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4 Reasons Why Some White People Can’t Understand Black Suffering

A Lack of Empathy
“One reason it’s difficult for any person to truly empathize with another human being, let alone with millions of people, is that empathy requires questioning one’s reality,” according to journalist H.A. Goodman. Because of this lack of empathy, many white people are unable to see that the justice system works differently for Black people. They also fail to see that there are racists who want to harm Black people simply because they are Black, and some of those racists can be in positions of power. The Ku Klux Klan is infused in our society; our lawmakers are generally white, rich males; and we live in a society that has treated people of color as second-class citizens.

With empathy comes responsibility and culpability. If white people begin to empathize with Black people, they would have to admit that the system they created is wrong and unjust. The political system, where racial disparities contradict white ideals that are dear to their hearts, would have to be rebuilt. They can’t believe or admit this because the system generally works for them.

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14 thoughts on “4 Reasons Why Some White People Can’t Understand Black Suffering

  1. Jay Contreras says:

    I think it comes down to willful ignorance for most white people. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. And especially if that evil has afforded you white skin privilege; what motivation then would you have to look that particular gift horse in the mouth? None. But it also begs the question as to WHY most of US refuse to hear no evil, speak no evil & see no evil? What are WE AFRAID to see?

  2. Zelda Hancke says:

    Black suffering is at the essence of the 'black' mind. It is an excuse the' black' person uses for never amounting to much. It is much easier to put the blame on somebody else; thereby relieving them of any and all obligation towards themselves.
    We all make mistakes. We are all to blame for the missed opportunities in life. Is it not strange, that all the successful people in the world have one thing in common: taking charge of their lives, never letting anything stand in their way. Not prejudice, nor poverty.
    The world is full of self-made men and women who came from dismal circumstances. Few white people are born into wealth, actually. We are taught from a young age that you are responsible for your own destiny; that your life depends on the actions you take.
    We don't have the luxury of blaming our inadequacies on some perceived enemy who is always out to get us, run us down.
    South Africa is filled with victims.
    Victims who spend their salaries on booze – it is a national sport to drink until you pass out after payday. Victims who are useless on Mondays.

  3. Zelda Hancke says:

    Here in South Africa, we have had 20 years of laws made by fat, rich black men (rich because they personally pocketed they spoils of democracy and help themselves to tax money) – while their fellow black countrymen still live in poverty and decay.
    They deny their fellow blacks justice, and their police throw them in jail overnight because they refuse to pay a bribe. That is South Africa for you.
    And they rich black men blame all of their crimes on apartheid. It is apartheid's fault that they now need R50million a year for their extravagant lifestyles. While the country is burning….

  4. Zelda Hancke says:

    A victim is someone who refuses to take charge of his own life. He prefers to blame his inadequacies and shortcomings on somebody else. A victim doesn't have to change his ways. A victim always looks for excuses.
    A victim justifies his future incompetence because he claims he is not in control of his life. Because the victim chooses to have his life controlled by circumstances.

  5. Thank you, Zelda you have provided ample illustration of the points this article makes.

  6. Zelda Hancke says:

    Hardships build character. Unfortunately for some, it also separates the weak from the strong. Ever heard of "When the going gets tough, the tough get going"? No matter how hard the times, a person with resolve and discipline will find a way to make things work IN SPITE OF THE HARD TIMES and not because somebody felt sorry for them.
    Everybody faces their own difficulties and obstacles in life. Why do some people feel that they are more deserving of empathy because of this that and the other? Just because they share the same obstacles as a larger group, it doesn't mean their hardships are more worthy of empathy.
    No, I don't feel sorry for any grown up – children will have all my blessings because they are somewhat powerless.
    In South Africa we've had an overdose of sympathy and empathy seeker who are actually really just TOO DAMN LAZY to work hard to make a life. Instead they steal and expect handouts. Offer them a job and they refuse it, yet they demand to be fed. Doesn't work like that.
    ALL JUST A BUNCH OF FREELOADING, TRYING TO MAKE MAKE FEEL PEOPLE GUILTY AND IN A MANIPULATIVE WAY MAKE SOMEONE ELSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR LIVES.

