And hello, Discount Armored Skeptic who posted the video I’m responding to. As you know, I’ve responded to three of Buzzfeed’s race baiting videos about how much white people suck, and I made a comment about how they would never make a video where white people asked black people questions. They still have not, big surprise, but this guy has. It has the DP stamp of approval already just for specifying that he is one guy asking these questions, avoiding the racial collectivism that other videos of this type often fall into.
So let’s get started, shall we?
What is your opinion on Black Lives Matter?
I think it’s unhelpful and ill-equipped to make any significant change due to its only cohesive feature being a victim complex. When your entire foundation is based on being a perpetual victim, it’s against the interest of the longevity of your movement to do anything about that victimization. Black Lives Matter, much like American feminism, seems more interested in perpetuating its brand than actually being helpful. It’s also co-opted the very concept of race activism to the point where not supporting them is considered racist by default, which does nothing to help the situation.
What is your opinion on black American subculture?
I like the music and food. I’m not a fan of the glorification of anti-intellectualism and external locus of control that the subculture often encourages.
When a cop in America is a lot more cautious towards a black person than a white person, is that because he is racist?
Possibly. Individual cops can be racist. Generally, though, the most you can say is that they’re (realistically) taking into account that black people commit disproportionate amounts of violent crime and are acting accordingly. You can call it stereotyping all you want, but that stereotype exists because black people’s actions keep affirming that stereotype. That’s not the cops’ fault at that point.
Why does chicken taste so good to you?
To me? Chicken is objectively delicious, dude.
Do you believe that America suffers from systemic racism?
This is arguable. I would like to point out that “systemic” and “systematic” are two different words that people often confuse before elaborating: “systematic” means “intentional,” and seeing as how Jim Crow laws don’t exist anymore, America is not systematically racist. You could argue that since a relatively short amount of time has passed since those laws stopped being in effect that America still has systemic issues due to the echoes of past racism. I would make that argument, but I would also argue that addressing those issues as “racism” is pointless since race isn’t the current cause of any of the issues so tackling Racism *insert thunder clap* wouldn’t actually address the problems.
Do you believe all whites to be racist?
No. All people have an inherent bias for their in-group, but there are so many different and overlapping in-groups that acting like race is the most important one is ridiculous. Also, having biases and being racist aren’t commensurate anyway.
Do you believe that white people of this generation should take responsibilities for what their ancestors did?
No, white guilt is the secular version of Original Sin, and it’s pathetic to indulge in. You are you, and you’re responsible for yourself and your beliefs. If you don’t believe in racial supremacy, looking like someone who beloved that once means absolutely nothing. This notion also totally ignores that most Americans today aren’t related to anyone who owned slaves or was even in the country during the time of slavery. My white ancestors didn’t come over until the 1920s, and they were from fucking Ireland. Guess who had nothing to do with slavery and was actually on the receiving end of similar racist treatment? My white ancestors. The idea that all white people are inherently connected to slavery, then, is stupid. This also ignores that there were white people fighting against slavery and segregation from the very beginning, as well as ignoring that Africa and brown Muslim countries had quite a hand in multiple slave trades. So if white people have to shoulder the burden of past misdeeds of their race, there’s no reason that black people shouldn’t also be shouldering that awful burden of . . . being related to people who might have done bad things once.
When you label yourself as African American, do you do so because you’re descended from people who originally came from Africa or is it because you have a strong tie to Africa?
I don’t label myself that. I’m not from Africa, I’ve never been to Africa, I don’t plan to go there, I have no connection to the place, and I don’t even know if my black relatives are from there. I’m black and an American. The end.
What do you think the reason is for black males ages 15-34 to primarily die from homicide?
Lots of things. Black children are typically raised in environments where more aggressive behavior is encouraged by their parents/guardians. So being part of a culture that tacitly endorses aggression definitely contributes to the violent escalation of interpersonal confrontation that leads to people getting shot over nothing. The Boondocks called these occurrences “nigga moments.” It’s pretty accurate. That, combined with the lack of familial support in many black families (single motherhood + poverty = not good) leads to the popularization of gangs. Lots of bad life choices piling up. So and and so forth.
