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Race in America... How Not to Hate...

Updated on December 17, 2012
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Finding Racial Balance

Ask me, a black man, the state of race in America. I will tell you that not much has changed. The media still do there part to sell racism; of course such a sensational issue generates readership, and viewers. It is true that there are laws out there that protect all Americans. There is no law to change people's minds.There is no law to make right-thinking, human people. If there was, all those that have fallen dead because of racial hatred and injustice would still be alive.The evil irony of racism is that it controls the lives of people, the racist and everyone he or she encounters.

Being Human

I will admit , it is hard to remain human in the presence of those who hate you. It is a fight worth fighting though. Racisim is not something inherent to our D.N.A., it is a learned behavior, or an accepted way of being. It has become cliche to describe that babies of different races play perfectly well together. It is however, true. A baby is highly more human than an adult. For me life has been a journey of discovery.

As a young man growing up in all black neighborhoods and schools, I was limited. Ignorant. Ignorant is not bad, unless you stay ignorant. I was blessed though, in the fact that my mother didn't teach me to hate. She did teach me not to go certain places, especially at night. Especially not alone. That was just reality. When I was born people of my complexion were getting hung from trees.

Rising Above It

I was fortunate enough to go into the Navy as a young man. I met people of all races and cultures in the ports we landed in. It was incredible to be an 18 yr. old travelling the world.I discovered that the men I sailed with, though many of us different ,were in more ways the same. We missed our wives, girlfriends, family, and country . We shared joys at the same things, and fears of some of the same things. Most of us had pride in our uniform, and the country it represented. It still wells up that same pride in me today. Even when I hear people say pray for our troops. I do. I pray for people in those other lands too. Not everyone there is a soldier. Just people . Like us. Trying to live, and love, and you know. The pursuit of happiness.

I can remember being overseas. Encountering people that wanted me to dance. They assumed that all black people could dance. I have two left feet. I also have met some white people that can dance cirlcles around me. It doesn't bother me. Probably because i'm not trying to fit an image of what a black man is supposed to be. Know too that if I see one more movie where the black man in the film is loud, obnoxious, womanizing, and just an all out jack-ass i'm gonna scream. Seriously!

Children Represent Hope

Our young people it seems are really the only hope. That of all the problems they will face, that race should be the least of them. Hopefully parents can do their part ,to expose children to races, cultures, and religions other than their own. As adults too we can make it a point to read or view films that totally relates to other cultures. The best thing though, is face-to-face encounters with others. All assumptions aside. We have to fight against racism, without becoming consumed by it ourselves. There is no such thing as 'reverse racism'. Hatred is hatred. We must rise above or we are truly no higher than the lowest of animals.

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      Live To Write 13 months ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much for your insightful comments... and Yes we can make this world better by individually choosing not to hate!!!!

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      Patricia Scott 13 months ago from sunny Florida

      Being hateful and hate-filled is learned...you are absolutely correct.

      My little view on this whole issue is this: one person at a time we make a difference. think about all of the times you encounter others throughout any given day....opportunities to bridge the gap present themselves to us at every turn. We can choose to reach out and extend our love and friendship to others or we can be in a 'huff and storm by them.

      Sadly what makes news is not the kindness, the goodness that we find each day as we encounter our family of human beings...what makes news is the violence that occurs... Each time a person loses his or her life, it diminishes each of us. No one life is more valuable than another. However I think that sometimes we foster hate when we do not intend to do so. I think sometimes groups are formed with good intentions but along the way those good intentions go terribly wrong.

      As President Obama said yesterday when he spoke in Dallas, every time a police man or woman puts on a uniform and goes out for the day, he or she may not return home at the end of the day. And the pay for such risk is nominal in most cases. Yes, there are horrible police men and women just as there are in every profession....perhaps closer evaluation of individuals prior to allowing them to become an officer would help stem the tide ....that is really too simple of an explanation I know. But I know that our nation is made up of so many wonderful individuals of all races and creeds ...most of them are caring, compassionate individuals. We need to work together to bring our nation together.

      This article is thoughtfully written that you have shared. I could go on and on but suffice it to say...I am concerned...and I will do my little part in my little corner of the world to help.

