Racist Attitudes: Still Alive and Well in the South

Racial Intolerance=Stupidity

Not ignorance, stupidity. I live in the Southern United States. I was born in Canada, a fairly liberal country. Canada calls itself multicultural, multilingual, and boasts the highest per capita immigration rate in the world. Accusing someone of racism in Canada would be a serious disparagement. Seriously, I would take that as a big insult.

I found some local stories (Mississippi and surrounding states). I suggest looking at the stories first. 


Local Stories

I was perusing the local news when I found this: Louisiana http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/15/interracial-couple-denied_n_322784.html

This article really made my blood boil. This man actually defends his explanation of why he refused to marry the individuals stated in the article. How in the world did this guy get elected into public office? If you read the article you will find that his excuse is that he is worried about the struggles children of interracial couples will face. What is he worried about? His parents weren't interracial and look how he turned out.

Here is a very disturbing story. This place isn't far from where I live. The local news aired this story: Mississippi http://www.wdam.com/global/story.asp?s=11332821

I had no idea that they still did this stuff. Especially in a predominantly black state. This could have gotten ugly.  I apologize there used to be a some footage associated with the above article now when I test the link it is not there any more.  It was quite disturbing.


Prejudices and Preconcieved Notions

Mississippi is a beautiful state. I know many intelligent, and spiritually gifted people. What a shame that these hateful people grabbed the headlines instead of someone or something positive or inspirational. The media gave these haters exactly what they wanted; headlines, and attention. What do you think people are going to remember when they see clips like this coming out of Mississippi? This gives everyone preconceived notions about Mississippians. How can we combat prejudice and racism when the media bombards us with these images. I know that news reporting can't be all roses and sunshine, not in the real world anyway. Prejudices based on preconceived adverse judgements put people at great disadvantages.

I know we are all guilty of preconceived notions. When we go on a trip abroad aren't we filled with preconceived notions of what we are going to see on our travels? In that case not a bad thing. When you think of a Canadian what do you think? Any notions of what a Canadian is like? When you think of Mississippi what do you think? I had no idea there was a state named Mississippi; I thought it was just the name of the river.  Which was kind of ignorant, I think.

I am going to surmise that pre-conceived notions can be beneficial or harmful. Prejudices are biased preconceived notions that can be harmful. Nothing will stop these crazy hate mongers if we keep giving them their due. I used these news articles as examples. Am I guilty of spreading their hate too? As a caucasian female I have not been openly discriminated against nor a victim of hate. As a human being I have the ability to empathize, and speak up for myself and others. Use your voice for difference.

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago

Great Hub! Keep 'em coming. There is plenty of prejudice in the North as well. (I grew up in Louisiana and now live in Michigan.)


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Thanks Mr Deeds, I was a little nervous about this one. -Tammy


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pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

Awesome hub...love your moxi. As a 50 + black woman I find your hub a breath of fresh air. It good to know all of us do not have our heads in the sand or stuck up our collective you know whats!!! Keep the Hubs coming.


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Tammy - great hub and thanks so much for the link! Maybe prejudices aren't confined to one area or race. It exists in different degrees all over. That's the tragedy - that we tend to look for the differences rather than what is common!


"Quill" 7 years ago

Great hub and being from Canada the first time I worked in the south I could not beleive the segregation that took place in the logging camp I was stationed at.

The white people had a fancy trailer as a coffee lunch place and the blacks were outside by the fire, hard to beleive. I was told not to say a word to them.

The following morning I stopped and ordered 22 bacon/Biscuits and passed then out to the boys by the fire. I would not be told who I could or could not talk to. It is wrong, wrong wrong. We are all children of the Father and that makes us brothers and sisters no matter where you are from. Great hub

Blessings


ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

Very well done.

This topic is one that can really set me off. I would like to see the word "race" banned from use when applied to people of different nationalities or ethnic groups.

It has long been firmly established scientifically that there is only one race of humans extant on Earth. Homo sapiens is a single species that is NOT divided into sub-species or different "races".

Every human that has ever lived and all who are now living are descended from the same parents. It doesn't matter whether you believe they were adam and eve or early hominids in prehistoric africa. What matters is that we are ALL one family and Earth is the only home we have. If we don't learn to share it equitably, we will all soon be evicted, permanently.

This is good work Tammy. Keep it up.


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

pmccray-Shalini-Quill-ColdWarBaby-.......Wow! thanks for the responses I would have written this one a long time ago, it took me a long time to edit to get it just right. This is a topic that is very important to me. It's the ignorant unsubstantiated facts that these people seem to hold on to that make it so difficult. No one should have to put up with racist attitudes anywhere period.


