“It’s Hard to See Racism When You’re White” Billboards Roil Duluth

Aaron Rupar, City Pages, February 10, 2012

New anti-racism billboards in Duluth have sparked a heated debate.

The billboards, created by the Un-Fair Campaign, tell passersby that “It’s hard to see racism when you’re white,” but some white folks in the predominately Caucasian community object to being singled out and argue the campaign contradicts itself by using racism to combat racism.

Phil Pierson, creator of an anti-Un-Fair Campaign Facebook page, told the Duluth News Tribune that he thinks “it’s a misguided and contradictory campaign.”

“Duluth cannot afford this kind of hate,” he added.

While Pierson’s objections are civil and principled, others who are offended by the billboards have gotten downright threatening. The Star Tribune reports that Mayor Don Ness—a supporter of the Un-Fair Campaign—received a message telling him to “Die, scum, die.”

But proponents of the ads argue that the “it’s hard to see racism when you’re white” message is especially important in a relatively homogenous community like Duluth, which is 90 percent white.

Ellen O’Neill, executive director of the Duluth YWCA, one of the campaign’s 15 co-sponsors, told the Strib that “it’s possible to never interact with a person of color here, [which] makes the problem more invisible.” She said that only 25 percent of Duluth’s black students and 34 percent of American Indian students graduate from high school in four years, compared with 80 percent of white students. Furthermore, while only 18 percent of Duluth’s whites live in poverty, 67 percent of blacks and 56 percent of American Indians are poor.


{snip} But is it socioeconomics or racism that generates the inequalities referred to by O’Neill? After all, there are plenty of poor whites in Duluth, but few would blame their plight on racism. It’s easy to ascribe one cause for phenomena like poverty and low graduation rates, but the full scope of the problem goes beyond white folks being blind to racism.

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  • She said that only 25 percent of Duluth’s black students and 34 percent
    of American Indian students graduate from high school in four years,
    compared with 80 percent of white students.

    How is that the fault of racism, white racism or white privilege?  Trying to hear the egalitarians answer that will be especially comical, when classes are dumbed down for blacks, Hispanics and Amerindians, and the grading curve is a bit less steep for those students.  If Duluth has any high schools that are almost all black, then you probably run into the problem of course title inflation as well, i.e. the actual class work is far less rigorous than the title of the class.

  • Anonymous

    These billboards will cause a lot of wrecks on the highway, for the simple reason that when you’re driving and you roll your eyes at the silly white guilt sentiment, you’re not watching the road.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly.  And if you don’t agree with the bilboard, then YOU are the ignorant racist.  Political correctness is like a religion in Salem MA.  And if you don’t agree, or convert, you get burned at the stake. 

  • Jay1

    This is the new marxism.  Racial marxism.  Demonize ALL white people, except for those who repent at the alter of social justice.  Then you have to continually prove your hatred of all things white by working for ‘change’ all the time, which is a euphemism for ‘giving more money and preference for non-whites.’

    You all do realize these white and jewish radicals will be the end of our country, and that it will not be pretty when it all falls apart.

    • Ron

       I think I have caught on to these types of people who run stuff like this, or what their ideology is?  Are you saying that these people like this are putting whites into the role of the bourgeois and the non-whites are the proletariat, therefore whites must be annihilated under Marxist theory, as they are the class enemy?

      I’m pretty sure this is where all of this stuff is coming from, from the marxist educators in the system.

  • B

    The racist billboard is an oxymoron.

    • Anonymous

      I wonder why they used the picture of a white male????  

      I think a more ethnically and sexually ambigous mixed race person would have sent an entirely different, and less hateful message!   Yet, they went with the stereo-typical white male with a mustache no less.  Reminds me of a young David Duke.  lol 

      • It’s been a long time since David Duke has been young, but you’re onto something.  If you’re right, it’s definitely by design.

  • Anonymous

    It’s hard NOT to see racism when you’re black.  I’ts easier to blame your own failures on other people rather than take responsibility for it youself.    

    “Racism” is the non-existent boogie-man  that must be captured before he harms anyone else.  Much like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, Racism will never be totally defeated or captured.   

