The Living Force
ignis.intimus said:I have always thought there was a difference between black in terms of color of skin and Black in terms of a stereotypical cultural image I (and society) held. It's feels embarrassing to say, that I could be so prejudicial, but if a person has a different skin tone from white (being mine) but falls into the category of a "white" attitude, I have never really felt physically threatened - within the context of a stranger situation, late at night, or that sort of thing. An individuals body language and the look in their eyes says so much more than merely the amount of pigment they have in their skin. So I've always thought that when people talk about blacks being more likely to do this or that bad thing, they are really referring a segment of individuals who happen to have black skin, but are really a racial offshoot of a "thug culture" that members of all races fall into. I will cross the street if a group or individuals appear harmful regardless of skin color. But at the same time, I have to admit I tend to be more wary of those whose skin color is black.
I think when it comes to this topic or any other sort of 'ism' it is really useful as individuals to lay out in words what we think. This way we can come to confront it instead of letting it function in the subconscious without any kind of intervention. Nowadays, I feel like most people are afraid to admit there own feelings as it terrifies them or it'll make them realize they aren't so nice.
It is my honest view that if we were to take what we think is true and scrutinize it, it would be found wanting. What we will find instead is that our minds have been worked on, conditioned into a certain way of perception that isn't even logical.
For example, most people would openly admit that black people are more likely to commit a crime and that the fear is warranted. Hell, black people feel this to. There is this quote I came across from Jesse Jackson
There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved....
But, again, we have to take the sorts of neighbourhoods you wouldn't feel safe in into account. Usually they are run-down poor neighbourhoods and most people who would live in these sorts of places are black people as they occupy the bottom stratosphere of society. And poverty is a prison that can lock you in for generations, it is not only about money but how you see the world, what sort of experience you have with it etc. It doesn't help that and we all know who is responsible for this, the 3 letter agency have flooded these sorts of places with drugs and promoted a sort of gangster hip hop culture which to be honest wasn't even in place in like the 60's or whatever. Back then it was sufficient to be hated for simply being black, I doubt black was considered dangerous, less than human was sufficient, but now I suppose since we are all the same, dangerous will have to do.
But in any sort of similar neighbourhood, if they are filled by eastern europeans, blacks or asians, even whites, no one would feel entirely safe especially if you have a group of rowdy youths walking your way.
If you look at the crime numbers, I highly doubt most of the crime are commited by minorities. Some could say, well, if you take the proportion of the population, then minorities rank high up but I would argue, a huge proportion of minorities live in poverty. They might then look to bring in the unproportionate number of black people in american prisons but again here, I don't think this is a reflection of black people in general more a reflection on the system.
Also when it comes to that raw sort of fear, just as an example, an experiment was done on school kids where they were shown a picture of a random black guy and one of a white 'local terrorist' (only the kids didn't know this) and asked "Who is the bad scary guy here and who could be your teacher". As you imagine, black guy got the scary bad guy fingers pointed at him. The whole point was that without any more data, if you just function plainly on prejudice, you could be dead wrong.