What Do I Tell My Son?

I recently read a post about a father who was in a dilemma about what he should tell his son after receiving the following post from him. The father is not a racist. He has friend of all religions and ethnic backgrounds. He reached out to his friends to help him find an answer.  

The sons post:

I have often wondered about why Whites are racists, and no other race is……

Someone finally said it. How many are actually paying attention to this?

There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, etc.

And then there are just Americans.. You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction.

You call me ‘White boy,’ ‘Cracker,’ ‘Honkey,’ ‘Whitey,’ ‘Caveman’… And that’s OK..

You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you….

So why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?

You have the United Negro College Fund. You have Martin Luther King Day.

You have Black History Month.

You have Cesar Chavez Day.

You have Yom Hashoah.

You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi.

You have the NAACP.

You have BET….

If we had WET (White Entertainment Television), we’d be racists.

If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists.

If we had White History Month, we’d be racists.

If we had any organization for only whites to ‘advance’ OUR lives, we’d be racists.

We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of Commerce, and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce.

Wonder who pays for that??

A white woman could not be in the Miss Black American pageant, but any color can be in the Miss America pageant.

If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships… You know we’d be racists.

There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US .

Yet if there were ‘White colleges’, that would be a racist college.

In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your race and rights.

If we marched for our race and rights, you would call us racists.

You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re not afraid to announce it.

But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists.

You rob us, car jack us, and shoot at us.

But, when a white police officer shoots a black gang member or beats up a black drug dealer running from the law and posing a threat to society, you call him a racist.

I am proud…… But you call me a racist.

Why is it that only whites can be racists??

There is nothing improper about this e-mail.

Let’s see which of you are proud enough to send it on.

I sadly don’t think many will.

That’s why we have LOST most of OUR RIGHTS in this country.

We won’t stand up for ourselves!


It’s not a crime YET…. But getting very close!

There were only 3 post  at the time of this writing commenting on the fathers site. The first two were encouragement for the sons post. The last post read:

That’s not true my friend. You know I am black and while I have white friends, the overwhelming majority are black. We don’t think just because you are white you are a racist, and personally I don’t think most black people think that. There are forces who in their best interest is to keep people divided. This is one of their myths. I would have told him to judge each person on their own merits, and not condemn a class of people based on a few idiots.

What would you have told your son or daughter?


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