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Do Not Waste Your Time with Racist People

There are basically three major state-related institutions waiting for you at the end of your teens: the university, the army, and prison. If you fail to obtain a high school diploma, you will not be allowed to enter the first two institutions, and the remaining options for your future will be either entry-level positions at the very bottom of the job market or committing crimes that'll most likely land you in the third institution. Now, some facts: 30 percent of black male dropouts are behind bars; only 17 percent of all blacks complete college (it's more than 30 percent for whites); 20 percent of active-duty soldiers in the army are black (but blacks make up only 13 percent of the total population); and, as Ivory Toldson, a professor at Howard University, pointed out on NPR recently, there are 1.4 million black males in college and 840,000 in prison. Why bring these numbers up? Because if you are black and you are in college, you have beaten the system. You could easily have ended up in the army, or a low-paying job, or a life of crime, or the prison system.

But now that you have dodged all of these bullets Matrix-style, the future certainly looks bright (by the standards of economists, college graduates in America are enjoying full employment during the Great Recession). You have lots of books to read, lots of classes to attend, lots of papers to research, lots of beautiful people to date. The last thing you want is to get stuck in disputes with white people who really believe that blacks are naturally inferior, are more violent, and should go the fuck back to Africa. No, you do not have time for that nonsense.

So what to do if you chance to come across a person at a party or bar or study group who is clearly racist or saying some racially offensive bullshit? Get up without a word and leave. This is 2013; you have better things to do. Also, you do not want to be provoked into a fight that could get you in trouble and possibly thrown into jail—and we know there are more than enough blacks in jail.

In Zimbabwe, we used to call white Africans who really believed they were a superior race of humans "cooked"—meaning, their brains have been thoroughly baked in the ideological oven of white supremacy. These types are done from crust to core. Look into their eyes: cooked. Listen to their voice: cooked. To argue with such a person is no better than arguing with a cake, or a loaf of bread, or a pot roast. Do not waste your time with a cooked person. You only have one life, and there are lots of interesting things to do with your one life.

The colleges in and around Seattle attract white Americans from all over the country. The minds of many of these students have been cooked in the suburbs and rural towns. What you have to figure out is how to detect these types quickly and with certainty. Some white students, it is true, are actually not racist at the core, but simply suffer from a lack of any real exposure to people who do not look like them. You must not be mean to these types; they can still be saved. But one good thing about cooked people is that they can't hide their true colors for long. It usually takes only a few minutes to realize that you are not dealing with a learner but a nonstarter, and when such is clearly the case, it's best to just walk away. Just pull the plug on the conversation, leave the room (and even the party), and find something more productive or entertaining to do. Your time is better spent trying to learn how to walk on water than trying to prove your humanity to a white person whose brain has been cooked in a racist oven.

And now for a word about racist dogs. This situation is always very awkward, because often the white owner may have had no idea that their dog would bark only at black people. How do we get out of this bit of trouble? The solution is found entirely with the owner of the animal. He/she must do one thing the moment it is clear that their dog barks at the only black person (or persons) at a party or some other kind of gathering: apologize, pick up the damn thing, and lock it up somewhere for the rest of the occasion. What he/she should not do is just leave it there or let it roam freely about the house after apologizing for its racism. All the dog will do is return and continue to bark at the black person (or persons) again and again. Take the animal away, lock it up, and let's forget the whole sad business. recommended


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Aurora Erratic 2
White students, however: tell racists they are racist! Kick their racist asses out of your party. I've never regretted unfriending a bigot.
Posted by Aurora Erratic on September 18, 2013 at 11:06 AM · Report this
This whole article is racist.
Posted by meso on September 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM · Report this
"In Zimbabwe, we used to call white Africans who really believed they were a superior race of humans "cooked"..."

What do you call black people who are racist in Zimbabwe? Didn't Mugabe praise Hitler a few years ago? Didn't black South Africans massacre a few hundred Zimbabwe immigrants a few years ago?
As far as in this country-It wasn't whites who burned down Korean businesses all over this country in the 90's, have been violating the civil rights of Asian students in Philadelphia school for 4 generations and counting, are responsible for the Crown Heights pogrom (the worst hate crime against Jews in US history, or the Freddy Fashion Mart massacre in which 8 young Hispanic employees were murdered due to racists. 3 out of 4 of these events were egged on by "civil rights" leader Al Sharpton. Funny how blacks always think racism is white on black, white on Asian, white on Jewish. Actually blacks are disproportionately involved in hate crimes and a survey taken years ago showed blacks were far more likely to be anti-Asian and anti-Jewish racist than whites.
Posted by thetruthhurts on September 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM · Report this
"The last thing you want is to get stuck in disputes with white people who really believe that blacks are naturally inferior...."

