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RACISM IN AMERICA 2013

Updated on January 6, 2013

Whoever does not think that racism is prevalent in America is in great denial. Racism is quite active, although for a while it seems to have been covert for the most part. Since we now have an African American President...who has been re-elected by the way, thanks to Mitt Romney and his "foot in the mouth comments recently published." there seems to be a more overt expression of racism as if to attempt to send a message that Obama being in office does not change the fact that we are all still niggers. I overheard a terrible joke recently that even some of you may secretly find funny. One person asked another, "what do you call a black general...nigger. What do you call a black CEO...nigger, what do you call a black president...nigger." I then walked around the corner to which they both snickered and kind if went into hush mode. I simply walked passed by them and said..."yeah I've got your nigger." They had the nerve to react with shock that I said the "N" word around them. As if they did not just finished calling our president one. Moreover, these were active duty military men. Racism is alive and well in America and we African Americans must stop cowering to white people or they will continue to act as though they are supposed to treat us as they do. I have experienced people driving and when they saw that I am Black and I would attempt to get into the lane next to me they would literally prevent me from moving into the lane. Well I am not that person...as I drive a big red truck and will move into the lane when I need to do so and that is that. Patriette...you are being rather naïve to think that there are only a few racists in this country. I would venture to say that many, many White people what I would like to call "closet racists." What I mean by that is they will say and do things when they think it is safe to do so and when they are in public...and to pretend to be politically correct...they will act differently. The truth is that Black people are still followed around inn stores, we are still arrested first, and the media will still reveal the name and face of a Black suspect quicker than that of a White or even Latino one. The Trayvon Martin case is a travesty...The Olympic gymnastics team was a joke in how they down played Gabbie's all-around gold medal. Had it been the White girl who won that medal they would be parading her around as they have done to the others in the past. Nevertheless, one by one...sport by sport...Black athletes are excelling. In addition, for the record, Black students have significantly narrowed the achievement gap to almost nothing in recent years. I teach high performing magnet students the subjects of Physics and Chemistry, where my students are from all backgrounds and ethnicities and are all awesome, hardworking, excellent students...ACADEMICALLY! I have just today seen the movie Django. What a disturbing movie. They use the word “nigger” and “bitch” seems like every four or five words. Moreover, both are used toward African American characters and by African American actors’ characters. If that movie disdained White people in any way, or any other ethnicity for that matter, there would have been protests by now. God forbid if the movie disdained White women, there would be an outcry like the one we have never seen. However, from the ratings of critics and viewers, that distasteful and despicable movie is doing quite well. Shame on Jamie Fox, Samuel Jackson, and Carrie Washington, as well as the other Black actors and actors who participated in such an example of exploitation they must know that they already have enough money that they did not need to make such a movie. Yes, racism is alive, active and well in America. Thank God that the American voters did not put that fool Mitt Romney and his friend Paul Ryan in the White House. In addition, Republicans as well as those other White people in congress need to get over it. We have a president, voted in by the American people and all ethnicities and his name Barak Obama. However, not to worry Mr. Romney, you along with John McCain will forever be the laughingstock of your white friends behind your back, as the two who was beaten badly by the black guy…well we all know what they will really call him. Then that is another topic for another Hub. America is wonderful.

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      Hi

      I'm in agreement with your sentiments

      but don't you think that the actual treatment of blacks during the period portrayed in Django was far worst than it's shown in the film?

      I think that people need to see how dispicable the treatment of blacks was during that period. And how blacks were conditioned to view themselves as "niggers".

      I don't think those things should be sugar coated because than they lose their historical bite.

      Even today you have people, as your story shows, who call blacks niggers, but there are also blacks who call each other nigger.

      Don't you think that people need to see the whole ugly truth about slavery and racism, back then and now and stop sugar coating it?

      I think that's part of the reason, some people think that there is no more racism or that the racial attitudes toward blacks, have changed more than they have...therefore your hub on the subject.

      If you're interested in reading some of my hubs on the topic here's a good one to start with "Why Do Republcans and Teabaggers Hate President Obama" click this link https://hubpages.com/politics/Why-Do-People-Hate-O...

      Nice talking to ya

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      VVeasey

      Thank you very much for your response and comment. Awesome point! I like your approach and will follow you.

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      You're welcome

      and thanks

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I agree that pockets of racism, ignorance and bigotry is alive and well. Unfortunately, this cultural disease will never be eradicated from the American landscape as long as there are individuals who harbor hateful misgivings towards others from another race, class or gender. Irresponsibly pointing fingers, name calling and making blanket judgements against others, i.e., Tea Partiers, Republicans, whites, blacks, Democrats, the rich, the poor, etc., guarantees that this problem will continue to fester and get passed down to succeeding generations. Personally, I wish to be a part of the solution, and not the problem. Therefore, it is my moral duty as a parent to teach my child the indecency of racism, as children have to be taught how to be good and decent. Our examples of responsible living and conduct, along with the rigorous enforcing of the laws that are already in place can go along way towards exposing racism whenever it rears its ugly head. In the year 2013, it is a sad day that some people simply cannot and will not find brotherly love and goodwill in their hearts for all. Even more sad, parents who bring kids into this world neglecting their role as ultimate teacher and role model.

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      Mark 4 years ago

      1) More than 1,600 Whites are murdered by Blacks each year.

      2) Blacks murder Whites at 18 times [1,800%] the rate Whites murder Blacks, and many of the "whites" that do murder blacks are Hispanics (part Native American/part Spanish).

      3) About 1 million Whites were murdered, robbed, assaulted, or raped by Blacks in 1992.

      4) In the last 30 years, 170 million violent and nonviolent crimes were committed by Blacks against Whites in the U.S.

      5) Blacks under 18 are more than 12 times more likely to be arrested for murder than Whites the same age.

      6) Some 90% of the victims of race crimes are Whites.

      7) Blacks commit 7.5 times more violent interracial crimes than Whites, although they comprise only one-seventh of the White population.

      8) On a per-capita basis, blacks commit 50 times more violent crimes than Whites.

      9) Some 27 million nonviolent crimes were committed in the U.S. in 1992 alone. 31% of the robberies involved Black offenders and White victims; only 2% involved White offenders and Black victims.

      10) 1.3 million of the 6.6 million violent crimes committed in the U.S. each year are interracial. 11) Between 1964 and 1994, more than 45,000 people were killed in interracial murders in the U.S., compared to 58,000 Americans killed in Vietnam and 38,000 killed in Korea. Over 95% of these interracial murders were blacks killing whites.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      When I read about inner city crime and the underreported black on white crime, I am both heart sickened and ashamed. Gaespark, you really are a piece of work. Are you really up in arms over being called 'nigger'? Really? Really?? Getting bent out of shape over being called that word is a total waste of time and hub space, and so are those other examples you gave about so-called white racism (laughable), when in fact, your outrage should be focused on those chilling stats Mark gave, i.e., the deplorable levels of black crime, shocking levels of aborted black babies and black babies born into single parent households, substandard schools and educational underachievement, and all the other abysmal social and economic dysfunction in black culture. Being called 'nigger' is a minute problem (if it can even be considered a problem at all) when there are far, far greater concerns facing black people today, and it ain't 'racism in America 2013'! These self-inflicted pathologies can only be fixed by blacks themselves. White people have tried over the decades by throwing trillions of dollars into social policies that have miserably failed. It's time to wake up, my brother.... we've got a lot of work to do.

      Happy 2013...

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      Interesting statiistics

      The only problem with is they aren't specific. It's the age old problem of lumping all classes of "Blacks" together as a monolithic mass.

      Are these statistics about the poverty ridden class of blacks? The working class of "blacks"? The middle class of "blacks"? The upper middle class of "blacks"? Rich wealthy class of "blacks"? Highly educated class of "blacks"? is about "black" elected officials?

      Some people even include President Obama as a criminal or even the Antichrist.

      These statistics themselves can be an expression of racial prejudice, perceiving, and prejudging all "black" individuals and classes as being the same. When you've seen one you've seen them all.

      I'm not saying that all of the statistics are invalid or that they don't apply to certain classes of "black" people. I'm just a throwing different light on how you may want to look at the subject and take all of this into consideration when talking about statistics.

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      frankyc 4 years ago

      Racism is not inherited, it's a learned behaviour.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Look, we all know what class of black people being referred to here:

      low income, low education, dysfunctional single parent households, by and large. So what if "these statistics themselves can be an expression of racial prejudice, perceiving, and prejudging all "black" individuals and classes as being the same." Oh, come on. Be that as it may (and it isn't), perhaps it is better the public be aware of just who is inflicting all this mayhem and where these crime infested areas are in order to avoid becoming victims themselves. Hey, racial profiling works, vveasey!

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      Kyle 4 years ago

      Based on the statistics, I would say the safest place for me would be where there are no black people.

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      Patriette

      You said "Look, we all know what class of black people being referred to here: low income, low education, dysfunctional single parent households, by and large"

      But judging by Kyle's response that's not true. He's saying unqualified (certain classes or types) and unquantified (certain numbers) where there are no black people (any black people)

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Kyle, I'm with you. That's why I live in Orange County, CA....

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      Mark 4 years ago

      VV,

      Those were U.S.-wide statistics. I'm not sure how a better comparison could be conducted. Based on the statistics it appears people are safer when they don't live around black people, especially if they are black. Also, congratulations on learning the difference between quantitative and qualitative.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Mark...Cite your sources or stop the madness. You are spewing lies unless your source is the likes of Mein Kampf or some warmed over rendition of the like. I challenge you to cite your sources.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Patriette...you have got to be kidding me. Have you looked in a mirror lately. That man mark is talking about you too. Not some isolated demographic...YOU. And is probably laughing at how you seem so simple as to disdain my comments and take his without any challenge of proof. Wow...I just cannot believe what you've stated. But it is your right to do so, and I will never deny any comment as all have to right to their opinion and freedom of speech. As I laugh out loud!!!

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      VV...exactly!!! Vague and without any viable source. Thank you very much.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Yeah ok Patriette...why don't you go and live in Mark's neighborhood and see what happens.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Kyle...stop it. You sound silly.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Hey Patriette....by YOU living in Orange County there is at least one black person living there. YOU...and that means that mark and Kyle will not live there...because of you. Get a grip!!!

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      I challenge you to cite your sources.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      VV...well stated.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      If that is what Mark and Kyle believe about me, my husband and son - who they know nothing about - so be it. They have every right to choose the kind of community they wish to live in, as do I. Crime stats aside, rest assured, the black person commenting on this thread (that would be me), poses zero threat to equally law-abiding, responsible individuals in my neighborhood or any neighborhood. You couldn't have a better neighbor than me. Be that as it may, just what do you think would happen gaespark, if I lived in Mark's neighborhood?

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      gaeparks

      I was going to say the same thing about Patriette supposedly a "black" person who's glad to be living in Orange County to get away from black people! Hahahah

      Her buddies Mark and kyle definitely would include Patriette in their statistics.

      They see all "black" people of whatever class or character as being the same including you Parriette

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      VV...(hope you do not mind me using VV)

      Yes!!! Thank you very much.

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      Mark

      are you saying that your statistics apply to all "black' people without distinction, no matter if their rich, middle class, upper middle class, college professors, elected officials, military brass, President Obama, etc, etc?

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      Nope VV is fine

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      What do you think he's saying, vv? So far as I can tell, nowhere in Mark's stats (which really aren't his) does it say - 'All black people'.

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      Mark

      Thanks for your pseudo "congrats"

      You said "people are safer when they don't live around black people, especially if they are black."

      People are safer if they don't live around black people especially if they are black?

      What can you congratulate a person on who makes a statement like that?

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      Patriette

      Mark said it's safer not to live around black people

      If a person makes a statement about people and doesn't quantify it, say how many people they are talking about or doesn't qualify it, say what type of people they are talking about their statement means all people of all types.

      If you ever took a college logic's class you'd be familiar with what I'm talking about that's not intended to be an insult, just a statement of the facts

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      No insult taken. But I would like to clear up any confusion as to my race. I am not a "supposedly black person." Do you not see a black face on my profile pic, vv? And as for where I live, it isn't black people in general (far from it), but a specific kind of black person that does not share my values who I am inclined to distance myself from.

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      Patriette

      If you agree with Mark that it's safer to live around "white" people, which doesn't make a distinction about the number of "white" people or the type of "white" people.

      I invite you to move to a "redneck" area of say...Mississippi or some other "redneck area" and see how safe you are or how safe you feel

      Patriette you never know who you're talking to on the internet, People can put up any kind of picture it doesn't mean it's a picture of them wouldn't you agree?

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      For me it comes down to values. So, if you are a criminally-inclined redneck (which isn't the same as racist) and don't share my values, then no, I wouldn't feel safe in a redneck area either...

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      TRust me, it's me....

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      I get what you're saying...but that's like me telling you to trust me that this is me

      but you don't know me, so how do you know this is me?

      But I'll take you at your word

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      There are other photos of me from a past hub of mine that may convince you that it's the same person. But no, we cannot know with absolute certainty that we are who we say we are.

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      As I said I take you at your word

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Patriette...What I think VV is saying is that it seems confusing, as does to me also that you being Black or African American can even begin to agree with someone like Mark or Kyle when in fact you are included in their nonsensical comments, and unsupported statistics. It would seem likely that you just might be posing as someone you are not. But as VV stated...we will just have to take your word for it.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      As for Mark and Kyle, what's not to agree with? You'd be surprised how many blacks agree with us...

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Anyway, what others think of me is none of my business.