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

HT thankyou my friend- :-D Tammy


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needful things 7 years ago from Poland

All these are true. Some consultants came here in our place and look down on us feeling all high and mighty... AS much I'd like to welcome them... they take our kindness and hospitality as weakness. When you push back they see it is harassment. It sure takes too much energy to ignore this. What a messed up world we live in. Still too much to learn.


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

So right Needful, it is tiresome to ignore these things. And really difficult to speak out about these things too. Thanks for reading my story.


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GusTheRedneck 7 years ago from USA

Tammy - It has been my own experience over too many years that intolerance knows no geographic boundaries. I encountered more prejudice in New York State than I have in other places, north or south. That said, when first I landed in Texas back in 1952, there was "official" discrimination that bothered most of us - it is "no more" and has been gone for many, many years. Also, that guy in Louisiana who refused to marry the interracial couple told them that although "he" would not marry them, he had no objection to someone else doing so. It was personal with him evidently, but not an intolerance to the ways of the modern world. (What he had to say is more important than what others said about him.) Gus


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Gus, I agree. Intolerance is everywhere, I encounter it often. I encountered it in Canada, Europe, and United States. The Justice voiced his opinion and he is indeed entitled to it that is freedom. I did not grow up in a Country or time that ever practiced "official" discrimination, nor have I ever been discriminated against (not openly that I know of). This is a very touchy difficult subject and I was really nervous about posting this. If you have any suggestions how I could improve this then please let me know.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

I find this hard to believe, but I agree with Cold War Baby. I wish the government, colleges and race agitators who play identity politics would stop with the racial categories. When I think of Canadians, I think of very nice people. I've never met a Canadian who wasn't cool. Thank you for a fine article.


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Thanks James, I value your opinion. :-D Tammy


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GusTheRedneck 7 years ago from USA

Hi Tammy- I would never want to make suggestions as to improvement of an article that was as good as this one. It was well written. That is not to say that I agree with all it had to say, but then, I am known to be most disagreeable at times. :-)))


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Gus, so I have learned from you gosh dern southern Gents. thanks for the complements it means a lot coming from you. Seriously, :-D


ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

Stranger things have happened James. I, for one, find the discovery of any common ground a reason to celebrate. People who disagree should be able to do so and leave it at that. No reason to go to war over it. There is commonality among us all. We are all members of the same family, sharing the same home. There should be no reason for our differences to prevent us from doing so in Peace, cooperation, equality and equanimity.

My neighbor may believe in god whilst I do not. We may debate or even argue about it. However, if my neighbor should need help replacing the shingles on his roof, I will help him without hesitation. If he comes to me in need, I will do what I can.


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

ColdWarBaby, glad that this article could be a subject that you and James could find common ground upon.

I work in a profession where disagreements and differences have to be left at the door. No matter who you are; if you are my patient differences must always be put aside in order for me to help you and for you to help yourself. There is no room for prejudices and racism in my line of work. I cannot be blinded by hatred and false beliefs and be able to help someone. Everyone has a story.


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

Tammy, I read this, the articles you posted and watched the video. Every time I hear about this type of bigotry, and see the end result of decisions made strictly for political reasons or advancement, my stomach churns, my head hurts and my heart bleeds. How can any of this be justified?

Great article


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Hi Duchess, It isn't justifiable...just an accepted practice. Like i mentioned in the article; these guys make good stories and they get attention which is exactly what they want.


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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

Racism is alive and well here in GA, although it's much better than it used to be. Strangely, there seems to be more intolerance here of Mexicans. They're often looked down on by both blacks and whites. Is it the same in MS? I've never understood how you can hate a person for the color of his skin, his religion, his beliefs - before getting to know him. Great hub!


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Habee, unfortunatley there is intolerance of just about every kind just about everywhere I go. I will never understand this either. You don't have to agree with everyone but to hate is not right.


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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

I totally agree, Tammy!


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christalluna1124 7 years ago from Dallas Texas

Tammy I just joined your fan club. Your article hits the spot, the one in my heart. I was born in Mississippi but moved to Texas after marrying a hispanic. He is the most wonderful man imaginable but I was disowned by the majority of my family. Harrassed by the general population of MS I took my beautiful mixed children and moved to Texas where I have remained for 38 years. On a recent visit home due to my fathers death I have learned that not much has changed over the past 35 years in my home state. I am still called mexican-lover, asked if white men aren't good enough for me.

Basically as you say in the article "plain stupidity".


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Christalluna1124, I am sorry you had such a bad experience. Sheer stupidity abounds and not isolated to Mississippi. I have a very dear friend who also has moved out of state and wouldn't even tell anyone that she was in an interracial relationship for fear of what you have described. Sad for Mississippi as she is one of the best nurses that I ever worked with. Thanks for adding your comment. greatly appreciated and I have joined you as a fan also.


