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The Reason for Racism

Updated on January 27, 2014

The roots of racism and bigotry

Bigotry has been an enormous problem in America from the very beginning of it's founding, up until now. Whether it be the slaughter of Native Americans, the enslavement of African Americans, or the hate crimes against homosexuals. We see hatred and intolerance as vile and evil, but what If I told you it was natural? What if I told you that they were simply primitive animal behaviors that we simply needed to acknowledge constructively and liberate from our culture and individual intellects? In this post, I will dive into this issue with a new perspective, which can lead us to a road where the solution is not only apparent, but simple to implement.

Castle of Glass by Linkin Park

The Castle of Glass

Everyone on the planet has one. We live by it. It justifies everything we do. We use it to conduct ourselves in every facet of our lives. It is our individual socio-cultural paradigm. Or what I like to call, your "Castle of Glass". What "Individual Socio-Cultural Paradigm" translates to is pretty simple. It is your collective of beliefs about yourself, (Internal) other people, and life.(External).

No one has the same castle of glass. For instance. Lets say that you are a conservative because you "Appreciate the views and principles". You might also be of the Christian faith. You believe your God is an awesome God and a fair God with a great beard and a stern but loving disposition. Your external beliefs are what you believe to be true. You define your existence with these beliefs. For all intents and purposes, you are your beliefs.

So when you meet a Muslim or a Buddhist, although you may be able to be civil to them in a religious sense, you cannot reconcile their beliefs into your own. This is where your Castle of Glass comes into play. The culmination of all your beliefs come together to build a structure that is your reality. It is a very delicate thing. It is truly, a Castle of Glass that can easily be shattered by external pressures. When you see a Buddhist praying in their temple and worshipping Brahman or Shiva or Krishna, somewhere inside of you, you must indict that person for being wrong. Because if he is not wrong, then you are wrong. And something you thought you knew was true, was actually not. You were fooled! And that is not good. No one likes to admit they are wrong. No one wants to think they don't have the answers. Stand for nothing and fall for anything, the great American axiom that is actually total bullshit. (The things you stand for might well be things you fell for in the first place) There is this great fear in not knowing. But people don't even realize they are afraid, because they have already filled their mind up with so many notions of truth.

It is as simple as that. It is sort of inescapable. You protect your almighty Castle of Glass from ever getting a crack, by making every one else around you wrong if their beliefs are different from yours. In your mind, you chip away at their Castles.

So how does this relate to racism?

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Superimposing your beliefs on others.

So we all know about the door to door Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian televangelist, and that friend that needs to get you saved by Jesus. They think they have it all figure out and they need you to have it figured out too. They're either terrified your going to hell, are adding an addition to their mansion in the sky, or are truly attempting to do something good for someone they love. Either way you cut it, there are trying to super impose there beliefs on you. It reinforces that Castle of Glass and gives them another person like them. But Socrates said, "Whose bias do you seek?"

When someone tries to change your beliefs they are either convincing enough to succeed, or they are not, and it is just an annoyance to you. And as much as it bothers you that they are basically saying that your wrong and your life lacks purpose, you deal with it. Its not that big of a deal that they don't agree with you. It is just a belief.

For them they see that beliefs can change. So the zealous and intolerant put 'converting you' on their bucket list and leave it at that. This goes with almost everything. Politics, religion, morals, business ethic. Whatever it is, everyone thinks they are right, or they wouldn't believe it. So people debate and argue and fight. Sometimes people stop speaking, sometimes they compromise, and sometimes they bury it.

But what about something that isn't changeable? What about race, gender, or sexual orientation? Just the same way a catholic thinks Catholicism is the right way to go, on some level, a white person thinks white is better. You would be bullshitting me and yourself if you said otherwise. (unless your a monk that has attained enlightenment) We all want to be special, we all want to be important. So we make everything we believe in and everything we are, more pertinent to our reality, than everyone and everything else. If we don't, that castle of glass would crumble. And the beast would come out in full force. The ego is a very distressed part of the human psychology. But I digress.

