A Letter from a White South African to White Americans

A Letter from A White South African to White Amerians

Dear friend,

It has been an eerie thing for me these past few years: sort of a déjà vu experience to watch the news and read about Ferguson, Eric Garner, Baltimore riots, McKinney and, most recently, the horrific shooting in Charleston. I’ve been watching #blacklivesmatter trend on Twitter: grief and outrage and opinions from every corner. And, as someone who grew up in Apartheid South Africa, this all feels eerily familiar to me. I listen to people talk and think I remember, and I recognize that.

America did away with legislated racism a few decades before South Africa did (I remember reading many of the early US cases in my constitutional law classes in SA), but institutional racism is still alive and well, and people are hurting.

I recognize the fear, the blaming, the use of “they” and “them” in people’s language. I remember hearing the voices of brave voices in the black community appealing to people to listen, to learn, to please, please acknowledge that there are hurts I don’t see or understand. I remember the talk of white privilege, and feeling unjustly accused by the term. I remember grappling with what it meant to be regarded as an oppressor, even though I was too young to have done any wrong myself.

I know there are many differences between America and South Africa’s histories: they are complex narratives, woven in blood and ink. I do not write this as an expert analyst, or as a political pundit – but as one confessing there is so much I don’t know and understand. But, I offer the little I’ve learned living in a country which shed tears and blood over race, and now living in another doing the same:

That, even though I was raised as a “liberal” white person, I was still a beneficiary of privilege. I still had more opportunities than people with more melanin in their skin, just because of race. I had not yet learned that we are all blind to our own privileges until we hear the stories of those who have lived without. Just as we don’t know what a privilege it is to be able-bodied until we, or someone close to us, loses significant body function, we don’t know what white privilege is until we, or someone close to us, experiences significant discrimination on the basis of their skin color. For example, I didn’t know until recently that even the color of band aids reflected privilege: the “norm” is a skin-tone suited for caucasians, not people of color.

That, just because I wasn’t a hate-mongering “racist” and even though I had friends of other races (I was one of the few who went to a private, multiracial school in the 80’s), didn’t mean I knew what it was like to be black. I had not yet learned to listen to people’s stories. 

That, even though my mom did much to try and teach us not to use racial slurs (for example, black men are not “boys”), there were still other presumptions and prejudices and blindspots I carried because of the culture I was born into.

That, even though I believed in a gospel where “there is no male and female, slave nor free, but we are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28), that there was still a significant need for reconciliation and restoration within the church. The denomination of which I was a part (REACH-SA) held a number of meetings in the mid-nineties, seeking to discuss this very thing: what needed to be done so that predominantly “white” churches” and predominantly “black churches” within the same denomination could have healed and whole relationships with each other. At first, I scoffed at the need for such talks (Why do we need that? Haven’t we all been forgiven by Jesus and so we just forgive each other and move on?), to later on a deep and dawning realization that just offering to have that conversation showed a humility, and offered an olive branch, which had been sorely lacking. As it turned out, we needed to say I’m sorry, even thought I hadn’t realized there was an offense.

To you, beloved Americans, I offer this humble suggestion: please learn something from South Africa’s history in the current crisis? Read Alan Paton’s Cry, The Beloved Country. Read Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom. Consider Desmond Tutu’s words and example. Read Michael Cassidy. Read about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Listen to what happened (and how the church responded) when a group of terrorists walked into St James Church and massacred the worshippers there in 1993.

Listen to the stories of the white families around you who are adopting black children, and are learning in their own families about how their darker skinned children are treated differently to their white ones (like Jen Hatmaker, Karen Yates, and Kristen Howerton). Listen to the words of writers like Austin Channing, and Osheta, who are seeking to be peacemakers (not trouble causers) by telling the stories we need to hear about race. Acknowledge that if you are white, you have no idea what it’s like to be not-white.

Can I also gently say that you are not going to hear the stories that will move you towards grace and better understanding if you are exclusively watching FOX news. (Or reading Matt Walsh.) South African would never have been able to move forward if we all just kept listening to the people we had always listened to. We need to read and listen outside of our little circles. It was really only when I had finished law school and was at seminary, side by side with South Africans from every race group, and people were sharing their testimonies of growing up that the penny really began to drop for me. I’m still trying to listen. It’s hard. God knows, I want to be a better listener than I’ve been.