      Peace

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Patriette

      As well it should not be. Unless their intent is to hurt or hinder you. Then what they think may be your business as their may be consequences based on circumstances.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I would like to conclude by saying that being called 'nigger' does not hurt or hinder me. Being disliked or distrusted by other races is in fact, their problem, not mine. The following quote from our mutual friend Feenix, nicely sums up my position:

      "It is my attitude that when whites discriminate against me, that is not my problem, it is theirs. They are missing a golden opportunity to make contact with a good friend, good neighbor, good citizen, good worker, and all-around cool dude." Feenix

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      Marcus 4 years ago

      Supreme Court justice Joseph Story — who was, it bears noting, appointed to the Court by the guy who wrote the Constitution:

      The importance of this article will scarcely be doubted by any persons, who have duly reflected upon the subject. The militia is the natural defence of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic usurpations of power by rulers. It is against sound policy for a free people to keep up large military establishments and standing armies in time of peace, both from the enormous expenses, with which they are attended, and the facile means, which they afford to ambitious and unprincipled rulers, to subvert the government, or trample upon the rights of the people. The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.

      The new dictators on the march.. Mario.. Blunderberg..(that outlawed the big gulp).. and next.. you know who.... time for impeachment proceedings to start heating up..

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Marcus...what is your point?

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Marcus

      What is your point?

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      I completely agree. However, what I did not or do not understand are some of the comments and agreements you've made that goes along with the likes of Kyle...

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      Genetically it has been proven that there is actually no such thing as race because we all share 99% of our DNA with each other and the last 1% that makes a hundred is what makes the differences in us such as skin color.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      'There are only two races of men; the decent and the unprincipled ones."

      Viktor Frankyl - Man's Search For Meaning

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      ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

      The Federal Government is the place where racism starts, the government classifies the people by race. To reduce or eliminate racism here, we need to remove these classifications. To continue them means that there is no real equality for the people.

      First the blacks, need to put African after American and not before it. Second why does the NAACP still use the CP.

      Gays and Lesbians cannot be classified as Racism when they receive remarks about their lifestyle.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I agree with your position that the government needs to remove racial classifictions.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      ib radmasters

      First of all the Government does not classify people by race as there is only one race....human. They classify people by ethnicity for the purpose of dioumentation as needed for taxation (which is a whole other Hub...lol)

      Secondly...."Blacks" did not put the label White people did...Black people would be happy to be called Black people...I know that I would. And what difference does or would it make what order the words are in?

      The NAACP is a copy righted name of an organization and was designated as such upon their inception and cannot just be changed at will as their connections to other organizations would also be affected. And although the organization is a management mess...their name is what it is and not what they currently or whom they currently represent.

      And you are certainly correct in that gays and lesbians cannot and should not dare classify themselves with any form of racism issues...that is their lifestyle choice.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      samowhamo

      You are so correct...well stated...welll done.

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      tw 4 years ago

      you are all pathetic. You are racism in America. Let me guess your an older black man. The most racist breed in our country. Leave it alone and grow up dude.

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      @tw-Ha ha ha sorry but your ignorance means nothing to smart people like us be gone fool your the one whos pathetic your the one who needs to grow up and stop judging people you know nothing about.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Here, here samowhamo!

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      ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

      The majority of the voters put in a black into the presidency for two terms. If there is any racism it is self induced by the blacks.

      NAACP still stands for colored people even though it doesn't represent brown or yellow, and white is also a color.

      Isn't it about time to put the African after the American, keeping it in front is also racist.

      Blacks have been in this country for over four hundred years and they have made the least progress. The Chinese was brought here as slave labor less than 200 years ago and they have made more progress than the blacks.

      It is also the federal government that forces us to pigeon hole by race and ethnicity, so how can we all be equal Americans if the government wants to keep the racism alive.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      No American should be hyphenating their ethnic identity. If you were born here in America or are living here legally - black, brown, yellow or white - we are all AMERICANS, period.

      Government, academia, the media and Hollywood are largely to blame for identity-politics. But there is plenty blame to go around if you have bought into this hideous racist game. Good grief!, this is the twenty-first century and we are still fixated on race and division. Wake Up, People! You are, first and foremost, an individual... with thoughts, beliefs, talents, skills and traits that are uniquely yours, having only superficially shared racial characteristics. You are NOT your race - you are an individual!

      Here's what my friend Stacy has to say about hyphenating....

      http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=QVwpMyy8eXA&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DQVwpMyy8eXA

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Go to: Unhyphenated America on youtube.com (Stacy Swimp)

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      ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

      gasparks

      As for race

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      The traditional definition of race and ethnicity is related to biological and sociological factors respectively.

      Race refers to a person's physical appearance, such as skin color, eye color, hair color, bone/jaw structure etc.

      Ethnicity, on the other hand, relates to cultural factors such as nationality, culture, ancestry, language and beliefs.

      For example, take the Caucasian race. The physical characteristics of Caucasians were described by M. A. MacConaill, as being "light skin and eyes, narrow noses, and thin lips. Their hair is usually straight or wavy".

      Caucasoids are said to have the lowest degree of projection of the alveolar bones which contain the teeth, a notable size prominence of the cranium and forehead region, and a projection of the midfacial region. A person whose appearance matches these characteristics is said to be a Caucasian.

      However, there are many ethnicities within the Caucasian race e.g. Irish, Welsh, German, French, Slovak etc. What differentiates these ethnic groups from each other is their country of origin, language they speak, cultural heritage and traditions, beliefs and rituals.

      "Race relations" is one of the dominant themes in American politics from time to time, and refers to relationships between the major race groups - white, black, Latino and Asian.

      Note that use of the word "Asian" as a race includes a vast variety of ethnicities such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese.

      America has also had a sometimes troubled history with ethnic strife e.g. during the waves of Irish and Italian immigration to the U.S. These immigrants were Caucasian but had a different ethnicity compared to the Anglo Saxons who preceded them, and were forced to face ethnic discrimination.

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      Government doesn't need to document ethnicity.

      NAACP needs to update past their last century name.

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      Why is it that some people think non-white people can't be racist I don't believe that. Geaparks what do you think.

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      truth 4 years ago

      black people are just as racist as anyone else. it gets really annoying hear the whole "ancestors in chains" rationale. Last time i checked, that wasn't you

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      Becki Rizzuti 4 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Race is a social construct. Ethnicity refers to the geographical origins of the individual. Racism is a misnomer and the term is often mis-used by people who mean to refer instead to bigotry. Racism is becoming increasingly less common. Bigotry is alive and well.

      As a (relatively) young white female, I've never experienced what it is to be black, but I've had the disadvantage of being a foreigner in a country that was not my own. I've stood out like a sore thumb, spoken the wrong dialect, and I've struggled too. I know that for a period of my life it felt like people saw me as nothing more than "that kooky American."

      I agree that bigotry comes from all sides. If the relative lack of pigment in my skin matters more to you than the content of my character, then we're going to have problems. That's bigotry. If you believe that I am less intelligent, strong, or human than you are due to the lack of pigment in my skin, that's racism. I've encountered that kind of bigotry. I've encountered whites who discriminate against blacks.

      Bigotry exists in many forms, and ethnicity is only one reason for discrimination. People need to take a good, long look in the mirror. As long as we look down on people with differing abilities, social class, or religion, there is work to be done in the world. This focus on racism (and even homophobia) really bothers me.

      The battle should be against all forms of bigotry, without the selfish focus on only the form that most affects us.

      I don't look first at the color of a person's skin. So why should someone judge *me* by my lag of pigmentation? Does my being white automatically make me racist? My being conservative? If you believe that it *does*, then I challenge you to reconsider your definition of racism.

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      I understand that there still very much are racist whie people out there but there are African Americans that are just as racist I have found a hate site once called I hate white people and there are even black supremacist groups. I think if we want to eliminate racism we need to eliminate it from every race not just whites.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Absolutely, samowhamo. And the eradication of racism starts in the home, and not just white homes, but black homes as well. Black churches and schools also have a critical role to play in its eradication - because from whatever racial group it emanates - it is one of the most indecent character traits one can have, whether you're white or black.

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      Thank you Patriette :). You know it still amazes me sometimes that some African Americans and Latin Americans (or whatever ethnicity a person may be) assume that all white people are racist or evil or devils or perverts without even knowing them first that just shows us that ignorance and hatred is in every ethnicity of humans.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Yes...racists, perverts, evil, or any other social issues by ANY group or person is wrong...no matter who they may be. I especially detest groups who have suffered from any of these to be the perpetrator of the same. That is disprcable!

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      Becki Rizzuti 4 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Do any of you watch the ABC Family show Switched at Birth? One of the main characters, Bay, has decided to attend the local public school for Deaf Teenagers when she had problems at her private school. She's experienced a lot of bullying at the hands of the Deaf students, and during last week's episode, one of the Deaf students accused her of having no idea what it was like to experience any kind of discrimination.

      As a Latina, I'm sure that she has experienced quite a bit of discrimination herself, but it's discrimination that brought her from her private school to the public school in the first place.

      This is the type of assumption that I think we need to be working on eradicating, regardless of the culture that points fingers at another and says "You don't know what it's like..." Only the individual knows what he or she has experienced throughout his or her life and unless someone is able to relate directly to the experiences of the individual, it's unfair to make those assumptions.

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      What amazes me even more at times is that some white people hate being white because of the slavery of African Americans with some whites saying oh the soldiers in the civil war (on the Union side) didn't want to free the slaves and with some African Americans even saying you should be ashamed to be white. There is nothing wrong with feelng sympathy for African American slaves but there is no need for white people to hate themselves for it white people back then are responsible for slavery not white people living today. And being white is nothing to be ashamed of either that's like saying being black is something to be ashamed of people don't have control over what ethnicity or skin color they were born as.

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      Hey Geaparks I wanted to ask you what do you think about white and black supremacist groups who believe in serpent seed doctrine. Some white groups who believe in it say that all blacks are evil and all jews should be exerminated. And some black groups who believe in it sa that whites are edomites (the desendents of Esau) who cannot be saved and are hated by God and Christ and should not be helped by others (especially by blacks and anyone else they consider to be Isreallites) and whites are covering things up (whatever that means) and there was this one black who said to this white person (Its true you are the devil because your justifying satanism you deserve what you have gotten and everything you will get until then you just keep living the way you think things are.) and another black said it will be the end of all white people. This kind of scares me sometimes.

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      John Hanners 4 years ago from Lineville, Alabama

      All forms of racism from different ethnic groups still exist today, as this post and some comments prove. Racism is nothing more than a heart filled with hate. Until we get back to teaching the value of human life (every human life) we will continue to have violence and hatred in this country.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      samowhamo

      I disdain any group with a negative agenda. I do not care if the group is Black, White, Latino, Asian or any others ethnicity. I especially do noyt like groups who distort the Bible for their special purposes and paths to evil. What is interesting to me though is that you yourself seem to refer to the people you talk about as "this one black" and again "another black" by the same token say "this white person" or then again "all white people." You see sir there are inferences that you might have some hidden or suppressed social issue with different people. My point is that you seem to omit the personage of "black people" while remembering to maintian it when you write about "white people" that is rather interesting...don"t you think?

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      John Hanners

      Very well stated!!! I completely agree...kudos to you sir!!!

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      The way I see it is as follows: samowhamo is calling it as he sees it, just as you, gaeparks sir, are calling it as you see it in the original hub you posted here.

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      I am terribly sorry if that is the way I came off geaparks I had no intention of sounding like that I was actually kind of scared and nervous when I posted that comment I when I get scared and nervous I don't think as striaght as I usually do but I swear on the Bible I did not mean to sound offensive to anyone and I apologise if I did I trully am sorry geaparks please forgive me.

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      And yes you are right Patriette I am just calling it as I see it but I swear on my soul I am not trying to offend anyone I have no problems with people who are different from me.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      samowhamo

      No offence taken sir...no apology needed either. I was simply making a point as I understood what I was reading. My statement was not an attack by any means. And yes Patriette, he does cal it like he sees it and I do appreciate that. Again...no issue with me...

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      Thank you geaparks oh and if you are interested I just wrote an article debunking serpent seed doctrine if you would like to read it.

      http://samowhamo.hubpages.com/hub/Serpent-Seed-Doc...

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      DfwDude 4 years ago

      vveasey

      "I invite you to move to a "redneck" area of say...Mississippi or some other "redneck area" and see how safe you are or how safe you feel."

      Here's the problem with racism. White people are racists if they use the n word...yet blacks call each other n word as if perfectly acceptable.

      Then your calling whites rednecks.and redneck areas.

      I personally hate for anyone to use the n word I think it's a disgusting word

      What bothers me is some one like Jamie Fox gets in front of a crowd (a awards show ,I think and says "Give it up for Obama,our LORD and Savior" I'm sorry Obama is NOT my lord or savior,he is just the president.....does not make him a God!!

      To finish,over the years some of my best friends have been black and GOOD friends they were!!!!

      Sorry just had to vent a little!