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christalluna1124 7 years ago from Dallas Texas

Tammy, Thanks for adding me to your fan club. I have managed to overcome alot of the "stupidity" by being a very outspoken activist against racisim. I am also a mental health advocate and have worked in the criminal justice system, courts and corrections for 25 years. My articles are sometimes controversial (ex: death penalty) but I hope to make a difference. I am new to this any tips you have would be appreciated. I have been disabled for 10 years now and my passion has become writing on things I care about. Looking forward to your next post.

Warmest regards, Christal


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Christa, no problem...I am new to hubpages too so my only advice is to read other hubs, there are lots of experts here and they offer great advice in their hubs, try http://hubpages.com/@livewithrichard he has a lot of helpful hints.


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pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

Very strong and meaningful hub. I've had to fight racism all my life and felt that one day it would be conquered, but now in my twilight years I doubt it. I think it's a mistake to think that lack of knowledge of other races is the problem. We are unidated with educational venues literally at our finger tips and still the KKK, White Supremist, White Nazi and a host of hate orgainizations still exist. The problem lies in lack of self esteem and quite possibly generational mental illness. If every ethnicity and minority were wiped off the face of the earth tomorrow those that hate would turn on each other to fill their need and hunger of hate. And yes it's not just prevelent in the south is worldwide ... believe me.


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

pmccray, racism is everywhere. I have a big problem with it when it spills into the government, whom are supposed to be the leaders of the country and setting examples. Also when the headline in the media or the local news is about a racial hate group. These people do not deserve media, or any type of attention at all.

Thank you for reading, and commenting on my story!


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Tammy,

This was a great HUB to read.

It's amazing that this still happens-happens everywhere. Often it doesn't even come from the parents or what children are taught to believe *though sometimes it is from old prejudices passed down to other genereations.

As someone stated in a comment," If every ethnicity and minority were wiped off the face of the earth tomorrow those that hate would turn on each other to fill their need and hunger of hate."

This rings true to me.

I think that what it really gets down to is that we have a world full of much hatred, from the lowest to the highest places in government. Hatred for many. Sad but true.

Wouldn't it be great to live in a world where people loved and lived peacefully among each other-regardless of their differences in race or religion? Some day that will happen. That I do know.

Peace and Love to you! ;)


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Ghost Whisper...Wow I haven't visited this one for a while...I didn't realize there were so many comments. It would be a very boring world if we all thought the same way.

Evil (as you know first hand) can infest even the innocent unknowingly. Unless we shut ourselves away completely from society we will always encounter hateful people. It is rather daunting if you really sit down and think hard about it.

I believe I just need to work hard on myself and send all those positive vibes out into the universe...and believe that the universe will answer back.

Thank you for reading my hub and I look forward to seeing you more.


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mpurcell10 6 years ago from Arkansas

It is hard to believe this is still happening in todays world but it is all around us. I work on making sure I never act this way and try to raise my kids to love everyone. I hope they get the message,not real sure if there is any more I can really do.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

mpurcell10...totally agree, we can only work on ourselves and when we are parents we have to teach our children to respect all human life and animals for that matter.

Thank you very much for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.


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The Rope 6 years ago from SE US

Tammy, I've read this hub several times since it was published, just trying to think of the right thing to say. I agree that racism is alive and well in the South however I also have to add a caveat, that it is alive and well all over the US. Racism is wrong! - no matter what the color, race, religious beliefs, sector of the country, etc. Unfortunately I live in an area that is about 89% transplants from other areas of the US far, far away from "the south" and racism is very rampant here. It's a very sad situation.

I agree that from what I've experienced of Canada, the tolerance level is amazing and Canadians very accepting of each and every person in their own right. They are to be commended (of course they also have a historical lineage that is centuries older than those in the US). I've seen a lot of change for the better in my time but there is still a long way to go. Personally I think we may find the kindergartners of today will make the next substantial leap. Meanwhile we all have to take the step to search our own hearts and to post your "No Hate" sign on our doors! Thanks for sharing and giving all of us another chance to "JUST SAY NO HATE!"


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Mr Rope...Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I agree with you it's not just prevalent in the South. I guess what I was amazed about was the KKK actually staging a demonstration I didn't think that they would be ignorant enough to do so. I assumed they practiced their hate in private. Silly me for being so naive really.

Thanks again for taking the time to leave a comment. I am always glad to see you. Thank you for the validation too. I was really nervous about writing this article....Thanks again.....Tammy


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Racism is one of the greatest evils that humankind perpetrates. Coming from a country where it was legalised and institutionalised through the ideology of apartheid I cannot believe that there are still people who think in these categories.

As ColdWarBaby says above, we are all one race, one species, homo sapiens (though sometimes I have to say I doubt the "sapiens" part, LOL).