I’m a long time fan of Jodi Picoult’s novels: I love the way she weaves together stories about deeply divisive ethical issues, and places characters in her story who represent various viewpoints on those issues. What amazes me about her writing is how, as each chapter skips to a different character, their views make sense to me when told from within their perspective. Her writing has made me realize that everyone says and does things in accordance with their viewpoint, and that differences of opinion are often less about who has the facts, and all about where a person is coming from in viewing the facts.

I’m in my late thirties, and still learning how much my opinions have been shaped by my being white and growing up in the predominantly white communities and schools I did. Watching South Africa go through its painful transition to democracy was the beginning of a lesson in needing to listen well (and silently) to other’s stories. The difference between a freedom fighter and terrorist is really just a matter of perspective, isn’t it?

I write this with tears, prayer, and hopes that we can do better. Listen better. Love better.

Things are not okay the way they are.

 

66 thoughts on “A Letter from a White South African to White Americans

  1. Yes! Thank you for this. I am not South African (and not an expert) but I was an African Studies major in college, and spent a lot of time studying southern Africa, apartheid, and racial issues. I studied abroad in Cameroon and Lesotho and those experiences profoundly shaped me. Lately I have been thinking more about race in America (as have many) and I really appreciate your perspective.

  2. Thank you Bronwyn. I especially love your piece about Jodi Piccoult and seeing other perspectives. I experience that with my parents who I adore but whose primary news source is Fox news and it sometimes feels like we’re experiencing two different realities. I wonder how we can all be reconciled without being able to hear each other’s experiences. As always, I appreciate your hopeful perspective.

  3. Thanks for your sharing! I am a white American living and working in Cape Town South Africa but Baltimore, MD is not far from where I grew up in America. I work in gang-ridden communities in the Cape flats, helping young black and Cape Colored youth express through story-telling and art what it is like to “be me”. We display this in exhibitions for whites to come and see and learn and understand. It is heartbreaking to me to see that the same battle/war to bring racial reconciliation that we are fighting here in South Africa is so needed in my home country too. South Africa and the US both have a LONG way to go in racial reconciliation. They both can learn from one another. South Africa is by no means a model of racial reconciliation. If anything, South Africa can look to the US as a warning, that if they do not deal with continuous racial injustices then their past can and will also be repeated. Violence is rampant in the communities we work in and this is a outcry of injustice and pain that is unable to be expressed.

    • I have a friend working with kids in Riebeck Kasteel, Arthur Soule, he is on FB. Left SA years ago, coming for visit Sept.

    • Hello debmuenstermann, this is a long shot, but I worked/interned in Durban in 2010 as an HIV/AIDS advocate, and have been trying to move back to SA for the past two years. I am having trouble finding a job that would allow me to come back. I hold a master’s degree in clinical SW and would love to use my skills there. I miss it very much actually, and “my kids” there have asked for the past two years, when I am coming home. Can you be of any assistance? My name is Angelique Hill FSU network/Atlanta GA residence, big afro, you can find me on Facebook if you will.

    • Hi Deb, thanks for your comment. I really couldn’t agree more: both the US and SA have a long way to go in racial reconciliation, and I absolutely believe that story telling is key towards us building bridges.

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  6. Thank you for this post. Very well written and I’m sure it will successfully get people to objectively reflect on their own views and actions with regards to race.

  7. Dear Friend, in the US in 2012, there were 431 murders committed by blacks against whites. The same year, white persons committed193 murders of black persons. With respect to interracial crime in America, it is more dangerous to be white than black. Just sayin’. And besides, Bandaids don’t match my skin tone, either. Now, get over yourself. Hamba Kahle.

    https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/crime-in-the-u.s.-2012/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/expanded-homicide/expanded_homicide_data_table_6_murder_race_and_sex_of_vicitm_by_race_and_sex_of_offender_2012.xls

    • Wow Chris bravo on your research of the year 2012 and its murders. Now go back to school and research the centuries of hate, brutality, rape, and murder that your caucus ancestors so graciously contributed to this country and the world that we live in. Once you have all the facts and “numbers” calculated then you can tell us which race is in danger. Every human being on this planet earth are in danger of cruel, closed minded, hateful human beings, and I say this with out having to add color to the mix. All beings are capable of destruction of others and themselves, whether they choose to go that path is up to them. The fact that you can sit there and use ONE year of murder statistics is unreal. Pray that you’re forgiven for your blindness.

