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Inner monologuing with Adam

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My current plate of consulting activities is currently full of heaping portions of projects. Thus the rationale for my recent spurt of blog posts. If I can get a lot of posts up in a short period of time then I may have more time to be productive. I could always go on another blogging hiatus but I’d rather not…

One of the aspects of blogging that seems to derail my productivity is the never ending buffet of comments from heterosexual white guys (hwg’s). My skin is fairly thick but my inner monologue always buzzes at me to address comments from hwg’s. In case you are wondering, I’m a card carrying member of the hwg club. I think that sometimes my identity is difficult to swallow for a lot of the hwg’s who wander to my site. It does not surprise me…if I had met me about 3 or 4 years ago I would have probably had difficulty digesting the social justice banquet that is set on the table of this blog. Here’s to life-long learning, good friends, and listening.

With that said, I give you yet another inner monologue translation / comment translation…

Original comment from Adam on my post on Apple’s iPhone Commercial:

I found your take on the IPod commercial interesting, for the simple fact that I am doing research on the opposite. Today’s commercials have a much greater share of Blacks compared to both their overall representation in our population and spending power. On the other hand, Latinos and Asians are grossly underrepresented for the reason that they are on the sidelines of “black-white” issues; therefore, politically-correct marketing companies do not feel the need to include them for fear of being unsympathetic, although their collective population and spending-power is greater than blacks.

I’m curious, Eric, what is your take on commercials that portray white men as baboons and feeble minded idiots compared with their female and minority counterparts? Does it bother you that we live in a society that the only person it is acceptable to mock and denigrate is a white male? Does it bother you that there is the constant public demand for open and honest discourse on race in this country, while if you, as a white man, do not take a progressive moderate to far-left stance on social issues during public conversation you risk being branded a “racist?” The day we truly have made progress in this country is when we do not approach everything through the paradigm of race and when we don’t feel the need to showcase our “white guilt” in commercials and personal blogs.

and now, my inner monologue:

I found your take on the IPod commercial interesting Thanks! Uh oh, this is another one of those lead off sentences that usually ends up saying that I’m betraying the hwg club., for the simple fact that I am doing research on the opposite. I’d love to see data on this one… Today’s commercials have a much greater share of Blacks compared to both their overall representation in our population and spending power. Right….so that greater share in commercials is like what, 1 percent? The majority of commercials feature white folks. On the other hand, Latinos and Asians are grossly underrepresented for the reason that they are on the sidelines of “black-white” issues; therefore, politically-correct marketing companies do not feel the need to include them for fear of being unsympathetic, although their collective population and spending-power is greater than blacks. or maybe it’s because white folks own the majority of the media outlets as well as the companies that produce commercials? and maybe it’s because most white folks have been socialized that race is only a black/white issue, thus furthering the marginalization of Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans. By the way, when you say “politically-correct marketing companies, is that code for racist marketing companies?

I’m curious, Eric, what is your take on commercials that portray white men as baboons and feeble minded idiots compared with their female and minority counterparts? It honestly has no effect on me because as a heterosexual white man I have the unearned privilege of being insulated from those portrayals. It’s sort of an institutionalized racism/sexism thing. Does it bother you that we live in a society that the only person it is acceptable to mock and denigrate is a white male? Nope. I think that probably stems from the fact that white heterosexual guys in the U.S. have never been killed, raped, fired, etc. simply because of race/gender/sexual orientation. White privilege, male privilege. heterosexual privilege are like giant shields that I never earned. Does it bother you that there is the constant public demand for open and honest discourse on race in this country (Hmmm…”open and honest discourse”…Nope, why would that bother me?), while if you, as a white man, do not take a progressive moderate to far-left stance on social issues during public conversation you risk being branded a “racist?” Let me get this straight…if you say racist things then you might be called out for being a racist. Yep, that seems fairly normal to me. The day we truly have made progress in this country is when we do not approach everything through the paradigm of race (you’re a member of the dominant paradigm and you’re saying that we need to stop thinking about race….hmmm, irony.) and when we don’t feel the need to showcase our “white guilt” in commercials (the Apple iPhone commercial had a single person of color in it, remember) and personal blogs. Adam, you’re a white guy. You never have to think about race because we live in a white supremacist nation. It’s part of white privilege.

This concludes yet another foray into my inner monologue. Cheers!

  • Michelle Marie

    Hi Eric,
    More inner monologues, please! It’s so refreshing to read someone else’s responses to ‘missing the point’ assertions by unaware hwg’s. Also, there’s a big difference between feeling ‘guilty’ about privilege – which is pointless AND creates space for privilege receivers to claim that they ‘feel bad’ about it, which (they then think) lets them off the hook – and the recognition/acknowledgment of privilege which leads to work for equality.

  • http://ericstoller.com/blog/ Eric Stoller

    Hey Michelle,
    Thanks for reading…I promise to keep posting my inner monologues as I am sure that I won’t have a shortage of worthy comments…

  • FinanceBuzz

    Eric, you are simply proving Adam’s point with your comment. He simply commented on not taking a left-wing stance – in other words taking a right-leaning position. You apparently immediately implied that included saying “racist thing[s].” Simply taking a conservative stand on racial issues does not imply that one is racist. This is the big problem with trying to frankly discuss these issues. As you implicitly do here, if one does not agree with the left when race is on the table, one is a racist. Adam’s point proven. So I simply ask you: do you equate conservatism with racism?

  • http://ericstoller.com/blog/ Eric Stoller

    First of all, I love that your name is “FinanceBuzz” and that I made your Delicious bookmarks!

    I equate views that strip the dignity of people of color as being racist. I’ve never said that conservatism = racism.

    Also, I do not identify as either left or right. I believe in social justice activism and the elimination of oppression.

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