Is Racism Still Alive Today?

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Even Though Obama Is President

February is Black History Month. However, even though we celebrate Black History Month, racism is still alive and well in the U.S. today. There is much proof to this as I wrote in another hub Why are Aren't African Americans Included In History Classes In Schools? In that hub, I listed some African American who had contributed to our history and helped our country become what it is today.

This hub is different, then the rest of my hubs, but I am still writing it. African Americans are still life is much more difficult then it is for white people and here are just a few of the ways.

1) Almost 1 in 10 of black men are in prison, while black women are 7 times more likely to be in prison then white women.

2) In 1999 The median income for African Americans was $31,778 compared to $51,224 for White Americans.

3) Access to Health Care is a major problem for African Americans. 23% of African Americans have no health coverage at all. Black people die on average 6 years earlier then white people.

4) School Finance is another problem. Millions of African Americans do not get the education that is equal to the education white children get. This is because it has been decided that the money the school gets it from property tax. If schools don't get enough money then they cannot provide a quality education. This is not fair. If all schools got the same amount of money every student regardless of race, would get the same quality of education.

5) African Americans are 5 times more likely to be pulled over by the police for no reason, except that they are black.

These are only a few examples of racism that exist in our society today, even though we have a president who is bi-racial. I myself have experienced racism, but only insults. I have a father who black, he is not my biological father, but is still my father. We get strange looks when we go out shopping, or go somewhere for any reason. Once we were even insulted verbally. I turned around and wanted to insult that person also. However, my father put his hand on my shoulder, and told me to let it go and forget about it. He told me it you don't forget about the insults they can burn up inside you. So, next time it happens just think they don't know us, and they don't know anything.

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jonnycomelately 4 years ago from Tasmania

Michele, thank you for starting this hub. I am with you here, wish to support you and your cause.

Yet how can I do justice to your cause? I am just a small, insignificant human being in the world.

The bias which you speak of is not confined only to the united States of America. The Aboriginal people here in Australia find the same discrimination. There is even discrimination amongst different groups of dark-skinned people in Africa, one against another. Sometimes this can be felt worse than between a black person and a white person.

I do not know what we can do about it. What is it that makes us humans so intollerant of others?

Is it fear, do you think? Is it an instinctive response to the unknown, the unfamiliar, the stranger?

Maybe if we can explore the real reasons behind prejudice, then use our good sense and minds to work out strategies, so we can become more like brothers and sisters? Loving ones, that is.


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Cat R 4 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

I am a 'mutt' that grew up in Germany with other 'mutts'. When I came to the U.S. I was often treated bad because of something that happened before my Mom was born.

Sad thing is that none of us can truly claim to be 'full-blooded'! Like the expensive dog-breeds too many favor over 'mutts', we are all 'mutts'.

A little respect for diversity and somebody else's believes would go such a long way!


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peoplepower73 4 years ago from Placentia California

I was stationed in Biloxi Mississsippi in the 50's and I saw prejudice in it's truest form. People are not born prejudice, they are taught it. Thanks for this hub and thanks for SHARING.


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Mary Neal 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia, USA

It is not merely racism. If everyone shared the same race, people would discriminate against each other based on some other physical attribute. That is why there are wars in Africa. Expecting one's enemies to always be of another race is a mistake that oppressors can take advantage of easily. Bigotry in America is more a class problem today than a race problem. The reason African Americans feel the effects of class bigotry more is because the have-nots are most oppressed. Blacks and whites in the 1% and those who are striving to get there unite against poor and working class Americans of every race. Google my poem, "Elite Integration, by Mary Neal." While working class people and the poor engage in infighting over racial prejudice, the elite laugh at our division, knowing that our collective attention is not on the fact that they own and control 95% of the wealth while we scrap over 5% or less. Let's get together. According to Genesis 11:6, if we unite, we can have whatever we want, even real democracy. Blessings!


Sooner28 4 years ago

Wow. I completely agree that racism is alive and well today. That's why I found it to be completely moronic when some people claimed that America had become a post racial society with the election of Obama. Many of the responses on the right to him have shown America has a long way to go. Good hub.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Johncomelately you are correct, it is in the entire world, but I do not know how to stop it. I know as I wrote in another hub that God loves all of us, but not everyone even agrees to that. Your comment is very good. And thank you very much for your comment.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Peoplepower73 You are correct. When children are small and go to pre-school they play with all the children. It is only when they get older, the racism sets in. Thank you very much for you comment.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Mary Neal thank you for sharing, you have made a wonderful comment. I hope more people read you hub.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Sooner28 Thank you for your comment. It is so true, people did believe that when Obama became president racism would die off, they were wrong.