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      B-rad jeezy 4 years ago

      Earlier a person explained that this whole discussion in a sense is a bit racist (bigotry,whatever). What I think he meant to say is that you people seem to give racism a lot more credit than it deserves. To keep it short, I'm a 22 year old male in the heart of NY and really the only racists I meet are on the Internet. Truth be told what ever racism is left in this country is in hiding. Of course theirs the media and the Internet to remind us just how stupid we are on a daily basis but being a pretty dark skinned black dude I can go all around this city and receive all kinds of different smiles from people of different races each and every day. Sure for all I know their "closet racists" but I've been told there was a time where a person would let you know just how much they hate you while you were on your way to the store or to work. Those days don't exist anymore, at least for my generation. Nowadays, black, white, Chinese, whatever you being racist will generally end in an ass whooping or you looking foolish to the people around you. You know why? As stated before, I believe my generation is in complete understanding that we have bigger fish to fry if we want to stay in this nation built off those same ass backward principles you older folks all know and love. I just feel like everyone on here should listen to the based god and try to better themselves instead of worrying about what's the worst ethnicity you all sound like fucktards #TYBG #bitchmob #TASKFORCEINTHISBITCH

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      B-rad jeezy

      In as much as I can appreciate your ignorance which I attribute to your age, please be aware that you live in NYC and that city has been the exception for many many years. I happen to love NYC as there is where I grew up. And you are correct in that you will have such an experience you mentioned in NYC; however, in many many many other places in our county racism or bigotry is far from hiding nonetheless gone. I have traveled both within and outside this country and America although not alone, does seem to lead in overt bigotry. My young brother, as you get older...you shall see. And if and when you travel, which I hope that you do, you shall also see. Until then enjoy the awesome life experiences you are havering in NYC. Thank you for your post.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I recently posted the following comment on another hub dealing with racism:

      One of the more common misperceptions among some blacks is the belief that America is hopelessly racist. Fortunately, this belief just isn't true. While it is true that there will always be pockets of racism emanating from *all* racial groups, the kind of white racism directed at blacks during the pre-civil rights era, simply does not exist today. Our laws have dramatically changed for the better, as have racial attitudes among white Americans. And attitudes and racial tolerance seems to get better with the passing of time. This country elected a black president for heaven's sake, and more whites than blacks voted for Obama! How racist is that?

      The rise in numbers of the KKK and white supremacist groups, again, does not mean racism is on the rise anymore than does the rise in numbers of the NBPP (New Black Panther Party) or the NOI (Nation of Islam). These are extremist, fringe groups and they do not represent perceptions and beliefs of the vast majority of whites or blacks, as most whites and blacks find extremist hate groups vile and despicable. Fringe groups will always exist and will surface from time to time in a free society, as we all are free to believe what we wish.

      Sometimes racial profiling is necessary to track down criminals. That's simply a fact, disturbing as some may find this to be. But profiling does not necessarily mean there's a prejudicial or racist motivation by the profiler. If somebody suspicious matches certain information, then I believe we should use all the information on hand, i.e., gender, weight, height, clothing, hair, race, etc., and whatever else about the individual that can lead to an arrest. Again, I wish racial profiling wasn't necessary, but it is... and it works! Haven't we all at one time or another profiled someone who looked suspicious based on something he was wearing or the way he/she behaved? If I see a black male walking down the street with a threatening demeanor, wearing 'gangsta' clothing, acting suspicious and thuggish looking-- I can assure you I will be profiling and notifying the police! And the same goes for Hispanic, Asian and white males, period. It is unfortunate that good men sometimes are mistakenly targeted for bad men. It is also unfortunate that black men commit disproportionate levels of crime in this country, and until this changes, all of us are going to have fears, perceptions and biases based on the sad reality of black crime.

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      patriette-In your comment above you mentioned the KKK and The Nation Of Islam oh heavens those people are a such a bad joke. Members of the KKK and the NOI and people who share similar beleifs come up with some of the stupidest things like black people are a missing link, white people are trying to destroy the world before black people take it back, white people are the master race and all other people are mistakes, white people are apes that are trying to harm other people. There was this skinhead who once said the Bible is only for white people and this African American who accused Steven Speilberg of being a racist because he didn't want to make a movie about Michael Jackson. There was this white person who said jews are the real nazi's and this young African American man who kept acting wise and saying how he knows about white people and black people and how all other people his age are foolish or something like that. I swear you just can't rationally talk to these people every time you criticise them they say something stupid like calling you a racist or saying where's your respect for your elders these people must live such miserable live to think that all black people, white people, or jewish people are out to get them and the world.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      samowhamo, whenever I encounter a person with such flawed thinking, I say to myself this is someone who is mentally disturbed and that I wish I could help them, but I know that I can't, so I just move on.

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      I just came across a comment that I found offensive on an article about why it's ok to make jokes about white people the commentors said this.

      If the white man was smart he would dye his skin black and live as a black man. Black skin would be a shield for the white man. Nobody would mess with the white man.Peace.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Yes, I recall seeing that comment too, I think on HubPages. I guess this is his idea of parody. I would surmise that white people who are attacked or killed by blacks are those whites who are most vulnerable, i.e., unarmed whites. But blacks know which neighbourhoods to venture in to, who and who isn't armed. A well armed white person is the ultimate shield, not skin color!

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      @ Patriette

      Some black people say and think that attacks on white people are jutifiable some even say all whites are racist they all should die HOW IS ATTACKING INNOCENT PEOPLE JUSTIFIABLE!!! These particular black people are attacking innocent people that have done absolutely nothing to them and they are trying to justify these attacks it just shows us that ignorance and racsim trully do come in all colors.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      samowhamo, there is no justification for such a belief. Anyone who acts

      out on this depraved thinking is evil - nothing else, plain and simple.

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      @ Patriette

      Thank you Patriette and if you are interested I have just wrote a new article if inerested.

      http://samowhamo.hubpages.com/hub/Black-Racism-Rea...

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      Hey Geaparks what are your thoughts on separatism some black people say that separatism is not racism it's survival there's a difference. Well there right that yes there is a difference but that dosent make it survival.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      I am trying to convince the white man to dye his skin black and live as a black man. A lot of white guys are soft and passive. I know in my heart that if these guys were black nobody would mess with them 99% of the time. I could give you one example after another of how black skin would help the white man. And don't think I am not putting the word out there. I see black skin for what it truly is PROTECTION! Black skin is like a shield.

      This is how black skin would help the white man.

      1. Black skin reduces your chances of getting robbed.

      2. People are less likely to be rude or disrespectful to you if you are black.

      3. Black people would work harder and complain less if they had a black boss.

      4. Black skin would protect the white man from racial politics.

      5. Black skin would help the white man have a better relationship with the black community.

      5. A white man could protect another white person from a black persons racism better with a black face.

      6. Black skin would protect the white man from racism. (Yes I said it, Don't you think it is racist to assume a man is racist just cause he is white.)

      7. You are less likely to get fired if you are black.

      8.WOmen LOVE black men.

      At the end of the day black skin would really help the white man. The average white man would get more respect, have a better relationship with the black community and better protection in society if he had a black face. And I am going to work hard to convince the white man that black skin would help him.

      PEace.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      @samowhamo

      At this juncture in time separatism may not be racist but it is elitist, devisive, and destructive. The African country of Liberia was formed from freed slaves who returned to Africa...didn't seem to work well. They just recently held their first free election about five years ago or less. Freedom requires responsibility, order, and organization; and in as such as OUR country the USA has its issues...we do have those foundational qualities and hold them by matter of law. Separatism by any group is wrong.

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      walt kienia 4 years ago

      We, most of us, have left the age of blatant racial discrimination and prejudice to the history books (not to bury and hide the ugly past, however).

      We are not in that age anymore, yet we'd be fools to think that the blatant racial hatred from the past has gone the way of the dinosaur. However, the vast, vast majority of Americans do not hold to its principles any longer (that is not to say that this blight on our history was ever based on sound principles).

      Today, in this age, you will find occurrences of prejudice based on perception much, much more often than you will find occurrences of discrimination based on prejudice.

      And you have to ask yourself why that is, or at least, what contributes to it.

      I am a white guy living as a minority resident in a city with an approximate 80% Hispanic and Black American demographic. The section of the city known as the "North End" is predominantly black.

      I once attended an event at a Church in the North End where the comedian Bill Cosby had come to talk to people about race, culture, crime, and family (yes, I did sort of stick out in the crowd).

      Cosby spoke of the need for black responsibility, and the gathering clapped and said Amen.

      Cosby spoke of fatherless families and the lack of parenting in black neighborhoods, and the gathering clapped and said Amen.

      Cosby spoke of the need for accepting education as an important life tool, and the gathering....well, you get it by now.

      Cosby said that while driving to that particular Church he noticed how many Churches were located in the North End, but then he questioned why it was the most crime-ridden area of the city.

      Cosby had us all laughing and agreeing and at times, yes, shedding a tear or two.

      The point here is that Cosby was pointing out that more than racism, prejudice by perception is being fostered and allowed to grow within the black community itself. And this message was accepted by the black congregation of that Church!

      Because it was delivered by Cosby, a famous funny guy, yes, but also a black guy.

      Now if I come there and said the same thing someone would have, using the vernacular of the region, busted a cap in my ass.

      My point in recounting this little but totally true tale is to say that you cannot hold a credible discussion about racism without also looking in the mirror.

      You cannot carry the crutch of racism and claim an injury while then going around the corner, taking off your shoe and kicking the hell out of a concrete wall.

      Perhaps we should read and listen more to the likes of Bill Cosby, Thomas Sowell, and Larry Elder and less of DeWayne Wickham, Frank Harris, and Roland Martin.

      Growing up and going to school in Maine I read Jonathan Kozol and, while not being a liberal democrat by any stretch of the imagination, I accepted and believed what he wrote.

      However, since moving to a majority minority populated city, I feel that Kozol also misses the point of balance in racial discussions.

      Yeah, I know, I'm a white guy so I cannot understand the whole racism thing. I'll be sure to holler that to the next car that drives by with its occupant yelling something or rather about my being a "white boy."

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      Stephen Hodgkinson 4 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Why do the Americans insist with these constant reminders of slavery and the likes when the rest of the world has dealt with the matters 20 years ago?

      The USA, unlike most other 1st world counties, will have racial issues for years to come. This is very simple......

      Every single 100% of the time when a Black American appears in a movie or a sitcom or similar they must mention BLACK one way or another. It does not matter if the show is all black or just a few. The writers of the show will throw in constant reminders, like "hey Niger" or "us brothers will stick together". But worst yet is when a Black person speaks one of these reminders to another Black American. (maybe that makes it all OK - NOT)

      Constant reminders in the USA media that one is black ( I will not add white here cause it never happens that way) is an absolute insult to people all over the world.

      My recommendation:-

      A 20 year ban in the media - never isolate a race unless it is a documentary. This goes especially for Black people making remarks about other Black people because they are Negro too. Lets try to start our next generation color blind ! - but the media must help.

      Take a look a Britain. When ever a Black person appears in the media there are no references made to the race because race is not part of the presentation but rather the Black person is just the same as everyone else in the presentation. It is just not part of the show. So why oh why do the Americans insist with these constant reminders of slavery and the likes when the rest of the world has dealt with the matters 20 years ago?

      Stop using the media to show the young Black Americans that they might be different from non black people. New laws are now needed to stop the media from isolating the Afro American.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      All the white man has got to do is get a black spray tan and live as a black man and his problems are gone. It would be so much safer for the white man to live as a black man in today's world. Black skin would protect you from all those racial p0litics. The white man would have a better relationship with black people if he lived as a black man.

      Black skin = Protection

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      One Scout,

      I agree with you that the media is a major problem with race relations in america. But I think the white man should just say f*** it and get a race change. The white man would have more flexibilty on what he can and can't say if he was black. And white people would feel much safer around black people if they were black. Black skin would protect him from racial politics.

      Always remember a black man can protect a white person from a racist black person better with a black face. There was a scene in the movie Grand Canyon that exposed this. Peace.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Because I truly believe in freedom if speech I will aprove all comments and responses, however, do try an post intelligent and thoughtful content to this Hub. Thank you all and have a great day.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      gaeparks,

      I would like to know your opinion sir. I am seriously trying to convince the white man to bring pigmentation into the white community. I think that black skin could help a white man get more respect. I noticed that people don't mess with you as much if you are black. Black skin is like a shield. I have met so many different white men that would benefit from being black. There is a certain respect that the black man gets that no other man gets.

      I also think think that many white police officers would benefit from having black skin because they would not have to deal with racial politics. In my eyes it is racist to assume a man is racist just cause he is white. I think that white comedians would benefit from having black skin because it would give them more flexibility on what he can and can not say. I also think that black people would be more motivated to work harder and complain less if they had a black boss. I have seen black people treat white bosses like substitute teachers and like to see how much they can get away with.

      So I just want to let you know my goal is to enlighten the white man that black skin would be a good thing for him to have. I think that black skin could help a white man with the ladies. And I know there are racists against black people but they are scared. And I think think deep down most white men envy black men. But the first step for the white man is to get that race change.

      Peace.

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      Becki Rizzuti 4 years ago from Indiana, USA

      B-Dawg, I do hope that you're being farcical. After all, race is a misnomer and the color of the skin doesn't change the content of the character. Certainly a person's culture can change, but their ethnicity *cannot*. We will always carry some of the trappings of our ethnic cultures, where ever we go. I lived in England for a time, but did not cease to be an American. I lived in North Carolina, but I do not carry the Southern culture with me into the Midwest. No change to the color of my skin could ever change the person that I am. And I really hope that's the point that you're trying to make, using farce.

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      What is racism exactly? If I hate the horrible black culture we have in the U.S. does that make me racist? I don't hate Asian culture, and the color of their skin means nothing to me? I walk each morning with our HR man and he is black, yet I have little good to say about blacks in our country as a whole? does that make me racist? Am I supposed to "pretend" that the majority of the 47 million taking welfare are another color other than black? Am I supposed to pretend that most black homes have no father and consequently have children that grow up uneducated and gangsters? Am I supposed to pretend that blacks have their own language and accent that will keep them from entering normal society? Am I supposed to pretend that daily killings in Chicago are committed by blacks? The majority of commercials on TV use black actors, blacks have the best resources for education and government jobs, black business owners get their names at the top of government contract list! Blacks need to fix BLACKS, I have no responsibility in this! Lose the chip on the shoulder! And attack your real problems!

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      No, you're no racist Patriot Q; you're a realist... I'm black and find these self inflicted problems of black life today in 2013 just deplorable.

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      I can not put into words the hope I have for this country when I see someone respond in that way, Patriette.........tip of the hat to you my lady.

