The hated white man
By Priit Pullerits
We Estonians have now been warned. Black British journalist, Abdul Turay, imputed in Tuesday's Postimees that we treat black people badly and threatened that if Russia attacked Narva, the USA won't undertake to do something about it, because as Turay imagined President Barack Obama's wife Michelle would then say to her husband.
“Ah Estonia. Isn't that the little, small-minded, white country, to hell with them.”
How come we get this angry, gleeful and belligerent tone addressed at the Estonian land and the Estonian people. It probably stems from Turay's disappointment that we don't treat him or his racial compatriots with sufficient dignity and rights.
But it can't be claimed somehow that Turay's racial compatriots over in America, (where the President-elect presumably will help stop racism), have attitudes towards white people that are tolerant and friendly. Experience says the opposite is true.
One time whilst heading out, I stopped my car in Phoenix, Arizona city centre, to take a picture in front of the State Congress Building. I had scarcely taken my camera out when a threatening-looking band of black people began to assembly. I rapidly made tracks.
Another time in New York I asked a black person if he would let me take a picture with him in the shot. He pushed into his black leather coat's side lapel and exposed a cane from under it. I got the jest and backed off.
Some years back in Broadway, New York, I fell victim to a black blackmailer. He provoked a clash with me. He dropped a bottle in a paper bag and pressured me with his body language which didn't leave room for argument that I have to reward the misfortune.
In the Capitol, Washington, I was passing one time into a shop. In the front hanging about were some black youths. They can't have been more than a couples of steps away, I listened to their abhorrent spite.
In Washington's suburb, Bethesda, a black person ensnared me one evening. His car stopped next to my car and he asked if I could tow him along for a minute as his legs were too weak (to push it). He said he lived in a nearby room. Bethesda is an expensive part of town to be driving a jalopy. This dilapidated man, all things being equal, couldn't somehow live there. It was actually this feeling that saved me from falling victim to this black man.
White people must take care where to go in America. There are parts of cities such a South Central, Los Angeles, Anacostia, Washington or Opa-Locka, Miami, where you can't, for safety's sake, stick your nose. Unfortunately I don't know any parts of towns (in America) where black people can not safely go about their business.
In the same way you can't imagine that if John McCain had been elected president, someone would threaten Turay's racial compatriots :“Ah Africa, isn't that the big war-torn black continent, to hell with them.”