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Being White in Philly
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First I saw this article:

Mayor Nutter asks for investigation into "Being White in Philly" article published in the Philadelphia Magazine.

Quote:A controversial article published in Philadelphia Magazine this month has the attention of the Nutter Administration.

The article, titled “Being White in Philly,” features a series of interviews with anonymous white residents from different areas of the city who share stories about their interaction with black residents.

Mayor Nutter calls the article’s tone “disgusting,” and he’s asked the Human Relations Commission to investigate some of the sensitive racial issues explored in the piece.

So I decided to look up the article in question.

Quote:.........At the same time, white Philadelphians think a great deal about race. Begin to talk to people, and it’s clear it’s a dominant motif in and around our city. Everyone seems to have a story, often an uncomfortable story, about how white and black people relate.

I'm halfway through and am about to go finish...its four pages...but so far I do NOT find the tone disgusting at all...rather, I find it factual, and I feel that the author is writing it because he wishes something to be done to fix the problem. If that's disgusting to Mayor Nutter, than he's the one with the problem.

If the article turns disgusting, I'll update, but so far I really feel like its something that needs to be addressed. I especially, so far, have found it interesting about the people's reactions who are exchange students from other countries who are not tied up historically with slavery, etc, when they see the different races in the city.

Anyway...the original article about Mayor Nutter made Drudge Report, so I figured it if was big enough to make that site, it was big enough to read. haha.


***Edited: Excellent article. Mayor Nutter would do well to read it and learn from it, and try to help.
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Read it for what it's worth. Clearly written by a thumb-sucking liberal a-hole. His brilliant conclusion as to how to solve the problem of rampant crime and blight in the inner-city is for white people to open-up, reach-out and be more sympathetic and understanding of the circumstances of urban blacks. Wait. What? This dip-shit actually concludes that urban societal decay is the fault of a callous, insular minority white population? Another kumbaya solution to what is fundamentally a systemic morals problem brought about by the pernicious effects of the progressive state. Only in Philly Mag, make that Rag.
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I read the article, or at least tried to, a week or two when it came out. First off, I am a big fan of personal responsibility. Adults should be held accountable for their actions, PERIOD. Whether you are breaking the law, engaging in sex, or participating in stupid behavior, YOU are responsible for the consequences of your actions. Second, as a white person, yes I am afraid for my safety in certain minority neighborhoods/areas. It's common sense for me to not venture into these neighborhoods. However, I will acknowledge that if certain minorities ventured into certain white neighborhoods in Philly, they might have the cops called on them even if they are doing nothing but just walking. Third, are people from affluent neighborhoods pissed about paying higher taxes and having people from less affluent neighborhoods receive more services from the city? Yes. This is the way life in the city is. It's what everybody is thinking so who cares if some stupid magazine brings this up? I'm not saying the article is good or bad, but more so who cares? Am I personally racist? No, I hate most people and society in general. If I could live in Bumblefuck and not be bothered by anyone, then I would do that.
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Gman106;88929 Wrote:Read it for what it's worth. Clearly written by a thumb-sucking liberal a-hole. His brilliant conclusion as to how to solve the problem of rampant crime and blight in the inner-city is for white people to open-up, reach-out and be more sympathetic and understanding of the circumstances of urban blacks. Wait. What? This dip-shit actually concludes that urban societal decay is the fault of a callous, insular minority white population? Another kumbaya solution to what is fundamentally a systemic morals problem brought about by the pernicious effects of the progressive state. Only in Philly Mag, make that Rag.


I actually didn't interpret it that way. I interpreted it that blacks need to stop being so darn sensitive and work with whites to improve the city. Many of his examples showed whites being basically abused but refused to speak out because it is not the accepted thing to do. He was also blunt about how foreigners view blacks.

I noticed that the feel- good story near the end dealt with kids. It may not have had the same outcome had there been more adults.

Philadelphia Patriot;88934 Wrote:Am I personally racist? No, I hate most people and society in general.

LOL. Fair enough! At least you're honest!
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RugerGirl;88935 Wrote:
Philadelphia Patriot;88934 Wrote:Am I personally racist? No, I hate most people and society in general.

LOL. Fair enough! At least you're honest!

When the majority of US citizens re-elect Obama/Biden, I am going to hate the majority of US citizens. Big Grin
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I think it's extremely unproductive to label a whole group of people as something specific.

If we had to label groups of people (to address a problem or whatever) I would be much happier breaking things down into smaller groups; such as people with a genetic propensity for addiction, people with absentee fathers, people who were beaten with objects as children etc.

"Race relations" should be a non existent term, it just shouldn't exist, as we are all a part of the human race. *rapturous applause* Thank you.
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GregorOneEye;88940 Wrote:I think it's extremely unproductive to label a whole group of people as something specific.

If we had to label groups of people (to address a problem or whatever) I would be much happier breaking things down into smaller groups; such as people with a genetic propensity for addiction, people with absentee fathers, people who were beaten with objects as children etc.

"Race relations" should be a non existent term, it just shouldn't exist, as we are all a part of the human race. *rapturous applause* Thank you.

Well then, somebody needs to inform Obama. And Nutter.
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Ouch!

Just saw this on Fox, with this quote from Mayor Nutter:


Quote:Mayor Michael Nutter called on the commission to consider rebuking both Philadelphia Magazine and writer Bob Huber noting that “the First Amendment, like other constitutional rights, is not an unfettered right.”


REALLY??? So its okay for Black Panthers to intimidate voters because its their "right", but white people cannot confront the serious race relation problems in Philly? Because our First Amendment is not "Unfettered"?

Man. I want to move. And I don't even live in Philly.
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RugerGirl;89116 Wrote:Ouch!

Just saw this on Fox, with this quote from Mayor Nutter:


Quote:Mayor Michael Nutter called on the commission to consider rebuking both Philadelphia Magazine and writer Bob Huber noting that “the First Amendment, like other constitutional rights, is not an unfettered right.”


REALLY??? So its okay for Black Panthers to intimidate voters because its their "right", but white people cannot confront the serious race relation problems in Philly? Because our First Amendment is not "Unfettered"?

Man. I want to move. And I don't even live in Philly.

What do you expect from a guy who looks like a lot of children's characters.

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