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      Stephen Hodgkinson 4 years ago from Sydney Australia

      From most of the comments I see above, no one has the solution. The comments indicate there is a serious problem with Backs and crime. (it is a know fact that officials tried to keep these statistics quite).

      However even my fellow hubbers just want to drill home that Blacks are different from others. Well of course they are different in the Hubbers minds because Blacks are getting different treatment. Look again at the Hubbers comments above.

      Stop it people - stop isolating the Blacks ( you too if you are Black). We just need to do it for a few years until a new generation has no reason to think they are special or different.

      Should people have their own culture? Yes. but in the case of USA citizens - No. I say this because the Germans, African, English, Chinese and every other nationality that migrated to this great country did so over a 100 years ago. All the nationalities have now assimilated into the one American culture - Except the African. Why is this so?

      African Americans have not assimilated well because the media keeps shoving the differences down every ones throat. Please seen my first comment in this hub (20 comments back from here) suggesting ways to stop these constant reminders coming out of the media.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      The solution can be found in the link below. Please pass it along if you know someone who lacks a strong role model or work ethic:

      http://archive.frontpagemag.com/Printable.aspx?Art...

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      Que, I will share with you Americas dark secret (no pun intended) The Asian community is the smallest minority in this country.........yet they do not receive minority status from the government like Indians, women, blacks, and other minorites..........why? Because they are over educated and make too much money per capita!!!.......never heard that from media have you?

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      Stephen Hodgkinson 4 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Patriot Quest, you are very correct. Yes the media seem to have little to say about the Asian sector.

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      Davidwork 4 years ago

      This is going to be a long comment, so I’ve split it into two parts. This is 1:

      I don’t think I’ve ever come across a Hub that has had so many comments, or that has raised such a level of passionate debate. I think everyone here has to try to step back and take a balanced view of things.

      Gaeparks:

      Try and balance the good with the bad. There will inevitably be a small percentage of white Americans who are overtly racist, those ones who would openly insult black or ethnic people, or even try to do physical harm to them; there will be a larger percentage who are covertly racist, the ones like those servicemen you described who would not say anything in front of a person of colour, but would have ill-will towards them, would disparage them, or run them down in private; but there will also be a great many white Americans who will have goodwill towards people of colour. They are the ones who in this era, helped to vote Obama into power for two successive terms, and who in the past supported the Civil Rights movement and the radical movements of the 1960’s. It may be a long and slow process, but the white Americans who do have the lingering racist fears and prejudices will gradually become smaller and smaller.

      The many petty, annoying aspects of racism you describe that dwell on are the legacy of past racial injustices and the economic problems of the last several decades that have created a growing gap between the richest and the poorest, most of the poorest being black. As a black British person who has been interested in the history of black Americans for more than 30 years, I went to the USA for the 2008 Presidential election, because I sensed that it would be a historic event. I was in New York, Philadelphia and Washington. While in Philadelphia, I was shocked by the contrast between the run down area where the black people mostly lived, and the gleaming city centre. I have never seen such a contrast between wealth and poverty in the UK or anywhere in the developed world. You don’t have to be a professor to see that there is a link between the poverty and the high crime rates in such areas. In turn, the fears and suspicions of a great many white Americans are based on the state of the inner cities.

      Regarding the Django movie, well interestingly, I do not like Quentin Tarantino’s films. Many years ago, I read a story about him saying something like ‘…all black people have thick lips’ as a result of which he nearly came to blows with a black man who objected to his words. I’ve never liked the way racist language is used in his films, like Pulp Fiction, even though the characters using it are black, because rightly or wrongly, I’ve always had a feeling that it represents Tarantino’s own agenda.

      Having said that, some of the most prolific users of the ‘N’ word in the US are black people themselves; the use of nigger, nigga or niggaz is common in Gangsta Rap, and in many inner city areas. I heard a black man casually referring to another black man as “nigga” when I was in Philadelphia in 2008. That isn’t entirely the fault of black Americans; any group of people that have suffered oppression in their history can suffer from lower self-esteem, e.g. women are some of the worst for using derogatory words such as “slut” against other women.

      Interestingly, the word nigger actually only means black. It is derived from the Spanish word negro, which is simply the Spanish word for black, look in any Spanish dictionary. During the 17th century, the first English settlers to buy slaves from the Spaniards mispronounced Negro as Negar, and negar gradually evolved into nigger; but it is not the root meaning of the word that is important, it is how it is used. It is an unpleasant word, one that at best devalues people and at worse is charged with hatred. If black Americans want to eradicate the use of the ‘N’ word amongst white people, then they have to begin by banishing it from their own daily usage in the inner cities, and from artistic usage in music genres.

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      Davidwork 4 years ago

      This is 2:

      Some of my fellow commenters:

      Mark: Your statistics are detailed and interesting, but CITE YOR SOURCES.

      Even if they are perfectly true, why are many black Americans in this sorry state? Partly because of the legacy of past racial injustice and inequality, more of which is detailed below. Unlike you, I have taken care to cite the sources of my information.

      Patriette: I cannot believe how you made a balanced and reasonable response with your first comment, and then changed completely after reading Mark’s UNCITED statistics.

      Ib radmasters: Your comment:

      “Blacks have been in this country for over four hundred years and they have made the least progress. The Chinese was brought here as slave labor less than 200 years ago and they have made more progress than the blacks.”

      You’ve completely overlooked why black Americans have made the least progress, or maybe you are not aware of it. They were enslaved for 250 years, freed in name only after the Civil War, then within a few years, had most of their new found rights and freedoms taken away from them by the resurgent Jim Crow racism in the Deep South, which eventually resulted in most southern blacks being subjected to segregation, denial of voting rights, lynchings and other forms of violent repression right into the mid-1950’s. The north, which had fought a war with the south to end slavery, stood by and did nothing as this wave of repression swept the south in the 1870’s and 1880’s. In the north of the USA, there was unwritten segregation, which endured well into the 20th century, e.g. the racism encountered by black students in Boston in the 1970’s when schools there were desegregated. All of these things hampered the overall progress of black Americans. Those attempts that black Americans did make to better themselves were often cruelly dashed. Do you know about the “Black Wall Street”, the district of Tulsa, Oklahoma that was the MOST prosperous and successful black community anywhere in the world up to 1921? It was burned to the ground by mobs of white rioters in May-June 1921 during a riot started by an allegation of a sexual assault on a white girl by a black boy, which was later shown to be false.

      Lastly, the Chinese were not “brought” to the USA as slave labour. They went of their own will as immigrants seeking work in the 1860’s. They faced appalling racism in the early years of their settlement there, but eventually succeeded because of the strengths of their culture, close family units, and mutual support within their close knit communities. Black Americans didn’t have the same sort of social structure, but then neither did most white Americans; but white Americans did have control of the economic and social structure of the US.

      On Jim Crow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Crow_laws

      On segregation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_segregation_in...

      On Tulsa: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsa_race_riot

      On Chinese immigrants: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_American_hist...

      And: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_American

      All the Wikipedia sources are referenced in detail on the pages.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      All Readers,

      Black skin is the answer to all your problems. Black people respond to color.

      1. A black person will work harder for a black boss.

      2. A black person will treat you better if you have black skin.

      3. Law Enforcement could get more black criminals off the street if they were black.

      4. You are less likely to get robbed by a black person if you are black or you have a black male with you.

      5. Teachers could get better grades out of black students if they were black.

      All the white man has got to do is dye his skin black and live as a black man and his black problems are gone. Black skin will protect you from black sin. Black skin will keep black people off your back. Black skin is the answer white man! Peace.

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      Davidwork 4 years ago

      B-Dawg,

      Produce your evidence.

      Where is your research based proof of these statements.

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      David, you brought up many points, No matter how you slice it up something went terribly wrong with black culture. I know beyond a shadow of doubt what that is but many do not and will not accept it! Blacks were taken over by "supposed" bleeding heart libs and put on the sugar tit, ONLY after Republicans fought tooth and nail to free them from bondage, Democrats have destroyed them yet keep them on the drugs so to speak. The likes of Jesse and others have filled their ears with hate, they look at black success outside of rap music as uncle tomming, Who among them will stand up and say enough? who will lead them back to family value and the idea that all is possible? They need true leadership, Harlem in the 20s was 99% black as it is today, the only difference was it was full of black lawyers, doctors, and business owners!............not gangbangers and crackheads

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      PatriotQuest and The Others of Your Belief

      The Harlem of the 20's was a thriving community, yes, but what are you basing your information on that states that now all who are there are gangsters and crackheads? Have you ever heard of the term gentrification? That is what happended to Harlem as well as many other neighborhoods that were once Black owned and run. By the way, where are you getting information in totallity? You seemed to have derivced your information from television. Have you ever lived in New York City (NYC)? Have you ever been to NYC and stayed for any period of time? If Harlem was nothing more than gangsters and crackheads, why would the likes of Bill Clinton, buy office space in Harlem, along with other White people. It is rather disturbing to hear or read statements like your Hub, but I do understand that it is your right to have your opinion. Do you understand that there are more drugs being used and and sold in affluent White neighborhoods in the USA than in others...purly based on econimics alone. The issue is that the media will paint the picture they believe "White America" feels comfortable hearing. Are you aware that there are more white families on welfare than any other ethnic group...based on numerical factors alone. Are aware that there are more Black men bewteen the ages of 18 and 30 in college than in prison...much to the contrast of what the media will state. Also...what "Black Culture" are you refering to that is so messed up. What about the Grunge culture, Skin Heads, The Stoners, The Black Trenchcoat, just to mention a very few. Eevery one of these are White based sub-cultures who have been responsible for more violence on American communities than any Black gang you know of. You seem to be following what the media shovels and that results in a misguided thought process.

      On another note...how does drugs get into the country? There are no Black owned ships, warehouses, trains, cargo planes; however, drugs seem to get into the country from other countries quite easily. There are no Black owned gun manufacturers, gun shops. There are no Black owned alcohol manufacturers or distributors...yets still there is a gun shop/pawn shop and liquor store on almost every cornes in Black neighborhoods. Please check your facts before you make the claims you do.

      And...about the Asians, yes they were brought in as cheap laborers...but White people have never thought of the Asians as property as they have passed down about Black people. Just check the news article about a White man who slapped a Black child for crying on an Airplane ride just last week. His statement to the child's mother was "Would you shut that nigger child up?" And you say that racism is not still in America. This happened in public, just last week. Yes he was arrested, but for simple battery, and his dispicable statement seemed to have been totally ignored. And...the news reported that no one else around did anything about his actions or statement. Babies cry on airplane rides because of the pressure in their ears causes pain, not because they are being bad, or because they are a "nigger child." Racism in America is alive and well...covertly maybe...but very much alive...and every once in a while it rares its ugly head in what could be mistaken as a single act or a slip by an individual. I have learned quite a while agao that people will only do out loud or in public what which they fell strongly they can and will get away with.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I'm sure had that man laid a hand on the child, others would have intervened and not just stood by... I wasn't there, and cannot be sure what actually did or did not transpire as far as the onlookers go. But you say the man was arrested for battery, which sounds like he didn't exactly get away with it. And that's good. What more punishment should he have received?

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      Stephen Hodgkinson 4 years ago from Sydney Australia

      The decline in the USA as a world leader is now in progress.

      This is way bigger than just racism in the USA it is the falling of a great nation. USA is now at the point where racism has choked the economy and culture of the country. ( bit like South Africa hu?) The oppressed are unemployed and have resorted to a life of crime. For a country to be prosperous, most must work and most must be happy. USA has neither.

      USA population has embraced racism for decades which has caused super high crime and widespread unemployment. With no solution to the problem whatsoever $6. I site the media (movies, rap, news, sitcoms, etc.) for drilling home to the nation that Whites and Blacks are vastly different. Go on USA.... you obviously do not think your media is the root of this racial tension, OTHERWISE YOU WOULD HAVE COMMENTED about my suggestions earlier in this Hub. I suggested asking the Media to self regulate themselves by removing all racial content unless it is a documentary. Yea that's right, all those rap songs saying Niger this and honky that are to be banished.But rather my comments were breezed over with other comments like painting your skin - Thank you B-Dawg

      So what is in store for the USA over the next 50 years...I expect the Black American population will greatly exceed that of the White. Both will continue to remind each other of slavery days, and both will treat each other as underdogs. Half the population out of work, and another half involved in crime.

      Your lil fun time of sh*tting on each other is now your demise.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Sorry, gaespark. I made a very careless response to your post about the abusive man on airplane. I absolutely agree with you. Anybody who hits a baby in the face should be charged with a felony, his ass sent to jail and be facing serious time. The story reported on Greta's show this evening said that he may have been drunk. Also, that he is a business executive and was fired. This despicable individual who publicly slapped a crying child telling his mother to "shut that nigger child up", is clearly a low-grade moron, with a deeply flawed character and very possiblyva racist. Closing thought: The mother of the baby happens to be white with a bi-racially looking child. I wonder if that little detail was mentioned or if a photo was provided in the article. I would like to think that you would have been just as outraged if the man had been black and the mother and baby were white. I hope so.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      "Mark: Your statistics are detailed and interesting, but CITE YOR SOURCES."

      Davidwork

      "Even if they are perfectly true, why are many black Americans in this sorry state? Partly because of the legacy of past racial injustice and inequality, more of which is detailed below. Unlike you, I have taken care to cite the sources of my information." Davidwork

      Patriette: I cannot believe how you made a balanced and reasonable response with your first comment, and then changed completely after reading Mark’s UNCITED statistics." Davidwork

      **************************************

      I would like to clarify my position and hopefully address some of David's points.

      1) My contention is that as long as minorities are not prevented from being gainfully employed, have choice in housing and educational opportunities not based on race, in my opinion, you can hold whatever racist views you wish, and even whisper the N word behind black people's backs. This is America where there is such a thing as freedom of thought and expression, even if it is stupid and vile.