This egocentric paradigm goes across the board with external beliefs. The ego tells you that everything you are and believe in is right. If you thought you were wrong then you wouldn't believe in whatever it was you believed in. If you thought you didn't know anything you wouldn't have beliefs. This paradigm also is prevalent in 'non-refundable characteristics', like race, gender and sexuality. If you are white, white is right. If you are black, black is better. Straight to gay, male to female, its all the same. So when a white person sees a black person, he sees the very apparent differences. And when bigotry arises in the heart, it is not because the white person thinks the black person is less than, it is because he knows that he is not. In the superficial ego, a white man thinks white is better, but deeper, where pure logic is working, he knows it is not true. He knows all things are created equal by default. But this would mean that he isn't special, this would mean he is just another speck in a vast universe beyond comprehension. This means he may be wrong about everything. So he fights that logic with his vicious ego. He enslaves, stereotypes and destroys the communities of black people, so that he can feel good about being white. Instead of letting all prosper equally. Racial Capitalism.

Now extrapolate to gender and sexual orientation.

The unknown and foreign are strange and threatening. And in a Christian White man's world, all others will pay for there differences as long as the ego is in control. Throughout history we have seen it. Not Christians, nor Caucasians nor males are at fault. They just happened to get lucky enough times to gain control of the world and then they were weak enough to succumb to the allure of ego driven dominance.

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Breaking bonds of beliefs.

This simplest and most difficult solution is to convince the world that nobody knows jack shit about what's going on here. That no one has anything right. There is no true religion whether theism, atheism or agnostic. No political party is good or correct. Its all a load of bullshit most likely set up to disillusion you and separate you from your strongest weapon against coercion and oppression; unity and strength in numbers. Just think about what you believe in. Why do you believe it? Who told you to believe in it? What book did you read? Are you full of shit?

This is the primary solution to all bigotry and hate. Realizing you know nothing about anything. That you and everyone around you is amazing by default of existing and nothing in the universe favors you for any reason. Beliefs are individual expressions of cerebral art whose colors and forms emanate from environmental stimulus to your five senses. But again, I digress. If this solution doesn't work, here is another one.

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1. So your different? Suck it up!


I've been called a cracker before. Plenty of times actually. I have been told I must have a small 'member' because I was white. "White people call the police for everything", "White people can't fight" Whatever the case may be. But it doesn't bother me. You want to know why? Because I love being me. I like what I do, I like my character, etc. etc. Being white is a part of who I am and I like me.

So why does an African American get upset when someone uses a racial slur about them? Or if someone calls a gay person that infamous F word. Why does it bother them. It's just a word. If they love everything that they are then it shouldn't matter. But they are unsure of themselves. And for good reason. Blacks went from slaves, to 3/5's of a person to an actual human being with equal rights only fifty years ago. Gay people still don't have the same rights. There is a common reminder that these people are less than. But you must understand that this is not true. You most look into the universe itself and see that you were created, and so you can't be undesirable. The entire process of nature from the beginning of time conspired to create you! Forget words and bias. You are awesome! So when a person calls you a name, or says you aren't equal, know they are misinformed. Know they are afraid. Pity them. Your different, which really makes you unique. Don't let other people's words and beliefs hold you down for a second. The first step to getting rid of racism is to stop talking about it. Ignore intolerance and reward tolerance. Use the B.F. Skinner model for classical conditioning. Create a new divide. People that are willing to see past illusionary boundaries, and people that can't. The tolerant and the intolerant. That should be the only thing that separates us.

2. Let go of the past

A huge argument I hear when I say that if you ignore racism it can go away is, "What about what happen?" What about it? It's in the past. What happen yesterday doesn't have to affect today. In order to move on to a brighter future we must first let go of our darker past. Many people were killed, enslaved and discriminated against. But it is those happenings that not only led to your existence, but also brought the process of liberation to where it stands. If MLK was so worried about slavery then he wouldn't have been able to win so much support and gain so much ground for civil rights. Let go of the past and create a positive future.

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3. Be an ambassador.

The only way to get everyone on the same page and loving each other no matter what, is to be a good ambassador for what you represent. If your black, be an awesome black person. If your gay, same thing! By the way, I use African American and homosexual because they are big issues right now, but this applies to every race, religion, nationality, etc.

The way we defeat ignorance is through enlightenment. If a white person thinks black people are primarily criminals, than show them one who is not. If a straight person thinks gay people shouldn't get married or adopt children, then get married and show them that it works. Adopt kids and raise them up well. Show them that everyone has the right to be a good spouse and parent. Whatever you do, don't get angry, don't get discouraged. You are true in whatever it is you are, that other person that says you are not is confused, misinformed or possibly just and asshole. So be an ambassador for your group and for the future of your group in a beautiful and tolerant society of free thinking, open minded people.