That racism is still alive and well in so many parts of the world just shows how far we still have to go on our evolutionary journey.

Hubs like this one though can help us move ahead and stop seeing "race" as an issue. We are all people, and beautiful people at that!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts

Love and peace

Tony


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Tony...Thank you very much for taking the time to read and comment. I am a fledgling writer and you taking the time to read this is a great honor. Sounds corny I know but....This is a subject near and dear to my heart. Hate mongers and the like get more attention than they deserve. They are like children who have learned to be naughty to get attention.

Humans are a beautiful race in all shapes colors and sizes to be sure.

sincerely, Tammy


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DynamicS 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Wow! Tammy you have raised an important topic, still a hot button even in the 21st century. Discrimination, predjudice or preconceived notions, they still exist and will continue till the end of time. However when these are taken to the extreme, whether overtly or covertly, they become problematic.

Some have argued that overt displays of discrimination/prejudice/pre-conceived notions allow for more dialogue and hopefully understanding, on the other hand, covert displays are even more synical. How can you deal with an issue if it was not identified as a problem?

As a Canadian, I have faced both overt and covert discrimination/prejudice/preconceived notions. I am more devastated if I find out 3 years after the fact that I had a racist boss who hated a certain group of people, rather than if I knew right away what he/she was about. The latter saves me much stress as I would not be able to meet expectations, receive any recognition for my efforts and since work is a major part of our lives, rob my self worth. It also robs me of the opportunity to influence change or at least to try to have a discourse.

Discourse is crucial in redefining our pre-conceived notions/prjudices.

Thanks for initiating this discourse.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Dynamic S...I never really thought about overt or covert haters. I suppose it would be easier to know what to expect if you knew that someone you were working for were racist.

Someone said to me yesterday. "I let the black girl take the patient I thought that he would act better for her". I took this to mean because I was white the patient didn't respect me because he was black. I have to deal with that every day. What do you say?

I wrote this specifically to initiate discourse on this subject. I thank you for adding your thoughts. Any and all comments are welcome like as you mentioned "discourse is crucial in redefining our pr-concieved notions/prejudices" I think it also may help define our preconcieved notions/prejudices as sometimes we are unaware of them. If you have the chance watch the video on Shallini's hub I linked to it is really insightful.

I have gone on too long. I do like the fact that it has intiated thoughts from a very ecclectic group of readers. Very interesting if you think about it.


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Racism and discrimination (of all kinds) are forms of ignorance that no amount of academic studies can ever overcome.

Prejudice and bigotry comes mostly from ignorance of the soul rather than the ignorance of the mind.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Hi Petra nice to meet you. Thank you for your thoughts I agree with them. Thank you for adding your opinion to this very important discourse.

Sincerely, Tammy


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

Thank you for this. There really is no place for this sort of thing in the modern world. I wonder how long it will take for pejudice to go. Back in 1066 England was invaded by the Normans. Today we don't make distinction between Norman and Saxon but the divisions between other UK citizens still exist. For most it matters not at all but there are small segments of every group who have not forgotten sins committed hundreds of years ago.

We really do need to bring out that melting pot and give it a stir.

Thanks for sharing.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Peter...Peace would all depend on humans accepting humans for what they are. Maybe a day will come when there is peace on earth. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and comment.

Sincerely, Tammy


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Dearest Tam...

Beyond to what you call stupidity, for me, racism is a very sad thing! For even people that price themselves as all loving, show despise towards other sub-races. You would say, Sub-races? Yes! As far as I know, an Asian, an African, A Latino-American, A Hindu, A Canadian, A Native American Indian, gay or straight, are ALL humans and belong to the human race. It just saddens me... pretty much! I agree with Petra: "ignorance of the soul" is what they are sick with.

Good Hub!

Thumbs up!

warm regards and blessings,

Al


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Al...You would think that this sort of thing would have no place in the western world...Some who call themselves good people still think along the lines of race...the only race I know is the human race. That is how it should be I admire different cultures/beliefs...I do not hate them for them. Every person has a story that makes the human race a very rich race indeed.

Call me naive, but do people actually call Asian, African, Latino American, Hindu, Canadian, Native American, Indian, gay/straight sub-race?

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and make a comment. I am always glad to see you.


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

It`s true, Tam. But we cannot call them races either as the race is only one: The human race. We should call them ethnicities, don`t you think?


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Mystique...That's exactly what I call them...Thanks for your reply.


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danielthorne 6 years ago

I live near D.C. and I have to tell you some of those black people are really racict...they hate white people...


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

danielthorne...I know lots of people who hate others for the color of their skin. Not a reason to hate someone. It makes no sense. There is one race the human race as far as I am concerned. People who do this should be ashamed of themselves for being that way.

Thank you for taking the time to read and make a comment.

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