      2) There will always be a small minority of true racists. This applies not *just* to whites but blacks as well. But it cannot be emphasized enough how much harm is done with careless use of words like racist and racism - because when true racism actually does surface, it won't be as easy to recognize and appropriately called out. In spite of what Joe Biden warned us -"They're gonna put y'all back in chains" - the mis-use and over-use of words like racist/racism, dilutes its vileness over time and diminishes your being taken seriously.

      3) On gentrification: "It's economics, not ethnicity...."

      http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/11097/gen...

      4) Putting Mark's 'uncited' stats aside for now, there isn't one person on this thread that actually doubts the level of white on black crime, because it simply cannot be denied that blacks overwhelmingly, far and away, are responsible for the vast majority of violent assaults, robberies, flash mobs, and murders of whites today than the other way around. We've all seen the shocking stats from various census data and FBI crime reports before, not to mention those black on white crime stories that do manage to get reported in spite of the white racist narrative.

      We also know (at least some of us know) how severely under reported black on white crime is. Apparently, the media doesn't want to be portrayed as being 'inflammatory' or 'racist' by reporting black on white crime. But if the situation were reversed, the media and minorities would be apoplectic and stories of white racism would be covered not just here, but around the world, non-stop.

      5) Try contrasting run down black areas with wealthier white areas, and single-parent households with two-parent households. Which family is more likely to be unstable, with a prevalence of drugs, crime, welfare, underachievement, etc.? What factors lead to such contrasts? Is the history of slavery, Jim Crow and the KKK responsible for these stark socio-economic contrasts?

      No doubt, these historical events bear some responsibility. But no black living today is a victim of those events. Today it is more likely that POOR PERSONAL DECISION-MAKING is the driving factor, i.e., drug use, crime, dropping out of school, teen sex, out-of-wedlock pregnancies, absentee fathers, etc. It seems to me in all honesty, it isn't racism that keeps blacks from progressing, but rather, lacking a set of strong personal values is what's keeping a certain segment of black life in America today socially and economically trailing behind other groups.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Patriette

      And your question at the end if your correction is equally careless to infer that I would only respond a certain way based on the "PEOPLE" affected by any dispicable and stupid act. I knew the mother is white...the boy is biracial...and that the boy was adopted. Why would you even think that I would act differently if the child was white and the perpetrator black...that was more careless than your original post. All good ad you have a right to your opinion like everyone else.

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      XInfant 4 years ago

      I couldn't agree more.. I once told an AP student friend of mine that there's still a need for Black/Social activism in America. He laughed and ridiculed me. Smh.. I can't stress enough how screwed and lost this country is. The land of imposing and proposed refugees. And people think that just because the imposed hid their whips for gavels, the proposed should scream glory to the skies.. Open your eyes people. Intelligence without awareness is useless.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      David Work,

      My sources are life experience and commen sense. Black skin would be a social and economical shield for the white man. And the ladies love black skin. If the white man was smart he would dye his skin black. Peace.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      One Scout,

      Like I said I agree with you %100 about the media promoting racial tension. But I can tell you black skin would really help the white man. Black skin is good for protection. Nobody messes with you. The ladies love black skin. For that reason alone I think if the white man went black he would not want to go back.

      Everything the white man complains about black skin would help.

      The white man says:

      1. Black people are lazy and complain- Black people would work harder for you and complain less if they had a boss with black skin.

      2. Black people are rude- Black people would treat you with much more respect if you had black skin.

      3. Black crime- Black criminals prefer white victims. Black skin = Protection.

      Peace.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      B-Dawg

      Stop trippin...and I do hope that your posts are sarcasm. Anyway, however comical you do make a point.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      What point might that be, gaeparks?

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Patriette

      Well the very small point in that people might work better for a supervisor they can relate to...and the indirect point that there is a need for more Black supervisors and managers in the workplace.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      'Trippin'.... you are an English teacher, right? Being the same race as your supervisor should not be the driving factor that motivates you 'to work better'. A good leader inspires his workforce to emulate his own solid work ethic and good attitude... not racial similarities. What's needed is a colorblind workplace with competent, disciplined, knowledgeable, supervisors and managers, period.

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      Stephen Hodgkinson 4 years ago from Sydney Australia

      B-Dawg

      I point my finger directly at you for promoting racism is America. You comments are clear.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Ignore him, Que Scout... he is clearly living in an alternate reality.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      And I am a science teacher. Nevertheless, I can use casual tongue when being sarcastic if I so choose. So yes trippin

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      Gae Parks,

      I am as serious as a heart attack that I think black skin would help many white men in our society. I know that there are black people who like to take advantage of the race card. I also know that people look at the white man as weak, can't fight, etc.

      I know in my heart that the white man would get more respect if he had a black face. Black skin would protect the white man from racial politics and get him off the hook for slavery.

      I am going around now in my area telling white men that black skin would help them. I see black people getting sassy all the time with white folks over petty stuff. They WOULDN'T DARE TRY THAT ON A BLACK MAN SON! You better believe I am gonna let the white man know that black skin is a shield. That's not the race card that's the real card baby boy!

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      Que Scout,

      I am not promoting racism I am emptying the playbook on what the white man needs to do to protect himself. I know a white man that lost a high paying job over racial politics. I pay attention to how races behave around each other. I am going to be real with you black people would not give white people as much s*** if they were black. And do you wanna know the real reason why cause they would get their a$$ whooped. That is the real.

      Examples:

      Black people gave George W. Bush hell over Hurricane Katrina. If Mr. Bush was black they would not have said Jack. Black skin would have been his shield.

      Hank Williams Jr. would still be singing monday night football.

      Black skin would protect George Zimmerman from black hostility.

      Five black men murdered shawn taylor you don't hear blacks trippin on that do you.

      Black skin has kept black people off Obamas back.

      The safest thing to be in america is a black male and I am going to tell the world!

      Peace.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      Patriette,

      I am not living in an alternative reality. I have information that will help the white man. I believe with all my heart that the average white man would get more respect and get less s*** from society if he had a black face. And while I may have limited resources to push the race change movement you better recognize that black skin will find its way into the white community. It most likely already has. The U.S. census says that America is 13% black. It looks to me like it is close to 20%. But who knows. PEace.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Oh, I didn't realize you were being sarcastic, gaespark.

      B-Dawg, and just how do you propose the white man change his skin pigment?

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      Cortney McCarty 4 years ago from Kentucky

      I am a white female living in the south, and not even in the deep south, and I see and hear racism all of the time. I was not raised to feel negatively toward anyone no matter their differences from me. I furthered that upbringing by attending a wonderful liberal arts school called Berea College first established to educate blacks that could not get an education elsewhere. I have family that practice racism daily and not just toward blacks but towards all races different from them. I have cousins my own age that are incredibly racist and I know racism is a learned behavior but there is no way to stop it. As long as racist parents teach their children their backwards ways there will be racism in America. Occasionally someone comes along who breaks the mold and I would bet money that education always has a big part to play in that breaking away. As a person with very liberal views in a southern state I encounter people and conversation weekly exhibiting racism and I hate that still occurs.

      I recently attended a diversity seminar and sat in on a session about race in America and I asked the question, "Do you think racism will begin to die out as the older generations that have the mindsets of the 1950s and 60's are passing away and a new generation takes their place?"

      The answer I received was no, it would be a nice thought but no. Upon reflection of that session and experiences since then I agree completely. It goes back to the upbringing of children and the values they are taught.

      I have read through most of the above comments and see the ones about crime and the black community and all I see is the lack of education and stability that children are being subjected to and the only way to reduce racism is to help those children, the next generation. I never like to write anyone off but the adults are who they are, on rare occasions people change but those are rare. Instead of focusing our energy on the adults we have to focus on the children. I understand this is sooooooo much easier said than done but if we do not switch the focus soon we are going to lose our youth. It is sad that I am saying this because I am only 25 but even I can see it.

      I have hope for our future because I see a lot of people such as President Obama trying to reach out to our youth and do good things with education but he is running into roadblocks at every turn by those who do not see or do not acknowledge these problems because of the privileges they are accustomed to.

      I'm glad that people post on here that in NY or CA they don't see the racism or they can get away from it but trust me here in the south and especially in the deep south it is still alive and well

      Sorry for the long comment, I got on a soapbox

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      cmccarty6687

      Your post is awesome!!! Well done!!! Well stated!!! Well constructed "soap boxes" are always welcomed and encouraged.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Since soap boxes are welcomed and encouraged, here goes:

      Although I don't live in the South (I live in CA), I do have family and friends in the state of NC and other southern states. To date, none have been victims of white racism. All live in racially diverse communities, are comfortably middle class and very happy to be living in the south. Not saying racism doesn't exist - it does - just not to the extent it did before the Civil Rights era of the 60's.

      I'm of the opinion that just because a white dislikes me because I'm black, or harbors negative viewpoints of blacks in general, so be it. As long as I'm not prevented from the job I qualify for, or prevented from the housing of my choice and educational opportunities, you can hold whatever bigoted opinions you like.

      At some point though, you do have to wonder what exactly drives the negative opinions whites have towards blacks at this particular point in time in America? Could it perhaps have anything to do with Marks 'uncited' stats above regarding high levels of black crime in general, and black on white crime specifically? Could it be reverse racism, i.e., black racism and bigotry alluded in B-Dawgs several posts?

      "As long as racist parents teach their children their backwards ways there will be racism in America." I couldn't agree more, cmccarty, and not only white parents, but black parents as well must step up and teach their kids the indecency of racism and bigotry. Until that happens, racial harmony will continue to worsen in our country.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Patriette

      Well done...your soap is cleansing and worthy of comment! Stand on that box girl...you go right ahead!!! BTW there is absolutely no sarcasm in this response. I mean what I am saying!!!

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      Cortney McCarty 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Patriette

      I agree 100% that the extent of racism is not the same as the "pre" Civil Rights era. I also feel that even though it is great that your family has never been confronted with racism I be they have been the victim of racism. I know people that won't rent or deal with people of different ethnicity based solely on that factor. Is this technically illegal, yes. Unless the person stupidly told you that was the reason you really can't prove anything. I see and hear racism all the time but not when the subject of the racists comments or actions are around.

      I'm sure some of the racism is sparked by statistics that are related to the above posted (although there were never any cited sources fhose statistics that I saw). However, a lot of it is just rooted in the people's past and upbringing and that is not a factor easily overcome even with education.

      Education, education, education. You are also right racism taught by anyone is a disgrace. I admire the strength you have to not give bigots the satisfaction of getting to you with their ignorant ways, but there are a lot of people out there who are not as strong and it's an extreme form of bullying. The effects of this type of treatment can effect some people in a very negative way.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thanks, Buddy....

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      Patriette,

      Word is there is some kind of custom air brush thing they can do at some tanning salons that can make a person skin as dark as they want. It lasts about 7-10 days. I guess if you keep getting it done every week a person could pass as a black man. They could also get a wig or just cut there hair off. Some white men already have brown eyes or they could get color contacts. If they can turn a man into a woman they should be able to figure it out.

      I know it might cost a few bucks but I know a white man that lost a high paying job over racial politics and I know that some black people will try to take advantage of race card and sue companies for racism. Black skin would be an insurance policy for the white man.

      How Black skin can help some white men:

      1. Black skin reduces your chances of getting robbed.

      2. Black skin reduces your chances of getting fired.

      3. People are less likely to give you a hard time over something or be rude to you if you are black.

      4. Black skin would protect the white man from racial politics and frivilous lawsuits.

      5. Black skin would help white people have a better relationship with the black community.

      6. Good white men passing as black men could serve as good role models for young black males. (You never hear about whites complaining about lack of role models do you?)

      7. Black skin would give white people more flexibility on what they can and can not say.

      8. Black skin could help some white men with the ladies. (Women Love Chocolate!)

      My sources are my eyes and life experience. This race change proposal is designed for white males who are not racist but have been victims of reverse racism and racial politics. Black skin would be a good thing for many white men to have moving forward. Black skin is like a shield. It protects you in so many ways. People just don't realize it. THE SAFEST THING TO BE IN AMERICA IS A BLACK MALE !!! Peace.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      B Dawg: WRONG!

      “The most dangerous place for a black baby is the womb & the greatest danger to a black man is another black man…”

      I realise now you are not being facetious or making a feckless attempt at being clever. However changing skin pigment is not the solution because neither white skin nor black skin is the problem. But blacks that lack moral values IS the problem, and as such, can only be fixed by blacks themselves.

      Are whites forcing blacks to have unprotected sex outside of marriage? Are whites forcing black women to abort their babies? Are whites forcing blacks to abandon the idea of marriage before conceiving a child? Are blacks discouraged by whites to work hard in school and graduate on time from high school? Are blacks discouraged by whites from pursuing a college education? Are blacks being forced at gunpoint to consume and distribute drugs? Do blacks make a choice whether or not to associate with gangs and pursue a life of crime, or are they being forced to engage in criminal activities by whites? Do blacks condemn 'gangsta' rap, obscene music and images, or are whites to blame for this and every other abysmal pathology outlined here?

      All of the above are behaviors that can be changed as opposed to changing skin pigment. When blacks can honestly answer these questions, then and only then can black culture in America be rehabilitated, and we even might achieve racial harmony.

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      Davidwork 4 years ago

      B Dawg:

      I haven't commented on this Hub for a while, but I just have to ask you a personal question. If you don't want to answer it, that's fine.

      I am under the impression that you are a white person who has had a bad experience of some kind with a black person/black people. Am I right?

      I know it is difficult to overcome the pain of a bad personal experience with someone, but try not to let it affect your view of all black people.