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you for the reading and reply

      God bless

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Powerful message here and you're right! Hatred is hatred and we must rise above all. voted up!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Eric, thank God for the ability to disagree...I am sure it may happen again

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      That I think saddens us the most Patriot(?)

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      I believe you are right Dennis, and it is just one facet of racisim...there are other ugly isms too, like classism and sexism... what bothers me is that a person would say that such things are false when they aren't the one who has experienced such things, and if some magic fairy has came along and made all humans behave as humans toward each other, i'd like to know

      Thank you to Dennis for sharing the news feed...whether we agree or not always Dennis... I know that you will always support your statements with facts, no matter how ugly

      God bless you

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Page, I do not agree with you. I live in Southern California, most of our Jobs are controlled by Hispanics. That is just the way it is. Even huge corporations here hire local indigenous as though they were in a foreign country. The favorite line is -- are you bilingual? And a local will not accept Castillon educated Spanish.

      Asians will not hire non-Asians unless for very specific purposes.

      I am white and I have been working in these communities since 1979.

      Your Ivory tower assessments are dated and incorrect.

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      Ok page, its Friday, and I'm gonna let you have that one! Not sure how it applies to the conversation, but its a point none the less. Have a great weekend all! I'm moving and wont be on the net!

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      Dennis L. Page 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      What Patriot Quest fails to realize with his constant reference to Asians is the fact the United States government rounded up and put American Asians in internment camps during WW II. I guess I too would be leery of rocking any boats if my country had locked up my parents and grandparents, even though they were U.S. citizens.

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      Page, as long as people continue sympathizing with this type of attitude, they wallor in their own self pitty. Lets encourage them, tell them rags to riches stories, TOUGH LOVE my friend!

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      LOL! page we can be friends and still disagree you know? If page is correct then someone needs to explain to me why Asians are the smallest minority in America yet do not qualify for minority status? Thats OK, I am happy to answer for you, its because they over educate and make too much money! They are too busy working, learning and absorbing to whine about their current circumstance! .........still luv you man!

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      Dennis L. Page 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      There are many, including one commenter here, who believe everyone has an equal chance for advancement. That is totally unacceptable and not true. Skin color and accents do affect the way the "good old white boys" view others. The southern states and Texas reign supreme in this regard as evidenced by yet another example: http://abcnews.go.com/US/students-invite-black-tex...

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Dana... your wisdom betrays your youth, and I very much appreciate hearing from you

      It is kinda like family (since the world is one giant family..albeit dysfunctional) sometimes you have to tell each other some truths as you see it, and then after some hard words, and maybe even tears... you all sit down and eat

      Hey how about humble pie????

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Laurinzo - I am also glad you chose to inclue all of our comments.... A topic like this is sure to create quite a discussion. That is one reason things likethis should be written. It brings us all together - for better or worse..... NOW what will we do next??.... Thanks again for writing this.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Deborah it is obvious that some of the readers of this hub took everythiong to extremes...I am sorry they did, and maybe I was wrong to put their comments on, but I applaud that they were brave enough to publish their identities... and are wearing no sheets

      God is good...progress

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      It is obvious that you didn't say these things and that is why it is so obvious who motivates the comments and ideas of some; becasue "though they have eyes, can't see, and ears cannot hear..." Jesus said that

      Bless you Dana

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you for your interesting comments eric, and you are right there are many types of discrimination...it is all wrong that is why I am following you and seeking to befirend... obviously you need a hug... I am here

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      I think it was God that brought your people safely through so many centuries ago, and thanks to one of your lineage...we all have a share in that same blessing, his name was Jesus... he even allows me to love you and others in spite of myself...

      Bless you

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you gamal...

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Christine for your kind words, and for sharing your own struggles with us. You know it us unfortunate that empers get flared up when these kinds of conversations happen... in a Civilized World???

