Racial Discrimination In America - One Woman's Perspective

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We all know what racial discrimination is. There are other terms and words used in reference to the same such as racism, racial prejudice, bigotry, apartheid, sectarianism, racialism and bias. There are other terms and words for this kind of discrimination, some that are not fit for this article, but you get the picture.

If you live anywhere on earth, and you have lived among other races and people, you have heard of or experienced racism. I believe the only people untouched by this prejudice are those who have no contact with anyone outside of their own world such as the remote people of Tibet, remote tribes of South America and maybe some remote places in Africa.

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What is Racism?

I am not going to use a dictionary to define this because the meaning is very clear. Racism is the dislike of someone because of the race in which they were born.

It’s not only about the color of the skin. As a matter of fact it was never really about skin color in the first place. It only became about skin color when Africans were described by skin color. For instance, the Japanese and Chinese have been at odds for hundreds of years because the Japanese thought that they were superior. They are two different races and they dislike each other; that’s racism.

There used to be strong discrimination between people of African descent and Indian descent as well, although many of them have similar skin tone; there goes racism.

This racial discrimination is not about black and white. There is prejudice among all races and there are many races on this planet.

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Racism And The Twenty First Century

A little history:

We understand where racism is coming from. We don’t condone it but we understand it. Some people at some point in history got the idea that they were superior and decided to make others suffer. We must also remember that racism did not begin when Africans became slaves. If you believe in the bible then maybe it’s time to start reading.

Do you remember the story of Noah? Noah was tired or drunk and had fallen asleep, his clothing had come loose and exposed his “privates”. His son Ham walked in while his father slept and went and told everyone what he saw. What did Noah do? He cursed Ham and told him;

Genesis 9:25: “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers”.

That was the beginning of the separation of Canaan and Israel. The Israelites were thereafter known as God’s chosen while Canaanites were heathens. Was this separation sanctioned by God? We aren’t sure.

The bible has so many instances of prejudice of all kinds including races, they are too many to name. However, we know that Rome hated Israel and Babylon was looked down upon by other people. Even now, the word Babylon is used to describe anything negative in my country.

Because of the numerous occurrences of segregation in the bible, there were many wars and most of them were fought for supremacy, nothing more. They were not fighting for the good of the people, it was all about which nation was superior. Greeks were thought of as giants and were feared for their superior stature. Israel, were feared because other nations feared the Israelite God.


There here and now

Don’t believe that because our civilization is modernized and racial integration and interracial marriages are seen as normal that it is any different from days of old. We have come a long way but I fear that we have gone about this all wrong.

Racism is alive and well and I honestly don’t see it dying until we have had a serious paradigm shift. Racism in the twenty first century is still barbaric and unfair, but if this was really sanctioned by God, then maybe there is nothing we can do about it. If God sanctioned it, not that I am saying he did, then he did it for a reason.

I don’t believe for one minute that God started this whole mess. But, he allowed it to happen then and it’s just as bad now. Much innocent blood has been shed in order to quell this monster but we still see instances of deep hatred to the little snide inferences about race. Where will it end?

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Why is Racism Still Alive?

When it comes to this kind of bigotry, there are different views. Some people have repulsion to races even drinking from the same cup, let alone having kids. Others feel that black or white are okay to be friends but never get married. Another set loves all people and it doesn’t matter from what race you belong, then there are silent ones who don’t give a dime about any of this.

There is a set of people who are openly racist. They are separatists and they feel that their race is superior. They believe in purging the human race of the race they hate (ethnic cleansing) and they abhor people who mix. These are NOT the people keeping racism alive!

Why?

These white supremists who hate black people, as we say in Jamaica, “like a dose of poison”, aren’t the ones who go around calling everyone else racist. They usually state their point of view and separate themselves from everything to do with “blacks”. You don’t hear their voices because they hate interacting with anyone who doesn’t share their views. As a matter of fact, these are not the most violent racists. By the way, "black separatists" also exist.

The ones who keep racism alive are mostly people like me, yes, colored/black/African descendants who cry racism at the drop of a hat, AND, those whites who keep categorically denying that they are racists but keep mentioning how racist black people are.


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Before you get your panties all in a bunch hear me out.

There are a number of African Americans who feel that their president owes them some sort of special attention because he’s black. They feel that every time a white person disagrees with his way of doing things they are racist. They cry racist if a white employer fires them. They cry racist if a white person kills a black person. They cry racist if a white person breathes too hard and the air catches them.They are the ones keeping racism alive.