  7. Zelda Hancke says:

    And Shawn Smart, NO! Why would I have even the teensiest bit of empathy for the people who populate these pages. People who tell me I have no right to live in Africa, because I have a white skin. People who threaten me, that they support Mugabe and his genocidal tendencies; that they hope the same fate belies me that did white people in Zimbabwe – to be butchered and murdered because they were no longer welcome in Africa because of their skin colour.
    NO I WILL NOT HAVE EMPATHY WITH PEOPLE WHO ONLY HAVE EMPATHY FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR OWN KIND; WHO BASE SUCH EMPATHY ON SKIN COLOUR.
    What about the rest that ails them? Don't they ever look at themselves and say "THIS IS WHAT I DO WRONG?" No, it is much easier to hang the guilty tag around somebody else's neck, and evade taking responsibility for your own life. Some people will always find something to complain about.

  8. Zelda Hancke says:

    South Africa is a massive FAILED experiment of making everything black… Arguments like the ones in this article about the lack of blacks in high places, has formed the basis of the governments excuse for denying jobs to all other races and putting incompetent morons in high places, where the pillage and rob the average citizens of their basic rights. Our economic growth is just about the worst in Africa at 1.4%.
    Somehow the idea of people getting important positions because they deserve them, escaped the minds of the 'suffering masses'. NO to be a professor or a leader or hold a high position, you have to be capable and deserving. It is earned. You can't demand it because you claim that you've had hardships to overcome. People in top places most often have the most amazing tales of having overcome the toughest odds.

  9. Zelda Hancke says:

    Shawn Smart Longino Please come to South Africa and see how 'collective suffering' – also known as ENTITLEMENT – has ruined and bankrupted a country!
    Thank YOU Shawn for being a sucker!

  10. Zelda Hancke says:

    We ALL can find things put the blame on for our own shortcomings. We can ALL find something to whine about all day long. We can ALL find reasons why the WORLD OWES US a LIVING. We ALL can.
    But it doesn't. NOBODY is OWED ANYTHING. Life is tough. We all have our crosses to bear. We all struggle in some way or another.
    You get the doers and the talkers… among the talkers you get the whiners…
    Yes, Africa had its kings and chiefs – who SUBJECTED their people to serfdom. They also sold their serfs into slavery to the white man, the Arabs and each other. Africa has never been a piece of heaven. It is a harsh place today still. I know because I live in it.
    My ancestors had to flee their homes because of religious persecution or face certain death. So did many immigrants in the US flee for their safety from Europe. But we don't whine all day long; about 'what we've lost' – mainly because WE were not alive then. No – that was suffered by our ancestors; not us.

  11. Zelda Hancke says:

    Also, what this article fails to mention – is the reality of the 'kingdoms' in Africa. These were but tiny little kingdoms with the king living in a mud hut or one made out of grass. Very primitive indeed. Not to be compared with other royalty the world over. This article tries to imply that such huge losses were suffered. African kings' power and rule never stretched as far – and please don't call Egypt Africa. Egypt is part of the Middle Eastern culture. People who created this web and who support this web are all Africans of the Sub-Saharan type. The true home of the black man – whose features are unmistakable.

  12. Zelda Hancke says:

    ENTITLEMENT is a curse. It is also a means of robbing people of what they have worked very hard to achieve, robbery by thieves who are to lazy and ill-disciplined to work for their own. I will show you 40million examples in South Africa, to prove my point.

  13. Sad sad little dick mf

  14. William Williams says:

    Oh snaps, they do exist! You must have been born during Madibas' imprisonment, guess that entitlement speech you got about your ancestors didn't fathom the very same HUMANS that they FEEL were INHUMAN are the very SAME. HUMANS who are ALLOWING YOU INHUMAN mudrfookers to COEXIST ON OUR CONTINENT, you ungrateful, feebleminded individual. You should say a prayer EVERY NITE, that the majority CONTINUE to have EMPATHY for the minority. You should audition for the lead in "Forrest Gump In South Africa".

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