racist things publicly makes them the true anti-racists, and PoC who speak out against their racism are the real racists.

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  31. Why do they insist all POC hate each other? And why don't they want to listen when POC themselves state that we don't?

    And why do white folks assume and insist that all POC are just like "the ones they know"?

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  32. you know those movies WP make about the origins of skin and how it changed and how all people actually came from African and all that? first off, why is it always WP trying to tell US where everyone originated from like WE don't know? and why are THEY always the ones exploring this issue and then blink a million times per second when POC say "i thought you just told us we all came from africa" and then they wanna start with the "actually i'm German, Irish..etc"

    and how can they go about thinking their so damn superior when WE were made to survive, adapt (i.e develop whiter skin, light eyes, silkier hair for that sudden ice age that blasted us back in the day) AND survive to the end of this world when the world was HOT back then and will get HOT again and we'll be the last survivors because our skin AND hair were created to withstand this instead of burning read and developing all sorts of disgusting skin issues?



    (and sorry i'm always so late xDD)

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  33. My comment will bring nothing new to the discussion, I guess, but I believe it's all down to the superiority complex that makes whites don't care about anything except themselves. It's not that they can't care about the issues that don't affect them; they simply don't care to.

    About specific questions:

    1) Why is it that when a black person criticizes something about televised portrayals of black people (for example), whites rush to say, "It's just TV; it's not real"...yet these are the same whites who watch the same portrayals of black people and automatically accept all that false information at face value?

    I think they don't understand the power of media. In a way, all people are like this; non-whites do buy media stereotypes too and often believe everything they see on the news. Still, one would think you'd do that for the foreign cultures and places you only heard on TV, not the people in your own country. It just shows the whites think about blacks, as foreigners and not really "one of our own".

    I think questions 2-5 also cover this.

    6) Why do white people think white racism is black people's problem?

    I don't know. Whites were those who invented racism, so it's generally their problem. But since they are not on the receiving end, they don't give a fuck.

    7) Why do white people whine, rant, bitch, and throw full-on tantrums about wanting black people to take time off from talking about their struggles with white racism, but never whine to and browbeat other white people into stopping racism altogether?

    Because they are not on the receiving end and they find the subject is, oh, so boring. Ok, maybe it's ok to discuss it once in a while, to show how open minded they are, but they are not interested in investing any significant time and energy into it, DESPITE the fact they are the ones who have the moral obligation to stop it.

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  34. How can white people claim Asians don't have souls?

    No joke. Awhile ago, I actually read a comment on some website by a white person claiming Asians don't have souls. Really? WE don't have souls, but white people, who have enslaved others and committed genocide more than a couple of times, do have souls.

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  35. Hey, Mira,

    We're pretty much just asking for the sake of asking at this point. It's catharsis.

    Any questions you'd like to ask white people?

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  36. Like, why do white people care so little about their descendants?

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  37. Sorry I posted that comment before logging into my Google account. Let's try this again...

    Why do white people think that they're the ones who have it rough int his country? Because they have to live around minorities who dare to exist and not be white?

    Why do white people ask to touch natural black hair and expect us to shuck and jive right over to them and bend our heads down with smiles on our faces? I'm not flattered that you want to touch my hair, I'm not an animal to pet.

    Why do white people think that things like NAACP, BET, JET, HBCU's, Ebony, Essence, scholarships for minorities, the Black Panthers, and affirmative action are racist without considering those things had to be created?

    Why do white people conveniently overlook the race of white criminals but for black criminals it's the point they focus on the most?

    Why do white people assume that white criminals are mentally disturbed and simply need help but that black criminals are deviant by nature and are representatives of the entire black race?

    Why do white people think that having a black boyfriend/girlfriend means that they understand 40,000,000 black Americans?

    Why do poor white people think that they understand black people? Not all black people are poor so why do they think that we will be able to relate to their struggles as an economically disadvantaged person.

    Why do white people think it's an admirable compliment when they say "You're not loud and ghetto like other blacks"? Then they get mad when you call them out on that.

    whew.....

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  38. it's WP's superiority complex that has caused it, and is therefor the real problem.

    Except I maintain that WP have an inferiority complex. They're overly sensitive when someone of color disagrees with them or doesn't find them attractive, they're too eager to believe any film, ad, or TV show which paints them as being perfect, and they're desperate to subjugate other peoples and hinder their progress.

    When you're the shit, you don't give a fuck. You live and let live. WP - as a group - can't do that.

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  39. I don't get whywhen one of their own whether male or female is with a black person they immediately say "Oh so and so have jungle fever" I hate that nonsense. It makes it sound like a fetish!

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  40. @ Judochop

    They think they're being cute, clever, and "down".

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  41. Why do they contineue to paint Jesus as White, when the Bible clearly states otherwise?

    Why are they ignorant on Black hair?

    Why do they continue to use the excuse "I'm not trying to be racist, but..." then say something completely racist and think that we are not going to call them out on it?

    Why are they just plain insane?

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  42. Actually, one last question: Why do they whine/freakout/have a heart attack about POC crimes in America, but fail to do so when one of them (a) molests a child or (b) is a serial killer?

    What is the white obsession with screwing children? And not just the men, but the women as well (LOL @ "sextra credit")?

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  43. *What is with the white obsession

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  44. Ankhesen Mié said...
    *What is with the white obsession

    The term I use for that is, 'White-Think'. For example: Whites are working on a documentary about the Congo; the producers agree they're going to need a few 'Experts' to move the narrative along. Instead of going to the indigenous population to find an expert, they'll import a white person from America or Britain. Now the piece is not so much about the Congo anymore, but about what effect the experiences are having on the white experts. The color black only seems to enter their head when they need someone to carry the equipment.

