Tuesday, November 03, 2009

What is Racism?

I'm curious. Can caucasian people be discriminated against in America?

I just came from court where I was fined $200 plus court costs for a grand total of $459.50. The interesting thing to me is that while I was sitting in court, waiting for my name to be called, I watched three other people go before the Judge on the exact same charge that I was facing. All three of these people had Latino surnames. All three of these people pleaded the same as I would be pleading. All three of these people had the charges dismissed. The only other caucasian person to go in front of the judge before me was fined $200 plus court costs. Now to be fair, she was facing a different charge than I was. However, when I was called, I assumed my charge would also be dismissed since the three prior to me had been. Sadly, I forgot that the Judge too had a Latino surname. BAM $200 plus court costs. Pay the clerk.

So I'm curious, is this racism, or should I be glad to pay my fine, knowing I'm merely making amends for all the wrongs us whites have bestowed upon the poor abused Latinos?


Buckskins Rule said...

This is a slippery slope if ever there was one.

I'm not naive enough to believe that bigotry has been stamped out. But I doubt that exists on the wholesale level that it once did (think Jim Crow). At the same time there will always be people who dislike others on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sexual orientation, ad nauseum.

The white apologists of today would like to hold white people of the 21st century accountable for the racism perpetuated by our predecessors (and Lord knows, there were a few). What they fail to realize is the risk, through these actions, of creating an entirely new generation of racism.

I think Morgan Freemen said it best we he told Mike Wallace that the best way to end racism is to stop talking about it.

Rude1 said...

You're dead on BR. I just found it funny how "racism" against whites isn't considered racism.