One of my Facebook friends shared this picture. I saw it on my newsfeed while scrolling on by. What really caught my attention was the first comment. Ironically, it was from a Caucasian man. These comments presented below is from the FB post. Cutting everything else and now it's just between me and him.
What exactly is the system of oppression that I’m benefiting from? I may have missed a meeting or something...
The Oppression system where it's Rich Versus Poor, ultimately Whites versus Minorities. At this point, They done a great job masking the problem as Rich Vs. Poor. When you are born Caucasian in America, you automatically have higher chance on accessing better opportunities within the educational system, living in a cleaner/safer environment, earning a 6-figures annual salary, access to more financial opportunities and network than any other minority.
"Oh well, Minorities can have the same opportunity as we do, if you work hard enough."
Oh really? African American Billionaires and millionaires who went through, only gods know what, to get to their financial status. The same African American Billionaires who proved themselves as businessmen/businesswomen. The same ones who has proposed their OWN ideas to OWN their OWN black-owned business structures. 100% of time gets shut down, Because the already Caucasian-owned Businesses who are inter-connected to each other WON'T EVER let a chain-rattler own a piece of the land.
Q)"How could it be a Black vs. White thing. Slavery Ended like hundreds of years ago."
A) It's waayyy more than that. When we say Black vs. White. We are not referring to the skin of a man. We are referring to the acts of a man dehumanizing an individual then covering it up as if there's no problem at all. That's White, or light (Yang). Those who been silent, for so long, praying in silence, hoping in silence, acting accordingly to rebel against those with hidden dehumanizing intentions. Supporting each other's body, mind and spirit from evil intentions. That's Black, or Dark (Yin).
"They will let 'them' into the meetings, make 'them' feel as if they are apart of the meeting. As soon as 'they' propose an idea. Disclose it and reject 'their' ideas and invite 'them' to next meeting to tell 'them' what 'they' can do.'
That one, That's the Oppression System we are talking about.
"Fair enough. That was eloquently put, but is it fair to ask how you’ve been oppressed? I look at your profile and you seem like you’ve got a good life and I willing to venture you make more money than I do. I feel like people want to paint this picture of “hey you’re white, have some gold bars” and well I and many who I grew up with just haven’t seen that life. I’m willing to bet my life isn’t all that different from yours. I’ve had my ups and downs, most likely like yourself, and again most likely like yourself, I deal with it, put my pants on one leg at a time, go to work, and take care of my own. Other than conversations like this, I can safely say race never comes up in my daily life regardless who I surround myself with."
There's a difference between being rich and spiritually feeling the riches of life. You understand the frustrations of assumption. You gave an example, yourself. Is it fair to ask have I been oppressed? Yes, especially after being the only candidate out of 7 to take a drug test for a job position. When I thought to myself: hey, I guess everybody has to take a drug test for this position, too. When I discovered I was the only one who took one after I asked all the other candidates. I have NOT smoke a cigarette, or bud in my life. But they don't know that or see that, for that matter. They see what they want to see. The dangerous part of it all. That test, that ACT, didn't come from a racist person. It came from a seed planted in that person's mind. That specific mindset is dangerous. To pretend like nothing is going on is EXTREMELY dangerous.
I agree with you. We are all human, we have our moments under the same sun and moon. We suffer through our individual hardships. We celebrate when our life is blessed. On the forefront, you may not see or hear race discussions from your colleagues. Behind close doors, the experiences are there. It's there, just ask. You may understand the problem or may never. What is for certain. It is something you have to be born by blood for you to understand it completely.
Instead of approaching the situation with utmost "aww", and anger for him not acknowledging the system which falls in his favor. I explained the best way I could, without attacking him, through my experience. He was willing, open to listen, and responded by asking questions (that's proof of someone is paying attention). I am an Afro-Latino, I don't fully understand all of my heritage, but I acknowledged and I am proud of my roots. If we could come together as human being and discuss matters. Ask real questions. We would be a step closer in answering our unanswered questions. :)
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