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The Definition Of Insanity In America

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As I listen to these people who constantly say that racism is pretty much dead or my favorite if we stop looking at or pointing out racism it would go away, I was thinking about the fact that we haven’t learned a thing from the past. Einstein once “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

How I see it is that when you are attempting to move forward being a country made up of multiple groups and everyone isn’t starting off with equality or at the same starting point, it fails. Time and time again we have failed due to this simple fact. We are trying to build a nation of equality on top of a foundation of disparity and inequality.

This country freed the slaves and waived them off the plantations only to employ them back as sharecroppers who were barely being paid. Blacks started their own cities trying to build the same type of lives that their white neighbors had. That was torn down and burned to the ground by those white neighbors. For little more than what I can only guess is jealousy that those black could actually do that, showing they were NOT inferior.

Blacks had to deal with Jim Crow and separate but (un) equal. All these things were introduced to keep blacks from getting ahead. So we passed civil rights laws and then came the more subtle forms of racism to keep the disparity going. Redlining, I don’t see race while hiring but my business just so happens to employ all white employees.

Blacks being out of work at more than twice that of their white neighbors. And the fact that a recent study shows a black college grad gets less call backs for employment than a high school only, felony having white person.

And somehow we wish to overlook all these disparities in favor of some fantasy filled dream that everyone has equal opportunity to make whatever they want out of life. Well Barack Obama became president of the United States doesn’t that show that we have finally made it.

NO! Barack Obama made it. Is he indicative of the black experience? Does one black person rising to the top mean that ALL black people have or are capable of rising to the top? Not any more than a white person has of reaching the same monetary status of Bill Gates.

Our foundation is uneven and we all know what happens to a building resting on top of a weak and uneven foundation. It falls, it crumbles, and it can not stand or withstand the slightest tremor before calamity strikes. How can we ever move forward and make a better world for everyone until we ensure that everyone has an equal, level place in the foundation.

So until we get our foundation built correctly we will continuously be dealing with disunity of all the races. We will be taking this anger, hatred, prejudice, systemic racism, fear, inequality and all the other feelings we have regarding race right on into the future.

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Stereotype Of Negativity

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I received a very interesting comment from one of my trusty regulars that got me to thinking a bit about how we reason with racism. She quoted Mark Twain: The cat, having sat upon a hot stove lid, will not sit upon a hot stove lid again. But he won’t sit upon a cold stove lid, either. “Well, if you’re a white guy and the only black person you ever met was a guy who mugged you — and you weren’t a very deep thinker — you might be suspicious of every black person you met afterward.

While this is true to some extent, I was thinking about how this manifests itself in more than just interracial ways. Since this thinking has actually permeated most communities and not just the white community. I see it as being less a problem of the lack of deep thinking and more a product of the brainwashing stereotyping propaganda that we allow to be projected upon minorities.

See I believe that we as a society already have bad views of blacks and minorities in general. So when one commits some sort of offense against a person that will prompt them to then open the flood gates of racial hatred in the form of stereotyping. I have heard people say things such as “this is why you can’t do business with blacks,” after receiving some sort of bad service or whatever at the hands of a black business person.

The problem is that these people who had this bad encounter with blacks or black business owners and are now prone to be suspicious of all blacks, while they have had even more bad dealings with white people and white owned businesses. Yet, I personally have never heard a person become more suspicious of white people in general after some horrible event.

No one crosses the street to avoid white teen boys who just might pull out a rifle, hand gun or pipe bomb and go nuts like Robert Hawkins, Dylan Klebold or Eric Harris. Nor did anyone ever say “that’s why you can’t do business with whites” after Enron, WorldCom, AIG, Bernard Madoff, Michael Milkin or any of the plethora of other swindlers and bad business people who just so happen to be white that you can name.

Why don’t these thoughts ever cross the majority of people’s minds? This is due to the fact that white people have not been under any continuous character attacks as blacks have since the day we were first seen by white people who came into Africa. Because you see that this type of behavior isn’t exclusive to U.S. These actions are happening and have been happening everywhere around the world.