  • Anonymous

     Self-described pro-Palestinian activist  Tim Wise is coming to Duluth:
    Un-Fair events are being held across the city into the spring and a full list of them can be found at http://www.unfaircampaign.org. Here are some of the events coming in the next week:

    At 7 p.m. tonight there will be a film showing and discussion on “Power Privilege and Difference,” at the First United Methodist Church (the copper top church), 230 E. Skyline Parkway.
    At 6:15 p.m. Tuesday there will be the first in a series of weekly meetings called “Cracking the Shell of Whiteness” at Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Ave.
    At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday, there will be a discussion called “New Conversations About Race” at City Center West, 5830 Grand Ave.
    At 2 p.m. Feb. 16 the conversation will be about “Uncovering Myths That Support Racism” in Room 520 at the Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St.
    At 6 p.m. Feb. 16, Tim Wise will speak on the topic, “White Like Me: Reflections on Race,” at the Kirby Ballroom on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus.

  • Anonymous

    “New anti-racism billboards in Duluth have sparked a heated debate.”

    They don’t want a debate. They want a confession, an admission of guilt.

    They want white people to just admit they’re racists because they believe it’s the first step in their personal transformation to make the world a better place.

  • Anonymous

    When I speak or write to people about the problems we as whites face, others sometime respond that whites haven’t been rounded up into extermination camps because they were white, or that whites haven’t been denied the right to vote because they were white.  My answer is that it is foolish to wait until the situation gets that bad before we organize, though our opponents do occasionally go too far for their own good.

    When they do, we need to be there to answer them, and score easy points.  If the indignation in Duluth is acquainted with the reasoning of our cause’s leaders, resistance to this defamation will grow as we win hearts and minds.

    • Anonymous

      “whites haven’t been rounded up into extermination camps because they were white”… what do you think happened in Haiti? Generally non-whites aren’t organised enough or smart enough to be able to round up white people into extermination camps though. But they do execute individual white people frequently.

      “whites haven’t been denied the right to vote because they were white”… there’s the New Black Panther party standing outside polling booths now with government support. Historically the Ku Klux Klan was actually founded because white people in the south were being denied the vote. But more importantly, all white people anywhere in the world are being denied the right to vote for any candidate who represents white people. That’s not quite as bad as being denied the right to vote, but it’s pretty close. Candidates who represent white people are jailed or face government attempts to jail them (think Geert Wilders, Pauline Hanson, etc). Or they are demonised and face death threats. White people have no free speech rights, which is a key part of democracy. And of course, there’s the vote rigging, and the allowing non-citizens, fellons, and retards to vote.

      Generally you’re completely right though.

  • I’m sure if you asked the white victims of flash mobs and knockout games if it was hard to racism when you’re white, they would offer a different opinion.

  • Anonymous

    We made this flyer in response to their “it’s hard to see racsim when you’re White”.

    Ours goes:

    “It’s hard to see racism when you’re white… and you’ve just been jumpted by 6 Black teens and beaten nearly to death”

    •  Excellent.

    • Anonymous

      It’s hard to see why white racism is responsible for black crime. 

    • Anonymous

      Excellent! I love it! Except for one thing… it will be immediately identified as hypocritical by leftists. Right-wingers have a huge blind spot when it comes to this undeniable objective truth: the white man who was nearly beaten to death was a killer… of non-whites… and he probably wouldn’t have killed the people he killed so readily if they were white.

      Maybe the Vietnamese people he killed were evil, maybe the world is better off without them, maybe he was just following orders, maybe he was conscripted and had little choice, maybe he never shot anyone personally… but he did help kill them, in a particularly gruesome and hard to stomach way. And leftists are not blind to that fact. To them it’s like if someone made a leaflet condemning black violence, but focussed on the killing of some mass-murdering black gangster and drug dealer. The point would still be valid, but it wouldn’t come across as unfair enough to influence someone.

      This leaflet is a good one, and it will work well on right-wingers. But if you want to convert the left-wingers who support the unfair campaign (which is entirely possible if enough people try), you need to do a better job of appealing to their sense of “fairness”. You need to find the victims who have never done anything to hurt non-whites and really emphasise the unfairness of it.

      There is a huge injustice in the random acts of violence black people commit against white people, and I do honestly hope you manage to convert some people towards noticing it.

      • I don’t particularly care what left-wingers think is fair or unfair, consistent or hypocritical, because I don’t think we should waste time appealing to mentally ill fanatics who are impervious to reason.  If they wanted to be fair and consistent, they wouldn’t be left wing, or at least not left wing to the degree they are.

      • Anonymous

        How about doing some market research and see how the public reacts to the flyer? Send our flyer to right wing, moderates and liberals (first explain the PC Duluth campaign) and then keep track of the response. It always a good idea to present our position in a humorous way – as it contradicts the MSM party line that White racialists are all mean, haters with no sense of humor.