    When whites think of a person to inform mainstream culture on anything pertinent, they instinctively think of another white person (preferably male).

    Incidentally I found so many examples of white debauchery on that site (White Watch) I got ill. White men raping their mothers, (to get back at their brothers?) white men raping their grandmothers. White mothers raping their sons, their daughters- their cats-- horses, dogs and mice oh my! White children killing their parents, and yet we're the animals?

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  45. @ M. Gibson

    Remember...these people are "sick." Therefore their crimes are "inadmissible" to discussions about white dysfunction, hence the white tendency to gloss right over these issues and focus on Michael Vick, OJ Simpson, and Michelle Obama.

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  46. I think this is my last question. Why do white people Hoard animals? Now to be fair, I think there was one non-white woman who hoarded over 65 Cats. However the clear majority of ‘Hoarders’ on these shows are white.

    And the Tears… so many white women weeping and sobbing over 'Their' victim-hood. One white woman hoarded because she didn’t feel 'safe' after 9/11. She was just too delicate bless her heart. I don’t understand how those magical tears aren’t being utilized to cure each and every person on that show. When I grew up they weren’t called hoarders-- they were called white trash.

    I love how whites redefine themselves when they find something they don’t like about their character. See? They’re not foul, filthy people- they’re sick! They’ve gone through some kind of tragedy and therefore it’s not their fault!

    Why do white people see themselves as saviors? Not just to non-whites, but to every freakin thing that walks or crawls upon the earth? Watching hoarders last night- they featured a man with a house full of chickens. In a previous episode you had a white man with over 2000 rats in his house. Wallowing knee-deep in feathers- fur and filth-- you can’t convince them that what they’re doing is not a noble act. “If I don’t take it upon myself to save these animals then who will?”

    The same theme seems to arise over and over again too; "these are my kids." They moved one woman’s furniture to clean her house and one of the workers screamed. It was a big old possum nesting under the curio cabinet; hissing and arching its back.

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  47. I just don't engage them anymore because when they start with that I know where they're coming from.

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  49. From a white gay transguy living in South LA
    Why do they need to see themselves reflected and glorified in EVERY kind of cultural media out there - even when it doesn't make any damn sense (Prince of Persia, The Last Airbender)?
    Because a lot of them have that entitlement, might have to do with fear of racism... Like if they started to draw people to look like to be of a certain nationality, they may worry that the pictures might be too stereotypical, and so they may be called a racist. Because being a racist is a bad thing, and society paints white people as "good" people rather than "bad" people, so they are EXPECTED to be good as a whole, with maybe a few bad apples, but not realizing that their ignorance makes them white.

    Why do they act like White narratives are universal but POC narratives are a "niche"?
    Probably has to do with a.)Some POC saying that "they don't understand because they are white" b.) being ignorant of different cultures c.) not understanding discrimination because of different race
    Why do they assume themselves as the default for everything?
    Because it's institutionalized, like racism
    How do they manage to stay so ignorant about so much? Do they have to work on it?
    It's not that they always have the choice, white family means watching white culture, and also Fox news. Also racism is often passed down from generation to generation

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  50. From that white gay trans guy from South LA

    1) Why is it that when a black person criticizes something about televised portrayals of black people (for example), whites rush to say, "It's just TV; it's not real"...yet these are the same whites who watch the same portrayals of black people and automatically accept all that false information at face value?
    Because they don't see the same thing happen to them everyday.
    2) Why are white people so ready to believe negative information about a people, without conducting their own research to see if that information's valid in the first place?
    Because they rarely ever have to deal with the negative info about white people shoved in their face, so they don't have the experience that teaches them to question such stuff.
    3) Why are white people so desperate to believe their superior to everyone else? Why do all they all seem to have a severe inferiority complex? What are they compensating for?
    Because white supremacy is institutionalized. look at fox news. Also because being white isn't something that people treat as something special, like you don't get grants or scholarships, or affirmative action (I don't think affirmative action is a good way to go, I always think that bettering the early on education would be better, especially for those who may not want to go to college. Public schooling is worse than charter schools, and Public schools with higher rates of poverty and/or minority groups generally have worse education and less resources than white upper to mid class schools)
    If you are white you kind of have expectations to go to college, and stuff like that. Parents frown upon their white children not "succeeding".
    4) Why don't white people ever seem to know anything about non-white people? And why do they insist on speaking when they clearly don't know what the hell they're talking about?
    I actually don't have an answer to this one.... Probably because they haven't learned all that stuff about different cultures other than European culture.


    5) Why can't white people learn, understand, and then accept what's going on around them? Why are they always in such deep denial about everything?
    Because they are told that things were otherwise when they were growing up. Because it's common for them to be taught otherwise, and can't grasp the concept that not everything they were told was true.

    6) Why do white people think white racism is black people's problem (as in "We don't think about racism much because that seems more like black people's problem")?
    I'm assuming that you mean where black people receive the prejudice and what not... Because they aren't forced to think so much about, and a lot of WP aren't consciously thinking about race. Like for some people they have more important things to notice than race. So they don't notice racism, because they essentially color blind...
    7) Why do white people whine, rant, bitch, and throw full-on tantrums about wanting black people to take time off from talking about their struggles with white racism, but never whine to and browbeat other white people into stopping racism altogether? Where's that same energy and conviction and determination then?
    Because often times white people feel like they are being attacked for being white and what their ancestors did, and the ignorance that isn't something that is really all that chosen.

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  51. why do white people misappropriate poc culture and lie claiming its theirs as well market off it such as yoga when that is disrespectful and stupid white people are told time and time again not to do it.

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