I was tired from a couple days of wedding celebrations. So, uncharacteristically, I went over to my Twitter feed and started reading, when I came across this:
Actually there is NO racism in America – and they have played that card one too many times – doesn’t mean a thing. with a couple of @s to a couple people. 8:13 AM
So I’m intrigued by this. Obviously, this is an ongoing conversation. I reply to her:
“There’s NO racism in America”? And who are “they” who “played that card once too often”? 8:18 AM
They? Political Machine (including Media & Hollywood) – which you know this – so let’s stop the confused act 10:48 AM
Hey, this is no act. I didn’t know that racism was merely a creation of the powers that be:
So you’re saying racism is a media/Hollywood/political myth & doesn’t exist? This has not been my personal experience. 11:40 AM
A bit later, she replies:
So – YOU are saying – Challenges that ppl feel everyday – is RACISM? however does that track for you? Racism is a Political Term 6:24 PM
Ah, we ALL face challenges, ipso facto, there is no racism.
Humans treating other humans less well because of what, rather than who they are, that’s racism. Political term? OK. So what? 7:34 PM
Her next response annoyed me.
LOL – seriously? What Race is being treated less than humans? 7:41 PM
Well, I’ve spent too much time on this:
The old putting words in my mouth trick. never said what what you suggested. I realize this is less than pointless. I retire. 7:55 PM
Her parting shot:
Putting words in your mouth? that is a trick honey- you need to go to a community where that would work 8:08 PM
Hmm. I suppose I was affected in the moment about something Rose wrote about discrimination, and probably even moreso the story of a woman in a wheelchair who became all but invisible, and how she cleverly coped.
Also, last week, I was riding the bus, and a young teenager, presumably heading for school, was stopped by THREE Albany cop cars. All the folks on the bus were black, except for a couple South Asians, and three of the black women assumed harassment of this young man, based on previous experiences with law enforcement. I never did know what the true story was in this case.
My point: we just don’t always treat each other fairly, and sometimes it IS racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia or something else particularly toxic. Is it all just some media agenda being played out? I’m thoroughly as unconvinced of that as I was unconvincing in changing my Twitter “buddy’s” mind.