      • To anonymous-amren:
        It’s highly probably this viet nam vet killed Vietnamese.  It’s quite common for young men to fall under the glamor-spell of military service.   But there they are in the war zone and the situation has become real.  If you look into the question of why men fight, especially in small unit combat, it gets tribal.  It is all about the guy next to you.

  • I got kicked out of Phil Pierson’s Facebook group when I chided another member for providing statistical facts about black crime.  “The truth has no place in this discussion,” I wrote, and BAM I was gone.  Pierson’s a quisling.

    •  Thank you, moderator.  I feel certain it was the same Mr. Pierson.

  • Impertinent

    ” She said that only 25 percent of Duluth’s black students and 34 percent of American Indian students graduate from high school in four years, compared with 80 percent of white students. Furthermore, while only 18 percent of Duluth’s whites live in poverty, 67 percent of blacks and 56 percent of American Indians are poor.”

    Gee….with those stats…does anyone wonder why?

  •  They’ll change their tune once they achieve Absolute Enrichment.

  • Anonymous

    Why is it our fault that they commit all of those crimes? 

    • Impertinent

      I guess you haven’t bought into the “guilt” scam, right?

      Cause…white means privileged and rich…how ya doin’ with that definition pal?

      • Anonymous

        To Impertinent
        Can you please explain to readers what you mean by “privileged”
        This is a word the “oppressed black masses” in South Africa use to beat the white man with. One of their favourite targets is the quality of housing that whites live in compared to what they live in. The whites are supposedly “privileged”

        Let me explain
        The first whites to arrive in South Africa were the Dutch in 1652.
        They brought their European building technology with them – brick masonry construction with clay tiled roofs.
        About 1770 whites first encountered black Africans along the Great Fish River (near present day Port Elizabeth) 500 miles east of Cape Town. They were the Xhosa tribe and lived in the classic African circular mud hut with a conical thatch roof. The walls were of wattle and daub construction – similar to adobe. Check all of this out on wikipedia.

        Now the whites took the same mud and burnt it into bricks and continued to erect their western style dwellings. They also stared using thatch as a roofing material.
        Google / wikipedia  Cape Dutch architecture.

        From that time until today (240 years) blacks have lived alongside whites and both race groups have continued with their traditional vernacular architecture. To the best of my knowledge no black man in South Africa has established a brick kiln to manufacture clay bricks and sell into his community.

        They have copied the white man in two respects. Some of them now build rectangular houses. Many still build circular huts but they use concrete blacks they buy from the white man. They have also replaced thatch roofs with corrugated iron which they also buy from the white man.

        Now they say that the white man is “privileged”. I just don’t get it. Can you help?

        • Anonymous

          That’s because there’s nothing to get. The black people who say the white man is privileged have an IQ of 70, and probably don’t have any idea what the word means. But they notice that anyone who says that gets free stuff, so they start saying it.

          On the other hand, the white people who complain about it do so because they have a different concept of fairness than you do. They believe that people are born into different and unequal situations, but that people are born with a solemn duty to constantly strive to make everyone’s outcomes as equal as possible. Their sense of duty overrides any concern about what people deserve or worked for. They think “from each according to their ability, to each according to their need”. They’re hypocrits of course, just like everyone else, but they still feel that a duty to erasing inequality is the true meaning of life. So they think anyone who has better outcomes has a “privelege” that they ought to be sharing. To them “privelege” means good stuff that someone has but that they haven’t done their duty of ensuring everyone else has yet. Only white people feel this way though, black people have no concept of duty and just want free stuff.

          • Anonymous

            To anon-amren

            4 Generations ago my great grandfather was an illiterate labourer in the tin mines of Cornwall, England. Then the price of tin collapsed and they were all out of work. There was no social security or trade unions in those days. It was work or starve. So he headed north and finished his working life as a docker (longshoreman) in Liverpool. Subsequent generations learned how to read and write and were thus able to become educated. I became the first person in the family to be a university educated professional.

            For all my ancestors it has been diligent hard work and a careful management of income and expenditure to deliver the lifestyle that my family enjoy today. 

            There is absolutely nothing privileged about it at all. 

            The same opportunity is available to everyone if they have a dream, work smart and manage their finances prudently.

            The way I see it is that blacks are at the top of the instant gratification pyramid and want to take every short cut possible. Someone should tell them that progress is an evolutionary process that takes place over a number of generations. 

  • Impertinent

    Time to export about 90% of these social, ignorant failures to places like Brentwood, the upper East side…SOHO….The Hamptons and Fire Island to seek out a multitude of opportunities that don’t exist in places like Detroit, Camden, Newark, Philly, Baltimore, LA, DC and the other lost places of future conquests that beg for “social equality”.