How about disputes with black people who really believe that blacks are naturally superior? There are a more of a few of them out there. Especially on college campuses.
Posted by thetruthhurts on September 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM · Report this
Let's not forget that the whole point of being against "racism" is that NO HUMAN BEINGS SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUBHUMANS!!! Eh?

hmmm... And yet, here we are living in the same dynamics as during the height of the Ku Klux Klan, or the Nazi party, when .00001% of the population had the guts to say "this is wrong" and risk everything trying to stop it.

How typical that not a single word about the continuing full-scale assault on the world's Arabic people by "our nation's first black president" is mentioned by our hypocrite "gay rights" advocates at the Stranger.

Obama has long proven himself to be nothing more than the "pepper" to George Bush's "salt," showing off for his white corporate masters at every turn (AND YOU KNOW they use the word "nigger"!), and making things much worse for black people than things were under Bush (if you were to actually bother to fucking look!:
1- Did you conveniently overlook the incident where Obama praised "Ray-cist" Kelly (of the NYPD's racist stop and frisk policies) as perfect for a promotion to secretary of the NSA?; 2- Or how about the one where Obama's Eric Holder is fighting to keep black people in prison for minor drug charges... the examples like this are endless but, "Nuh uh, you're racist because Obama's trying to do good and the republicans are preventing him"...(Jesus fucking Christ!) So that's why Obama signed the indefinite detention act into law on New Years eve?... DO THE FUCKING RESEARCH YOURSELVES YOU FUCKING WORTHLESS HYPOCRITES!
Posted by katm on September 18, 2013 at 3:51 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 7
Ironic being as Mudede is one of the biggest racist pieces of shit in this fair city.

His father Ebenezer worked as economic advisor to Robert Mugabe's murderous, genocidal communist regime.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on September 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM · Report this
A lot of "tu quoque" going on instead of, "Yes, I understand and accept my responsibility to be a reasonable human being and treat others as such."
Posted by Tao Palmer on September 18, 2013 at 4:34 PM · Report this
I've noticed that whenever a non-white person speaks about racism, some white people really get hot under the collar and start whining about how minorities are just as racist and how come that's NEVER mentioned?!

Oh, people, people... stop acting so defensive. All Charles Mudede is saying is that young college students of color shouldn't waste their time trying to understand or fight ignoramuses. He isn't saying that ALL white people are bad, just some. And he's right. And yes, there are SOME black folks who are racist. And SOME Koreans who are racist. And some GAY people who are racist... and on and on. Rather than take Mudede to task for this article, maybe you should try to understand a point of view other than your own. Or, not. Go ahead and be an ignorant whiner. Join a club of other ignorant whiners. Have a parade and wear funny hats and have a stupid, childish, ignorant "manifesto". Knock yourselves out.
Posted by DrummerGrrl on September 18, 2013 at 4:54 PM · Report this
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In2ishn 11
They Might Be Giants had it right:
Posted by In2ishn on September 18, 2013 at 8:08 PM · Report this

Charles Mudede can't be held responsible for what his father may have done(oh, and btw, the Zimbabwean government may be many things, but it isn't "communist"...right-wing nationalist would be a better description).

What is your point with that, anyway, "Bacon"? It's not like things would be better if Britain and the U.S. had kept Ian Smith and the white minority in power. That government was doing nothing to help the black majority and never would have given them any rights.
Posted by AlaskanbutnotSeanParnell on September 18, 2013 at 8:56 PM · Report this
lark 13
Good Evening,
Hmm? I am exasperated at some of the hate on Charles. It is unnecessary and uncivil. Nothing can be learned with these kind of rants. I disagree with Charles much of the time. Perhaps the majority of the time (I am a Republican and didn't vote for Obama in 08' or 12'). However, I've met and conversed with Charles and find him to be quite civil & informed as I am. I recommend easing up on the fellow. He's a good guy.
Posted by lark on September 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM · Report this
I like this article. One of the whole problems with this world is the hatred, and lack of tolerance. America was founded on tolerance. Freedom of religion means you need to tolerate other religions even if you personally don't agree. This article is blunt and to the point. and honest. I am white and the author is right about racist white people. The author did not address the topic of racist people of other colors. the article was not about that. Blacks in this country have an uphill struggle, and the offensive comments on this thread and the statistics quoted are evidence. My kid is one of 6 white kids in a all colored school. all you other haters please send your kid to a school like that and meet some parents and learn about life outside your sheltered protected world.
Posted by a tolerant guy on September 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 15
12, lol, I know. "communist"??? I love how the haters are so free w/ showing off their ignorance.

