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Eight Things White Parents Should Teach About Black People

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Yesterday, I talked about how John Derbyshire’s “advice” to White parents on what to say to their kids about black people was the right idea with the wrong messenger. You can see my column here.

And while Derbyshire’s racist suggestions got him fired from the National Review it doesn’t mean that most White parents out there are doing a particularly good job to talking to thier kids about race.

So, I know you’ve all been waiting patiently to see … drum roll please:

The Talk for White Parents to their White Kids about Black People

In this day and age of Black presidents, a Black First Lady that still makes a White man’s head explode and George Zimmerman killing a defenseless Trayvon Martin in cold blood, you’ll need it.  It will come in handy White people, so read carefully. Don’t just open for emergencies, depending on what’s an emergency to you.  But, this should work for:

1) The first time your kid asks why there’s a Black history month

2) The first time they come to you asking about the word “nigger;” and

3) Just about any other time you’re stumped by a Black/White race issue and don’t know what to say.

 

Dear White son or daughter [INSERT NAME HERE], here’s what you need to know:

1) Black People and White people are different but that doesn’t mean one is better than the other. Black people look different, often eat different foods, communicate and socialize in ways that may seem strange or odd for you. But just because something is different doesn’t mean it’s bad, or that the way you do things is better. Always remember that.

2) If you don’t know something about Black people ask a lot of them. Your Black friends don’t speak for all Black people. It’s perfectly okay to not know something, because honestly unless you ask every Black person in America you really don’t know. Do you?

3) White People as a group have done terrible things to Blacks in this country – and just because they are black (not to mention Asians, Latinos and American Indians). This is a fact. You may not be personally responsible but you benefit from this fact and therefore have some responsibility. No: you never enslaved anybody, neither did your mother or I, but lots of White people did. Once slavery was over, White people spent about 100 years mistreating Blacks because they couldn’t figure out how to send them all home after that whole nation-building thing. This means that Black people used to get killed just for trying to vote, weren’t allowed to live where they wanted to, and even today some White people refuse to hire Blacks just because they are black. And while those types of things are illegal, people still do it. You benefit from this. So before you ever judge a Black person remember that other White people worked for centuries to make sure you’d be okay and Black people would stay poor.

4) Saying “nigger” is the same thing as saying “bitch.” Even though you may hear it in music, or with your friends at school you know perfectly well that you shouldn’t use that word regardless of who is in earshot. And really, why is it so important to use it anyway?

5) Always remember there is a difference between a Black neighborhood, a bad neighborhood and a poor neighborhood. Just because an area has lots of Black people doesn’t mean they’re poor or that there’s lots of crime. There are plenty of places where black people live that are nicer than our neighborhood. You should avoid any group of people that seem dangerous because of their behavior or activities, whether that’s in a trailer park or an inner city ghetto. You can get robbed by anybody.

6) No matter who your sister/brother has dated, or what your friends have told you, or how many episodes of Chappelle Show you’ve watched you do not KNOW Black people. Who or what you listen to, read, or sleep with does not make you Black. Acting like you know everything about Black people because you have some Black friends or enjoy rap music is ignorant.

7) Black people are not pets, so don’t touch them without permission, or change your voice when you’re around them, or worse: automatically try to set them up with any Black person you know. This never works out. If you’re curious about their hair just ask, you’d be amazed at some of the stuff Black folks hear all day.

8) And finally: the best way to get along with Black people is to not be oblivious. Nothing annoys Black people more than White people who pretend racism doesn’t exist and then proclaim ignorance in the face of overwhelming evidence. Just because you don’t see it, or don’t want to see it, doesn’t mean Black people are paranoid or making things up. If you think about lesson 3 you should be good on this.

I know this talk has made you uncomfortable, but your mother/father and I believe that it’s better for you to hear this at home than learning about it on the streets or from your friends. Now go out to the park and make some Black friends! But just promise me you won’t cut through those trailer parks. I heard those people are all single moms and sell crystal meth.

DR. JASON JOHNSONPolitic365 Chief Political Correspondent, is a professor of Political Science at Hiram College in Ohio and author of the book Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell. You can read more at www.drjasonjohnson.com or follow him on Twitter @Drjasonjohnson



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  1. Jason

    Number 3: If a majority of black kids commit crime does that mean ALL black parents share responsibility because it doesn’t look like anyone is taking responsibility except Bill Cosby?