    I’m all for the pillaging and equal justice for the ignorant masses. Let the swells face them…like we all do trying to go about our lives free from the savages of a failed society.

  • Anonymous

    Here are the names and contact information of the Duluth MN city Council.

    Please contact them and in a polite way express your strong opposition to this terrible, anti White, cultural Marxist program:

    Patrick Boyle — 2012 City Council Vice President Second Council District; Precincts 8-13Term expires: January 6, 20142201 East First Street Duluth MN  55812(218) 728-4185 E-mail: [email protected]
    Personnel Committee Chairperson Council District 2 Map* City Precinct Maps**Jay FosleFifth Council District (Precincts 30-36) Term expires: January 4, 2016323-103rd Avenue WestDuluth MN   55808(218) 626-3584E-mail: [email protected] Public Safety Committee ChairpersonCouncil District 5 Map*City Precinct Maps** 

    Sharla Gardner  Third Council District (Precincts 14-22) Term expires: January 4, 2016411 West First Street, Room 330 Duluth MN   55802(218) 730-5353E-mail: [email protected]
    Intergovernmental Relations Committee ChairpersonCouncil District 3 Map* City Precinct Maps** Dan Hartman — 2012 City Council President Councilor at LargeBiography Term expires: January 6, 20141005 East Tenth Street Duluth MN  55805(218) 310-5356E-mail: [email protected]
    Committee of the Whole ChairpersonCouncil Districts 1-5 Map* City Precinct Maps** Jennifer JulsrudFirst Council District (Precincts 1-7) Term expires: January 4, 20164920 Woodlawn StreetDuluth MN   55804(218) 525-2409E-mail: [email protected] 
    Public Works and Utilities Committee ChairpersonCouncil District 1 Map* City Precinct Maps** 

    Garry Krause Fourth Council District; Precincts 23-29Term expires: January 6, 20141220 Stanford AvenueDuluth MN   55811 (218) 727-2790 E-mail: [email protected] Purchasing and Licensing Committee ChairpersonCouncil District 4 Map* City Precinct Maps**Linda KrugCouncilor At LargeTerm expires: January 4, 2016P.O. Box 92Duluth  MN  55801(218) 206-9903E-mail: [email protected]
    Finance Committee ChairpersonCouncil Districts 1-5 Map* City Precinct Maps**  

    Emily Larson Councilor At LargeTerm expires: January 4, 20161331 East 11th Street Duluth  MN  55805(218) 730-5352E-mail:  [email protected]
    Recreation, Libraries and Authorities Committee ChairpersonCouncil Districts 1-5 Map* City Precinct Maps**

    Jim Stauber Councilor at LargeBiography Term expires: January 6, 2014130 Carlisle Avenue Duluth MN  55803 (218) 724-1768 E-mail: [email protected] 

    Planning & Economic Development Committee ChairpersonCouncil Districts 1-5 Map* City Precinct Maps**

  • Anonymous

    I have been posting reasoned and thoughtful comments on the original link but my last message was blocked and a pop-up appeared saying my message was under consideration and pending approval. It hasn’t been posted yet.

    It’s funny because other people have posted multiple and far more inflaming remarks yet mine were flagged. (I can’t stand websites that have ‘flag’ comment icons. The left uses them to ban people.)

    To paraphrase, ‘Liberals can’t handle the truth’.

    As I said before, the last thing these people want is a discussion on race. What they want is a confession of racism and pleas of forgiveness and mercy.

    • Former Seattle Resident

       If you are trying to post a link, your comment will not be posted there.  I put “*” instead of a “.” on the “.com” part of the link, so it reads “*com”.  That way, your post with a link will get posted.

    • Beloved Comrade

      What they want is for us to shut up and  open our wallets.

  • Anonymous

    As Jim Crow fades into the past white guilt also fades. Even many liberals are coming to realize that race wrecked liberalism. The black ghetto riots that happened from 1964 to 1968, and more enduring increases in black social pathology, turned the United States into a Republican country. During the 1960s the Democratic Party went out on a limb to help the blacks. Blacks cut off the limb. 
    It is becoming increasingly difficult to blame “white racism” for the persistence of black crime, black illegitimacy, and the race gap in test scores and academic performance. 

  • Anonymous

    It wont be 90 percent white for long. Not now everyone knows this. t. The place will have to  be given a new shot of vibrancy. How dare whites think they should be the majority in any part of the united states or a country  their forefathers built. 