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

This is so true what you have written. There is so much of discrimination out there still that it is sad. I am thankful that you wrote this for other people to read and maybe make a difference by making some changes about these situations. Voted up, interesting and useful.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

It is so sad to see how intolerant and ignorant people are in today's society. The color of our skin, the country we come from, the size of our feet...what difference? It just makes people different, not better not worse. I pray it ends and hope we can all do what it takes. Voted up.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

rlaha thank you for you comment. It is so true. I wish all of us can make a difference I have read other hubs on this site about racism, they are all good, and wonderful.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

tillsontitan, your comment is wonderful. People are ignorant when it comes to the color of skin to the size of our feet. But, when it comes to our inside, we all have the same color of blood, bones, DNA things like that. Thank you for you comment.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

You have a good father.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Oh this hub touched my heart so...I adopted two babies 25 years ago that are bi racial. My son looks more black than bi racial. I can tell you so many funny stories..I say funny as the reactions of others have been priceless. My husband who is caucasion has got many looks when his 6 foot black son leans over to him in public and says Hey Dad!...we have kept a sense of humor about it all..you have too..I love our colorful family and would not have it any other way..love is love.


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

Such a wonderful Hub Michele. As a pastor and having been born and raised in Miami, FL which is mult-ethnic and multi-cultural, my kids were raised as was I with people from all walks of life as friends and most of our churches were as well.

When we moved to deep South Texas nearly 12 years ago, my middle son says, "Dad, where are all the black people?" Well there are almost none here in the Rio Grande Valley and we suddenly found out why. This is a 95% Mexican American (and nothing against Mexican Americans; these are just facts) community which is extremely prejudice to almost anyone but themselves, blacks,whites, Asians,etc. It has bee an eye opener into the understanding of the FEELINGS of blacks and others who have been prejudiced against for so long in the rest of the USA. I as a white person, can be in line at a McDonalds and be totally over looked as are Blacks and Asians.

A black gentlemen was here on business recently and he and I were standing in line at a McDonalds and other people are cutting in line and the cashier was acting like we didn't exist. He says to me, "Is it like this all the time?" I said yes it is. He remarked that he now understood what his Daddy had gone through and he couldn't believe this kind of prejudice still exist. My sons and myself have been denied jobs and housing because we were not Mexican American.

Black Americans sometimes have to live in temporary executive housing for a year at a time because of the hesitation of realtors to even help them. Yes, racism is still alive and well. So very sad. I am even trying to move from this area because of it.

We slowly but surely are getting a Black population here because there are jobs here and the EOC is coming down on businesses who do not have blacks or whites employed. In essence, I am TOTALLY with you on this. We need to remember also with President Obama, that it is not his race but rather his policies and politics which are becoming offensive to Most Americans. The fact that a Black American can be elected does speak volumes that we are making strides in racism but we have a long way to go. I voted UP all across except for funny. Great job Michele.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you, I agree


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

You are wonderfu1! Love is love, so many people do not truly understand that. Thank you very much for your comment.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Dr.T Thank you once again for your comment. It very good. A lot of people do not believe that this country is racist because of Obama, but he has nothing to do with it. I love your comment.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

What a good hub story in support of diversity. Being hispanic I can relate to the ignorance of racism. My family has been discriminated against through jobs, school activities, social interaction that have almost left scars on the heart. I agree with your father; you must let it go and forget. Racism is ugly and affects most of us in one way or another. It is a learned trait. Those of us who believe in justice and fair treatment for all must not imitate racism or retaliate evil for evil but must continue to model goodness and integrity. Voted up!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

teaches12345 you are very strong and intelligent, like my father. It has not harmed him because he decided not to let it harm him. I wish more people could do the same thing. I also wish we could erase it, but I know that will not happen soon. Thank you for your comment. Your comments are always wonderful.


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jonnycomelately 4 years ago from Tasmania

Michelle, I hesitate to reply at this stage to a wonderful hub, and all the posts so far have been extremely positive. I just hope my post here does not change that, but there is something I must say, personally.

That prejudice which has been highlighted here, is also felt by others in our society, worldwide. I am speaking of such examples as: being of an immigrant group, like asian; or african; or anything different from the "normal" people in a society; persons with Down's Syndrome; Cerebro-Palsy; Epilepsy; midgets and dwarfs; the blind; the deaf (who are usually "invisible" because often we cannot "see" a deaf person). And the group which includes myself, the GLBT people, who give so much to society but are not allowed to show our true personage in many social settings.

All, I suggest, brought about by unintentional ignorance or fear of difference, period.

Keep up the good dialogue, everyone, please.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

jonnycomelately I agree with you, you wrote an amazing commant. There are many people who are included in not only racism but a personal type of racism. There is a lot of violence in this which should stop at once. And yes, many people have given to society wonderful things. People know a lot about what has been given to them, but not about who has given it too them. Your comment is wonderful, just wonderful. Thank you so much.