Do you guys get sunburned?
I do actually. Granted, I’m lighter skinned than others. Usually I just tan really well.
Is a black person seeking a higher education negative?
Well, I’m about to go on to get my Masters, so I hope not.
Why do you think the majority of black people in America end up in poverty?
Go to: the “Why are so many homicide victims black males?” answer.
A good number of them end up in poverty because the cycle of poverty that a good number of them are born into is easy to perpetuate and often difficult to break. It’s even more difficult with the current state of race affairs saying that black people don’t need to do anything to improve their own situation and that it’s the world’s job to make things better for them without them having to lift a finger to help themselves. In the end of the day, breaking the cycle of poverty has more to do with your own choices and behavior than what other people are doing. Things like practicing safe sex, being a responsible parent, being interested in education, and having community investment aren’t really things that outside parties can do.
What is your opinion on black ghettos?
They’re shitty and dangerous and any place where you have to move in at four in the morning to guard against people stealing your shit is not a place I want to be in.
What is your opinion on ghettos in general?
Do you believe in a future where one day blacks, whites, and all other race groups won’t see each other for their skin?
There will always be racists, so probably not. Maybe in places like the US, Canada, and the UK this could be widely accomplished, but with all the race-baiting and fear mongering going on that has made racial tensions worse than they’ve been in thirty years, I doubt this will happen any time soon. Japan and China aren’t going to start not seeing race any time soon either. I firmly believe that this will only happen if we enter a Mass Effect style situation where human beings have to ban together under the same flag while interacting with other alien races. Barring that, I doubt it.
Why is it that black people take their black identity so seriously?
Intro Development Psychology class I took two years ago, don’t fail me now.
Black children (not sure about other races) actually have higher self esteem than their white peers because they have a stronger sense of self rooted in having a strong connection to their racial identity, with that typically being enforced by their parents. That is a strong contributor to why many black people take it so seriously, especially since black people are a minority in America that has formed something resembling its own community with its own leaders, culture, and ideas. I doubt a black person in Kenya gives a fuck about their “black identity.” Also, on the sociological side of things, many prominent black subcultures (hip-hop, afro-centrism, etc.) often define themselves as groups in opposition to another group, ie, “My identity is just NOT being like those people over there.” Hip-hop culture is often focused on not “acting white,” afro-centrism is often focused on not doing things the way white people do it (you see this a lot with many black people deriding the idea of nuclear family structures as a Western thing). So, in many ways, the easiest and most mainstream way to have a black identity is to define yourself as just not being like the other races, meaning that “acting black” is very important and something you consciously have to do.
Do you believe white people could be the villains of history?
I feel like the villains of history are the villains of history. Some of them are white and some aren’t. There’s an entire world out there. And it’s a world full of shitty humans.
*Insert Hamilton reference here.*
How do you think Africa would evolve if white colonists didn’t arrive?
Don’t know. That’d be an interesting alternative universe book, though. Get on it.
Do you think that whites were the first to enslave black people?
I’m pretty sure black people were the first to enslave other black people. The African slave trade was going on for years before white people even showed up, to the point where Europeans being offered slaves by black slave traders is what kick-started the Atlantic slave trade.
Do you think that the racial tension black and white people is inherently because of skin difference or because the colonial and enslavery past of America?
The second one. Many black people, and especially the ones who subscribe to Marxist racial theory (the one that treats black people like the proletariat social class going up against the rich white people) use the faults of the past in order to justify current racial hatred and bitterness. How many times have you heard someone say to a white person, “You went over to Africa and made us slaves, and blahblahblah,” like that white person was the one who did it to that black person. There’s no room for temporal understanding after you become thoroughly entrenched in Marxism-inspired identity politics, so anything done to any black person ever has officially been done to you by all white people, and this is encouraged by the guilty white liberals who feel personally responsible for things that happened decades or centuries ago. Once again, no understanding that the present is not the past, apparently.