A friend of mine from Idaho, Danny Schwab, posted an American Patriot meme on Facebook today titled, “I Will Not Apologize.” He’s a good man. I’ve known him for decades. He will help anyone in need. I’ve never known him to make mean, racist or sexist comments. He’s not perfect. I’m not perfect. None of us are. I would say this, “Danny’s the type of guy who would give his life to protect his family or any stranger who is being wronged.” Why should he apologize to anyone?
White People, particularly White Males, feel attacked today. Let’s be clear — America is not a racist nation. Sometimes it’s direct, in-your-face assaults. At other times, it’s “microaggressive” comments and behavior. Hard-hitters, such as Ernesto Ascencio Gomez, a California activist, spew insults:
“Your white fragility is rampant and out of control. You continue attempting to be relevant and continue proving you’re useless and worthless. I said it once and I’ll say it again, your worth is zero and your contribution to life is zero. You’re a racist sexist misogynist insecure pig. You’re white savior complex is ridiculous.”
I’m confident Danny never spoke to anyone with this much hatred. I haven’t. But it’s socially acceptable to rant and rave about White People today.
The term “microaggression” was coined by psychiatrist Dr. Chester Pierce in the 1970s. Columbia professor Derald Sue says the construct refers to “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward People of Color.” BuzzFeed, for example, asked Fordham students to write down microaggressions they commonly face. A young woman gets frustrated whenever someone asks from where she comes.
Danny and I both dealt with this discrimination as kids, young teens and adults. “I’m from Idaho,” when asked about our home. [laughter and snickers] “You’re a bunch of Potato Heads,” people would incessantly tease. “Mr. Potato Head!!!” Funny? It was meant as a demeaning comment and “put down.” Idaho kids were chastised for our rural, and seemingly unsophisticated, ways. We weren’t cool like city slickers. Our buddies from Wyoming had it worse, “That’s the state where the men are men and the sheep are nervous.” [chuckle] If I meet a person who has an accent, I’m always curious. “I love your accent. Where are you from?” People like Danny and I enjoy learning about new cultures and people. Have pride in your heritage!
Although we both have light-colored skin, people would ask us, “What are you?” How do we answer this? Science tells us all life began in Africa. Does that make us African American? My roots are complex. I generally say, “I’m human.” WRONG!!!
White People can’t say they or others are human. To the Social Identity police, this is a sign of Color Blindness, and such statements suggest a White Person does not want to acknowledge race. Yet the Fordham student above has the right to claim she is human. White People don’t have the privilege to be human.
Black People are understandably upset when others generalize about them. Danny and I are as well. We don’t like being labeled, “Toxic Males, “White Supremacists,” “White Saviors” or “White Oppressors.”
Neither Danny nor I ever owned a slave. We never participated in Jim Crow. We’ve done our best to be humble, kind and compassionate to all people. My great, great grandfather, Robert A. Lower, earned the Congressional Medal of Honor at the Siege of Vicksburg serving as a union soldier. He didn’t support slavery — only one percent (1%) of Americans did. He put his life on the line to help ALL people in need. This is how Danny and I were raised. This is how Danny and I live.
Black Female Racism
How would America react if Danny and Scott opened a new business — for White People only? What would the reaction be if Danny and Scott said, “We need our own safe place where we can be free of harassment, anger and microaggressions from women and People of Color?
Black Women now advertise a vacation retreat in Costa Rica as a chance to spend one’s vacation “free from White People.” Andrea X, an expatriate who left Brooklyn in 2014 to create the Women of Color Healing Retreat in Puerto Viejo, said she had a hard time communicating with White People in the U.S. without focusing on their constant “micro-aggressions” and “passive-aggressiveness.” She wears anger on her sleeve. Passive aggressive behavior is fleeing to a foreign country, rather than making America a better place. Andrea X blames all White People for the alleged failures of a few.
Consider the irony of her story. Andrea X grew up in Brooklyn, not on a plantation. She’s educated, privileged and wealthy. America blessed her with opportunity few in the world can match. Thankful? HaHa!!! Gracious??? She’s angry with White People for allegedly offending her and holding her back.
My mother taught first grade in a district with a large population of Black families. She educated children of Black mothers. Most were poor. We were lower Middle Class. Our family didn’t have money for exotic, relaxing and pampering vacations in foreign lands. We pitched a $50 tent at a nearby lake and ate smores around a campfire. Andrea X claims she wants to get away from people like my mother. Seriously??? My mother invested her life empowering the Black community. Andrea X is arrogant and cruel.
Andrea X is not alone in her hatred for White folk. Students at the University of Texas in San Antonio sparked controversy with the launch of a new magazine entitled No Whites Allowed. Protesters at a Washington state college called for a “Day Without White People,” leaving a biology professor feeling he is no longer safe on campus. Black students criticized a new $10 million campus center for Black students, because there isn’t a No-Whites-Allowed Space. Black students “want a space solely dedicated to community organizing and social justice work specifically for People of Color.”
Anti-racism is the new racism. Safe spaces are the new segregation.
Lisa Anderson-Levy, an Anthropology professor at Beloit College, has been invited to speak at University of Minnesota. She claims “Whiteness” poses an existential threat to social, political, and economic life in the U.S. and proposes decentering Whiteness to be one of the most urgent social dilemmas of our time and demands our immediate attention. She plans to speak on a number of issues, including “the violence of Whiteness” and how colleges and universities in the United States may be complicit in perpetuating this violence.
Jodi Linley, a University of Iowa education professor, recently authored a journal article explaining how she endeavors to “dismantle Whiteness in my curriculum, assignments, and pedagogy.” She believes unless her “mostly White” students are made to confront their privilege, they will be “complicit” in perpetuating White Supremacy. Ms. Linley says she draws on her “identities as a queer, able-bodied, cisgender woman” with a working-class background to construct her “teaching paradigm.”
Gun Control: Urban v. Rural Views
In rural Idaho, police and the local sheriff are a long way off. Families generally keep a shotgun above the fireplace mantle or hidden on the top of their hutch. They may carry a handgun on trips when alone. The weapon is protection from wild animals and unfriendly strangers. Gun control measures can be a threat to their personal safety. People in cities think differently about guns. This is understandable. Yet Dani StarStuff shows the hateful nature of the “tolerant” Left with comments about NRA spokesperson, Dana Loesch, “What a raging asshole this woman is.”
The Left demonstrates misogyny, as well as uncivil behavior. Danny and I do not support mass school shooters. Yet we don’t see examples of these horrific crimes in our rural, primarily White, Christian and heterosexual communities. Danny and I believe there should be gun control. Keep guns away from the nuts and crazies! I lead the group Change The Will To Kill. I believe mentally ill, angry people will always find a way to harm others. The key is to get these people help. Second, most shooters are males. I wrote an article suggesting Americans must, as a society, stop teaching boys to favor guns. Facebook removed my article:
Facebook banned me for 30-days for posting my opinion:
So, no, Danny and I will not apologize for our traditional roots. White People formed this nation. They weren’t perfect. They didn’t allow women the vote; they considered Black Americans to be 3/5ths of a human being. They didn’t allow poor and Middle Class men to participate either. The government was run by Wealthy White Men. It still is.
Social Identity warriors divide America over gender, race, sexual orientation — but the real battle is the Wealthy 1% against the 99%. I’m sure they’re delighted to see society fragmenting in so many unhealthy ways. It keeps the masses divided. And, as every great general knows, the key to success in war is “to first divide and then conquer.”
We are divided. We are being conquered.
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