      OK, some black people WILL play the 'race card', but many black people use legislation on race with full justification; that legislation was put there to address past injustices. I can’t give an exhaustive list here but one classic past injustice was the one against the Scotsboro Boys:

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

      Patriette,

      Just a quick point.

      At the end of your comment, you are implying that black Americans changing their behaviour might improve racial harmony. It won't change the attitudes of those who have racism ingrained in them.

      Don't forget all of the very successful black people that the USA has produced; War heroes like the Massachusetts 54th in the Civil War, fighter pilots like the Tuskugee Airmen in WWII, great athletes and sports people, Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, numerous great artists, intellectuals, etc. successful politicians in recent years, Colin Powell, Condoleza Rice, (a bit too right wing for my liking, but a good role model nevertheless) and Obama himself; They didn’t get/aren’t getting any greater respect from those white Americans who have racist attitudes.

      Those white Americans who are set on being racist cannot be changed. They and their attitudes WILL eventually be swept away by the irresistible tide of progress; the main thing is that in the meantime, they are kept out of positions of power and influence where they can damage or destroy people’s lives and prospects

      Many black Americans in the inner cities do have self-made problems, and it will probably take a generation or two before those problems begin to go away; but it is also important to acknowledge that there will be many inner city black Americans who are trying to better themselves.

      Now that Obama has set an example by reaching the highest office in the land not once, but twice, more young black Americans will be inspired and will grasp the opportunities that are there for them. They cannot do everything themselves though; US government and the private sector need to help the inner cities, not by just giving money to community projects, valuable as those are, but by encouraging business and or industry to move into the most deprived areas, creating jobs and opportunities.

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      Stephen Hodgkinson 4 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Just a quick reminder that all Hubbers are still missing the media issue here . (except cmccarty6687 with education).

      I think the media is the source of racism in the USA

      We need to get the media to self regulate their references to race until we have a generation which has not been subjected to these references.

      By media I mean movies, music and rap. By self regulate I mean, remove the references to race - no more white boy, no more Niger's ass, and the hood is gone! - ( unless it is a documentary).

      As some of you know I live in Australia, but grew up is the USA. So I feel I can comment. Some of the Hubbers may wonder about the indigenous Australians, some of which where enslaved to work on farms. Of course that is all behind us now and few remember but the racism still exists to a small degree. But I promise that I have never seen the media isolate the black Australian, nor our African immigrants!

      Try to view from the perspective that there are no whites, blacks or Asians, only people.

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      Davidwork 4 years ago

      Que Scout,

      No disrespect, but with the way that Australian governments have treated asylum seekers in the last decade, and the ugly Cronulla riots of 2005, you have to be careful not to understate the degree of racism in Australia.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Yes tbe media promotes; however, tbe media could not or would not be able to do so if it weren't for a following...an audience...a segment of our society who agrees with the dispicable madness of racism.

      Unfortunately the majority of that segment of people are White Americans...both covertly and often times overtly.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I'm with you, Que...

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      QueScout

      Well stated...awesome that you have the vision and integrity to own up to the issues of your home country however keeping on point that there is evidence that your country has moved on...again well done.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Please my response below!!!

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      Patriette,

      Most black on black crime takes place in the hood. Black people are much less likely to get hostile with other black people.

      White people could help black people better if they had a black face. Black people respond to color. White men disguised as black men could serve as role models for black youth. You never hear white people complaining of lack of role models do you?

      Peace.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      David Work,

      I am a biracial man half white half black. So people see me as black. I get angry when black people today put a negative spin on being black. In my opinion having black skin protects you and helps you more than anything. I noticed people will not mess with you as much if you are black. Black males are more popular. Black skin attracts the ladies like no other skin color. Black skin is 2-0 against white skin in presdential elections. That tells you who is more popular. I guess I am positive about it while others are negative.

      I pay attention to how people act around white males. I noticed if a white male is a slow worker people will dog him a lot more than they would a black man. If Napoleon Dynamite had black skin most likely no one would mess with him. Black skin is like a shield. A white boss or security guard would get more respect if they were black.

      I just don't understand for the life of me why black males don't see how having black skin is protection in today's world. I have shown some black men the light but most black men are in denial. Do you realize that you are less likely to get robbed just for having black skin? Do you realize that people are less likely to fire you or give you a hard time for something just by having black skin?

      Have I had any bad experinces with black people? Not really. About 10 years ago there was a black male walking with two redneck looking guys and the black male looked at me and said "I hate negroes" I don't know what to make of that. You can tell me your opinion if you want. I didn't know what to say.

      But make no mistake about it. BLACK PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET HOSTILE WITH WHITE PEOPLE THAN VISE VERSA. I see it all the time. Black people go off on white people over petty stuff. If black people made a habbit of being disrespectful with other black people the way they do other races they would get hurt. If you are honest with yourself you know its true. White people and Hispanic people are more likely to get hostile with a white person than a black person also. BLACK SKIN = PROTECTION. 99% of the time.

      Peace.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      All Readers,

      I just read on one of these hubpages that on the Jimmy Kimmel show a couple of months ago Kimmel was visiting a black barbershop and he asked the guys what would it take for Mitt Romney to get your vote and they said he would have to become black.

      There you have it. All the white man gotta do is become black. ONly black skin will protect white people from racism. Only black skin will turn the tables.

      So I am gonna be real with you white folks. Either become black or get used to being the victim of racism. Society teaches that it is okay to be racist against white males. Black skin will save you a$$. I am trying to help you. I am not promoting racism I am telling you how to overcome it.

      Invent a black spray tan. If you want to have kids choose a black partner or ask a black friend for a sample of their sperm. My mom told me straight up she had biracial kids because she felt we were more protected in society. Black skin has helped myself, Obama, and Tiger Woods become respected by black people. Peace.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      B-Dawg

      You are too funny.

      As a bi-racial black person you have additional issues to deal with.

      You're not black enough for black people and not white...stuck between a rock and a hard place huh...

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      Stephen Hodgkinson 4 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Hi Gaeparks

      Seems B-Dawg is not a Hub member. Maybe you can dis-allow B-Dawg comments, and perhaps B-Dawg can find another use for the spray can :)

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Que Scout

      In as much as your offer is tempting...I am one who stands firmly on the deals that includes freedom of speech and expression. However, that doesn't mean I won't consider it briefly but most likely will choose to not disallow B-Dawg. He is rather comical though and makes for a pause and a good laugh.

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      machinegunner87 4 years ago

      I am white, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, a college student, a husband, and a Christian. I agree with everything you said. Everyday I find myself arguing in defense of our President, Barack Obama. If a white President pushed for affordable healthcare, an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (which were not working and only costing American lives), and tax raises on the rich and big businesses, then he or she would have the highest approval ratings in history. It seems that everyone forgets that Ronald Reagan raised taxes 6 of his 8 years in office and granted amnesty to undocumented migrants. I have lived all over America, throughout the north and the south, and I have seen a lot of racism with my own eyes. I live in Texas now, and my wife is Korean-American. I get nasty looks from old white folks down here. Even racist members of my family have had the nerve to say something to me about being with her. Racism is still alive in this country and everyone who doubts it is ignorant of the truth. There is a deep-rooted racism behind the hatred of Barack Obama - there is no other reason why there would be an automatic dismissal of all of his policies, statements, and ideas. Barack Obama is a great, amazing man. I voted for him twice. He is the only President I have ever voted for. I was ready to die for him in Iraq and now it seems that I have become a warrior for him here.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Machinegunner87

      OUTSTANDING!!!!!

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thank you for your service to our country, machinegunner87!

      With all due respect machinegunner, it isn't racism that is driving the intense opposition to Barack Obama, but rather, it is his radical ideology and policies... policies he has implemented that are hurting the country, the economy and inherently opposite our founding American principles. The Right does not hate this president; they hate the damage he has done to the country and to our influence and leadership role around the world. And just because he is our first African American president, does not make his ideas above reproach.

      I am sincerely sorry that you and your wife have experienced bigotry from your own family. I know what it's like being made to feel as though you are an outcast or somehow different, in my case, simply because of my beliefs. You see, I am a Republican, and to be a black Republican is heresy in the minds of most liberals, both black and white

      As for racism, I've said it before, I'll say it again: Racism exists in this country and pockets of racism will surface from time to time. While white on black racism is nowhere near the levels of what it used to be, black on white racism (reverse racism) is just as evil and its existence cannot be denied, because racism is evil from wherever it emanates. Fortunately, institutional racism and virulent white racism that was at one time the norm, simply does not exist today in America.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Patriette

      You have got to be kidding...

      Radical???

      Are you serious?

      Well I guess your opinion is your opinion...and like every American your right to as many as you choose.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      gaespark: Oh, how I wish I was kidding.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Patriette

      You must be...lol.

      Radical...really?

      Why don't you take a look back at the Reagan years and you will see some startling similarities.

      If its not racism or bigotry then why did key republicans meet and state that they were going to do everything they could to make sure president Obama a one term president.

      They knew NOTHING of his policies then...

      Why when during the last election where if you noticed he really did beat the mess out of mitt Romney even though republicans tried to and are trying to claim that race was close...it was not.

      Why when the reporter...republican reporter asked the house speaker what are they going to do now that their plan of making him a one term president had obviously failed...he had NOTHING to say.

      Come on are you serious...they are not supporting him because he a Black President...period.

      Again kudos to Machinegunner87.

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      Becki Rizzuti 4 years ago from Indiana, USA

      You can't possibly be serious.

      This is the problem that my husband and I have with the average liberal; you do not educate yourself about the candidates for whom you vote, but vote purely on the pressure that is applied to you by your own party.

      Obama has always been outspoken about his policies. He has always made it clear that he is in favor of redistribution of wealth -- a key socialist principle. How do right wingers know that we don't want him in office? Because of his very own words.

      I stand firmly for the constitution; I stand for the free market and capitalism; I stand for the elimination of the Federal Income Tax; I stand for real economics; I stand for putting Americans back to work; I stand for treating all people, regardless of their color or social class, as individuals of equal potential. I am a conservative, and for that reason I stand solidly *against* socialism, the Federal Income Tax, Keynesian Economics, social programs that keep people on welfare and eugenics.

      I couldn't care less what the color of the president's skin was, provided that I believed that he was the right thing for our country, and this president is not the right thing for this country. It is saddening when we as conservatives are called racist for disagreeing with him on policy.

      Honestly? That is absolutely pig ignorant. If you think that conservatives disagree with Obama because we're racists, then you're choosing to be and remain ignorant rather than to open your eyes to the reasons that we believe in the things that we do.

      I don't even believe that race is a biological factor; how can I be racist? But I do believe that the sooner Barack Obama is finished with his presidency, the better off our country is going to be.

      Where the hell is the "unfollow" button?

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      How unfortunate that you would choose to unfollow...however, that would be yur choice.

      For the record I am no liberal and not that it is any of yor or anyone elses business but my voting record is: Reagan twice, Bush Sr., Clinton twice, and then the stupid Bush once, I then felt some apathy and didn't vote for anyone durng Bush's re-electon, then Obama twice.

      Since you say all that you have about your belief...I hope you are rich as that is the only way you would or could even enjoy the denefits of yor belief system as the leaders whom you probably support would only care about you if you are in the income range of over 200K per year (0f which I am by the way).

      I thnk you and yor husband shoud check the economics.

      DOW Jone stayed over 13000 for three of the first four years, NASDAC over 1200 for about the same amount of time.

      Jobless rate dropped below 8% for a year.

      Unless I am wrong...those threes indicator make rich cnservative capitalists quite a large amount of money.

      Because I my protfolo...I know I appreciated that and continue to do so.

      Let us not forget that it was George Bush who lost the jobs...and put that jobless rate over 10% and then predicted that the DOW will never be over 10000 ever again.

      Yeah please go find the unfollow button....and in the mean time...get a grip and take off your blinders.

      I stand by God's rules who says "the strong must bare the infirmaties of the weak..." He also says that we must give to the poor.

      Barrack Obama has very similar policies as did President Bill Clinton...ut the country was in a surplus during and after him...until the Republican took over and destroyed that surplus.

      So all that stuff you stated is\noting but blah blah blah.

      By the way...as you can see...I allowed your post...which was my choice.

      Thank you and have a great day.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      Gae Parks,

      Thank you for letting me voice my opinion on your hub. I am working with an outdated computer and am trying to hook up with some friends who are more skilled with technology than I am to help me promote my idea. I would like to eventually make some you tube videos pushing my ideas if I can find someone in my area to help me.

      Peace.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      All white males in america,

      I am just going to say this. You complain about racial politics and double standards. I pay attention to how different races interact with one another. Let me just say this. PEOPLE WOULD NOT GIVE THE WHITE MAN AS MUCH S*** IF HE WAS BLACK SKINNED. People would respect you more and criticize you less. That is the real. Peace.

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      John Lee 4 years ago

      A'int that the truth B-Dawg. Nobody messes with you if you are black.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      Truth is it is not that hard for a minority to make a fast buck by hollering discrimination against the white man. BLACK SKIN WILL PROTECT THE WHITE MAN FROM THESE LAWSUITS! That is why so many white people are choosing to have biracial kids because it gets them off the hook. Only an idiot would want to be a white man in today's world. Peace

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      What race are you, B-Dawg?

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      GoodTimes 4 years ago

      Hey, I'm white, I voted for Obama twice, and I'm proud to say that! I liked your article, man. Racism is still alive in America there is no doubt. I'm behind the scenes and I hear white people say racist stuff quite often, all of whom would probably deny being racist. The politics now are worse that ever; it's like Abraham Lincoln all over again.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      GoodTimes

      Thank you for your response. Thank you for your honesty. Welcome!!!

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      B-Dawg: You're white? Oh, okay. So do you use a black spray tan yourself, as you have advocated for whites? If so, how's that working out?