4. Rising above stereotypes

Fact or Fiction? Storytelling or statistics? As a member of any group we must be aware that not all stereotypes are untrue. Like how "1 in every 15 African American men and 1 in every 36 Hispanic men are incarcerated in comparison to 1 in every 106 white men"(http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/race/news/2012/03/13/11351/the-top-10-most-startling-facts-about-people-of-color-and-criminal-justice-in-the-united-states/)

This isn't a false stereotype... This also doesn't mean that colored people are more prone to criminality. It simply means that they are incarcerated more. But if you get angry about statistics and facts, you can never get to the bottom of the problem to solve it. It is not important that your feelings are hurt by a statistic. But it is important that we recognize the real problem which is that a disproportionate amount of color people go to jail. Then we can asked why.

Here is one theory

This country was founded by white males. The laws were also written by white males. We can contemplate the possibility that the laws were also written in their favor, even if subconsciously. There is hefty evidence that law enforcement agency racially profile. There are many situations where African Americans were brutally beaten by police. We can begin to see that there may be some biased within an institution that is suppose to be fair and equal.

By accepting the truths in stereotypes we can ask bigger more direct questions. Like "Why are colored people being incarcerated more?"or one of my favorite race related questions, "Why did a very successful black community get firebombed, destroying a great example of a non violent, successful all black community of prominent businessman and people. http://sfbayview.com/2011/what-happened-to-black-wall-street-on-june-1-1921/) As we accept the fact that some stereotypes are true, we can begin to find solutions and rise above them.


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In Conclusion

It's about love and understanding. When someone drops the N word in hopes of breaking you, see that they only say it because they are hurt and confused. It is the maturity in knowing the best thing you can do is give that person and hug and tell them that they are mistaken about you. It is you having pride in everything that you are and never doubting your rights to equality and respect. That is were the solution lies. Because if you can't change, even if you try, then you probably shouldn't be worrying about it. Now go out there and show them how its done.

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    • Kemet Musiq profile image
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      Mark Needham 3 years ago from Utica,Ny

      I agree the black community never found their own identity. This is true. And I blame the government and its laws not white people in general. That is what I focus on. Understanding the past so we can change the future. You will come to find that love fixes all problems brother. The angriest people need the most hugs.

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      S Leretseh 3 years ago

      Oh, and yes I do realize in your summation you state that "It's about love and understanding", and that will conquer the racial divide. This comment tells me you've done very little research into the black race -- reading black web sites and/or black forums to see how they view the past & present.

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      S Leretseh 3 years ago

      "I would like to see you prove to me that my own history is also false."

      I hv wrote a Hub on the evolution of integration - without guilt. If you hv any question regarding "proof" when I state something in that hub to be a fact, let me know and I'll give you a citation. (I had that Hub flagged twice for too many citations- had to eliminate most of them). If you're actually sincere about educating yourself, read the Hub.

      Regarding blacks.... AGAIN, I want to emphasis, blacks had the SAME legal rights as white people in America from 1865 to 1964. What blacks ( and whites and all other racial/ ethnic groups in america) didn't hv was integration rights. They marched for integration across-the-board... and got those rights from white Christian males. It should hv ended there. The problem with compulsory integration is that it allowed the black race to escape their human obligation as a distinct people to achieve self-reliance - only people in human history never to hv achieved a state of self-reliance.

      Also, race, language religion historically hv made human groups into a “people”. Blacks should hv coalesced around this shared attributes -like all other peoples in human history -- and forged a self-reliant identity as a distinct male group. What needs to be addressed is WHY blacks , specifically males, with abundance of land and complete freedom as a people, did not do as human nature seems to hv required them to do -- to seek separation and autonomy as a distinct people. And remember, they are claiming - from 1865 to 1964 - brutal oppression at the hands of white people. NOT TRUE .

      Finally, it is not proper to condemn or criticize a people for their behavior when it was completely consistent with the mores of times, as well as the existing laws of the times i.e. blacks were not wronged in any way where & when white people insisted on a color line. Viewing historical event(s) in the context of the time in which the event(s) took place is always the correct approach.

