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December 22, 2009

There exists, in every language I’m aware of, at least one derogatory term for black people, and often several.  This includes so-called “third-world” languages.  So, while American blacks are most certainly privileged as citizens of the “first world,” this does not negate our oppression by racism, and it does not negate white women’s benefit from it.

An on-going conversation elsewhere illuminated the need for this post.

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  1. December 24, 2009 12:08 am

    Monday I was standing in line at Vons. The cashier was a black woman. Very unprofessional. As in, she was on her cell phone having a very personal conversation and haphazardly scanning people’s groceries. I am famous, famous I tell you for telling off unprofessional employees. One time a woman (I don’t remember what race she was, not black though) in Michael’s was on a personal phone call. The heat in the store was ghastly. She was slowly fumbling through each customer and the little basket was making my arm hurt. I could not wait for it to be my turn because she was going to get all of my fury. ALL OF MY FURY! Which she did. And let me tell you, I cannot stand it when unprofessional employees turn around and play victim. I didn’t say anything that was untrue and I did not use any curse words and it was not as if I was looking for a fight. If she had been professional, she would have never been read. Anyway, I say this because everyone has at least once in his or her life dealt with an unprofessional employee and not resort to racism. Well there were two Mexican women in line in front of me. And yes they were Mexican. They were speaking Spanish (and for any smart asses, no it is not because they were speaking Spanish did I know they were Mexican). Now, you know Margie how broken my Spanish is, but I’m not stupid. They were (among themselves) insulting her for being on the phone and being loud and having acrylic fingernails and then the rant ended when the one said, “stupid nigger needs to do her job.” I got woozy. And before I could fix my mouth to say anything, a Hispanic man said in English, “You need to shut up because some may say you are the niggers around here.”

  2. December 24, 2009 1:40 am

    Wait, no, that can’t be right. Isn’t Mexico part of the “third world”? To hear some folks tell it, everyone living in, or from, the “third world” respects all of us Americans equally without regard to race, and without feeling comfortable leveraging white folks’ hatred of black folks against American blacks.

    Or, at least that’s what I thought she *must* have meant when she claimed that being from the “first world” meant that racism wasn’t relevant to us American black women.

  3. January 1, 2010 11:00 am

    Also, elsewhere, that Aussie racist is going on about how some women, in some countries, feel as though American black women have just as much power as American white women, because of a few tokens (Oprah and Condoleeza Rice), which I don’t doubt. I’m sure very many women do have that misperception. But those same women would almost assuredly be perfectly happy to marry an American white, or have their daughters/sons marry an American white, while specifically shunning such a union with one of the American blacks they proclaim to be the equals of American whites. And, again, they wouldn’t hesitate to call an American black a nigger or, if speakers of a language other than English, to use one of the derogatory terms for black folks from their own language. So, I still fail to see what point she’s trying to make.

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