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

I must agree with Jonnycomelately in that there is also racism within various races around the world, not just in the US. No matter where or how racism is displayed it is a behavior that is taught and appears to be rooted in insecurity and fear of a person or group of people that may not be well acquainted with the person displaying racist behavior. Perhaps by putting others down the racist feels a few steps above? What an empty feeling that must be. A requirement of racism is that there must be a lack of consideration for another person's feelings or right's. I find it difficult to understand that so many people have a problem with simply saying hello, building a rapport, and starting a dialogue to learn and exchange? What's equally confusing is the fact that some racist people will attempt to hide their racism and date people of another race yet still hold the racist beliefs.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Express10 thank you for your comment. It would be nice if people would just start talking with each other. Another thing, I have never heard of anyone who is racist, yet dates people they are racist against. That is interesting.


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

Oh yes. How do I say it so that it isn't vulgar...they are not a majority but are racist as long as there is zero chance for sex. For example, if they are a man, they treat males of other races horribly but are somehow open to or actively seeking black, Asian, or Latinas. They act differently when they believe they have a chance with a lady of another race and hide their beliefs. This is not something that is very common, but it happens.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Well it is vulgar, and I don't understand them. Even if it is not common it is still evil. There is so much in the world that is evil, and there is still a lot of racism when it goes from country to county. It makes me sick. It really does.


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Brinafr3sh 4 years ago from West Coast, United States

Hi Michele, This is sad but true, racism is still alive today, especially in some rural areas. Being racist is a sign of hate and ignorance. Our God in heaven is not pleased with any racist activity. Voted up.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Brinafr3sh you are so right! It is a sign of hate and ignorance. I do believe God is not please with this. I think it was created by the evil one. I truly believe that.


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dragupine 4 years ago

It's so sad that even today racism still exists. I am doing a report on racism at school so thank you for this hub; it gave me some really good info and a real-life example of racism today. I believe we should put a final end to racism because how is it fair to judge someone solely on the color of their skin?


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

dragupine thank you do much! I am glad this hub was able to help. No, it is not fair to judge on the color of skin. It is stupid, and ignorant to judge on the color of skin.


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dragupine 4 years ago

Exactly what I think. And when you think about it, it's the same as saying "you don't get the same rights as other people because you have green eyes." It's no different from that, and when you hear how stupid that sounds, you realize how stupid racism is.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Green eyes is a good example. There are lot of examples you could use for the stupidity of racism. Like red hair. People with red hair don't have the same rights as others. LOL, you could even piss off the racists, I have done that before. Sorry...


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dragupine 4 years ago

haha yeah i remember a few years ago i was at a summer camp and we were going around in a circle saying our name, age, and something interesting about us. So this one girl said her name and age and then said she was Chinese. I'm chinese, so i immediately felt a link with this girl. But then this other kid was like, "How do you say hello in chinese? Koneechiwah!" which really pissed me off because "koneechiwah" is japanese, not chinese, and even if it was chinese that's still really mean so i went up to him after we finished with everyone and said, "okay, first of all, that thing about koneechiwah wasn't cool because that was totally racist, and second of all koneechiwah is japanese not chinese, so if you really want to say something like that you should at least get your facts straight because someday you'll end up looking like a complete fool." and then I walked away. Only now i kinda wish i'd slapped him...


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

You did the right thing. You told him he was racist, and stupid, but didn't hit him. That was perfect! If you had hit him, he would have forget everything except a fight is a fight. Now, he knows he is an idiot.


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dragupine 4 years ago

haha thanks. i really really wish racism didn't exist but sadly it does...


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

This is one an example of racism History has given credit to Thomas Edison for the invention of the light bulb, why aren't we taught that Lewis Latimer's innovations towards it's developments? Until Latimer's process for making carbon filaments, Edison's light bulbs would only burn for minutes.

Latimer's would burn for hours.

Latimer was Black, Edison was White. There a so many more examples in history that are like this. I wrote a hub on this, which you probably read. But, it only listed a few. There are so many examples that it it makes me feel horrible.


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dragupine 4 years ago

And you know what's really sad? I didn't even KNOW that! Which is really really stupid! I will definitely include that in my speech. Maybe i'll even start out my speech with that fact! Thanks!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

No, Thank you!


Joeythegrreat 4 years ago

Very good article Michele I am doing a similar hub about this issue but told in a different way. I will follow you so you could read mine to someday, thanks for the hub you made.


Billy Bob 4 years ago

when was this published


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

This hub was published 3 months ago Billy Bob.


Billy Bob 4 years ago

Thank-you. Research project.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

you are welcome


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

And Classism


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Mhatter99 that is true also, people who earn less money are called lazy, or bums. Thank you for telling me that. I wish more people would learn of this.


catcat 4 years ago

im doing a project about racism for school im going to highschool and will add some facts from here in. thanks


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michememe 4 years ago

Your father told you right. He's a handsome man by the way. Really good information you put out here.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

catcat you are welcome, thank you for using the facts. The facts do need to be put out there for everyone.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

michememe He is wonderful, he knows a lot more then a lot of people. I will tell he he is handsome :)


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S Leretseh 4 years ago

REGARDING INCOMES:: In the 1960s, African Americans barged into white people's bushinesses in predominantly black communities and looted and burned 10s of thousands of them; and attacked white people by the hundreds solely because of their race. Result? White people fled ("white flight"). You don't think all racism by blacks had a very negative impact on the standard of living of blacks in the communities where these attacks occurred?