      "You explaining away every white action as ok and demonizing every black action "

      And just where in the heck did I do THAT? Slavery existed. Slave trading existed. At the time in history in which these activities took place, they were legal, considered moral and grounded in human history. Our views regarding slavery and integration have changed over time. By you stating "we" did this or that to blacks ....you are bring the PAST into the present - using today's perspectives to blame & denigrate a specific group (white Christians - the creators of the political and economic arenas in America prior to 1964). I believe you're doing it because 1) you do not want to research history on your own time ...2) you've allowed yourself to be programmed by TV & Hollywood images depicting blacks as victims in America…3) you want attention. In other words, you’re suffering from Stockholm syndrome. Only people in HUMAN HISTORY to ever become advocates of victimization for another people ...and using their own people as the perpetrators, are white (non-jewish) people in America. STOP DOING IT KEMIT. You are ratcheting up violence and hatred toward white people (depicted in the above LINKs I gv you )

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      Mark Needham 3 years ago from Utica,Ny

      I am definitely a supporter of alternate history being true, but you gotta tell me how. You seem crazy without proof. Your just saying it is untrue. You have no idea how many black slaves were traded by other blacks. You were not there. Why would every account of black history in America be lying. How do you cheat videos of abuse to African Americans during the Civil Rights movement? I am not angry that you are challenging history. I do it all the time. And I don't hate my country, everyone makes mistakes, I am simply trying to identify the fundamentals so we can learn and grow. You keep throwing around that Stockholm syndrome stuff with me but what if you have a psychological issue that is hindering your ability to recognize reality as it truly is? On top of that, I found that people of all colors are oppressive, especially white people. I learned that on my own. Through my life experience, not through some outlet of media. So why am I only supporting the people who are discriminated against? I would like to see you prove to me that my own history is also false. Also, did you not see that pieces of this article dedicated to what people being discriminated against need to do? This article was hardly and attack on white people and the country, it was an assessment of how we move forward. You have to be able to appreciate how crazy what your saying sounds right? You haven't provided any proof to your claims besides external links. Without me reading your links, explain to me what really happened here in America for the last 200 years. On a last note. I never said that black people are innocent, and this article was not just about black people. Everyone of us from every walk of life has work to do. You explaining away every white action as ok and demonizing every black action tells me that you are not in a good state of mind and are very bias.

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      Mark Needham 3 years ago from Utica,Ny

      I am definitely a supporter of alternate history being true, but you gotta tell me how. You seem crazy without proof. Your just saying it is untrue. You have no idea how many black slaves were traded by other blacks. You were not there. Why would every account of black history in America be lying. How do you cheat videos of abuse to African Americans during the Civil Rights movement? I am not angry that you are challenging history. I do it all the time. And I don't hate my country, everyone makes mistakes, I am simply trying to identify the fundamentals so we can learn and grow. You keep throwing around that Stockholm syndrome stuff with me but what if you have a psychological issue that is hindering your ability to recognize reality as it truly is? On top of that, I found that people of all colors are oppressive, especially white people. I learned that on my own. Through my life experience, not through some outlet of media. So why am I only supporting the people who are discriminated against? I would like to see you prove to me that my own history is also false. Also, did you not see that pieces of this article dedicated to what people being discriminated against need to do? This article was hardly and attack on white people and the country, it was an assessment of how we move forward. You have to be able to appreciate how crazy what your saying sounds right? You haven't provided any proof to your claims besides external links. Without me reading your links, explain to me what really happened here in America for the last 200 years. On a last note. I never said that black people are innocent, and this article was not just about black people. Everyone of us from every walk of life has work to do. You explaining away every white action as ok and demonizing every black action tells me that you are not in a good state of mind and are very bias.

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      S Leretseh 3 years ago

      Kemit, I am challenging your Stockholm syndrome with facts . Im giving you the PROPER perspective of American history i.e. NO GUILT TRIPPING!

      I am extremely well informed on African American history. You, on the other hand, need much work.

      ""Yes some instances of slave trade occurred because Africans were selling other Africans "

      WRONG! Classic Stockholm Syndrome response. You don't want to admit an ironclad fact - that ALL black slaves were captured by other blacks and sold to slave-traders - so you soft peddle and admit to "some".

