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RACISM - IT IS A REALITY

Updated on July 19, 2013
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Racism has been a part of our society for many years. The sad truth is that it is more prevalent than ever. It seems every day you hear the stories of racism being played out in every corner of our society. The fact is that as long as people ignore it and act like it doesn’t exist, the worse it will get. The only way to resolve a problem is to admit and take responsibility for having a problem. The election of President Obama has exacerbated the issue of racism, but let’s not be so naïve as to think the problem wasn’t already there. It seems racism rears its ugly head when one race feels threatened by another race. I believe fear is what encourages racism and hate. What needs to happen is for people who are tired of all of the hate decide that we will no longer tolerate racism and hate in our workplaces, schools, police departments or any other part of our society. It is not farfetched to think this could happen. It will take people to not turn a blind eye when you see or experience racism. I think people tend to ignore racism if it does not directly affect them, but think about this, what if someone hated you or your child just because of the color of their skin? Imagine how that would affect your life. Wouldn’t you be afraid to leave your home? Afraid to allow your child to go to school? Afraid of losing your job? Afraid to drive your car at night in fear of being harassed? These are all real realities for some people that live in our society. Is it fair for someone to live in so much fear just because their skin color is different?

The best thing we can do for the future of our country is to refuse to tolerate racism on any level. My mother raised us in multi-cultural neighborhoods, so I was not really exposed to racism until I became an adult. I raised my children to not judge people based on their race, and I am so proud of the young men I have raised. It is not impossible to stop the trend of racism, but it will take people being more conscious of it, and every now and then taking a stand that may be unpopular in your social circles. I wish I could say that there was an easy solution to this problem, but there isn’t. Some people just feel that others are inferior to them and not worthy of the same lifestyles and comforts that they enjoy. I personally believe that you should be treated with respect and dignity in this country if you work hard, pay your taxes and abide by the law. There is no one race that owns this country and has the right to tell others, who is worthy to be here and who is not based on a person’s skin color.

Have you ever heard someone say that they are not racist, but admit if someone of another race moved next door to them, they wouldn’t like it? These people are racist. A couple of years ago I bought a home in a nice area of town, and a week after closing on the home a racial epithet was painted on the fence. It was hard for me to imagine that this kind of thing still exists in our society, but it does happen because it happened to me. Racism is very hurtful because it makes you feel like no matter how hard you work or how much money you make, you will never be good enough to live in certain neighborhoods or have your children attend certain schools.

For those of you that feel that racism is a thing of the past, I am here to tell you that it is alive and well in our society, and until people recognize the problem, and put stricter laws in place to combat this problem, it will continue. If you have friends or family that spout racist views, educate them and let them know they are destroying the fabric of this country by holding on to racism and hate.



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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Racism is alive and well in the United States, and anyone who says differently is living in La-La Land. The only difference today is that racism isn't PC, so we find it lurking in the shadows more instead of being so overt as it was in the past.

      Great hub and right on!

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      Larry Wall 4 years ago

      No doubt racism does exist--an unfortunate picture of our society. In some ways, racism is not as bad as it was when I was a child and my hometown, Baton Rouge, was different than other neighboring cities. Blacks, people who paid taxes, held jobs, etc. were allowed to use the public swimming pools and the library. By my time, they were allowed to sit in the front of the bus. Stores still had separate bathrooms and water fountains, and the N word was heard much too frequently--once is too much.

      That was during the 60s, and it was a turbulent period, but it appeared that progress was being made. Progress has been made, but racism still exists, but it is just hidden more. The outward trappings of "white only" has mostly disappeared, but changing the minds and hearts of people cannot be accomplished through legislation. I do not have an answer. Most of the world's problems can be traced to some form of racism. Hatred because of skin color, religious belief or the way you dress is inexcusable. My neighborhood is mostly white, but that is not the reason we chose it. We found a house we liked and could afford. I do remember one thing I heard on television years ago. A person named Al Capp was a guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He was the writer of the Lil' Abner comic strip. He was an outspoken person who did not mind telling you what he thought. During his Tonight Show appearance, he was given a list of questions about current events. One question asked his opinion about people of different races getting married. That was not a common occurrence then. His replied has always stuck with me. He said, "What races--the only race I know is the human race." If we could all learn to accept that attitude the world would be a better place.