Still, you bring up a good point, "It's not like things would be better if Britain and the U.S. had kept Ian Smith and the white minority in power. That government was doing nothing to help the black majority and never would have given them any rights." and I'm not sure if I agree w/ you. Because Mugabe certainly isn't helping the black majority, either. And Zim has gone from an exporting nation with a strong economy to something that is quite the opposite.

Which is the real tragedy, as it allows racists to argue that their views have some justification. All it really shows is that even the most hateful bigots can still make a country work. The real question is why this is so, and why other governments, even in a profitable land w/ natural resources, continue to fail. And while racism is a modus operendi in cases like this, I don't think it's the final answer or root cause.

Certainly in the case of Zim, the paranoia & greed of a single individual is the best place to start. But it doesn't cover the rest of the world. And to answer questions like that, it would take more than a comment, or even an article.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on September 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM · Report this
The author of this piece isn't cooked. He is baked. He blames whites for everything. Accountability and self reliance are the only way.
Posted by gondala on September 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM · Report this
#15...all that Mugabe's story shows is that Zimbabwe has a bad leader. Arguing that Mugabe proves that blacks shouldn't have been allowed to govern themselves in Zimbabwe makes about as much sense as arguing that white people shouldn't be allowed to govern ourselves because of Hitler, Stalin, Franco, Pinochet, Castro(on a bad day), and every bloodsoaked medieval European monarch.

You can't take self-determination away from a people just because they ended up with a bad leader. Doing so doesn't solve anything.

I do appreciate the thoughtful tone of your post, though, "Some Old Nobodaddy"(did you come up with that word, btw?)/
Posted by AlaskanbutnotSeanParnell on September 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM · Report this
And when THIS country gained independence, it was ruled by slave owners who were planning to commit genocide against Native Americans and steal the whole damn continent from them. That was also an era in which it was considered a humane alternative simply to castrate gay men rather than execute them, here in the "land of the free".

So who are any Americans, particularly any melanin-challenged Americans such myself or (I presume)you or Bacon Boy, to judge any other peoples? And what right do we have to discuss such arrogant concepts as revoking another people's sovereignty, when that has never been done to anyone in world history?
Posted by AlaskanbutnotSeanParnell on September 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM · Report this
@15:Zimbabwe,like most Global South lands,aren't in control of their own resouces-ever heard of Dependency Theory?Read Pierre Jalee's "The Pillage of the Third World", Walter Rodney's "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa",and the "White" dude's book "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" before you display your geopolitical ignorance,okay? --- , ,
Posted by 5th Columnist on September 19, 2013 at 5:23 PM · Report this
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I was not expecting quite this much vitriolic racism in the comment thread. Clearly I am naive. Jesus christ on a cracker.
Posted by olechka on September 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM · Report this
Can someone who is more eloquent and well-read than I am please explain to the (presumably white) ignorants who believe that they are the actual victims of (non-white) racial prejudice how racism is rooted in power, and how there is no such thing as systemic racism against whites in this society - which, as Charles Mudede clearly demonstrates, is unfortunately not the case when it comes to African-Americans? The might not understand it, but the point still needs to be made.

Now, rather than talking more about this, I will heed Charles' advice and just leave the room (which I think can sometimes be the appropriate thing to do even if you're white like me).
Posted by EveryUsernameIsTaken on September 20, 2013 at 12:05 PM · Report this
Yeah that black guy who stabbed the white guy to death in Pioneer Square the other day was absolutely completely powerless and totally 100% helpless. He had no power to negatively oppress that white guy (who had all of the power in the situation) in any way.
Posted by You don't even realize how fucking stupid you are on September 20, 2013 at 4:17 PM · Report this
I never fucking make comments on articles, but this shit is insane. Charles Mudede is a fucking American, and a hard working writer who spends his life giving everyone (including you racist dumbshits) something to read every week. Not to mention this article is not even for white people. Plus, hate crimes are (like 70%) white on black - that's a fact - so fuck off nameless dickhead number one Fuck I can't believe I'm defending the fucking stranger but this is pretty offensive.