      Maybe you've already answered this, but because this thread is so long, I did not do a recheck.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      Patriette,

      I am biracial half white half black.

      I am objective when it comes to race and I just noticed that people of all races will F*** with a white person a lot quicker than they would a black person. Black skin is like a shield. All races have enemies but black skin in my eyes protects you from your enemies. Especially if you are a male.

      I am just trying to expose things that people overlook. My ideas are to address the complaints of white people. White people complain about being considered racist until proven innocent. Black on white crime. etc. Black skin is the answer to all the white mans problems. And it would be much easier for a white person to add pigmentation to his skin than for a black man to go white ex:(Michael Jackson).

      I just want white people to know that it would be very easy for them to beat racism. If they don't want to be associated with being white all they have to do is when they have kids either a.) choose a black partner or b.) a white couple can ask a close black friend for a sperm sample. A lot of white people are choosing to have kids with black partners because they don't want their kids to be hated for all the white mans sins. Barrack Obama, Tiger Woods and myself are all loved not hated by the black community because our moms chose a black partner to have kids with.

      Are black men/ Biracial men hated? Not nearly as much as white men. Barrack Obama almost got nearly half the white vote. Romney got maybe 2% of the black vote. So between Romeny and Obama who do you think would have benefited from getting a race chance in the year 2013.

      The truth is if the white man was smart he would try to come up with a plan to add some pigmentation to his game. I don't think the white man knows how many enemies he has. The white man is an easy target. Black skin will protect him. Black skin would make a white nerd look more cool and masculine. I have friends and family that are white and I have told them all that black skin would protect them. Some agree some disagree. But we all have to remember this is 2013 NOT 1913. IT IS MUCH SAFER TO HAVE BLACK SKIN THAN WHITE SKIN. Peace.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      Patriette,

      I just feel like black skin reduces your chances of getting fired or horassed on the job. It just seems like people don't mess with you as much. I also feel safer walking to my car at night because of my pigmentation. I feel like a black skin attracts women like bees on honey. I could promote black skin as a chick magnet. I just feel like black skin is almost like a bodyguard and I don't understand why people don't realize this. But I am on a mission to let the cat out of the bag with limited resources.

      PS I have already started leaving random notes in public reatrooms. You know how sometimes people leave those booklets on how the only way to be saved is through Jesus Christ as your saviour. I have been leaving notes about how I feel black skin would help the white man. And I hope God approves of what I am doing. While it may not always be popular I believe in my heart that I am doing the right thing. I think that black skin can protect those that can't protect themselves. I think that if a Napoleon Dynamite type person was black nobody would mess with him in most cases.

      Peace.

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      Johnelle 4 years ago

      I tried to follow this post , but WTF?

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Yes B-Dawg, I've read several of your posts. I just couldn't recall your race. As for your spray tan idea, do you know many whites who have followed your advice? Have they gotten the results you've claimed? Just wondering...

      Pretty wild, huh Johnelle?

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      ........ 4 years ago

      At least in America, you have a black president, affirmative action and the country is a melting pot where all races can make progress.

      Try coming here to the UK. The UK is the most racist, xenophobic and bigoted country in the world. The British people still live with the colonisation mentality. In the UK, employers are very racist and hostile towards recruiting people from other minorities. Life here in the UK is very, very difficult to make progress if you are Asian or Black.

      Don't believe, then google racist employers and you will find many articles on this subject. Why is it that over 50% of blacks in the UK are out of work or that someone with an Asian name, never receives a call back from a recruiter, whereas a white person does. Also, look at the number of crazy crackpots on buses and underground trains who go batshit on black people. Absolutely disgusting.

      Don't ever come to the UK, as we are the most bigoted hate driven nation in the world. I mean for crying out loud, look at how the British people treat people from the EU. It is absolutely disgusting. This country is finished.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Like former Congressman Allen West said:

      "I don’t look to a man to get pride in myself. It’s not about having a black president, it’s about having a good president, and I think that’s the most important thing. This country needs a good leader, and I don’t care if he’s purple or green..."

      To your other point anonymous, for the life of me, I cannot understand why the Left in this country believe we in the states would be better off if we were to become more like Western Europe with all its failing economies and social problems. I've never been to the UK or anywhere in Europe, but if it is as you and others say it is anonymous, I will be forever grateful for the blessing of having been born in America, sweet land of liberty... where even for a black man, a descendant of slaves, anything and everything is possible, although Obama is not a descendant of slaves.

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      Stephen Hodgkinson 4 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Patriette

      I love what you and Allen West said.

      I like this type of thinking; there are two people across the room, one black with a yellow hat and one white with a red hat. When we refer to these two people we refer as : the one wearing the yellow hat or the red, not the black person or the white person.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I hope we live to see that day, PQ.

      My teenage son is in a predominantly white school district as is our neighborhood.

      Guess what? Not once has my son been the victim of a racial name calling or been excluded from anything based on his race.

      Our neighbors on either side are nothing short of kind, decent, neighborly people. And my son and his white buddies are simply not fixated on race! They just want to have fun and be boys. I think young people across the board are of the same mindset. Race just isn't an issue with them, and that's a good thing.

      It may be hard for some to believe, but my black son has never experienced white prejudice/bigotry/racism. Imagine that!

      It's the race baiters among us who just will not let it go, and make peace with white America.

      Much of this has to do with insecurity and perhaps feelings of inferiority. Until we resolve these personal challenges, racial unity in America will be a dream deferred. (Sigh)

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      ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

      Patriette

      Ask yourself we have a two time black president, and no women int the Executive Office. Hillary Clinton was more qualified than Joe Biden.

      So does that make Obama a sexist?

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Hillary Clinton did not want to be VP...Secretary of State was her choice. Research research research lol

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      ib... Many have accused Obama of sexism. If it can be shown that there is a long-term pattern of sexism as a U.S. Senator and President, then one could credibly hold that opinion of him.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      Patriette,

      No I do not know of any white people who got a race change. But while 99% of black men are putting a negative spin on being black I go around telling people my perception of having black skin in america based on experience and what I see.

      I am going to leave an anonymous note in the managers comment box where I work at and I am going to say what I really think. That some of the black employees there would work harder and complain less if the managers had a black face. I am also going to catch up with an ex coworker who is a white male that never got any respect and got picked on. Was he a bad worrker? Yes, but I can tell you people would have talked to him with more respect if he was black.

      That is what my movement is all about. Telling these soft touch white males out there that don't get no respect that black skin would help them. I guess God has blessed me with a gift that no one else seems to realize. I look forward to promoting the race change movement. Any man who does not get any respect, Struggles with the ladies or does not get any love from the black community Black skin will turn the tables in a snap.

      Black skin is like a bodyguard in my opinion and I laugh when people say otherwise. Peace.

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      ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

      Patrette

      Your comment doesn't address the issue of sexism. He has already demonstrated that he likes the good old boy, Biden and he must have some reason why he chose not to go with Hillary Clinton in either of his presidential elections.

      Joe Biden contributed nothing to the country as Vice President. He spent four years being the quiet obedient Obama dog.

      The people have voted twice for a black president, and Obama didn't give them a chance to vote for a female vice president.

      As far as the race issue, it is being ballooned up by people saying that it still exists. But, it is the black people that want to put Africa in front of American that make the last barrier. The blacks have been in this country for over four hundred years, but have made less progress than the Chinese that were brought in as slaves in the 19th century to work on the US Railroads.

      The difference is that the Asians focus on education and business, while the blacks don't. Blacks achieve on the individual level but not as a race. Hiding behind racism isn't going to help them achieve better recognition as a race. The Jewish Immigrants went through a lot of the same discrimination, and it continues today. While their religious beliefs are still being attacked they are also powerful in the business world, as well as the entertainment world.

      It is time for the blacks to take the lead from the other groups of people that have been discriminated against, and deal with it.

      Thanks

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      Patriette 4 years ago

      Your preaching to the choir, Ib. You and I are on the same page where race in America is concerned.

      Some years ago, I read Thomas Sowell's highly recommended book, "Ethnic America" and became convinced there was something beyond racism going on with blacks as far as our socioeconomic progress is concerned.

      Ib: As for Obama and sexism - I thought I addressed that. Based on what I can tell, he probably is sexist, even Anita Dunn said the WH was a hostile workplace for women.

      It's also been reported that female WH employees earn less than male employees. And there were wage inequalities between male and female non-intern staffers when he was a Senator.

      As for O choosing HC for SOS, I think it was more politically driven than anything... also she brought gravitas with her.

      Too bad everyone is so PC that appointments have to be made based on gender or race, as opposed to being the best person for the job... no more, no less.

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      ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

      Patriette

      I must have had the page folder, sorry.

      On the WH info you mentioned, I didn't know that, Thanks.

      So based on that sexism, why aren't more women ringing Obama's bell?

      Well anyway you now have my detailed thoughts on the blacks, and sexism.

      Thanks again.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      "...So based on that sexism, why aren't more women ringing Obama's bell...?

      Many are low information voters. Those women who are left of center will look the other way because they, by and large, support the same leftist agenda as Obama. Just like the liberal media rarely takes Obama to task; they gave him a pass during the first campaign and still do.

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      White people have to understand that black skin would help them. A white person could protect other white people from a black bully if they had a BLACK FACE. Black people respond to color. I think that every white family should have at least 2 males in it disguised as black men for protection. I have heard and studied the complaints of the white man. Black skin is the answer. Peace.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Patriette

      You are sadly mistaken if you really think that the media or anyone else has given or will ever give president Obama a "pass" on anything. At the end of the day...racism will overpower politics if it ever become about giving a pass...and none if them will let president Obama get away with anything that they can politicize. And why are you calling him a sexist...match his cabinet against any other president...he is no more or less sexist then any if them...if your standard is based on women in their cabinets. What exactly are you talking about...

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      White House sexism is just one of many issues that speaks to Obama's getting a pass by the media. WH sexism isn't based on women in the cabinet, but pay inequality, not to mention outright hostility in the WH workplace. If the networks and other news outlets were thoroughly covering this story you would know about WH sexism and even the sexism that's been reported when Obama was a Senator, gaeparks.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Correction: WH sexism isn't based *solely* on women in the cabinet...

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      B-Dawg 4 years ago

      Patriette,

      Heck yeah there is sexism in the white house. Obama would never have won the election if he was a woman. In my opinion black women, The white man and hispanics get hated on the most. While the black man is the most popular. But I know that white people like a down to earth black guy they can relate to. Peace/

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      Michelle 4 years ago

      It is indeed possible for a white man to turn his skin black. It is called custom air brush it costs about 50 dollars and lasts about 7-10 days. I used to work at a tanning salon. Nobody ever quite went that dark when I worked there to my knowledge but I was told that they could get a person as dark as they want.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      And the fact that they can always change back...means they will never be BLACK!!!

      I America being Black is beyond skin color. I that were not so....then why do White Americans accept Indians while still disrespecting Black people. Anyway Michelle...invalid point in my opinion. But thank you for your post.

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      You are making broad generalizations about an entire race, gaeparks, which is typical of racists.

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      So now I'm a racist? Really? Rrriiiggghhhtt... The statement I made is true. Furthermore, I did not say or implying that all white people do this. But you must admit thAt.any more then seem to be this way...many

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      As a matter of fact, gaespark, I believe you are a racist and in great denial about the dysfunctional state of far too many black communities across the country. And yes, you did imply that white Americans disrespect black people.

      "If a person makes a statement about people and doesn't quantify it, say how many people they are talking about or doesn't qualify it, say what type of people they are talking about their statement means all people of all types." vveasey

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      gaeparks 4 years ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Patriette

      First of all please have the respect of spelling my name correctly.

      Secondly...ever since you have been commenting on this Hub you have presented yourself as what I can only call a "modern day house negro."

      You have expressed agreement with some of the most ridiculous comments I can imagine.

      And with all that I ALWAYS allow yours as well as all other comments to my Hub...why you may ask.

      Because I hold dear to the ideal of FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!

      You should try it with your judgemental self.

      Have a great day....lol

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      LOL, gaeparks... there I spelled your name correctly.... sheesh

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      d west 4 years ago

      If you watch real closely on television commercials they always make the white man look weak. Especially compared to a black male. White males do not stand up for themselves and let people walk all over them.

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      The Great One 4 years ago

      D West,

      Those commercials that you are talking about are mostly made, owned and written by white men. If anything a white man is getting rich off those commercials.

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      Stephen Hodgkinson 4 years ago from Sydney Australia

      The quicker the American nation integrates, and has watered down all their races into one race through inter race marriages the better. I have seen enough nonsense in this hub to justify my comment.

      The USA managed to stick all the British, Germans, Italians and Polish into their melting pot last century and it made the country the great nation it is today.

      Get a little African in the mix and the country will raise to a greater world nation - go forth and multiply !

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      Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Here, here Que Scout!

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      BDawg 4 years ago

      Black skin would be like a body guard for the white man. I have been spreading the word. I just think that every white family should have 1 or 2 black males in it for public relations. That usually protects both sides from racism. Peace.

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      White male 3 years ago

      Come to think of it I am suprised that no white males have tried to go black face yet. VERY SUPRISED! Look at it this way a low to mid income white male could get into college cheaper, have more job security, save money on their car insurance just by adding some pigmentation to their skin. I have known more than 1 white females tell me they had kids with a black or hispanic man because they felt their kids would get treated better.

