"The pain that black people feel is not relatable to white people."
Experientially, this may be true. That is, however, only when we think in terms of Black & White. But come on: we're not playing a game of dominoes here. We should, rather, try to play keyboard music, because then, as Stevie Wonder aptly puts it, ebony and ivory dwell together "in perfect harmony" on his "piano keyboard, why can't we?"
According to scientists:
Memories Can Be Inherited, And Scientists Might Have Just Figured Out How
Our life experiences may be passed on to our children and our children's children - and now scientists report that they have discovered that this inheritance can be turned on or off.
Epigenetics is the study of inherited changes in gene expression... changes that are inherited, but aren't inherent to our DNA. For instance, life experiences, which aren’t directly coded in human DNA, can actually be passed on to children. Studies have shown that survivors of traumatic events may have effects in subsequent generations.
The question, of course, is how are these genetic 'memories' passed on?
This is the question that a Tel Aviv University (TAU) was seeking to answer when they reportedly discovered a mechanism that makes it possible to turn the transference of environmental influences on or off.
Their research was recently published in the journal Cell, and was led by Oded Rechavi along with a team of faculty members from TAU’s Faculty of Life Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience.
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My white ancestors were not slaves, thus had no traumatic experiences in relation to that aspect to pass down to me. My Native American ancestors were traumatized; however, not in the same way black ancestors were. Same with my Jewish heritage. Therefore, traumatic memories which may have been passed down to me are not related to black trauma. I may have inherited ( and probably did, as I can totally relate through empathy my Native American and Jewish heritage ) aspects of ancestral trauma, it was not conducive of slavery.
Is it that those who have not experienced their own pain cannot imagine what pain feels like in the loins and hearts of others? Sympathy, empathy, compassion, sorry for you, understanding, commiseration, even pity: are these seeds that grow not in the hearts of those who; have not experienced pain for themselves?
Of course others can sympathize, as I've previously stated. When I read the stories of Black Wall street, Rosewood, and Emmitt Till ( among many others ), I weep from compassion and sympathy. That compassion and sympathy is real, and it took me days to fully recover; and I'm not so sure I am. However, I can't empathise with it from a eugenics standpoint. Thus, I cannot personally relate to what they've suffered, despite my ability to personally relate to my Native Americans and Jewish ancestors. I would attest that applies to the majority of white people here in America now, or there wouldn't be such a dissent of removing statues and flags.
That is not a racist nor ignorant statement as it has been labeled.
Which is why I attempted to explain its difference. Everyone's suffering is different despite similar circumstances, i.e. - losing a parent, child, etc.
I'd like one parent here who has never lost a child to say that they can personally relate to a parent who has. It's impossible. You cannot. You can sympathize; you can feel their pain; however, you cannot personally relate if you have not lost a child.
If a callous cop can hold a snide smirk on his fell face while kneeling on another (coincidentally Black?) man's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, until that man is dead, then that must be the gall of hate that has first slain the cop before it sniffs out the (Black) man's life.
First slain the cop before it sniffs out the (Black) man's life, because that cop is void of feeling. He must be already dead.
I can completely see and agree where you are coming from here. It's as though he was completely desensitized to the suffering of George Floyd. Thus, he suffocated him.
I reiterate: Experientially, this may be true. But what about surrogate love and surrogate feelings and surrogate compassion?
There is no need for willing learners to experience what others less fortunate have experienced as lessons from which they ought to learn!
Please don't let me talk about this anymore.
I totally agree, Cabcool. That is not what I was advocating. I made a statement in relation to opposition to the removal of confederate statues and flags. If white people could personally relate to the suffering of being black in America for generations, they would understand rather than criticize the actions of elected officials to remove them, as well as change the names of schools.
Let history read that we altered what was to become better human beings.