Very very very rarely have I ever felt left out because of the color of my skin by anyone.
The plural of "anecdote" is not "data."
While the country is not exactly a perfect utopia of equality, it's not some sort of hell for anyone but white males; that's just plain fiction.
Strawman fallacy. Nobody is saying that life in unbearable for everyone who lacks privilege. Although, depending on where you live, it can be: I doubt it's very fun to be gay in a rural town. And good luck finding a job in sales, customer service, education or politics if you're in a wheel chair or have a missing limb.
Perhaps you should tell me why we should settle for anything but total equality?
Are they the vast majority of the evil white male devils? No. No they're not. That's a stereotype; you don't fight intolerance with intolerance. You can't vanquish ignorance with ignorance.
Perhaps you could point out where I've been intolerant or ignorant towards white males? I'm a white male myself, you know. There's a difference between saying that the dominant groups in our society maintain privilege at the expense of others and saying that straight white men are all evil and must be destroyed.
Further, this is a non sequitur. "Sensitivity has gone too far because white guys are actually good people on an individual level" isn't a valid argument because your conclusion doesn't follow from your premise.
How is the article fair, exactly? You can't not like a change in a character because you're automatically racist? That's a pretty broad statement. So -- if you don't like what a director, who happens to be a female, does to a movie adaption of a book, then you're sexist? See how that's stupid?
I do see how that's stupid, but it's false equivalence. It's not that they don't like his acting and he happens to be black, they're specifically against an African-American playing the character. Likely because they live vicariously through the white character (the human torch is the cool, flippant ladies man, yeah?) and having a black man play him ruins it. That, or having a minority inserted into a work that is close to their hearts makes them feel less attached to it.
Also, there's a broader trend in our society of not exactly favouring black leads in movies, unless they have soft, inoffensive faces with big, cute, flappy ears like Will Smith.
However, such a thing is not achieved through bullying, through hatred, through fear.
Well, there's no hatred to speak of, but making people scared to say insensitive things is exactly what we want. The whole reason you can no longer run through the streets screaming homophobic slurs, complement women's butts in the workplace or openly suggest that blacks are criminals is because people were bullied and cajoled. You can't make an omelet without breaking a few legs; so what if a few otherwise nice chauvinists lose their careers? We live in a diverse society, keep your bigotry out of the public sphere if you want to stay there.
To create an environment in which race, gender, etc. are not an issue, then there needs to be a certain amount of blindness to such things. Kids need not be taught that they should treat their black classmate this way as to not offend her. They don't need to be taught that they need to treat their homosexual classmate this certain way as to not offend him. They need to be taught to treat others exactly the same way. They need to be taught to not see color, race, nationality, sexual orientation, sex, etc. They need to be taught to treat others the way they want to be treated; not treat them like the Second Coming, not to apologize for things their ancestors did, for things politicians are doing, for this or for that. They need to be taught to be blind. THAT is how you end inequality.
Amazing. We can achieve equality by pretending we're already equal! And what impression are kids going to get when they see that prisons are full of blacks and universities are full of whites, that the uppers echelons of the corporate and political worlds are made up straight, white men while everybody tells them they're all equal and have the same opportunities? They'll think being white, and being male to be inherently superior.