"White people" in America have an affirmative duty to combat systemic racism.
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(1) America was created by and for white people - our Constitution reflected as much by condoning slavery and the superiority of the white race. As naturally occurs, those in power generally do what they can to remain in power and over the centuries, the laws and systems created by the American government have always favored white people (or non-minorities or not people of color). This occurs not only through written law and judicial decisions, but also through those actually holding power and exercising it with their own discretion. Today, those who enforce the laws and control much of the economy still do not accurately reflect the demographics of America - most of the power still resides in white people's hands, and this power is continually used to benefit white people and violate the equal rights of non-whites. Recent headlines alone should be enough support for the position that institutional, systemic racism exists in America.
(2) White people are part of a group, or race, and have consistently self-identified as 'white' since the formation of America. White people come from different communities, as religions have sects, but they benefit equally. There are members of the group that have extremist views, particularly those that feel like the white race is superior to other races (racists). Because white people with such views are more likely to engage and be persuaded by other white people, and because white people generally have privileges and opportunities resulting from these hateful views, it is the duty of white people to combat racism when confronted by it - indifference or silence to racism is merely implicit racism.
Black people are also not responsible for any of these instances
http://www.dailymail.co.uk... A 13 year old boy in Kansas city Missouri who was doused with gas and set a light by two black teens who yelled "you get what you deserve white boy"
https://www.youtube.com... "beat whitey night" at the Iowa state fair in 2010
The individuals who commit these atrocities are responsible for them--no one else. A black person who lives in Florida and took no part in the murderer of Zemir Begic is not responsible for his death. A white person in Georgia, California or any where else, who did not take part in the Charleston shooting is not responsible for it. Individuals need to insure that they obey the law, and that others around them obey the law. It is is not the job of random people to stop crazy thugs, 1000 miles away from committing violent acts. There is no way most white people could have stopped this massacre. There is no way most black people could have stopped the murderer of Zemir Begic. There is no way most slims could have stopped the Boston bombings. No group of people should take repository for what one member of that group do.
When it comes to history 5% of whites owned slaves. most whites came to america in the 1800s and worked in factories. Others were indentured servants and craftsmen. Most whites don't have racist slave owning ancestors and most whites aren't racist thugs, like the Charleston shooter.
Instead I am arguing that when systemic and institutionalized problems exist within a group, like racism or extremism, members of that group have an affirmative duty to combat the source of those group-wide issues. In other words, I am arguing that because systemic racism exists within white culture and institutions, white people have a duty to engage their peers who contribute or encourage racism or they themselves are implicitly contributing to racism. Similarly, it could be argued that Christians and Muslims have a duty to reach out to those misusing their faith or they too are contributing to the problem of extremism and hatred via their silence. For example, don't all Catholics have an affirmative duty to combat pedophilia within the Catholic church, since child molestation has been recognized as being a systemic problem within the church?
Having a duty to act to change group problems within a group differs from being responsible for the individual actions of members of a group. White people, like people of color, black people or religious groups, have a duty to combat group-wide problems that negatively impact society and their group's reputation. This is wholly distinguishable from holding the entire group responsible or liable for the actions of its members.
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I didn't hear any People saying that black people had to combat racism within the black community after any of these black on white hate crimes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk...
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https://en.wikipedia.org... ) and were treated horribly by their masters, while others have ancestors who were poor farmers, craftsmen and later factory workers. Most whites came to america from Europe because of economic problems in Europe. After the Irish potato famine in the 1850s 3million Irish came to America. Other whites came to america because they faced religious persecution in Europe http://christianity.about.com... http://www.dailymail.co.uk...
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