The Daily Dumbass: "tired of the whites getting shafted"

>> Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dude, sometimes what some people write really amazes me. Like this chick who freaked out over little Shiloh Jolie-Pitt having short hair. From LaineyGossip.com:
Lainey,

Obviously you can’t see what’s going on because you are too busy worshiping Brangelina but they are abusing the white child in favor of the adopted ones, classic neglect. Angelina hates Shiloh and she feels guilty that she gave birth when she could have bought more of the multi race ones. She is doing this on purpose to make the African American one feel better about herself. But Lainey what is the cost? Shiloh has no identity now. Her parents won’t allow her to have one because they are forcing her to be a lesbian to represent the minority groups. It’s important that she has a voice. There are a lot of people in the US who are tired of the whites getting shafted. Oh and save your breath if you call me a racist. I’m just calling it like it is. I respect different cultures so why can’t they respect us?
Gee, I know a pair of twins that weren't allowed to have long hair (such as longer than shoulder-length hair) until they were in fifth grade because their mother said it was "easy" and, well, their mom is a short-hair person. They're white. Their mother is white. I don't think they were "abused" or "neglected" as this dumbass's statements seem to infer because they had short hair.

But this is the statement that really gets me:
There are a lot of people in the US who are tired of the whites getting shafted. Oh and save your breath if you call me a racist. I’m just calling it like it is. I respect different cultures so why can’t they respect us?
Right...there's no racism in her email. *eyeroll* She's not a racist, just a white supremacist. Notice the difference? (Yes, that is sarcasm.) What she wrote reminded me of a blog post I read last summer during the big health care dust-up of August '09.

Summed up in a nutshell in this tweet:
@DavidOAtkins DuBois had it figured out 75 years ago: Poor/middle class whites draw a psychic wage from being white.
But here's the more complete version:
The "psychic wage" of being white stipulates that because they are white, they are superior in station and there is no moral problem with them receiving services--a paradox brilliantly explored by my brother shortly after election day. (Incidentally, this same concept of the "psychic wage" is a large factor in why bigots claim that same-sex marriage will destroy straight marriage: it's all about the psychic wage of being superior because one's heterosexuality.)

One of the key pillars of the so-called psychic wage has been, simply put, that the highest office-holders in the land were white, and nobody but whites stood a shot in hell at winning it--especially when it came to the highest office in the land, the Presidency of the United States.

And now that the Presidency is not an exclusive club for those of purely European heritage, the key pillar of the racial psychic wage has crumbled to dust.

So I want you to imagine a scenario. Imagine you've gone through your entire life believing you're superior. You're better than everyone else. You belong to an exclusive club. It's the root of your self-identity--and despite whatever is going on around you, you know that whatever else happens, you're still a member of the club that gives you a status higher than anyone else but your fellow members. And then one day, that club is gone. Imagine the angst. The fear. The passion and energy. You'll do whatever it takes to try to reconstitute that club--no matter how crazy it is to any outsider, and you'll oppose the people who took your membership away, no matter what it is that they're doing, just because of what they did to you.

That's what this is about.
Indeed. That's what this chick means when she says "why can't they respect us?" Really, how are "whites getting shafted" or not being "respect[ed]" because the child of a celebrity has a pixie hair cut? How fucking insecure do you have to be? Last I recall, if you have respect for yourself, then you'll be able to show respect for other people. If she actually "respect[ed] different cultures," then none of the above would be a problem.  "Julie," the chick who wrote this email doesn't live in a world where "whites" are suffering from a lack of respect, as far as I can tell. She lives in a world where status is no longer determined by skin color.

Boo fucking hoo.

3 comments:

PS (PSanafter-thought) 02 March, 2010 07:14  

The haircut thing makes no sense on any level, but then, I've almost always had short hair due to having extremely heavy hair.

But the theory of why people feel so insecure sheds a lot of light on what is inside of people who are oh so afraid. And perhaps it illuminates why some of the Republicans have stated publicly that they cannot let Obama succeed at any of his programs, the country be dammed.

House of Brat 02 March, 2010 22:16  

I don't get the short hair thing either. Do they not realize Marilyn Monroe had short hair? Mia Farrow had a pixie cut once upon a time back when she filmed Rosemary's Baby. Which is why I've never understood the mindset where short-hair on a woman = lesbian.

But yeah, I think the insecurity thing explains a lot. Perhaps not everything, but definitely the "birthers" in my book.

Speaking of Uganda, I saw on Andrew Sullivan's blog that a Ugandan pastor resorted to "showing graphic gay pornography in Church to shock his congregation and rile up support for Uganda's kill-the-gays bill." Whenever I hear the word Uganda now, my first thought is that they want to legalize killing people because they're gay. I don't see anything in the near future that is going to change that unfortunately.

House of Brat 02 March, 2010 22:19  

Also, I forgot to note that one of the pictures on the link to Andrew Sullivan's blog is NSFW. Just FYI.

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