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Systemic Bigotry and Racism

Have you propagated it, or suffered from it? Without me realizing it, I have had it both ways, The sins I've committed, and the sins committed against me. So i'll tell you of my origins and life.

My maternal English/Scottish side of my family, all the way back before the revolution, were hugely religious racist abolitionist that opposed the enslavement of the african because of their innate inferiority. They were Pennsylvania Presbyterian Democrats, that also supported the laws that banned the importation of african slaves, while supporting the slave breading farms, that gave rise to the jim crow laws.

The Paternal side of my family came from Germany in 1842. 3 brothers, 3 wives and 4 children. All died except the oldest brother as they traveled from Boston to Milwaukee. 3 wives later, he established a dairy and cheese farm, and was a transit for the underground railroad. Even today there are ex-slave families that have my family's last name. They are family to me, more so than my violent racist brother, and the privileged racist cousins that I haven't seen for decades.

I was born into the military during the '50's. Grew up in the military during the 60's and 70's, with all races and creeds. Us kids had to band together, no matter our race or parents rank, because sometimes we had to fight our way home. The civilians had been told we were baby killers, rapists, murderers, fascist pigs. 8 years old I was, and could any of us be thus? This was my first experience with systemic bigotry and hate.

Growing up in the military, and educated by a state indoctrination system, we kids had to take a test every year. We didn't care about results, didn't matter to us. But it followed all our lives. That's how we knew that tests are wrong, no matter how it is measured.


As us boys grew older, dad told us we had to pay for our higher education. From the age of 10 I worked my butt off to save every penny, in high school and even in college. That's when I realized the socialist mandates privileged others, not me! as a white male I was actively denied any grants, and all government loans. Because as I was told, to my face, after many attempts of redress, that I would never get a grant or government loan, because they were only giving them to women and minority's. I realized I was being directly and systematically oppressed because I was male and white.

Same here. Had to work at night during high school and college to pay for college. I could not get any grants or assistance but black friends and one American Indian kid did. Their families were no where near as poor as mine. Turned out OK for me. Always made a bit more than the others I work with because of that education and because I try harder than them. Even the Navy started me as an E3 instead of an E1.