|—||Kenneth R. Conklin|
So last night I saw a video of an experiment by Jane Elliot called “The Angry Eye.” I watched this experiment over and over, to be sure that I caught every detail and didn’t miss anything. For hours, I tossed and turned just thinking about all the whole experiment, and how watching these two short clips has practically changed my life. It was so insightful, and I learned so much as a White person in society. Until last night, I don’t think I’ve even been able to half-grasp what it must be like to be of color. This experiment that she performed was such an eye-opener, and the way she related breaking down White Supremacy to the five stages of grief was true, intelligent, even genius.
I think every White person in America needs to sit down, shut up, and listen to exactly what Jane Elliot has to say. Sadly, many comments made under Jane Elliot’s video were aimed toward preserving White Supremacy, obviously by White people. And the problem here is that many Whites cannot see past their Vanity. Furthermore, if it was not in your interest to preserve your vanity and our White Supremacist society, you would stop arguing about whether it is valid for her to be exposing White Supremacy. It exists, whether you are going to acknowledge the fact or not. And if you don’t acknowledge the fact, then you are part of the problem, not solution.
Jane Elliot states, “White people’s number one freedom in the United State of America is the freedom to be totally ignorant about those who are other than White. We don’t have to learn about those who are other than White. And our number two freedom is to deny that we’re ignorant.” Here, she elaborates that as White, privileged members of society, we have the freedom to be ignorant, deny our ignorance, and as she later infers in her video, preserve it! Let’s think about that for a minute. What a tragedy. And what an even greater tragedy it is that so many White people after watching this video are yet STILL aiming to preserve White Supremacy (as indicated in the comments below the video).
So I recommend that all privileged members of society take in this video and internalize it. Let this be a learning experience without trying to preserve vanity and White Supremacy.
You’ll find the video here: http://youtu.be/Bf2LB0IG1xo
Some people truly believe that we are separate because of the ‘differences’ society interprets people to have. How very sad it is that such a large number of people buy into this bullshit.
To be perfectly honest, I have come to a point in my life where I only speak to people’s minds. To the point where I do not see physical appearance when I look at a person. I just close my eyes.. and feel them, listening to their feelings and words full of life. I want to love someone who is blind. Blind to the ways of this world. To the color of my skin, to all the ways in which judgment lies… lies. Someone who would listen to the sweetness in my voice, and love me for that. Only for that.
This is my wish…
Stop bleaching your skin. Stop flattening your hair. Stop looking to society for answers.
Start embracing your skin, embracing your hair. But most importantly, start loving yourself just the way God made you. Because you Are beautiful.
I dedicate this to all of you beautiful ladies out there.. Keep Shining.
Ever since I cut my hair short and started dressing like more of a tomboy, my mom has been on my case. But whatever, I like it short. Its nice because it’s quick to wash, it suites me, and I get no lack of attention so I’m sure its decent looking. I mean, is it such a crime that I don’t like to wear clothes that show any kind of cleavage? I don’t enjoy showing off my curves because for the most part doing so brings unwanted attention. I like modest clothes that don’t show too much skin, and yes, I am American, and from California, it doesn’t mean I like to prance around in swimsuits and short skirts all day. Besides, the body is sacred! Why would I want to be displaying my body as some sort of sexual invitation? As long as my clothes are modest, decent looking, neat, clean, and smell good, whats the problem?!
Most of the people in my life don’t know that I am gay. As you can imagine, this definitely has taken a toll. I feel alone a lot of the time. Of course, I have a lot of wonderful friends, but I just don’t know if I’m ready to be known as “the lesbian.”
When I’m in public with friends or family, I could never just approach a girl and talk to her. To be honest, I’m not even sure if I could tell my mother because it might break her heart. Even if I had a girl in my life, I would want to hold her hand in public, go out to dinner with her, maybe a movie, the things that straight couples get to do in public every day. My only wish is to be able to actually go out in public without getting harassed.
There are a of lot ignorant people that treat gay people as if they have aids. Remember, before I am a lesbian, I am a person.
Perhaps I consider what you do disgusting, but I don’t treat you as if you are a lesser person. If you don’t like the fact that I’m gay then stay away from me, simple as that. I don’t have time for ignorance.
I want to talk about something that I feel I haven’t seen people talk about much lately, and that’s how it actually feels to be a homosexual living in a heterosexual society. I’ve experienced that many people will say that they are not homophobic, and will even tell themselves that they aren’t, but it will, even if subtly, show through their actions and words. Now, its important to state that I do not know why I am only attracted to the same sex. There is no explanation, it just is the way it is. It would be like me asking a straight person why they are straight. Its sad, because most of the time I feel like a dolphin lost in a sea of sharks. I feel like such an outsider sometimes because when you are gay you can never really talk about your life casually. You cant talk about the wonderful date you had the previous night with someone at school, a coworker, or even your parents!
Straight people may feel that they never hear the end of homosexuals ‘complaining’ about discrimination, but its because they don’t understand. You don’t know what its like to not be invited to that party, to not get that job, or to hear snide comments strictly on the basis that you are gay! And Yes, this is a reality for many gays. What people need to understand is that before someone is homosexual, they are a person just like everyone else. We still have human needs, we still need affection, love, and acceptance. We want to have a place in the world just like everyone else, and its not fair to deny people acceptance.. the acceptance that you receive from society every day.