One thing that irks me more than anything else I can think of besides the abuse of a child or elderly person is a white person who says that racism is pretty much gone, a thing of the past or not as prevalent as it once was. My problem with these statements should be pretty damn obvious and that is, how in the hell do they know?
What study did they do? What gives them this supposed inside knowledge? And the stinky thing is they are constantly using this as some sort of precursor or some excuse as to why we should end affirmative action or the racially sensitive laws. Or that because Obama made it to the top shows that racism is pretty much gone.
You know there are women who lived their entire lives without being raped; does this now mean that rape is pretty much gone, so laws should be invalidated? Or some kids live their entire lives devoid of child abuse; are those laws in need of being stricken from the books as well? This is the idiotic thinking that comes around affirmative action. They talk about Obama making it and the end of affirmative action as if affirmative action is only about blacks people.
This is one problem with the American mindset. We constantly have this retarded belief that if one person can do it, everyone can. Truthfully this type of thinking is the farthest thing from the truth. One black person being able to navigate life without racism doesn’t dismiss racism other blacks receive. Nor would all the people who live out their lives to die a natural death dismiss the murder of other people.
This all makes me think of what I read over at Brotherpeacemaker that even if all black slaves dressed up in tuxedos they all couldn’t become the house slave. Someone still has to go out and pick the cotton daily. So everyone can’t possibly do it, whatever it is. Yet to take a look at one person’s circumstances and try and place that over all people remotely resembling that person is just plain absurd.
This type of absurd thought never manifests itself around any other behavior. People believe that when racism is down to some unknown reasonable amount, whatever that amount is, then we can start to do away with protections for black and other minorities. I am just wondering if racism is the reason these people are so eager to rid this country of any means to level the playing field. Are these people so afraid that if everyone has equal rights to everything that was once set aside for whites, they would no longer have the upper hand they had with white only affirmative action?
Whether or not racism is constant or sporadic it isn’t an answer to be levied lightly by someone who has probably less racism experience than they do with playing around rainbows with leprechauns. People need to be more responsible and understand that the country doesn’t exist in a bubble. Racism is as much American as is baseball and apple pie. This country was built on it and the rise of ONE black man has not and will not end racism for the majority of minorities.