      God bless you my friend for the reading and insightful comments

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Dana... and you said a key word my friend ignorance...ignorance is not bliss in this case

      and the case of us all living together it is ugly and deadly

      Thank you so much for your insightful comments

      Bless you

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Deborah for your kind words, and it is wonderful to see, and know we are in a country that allows...all to voice ourselves

      and even those that our not as open-minded have a place... hopefully though god will keep creating more Deborahs though...lol

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I have relatives that are Spanish.. come from Mexico.. they are my relatives and I love them.. they have some terrible stories.. they are hard working people that I adore.. Please don't think just because someone is a different color they arent worthy.. it is not fair.. My grandmother and great grandmother were Cherokees Indians.. they were scared to tell anyone they were Indians .. if they did they would not have gotten jobs..

      my grandmothers taught me about Jesus and Love no matter what..

      We need to be positive and loving and helping the ones that need help.. not putting everyone down because they are different...

      Debbie

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Ericdierker - I did not say that there are sharecroppers in GA. I said that there is a lot of racism and inequlity that a lot of people don't realize still exists. And yes, it is mainly in rural areas. Why my cowokers family chose to move to NY rather than a different part of GA I do not know. I have white friends that relocated from their homes in GA to Atlanta because of the closed minded and racist attitudes of the people where they lived. So don't tell me it doesn't exist.... Less than equali by choice? I agree there are people of all races that are content to stay as lesser than the rest. But you know, you said you have experienced it, that there are those that have to struggle to get up to being equal rather than starting off there. Ther are many places where a white male starts of ahead of the rest purely because he is a white male. Even women face discrimination based purely on gender. This is somethng that we as humans need to work on.

      Patriot Quest - I do agree with what you say about focusing on the negative. That is one thing I do not like to see. I think it is important to bring the negative into the light and then do something positive. The first step is always to acknowledge that there is a probelm.... Perhaps you or the author coud write a potisive article about where we should go from here? I would love to read it.

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      Doesn't matter if your black, white, liberal, conservative, or whatever! There are those who achieve greatness and success in all the above! When folks like Sharpton, Jackson and this author CHOOSE to focus on the negative you can bet they will never be on the achieving side! My ancestors were slaves to the Pharisees, They wondered in the desert for 40 years with no welfare, no hud housing, and no blog site to vent their rhetoric.............that sentence was the first time my people complained about slavery in 2000 years!........and we rose up and created the greatest country on earth!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      The stories of picking cotton in current day south are quite a bit of crap. Be real, there are not slave or sharecroppers any more there. They are either itinerate by choice of work with Workers Compensation and health benefits. The sad story within the last 20 years is bullshit. Hand cotton picking is reserved for very small family plots.

      Fleeing from there ---- i 100% percent bet is a state with better welfare benefits.

      Because all southern Blacks are to be treated equally does not mean that they are beyond issues that make them less than equal by choice.

      Do not even play a shame race card on me. I have been in it, done it, felt it and know it. An American black alive today does not know the prejudice I have seen in my life. Work as a white man in Asia. Work as an American in France or be a Gringo in Mexico. Be a male in traditionally female jobs like nursing. Be old at the beach. Be a devout Christian in Indonesia or communist Vietnam. Those who are in the workforce today and lay claim to bigotry against their race are total buffoons.

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      Christina M. Castro 4 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      This is an excellent awareness and a stirring subject. I am of mixed race( Filipino/American) and my family has faced its own kind of racial discrimination, and my Dad had to work very hard to reach appreciation in his field (medicine) especially in the 1950's and 1960's when segregation was strong. I was always teased and avoided in school as well because everyone knew that I was "different". I can appreciate history more as I get older. Martin Luther King has always been my favorite person, even when I was very young. Thank you for the share, Laurinzo. I admire everyone who has to work hard to be accepted. You have done well.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      This is a really awesome look at how racism is still alive and well. Many people do not realize how bad it still in in some places. I live in the suburbs in NY State and that makes me sheltered from much of it. But I have traveled and I know people of different races in different lactions. I can say that the US is better than it was, and ahead of many other counties, but racism is alive and well in the US...

      I worked with a black woman that moved to NY from Georgia. When I asked her why, this is what she told me: Her aunt and her mother fled from GA where they worked picking cotton in horrible conditions. This woman is in her 40's. So yeah people, the deep south is still hanging on to a lot of what many Americans think died after the civil war.