    Number 4: The “N” word is never okay to use by ANY race including black, but you left that out and rap artists and black teens use in at the beginning and ending of every sentence.

    As far as what some early settlers did in this country you have no right what so ever to pin any responsibility on me by my skin color. For all you know my ancestors could have marched against segregation only to be beaten by an angry mob. We will never move forward until we finally sit down together and talk.


    • black girl

      I will come back to this posting when you write about 8 black parents should tell there kids about whites because every movie on t.v has a white man and women being some kind of killer the church they rape little boy in white churches on the news white lady drown all her kids me mysel i am scared of white people to


      • matt

        lol what about the jiggaboo black bitch who stabbed her son over an ice cream cone..not to mention the black guy who drowned his own daughter cus his fiance called the engagement off..dumbss black bitch..now you know why your race is the most hated in the world


      • New for you

        Black girl,

        These cave evil have no hearth to love, there were made to trouble the world because they are the creation satan. All they have in mind is destruction and stealing. you see how they got to Egypt in order to claim they were the one built the civilization they broke most of the statues nose and mouth so the African or (ancient Egypt) can’t recognize their ancestors.


    • Crystal

      Jason, thank you. And it’s suppose to be white people who are so prejudice. I haven’t done a d@&* thing to anyone and I should feel guilty about what someone in the past did? And I challenge this IDIOT to find any proof of me benefiting from it!

      Seriously?!


  2. joe joto

    There is a disproportionate number of black people that will never fit in. America is based on a white mans perspective and the majority of black people will and never have fit in. I read that 90% or more blacks that go for the bar exam fail, over and over. More Mexicans pass than blacks. It’s pretty much the same numbers for everything that requires brain power. This discussion has been hatched over and over never to change. Look at American society for the past ten years or more. It has given way to blacks and we are worse than before. There is only about 5 good role models for black people and some of them don’t like the majority of black people. Black people are more afraid of other black people than other races. If you still shop at wal mart just watch the black folks and it will be easy to see the inferiority and confusion they suffer. It’s sad but true.


  3. Kristi

    It’s about time the truth was heard.
    I like it. Especially the Single mom selling Meth in the trailer park.


  4. Jim Dandy

    Dear White son or daughter [INSERT NAME HERE], here’s what you need to know:

    1) Black People and White people are different but that doesn’t mean one is better than the other. Black people look different, often eat different foods, communicate and socialize in ways that may seem strange or odd for you. But just because something is different doesn’t mean it’s bad, or that the way you do things is better. Always remember that.

    (Agree)

    2) If you don’t know something about Black people ask a lot of them. Your Black friends don’t speak for all Black people. It’s perfectly okay to not know something, because honestly unless you ask every Black person in America you really don’t know. Do you?

    (True)

    3) White People as a group have done terrible things to Blacks in this country – and just because they are black (not to mention Asians, Latinos and American Indians). This is a fact. You may not be personally responsible but you benefit from this fact and therefore have some responsibility. No: you never enslaved anybody, neither did your mother or I, but lots of White people did. Once slavery was over, White people spent about 100 years mistreating Blacks because they couldn’t figure out how to send them all home after that whole nation-building thing. This means that Black people used to get killed just for trying to vote, weren’t allowed to live where they wanted to, and even today some White people refuse to hire Blacks just because they are black. And while those types of things are illegal, people still do it. You benefit from this. So before you ever judge a Black person remember that other White people worked for centuries to make sure you’d be okay and Black people would stay poor.

    (As a white person born waaaay after slavery and segregation I have NO responsibility in how people from the past treated other people.) If some other person is Racist and is white that does NOT reflect on the whole race, does it?)

    4) Saying “nigger” is the same thing as saying “bitch.” Even though you may hear it in music, or with your friends at school you know perfectly well that you shouldn’t use that word regardless of who is in earshot. And really, why is it so important to use it anyway?

    (Problem is that we shouldn’t hear it at all on either side. It’s not OK to coin a word and make it race specific and only to be used by that race. Fact is that Blacks make money using the word Nigger. Just because someone white uses the word does not mean that they mean it in a bad way, as you can’t read the minds of all white people, can you? Stop the double standard. If the word is not good enough for one race to use, then it’s not good for anyone to be using.)

    5) Always remember there is a difference between a Black neighborhood, a bad neighborhood and a poor neighborhood. Just because an area has lots of Black people doesn’t mean they’re poor or that there’s lots of crime. There are plenty of places where black people live that are nicer than our neighborhood. You should avoid any group of people that seem dangerous because of their behavior or activities, whether that’s in a trailer park or an inner city ghetto. You can get robbed by anybody.