      • Are you really stupid or just need to talk n little nonsense , please , i beg you please , go check the figures during the apartheid years , not 54 murders a day , not a women raped every 4 seconds , not officially the most corrupt government in the world ( do you know all this ????)

    • Every one of those murders is a tragedy, Chris, and each community has its blind spots and challenges. I wasn’t saying any other group is without daily, but addressing a blind spot I’ve struggled with in the hope that it might help others.

    • Thank you Chris , i dont want to listen any more , not after black men put n gun against my 23 year old daugther’s head , 54 murders a day and 2000 white farmers murdered !!!!

      • So I’m the person that’s stupid mister, when I actually have a educated grammatical comment? Did you read what you wrote? Did you ever in your life pick up a history book?! You’re the kind of person that angers me with narrow minded opinionated comments. You want to talk about murders! AGAIN, I say open a history book and tell me how many people WHITES have murdered throughout the years. I never said other races could not commit hateful crimes, what I was saying for Chris and now yourself is that throughout history the more dangerous are the caucus, Anglo Saxon. Your daughter being held at gun point is awful but anyone could be held at gun point by anyone, and that anger that you keep in your heart is what destroys yourself and the people around you.

      • This is the problem with selective representation of facts. I looked at your statistics, but you clearly overlooked the fact that there were thousands of white-on-white and black-on-black murders during that same year. We perp on each other more frequently by a factor of at least 500 percent. The takeaway should be that you have far more to fear of other whites than you do blacks, but you ignored that evidence because it does not fit your fear mongering, white supremacist narrative. And the sad thing is that if a white person held a gun up to your head, you would not walk around afraid of all whites. You would not attribute the incident to a person’s whiteness. But when a black person does it, you have no problem painting all blacks with that brush. In short, you need to repent of your racism. If you don’t love your neighbors, who are all black people, then you do not know Christ. Period. And your ignorance will not save you when you stand before Him, nor will excuses that others in your culture held the same values.

    • It’s unfortunate that every time we talk about race in the USA, you can count on someone bringing statistics about black crime into the conversation. The fact is 83% of whites who are murdered are killed by other whites. Interesting how that statistic is never mentioned. The fact is white males make up 31% of the USA population, but commit 71% of the mass shootings. The way you can tell a racist is that they point to some other race in order to deflect, deny and re-route the conversation. It’s really too bad, because I, as many of you have done respond to the efforts of this person to derail the conversation.

    • You are failing to listen, which is what this article is about. Even without verifying your stats I can see you’ve been listening to people who say what you want to hear. Even using the stats you quoted, you are wrong statistically and morally. You make a blanket use of numbers as if all interracial murders are racially motivated. Nonetheless, what disappoints me the most is your sheer failure to listen.

    • Chris, I pray that your thought process progresses past REPORTED numbers of ONE particular year, and delves into the systematic racism and discrimination that this country has wrought for OVER 400 YEARS! There IS a problem, and surely you can’t equate the actions of an unheard, unacknowledged group of oppressed people to the actions of their oppressors. That mentality is actually the basis of the whole issue. Again, I pray that you and your family NEVER have to face the discrimination that I and my family have endured our entire lives!

  8. Thank you for these insights, Bronwyn. I appreciate your perspective and your challenge to the rest of us to listen to new voices. (And despite the awful comments this post drew on Huffington Post, I’m glad it was shared there too.)

    • Thanks Jeannie. I didn’t read the comments on the Huff Po Site, but i know there was vitriol there. I’ve received a number of letters from whites and people of color both in SA AND THE USA though saying thank you: which helps a lot in dealing with the hate mail.

      • Racial relations were far better before this administration took office and capitalized on creating division. The statistics are true – blacks commit many more atrocities against their own people than against whites. Most whites I know bend over backwards to not appear prejudiced in any way. Thanks to equal opportunity, there are blacks represented in many businesses and occupations today, not based on their merit too many times, but based on their race, unlike the very ideal Martin Luther King espoused – Bronwyn, you have a compassionate heart, I think, but are trying to overreach. Our government, in some attempt to “help” the black race, actually has created a nightmare whereby black men and fathers are absent in the homes (it is better for poor women – black oftentimes – to be single mothers than to have the fathers present in the home and to be married because of the government benefits), and has in effect, demolished the intact black family. Sad.