Then there's the almost 60% of black males in urban America dropping out of high school. THAT can't possibly be the fault of white people, can it? And doesn't that hurt the incomes of blacks?

REGARDING HEALTH:: Recent data shows 81.2% of black women are overweight. This, at least it seems to me, is directly tied to health...and it's also a personal choice.

http://thegrio.com/2010/06/21/how-obesity-has-beco...

All the racism I'm seeing today where violence is involved is coming from African Americans. I wonder why you have chosen to ignore that fact? As for the insulting comments you said you endured at the hands of white people, at least you didn't hv to go thru this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAfjCjgjyA0

p.s. I do want to wish you and your dad much happiness and good health. Also, a fair and balanced approach to racism today is where I think people should be heading. And that includes NOT ignoring black racism. In 2005, the DOJ found that over 90% of all violence that crossed racial lines came from African Americans...and their exclusive targets? White people.


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dragupine 4 years ago

@ Michele Travis, i finished my paper on racism for school. I am hoping to make a hub out of it sometime, so i would be honored if you read it and commented when i get around to creating it.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

dragupine I would love to do that. I am sure it would be a wonderful hub.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

S Leretseh perhaps you should check this out. You are only looking at one side of the fence. I have seen both sides. That is the reason I write about racism.

http://youtu.be/mrlYK3jwWZs


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S Leretseh 4 years ago

Michele, I hv also spend much time researching racism/hate and violence in America. And I do believe I am fully informed on both sides of the racial divide as to how much racism/hate and violence is out there, particularly between white and black. Here is a site I created which might be of interest to you. I have cataloged all the white-on-black crime victims since 1970 (black person is seriously injured or dead) that I could find on the Internet. I certainly have missed a few but I'm pretty sure, after 3 years of diligent searching, I hv found the vast majority of the incidences. The results might surprise you.

http://theinjusticefile.blogspot.com/2010/09/white...


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

S Leretseh this is another thing I read. There is a lot we need to do, to decrease these crimes. I hope you understand this.

Oct-15-2008 07:27

Black on White Crime?

Op-Ed by Tim King Salem-News.com

It was only 50 years ago that whites in the south murdered and attacked African Americans almost routinely, without repercussion from police.

Image courtesy: quakerhouse.org

(SALEM, Ore.) - I can't believe there is a discussion on this subject, in fact I think the whole 'black on white' crime idea is a non-subject. What kind of rocket scientist does it take to simply look at the plight of the African/American? They were slaves in some cases, just four generations ago. How could any race or group of human beings recover from that in less than 140 years?

Take the case of Emmett Till, a small 14-year old youth from Chicago who in 1955, went to Mississippi to visit family. He was accused of disrespecting a white woman, and he was brutally murdered by a band of white adults over it.

This happened 53 years ago. That is not what I would consider distant history by any means.

His brutal murder sparked the Civil Rights movement, and caused a nation to confront its own racist conscience.

After Emmett came Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King and others who waged and won a very complex and brutal campaign against bigotry that brought a degree of equality to Americans of all colors. They were giant steps, but this is a never-ending road and somewhere along the line our society took an offramp.

Racial bigotry is still a part of modern southern culture; it is programmed into the minds of young people who are helpless to find a different and better perspective, and it is a problem in all 50 states, though nothing like in the smaller and more rural communities found throughout the land of Dixie.

It is a mind boggling problem, and it extends from hillbilly towns, to metropolis downtown's, and into the U.S. military. One Indiana National Guard soldier in Iraq recently stated to me, "I don't know of a single white soldier in the Indiana Guard who would vote for Barack Obama because he is black." The soldier also said that he hopes some day there is "a race war" in the United States. Of course as soon as a black soldier walked nearby, his racist commentary fell silent.

It was only 50 years ago that whites in the south murdered and attacked African Americans almost routinely, almost without repercussion from police.

The election of a black President in the United States would bring a redeeming quality that some perhaps could care less about, but our nation desperately needs. As his opponents do their best to bring destruction, Obama only seems to grow stronger. Perhaps the polls will hold true and he will soon be elected. The most important thing for everyone is to vote for the candidate who they believe will represent their values, not their skin color.

Black on white crime is still a problem to me because the road many African/Americans have to travel is full of hazards and perils that white people largely fail to understand. It is true that far too many black males commit crime, there is no question about it. In fact the last time I checked, there are more black men serving time in prison that enrolled in college. That, I hope we could all agree, is a national shame.

Rather than turning toward prejudice, we have to look at the reasons things have turned out this way. You can't treat a race of people in a way that shifts from slavery to cultural poverty, and then expect there to be no lasting impact. The fact so many hundreds of thousands of black Americans have found prosperity is proof that all people can at least eventually, rise from the ranks of poverty.