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      rajiv90210 3 years ago

      Hello,

      I am a Dutchman of Indian origin (Hindu by birth) and have lived nearly all my life in the Netherlands. As I am not blond and blue-eyed, but look very mediterranean or even middle-eastern, I must admit that I do face racism in Dutch society. The Netherlands is a very multi-cultural society and has always prided itself for its tolerance towards immigrants. Unfortunately, since 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, people of colour and especially Muslims are scrutinized. We even have a politcian called Geert Wilders who is outright racist and against Muslims and Islam. This is a disturbing trend all over Europe and increasing with the deepening economic crisis. I have always admired America for its examples it sets for the rest of the world so am quite shocked to read these comments. However, would you say that Ameria is more tolerant than Europe with its distinct cultures and so many countries which are no part of the EEC? Thanks. Rajiv

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      Blueskies 3 years ago

      You had me going. The terrible discrimination is against the Caucasians and the American people in general, as phobic Liberals vent their racist spleens.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1390205/Wh...

      http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/24/northwestern-bla...

      You Liberals are really horrible people. Your a curse on everybody.

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      b dawg 3 years ago

      Black skin would be like a security guard for george zimmerman right now. I think they should send in the black unit to clean up the trash in the black neighborhoods. Black skin would be like a race card proof vest for a cop. An al sherpton repellent. How is the law supposed to do their jobs when they got to deal with racial politics. Just take all the black cops and take all the white cops and paint them black and lay down the law on all these thugs in the black community. Peace

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      rajiv90210 3 years ago

      What i don't understand is why there is such a rumpuss about a latino shooting a black man out of self defense when the obama administration (read : a black man hijacked by white republicans) is guilty of crimes against humanity (read: the imperialist wars in iraq and afghanistan as well as drone strikes on innocent victims in pakistan). Your country is a two-faced nation and has only itself to blame for its declining influence in the world.

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      b dawg 3 years ago

      Paint the pigs black!

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      lucky7starter 3 years ago

      I am a white male, age 31. I am doing a research paper on racism and came across your article. I want add my input.

      You are absolutely right there is racism in America. But it goes both ways; and it is not just black and white. All ethnicities have racist individuals. I am not doubting your story of white individuals in the military making a racist joke.

      I for one voted for Obama, as well as 60% of Obama's votes coming from white people; but because you have a darker complexion, you do not see the white people's side. People, not of white skin color, get picked over white people every day for jobs just because we need "diversity" in the work place. If you want equality, you should be treated equal, and may the best man or woman get the job.

      As far as "God forbid if the movie disdained White women, there would be an outcry like the one we have never seen", I've seen How High and Undercover Brother (and many other movies portraying great black men as the lead role) and watched them use "bitch" towards white women all the time. Just remember it goes both ways.

      As far as Republicans and Democrats, let us not forget that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, and the Ku Klux Klan was started and ran by Democrats.

      As far as the term "African American," I think this term is a farce. If you are a black/dark skinned individual, born in the United States, then you are a BLACK AMERICAN! Be proud to be an american, black is just a description, just like white, tan, or olive. We may never be able to repay the minority community (which is now the majority) for the horrible abuse suffered in the past, but you cannot forget that there are lots of good people out there. Being a good human being is the only way we will get passed the racism in this country.

      On a personal side note, your grammar is horrible for being a teacher of physics. You are full of hate and have never felt racism like your grand parents, or maybe even your parents. The word "nigger" is a painful word. It hurts more than asshole and fuck head, yet black people use it towards each other with pride. I didn't want to see Django because I knew it was gonna degrade black people, and I hate discrimination. You wanna do something right? Police up your fellow people, as I do mine, when they are wrong. Don't get on a blog put more hate out there "rounding up all black people to fight the white man." I am willing to work with you, right by your side; but carry yourself with dignity and respect and use discretionary grammar. HAVE PERSONAL INTEGRITY, and do the right thing. It's what God would want from you anyway, right?

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      lucky7starter 3 years ago

      Sorry, I made a couple grammatical errors in my statement above; I apologize. Just to make one last comment: I did see Django and was not impressed.

      I do want to ask you this though. How many black people in music degrade women by calling them bitches, and it is accepted. Truly sad. I think the black people that hold themselves to a higher standard get plenty more opportunities than the ones who say nigga this and bitch that while sagging their pants down past their ass. There are so many racial black websites, to include: www.blackpeoplemeet.com and, what about Miss Black America. There may be a www.whitepeoplemeet.com, but it is not advertised on national TV. A black man is President and you yet black people will still find a reason to complain. JUST BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. I am, and I don't even get assistance to go to college for my skin color. I had to work for it every single day.

      Chris Gardner said "Most people go to bed at night thankful their day is over. I go to bed at night excited to see what tomorrow brings." If you don't know who Mr. Gardner is, go watch The Pursuit of Happyness. When you blame someone for your own inequities, you limit the power you gain through experience. INTEGRITY IS THE KEY TO A UTOPIA. We all know what is right in life. It is a feeling of relief and sense of responsibility and accomplishment after action.

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      b dawg 3 years ago

      Black skin is the answer to all the white mans problems. The white community needs a black body guard. A black voice. A black presence. And the best way to get that is by living as a black man. peace. The race change movement is coimng.

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      b dawg 3 years ago

      A black voice can help you get black votes. A black voice can get more productivity out of black citizens. White man you are only one race change away. Get that chocolate tan and make a difference.

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      Patriette 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      You will not get any arguments from me, Lucky7... well said.

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      C Panther 3 years ago

      Patriette, You sound like an uncle Tom. For anyone to undestand racism you have to be able to identify what racism is. Racism is a machine invented by white Europeans. Black people are under a system of control all over the world, and is not something that is just in America or various parts of the world it is a global machine for the indoctrination of black people. Notice I do not say African people,(although they are indeed included) because the name "Africa" itself was named after a white man. White people control the media period! the reason why so many black rappers call women bitches is because they what the white people pay them for and the same for black women shaking their asses on TV. The media doesn't show nor promote, strong self aware black men and women on tv, for fear that other blacks will be self aware. we all kno that its the media these days that control us,because seeing is believing. When we see Africans on tv they are always staring, poor, violent ignorant people. what many people fail to realize that All of the richest european countries own africans countries! the whites in africa are striving and black that are native to that land have and are fighting each other. Most of white history is completely made up and or tall tails. A majority of these presidents that we hear so much about today were evil non-moral wicked men. Black people did not come to america as slaves! those so called statistics are quite honestly bullshit. If anyone in the inner cities of america knows that black people are not quicker to murder or rape white people, that complete and udder nonsense. truth is many blacks may not like many certain types of white people, But the law protects white people and their interest in this country. If a black person does something to a white person its looked at as an abomination. Patriette I feel as though you have yourself been indoctrinated into hating blacks yourself. You must realize that you cannot hate the roots of the tree without hating the whole tree itself. Many black shudder at the thought of Africa, why is that? We hate from which we are. Open are eyes and see that its not the black people who are unmoral its them. Remember that back in the day a black person would be killed for being intelligent how inhumane is that? to be treated like a dog and have your women raped and beaten. Yes black people should be offended when a white person calls them a nigger/nigga, true is enough it is only a word but words have power(just as it says in the bible,"men can speak blessings or Curses") words mean nothing if they have no meaning or definition, however the term "nigger" definitely has meaning. Why do you think black people are: 1 locked up and arrested 4x as much as white people? I assure you its not because we commit the most crimes lol. 2. Are more likely to be poorer than whites. 3. less educated 4. more likely to have lower self esteem. 5 3 times more likely to grow up with both parents because 75% of the time the head of the family(black men) are behind bars. realize that black people are apart of a controlled global system of oppression and racism, its not jus here in America. White people in medieval times and beyond didnt even believe in taking baths are properly handling raw food, or sterilizing medical tools. The moors(africans) taught them these things. we taught them medicinal practices, mathematics, etc. Our people are the ones that put the Europeans into power in the first place! don't take my word for it do your research! you'll find that the so called Great Britain castles of old are actually modeled after Ethiopian castles. White people learned and continue to learn from us and other cultures by taking and stealing. not all white people of course but the rich ones that runs wall street and hollywood. Your ignorance is a poison i hope that you do the research for yourself and find out THE TRUTH why are what we are in the world today.

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      b dawg 3 years ago

      C panther,

      I hate to tell you this bra but there is a race change movement coming. The white community is going to take 3 percent of the white male population and disguise them as black men. They will use oreo bosses and assistant bosses to get more productivity out of black employees. They will use oreo lawyers to help white people who are in racial discrimnation law suits. Oreo law enforcement will be used to lay down the law on black criminals.

      The race change movement understands that it can protect white people better with a black face. The race change movent is coming soon! Peace.

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 3 years ago from America

      I just read your hub for the first time. I wonder if anyone has ever really told you the truth about white racism and I wonder if you could accept the truth. You wrote about what you THINK you know and mostly close to correct. What you and almost every African American in the country do not know I have decided to share. ......here comes the truth most will never tell.

      I claim I am not racist, my wife and my family claim publicly we are not racist. I have a black friend that I walk with at work. I do not look down on him but have extreme high regard for him. Have I ever been to dinner with him? No, have I ever been to his home? No. I have had business lunches with just he and I but that is the extent of our friendship.

      In the home we say the n word. Not in front our our grandchildren. Why? because we want them to grow up in a different world than we did. The week before Christmas when FOX said a man was shot in front of his wife while two men highjacked his Land Rover my wife and I looked at each other and both said N... killed a white man.........the next day or so we found this to be true. The new game called knockdown has been 99.999 percent black on white resulting in deaths. The main story on this stupid violent game was two days ago when a white kid hit a black man. Black on white crime according to google is mind blowing compared to a tiny handful of white on black crime. 40 million people on welfare and the majority are minority. Blacks only make up a small percentage of our country. Most abortions, most murders, most aids, most in prison............yes we use the terrible n word especially against Jesse Jackson and those that keep the black community in hate and poverty instead of teaching them to get educated, speak English and pull their pants up so we don't see their underwear. If a young African American comes in my business dressed right, speaking in a language I can understand him and portrays a work ethic he will get hired. To date its never happened. Those who came from nothing like Condi Rice and Mr. Powell are called names by the black community and never lifted to respect and admiration. You have been led by Democrats for 40 years and where has that gotten you? Overall African Americans have the worst documented society in this country. I didn't do that, I had no influence on your lives or your children. I am not a racist because I would vote for Condi Rice as president of this great country. Therefore color of skin doesn't disclose character. The black community has done that for themselves a whole. I also use that word to describe horrible white trash thugs and so does my family. That word to use doesn't mean we hate someone it is used to describe the undesirable that live among us. I know this to be true of most all those closet racist you have written about. I have no idea how this comment will affect you but I hope it at the very least gives you more to think about. Thank you for your hub.

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      b dawg 3 years ago

      Read my comments above. A black face can protect you better.

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      1god 3 years ago

      Sounds like your the racist dude. Read your words. Typical black words. Indteadof living your life, you will sit and blame white people for everything wrong in your life or the life of any other black person. Grow up. Get with the times. Everyone says jokes. Do you see us getting our panties in a bunch because a black person said a cracker joke? No. There are jokes about all races. All races get arrested. People look down on people from all races. Its humanity! Its people like you who give black people a bad name!

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      Patriette 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      C Panther, you sound like an a-hole.

      Patriot Quest, I always admire your honesty. Well stated, as usual.

      1god, Spot on!

      I highly recommend to EVERYONE on this thread the following book:

      "The Un-Civil War: Confronting the Subculture Within the African American Community" by Taleeb Starkes

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      b dawg 3 years ago

      Black skin would make pee wee herman and napoleon dynamite look like a tough sumbitch.

      Black skin is a shield from racial politics and race card drama.

      Yet there is no conversation about bringing pigmentation into the white community.

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      b dawg 3 years ago

      Btw the white man is only one race change away from being able to use the n word at their pleasure.

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      b dawg 3 years ago

      Black skin would give the white man much more flexibility on what he can and can not say. If donald sterling was black he could say whatever he wanted whenever he wanted with out outrage.

      White man when are you going to realize that black skin will protect

      You. Black skin is all you need white man. There is no law that says you can not change your skin color. Chocolate tan needs to be invented.

      BLACK SKIN WOULD BE LIKE A SHIELD FOR THE WHITE MAN!

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      DPEREZ 3 years ago

      The part about in traffic and bcause your black they wont let you move over is ludicris I hate to inform you that happens all the time to everyone you always have a jerk behind I wheel of a car who has no common courtesy I am white and that happens to me all the time I been cut off by blacks by whites by Hispanics etc that has nothing to do with racism don't blame everything little thing that happens on racism everything is not about that such as not being able to get in another lane because of the color of your skin that blew your perspective out of the water for me so I will move on and not even finish with this read

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      b dawg 2 years ago

      Black skin is the best protection the white man could ever have

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      Melissa 2 years ago

      vveasey,

      Being from Mississippi doesn't make you a red neck. Believe me, we have just as many hispanics, asians, blacks, whites, and mixed people as anywhere else. Racism is prevolent among all races in Mississippi, not just whites. The crime rates here are much higher among the black communities.

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      Rajesh 2 years ago

      Actually, I don't find Americans racist at all.... having worked with them all over the world, i find them to be very fair..providing you work hard and put in your effort. Yes, they are arrogant at times and business minded but racist? The Europeans are major racists...for sure. I am an Indian of Dutch origin and have witnessed it first hand. And I also worked with several African Americans. Very nice people. Racism to shift towards these barbaric Arabs and Muslims who beheaded innocent Americans. They should all be thrown out of America. God Bless America. Beacon of freedom and opportunity. Amen

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      gaeparks 10 months ago from North Las Vegas, Nevada

      Police racism is pervasive...why isn't that being looked at? Why would police officers all over the country be as outwardly racist as is the casein America. Wakeup...this is not a bunch of local issues...this is a national issue. It cannot be a coincidence that police officers are behaving the same way toward black people, especially black men unless there is a directive or understood attitude that their behavior will be allowed. And...as recent events have shown, their behaviors are being condoned by somebody...the question is who and how high.

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