Don’t write about race

… It will get weird quickly.

Remember my race related entry? Along with “New Moon” review, that’s the one that got all the attention. Unwanted attention, sure, but I am not complaining.

Or maybe I do? “I am racist” entry got many visitors; some of them were first (and only) time visitors. And many of them came from… strange places, to say the least. I don’t think any white supremacist could have fun here (there’s nothing- I repeat: nothing) that can lead them here (or at least I hope so), but the entry was obviously intriguing and misleading.

To make two things clear

One: When I said I was racist, I didn’t mean I was racist towards black people. On the contrary. Read the whole entry before making a judgment.

Second: Even though my test results show I have prejudice towards white people, that doesn’t mean I hate white people. After all, I am white. My friends and family are white. Heck, all the people I know are white.

Which is precisely why the test result don’t show my racism- rather my social anxiety. I am very (and I mean: very) shy, and I lack profound social skills. To be honest, I don’t fully understand people, nor they understand me. I don’t hate humans, I really don’t- but there’s obviously something in me that have at least a bit of fear when it comes to social contacts. On the other hand, I am friendly and I like meeting new people; but my lack of social skills sometimes make those interactions awkward.

And since white people are the only people I know, the test show my social anxiety rather than racism.

So, you don’t want to comment? Fine.

Back to my blog post. That entry was really popular, but people refused to comment (same goes for “New Moon” entry, but more about it some other time). There’s only one (ok, two) reasons for this:

1. People don’t give a fuck about commenting. (Could be true).
2. People feel embarrassed about their test results.

While I believe majority of my visitors don’t care about commenting on a random blog, I fear some of them could feel awkward after taking the test. Say you got the most popular result (you prefer white people to black). So what? It’s not like you failed to make a point or something. That result is the most popular because there are reasons for it to be. It’s the world around us that make that result so popular. Think about it.

The result could- and should- make you think, but it doesn’t make you a monster. Now, being proud of your racist result is another thing. But that’s yet another story.

8 thoughts on “Don’t write about race

  1. Ana

    I haven’t taken the test, but I think you write about a really important factor to racism… that sometimes it’s not sue to hate, but rather due to lack of socialisation with other cultures.

    I’ve always felt that regardless of how people liked to preach love and understanding, we’re all a bit racist in our own way. The human mind sorts information based on relations and stereotypes after all.

  2. Mariana

    I won’t take the test because I’m pretty sure about the results, for me it would be: racist against black people.

    Here in Brazil all we do is talk about race, racism and prejudice. The thing is: we MUST talk about it.

    37% of all African slaves that were brought to America came to Brazil. 6% of Brazil’s population declare themselves Black. The funny thing is: declare themselves 46% of Brazilian people declare themselves “brown” (I mean “mixed” of Indian – or ‘native’ and Black, Black and European, Indian and European).

    Funny thing is: 91% of Brazilian people say that we’re not racists. In the same research they asked: “Do you know someone that is?” 97% of people said YES! Do you get the contradiction? Here we have a “culture” that says: “Black people are dumb and stupid, that’s why they were slaved”. “A job not well done is a job done by a black person.” But we have to live with the political correctness, and people only “live” with correctness because otherwise they can be arrested.

    If you ask me “Are you racist?” I would have to say: “I don’t think black people are dumb, or stupid. They are the same, there are no differences, they have the same rights and duties.” But if I say that I don’t agree with the Brazilian government policy to reserve vacancies in the university to black people because that’s a shitty way to try to correct a historical mistake they call me racist! Fuck! Go to hell! Sorry about the language, this subject really pisses me off.

  3. Mariana

    DON’T GET ME WRONG when I say: “Here we have a “culture” that says: “Black people are dumb and stupid, that’s why they were slaved”. “A job not well done is a job done by a black person.” But we have to live with the political correctness, and people only “live” with correctness because otherwise they can be arrested.”

    I’m not trying to justify prejudice with culture. Prejudice shouldn’t exist because we’re all humans, we live here in the same planet. I just wanted to show how many contradictions there are here in Brazil, specially related to the race issue.

  4. Mira

    Nana,
    I do hope you didn’t think I meant on you when I wrote: “So, you don’t want to comment? Fine”.

    There were…. All those new visitors here, coming from very strange places (and Google searches), obviously interested in the subject, clicking the link, but not commenting. (Which pisses me off as a blog writer. Lol, I want to have many comments, for a change! :D)

    And I agree with you and I see your point. Will comment/write about it more later, just wanted to make clear I didn’t mean on you here.

  5. Sigg3

    I think the term racist is used wrong. I don’t feel we should strive to treat everyone the same. On the contrary.

    Humans of any colour belong to the same race the way Scandinavians use “Rase” e.g. species. Race as subspecies is a whole other matter. That is biology.

    As for social interpretations the race concept we see in America has little to do with biology (strictly, “Mexican” is not a race but a nationality, and “latin” refers to a mixture of South American and European subspecies biologically even though few would regard themselves as 50% Caucasian if they were latin) so the socially practiced use of race is more or less, well, racist and less biologically founded.
    When talking of one’s “race” one often includes things that are wholly cultural as well.

    But to return to the Scandinavian use, and the one I subscribe to; Homo Sapiens is a race, Homo Neanderthalis another. Dogs and humans are different genus. But I may have mixed them completely:)

    But biological taxonomy has been a hot topic ever since DNA was discovered. (Crocodiles are closer related to birds than lizards yet the old Linnae system puts crocodiles and lizards together based on key features of their appearance.) And I must say its debates confuses me, mostly because of my own misinformation since childhood Re: the word’s meaning.

    That human beings responds differently to people of different appearances is not racism. If you could make a test like this based on my co-workers I’ll bet you I would respond differently to them too regardless of skin colour.
    As I like to put it; I discriminate indiscriminately, simply meaning I treat everyone different and I don’t mean anything by it in and of itself. It has to do with personal experience. If someone has done you very wrong you are apt to associate that person and persons with some key similarity to him or her you are going to “discriminate”. It’s called SELF PRESERVATION and is a reason we still exist.

  6. Sigg3

    The second last sentence should read:
    “If someone has done you very wrong you are apt to associate that person and persons with some similar key characteristics with the wrong doing, and you will behave differently when confronted with the person or the similar persons on some level until you have worked out your own emotional response.”

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