The work left behind by the greed of a former slave-owning society is not done. Black people do not choose to have extremely challenging lives, but that is what many are given. Some day when the rich bear more of their fair share of government taxation, we may see a reduction in crime. The only way to have a law abiding and safe society is to create an economy that is realistic.


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jonnycomelately 4 years ago from Tasmania

Folks, please excuse me if I offer some thoughts here. I do not live in the USA, but feel the effects of racial disharmony even in Australia. It seems that the more a society is exposed to differences of skin colour and culture, the better the society is at handling those differences.

A fear and distrust of difference is inherent for us....there seems to have been a genetic benefit from such distrust, because it makes the "tribe" safer from outside antagonism. Just understanding this point helps us to find solutions for the way forward, I feel.

Rather than keep forcing attention on the skin-colour differences, maybe we could start to attack the sources of hatred and misunderstanding.

Most of the movies made today portray some kind of social disharmony - i.e., hatred, disagreement, etc. The most common solution offered in those situations is "go get the gun!" Shoot it out. Don't bother with discussion or negotiation. Pull out a pistol. Get the "problem" out of the way. Do you imagine such emphasis goes unnoticed by the subliminal brain? Of course it does not. Our world is full of communities where the gun reigns supreme.

Video Games --- I have not watched them, ever, right through... but a few small snippets I have noticed some time back, showed ultra violence perpetrated by one man (or masculine-looking female) upon another. A sort of dog-eats-dog scenario. Computerized graphics, somewhat unreal-looking people, sufficiently less like a real human that you can feel comfortable about shooting them dead. You don't want to be left with too much of a guilty conscience, do you? I mean, this is a game...not supposed to be real! Yet the producers of such trash know just how to attract a buyer, usually a teenage young man. There's a lot of easy money tied up in those DVDs, so who cares what it will do to the minds of our young people?

This is not racism, or racial prejudice. It's money-mounted immorality.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

jonnycomelately Wow, that is something I have not thought of but you are so right about that. My child has video games and what happens in them is exactly what you wrote as well as movies. You are also correct about discrimination or even hatred in other groups not just racial or color of the skin. An entire hub could be written about what you wrote. All the people who are discriminated against. Women, LGBS ( I hope I wrote that correctly) and many more. So many are discriminated, and even hated. You have written a fantastic and very true comment. Thank you so much for the clarification.


somethingswrong 4 years ago

To S Lereshe, I have to agree with some of your points. Many Blacks are hateful towards their own race (they show this by making hateful comments to each other, the high crime against their group, and the jealousy that is displayed when another individual from their race achieves success). However, they experience double prejudiced. Regardless of how much they showcase prejudice within their own race. Most of this stems from learned behavior, the lack of positive role models, and the lack of opportunity. I don’t think that this behavior would be so prevalent if the opportunity was there. They don’t have a lot to look forward to (not attempting an excuse but can’t overlook the reason).

Parents can help to change this, creation of after school activities and an insertion of positive role models (because you are what you learn). How many times have you provided volunteer services to urban children to help encourage them or to help them to realize their potential? Not many people can say that they do this because not many people care. They care about themselves, their family, and their community.

But let us not overlook the issues that are presented by individuals from other races. Blacks have a greater difficulty finding employment, (based on their race), they are automatically looked down upon by many, and they are not even viewed as human to some. If they receive any government assistance it is because “they are lazy” as opposed to experiencing a drop in their income, while individuals from other races are never looked down upon when they seek and receive the same assistance.

It is a bit difficult to feel empowered when you are being criticized for something that you CANNOT change, (the color of your skin). While most people like to condemn individuals for bringing up race as a determining factor in specific situations, it is a true issue. Why is it is o.k. to stereotype, and act in a racist manner, but it is never o.k. to defend it? If a person does attempt to defend themselves against racism, they are playing “the race card”. Whatever is said is always spun to push people away from the truth that racism does still exist. It was hidden for a while (until Pres. Obama was elected) but now it is back out in the open.

Why is the world is so hate driven? Too many people are contradicting the bible and using it as a defense for hatred and evil. The bible is against hate, but we hate individuals from other races, we hate individuals that are gay, we hate individuals that are DIFFERENT from us. I don’t understand how people can be so self-righteous based on their achievements, appearance, and their material gains. You have achieved a certain level in life, but God can give and take away in a flash. We are supposed to be people of God but we are constantly looking down on others simply because they are different. It is o.k. for the people of the world to have separate views. We are not all the same so we can’t think the same, act the same, or look the same. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to see people that claim to be true God loving American individuals behave in such a way. We condemn the poor for being poor and translate their hardships to laziness when this interpretation most likely isn’t true. Whatever happened to the good and the bad (actually taking the time to get to know a person before we determined who they were)? We will never unite, and it’s without good reason as to why.