      "We took people from Africa, tortured, enslaved, beat and brainwashed them"

      WRONG interpretation of history Kemit. Yes, slave traders bought people of African descent. It wasn’t wrong, immoral or illegal when they (slave traders) bought their slaves, or when slaveholders purchased them. History must be viewed in the context of the time in which the events(s) took place. Aztecs used to eat humans. It wasn’t wrong, immoral or illegal . It ws the times in which they lived. Romans forced gladiators to fight to the death. Times in which they lived... Additionally, No record exists ANYWHERE of American white slaveholders systematically torturing, brainwashing or beating African slaves (black slave holders might have done this). COMMON SENSE now Kemit... Slaves were extremely expensive chattel, 5x more expensive than a horse. Did white people beat or torture their horses? Of course not! They DID NOT beat, torture or brainwash their slaves either. Where in heck are getting all this nonsense from?

      “It is an attempt by you to fill my heart with hate”

      WRONG again Kemit. I am desperately trying to get you to STOP hating your culture, hating your history (by buying into lies) , and hating your people. Your comments to me are not filled with love. They're filled with anger and hate. You won't admit to it like a drunk doesn’t admit he’s an alcoholic.

      “and you wanted them to go out and settle the wild west after generations of brainwashing and killing of the intelligent members of their race”

      WOW! You need to do much research. Way out of touch with reality.

      @Kemit, click on the links I gave you … and start the process to return to normalcy. BTW, I am NOT trying to make blacks into demons. The explosion of violence by blacks against whites is completely inexcusable. It needs to be brought to everyone’s attention. Stop living lies about black victimization. Stop trashing out your illustrious history. Stop being an advocate for black victimization.

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      Mark Needham 3 years ago from Utica,Ny

      And just because there are black on white crimes now doesn't make them a problem. Where do you think that animosity came from? Do you think African Americans are naturally violent. I have preached that love is the answer to black people and to many it is well received. Do you understand that the KKK existed? We took people from Africa, tortured, enslaved, beat and brainwashed them, and them eventually started treating them like humans with equal rights to the land we forced them too and you are saying we did them a favor? Do you realize how crazy that sounds? You sound like a slave owner yourself when you say it like that. And it is almost convincing. You are a sophist at best my brother, but that is all. MLK also said that integration was a mistake, except he had very different reasons for coming to that conclusion which I have come to support. Watched fear porn of Blacks attacking white will not cure me of anything. It is an attempt by you to fill my heart with hate. I know love is the answer. Love is the reason people treat each other with respect. The lack of it is many times the reason for disturbing behavior such as violence. The African American came from Africa, and you wanted them to go out and settle the wild west after generations of brainwashing and killing of the intelligent members of their race? Do you see these pieces of the story as relevant to the comprehensive understanding of this situation? You keep citing Stockholm for us 'confused whites' while failing to consider it for one of the reasons African Americans stuck around with white people. Ever think of that. We didn't do them a favor, we made up for huge mistakes we made. And I am not targeting white people, I am targeting the incompetence of White leadership throughout our history. I see the problem not as the tension between misguided individuals but of an either deliberate attempt or gross neglect by the state which led is down this dark path of confusion. I may be misguided but I think that is quite a stretch. If you knew about true Christianity, not what was practiced by your glorious philanthropist white slave owners, the true Christians, then you would know that love is always the answer.

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      Mark Needham 3 years ago from Utica,Ny

      I think you may be completely out of your mind. By definition you can't be Racist if you are a minority. Period. I am not seeking attention I like being white and I like being me, but I also like for that to occur in everyone else's heart. I want to see equal treatment for all. It's Kemit by the way, not Kermit. Yes some instances of slave trade occurred because Africans were selling other Africans but does not make it ok that we then used them for forced labor. If I am misguided then 95% of Americans, history and statistics are and you are the most well informed individual on race issues on the entire planet. I am flabbergasted by you presence and your words in my reality. I am not sure what to make of all this. I mean no disrespect when saying you are out of your mind, it just appears to be the case from my perspective.

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      S Leretseh 3 years ago

      "and that the entire [black]race has been put at a disadvantage."

      Total BS Kermit. Prior to 1964 (forced integration) no people in HUMAN HISTORY had ever received more solely because of the color of their skin than African Americans. What people would actually create political & economic advantages - including monetary gifts - to another people? answer: White Christian males.

      "black people can't be racist.'