      I would also like to respond to PATRIOT QUEST's comment that immigration has nothing to do with race. It absolutely does. Yes, it is illegal as well as a huge drain on our resources. And yes it needs to be stopped. But ask Americans why they want it stopped, those that form their own militias to patrol the borders and I guarantee you will find many that do not want us invaded by mexians simply because they are not American and they are a different race. AND (pardon me Laurinzo for saying this but I am trying to make a point) I can think of at least TEN people rightnow that hate Laurinzo for the color of his skin. They do not know him, But should they see him walking down the street they would absolutely call him a dirty "N". I dated a guy in Brooklyn that was racist and ignorant with no desire to change (I broke up with him for that reason among others)...

      I have experienced "racsism" myself. My mother used to live in Brooklyn very close to a Russian neighborhood. We were refused service at restaurants who sipmly said to us "we don't speak English". I got nasty looks when I would shop in the Russian stores (I do not look Eastern European at all). Forget about getting help. You should hear what the Italians think of the blacks! I could go on for days!

      I have said some horrible things, but they are true. PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR THIS just as much as they need to hear about AIDS and homelessness and hunger and abortion. Inorance and hate needs to end. It is senseless and accomplishes nothing. We are all humas, we all want the same things. We need to learn to live together.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Dear Laurinzo.. it is a sad day that people cant just love each other.. We need lots of prayer.. I feel sorry for those that want to yell mean things and point the finger.. bless you for writing this.. You are a dear man.. I know you have had it hard growing up my heart breaks for you.. but you are a strong man.. look what you have become.. Jesus loves us all.. I wish everyone understood that.

      I pray for our America Our world..

      Debbie

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Please forgive my spelling errors in response... and perhaps I should ask some to forgive my approval of certain comments; but , they in a sense prove a valuable point, I believe

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      And thank you for the comment by the way ... P Q... is it???

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      You Patriot Quest prove my point exactly... believe it or not...there are many whites dying of Aids as well, ask anyone who has lost a friend, family member, or spouse to it

      And I didn't set uot to prove who was the poorest or the most anything of any race ... I simply gave my perspective, and who mentioned immigration anyways

      I can telll that from you responses and hidden anfer that Race is Still very much a problem in America

      Patriot??? hmmmmm

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      You wrote a nice hub telling the world what you think. But the facts are not facts, even from those commenting. Laurinzo thinks immigration has to do with the color of a mans skin, News Flash! it comes from BREAKING the LAW!

      There are many hubs written on racial tones, why? Asians dont write hubs about hate and they are the smallest minority in America? No one hates you because of the color of your skin, HELLO we have an African American president! If you are shown animosity it is because black culture in America is horrible. No fathers, highest rate of abortion, highest rate of school dropouts, highest rate of unemployement, highest rate of aids,.........should I go on? Change the culture by writing about how to rise up, not on how to stay down........just my two cents worth.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much Dennis for coming to my defesne... I agree with Stellar that this may have been Poppycock(I love that word, by the way) if I were trying to sell facts... I am not... Hence the title "...How not To Hate"

      This is at least how I have learned not to... there are a not a lot of Dennis's out there; but I keep praying

      Blessings to you

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Well I truly thank you Stellar for your reading and your comments... you are probably right... this to some may be poppycock... mostly me indulging myself and the world to my new and enlightened point of view... I am in fact open to all points of views...

      glad you stopped by... and perhaps I will write more facts, and less of my heart from now on... perhaps

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      Dennis L. Page 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      I need to respond to the guest responder by the user name of "Stellar Phoenix Outlook Repair." I would thoroughly get a kick out of you listing the following: 1. What was pointless crap? 2. What is poppycock? 3. what makes you the editorial police to tell this person to stick with twitter? Apparently, you do not realize that you are the problem in this country and most assuredly, not the solution.

      By the way Laurinzo Scott, I have "shared" this with ALL of my hubbers.l

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      Stellar Phoenix Outlook Repair 4 years ago

      As if the internet needs more pointless crap sitting around. In my opinionyour blog is poppycock! That’s right POPPYCOCK! You should just stick with twitter; twit. God I’ll be sure to block this URL.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      I think change has already occured LauraD093, you are the very proof of that; because we are discussing it, and that is the beggining of change. That my friend is wonderful. You see I or you don't know how the other feels until you express it, and even if we agree to disagree that is okay.