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    • You live, born and was raised in a country you know nothing about. My grandma always said, “If you have nothing good to say then don’t say anything.” Only the foolish have a multitude of words. I would suggest you practice not saying anything negative. Have a Godly blessed day.

  10. Thank you for your very perceptive insights. I’m with #debmuenstermann that we white South Africans must also learn from the US. While many of us may have said sorry I think that few have repented or truly acknowledged the impacts that colonialism, apartheid and migrant labour have had on African communities. It’s too easy to blame our forebears or Afrikaners or the English.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting, Andrew. YES, I agree! We are never done listening and learning. As a number of my friends have pointed out in FB conversations, what is happening in the US is likewise a warning to SA that legal change is not enough. If attitudes don’t change, there could still be terrible racial violence in years to come.

  11. Thanks for this Bronwyn. As a different South African, but one who has lived in Americaland for three years recently and is right now back here for a month, their stories of race are really meaningful to me and have helped shape and inject life into my heart for South Africa and wanting to listen and learn and be part of the change i want to see – i can agree with a lot of what you’ve said here and glad you did – from my perspective i chose to not say anything of my own but rather share a collection of well written and graphiced pieces that i came across, which i did over here: https://brettfish.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/in-the-wake-of-charleston

    Keep on
    love brett fish

  12. You lost me at Fox News. The last thing liberals want is for a conservative to have a voice. Watching Fox News transcends race. Fox is the only channel not afraid to keep democrats and republicans in check. Fox does lean right, but if they didn’t, we conservative Christians would have no voice. Media runs our country….that’s a real problem here. Don’t believe all you read and see. I grew up in a tough government housing project. We were one of two white families and it was nothing like the townships in SA…I’ve experienced that first hand. Come and live a year and you will see that it’s not as bad as portrayed.

    • I’ve actually been living in the U.S. for over ten years now, Kirk. My comments stem not just from reading the news, but from long years seated across the dinner table with people in both countries.

    • Amazing how libs love to poke a stick in Fox’s eye and how the legislator in SC could even blame Fox for the tragedy . . . Thanks Kirk for your good fair and balanced statement . . . you nailed it!

    • Kirk, I agree – Fox is the only network that doesn’t cater to only the mainstream party line. Here Bronwyn shows her true perspective, one that has bought the liberal thought pattern hook, line and sinker. Fox is a voice of reason amidst political correctness that tries to demonize conservative, family-based voices.

    • Hi Kirk. I agree media runs your country, but the people that run the media and your country aren’t Christians anyway. So they have no interest in preserving a channel for you and your fellow believers. Fox is very close to the conspiracies in the USA, even having been accused of hiring actors for 911 and the race riots recently. There is enough information on the internet for a ‘normal’ citizen to discern for themselves, what is true and what is not, without being force-fed by the media.

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  14. Much of what you say is true, but you have one thing dead wrong: institutional racism isn’t alive and well. Quite the contrary, while individuals may be racist, institutional racism died and was buried 40 years ago. Whether its government jobs and contracts, college admissions or private sector hiring, Affirmative Action has been alive and well since the 1970s. I am a lawyer by trade. If one happens to be a minority female graduating from law school, for instance, she can have any job she wants at any law firm or government agency–no matter what her academic credentials may be. Government and academia especially do everything they can to give preferences to minorities, not discriminate against them.

    • So the educational disparities that exist today…died when? And were they not established pre-integration, but continue to effect outcomes? Additionally, the application of law, and how minorities often recieve harsher sentences even when white couterparts commit the same crime, is buried also? Your opinion, which I thought would be informed because of your profession, is wrong.

    • As an employee at a company that goes out of its way to instill equal opportunity to all, let me tell you that when I walk into a room of bigwigs, the look is always 90% the same…middle-aged white men! If this is the best this company can do, imagine what boardrooms look like across the country for companies that only pay lip service to the ideal of racial equality, or fill a quota, just so that they can call themselves progressive! Even in the House and Senate, who actually run this country, what do you see…and if you want to bring up the President, do you really think he’s the first black man qualified to run the country?

  15. A good read, motivated by a seemingly guilt-ridden author who for some inexplicable reason feels responsible for the horrific deeds of the mentally insane.

    What the world should understand is that there always has been and always will be differences amongst different cultures, races, religions and different classes, and that each will primarily look after its own before caring for others. No matter what glasses one wear, you cannot see purple as green.