Wrighteous one 4 years ago

Most people wouldn’t do this but I’m going to be real: Racism is still present in America no matter where you are and I’m tired of it. People please don’t think that he higher up you are and the more money you make that you are immune. I thought that leaving small time Albany that I could get away from racist mentalities. I thought a big city had more to offer than the slave ship they call Phoebe Putney. The money is great but the mentality is the same. So where is the end? I work a huge facility were me and my boss are the only black Manager and Director team and it makes no sense that we have to witness some of the stupidity that goes on. Let alone the fact that we must work 3 times as hard as they do or mind you that my boss is the only Director in the hospital that cannot hire or fire without major justification. When we make the slightest mistake it’s a huge issue and when they make a major mistake it is down played. They are always saying slick stuff to push our buttons or say things that they might think are compliments that are really rude. Case in point: my boss and I walk into a meeting with all the other Directors. I have on a black blouse one of the other Directors say to meet with a room full of people “I really like your shirt it really matches your skin tone and laughs”. Everyone at the table look at me and some say yeah that’s really nice on you. My boss and I looked at each other and we both were pissed. We found that comment totally offensive but the thought it was a compliment. I have even had another Manager email her husband a comment about me and her husband “mistakenly” cc’d the email to me. When she found the mistake she repeatedly called my phone harassing me not to tell my boss. I called my boss on 3 way had let her hear the conversation for proof. But the hospital HIPPA board found that it was not a violation nor an issue that a 40 year employee should be fired for. When asked why she did it her reply was that I was mean and didn’t speak to her……..What? I can go on and on with different situations that just make no sense. My boss is older; very passive and says we should just pray and press on. She has been there taking this for over 20 years and I don’t see how. To me this means that the money that they pay her is of more value than her respect. That has been pressing on my mind for a while. But that is not me I am fed up. When we are as African-Americans going to demand fair respect for who we are and what we know only, not what we look like? When are we going to also see that slavery and racism are still here that they just have evolved? They don’t know what it’s like to be in a meeting and to have a person go around a table and shake everyone’s hand but yours. Or to have all “black” questions directed at you? And most of all to hear a political conversation (as a non participant) and someone say that “Obama ran the country just like I knew a black man would”? What is that supposed to mean? I have worked hard to get my education and to get where I am to be disrespected by anyone. I don’t care if they fire me for this #justsayingthough.


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S Leretseh 4 years ago

somethingswrong ,

“However, they experience double prejudiced”

No they don't. Such broad-brush conclusions are difficult to respond to.

“They [blacks] don’t have a lot to look forward to”

Implying it's white people that are responsible for blacks happiness? Making white people responsible does hv a history tho... It was white peoples fault because blacks didn't build any urban housing (hence the Fair Housing Act -1968). It was white peoples fault blacks didn't create any political environments thru their own created tax base (hence, the 1965 Voting Rights Act); it was white peoples fault that blacks didn't build any industries between 1865 and 1964, and didn't provide enough - not even a small faction of the necessary amount – of occupations for their own people.

“Blacks have a greater difficulty finding employment, (based on their race), they are automatically looked down upon by many, and they are not even viewed as human to some”

60% of black males drop out of high school. Think that has something to do with it?

“It is a bit difficult to feel empowered when you are being criticized for something that you CANNOT change, (the color of your skin).”

No one criticizes blacks for being black. Such nonsense. You're trying to create pity.

“Whatever is said is always spun to push people away from the truth that racism does still exist.”

White racism? Where is it? No people in human history hv EVER received more because of the color of their skin than blacks in America. Further, Blacks demanded what no people in human history EVER demanded: INTEGRATION. They did NOT demand self-determination as a people. Every people in human history claiming oppression has always demanded self-determination – or separation and autonomy. Blacks demanded the complete opposite. It's not white peoples fault that they're not integrating property – that is, to suit the blacks. There's no template on how to integrate two (or more) different races into ONE peoples created society. White people did not hv to go down the road of forced integration, but they did. Not enthusiastically, but, they did. And everywhere in America white people have followed the new (since 1964) integration laws. Any many a black has become monstrously rich filing a discrimination lawsuit where they “claim” white people didn't integrate according to the new written rules. As for violent racism, I provided a link above that shows blacks are the major perpetrators of violent racists acts (more than 90% in America). And their exclusive targets are white people.

“We will never unite, and it’s without good reason as to why.”

There is a perfectly good reason. It's called human nature.

IMO, the political and economic system that white people built (from 1790 to 1964) is now crumbing because of the forced integration and multi-culturalism "new" rules. The best solution, aagain, IMO, is for American blacks to be masters of their own destiny. They've never demanded it, but maybe it's time they do.


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jonnycomelately 4 years ago from Tasmania

somethingswrong and Wrighteous one, I love your power and forthright words. Big hugs to you both, please keep it coming!


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jonnycomelately 4 years ago from Tasmania

S Leretseh, having read through your Profile, I fail to see the deeper you.... it's all a lot of statement, but very little clarification.

So, I will simply address what you have written in this post by asking you a question or two:

Do you have any good close friendships with people who have a different skin colour? Can you speak to and listen to a person of a different skin colour, simply treating that person as human like yourself?

