...........not happening with anyone who IS NOT white.....
The ONLY conversation I seem to have with ppl that are not white is WHY I can not have a deep conversation.
I get told the whole WHITE PRIVILEGE issue means I can't understand.
Here's the thing........... that is like that old excuse of employers saying you can not have a job because you do not have the experience for the job ..... but without getting the job how do you get experience?
Without having the conversation, how do I gain the understanding?
I am tired of being told by people of colour that "white people just won't get it coz they don't suffer".
OK............... so you are basically telling me to sit down and shush.
The same thing that many white people have told / even now tell YOU to do.
How is this not a double standard and potentially reverse racism?
Seriously - I am confused that you have someone here who has never used race as a demarcation, but wishes to understand many of the particular instances of the racial debate. And you tell him "No - you can not understand".
And we are now on the second lap of the "I want to know ...... NO you will not understand."
You can not call out bigotry, but then deny someone the conversation.
Back in Melbourne in 2001, I was walking to my gym with my yarmulke on, and a young Serbian man in a car (He had the Serbian flag on his back window) pulled over and started yelling things at me. They included.
"You killed my people - I'm gonna kill your family!"
"You're murderers - all of you!"
"Wait till I get more of my mates - we're gonna come back and kill you slowly!"
"You're scum - you deserve to die"
He then put his foot down and sped off. The situation left me very unsettled and actually quite scared. Funny thing was, he ended up being at my gym and talking to a guy who I knew was Jewish. The difference between him and me is I was wearing my kippah, but he never did. He was invisible. I was not.
Now - I would have loved to sit down with that young man and hear WHY he felt the way he did. I would have liked to know if there had been any particular incident that had caused his reaction to a modern Jew just walking along, minding his own business.
I would love to sit down / e-chat with someone of colour about the issues that they face. I would like to understand their experiences. I don't want to just read about it. I want to hear the individual experience.
I would listen attentively, ask questions respectfully, and welcome the experience to hear how one person's life has been affected.
Without understanding each other's stories and experiences, we will continue to be ignorant of each other. We would continue to even be a little wary of each other? Nervous maybe? Even fearful?
It's like Equality. Unless society at large is assisted to LEARN about the same sex community, and our experiences and our lives, they will continue to be ignorant and our community and our desires.
Needless to say.................... the questions will not go away.
The desire to know and understand will not go away.
Blessings for you all