Posted by davis on September 20, 2013 at 5:04 PM · Report this
I never fucking make comments on articles, but this shit is insane. Charles Mudede is a fucking American, and a hard working writer who spends his life giving everyone (including you racist dumbshits) something to read every week. Not to mention this article is not even for white people. Plus, hate crimes are (like 70%) white on black - that's a fact - so fuck off nameless dickhead number one Fuck I can't believe I'm defending the fucking stranger but this is pretty offensive.

Posted by davis on September 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM · Report this
You can't just label everyone who finds this article offensive, a racist.

Perhaps the editor made some alterations without consulting the writer? If not, this article does seem to show a complete bias and focus on only one kind of person's experience.

That said, Charles, how can a person train their dog not to be racist without exposing that dog to people who don't look the same? Please do focus on the word FRIEND.

Was this a Tumblr entry? Because you switch from talking to your black audience to your white audience without any transition or indication you are changing gears. Did you write this while hungover, after going to a party where someone made racist comments, and had a dog who did not like you?

Posted by B2D4 on September 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM · Report this
Anyone who believe universities are in the slightest bit tolerant of racism is completely unfamiliar with universities. There's so little racism that they have to make it up, like the Oberlin and Duke hoaxes, or even change the entire meaning of the concept so that someone can be labeled racist without having a bigoted thought pass their lips or even enter their head.

This is just a silly, jeering piece of nonsense, but I can't say I'm surprised.
Posted by Billy Chav on September 21, 2013 at 8:19 AM · Report this
@28 Universities don't tolerate racism? Nation of Islam, the black Muslim hate group, did a tour of colleges and high schools last year with no condemnation. Anti-Semitism by blacks and Muslims certainly is tolerate. So much as questioning affirmative action leads to a spasm of outrage though.
Posted by thetruthhurts on September 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM · Report this
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I think it's great advice. Let's just extend that to any kind of ignoramus (racist, sexist, doesn't believe in evolution, believes in magic sky creatures). Let's not even indulge them, just walk away from the conversation, because you're only going to be stupider and angrier after, and they are usually too dumb to understand or engage in logic anyway.
Posted by funnylittlemunki on September 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM · Report this
Fascinating- I did not find this article racist at all. (I am white, but European.)

Btw, Jews are mainly white, even though there are Ethiopian Jews as well. And some African-American Jews. So "white on Jew" racism doesn't make much sense, "Christian on Jew" racism would make more sense. Similar goes for Latinos.

Racist dogs are difficult to deal with. They shouldn't be brought to parties as is the case with any aggressive dog. However, they need to be exposed to blacks, children, men, humans in general, whatever they are aggressive against, in small doses so that they can learn not to hate that group of people. My parents' (black) dog was quite racist but played happily with the (black) children of their (black) friend despite of usually barking at blacks.
Posted by migrationist on September 23, 2013 at 7:58 AM · Report this
mtnlion 33
This article is purely practical advice for young black Americans. It isn't even sensational in any way; it merely offers some sense to students about where their time is best spent.

I wish someone had told me this about sexist assholes when I was in college.

Anyone who is experiencing a strong feeling to this article has terrible reading comprehension skills, and is way too reactionary when the slightest thing about race is mentioned. You are being ridiculous.
Posted by mtnlion on September 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM · Report this
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What is the point of this? To demonstrate your own racism Charlie?

Cooked, really? So, you came up with a derogatory term based upon a group of peoples skin color and attitudes - much like the term nigger. Great, congratulations, wonderful. May I also commend to you the terms: cracker, honky, and peckerwood. Nothing says classy like racial epithets. Don't forget to call those uppity germans jerry and kraut, and those darn mexicans taco benders when you don't like them I guess. Way to really make your point about racism... you complete jackass.
Posted by TCLballardwallymont on September 24, 2013 at 9:32 PM · Report this
Pretty interesting article. While I agree with the core understanding that the writer has about race relations, and true there are very many white people who unknowingly are heavily affected by institutionalized racism and may seem unreachable, I do not think black people should shut them off or run away rather they should listen and understand what makes up these blind, "cooked", twisted belief structures. Even if some white people don't understand the significance of race and/or ignore it, it is very important to understand that their viewpoint, though warped, are very very real. Take the time to ask questions and understand where the foundation lies.
Posted by jackofalljacks on October 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM · Report this

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