My Daily Observation: 10/8/17

Danny

I don’t mind being called “white” even though I am beige.

But the other day Evelina had a young checkout girl at the grocer get upset when she referred to an employee as “African American”.   The man she referred to was confused at his fellow employee’s anger and asked her what she would expect my wife to call him.  She had no answer.  It seems that some people are just waiting to be outraged.

I am not white, I am Caucasian.  Our society feels it necessary to deem me as “white” so I go with it.  I guess I could get all kinds of twisted up about it, but it isn’t that big of a deal.  I’ve been called “cracker”, “honkey”, “cracker ass cracker” and so many other things when I worked retail.  My favorite was “racist ass white cracker mo*&% f$%#$”.  Even then the names didn’t upset me.  I simply don’t put much credence in what someone whom I don’t know says about me.

I do understand why some people would be upset over certain names, but have we gotten to the point when “African American” is offensive??  The outrage train is so out of control that I cannot keep up with what pisses people off and what doesn’t.

I guess we truly do live in the land of the offended.

 

29 thoughts on “My Daily Observation: 10/8/17

  1. It is a dilemma! We live in a world of labels. Working with people with disabilities for a long time, I know it is very unacceptable to say that disabled person. Instead of the person with a disability. And I think race labels are the same way. However, what would be the alternative? The man who is 5’11”, in the blue shirt, black pants, standing in aisle number 13, about halfway down, by the cereal. It is a dilemma! A lot of our labels have been very negative and shaming. Such as retard, imbecile, moron, handicapped, the n-word, Mexican for anyone who might be of Latin discent, squinty eyes and on and on. It is a dilemma!

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  2. Its not the quote I went looking for, but pretty good:

    “He who takes offense when offense was not intended is a fool, yet he who takes offense when offense is intended is an even greater fool for he has succumbed to the will of his adversary.” ― Brigham Young

    And, this:
    “The easily offended are easily manipulated.” – Nicolo Machiavelli

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  3. My question is this, why did she “qualify” the person in the first place? I’m not criticizing, just curious. An example is when someone relates an event, they usually, in my experience, feel it necessary, or habit? To qualify people in that event by race or color. I don’t understand why. It’s never “three men were in the store when the woman bought a soda” etc, it’s always qualified by what color they were – if not white. Maybe I’m not explaining it well 😳🙄

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  4. I think we’ve become so focused on the insecurities of a few that we forget the humanity of the many. We’ve allowed people to dictate which group of people with whom we should associate. We’ve allowed them to also dictate who we are. I am not an African American. I am a man. I am a human being. I embrace everyone because I truly believe our differences compose something extremely beautiful. Once we diminish the amount of influence these persons have on our thinking (and therefore, our actions and conversations), I believe we will be okay.

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  5. People take the easy way out when they use race or ethnicity to insult someone. I like to probe deeper and call the an idiot or a jerk. These traits transcend color. Race is my last consideration in assessing a person. Now, when race is used as a means to receive special treatment, I have an issue with that the same way that I would have an issue with race as a means to deny fair treatment.

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    • I think it’s obvious that everyone sees the color of someone else’s skin. Two of my closest friends are not white and we talk about this all the time. People want to say they don’t see color and that’s ridiculous. The issue arises when we use the color to impact how we treat the other person.

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