  • Anonymous

    My idea for a series of billboards for Detroit, East St. Louis, Atlanta, Philly, etc. –

    “It’s hard to see self-control, civility, peaceful resolution of conflict, proper English, marriage and stable families, financial independence, useful contributions to societyand educational achievement when you’re black”.

    And I want those words over a close-up image of an open-mouth breathing gangbanger with cornrows and gold teeth.

    Fair is fair, right?

  • Anonymous

    You’re a fan of Death Wish, but you don’t read Paul Kersey’s website? Go check out SBPDL.com (Stuff Black People Don’t Like) now. There’s a good article and good comments about the unfair campaign, and he’s planning his own billboards in response.

    You’re right. Only white people are self-critical about race. There are a few isolated individuals like Pastor Manning, but not the widespread criticism and appologies that white people make.

  • Easy answer to that.  Most American Jews don’t care much either way about Israel, and among those that do, there is more anti-Israel and anti-Zionist sentiment than pro. 

    “Pro-Israel” (whatever that means) is the hobby horse of fundagelical Christians who interpret Revelation in a millenarian sense.

  • Anonymous

    If white people are responsible for the high criminality and low grades of black people, then surely that means white people are also responsible for the low criminality and high grades of Asians. So the unfair campaign should now, in the spirit of fairness, put up some billboards with sayings like this:

    “It’s hard to see how white people caused your low crime and high grades when you’re Asian. You can’t see that white people deserve full recognition for your hard-work and achievements. Asians need to stop being so unfair.”

    I’m betting that billboard won’t happen.

    PS: Yes, I know white people did help bring Asians into the modern world, and did give them opportunities, but I think most of the credit should go to their genetic personality traits and intelligence, just like most of the blame for black people should.

  • gemjunior

    Your comment brings up a question I have:  Why are so many whites unable to learn from the mistakes of OTHER whites who allowed this type of stuff into their lives 20, 30, 40 years ago and reaped NOTHING POSITIVE.  Why can’t these idiots look at what’s happened to Detroit, Newark, Camden, Bed-Stuy, Flatbush, Jamaica Avenue?  It seems like most white people are so driven to achieve racial equality (impossible) and driven to sacrifice themselves for it, that they will only be able, once again, to learn from their OWN mistakes which will result in another American city becoming uninhabitable.  So say goodbye to Duluth in a couple of years. 

    THIS is the type of thing that gives me a sense of hopelessness about white Americans ever taking back what they built.  It’s as if that altruism, which actually serves a homogenous white population, has been discovered by an outgroup with an agenda and exploited to the point where it becomes a malignant disservice to the only people who really have evolved the  quality.  Now that it’s been exploited it’s run rampant and exploded within white people and has overshadowed any normal response to this killer because of another white quality – individualism. 

    Even though I sometimes get this sense of hopelessness I can take comfort in the reality that many more whites are waking up, fed up with this sickening diet of self hatred and wondering why the same theme is so unabated in the media and Hollywood.  That is wonderful because I believe even a few whites can be very effective in combating the insanity.   Jared Taylor and his staff just one good, possibly the best example.

  • Anonymous

    I thought I might get this kind of response, and while I agree that whites face serious problems today and have in the past, the point that I’m trying to make is that many whites do not face them enough or do not think them serious enough to act.  This can change though as time moves forward, as our opponents betray a belligerence that most whites, because they have not done the research, are unaware of.

    This is one of those instances, and we should do our best to answer the challenge and in the process “score easy points.”

  • All you have proven is that Rahm, Pollard, Kahane, Harman, Chertoff, Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith, Luttwak, Adelman, Libby, Abrams, Fleisher (and a whole of other Jews) care about Israel.  Again, re-read my statement — I didn’t say no Jews care about Israel, I said that most Jews don’t have strong feelings either way, and among that those that do, more are anti than pro.

    Where you might get the impression otherwise is that save some hard left Jewish Democrats, most Jews in public service, elected or appointed, are generally pro-Israel.  In academia, Jews are generally anti-Israel and anti-Zionist.  In the real world, most don’t care, and in fact, rather resent the philo-Semitic pandering (hint:  Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin) among those gentiles who think that’s their only concern.  I, too, would be scared of people who are disproportionately interested in my ethnic business.

  • Anonymous

    For whatever reason I cannot reply to your newest comment, so I’ll reply here.

    Is there any good reason why we should not make it a priority to challenge this anti-white campaign in Duluth?

  • This is a reply to Question Diversity: I am, by heritage, Jewish.  And I just upticked your remark.

  •  How about a billboard “The price of one unFair billboard could have bought textbooks for 36 students”, or some such?