I caught myself almost going into this rant on someone post and this really had nothing to do with the topic at hand.
So here's my question: Are we, as a nation, actually ridding ourselves of racism, or are we 'sweeping it under the rug' so to speak?
Now in my opinion I feel that we are right on track, if not ahead of schedule, in the process of ridding our nation of racism. This thought is based off of the fact that Africans have been enslaved by Europeans since the 1400s, meaning that Europeans had roughly 400 years of ingrained racism in their system before the slave trade ended in the United States and then another hundred years or so before African Americans took the stage to fight for serious equality. So after 500 years or so of European Americans considering themselves above the African Americans for us to have come as far as we have in the last 50 years to me is quite the achievement.
I'm definitely not trying to imply that we don't still have a ways to go, nor am I saying that we don't have to try anywhere near as hard to help our people in a time where all of the negative stereotypes of the African American is not only encouraged, but rewarded by the media.
So please share your thoughts with me.
well spoken, and i agree mostly with you
But I think the issue of ethnic conflicts( race) have to be analyzed in the context that they happen
as you pointed out, Modern and semi-modern examples of "racism" abound. A dead Kurd looks a lot like a dead Turk. A dead Hutu looks a lot like a dead Tutsi. Serb/Croat/Bosnian. these examples are not the same as americas problem with blacks. the general disdain for blacks that is communicated to every immigrant group is based on white society's degradation of blacks, not because of long time war and competition (except genetic lol), or past injustices perpetuated by blacks, i.e. there is no material (physical), or religious reason for black hatred, where as other ethnic conflicts almost always have some material / physical, religious reason, no matter how antiquated , basis for the conflict
There has been progress since Jim Crow. But I disagree, that his mom's viewpoint is somewhat outdated. I just think people hide it now, more than ever.
During Jim Crow, people were protected "so to speak" and could outright say things like "I don't hire Ni%$3s, Blacks or what have you. The Klan was protected, back in the day. Most Judges wouldn't convict Whites of killing Blacks, back then.
But now, it's not politically correct to state those types of opinions. And there are laws against it. It's hidden. One of my White friends told me that he thought racism was a dying thing until Obama made it into office. He was shocked at the things he heard his peers say within their own circle. People he thought were above and beyond being racist/prejudice. He, himself, told me don't be fooled. He now realized that many White folks hide their racist feeling, but for some, Obama was the straw that broke the camels back, so to speak.
Matter of fact, statistics show White Supremacist (sp?) groups on the rise! Within the US.
I try to be optomistic but at the same time be realistic.
Since President Obama’s election, there’s been a surge in hate crimes, political murders and assassination threats in this country. Right-wing militias are on the rise in several states, and high rates of unemployment have further stoked anger against racial minorities and recent immigrants. Independent filmmakers Rick Rowley and Jacquie Soohen go inside the white nationalist movement to file an exclusive report. [includes rush transcript]...
I found this, didn't get to read it all, I'm at work on a break. But, thought I would share.