      When I see this from a white person, I know he/she is suffering from a form of Stockholm syndrome known as 'White Attention-Desperate Syndrome'. In other words, the white person is desperate for attention, so he/she becomes an advocate for another people and against his own people, claiming false injustices by his people. Fortunately Kermit, there are two cures:

      1) Forced Victim Recognition. This cure is involves the patient visually examining victims who were of the people he claims to be the victims. In other words, white victims of black attacks. Blacks are NOT victims in America Kermit. It is they who are creating the inter-racial victims - and they're all white victims. Click on the link below and force yourself to read 5 to 10 victims per day ... for a minimum of 10 days. You should be cured i.e. you'll never again say "blacks can't be racists"

      THREE PAGES OF VICTIMS & HOW THEY SUFFERED?DIED:

      http://theinjusticefile.blogspot.com/2011/01/black...

      Cure number 2... This one is one I don't recommend on anyone. But it does work . It involves the patient (white person) going into a black community any actually attempting to play the race-nullification game with them. RESULT? Beatdown

      http://nypress.com/harlem-its-a-hard-knock-life/

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      Slavery DID exist Kermit. Not denying it! However, two points: 1) slavery in America COULD NOT exist without blacks in Africa rounding up fellow blacks (with glee and joy in their hearts) and selling them to slave-traders. 2) Something to think about... NOT a single black in America would be alive today without the existence of the slave trade. You want THAT Kermit?

      After the 14th Amendment (1868) … blacks DID HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS Kermit! Those rights were right where they belonged -- within the structure and confines of their own male group. Among white people blacks had contract rights. White people DID NOT owe the black man integration rights into HIS status environments! No distinct people ever in human history owed that to another distinct people. It is a construct of human nature that creates this reality. Blacks were a FREE people after 1865, FREE as a distinct people could possibly get; free to build their own towns, cities, industries, political environments, or colonize a place in America. They chose, on their own volition, across-the-board INTEGRATION. Now would a brutally oppressed people do such a thing Kermit? Think about THAT

      REMEMBER Kermit, the most important thing right now is to cure yourself from you programmed Stockholm syndrome. Click on the crime link I provided. And DON’T go into a black community and try to test your theory on race-nullification and “love conquers all.” You’ll likely wind up in a morgue.

      Sorry I got long here…Good luck to you. You’re a smart, but misguided young man (I‘m assuming the avatar is you).

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      Mark Needham 3 years ago from Utica,Ny

      It isn't a matter of ego that I am holding onto this idea that bigotry is a problem that effects and is distributed by many races. I see it occur. I know about slavery and the civil rights movement. There is action on both sides but I think you fail to see a very large portion of what is going on here. I will be glad to check out your links and consider what your saying. I hope that you will consider the possibility that it isn't all about black people, and that the entire race has been put at a disadvantage. On another note, black people can't be racist. They would first have to be in majority power within the state. Racism is bigotry committed by the ruling race of a nation over other races. Can you prove to me that slavery didn't happen, or that blacks had equal rights since they stepped foot on American soil? If you cannot then I believe you may have to reconcile with the idea that White racism may not be a lie at all. If slavery and unequal civil rights occurred, then so did racism by white people. Did we not kidnap Africans and shackle them and force them into unpaid labor? I am very confused about how you are coming to these conclusions.

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      S Leretseh 3 years ago

      Done very extensive research on the black race. I am not trying to be divisive in anything I write. The fact that you say that there is "some bigotry" coming from African-Americans tells me you've done very little research on the issue of racism. AGAIN, the color of racism in America is black - the victims are white. Blacks commit virtually ALL of the violent acts that cross racial lines. Cops and white people are mutually exclusive issues. Police have in fact reacted to the crime problem that is black America. I have a web site on google showing all the white police officers gunned down by black males since forced integration was created (1964). Chilling to say the least. If you would like that LINK, I'll give it to you.

      BTW, your "love conquers all" ideology is nice to hear. But it has no practical basis in the real world when it comes to race relations. Respect is what needs to be insisted on. White people have to re-learn how & why they must demand respect from other racial groups - particularly African-Americans. White people can start by STOPPING this ridiculous , nonsense campaign of lying about white racism toward blacks in American history.