      Great Hub, voted up and awesome.

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      mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

      Thanks for writing this Hub....Racism is very real and still here today...there is racism in all cultures one way or another, also I have been a victim of racism in the business world. However I am not ashamed of my ethnicity, and racism is taught and influenced in the home, it is a learned behavior....Voted up and interesting..:)

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      NayNay2124 4 years ago

      billybuc, believe it or not there are still many people that do not think racism is problem any longer. I wrote this hub in the hopes that people will begin to have discussion that could possibly lead to some changes in the way people think about other races. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      NayNay2124 4 years ago

      Larry, I so appreciate your comment and I don't know if legislation will help, but I think if stricter laws were put in place and enforced, we may see less racism in this country. Racism is not as blatant today as it once was, but I think it is much more damaging to minorities today than it was back then. Thank you for visiting and for your insightful comment.

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      NayNay2124 4 years ago

      mismazda, it will take each of us to contribute in some way to combat this problem, Teaching your children and educating friends and family. Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub.

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

      Thank you for writing this hub. I agree with you 100%. I have not been a victim, but have seen it, even if it was a low level of racism. Racism is still racism. My daughter has a high level of Asberger's Syndrome. She goes to a school for children with this diagnosis and it has all races of children. I guess this problem is not racist. Anyway, we have taught her not to be racist. When she talks about her friends she never talks about the color of their skin, but she does talk about how fast they talk. By the way, she talks fast too.

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      NayNay2124 4 years ago

      Michele, I remember reading your hub on racism and it inspired me to write my take on the subject. It's a horrible subject to even have to address, but maybe if we talk about it enough we will eventually see a change. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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

      NayNay this hub you wrote is very good. We need to keep taking on this subject and talking about it. You are right. I hope more of us join together. It is something we need.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      (The sad truth is that it is more prevalent than ever.) I don't know about this line.. Racism is different now.. bare with me.. nowadays.. it's in religion.. cultures.. of course it kicked off again because of the 911 attacks... Racism is an ignorance.. I think you're saying prevelent because of today's technology.. we see it more but it's not happening as much as it did when our grandparents roamed.. right just my thought and a very great forum type hub voted awesome

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      NayNay2124 4 years ago

      Frank, I think the view you have of racism today depends on what side of the hate you are on. If you are not directly affected by racism, it may seem to be not much of a problem. The fact is, when monkeys are painted on your fence and you are denied jobs and promotions you know you are qualified for, racism is seen from a totally different viewpoint. I challenge you to talk to some of your friends and family about this subject and the conversation might surprise you. I appreciate your comment and thank you for taking the time to read my hub.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Perhaps the most prominent and notable form of American racism is against African Americans.. but the fight to better that has begun it'll never be eradicated that I understand.. but you gotta give movements credit.. like the Civil Rights movement.. they worked tiredlessly to make a dent.. While substantial gains were made we still do have a problem .. what I mean to say is that sharing, talking about it and taking action helps.. like this hub.. and thank you for stimulating my mind and making me rethink my position God Bless you

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      Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Great article, the problem is that there is a natural tendency for us as human beings to gravitate to those that look, act and are culturally assimilated in the same way. It takes effort to exercise civility and resist this natural tendency in the larger interests of a harmonious society. While I may be comfortable in underwear at home that is not the way I want to present myself to the world once on the other side of my door. That is where our nasty biases belong, at home. Rather than attempt to amalgamate everyone, people should be accepted at face value

      regardless of their differences and objective, tangible values used to sort and catagorize. (character and performance)

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      NayNay2124 4 years ago

      Credence2, I appreciate the wisdom of your comment that people should be accepted at face value. It is a shame that people do not take the time to get to know different cultures and accept our differences. This world is a crazy place, but maybe one by one we can begin to change the negative attitudes that are sometimes exposed. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Deborah Morrison 3 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Very interesting article. I believe that each and every individual is born with a gift/s ... let's uplift one another so that these gifts may be developed and expressed ... in this way, together, we will create a better, more beautiful world.

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      NayNay2124 3 years ago

      I totally agree with you. If only we can encourage everyone to feel the same way. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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