The constant barrage of negativity surrounding blacks is so bad that blacks themselves have been infected by it. We are suspicious of each other and thus we are some of the biggest perpetrators of this stereotyping. Just look at Bill Cosby, John McWhorter and even Barack Obama. They have all pointed the finger at blacks and made blanket statements about our supposed shamefulness for one reason or another.

The word black has been connected with all that is negative for so long I don’t think that there is a clear way to successfully separate the two. How do you sing the redemption of a word that symbolizes everything that we see as bad? Could we ever see the name Hitler as a positive thing? I doubt it. So in a sense we have created a neat little vicious cycle that will continue to vilify a group based on nothing more than a stereotype of negativity.

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Holding On To Racism

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I received a reply from a fellow named Charlie on my post “Kids will be kids unless they are black.” He said “It is far too easy for the black community to blame the negative view some white people may hold of blacks on racism, rather than taking a long hard look at the real causes of such ill feelings…” Now of course this got me to thinking about blame and negative views of different races.

What I commented back to him was the fact that not only blacks have a negative view from people around the world. White people have just as bad a reputation as black people. Now sure I will agree that blacks have been more maligned as most of the world is run by white people some of which seem to have no problem spreading hate about blacks the world over.

He wants to claim that blacks are holding on to racism instead of taking this long hard look at themselves or whatever. Has he or anyone who thinks as he does, ever taken a good long look at white people and their connection with racism? Black people aren’t the only ones holding on to racism.

In America the Native American, Hispanic, African American and Muslim are or have complained of racism at the hands of the white race. The Aborigine in Australia, blacks in South Africa, minorities in France, the UK, Italy, Ireland and just about any place with a minority population has or is complaining about racism by white people.

Is this some horrible case of mistaken identity or some colossal conspiracy that all these races have felt racially maligned by white people? Charlie wants black people to take a hard look at the real cause of such ill feelings all the while acting as if the white race has been nothing but accommodating and welcoming to those of other races.

This is by no means an accusation of the entire white race as being racist. This is just a reply to an idiot who also said that “Sadly the black community in the West only seems to re-enforce these stereotypes, then blame white people for thinking the worst of blacks.” And the way I see it, some in the white community only seem to reinforce the stereotype of white racism, then blame black people for thinking the worst of them.

So instead of people like Charlie always making each and every point they make about black people being filled with stereotypes of them being criminally inclined, future less high school drop outs, why don’t they try and go back even further. The reason they don’t is because it blows a big hole in their entire argument of blacks being somehow completely and utterly responsible for all of their bad press, bad conditions and everyone’s crime problem.

Charlie said that white people should have a higher crime rate and he is right white’s should have a higher conviction rate than blacks but they don’t. Why doesn’t he ask why? Why doesn’t he read the DOJ’s study on how the judicial system in America is biased? Why he doesn’t just look at the fact that if you are constantly profiling people by race and that race doesn’t include white people, they are going to get away with more crimes than the next person. It doesn’t mean they don’t commit crimes.

It is the same with the white kids drinking from my last post. If they were to go ahead and arrest them for these crimes, no matter how simple someone feels this crime is, the numbers would rise. If they were to spend the amount of time on fashion faux pas in the white area as they do in the black areas their numbers would rise.

And according to a 2005 study by the Justice Department found that while Hispanic, black and white drivers were stopped by the police about as often, Hispanic drivers or their vehicles were searched 11.4 percent of the time and blacks 10.2 percent of the time, compared with 3.5 percent for white drivers. I guess you think that this is an accident? And maybe, just maybe if they searched white people’s cars at the rate they do for Latinos and blacks they would be carting a bunch of them off to jail.

Data collected from state courts by the Justice Department also shows that a higher percentage of black felons than white felons receive prison sentences for nearly all offenses, and also that blacks receive longer maximum sentences for most offenses.  So like I said people need to start looking beyond the silly little stereotypes.

He claims that the black/white crime disparity shocked him.  What he should be shocked about is the fact that him and those like him want to play down, discount and overlook any and all racial disparity that exist in favor of this phony everybody is equal and somehow blacks are just doing everything wrong. Sometimes Charlie and those like him, racism plays a bigger role than any of you wishes to admit.

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