Can you understand that there is no such thing as "race?" That we are all human, one species, not separate? We all can have the same needs, aspirations, hopes, desires and feelings?

Can you see that the biggest hurdle we need to overcome is the instinctive reaction to what is "different?"

If you would have an "Integrated" United States of America, maybe individuals like your self need to work on your fears and your prejudice - because these emotions tend to cloud your reasoning.


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S Leretseh 4 years ago

"S Leretseh, having read through your Profile, I fail to see the deeper you.... it's all a lot of statement, but very little clarification."

The "clarification" is in in my Hubs.

"Do you have any good close friendships with people who have a different skin colour? Can you speak to and listen to a person of a different skin colour, simply treating that person as human like yourself?"

I can only say that in my life I have never treated a person disrespectfully because of skin color. And I am not going to be forced into the foolish game of listing events in my life where I "proved" I am not racist/prejudiced, etc.

"Can you understand that there is no such thing as "race?"

Tell that to the US gov't. Every year the US gov't publishes the Gov't Statistical Abstracts. It breaks down America by race and ethic groups. If you want to start with race nullification, start there. Why go after me?

In my Hubs I have cited only what I hv seen recorded from human history up until forced integration (Civil Rights Act) was created in 1964. There was no Constitutional basis for it. There was no historic precedent for it. White people did create a social-engineering experiment. It does seem to be failing.

"maybe individuals like your self need to work on your fears and your prejudice"

I believe I am intellectually above such things.


somethingswrong 4 years ago

It wasn’t integration that was demanded by blacks, it was equal rights. That is the difference. They simply wanted to be treated with the same respect as individuals from other races or cultural backgrounds. To simply imply that blacks are not motivated is wrong. You have individuals that are not motivated in every race and you have individuals that are dependent on motivation. If your parents did not motivate you to be a specific way, there is a possibility that things could have gone terribly wrong for you. Nobody wants separation unless they want to be separated from a government that is so controlling that it leaves them no room to breathe or because they are paranoid. Nobody is asking to be integrated, (interracial dating is integration, {not saying this is bad}). But oh no we don’t need to treat blacks as equals because they don’t respect themselves and they don’t have any determination to grow, they want to be dependent on the handouts that they receive, they will never change (sorry, but this is the message that I received from your statement of stereotype). It is simple to state that blacks are not accepted for being black is false; especially since your response states otherwise). There doesn’t need to be a template to integrate a race, what needs to happen is that individuals need to learn to coexist. If God wanted there to be one race, one culture, he wouldn’t have made anybody else. You are basically saying that the world is ours and nobody else has the right to be in it or be treated fairly based on the color of their skin (“white people did not have to go down the road of forced integration but they did”). Wake up, the world does not belong to one race, the world belongs to one man, and if we continue on with this separate and best mentality, God will punish us. Everybody should have the same equal opportunities to achieve success, the right to function under their choice of religion, and etc. There are no integration laws and nobody has followed anything. There are human rights and they should be exercised properly. It is very small of you to say that blacks file lawsuits because of discrimination, (people of all races, and genders file lawsuits based on this).

I have personally seen many people turned down for a job because of the color of their skin, please don’t act as if racism is nonexistent and as if All whites, blacks, Asians, and etc. have put it behind them and that it doesn’t play a part in the decision making process for many (while there are some people who can honestly see past a person’s race or gender, there are still several that are still so focused on these aspects and it probably will NEVER change and we still have so many people to thank for this.

As for your link, I will have to pass; you enjoy it and continue to utilize that knowledge as a factor to motivate your hate. Besides, “blacks are responsible for all of the violent crime in America” and there is no changing your mind so I will have to respect your opinion and statement. Don’t forget to add that racism stems from nurture.

American’ts won’t unite because we are too busy playing the blame game, because we are too selfish, and because we need somebody else to blame.


B-Dawg 4 years ago

Michele travis,

I disagree with you on the police. Every time I see a police pulling somebody over I always look and see what color the driver is. Most of the time I see them pulling over white people. I live in an area that is 80% white 20% black approximately. It does not appear they are targeting any race. It seems like they just randomly opull people over for whatever. I always pay attention to how races behave aroung one another. I noticed that if a white employee is a bad worker people will get on him quicker than they would if he was black. I really pay attention closely I am not going by stats I am going by what my eyes see. Maybe they should have some white men go undercover as black men and see if they notice a difference. A white man in jail, A white man in the city, Awhite man in the suburbs, A white man in the country, A white man in da hood, a white man in the trailer park, A white man in Detroit, A white man in Tennessee. Have them do an experiment and see what they say. Leave the media out of it. Let this be an objective experiment. Something tells me the white man would love being black. Especially when he sees all the women it attracts. Black skin is a woman magnet straight up. Peace.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

You are correct, and I am wrong. It has been changed to Hispanics.

Thank you for your comment B-Dawg.


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jonnycomelately 4 years ago from Tasmania

("maybe individuals like your self need to work on your fears and your prejudice")

"I believe I am intellectually above such things."