Every time these African Americans draw this racist card, you will find some white people pointing out all the flaws of the black race, comparing a white shooting with a black shooting, and cycle goes on. They also keep racism alive.

In my humble opinion, in America, interracial killings are not seen as murder but racialism. It’s the blacks against whites. Dr. Martin Luther King is turning over in his grave after all the work he put in to make sure that blacks and white could stand in the same church. Rosa Parks is probably regretting having not gotten up from her seat when asked. The woman got jail time for what? So that half a century later people are still on about racist this and racist that?

Why can’t it be just murder? Why can’t it be just Americans. Why are black people in America called African Americans and whites called Americans. That’s the root of racism in America right there. There is still that separation of you vs. me. African Americans vs. Americans.

Bill Cosby once stated that he his was not born in Africa, his parents, grandparents, great-grand parents and maybe his great-great-grand parents were not born there. So he said he is American and don’t see why he should be called African American.

Morgan Freeman refuses to celebrate Black History month because it’s all about slavery. It’s as if the same people who decided that we need to be taught our history have conveniently forgotten the beginning of the black race. Somehow, we don’t see anything about black people before the slavery ship sailed from Africa. These are the people keeping racism alive.

The idea is kept alive by the very essence of what is taught. Telling the modern generation that white people are evil because they enslaved us if like fueling the fire with drops of gasoline. It keeps the flame alive.

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Until people:

  • stop seeing things in black and white
  • stop seeing people as different
  • stop referring to people by the race they descended from
  • accept that a nationality is based on where you were born rather than what race you came from
  • forget skin color
  • stop pulling the race card and be honest
  • stop talking about tolerance and talk about love. Tolerance implies you dislike but accept it for peace's sake.

....racism will still rein supreme. It's time to see people as people and the same as you. It doesn't matter where they are from or the color of their skin we are one people - human beings.

I really want to the day to come when I don't have the need to say "black" or "white". I really hate having to separate people like that. This barrier needs to tear down. I am praying for the day when people stop asking stupid questions like, "is he black or white?"


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Wayne Brown 2 years ago from Texas

I believe you have nailed it, Carolee. I certainly share your beliefs. I grew up in the deep south of the USA and witnessed a lot of the black/white racial strife of the 60's. At that point, it was not so much about "acts of racism" as it was a culture inherited from one generation to the next. That culture fed off of the ignorance and fears on both sides which were handed down through the generations. Those who captured black people in Africa and sold them into slavery were necessarily racist so much as simply greed-motivated. In other words, any being that they could sell into slavery represented a profit--skin color was not the primary consideration. I most definitely agree with your definition of the term "racism" and I also agree that it has become a tool of divisiveness and manipulation in the USA and other areas. Here, in the USA, we have race-baiters who work the black community continual beating the drum for racism when they really are looking for the opportunity to manipulate their own race for financial gain. We have politicians who keep framing the definition as "white/black" because that keeps the most division in our culture and allows them to work that division to their personal advantage politically. Prejudices exists throughout every culture, every skin color, and every region of the world. Discrimination takes place daily for a multitude of reasons which do not necessarily encompass race but could in select instances. So often, we are told what those in power want us to hear or what we want to hear as confirmation. For example, we were told that the first mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas was not an "act of terror" but one of "workplace violence" even though the shooter was shouting Islam terms during his killing acts. Here again, manipulation. If the races of this world are to respect each other and live together in harmony, we must eradicate the ignorance which feeds the fires of "racism" on all fronts and we must learn to look deep enough into issues and situations to see if the intent was racially-motivated. At this time, in the USA, our nation lives daily under the shadow of a giant racism threat--anyone criticizing the Obama Presidency or his administration is, first and foremost, a "racist". That perspective is total ignorance in action but it certainly has been an effective means to silence the media and those on the Right. I commend you for writing this informative piece. ~WB


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Wayne, I totally agree with you on that many of those who feed the race fire do so for their own benefits, whether it be political or financial. I also agree that those who sold the Africans in slavery were not racists, those were Arabs doing it for gain. This Obama things has gotten out of hand and I believe that African Americans are to be blamed for this most recent flare of racial separation in the US. It seems that Obama being black gives them a platform to at on their fears.

Thank you for you wonderful, informative comment.


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SubRon7 2 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Yes, that boy can sing. A good piece, Carolee, and it shows much research. And, yes, racism is still with us and I believe it always will be, but there are intelligent people everywhere who no longer see the colorful difference in people. I'd like to think I'm one of them, but I'm not, but trying, and will try to explain.

