So hopefully, the title got you interested. The purpose of this is to speak to the issues of racism. However, as the title should have gotten you to realize, I don’t mean the useless idea of pinning all racism to white people. I mean racism among all races.
The first place of note, obviously, is…
Well of course racism isn’t just a White problem, I’m not denying that.
However, ultimately we’re to consider civil rights and social justice advocacy groups meant to combat systemic discrimination in our country to be in the same boat as a fundamental hate group founded on the ever-so-noble concepts of bigotry and terrorism?
I’m just trying to get my contextual footing here before I delve into the remainder of your posts.
I’m not suggesting that all advocacy groups are hate groups, but some who masquerade advocacy groups are. My best example is the Nation of Islam. Personally, I’d also include the NAACP in truth. I can’t recall the last time the actually advanced the interests of anyone. But then, that’s my opinion, take what you will from that.
Furthermore, the issue of civil rights is misplaced to some extent because we associate it with the idea of fighting against racism and I’m sorry if you’re offended, but largely, a lot of advocacy groups milk that image and use it as a straw man to further their agendas, and make themselves more prominent.
I wasn’t quite ready to assume that you were suggesting that all advocacy groups were akin to hate groups, but the post you made didn’t really suggest otherwise. Thanks for clearing that up.
That said, I wouldn’t battle you on the NAACP point; I think they’re capable of doing -and have done- good and bad in turn when they rally the forces.
The second paragraph is where you -kind of- lost me. I do agree to some extent about certain groups misusing their titles (and/or failing to be as efficient as one would hope. Definitely happens more often than it should.) But I can’t really take your overall comment with a grain of salt considering the content of your blog as a whole.
The point where any offense could be taken was some of the organizations you listed to further your point. The Black Panthers and LaR? When you go out of your way to attempt to humanize the KKK and portray (or at least reference) the other two groups as something unsavory and threatening, it feels like you’re discounting the issue of civil rights entirely in an effort to ~defend the White man~ if you don’t mind the phrasing.
I can understand your skepticism of certain advocacy groups, but it’s important to separate it from the issue of civil rights and the concept of fighting against racism in general. It’s done on a number of scales, and beyond that, not all of the groups seek to further any agendas beyond that of civil rights.
(I for one, wouldn’t hate if say, Color of Change or Racebending.com were more prevalent in our society. But that’s my opinion.)