    The basic requirement is only but a valuable and mutual respect for each others differences…

    The sort of a déjà vu experience she encounters is her personal misinterpretation as a result of her unfounded guilt trip, more than what should actually be read into this… an acknowledgement of past, present and future differences which cannot be negotiated into oblivion.
    How poor and destroyed must South Africa become before the realization will dawn upon the guilt-ridden that, no matter how technologically advanced our world has become, EACH STILL LOOKS AFTER ITS OWN…

    THERE WILL ALWAYS BE DIFFERENCES AND THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CRAZY PEOPLE FROM ALL CULTURES, RELIGIONS AND RACES.

    The example the author uses of the band-aid is ridiculous, as band-aids were invented by a Caucasian. There was no racist intent in this, as the invention was done with a desire to fulfill a personal need.
    (The Band-Aid was invented in 1920 by Thomas Anderson and Johnson & Johnson employee Earle Dickson for his wife Josephine, who frequently cut and burned herself while cooking. The prototype allowed her to dress her wounds without assistance. https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Band-Aid )
    Why does she not design different race band-aids? It may prove to be a profitable venture…

  16. Excellent letter. If only we could all acknowledge that there is so much that we don’t know and don’t understand.

  17. Reading through these comment made me realize that individuals are stuck in their ways….and their perspectives will never alter with the change of times. Everyone knows that Fox News had biased motives. Everyone knows that “private” institutions will cater to whites and the economically suitable than to minorities. Everyone with common sense knows that the U.S. laws do not favor Blacks amd the crimes they perpetrates, and that police brutality against Blacks are commonplace and acceptable. I’ve been to South Africa several times and was noticeably treated differently because I was a Black American and not a Black South African. The race dialog does need to continue but shouldn’t be behind the mask of a computer monitor. It should be done openly in schools and communities. Yes, many of us have been victimized by crimes perpetrated because of minority poverty, and gun violence in America has caused the deaths of many Whites by the hands of Blacks. But let’s be honest…racism is racism and it’s alive and there is no foreseeable cure for it.

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  19. I am a white American married to a S. African (Indian heritage). I plan to retire to SA in 2016 so my wife can be close to her family. Some South Africans I know who now live in the USA question my plan. But honestly my only fears are not having consistent electricity and uncapped, high speed Internet and unlimited cell-phone plan. The beauty of SA is worth those and any other fears I my develop.

    I grew up during the Civil Rights Movement here in the States. It was good to see the changes that have occurred but I’ve always said laws will not change the heart. It seems no matter what we do race continues to be a problem for some individuals. For me I find celebrating our differences more appealing that being “Color Blind”. The latter denies one their individuality. Giving someone respect for who they are, is the greatest gift one can give.

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  21. Seeing the pic of the shooter with the old apartheid SA flag emblazoned on his jacket drives home just how evil apartheid really was. South Africa is a deeply wounded nation which will take generations to heal, especially the cumulative effects of centuries of systemic economic oppression of people of color.

    Here in the US, the eradication of racism is much more difficult because whites still outnumber people of color and the entrenched cultural mindset still propagates white supremacy. Hollywood and the major TV networks are the worst offenders. Most whites are still in denial over the benefits of our cradle to the grave white supremacy.

    btw. Congratulations to Phillip on your emigration to SA. Its indeed an amazingly beautiful country.

  22. Just read and shared this on Facebook. As a white South African, living in SoCal, I could not have said it better. I’m thinking your bookshelf and mine are probably very similar 😉