There are three black actors that I see as absolute heroes, not only that they are good actors. I would like to meet all three and shake their hand: Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington and Shemar Moore. To me, those three men (and others) are doing much just by setting the example.

At the same time there are black people I have no time for, but that's not a racist thing, I plain don't "like" them, just like there are white people I plain don't "like."

And, finally, there are the black youth. If I were to meet a group of them on the street it would make me very uncomfortable, but I would feel just as uncomfortable meeting a group of young whites.

Youths of any color, race, etcetera, of a certain range of age, are going to strike fear into the heart of most anybody, alone, meeting them on the street.


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi James, thank you.

I have no desire to meet a group of boys from my own neighborhood at night. You are far from racist. What I really can't stand the most is that some black people make it harder fro other black people. They act stupid and think they are representing the entire colored race which is far from the truth. There is racism here in Jamaica where many Jamaicans think that white people owe them something.

Thanks for reading and commenting. :)


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Wesman Todd Shaw 2 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

You mentioned Freeman and Cosby, and those two are sure role models...sadly, Oprah is the opposite sort, she makes a lot of money from keeping racism alive. Dave Chappelle was a one man racism killing machine...the legend or rumors go that Oprah and another man bought Dave out...paid him more than the 50 million he was offered for another season of the Chappelle Show....then he had a nervous breakdown.

I don't think people seem to remember much...but the Nazis considered all the white folks living to the East of Germany as inferior...they considered all Slavic persons as fit for slaves, and nothing more. It's damned hard to have a Russian and a German standing next to each other and know which one is which a lot of the times.

...nearly everyone considered the Irish "white niggers" for many years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Chappelle


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Wesman, I have been hearing about Oprah for a while but since I don;t follow her work, I have no idea about her beliefs. I usually follow people with similar beliefs as myself. All I know is, there is something about her that i just can't quite figure out.

I have seen Dave in a couple of movies and loves him! I had no idea what happened to him, that's too bad. Based on what I was reading he hated the time the show was taking away from him and preferred to do stand up. I think he was pushing himself too hard.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

What can i say but, You are spot on with your thinking! Greed fuels racism. People who runs this world care nothing about the simple man, as long as there is division, he profits. That's why the black people were not allowed to have a book, they knew if they ever learned to read, their hold on them would stop. When you mention the bible, i wonder about the stories. I believe in God, but some of his main people were cruel and full of hatred. I have another thought, When we die and go to heaven, all of God's people will be there, all colors. Great article, very thought provoking...


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Ruby. I wonder about the racism in the bible as well. We all will end up in heaven so what then? Racism is fueled byt those wh hate for no other reason than their own benefit. Thanks for always supporting me.


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Wayne Brown 2 years ago from Texas

Oprah, with her success, has had the opportunity to stand up and be a voice of reason for her race just as Bill Cosby so certainly has over these many years. Instead, she has elected to go the other way--the shining example being her defense of Obama and claiming that anyone who publicly disagrees with him is doing so for "racial" reasons. For a woman who is a billionaire, she is so demonstrating her ignorance. Obama with his belief and actions upsets me to no end because no true American would attempt to purposely do to America that which he has done or is attempting to do. That thinking, that focus and agenda, has absolute nothing to do with skin color and ethnicity but everything to do with subscribing to progressive socialist principles--principles which have long since proven to be a failed philosophy and have long since been landmarks to the path to communism. We are damned as racist if we attack Obama but it is okay for him to wage all out war on the middle income earners of America. Chaos and division breed power and control and that is the name of their game. ~WB (PS: In my first comment above, in reference to the slave-traders, there should be a "NOT" associated with the "necessarily".


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hey Wayne, I have no been following the political side. I have seen views expressed so I really don;t understand what the president is up to. However, I have been following the racial aspect of it and it has angered me. African Americans sometimes forget that they aren't the only people of color. They act as if they were the only people to ever suffer injustice. I think they are spoiled because they have been complaining for years and the white Americans accommodate them because the coloreds used the guilt card. This race thing got worse when Obama became president. From the very beginning I heard people saying the finally the US had a black president; that statement alone is racist.


