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The Whiteout Story (Photo by Yoann Siloine on Unsplash)

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Almost every tweet, post, meme, story, essay, podcast, video, TV or radio program seems to point out, and complain about the bad things white people have allegedly done and do to blacks, latinos, American Indians, and others. I am here to say we whites are not responsible for everything wrong with this nation. That said, the 96.61% to 99% we are responsible for, still do not get enough consistent attention in the ways they should.

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Yes, it may seem like liberals talk about people of color all the time now, but Trump, a white person, made sure racism, xenophobia, etc. were going to stay high atop the national agenda the last five years. Otherwise, like nearly every topic of importance brought up before Trump, those issues are whitewashed from the national conversation within weeks of a specific event, or crisis. Of course, to a large extent the media-frenzy intensity, rise and fall, is normal, but the drop off in concern and action by all Americans should not be. …


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Photo by Louis Velazquez on Unsplash

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Too many white people do not accept, or even know about, the horribly awful parts of our history, and refuse to believe there was such a time; whites in power have purposely shrouded our past in myth and mystery, and still employ denial to cover up our every crime.

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There has never been a time in the United States when whites did not subjugate, or suffocate others. Their insurrections have always been against the truth governing their actions. Enough truth slips out to form their beautified myths; every other terrible milligram of truth is squeezed out, or smothered cold. …


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Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash

Obviously, I cannot be a racist, my first best friend was black. Shoot, my dad fought antisemitism during WWII, and racism in the 1960s and 1970s, and ableism until his death. As a white person, I am too proud to see racism in myself, and that makes me feel superior. Characteristically, it allows me to hold onto my white privilege without feeling guilty.

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By ignoring the telltale signs of hubris, I can be anything I think I am. This is where white people are definitely superior than others. Not seeing what is on the tip of our noses provides the bliss we ignorantly crave. And if you have seen my nose, you would know how my difficulty stretches into a whole new realm. But please do not think this is just some drawn out Pinocchio caricature. …


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Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

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While I may be able to convince a few people I am a constitutional scholar of the 3rd rank, I did not try. Although for this essay, I thought about compiling a list of our “Constitutional” transgressions that are legion, and lesion. Yet, I will only note some from the first half of the 1800s.

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Many of these transgressions have been inculcated into our historical mindset as if we deserved their benefits, even if they would be odious for us to pursue, or attempt now. …


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(Photo by Vladimir Fedotov on Unsplash)

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Notice how the movie makers regularly come up with scary systems, or A.I. that will someday, somehow control human society? HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey did it. The Matrix, and Skynet from Terminator also took over humanity. Why are we allowing such a thing to happen, even if it is only in movies? It is because the They figure we are mostly chumps, and consider the great bulk of Americans a democratic mob.

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Not sci-fi or screen writers necessarily, but the way our political system always ends up getting more convoluted, and self damaging. The They is a nebulous entity We The People originally formed, and now have little real control over. While politicians and the wealthy have much of the power, even their control is limited. The They slowly tie up, and snarl the system in ways we cannot see, and other times the problems arise in plain sight. …


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White Fetish and Fantasy Jesus (Photo: Mateus Campos Felipe / Unsplash)

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When I was Republican white boy woke, I almost noticed something missing from before. I was seeing our color-blind caste system with new eyes. There, right in front of me, was the strangest and most unknowable sight. The outlines of something called racism, which no liberal can see in a conservative’s heart or mind, so we cannot be considered racist.

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Seeing no color, due to being blind from it, I could hardly believe what I was not really seeing. In every instance where racist data pointed, gathered by liberals, there were problems in our society. …


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Rising High Above The Current Fray. (Photo: Tomas Sobek / Unsplash)

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Any and all the gloom and doom we have experienced over the last forty years has come from the risks Americans have not taken. The political parties are not out of control, they are in their zone. A zone, which allowed them to have all the say in what we do, what we can be, and where to take our nation.

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Politicians take the rope we give them, and unless we restrict their activities and their influence, they will hang us with them. While I believe one party is much more at fault than the other in pushing us faster in the wrong direction, the system is set up to do what it is doing. Our problem is we have asked too much, and too little of it. …


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Parallel Tracks for Clearer Communication (Photo: Abbas Tehrani / Unsplash)

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Platforms like Twitter and Facebook have a place in our lives, and provide value to society. However, their place and value are “free” market overstated, bitterness overpopulated, and civil communication overrated. We The People can do better America!

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We have been weaned in the last four decades on an ever increasing myth of “free” market magic, and to look the other way on its five finger discount, crony capitalism corruption of the E.P.A, D.O.D., I.R.S., Treasury Department, and the department of nearly everything else.

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We have been led to believe fear, anger, and violence are our closest friends.


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A Drawing by my Dad, his story after 1st couple paragraphs, not “meeting” he notes in next pic.

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In 1993 when I was thirty, I was calling around to find a job in the advertising industry. At the first place I called, the agency owner asked if I had a college degree. He said, “I should consider getting one, then call him back.” Can you say, a credentialed meritocracy slap-in-the-face, downer? If that agency was not my first call, I may have kept trying anyway, but I could already hear every future call in the same vain (in vein) in my head. That is what I get for having an overactive imagination.

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When on the positive side of things, such an imagination is a wonderful thing. But bad vibes send it down the negative ramp faster than I can reel it back. I did have two years of college, a year of technical schooling in radio, six years in radio, and got kinda good at standup over four years in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Yet these accomplishments were not enough to overcome my brain chemistry in those days. With encouragement and the financial stability of my wife, a school psychologist, I returned to get my degree from 1994–96, was employed shortly after graduating, and started my own business in 2000. …


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Cranking Power Without The Advanced Portion… (Photo by The New York Public Library/Unsplash)

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Coming up with a great idea you must “sell” to most every American before it even becomes a great idea, would be where a crank is a crank for many cranking years, decades, or… What do I do if it is only a half good idea, and someone makes it a great idea, or just “sells” my idea better than I do? Questions such as this keep me up nights. Well, at least get me up earlier than usual. Or keep me mostly awake during the day…

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Richard The Chwalek

Writer/Consultant. Wife/Two-20 something daughters. Flyover Midwesterner. RN/Engineer son, been there/done some, antiracist, feminist, ecotarotcardist, politics

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