  23. I lived in South Africa before AND then years later AFTER apartheid. Do you know WHY black south africans didn’t overthrow their white ‘masters’?? Because In SA there’s something like 200-300 different black african factions who not only don’t get along, but they kill each other like black chicagoans commit genocide on other black americans. To the idiot commentor who says he’s going to move from US to SA when his SA wife retires, good. I call that self-culling of the herd. You won’t live long there.
    Now to the writer of this blogpost (remember it’s ONLY a blog, no one is paying you so you’re not an AUTHOR just a blogger). YOU DON’T KNOW DIDDLYSQUAT about what is REALLY going on the USA because you’re getting your ‘information’ (NOT FACTS) from the news media (aka members of the devil’s minions). Take the story about the copy in McKinney, Texas from 2 weeks ago. THE MEDIA claimed that he was ‘racist cop’ and that he was ‘manhandling’ young black girls and that he pulled a gun on UNARMED BLACK ‘KIDS’. Excuse me, but that happened in MY COMMUNITY AT MY COMMUNITY POOL AND I WAS THERE. No only did the cop due EXACTLY what he SHOULD HAVE DONE, the kids who were involved DID NOT LIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY and WERE ILLEGALLY CRASHING THE POOL FUNCTION THAT WAS FOR RESIDENTS. We PAY AN HOA FEE to use that pool & community center. The ‘kids’ who crashed it were close to 100, the cop was ALONE. When he pulled his gun, what you cannot see in the video, BECAUSE IT WAS EDITED, was that he was ‘rushed’ by aggressive older teens, and he was RIGHT TO PULL HIS GUN. I was on the verge of pulling MINE, if those kids hadn’t backed off. (LEGAL CARRY in TEXAS, you know.) The girl who was on the ground was not ‘manhandled’ nor ‘shoved to the ground’. She was told by the cop to stop and sit on the ground, she got belligerent with him and he PUT her on the ground, but not ‘hard’. I SAW THE ENTIRE SCENE. Later the piece of shit who is the Police Chief there bullied Eric Casebold (the cop) into quitting when he should have STOOD by his cop. I’m filthy stinkin’ rich (due to having sold my own startup recently) and it is my goal to get that pig ‘chief’ out of office because he cowardly bowed to the pressure of the MEDIA and #PoliticianIsTheNewNWord creeps who have an agenda: to race-bait and cause civil unrest so Obutthead our current good-for-nothing puppet of a ‘president’ and his corporate controllers can remove even more of our civil liberties and destroy our constitution. I worked projects in South Africa, only IDIOTS would WILLINGLY the USA for that garbage heap full of murderers and rapists. UGH.

    • You are just as sick as your comment. Who cares for your so called wealth?? in reality you are so poor you cant even afford the free gift of love.Reading you makes me want to puke.UGH!! what a mind.

  24. Oh thank you for articulating so well what has been churning inside me for months now. We have a lot in common and I’m so grateful for the manner in which you’ve put these thoughts together. Thank you!

  25. I think the blog was well written. However, racist will always find a way to justify hate. I am a black woman who experienced racism for the first time at the age of five. Imagine having to explain to your five years old what the N word means. This is something that my mother had to to. You can’t even begin to conceive what it means to be black in this country. It’s a disability. It’s something that is going to affect you for the rest of your life. Everyday we are constantly reminded of our lack of worth. Everyday we have to work twice as hard to get the minimum. We can’t afford to be average. And no matter what we achieve, there’s always someone waiting to remind us that we are no more than a bunch of N word.

    As I read the comments about how so called privileged and fair it is now for blacks, all I can do is laugh. I could quote facts, statistics and examples of how this isn’t true, it wouldn’t matter. Read ” How to Make the Perfect Slave” All whites are doing is continuing the tradition of the “house slave.” Allow a few to gather some of the scraps off the table to keep them loyal.

    Racism is a mental illness. Like all other mental illnesses, the sufferers are unaware that they have the condition. Therefore, they can never be cured. In other words, most of these discussions are pointless. If you hate someone based on a chemical and an evolutionary adaptation to a climate, you have a very small grip of reality.

    Crime isn’t about race, it’s about economics and education. It’s about opportunity or the lack there of. What’s really hilarious is how whites measure crime. A so-called white collar crime affects the victim for years or a lifetime . Example: when someone’s entire life savings is stolen. But you’re right, stealing a TV is much more serious than stealing someone’s life savings. And to the 2012 statistic, I couldn’t even get upset. Here is a man that is part of a race that murders thousands of people of color a year, but you’re right, that 154 is an atrocity. And so you won’t say I’m stupid for this statistic, I’m talking about all people of color, not just blacks. And let’s talk about the major crime. You “discovered” a piece of land, almost totally wiped out the inhabitants, stole another group of people, murdered and raped them just for the pleasure of doing so, stole every part of their heritage and have them suffering from a form of post traumatic stress disorder that’s just ridiculous. But you’re right, you’re the most God-fearing, peaceful set of people that ever graced this planet.

    I’m sure some white people will read my comment and say I’m racist. Personally, I don’t care. My feelings isn’t about your race. They come directly from what you do and say on a daily basis.

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