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ahorseback 2 years ago

As Wayne Brown says ," I believe you nailed it Carolee", and you have , Morgan freeman also said , when asked about the best thing to do about racism today in America said " Wee need to stop talking about it !", Yet I believe an article like this one is the best way to discuss racism or Prejudice ! As you suggest any and all races , ethnicities , colors or nationalities are at fault . I believe ignorance can be a plague of the worst kind !, No - is the worst plague of our time ! God , I have missed your wisdom !........Ed


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hey my Horseback friend. Thanks for you wise words. I think when people realize they have more in common than they originally thought, then maybe they'll start loving each other.


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Alphadogg16 2 years ago from Texas

Very interesting look at racism Cardisa. People tend to fear what they don't understand. No one is genetically predisposed to dislike or hate another person, this is a learned behavior, & until it's stopped being taught by the older generations, it will never go away. Thumbs up on your hub.


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Alphadog16. I agree, that the older generation has a lot to do with how our generation view race. What's also interesting is that piratically no nation is "pure".


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B. Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

A thoughtful and thought-provoking essay.


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Brian. I appreciate the visit and comment. :)


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carrie Lee Night 2 years ago from Northeast United States

Voted useful and interesting :) A very well written hub exploring a sometimes difficult issue to talk about. I'm not going to share my personal beliefs on the matter because I'm still learning :). Thank you for taking the time to write what's close to your heart. Have a wonderful week.


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

HI Carrie, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a wonderful comment. Please enjoy the rest of your week as well.


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

Great article, just wrote one on Donald Sterling and his foolish racist comments to his half African American/ Half Mexican girlfriend. He really made an idiot out of himself. Racism still exists and it's sad.


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Joedolphin88, I found it really hilarious that he would make such remarks to a part colored girl. The fact that he has a girlfriend like her would make people think he isn't racist. However, his words were his won downfall. I suppose he has the mentality that he can always bed the colored but he doesn't have to like them. It reminds me of the slave masters who bedded the black girls but hated them at the same time...really sick.


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Raul Sierra 2 years ago from El Paso, Texas

Great topic, Cardisa. So many great points. The biblical overtones in the bible really got me thinking. Maybe there should be more discussion about its effects on racism in america.


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Raul. Thank you. We seem to forget that racism did not start with the enslavement of the African people but way before that, thousands of years ago. There are many instances in the bible where people are pitted against each other based on their race.


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

Yeah he is a confused individual what I found the worst part is as a Jewish man he should know what bigotry is about, I come from that background and know how much anti-Semitism goes around in this country. It's weird to see a minority not have compassion for another minority group. He's just a spoiled sick individual I guess.


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Joedolphin, I am not sure I follow or or understand to whom you refer.


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

Sorry it was a continuation, we were talking about Donald Sterling


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ahorseback 2 years ago

Cardisa , talk about an intelligent woman now ! , and a beauty too my friend ! Perhaps people of color [skin color] were placed here on earth and remain the same from the beginning of time , Just to remind us ALL that inside we are the very same ! God ! - For all of the advances of mankind we sure have failed when it comes to our truly "seeing" one another for who we really are ! I have said from the beginning , four years ago , that you have an amazing soul ! And do you ever . I love your insights into all of our souls - Shhhh don't tell anyone else but I still secretly love you !.......Your old buddy Ed ! ++++++


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

lol, sorry, I was a bit confused, thought it was based on the comment by the other hubber...lol Yes, I heard he is not a nice man at all. I cannot understand how he had a Mexican girlfriend. She looks black!


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

My Horseback friend.....shhhh, and I still have a crush on you!

thanks my friend. You always know how to make a lady feel good. Thanks for the wonderful comment.


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

She was half black half mexican


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

That explains her looks. So in Sterling's mind, it's alright to sleep with a black woman but still hate her race?


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

Exactly, its a confusing and highly hypocritical thing.


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Great and analytical article. Racism, unfortunately, is going to stay with us in one form or another. If not overt, it is going to be covert. However, racism is no excuse to not be successful, educated, and to use one's God-given potential to be the very best person one can be. It is also not an excuse to succumb to the victimology mindset and consciousness that it is no use of bothering as society, the establishment, or the man is against me. Many of our most successful people viewed racism as an impetus to spur them on to success and acclaim. It is only a weak person who uses racism as an excuse NOT TO BE.


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Gmwilliams, thanks for stopping by and reading my article. I agree with you. Racism is no excuse not to achieve your goals or be ambitious in the first instance. I realize that many people of color use it as an excuse to expect handouts. They are lazy and unproductive. These are the people who always cry racism at the drop of a hat because they survive from this.

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