So, S Leretseh , either your intellect needs a bit of boot polish or, what goes on in your heart is not a matter of intellect. I mean where does prejudice come from?

Thinking aloud here: The natural instinct of Fear gets felt in the subconscious...... the Brain comes to the rescue..... the learned and Fighting modes switch in..... strike out at what you fear. Drive what you fear into submission. Problem solved! The Brain goes back to sleep.


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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

Hi Michele,

Just read this powerful hub, glad I found it. I'm working on a hub about racism and you validated that I need to post it. Thank you. Voted up and awesome.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

He died last week. His Memorial is Saturday. Please pray for his entire family. He was a wonderful man.

Thank you.


Amiyah 2 years ago

Ummmm racism I really bad


Dan 2 years ago

Where did you find those statistics?


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Rodric29 22 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Today it is even WORSE Michele. I am resurrecting some of your old articles. I just read this for the first time. Your dad is write about not allowing the insults and such to eat us up inside. Voted up.

If I were you, I would update this article to get it more circulation and the statistics. The media has now caught on to the shooting of unarmed people and the shooting of Cops by people.


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Mary Neal 22 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Unfortunately, racism is very much alive today. Decisions regarding police officers who killed unarmed African Americans are rendered in secret grand jury proceedings, which is undemocratic. See my new article at HubPages, "Democracy Cannot Breathe in Secret Courts." The public has a right to know what instructions were given to the grand juries and what witnesses said to them. We all have a vested interest in justice. Most American families have veterans or active duty service people who risked everything for the sake of liberty and justice for all. For their sake and ours, we must keep courts and all government hearings open and fair.


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S Leretseh 22 months ago

What shocks me most about American history is the generosity and charity white people extended to blacks...and how little of it is recognized. I've been reading many, many archived newspaper articles that have recently been uploaded to the intenet chronicling America's great and illustrious past. What also TOTALLY shocked me - staggering to the imagination - is the constant, persistent, harassment and brutal attacks on white people my African Americans. THIS is the reason for the lynching. Reading the articles, no doubt in my mind white people did NOT want to lynch. They did it to send a message to the rapist/murderer. Many, many times rapist and murders were given prison terms. This is NOT what the American people wanted for these crimes. Amazing to also read...1000s and 1000s would show up to storm a jail and lynch a rapist/ murderer. These were the times in which those people lived. It also amazes me to see how many brutal attacks blacks committed on white people IN THE SOUTH. And with the prevailing atmosphere at THAT time?!

SHOCKING.

LONG LIST HERE...google ::: 'african american atrocities from 1900 to 1964

I was also SHOCKED to find out the great number of white law enforcement officers who lost their lives defending the black man from a lynch mob. And how many law enforcement officers (just like today) were simply gunned down by the black man.

Thank god for the internet. We can now get a clear picture of what white people went through with the American American in their presence - i.e. so much crime, terrorizing, harassment and unprovoked violence. Even with my vast amount of research on the history of the African race in America, I'm still so much plagued by the WHY?!...WHY would white males write laws and force their brethren white males to integrate? One distinct people living separate from another distinct people was not just the norm in American history...it was the norm in human history. Blacks were a FREE people prior to 1964. No one should forget that. Nor should anyone forget what brutality blacks inflicted on innocent white people prior to 1964...and also after 1964. BOTH VICTIM'S LIST...needs to be addressed!


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Rodric29 22 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Racism does not go in one direction it is true. We have to be mindful of ALL of history.


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jonnycomelately 22 months ago from Tasmania

S.Leretseh is making sure racism remains alive and threatens human unity.


Leretseh 22 months ago

Jonnyc...How so? Good heavens, all i did was post 100% the truth.

--No distinct people were EVER in human history entitled to integration rights into the status environments of another people distinct from them ( usually by race, language religion). Ergo, blacks were NOT wronged in any way prior to 1964. They had the right as FREE people to build their own towns, cities, industries, political environments.

--blacks from 1865 (end of civil war) to 1964 were supposed to be separate so as to achieve self-reliance as a people.

--blacks choose on their own volition to remonstrate for across-the board integration (starting in the early 60s)

--white people since 1964 have FOLLOWED THE RULES regarding integration.

-- Post 1964 ....it is blacks who have committed more than 98% of all the violent crimes that crossed racial lines - and their exclusive target? white people . It's all documented on the internet today. I wish blacks would have sought harmony with white people after white males gifted them integration rights. Instead, they have, for the most part, sought discord. White people for over 50 years have simply 'sucked it up' regarding black- on-white crime. And what do we have today? The black male knock-out game. SICK

--Prior to 1964...with the newly uploaded archived newspaper accounts of black-on-white crime , WE can now clearly see brutal black-on-white violence has always been there. My research shows from 1900 to 1964...about 99% of the violence that crossed racial lines was black on white. I'm not making this up. And how could the media simply choose to ignore ALL this provocation?! It's all there for anyone who wishes to see the REAL truth about racial violence prior to 1964.

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