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      Mark Needham 3 years ago from Utica,Ny

      I don't know where to start brother, I feel like you just gave me a completely alternative version of history. I did not live back then, so I guess I can only rely on those before me to tell the truth. What your saying is that there wasn't racism against African peoples in America? I also recognize that there is definitely some bigotry by Black people to white. I don't condone that, but a prescribe the same cure all, which is love. If you don't believe that love fixes all problems and heals all wounds I would have to say you are misguided. The justice system has many apparent flaws and cops have been shown to be racist and unfair in the treatment of colored people on several occasions. I knew a guy that wrote a book about his undercover work against the NYC police department and busted many policemen for planted drugs exclusively on African Americans. I would consider rethinking your absolute view of the occurrence of events that culminates the African American experience throughout the history of the United States.

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      S Leretseh 3 years ago

      "Bigotry has been an enormous problem in America from the very beginning of it's founding,"

      A few years ago I would have let the above comment go. But i know today that there is a very concerted effort by "interested people & groups" to denigrate American history. Therefore, I hv to say I totally disagree with your comment. I'll explain. From 17790 to 1964, there certainly was a feeling that blacks should be separate - observe a Constitutionally allowed "color line". Was this bigotry? NO IT WAS NOT. Blacks were suppose to live within the structure & confines of their own male group. The construct of human nature dictated this reality. It was also Booker T. Washington's pursuit, for he knew blacks needed to become a self-reliant people. So the separation (from 1790 to 1964) was expected to give the Negro race the necessary opportunity to develop their own way of life, their own distinct culture and, most importantly, their own status environments (the creation of their own political & economic arenas), which would give them a feeling of self-reliance and empowerment over the lives of their people. Instead of self reliance as a people, black females and black males marched for integration into another people status environments (1955 to 1968)- a first in ALL of human history. White Christians gv the black man his cherished integration dream. It was in FACT a magnanimous gift from ONE distinct people (white Christians) toward another that was unprecedented in human history.

      "It's about love and understanding."

      Having a group of black males walk up on you and then you, mr. white person, telling them you're a race-nullificationist and "it's all about love", I don't think that's going to prevent a racist sucker punch and beatdown from the blacks. In 2005, black males , according to US Dept. of Justice statistics, committed more than 90% of violence that crossed racial lines. Guess who their exclusive targets were? White people. The color of racism in America today, and I know, I've done an extensive amount of research here, the color is black, not white. it's time to confront blacks on their racism. does no one any good living in denial. (if you want a link to the above statistic, I'll provide it)

      "Africans were not equal for 200 years!"

      @ Kemet Musi ... Guilt-tripping nonsense. White need to fight back when you see rubbish like this. Blacks were in FACT a completely free people in America after 1865, free to build their own towns, cities, political environments, industries, you name it. White people's color line was COMPLETELY legal- and consistent with human nature throughout human history. Black also, being a completely FREE people, if they truly felt oppressed (they didn't), were allowed the right to colonize a place in the vast expanse of land available in America after 1865. Of course, blacks didn't do that. They stayed close to white people...because there were so MANY benefits bestowed on them for doing so - gifts from one people to another unprecedented in human history. I created a Hub highlighting some of the charity and generosity of whites toward blacks in American history(most completlely unrecognized by blacks)

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      Mark Needham 3 years ago from Utica,Ny

      Wow, thank you brother. I tell people all of the time. Look where it started. The state, the 'infallible' 'All-knowing state' told all of its citizens that Africans were not equal for 200 years! If people can't admit that that kind of behavior has a profound influence they need to think again... I hope you finish reading the whole thing. Thank you for your input. P.S. I find that a lot of time what I say is a little too forward. I consider myself a visionary. I just have to get my timing right. :D

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      Mark Needham 3 years ago from Utica,Ny

      Wow, thank you brother. I tell people all of the time. Look where it started. The state, the 'infallible' 'All-knowing state' told all of its citizens that Africans were not equal for 200 years! If people can't admit that that kind of behavior has a profound influence they need to think again... I hope you finish reading the whole thing. Thank you for your input. P.S. I find that a lot of time what I say is a little too forward. I consider myself a visionary. I just have to get my timing right. :D

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      Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

      You wrote, “Blacks went from slaves, to 3/5's of a person to an actual human being with equal rights only fifty years "

      I have not heard or read it all, but you are the first white person I have ever known to admit this. This is true in the world's opinionated sense, but in a real sense absent of racism, blacks have always been whole human beings with rights, except fearful people violated all of that.

      I see your point here, but many people are not ready for your message. It is indeed heavy. After reading, I thought about just moving on, but I am like that child who just has to test that hot iron even though Mom said, "No!" I am not a classic fool, but I can be daring.

      Interesting reading.