      I used to think that whites were unusually cruel; but I look at Africa and see what Africans, and even here in America what the so-called African American does to each other daily. It is not any different than the Japanese"s cruelty to the Chinese, or vice-versa. Or the English to the Irish, the Jews to the Palestinians and vice-versa. Even men and our oftimes ill treatment of women...when will it STOP? I think this talks are a beggining!!!!!! thanks!!!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much rcrumple I very much appreciate your comments and your sharing your experience ; and yes it is on both sides of the table... I myself have been guilty of it... but I much rather like who I am today, and as I said I choose not to hate; but can find many valid reasons to love!!!!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      And thank you Ericdieker for your honest open response... that is how we learn from honest discussions like this ...WOW! What common experiences do we share???

      I love your comment and thanks for stopping by my friend!

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      Laura Tykarski 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Loved your hub. It was truly refreshing to see a well written race-related topic that can generate discussion. I was raised in a fairly diverse community by my color-blind single parent but your point is correct,you can not enter into a person and erase "learned" behavior because frankly the lessons begin at home long before the big bad world even gets to take that first swing. Having to witness a parent teaching their child self-protection prior to them learning their ABC's shouldn't be a part of our society in 2012. I've seen some change but true racists have just been lower keyed and more underground. Closeted racism is in many ways more insidious than the Archie Bunker mentalities which my grand-parents tried to force feed both me and my mother. We refused to eat at their table so change is possible...but will I see it in my lifetime? (I'm in my late forties) I doubt it.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Great hub! I grew up in a small midwestern town where 100% of the population was white. Yet, growing up in the 60's, I was barraged by the civil rights movement. I read all I could about the movement, and even sustained many looks of disapproval when I was reading, and carried with me, the Autobiography of Malcom X. I never could understand the small minded feelings that were the norm, of racism, and still can't, to this day. Yet, I see it on both sides of the table. I've told people for years, it's like a bag of M&M's, the outer shell is only different colors to keep the boredom down, they're are chocolate filled centers. To limit one's ideas or alliance to only one color is ridiculous. Aren't we all the human race and God's children? Great post!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This is a great hub. I grew up in a town of about 13,ooo in the mountain country of Northern Arizona. Whites made up about 40% of the population. The rest was a great mixture. There was no segregation in our town in the 50's. And now I have a little guy who is a different race than me. He is Amerasian. I can imagine bigotry because of my travels where I was the oddball, but it is a foreign concept to my heart. It is good we stay on it. Thank you for your contribution.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Laurinzo I am so sorry you have had to experience these kinds of things and people .. I do pray for you.. this kind of meanness and evil has to stop.. so cruel..

      Debbie

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Deborah, and God bless you for your kind thoughts and words always my friend!!!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you CrisSp I am glad you liked it... I just wish that everyone could experience the things iv'e had to; in order to learn that we are all the same!!!!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This should be in the H.O.W. project and I'm definitely posting it there, in the hope that the messages get acrossed--all over the world for:

      "We must rise above or we are truly no higher than the lowest of animals."

      Well done Laurinzo. Up and sharing.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Laurinzo I dont know how I ever missed this.. what makes me so sad is its true it still happens.. and our children are our hope only if the parents and grandparents would teach them whats right.. which is Gods love

      bless you for writing this.. I am sharing this on Facebook on the site that Bill Holland set up for the HOW MOVEMENT..

      Debbie

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Yes it is sad and so inhuman ... no racist , or killer is even human. To be human you have to understand you are part of a collective being, and that God is at the head of it! to be human is to place yourself in another's shoes; and ask how they feel , what they want, and ask what's important to them... thank you for your comments and God bless you

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Laurinzo, thank you. I appreciated so many things you said-- not just praying for "our" side in wars or battles, but for praying for everyone. Saying that we have to fight against racism; it's something ACTIVE we have to do. I suppose one of the few consolations of last week's tragedy is that the man was of the majority race, so no minority will be scapegoated. I feel tacky saying that, because it's not much of a consolation, but I do believe it's true.