    (Agree, anywhere, anytime by anyone) crime has NO color.

    6) No matter who your sister/brother has dated, or what your friends have told you, or how many episodes of Chappelle Show you’ve watched you do not KNOW Black people. Who or what you listen to, read, or sleep with does not make you Black. Acting like you know everything about Black people because you have some Black friends or enjoy rap music is ignorant.

    (Same goes for Blacks knowing White People. For Blacks to say they know us is just as Ignorant.)

    7) Black people are not pets, so don’t touch them without permission, or change your voice when you’re around them, or worse: automatically try to set them up with any Black person you know. This never works out. If you’re curious about their hair just ask, you’d be amazed at some of the stuff Black folks hear all day.

    (White people are not pets either. Stop playing the Polar bear game (which means clubbing White people) and stop your hypocrisy and double standards.)

    8) And finally: the best way to get along with Black people is to not be oblivious. Nothing annoys Black people more than White people who pretend racism doesn’t exist and then proclaim ignorance in the face of overwhelming evidence. Just because you don’t see it, or don’t want to see it, doesn’t mean Black people are paranoid or making things up. If you think about lesson 3 you should be good on this.

    (Blacks are the biggest racists on the planet and thus this article.)

    I know this talk has made you uncomfortable, but your mother/father and I believe that it’s better for you to hear this at home than learning about it on the streets or from your friends. Now go out to the park and make some Black friends! But just promise me you won’t cut through those trailer parks. I heard those people are all single moms and sell crystal meth.

    (We have more Blacks in Mobile parks then ever now.. lol)


    • New for you

      HERE IS YOUR CAVE MAN HISTORY IN THE BIBLE …… JESUS HAVE TOLD THEIR STORY IN A PARABLE ….. JESUS CALLED WHITE PEOPLE CAVEMEN WHO ARE SCORNED BY THE SUN !!!

      MATTHEW 13:3 THROUGH 17
      3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
      4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
      (commentary- fell by the way side(died in route to the caves)flesh consumed by vulchers)

      5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
      (commentary- stony places being caves) there is not firtile soil in caves so the descendents of albinos had to seek food other than the dogs they were cooking when they learned fire)

      6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
      (commentary- this statement is made after they exit the caves- white people are the only race scorned by the sun) intense heat beyond the caves .

      (no roots- meaning not of any of God’s creations) their nature reflect Satan so we know that they have no roots connecting them to God, so being pale and weak blooded they withered and succumbed to the heat and died in the sun )

      7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
      (commentary – some couldn’t survive beyond caves)

      8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
      (commentary – some found land that they could survive upon – some began to popullate beyond the caves)

      9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
      10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
      11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
      (commentary – to them it is not given(them being the cave man) making of a race of evil) making of devils)

      12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
      13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
      (commentary – Jesus spoke in a parable and clearly is saying white people can not understand prophecy)

      14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
      (commentary – and white cave people can not understand prophecy)

      15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
      (commentary – white cave people ears are dull of hearing – they can not hear what the spirit is saying)

      16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
      (commentary – but then Jesus is saying to the Black brothers(disciples) blessed be your eyes, because we can see some things they can not and blessed are our ears because we can hear what the spirit is saying)

      17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them
      (commentary – as only a Black man can come know )

      Wake up Black people – David the Psalmist said that “Ye are all gods children of the “Most High God”


      • Jim Dandy

        NEW FOR YOU.. Which I assume that you meant News for you.. lol..

        It’s the curse of Black people and bad Engrish…..

        A lot of interpretation above in your rant about White People. Black People have the Curse of Cain. It’s in the Bible. Everyone knows white is pure and black is Evil! This is why Jesus is White, Santa is White and all good things are white and why vile crap comes out of the mouth of blacks and why you kill each other in droves.


  5. b

    I’m just wondering the Jewish people have been through hell to back in the day how come they still don’t bitch about what happened? And FYI there own kind were kidnapping then and selling then to the whites so ..maybe you should relearn your history


  6. Ree

    I feel like this article is ridiculous– instead of explaining to white parents how to teach their children about black people, this articles should express how there are many different cultures in the world but we all are one race called human beings. Though there are differences that may cause curiosity between us our similarities make us brothers and sisters. This is what i will teach my future child when they become curious about different races.


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