Tuesday, July 27, 2010

4: Race for the Funds? Commentary on Reverse Racism.

(This is the fourth in a mini-blog series on the issues raised in
1: Race for the Funds?)

(4) What is Reverse Racism?
Reverse racism is racism or discrimination against whites by people of color.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s white California farm workers complained of reverse racism. The farm workers were concerned because they were losing their jobs to another group of people of color, Hispanics.

At that time, many white Americans found it difficult to understand how a minority population could create a significant employment problem for white Americans. Apparently, even these relatively low paying agricultural seasonal jobs were not plentiful. Hispanic migrant farm workers grabbed the attention and sympathy of many white Americans as they organized unions to improve their job conditions.

How have people of color found so many lawyers and so much financial support for their causes? Many of the issues seem to be the usual workplace issues about working conditions, pay, and promotions.

Perhaps lawyers found it easier to win settlements, and the court found it harder to deny arguments when pointing to a client with such an obvious characteristic as race, black or brown skin color. Maybe racial profiling works for the client in these cases.

The whole issue of the winning color "race card" and "race-based" lawsuits and settlements seems preposterous to many Americans of European descent. There are lots of different and diverse white people in America. There are often tensions and prejudices against people from certain other countries, ethnic, religious, or cultural backgrounds. But people usually try to resolve it or find other opportunities or bring lawsuits on general law issues. Do you know of any lawsuits between opposing British, Irish, German, Italian, French, Polish, or other European Americans or against the US government by any of these groups on job, housing, financial, or other issues?

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3: Race for the Funds? Commentary on Racism

(This is the third in a new mini-blog series on the issues raised in
1: Race for the Funds?)

(2) Racism can be anti-white done by blacks as well as anti-black done by whites.

What has been termed "reverse racism" is anti-white discrimination done by blacks.

This is what Shirley Sherrod admitted to in her videotaped National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) speech. Ms. Sherrod said she could not give the "white farmer", who presented to her agricultural office for assistance in preventing his farm foreclosure, "the full force" of her assistance. Ms. Sherrod stated she became more concerned when the white farmer called again 6 months later complaining that he had received a foreclosure notice, that the attorney she referred him to, whom he had been paying for 6 months, had not helped prevent this.

Shirley Sherrod's comments were revealed by Internet Breibart TV, biggovernment.com, bloggers and news commentators in political forums debating racism within the NAACP and other issues. These commentators were labelled "right wing", to diminish the importance of the discussion of these issues.

Subsequently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) accepted or requested Ms. Sherrod's resignation as a high profile State of Georgia Rural Development Director overseeing a $2.1 billion dollar budget.

The CNN team who interviewed Ms. Sherrod ignored the anti-white racist statements freely made by Ms. Sherrod, and did not ask Ms. Sherrod about these statements. CNN reversed the racial issue, depicted Ms. Sherrod as "martyred", and implied she was the victim of racial discrimination. Then a flurry of media activity ensued, chastising the "right wingers" and publicizing Ms. Sherrod's implied or explicit demands for apologies from the USDA, Obama Administration, and Breibart et.al.

CNN asked Ms. Sherrod if she planned a lawsuit, exacerbating the hypersensitivity around claims brought by blacks against whites and the U.S. government, courts, and financial settlements. As a news organization, CNN missed the opportunity to discuss the issue of reverse racism and discrimination against whites.

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