Interesting article from Time.
"...a groundbreaking new study on whiteness and race relations by University of Minnesota sociologists shows that whites in the U.S. are far more conscious of being white--and the privileges it brings--than was believed."
-- a stunning proportion of whites--77%--say their race has a distinct culture that should be preserved
-- Blacks do see more racism in society than whites but, contrary to stereotype, seem disinclined to blame the system for their disadvantage.
-- "Whites have invented subtle ways to convince themselves that race isn't a problem in America."
I'll tell you something, I do believe we live in a racist institution. And that's never going to change. It's part of the human condition.
While whites may certainly want to shrug off any notion that they may harbor racist feelings, I'll call my brothers and sisters of color to task by saying that they propagate racism too. By refusing to join the mainstream, by not making the system work for them, many Blacks and Hispanics have become a spectacle of ethnic pride. Here's what I mean: the young Puerto Rican guy (shut it, I'm half Puerto Rican, I can make this observation) with an oversized jersey and a beaded necklace of the Puerto Rican flag who can barely speak Spanish and gets by on hood-speak is as much of an embarassment to my culture as he is an eyesore to some white American as he is a future headache for everyone. Because that kid probably doesn't value education and self improvement as much as broadcasting his ethnicity and snubbing his nose at "the system."
Ethnic pride, it seems, is a cause championed by mediocre people. White culture isn't going anywhere. Latino culture isn't going anywhere. But culture is definitely taking a nosedive.
People refuse to open themselves up to change, growth and improvement. Instead they cling to the very little they know, to the small world they live in, to form an identity.
And that's very sad. That kind of thinking foments hate, foments crime, and it sets back the good work of decent Americans who do the right thing daily by themselves, their families and their country.