      "Hatred is hatred." So sad, so true.

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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so very much... for your comments scrittobene. I have heard very good things about your home and the social difference there. I had the benefit of years ago travelling to Europe, and it was incredible how people didn't describe each other in certain 'labels', like this is my black friend, or this is my white friend... it was simply stated that ... this is my friend. I love my country... but it seems we are still so archaic in terms of race relations. I sometimes wish those that hate others simply for the color of their skin, or other differences could fly to their own planet... and leave us real humans alone.

      thanks for stopping by

      Laurinzo

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      Maria D'Alessandro 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Laurinzo, this is a wonderful write which demonstrates your genuine and honest thoughts and feelings on this important topic. I am reminded of how fortunate I am to live in a country which is a melting pot of different cultures, races and religions and yet we Australians seem to get along relatively peacefully. We do not experience gang wars or racial conflict in schools to the magnitude heard about in places such as L.A. Such a social example should give hope to other nations that it is possible to live in peace notwithstanding multiculturalism in a society. Education is where social change begins. Governments must therefore ensure the curriculum reflects values and ethics consistent with achieving and sustaining the desired social culture in any society. Thank you for sharing your positive experiences in the Navy. An enjoyable read all round dear friend. Voted up, up and away.

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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you pagesvoice for your comment. Thank God too, for us that have parents brave enough to go against the grain. To speak up and speak out against ignorance is the power we have against hatred. We must excercise that right every chance we get. God bless you and your brave mother.

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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting. You have written an honest, well worded article on racism and its ugliness of hatred. I was fortunate to have two parents who, back in the fifties were open to all genders, races, religions and ethnic backgrounds. Living in Central New York (home of Harriet Tubman, the Jerry Rescue and the Underground Railroad) I vividly remember my mother having an aunt from down south, leave our home for using the "N" word. That and many other lessons stayed with me for a lifetime. Many times I will ask people who claim they aren't racist or bias if given the choice, would they rather be a white man or a black man? Well, I certainly don't need to tell you what the overwhelming answer is. I liked your line, "There is no law to change people's minds." Furthermore, you are correct the hope for progress is with our young people and what they have been taught along life's journey. Thank you for this excellent article.

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      Ginger Ruffles 5 years ago

      Bravo! Excellent hub...we need more thoughtful discussions like this on race.

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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Yes it is funny (in a sad way) that some well meaning folks of other races expect you to behave a certain way yogi, because of some fiction they've seen. Thank you yoginjoy (Love that handle!!)

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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      I feel you Brandon... I am in Phoenix, in the heart of the storm over immigration. It is sometimes ugly.. and I understand the plight of some Mexican Americans sigled out because of race. When will we wake up... you young man our the future. Thanks for you comments Brandon.

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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Yes I agree NayNay ... I hope that the young people will do better than myself and some of my era have done. We can only pray , thanks for your comment.

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      yoginijoy 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      I agree with you on how the media stereotypes minorities in general. It seemed to be changing for a while and getting better but lately it has gone backwards. I'm not sure if it's fear from the economic crisis, but maybe that's what is pushing folks to look for others to blame. I am in solidarity with you! We must rise above, there's no other way! Take care.

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      Brandon Martin 5 years ago from Colorado, USA

      I think you are SO RIGHT! Racism has only changed by law, but favoritism is another thing when it comes to ethnicity! I am sorry it is still this way.

      I(Spanish), received awards all through school for being a great student. I had a only one teacher (Caucasian and South-oriented) whom did not give me an award whatsoever.... Students at other schools made fun of me as an illegal Mexican. Not Mexican, and born in USA! I have SOOOO much more to say, but I feel your words!

      Children are the future! That is why it is best to look at school race statistics as well, so kids are well-rounded with peers of different shades of skin.

      I wish you the greatest!!!!! Take care!! And thanks for this HUB!

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      NayNay2124 5 years ago

      Laurinzo, you made some very valid points in your hub. I had relatives in the military, and when I prayed for them to come home, I also prayed for the innocent people caught up in the war. Race in this country has always been a part of our history, and there are some that will never relinquish that hatred regardless of who suffers. It is truly sad.