What really pissed me off and inspired me to write this post was this sign:
“But we’re focused on the black ones right now,” Is there a sign that replaces the word “black” with “Latino”? Why not? We matter, too. Why aren’t there riots and protests happening for us? Why is the news only showing black lives being slain? Where were the riots for Antonio Zambrano-Montes? Aside from him throwing rocks, he still had his hands up and was killed by police. What his crime was is irrelevant. The point I am trying to make is that no protests were done. In the link to the article I provided, there is one part that reads, “Violence or discrimination against Latinos does not tend to resonate among most Americans because Latinos are generally not perceived as Americans but recent immigrants or foreigners…” Ouch. That really, really sucks. So, regardless if we are legal here, we are still just seen as foreigners.
While I was in the middle of being offended by this, I read a comment on Facebook that read, “If you’re not black, you will never understand our struggle.” That literally drove me through the roof. The person who wrote it was black and I completely understood his argument. He was defending his race and I was behind his points… until he wrote that and he was saying it to a white person. Because he was white he never had a struggle with discrimination? You’re telling me he was never discriminated against?
Some black people get outraged because they feel the moment they step into a white neighborhood, all eyes are on them. It is the same feeling some white people get when they step into a black neighborhood. Again, I’m going to throw down my race card. Many people can riot and protest but don’t you dare say, “You’re not black so you’ll never understand our struggle,” when you have the right to do so whereas most Hispanics who came here illegally, trying to improve their lives, can’t do the same. Don’t get me wrong, there are some Hispanics without papers who try to protest but they run the risk of being deported. Along with that, those who may want to protest to defend their loved ones who are illegal, can be targeted.
The whole double standard is fucked up. I started this post two days ago but needed to walk away because I was literally punching my keyboard. It pisses me off whenever any race says, “It’s easy to be you because you’re [insert race].” Every race has their struggles AND every race has their perks. If you’re black or Latino, guess what? There are colleges who offer scholarships just for being black or Latino. Those colleges thrive on diversities and encourage urban students to apply. In fact, those scholarships specifically ask for Latino and black. There are no scholarships that say WHITE SCHOLARSHIPS. On that point, why are there websites called, “MiGente” for Latinos and “BlackPeopleMeet.com”? Am I the only one who is offended by these? If there were sites called “MyWhitePeople” or “WhitePeopleMeet.com” I think they would end up on the news for offended minorities! Keep in mind, I’M LATINA. It’s not easy being any race because there is always someone else who is going to be a dick and blame someone else.
Latinos have a shitty card, too. We don’t have much of a voice to stand for basic human rights, especially if you’re not legal. You get dealt the shittiest stereotypes regardless how hard you work.
All I’m saying is every race has their fuck ups. Do you want to live up to stereotypes or do you want to rise above them? Before you start bashing other races, remember someone else has it worse. The black community wants to protest because they are treated poorly by cops. Imagine how much worse Latinos without papers get treated and they can’t complain. Sit down and watch the movie A Day Without a Mexican. I hope, despite whatever race you are, you can understand my frustration. You are worth being treated more than just a color and you are entitled to exercise your rights as human beings but don’t do them in destructive ways that encourages negative stereotypes. Don’t take your rights for granted because my family just got theirs last year.
I don’t really disagree with all of your points
but there are some underlying differences I don’t think you are addressing, as a black man if I walk into a white neighborhood and feel that all eyes are on me, the source of my outrage ( which at times may be unfounded but that’s another discussion in itself) is the reason WHY all eyes are on me, the problem with the stereotype is that all eyes are on me becamee I’ve obviously come into this white neighborhood to commit some act of violence. I highly doubt it’s the same thought with the races switched, I mean yes every race has their own their struggles and perks but honestly what is the white races struggle? They feel uncomfortable around a big group of minorities sometimes? People see that they’re white so they assume they’re rich? They’re automatically racist because they’re white? I’m honestly racking my brain here thinking of legit white only struggles and I’m at a loss and for the record I don’t really blame white people for it, our society built by people to make site they were elevated and privileged and everyone else wasn’t and those people who built our society happen to be white males, so they kinda don’t really know our struggles and yes things are easier because off the color of their skin, that’s a sad truth of our society. Why are there scholarships just for being a minority and no scholarships just for being white, well I think you would agree that the opportunities for a college education between ‘ minorities’ and whites are a but lopsided. I would imagine those provisions are made at a time when prejudice was much more prevalent and obvious and it was necessary to provide those opportunities to people of color. To be honest while things may have improved somewhat, I think those things are still very necessary.
I find arguments like those somewhat petty, “why can you say black power and I Can’t say white power” well what does white power mean exactly? Does the white community need to be strengthened and built up? So they need to realize that they matter and do have power? Because that’s what i think if when I hear black power, a phrase made when the black community was being dominated even more so than it is now.
First of all, thank you for the well written comment. I’ve posted similar things on social media and would instantly get backlash with lots of swearing! 🙂 I like feedback like yours, thought out ones.
It is VERY unfair for any race to look at a black man and already think “he’s going to rob me”. When I was younger and I was with family, if we would see a black man not dressed a certain way, I could feel their energy change and try to shield me b/c they already think something is going to happen. I had went to an urban high school where blacks were the majority and Latinos. Whites were a small percentage. What I loved about my hs was that there was no bullying. Although my taste in music and style of clothes differed from what the black community enjoyed at my school, I never once felt threatened, in fact, I appreciated them because I got to learn more about the culture whereas in gramma school, it was all whites. However, I did notice the white kids were either really quiet and intimidated. I never knew why but I would hope it wasn’t because of race. The whites I’m referring to having struggles are the ones who don’t have money. I’m talking about the ones who are considered “trailer trash”. They get exiled even from middle class white community b/c they are seen as poor, low class, dumb, & sloppy. When people think white community they don’t really take into consideration that percentage of white. Also, the Jews have a terrible past as well. They were white and still killed off by other whites but that’s a whole different topics that I can’t get into at 7:13am 🙂 hehe. I do understand that the black community has it worse. When people see me, as a Latina, they just assume I have kids but when they see a black male, DANGER! RED ZONE! CROSS THE STREET!! Violence is tied to it and it’s sad but that’s what I don’t want to see. I have lived my life trying to break stereotypes and I love finding news articles where they showcase any black individual doing good without violence b/c they are breaking through the stereotypes and they get to have the last laugh.