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Robert Jensen, a UT journalism professor and the author of an intriguing new book, "The Heart of Whiteness," writes on Alternet about what he sees as white people's fears:

#It may seem self-indulgent to talk about the fears of white people in a white-supremacist society. After all, what do white people really have to be afraid of in a world structured on white privilege? It may be self-indulgent, but it's critical to understand because these fears are part of what keeps many white people from confronting ourselves and the system.

#The first, and perhaps most crucial, fear is that of facing the fact that some of what we white people have is unearned. It's a truism that we don't really make it on our own; we all have plenty of help to achieve whatever we achieve. [...]

#A second fear is crasser: White people's fear of losing what we have -- literally the fear of losing things we own if at some point the economic, political, and social systems in which we live become more just and equitable. [...]

#A third fear involves a slightly different scenario -- a world in which non-white people might someday gain the kind of power over whites that whites have long monopolized. One hears this constantly in the conversation about immigration, the lingering fear that somehow "they" (meaning not just Mexican-Americans and Latinos more generally, but any non-white immigrants) are going to keep moving to this country and at some point become the majority demographically. [...]

#A final fear has probably always haunted white people but has become more powerful since the society has formally rejected overt racism: The fear of being seen, and seen-through, by non-white people. Virtually every white person I know, including white people fighting for racial justice and including myself, carries some level of racism in our minds and hearts and bodies ...


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Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 16:59 PM

What this black man fears!

Is a proclaimed Radical Christian like Robert Jensen who paints white people in this ridiculous bubble that he is actually confined in?

I have 31 years of multicultural experiences of living, working, socializing and depending on white people and in my life, and this isn’t how the majority of them think.

Were they thinking that way when Obama had a 70% approval rating because his approval can never get that high by blacks only? Additionally, I wonder how low it would be if it wasn’t for the 95% of blacks that vote for party and color?

I vote for right “Rule of Law” over wrong “Politics” such as “it’s the right thing to do”

up2sumptin commented on Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 17:59 PM

I fear palmetto bugs.

MikeLongCounty commented on Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 07:53 AM

I am so busy right now, but I hope I can make the time to comment on this...with the detail that it deserves.

EyesonHinesville commented on Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

PN- Do you fear Robert Jensen's examples?

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 10:26 AM

This is a subject which needs open thoughtful and honest discussion.

I think one fundamental issue between differing races when dealing with those different from our own perhaps we are all a little too quick to find ourselves to have been shown disrespect from someone different from us.

Maybe we don't all have the same thoughts and values but if we listen and ask and answer questions in polite discussion we can find common ground and form relationships which are genuine.

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 15:12 PM

JM I never called you a murderer.

THAT DECLERATION IS A CONCLUSION OF THE FIGMENT OF YOUR IMAGINATION.

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 16:40 PM

Ho-Hum

timeontarget commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 05:55 AM

The liberals advocated doing away with the daily bible readings in school and thus allowed a void to replace the daily devotional.

TOT asserts that the devil came into our schools as a result.

The devil was certainly involved in the Newtown incident.

The conservatives certainly did not do that.

timeontarget commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 06:01 AM

Jimmy Mack aka Jimmy Darsey declared that TOT had called him a murderer.

It never happened.

Jimmy Mack aka Jimmy Darsey repeated that declaration many times

Jimmy Darsey you first posted the declaration that TOT had called you a murderer which was not true.

You sir have now repeated the deceptive declaration so much that you seem to believe it.

That is a common tactic employed by liberals.

If the shoe fits then wear it.

HMJC commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Wherin lies the problem is the title of the bolg; "What White People Fear". In this day and age it should read more so what we all fear collectivly. And I don't mean this in a lovey dovey we all need to come together sort of format. What I mean that as long as we continue to deliberatly make distictions between color, creed, and race that is what we need to fear the most. We need to spend more time looking for a common thread and bond as oppossed to differences. Until that happens I refer to Winston Churchill, "All we have to fear is fear itself"

PoliticsNation commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 13:05 PM

I agree with HMJC but we have to get past incidents like this first!

Wild Wing Cafe Kicks Out 25 African Americans After White Customer Felt 'Threatened': Report

According to CBS affiliate WCSC-TV, Michael Brown and 24 of his family and friends were at Wild Wing Cafe celebrating his cousin's final day in Charleston, S.C., last month when the group was suddenly told to leave.

The reason? The shift manager allegedly told Brown that a white customer felt "threatened" by his party. When one of Brown's companions started filming the exchange, the shift manager is said to have told the group to leave.

"[That] totally alarmed all of us because we're sitting there peaceably for two hours," Brown told the news outlet.

Brown said that his group had waited "patiently" for two hours to get a seat at the restaurant. He took to Facebook earlier this month to express his frustration with the North Charleston establishment:

WCSC-TV reports that a representative at the chain reached out to Brown to apologize and offer a free meal for the group.

"We had a conversation," Debra Stokes, Wild Wing Cafe's chief marketing officer, told WCSC-TV. "It was a really good conversation... they just didn't receive the experience that they have come to know and love."

Thousands of people have since shared Brown's Facebook post, and others have bombarded Wild Wing Cafe's Facebook page with calls for a boycott:

timeontarget commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 16:44 PM

Yes sebekm

While you were asleep at the wheel JM

HMJC commented on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 08:02 AM

By the Way, FDR made the quote "we have nothing to fear but fear but fear itself" I said it was Churchill. sorry about that.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 07:31 AM

I don't think the childish blather does anything but make this blog site less interesting.

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 12:28 PM

JM you are probably correct in your opinion that I take myself too seriously.

That is your perspective.

I've got my opinion on that as well as you.

I won't bore our readers with childish games of name calling such as you seem to take such delight in.

I don't think you can run me off of this site as you have done with Len Calderone and others.

However you are welcome to continue in that effort so that we might all see just what Mr. Watkins is willing to allow on this community blog site.

So have at it big boy.


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