There is proof everywhere you look…
Nowhere is it more evident than among the fear mongers whose fame and livelihood depends on their ability to perpetuate dissension and sow discord. Nevertheless, prophetically it is a sign of the times, as "ethnos" shall rise against "ethnos". IMHO
"Nowhere is it more evident than among the fear mongers whose fame and livelihood depends on their ability to perpetuate dissension and sow discord."
Ethnos (in Greek: ἔθνος "nation") may refer to:
... and this rising up is evident where?
middle east… not here in America.
We must be a unified people to fight the prophetic uprisings. IMHO we are still recovering from the horrible institution of slavery. We need to get past the past to be able to embrace the future...
when we will be called upon to subdue the TRUE enemy.
( whatever it is…)
"Rampant" is a strong word, racism has mutated into milder forms over the last generation or two. While it is still among us, it is not the impediment to achievement that it once was... Just 25 years ago, if someone would have told me that we would have a black president, I would have said that they were nuts.....
And that is exactly the point.
Racism is technically impossible today due to all the laws put into place!
Apparently, Morality had/has no effect on the matter what so ever.
And that is a sad commentary on the state of human affairs.
But, we are getting much much better. We really are. As morality increases...
No, no, racism is not impossible, It has taken a different tack that certainly is not as obvious as it once was. But believe me, it is still here, unfortunately.
Morality… are we more moral today?
To be honest, I think that we as a society are no more moral than in the past, we just have tools and technology to make it quicker and more efficient to exploit your neighbor. Much like the difference between a single shot musket and a 50 caliber submachine gun.... We have just become more efficient in doing the wrong thing.
I need "for instances…" (good writing always provides examples…)
I hear you, perhaps while I am checking, why do you think that society is more enlightened or moral?
I think we are a more feeling and conscious society. We have come a long way… For instance: When I am with my parents or my 83 year old neighbor across the street, I can't believe how petty they are... how self-oriented, how desperate they are to be in touch with or even express their true feelings.
I really think we, as a society, are more in touch with the love in our hearts and the ability to express it. I honor my parents generation… but, we so called boomers had a lot of work to do to overcome the mores of the times they ignorantly and unquestioningly followed, such as the application of racist customs, restrictions on women, restrictions on freedom of speech, on hair length, styles and music.. You know…all that forgotten stuff!
BTW They are a very long-lived generation. If we talk to them and listen to them we can deeply respect how they also paved a glorious way for all the following generations, as well.
What we see today are people questioning... honestly questioning. The BS is being torn up and torn apart.
We are torn and we are tearing, but what will come is a whole fabric… of common understanding and acceptance of truth.
As I Hope.
I think we are a more feeling and conscious society. We have come a long way… For instance: When I am with my parents or my 83 year old neighbor across the street, I can't believe how petty they are... how self-oriented, how desperate they are to be in touch with or even express their true feelings.
How much of this has transferred into our national character or institutions? We still have endless war and conflict. I read articles of how people are routinely cheated out of the life savings by what used to institutions that had our bedrock of trust. We are all mechanized, computerized with the days of Norman Rockwell paintings long gone. My old auntie, who died in 1993 at the age of 94 once told me that during the Harding administration "Tea Pot Dome Scandal" they stole thousands, now, they steal millions!! Greed from pharmaceuticals, bankers, etc., using approaches and techniques not even conceived of even a generation ago.
Very good examples. It is becoming a fire hose where it was a garden hose.
Yikes. What is IT?
What is the counter-balance?
IT against IT !
Is it love against non-love?
Is it love against fear?
love against greed?
love against self-righteousness?
love against power?
Does it come from FEAR?
- where in the world does greed come from? I think it comes from love of power...an abuse of power.
We all have power. Let us use it as we can... with harmonious intent, which would be love. Maybe it is not love AGAINST anything… maybe it is love WITH something… with power!
...thanks for letting me ramble on.
All the negative is in opposition to love and love is losing. Its all of the above. Too many promote their own survival and prosperity at the expense of others abuse with what power that they have. There is nothing out there that indicates that this trend will change in the near future.
Can you give examples? By offering examples of how racism still manifests it enlightens us, by ISOLATING the difficulty. We can work on the solution only by knowing the problem. (This is a Montessori principle.)
Not plugging deliberately, but you asked me. I did an article( hub) about the outrageous exploitation of the minority community by major institutional banks in regard to mortgage loans (Wells Fargo). This reached the level of prosecution of these banks by the Federal Government. The institutions involved decided to settle out court while denying guilt. Saying that racism in America is not possible is an absolute and we are not there yet. A lot like calculating pi, more digits but do we ever get a definitive answer? Meanwhile, I can certainly work on other examples.
I am just one man and do not have all the answers and I look just as urgently as you would. You also need to tell me how all the laws we have make racism impossible, how are you that certain?
Eight years later, I would say "rampant" is an apt term today, it is a step down from ubiquitous which, prior to 1964, was what blacks and other minorities faced in America.
While reduced, no matter what institution you look at, racism is still prevalent. It is just not worn on the sleeve like it was in the 1950s.
Van Jones made a good point that even the black cops who killed Nickols were acting out from a racist environment that permeated the squad they belonged to.
Trump opened a Pandora's box of the worst, much that 8 years ago was not on the radar. I would not say that we moved backwards more than Trump has given permission for the worse elements in our society to stand tall and take center stage. That was not true 8 years ago.
It is a product of the face value society we have today. The first thing we notice is how a person appears. Our fears and experiences govern our response to others and with all the walls we throw up it is often the wrong first impression we get from strangers. How often do we have a deep discussion with our friends and acquaintances without fear of offending them or exposing our inner selves. It is not a popular and more over a risky exposure to say the least. Sometimes I am amazed at the distortions and or snap judgment's that come out of people I thought I had known very well. Why is it that we are this divided and still so vulnerable?
Someone just told me, in jail, there is the worst racism. Thats where it is rampant… I guess. Couldn't tell you…but according to this guy I was talking to…
I can't even say more.
The anger of these people that are in jail feeds many emotional and physical actions. I think that these problems came in with them and manifest themselves with the only things they know to express themselves. I don't know what could be done to change that as they have to pay for their transgressions inside before doing something about it on the outside.
- yes. They must work on their attitudes. Before they went in they were already in a self-consrtucted jail of negative feelings/emotions.
inability to forgive
In general... a downward spiral.
What maintains an upward spiral?
(BTW I no longer speak of race/color. We are all people made in the same way with spirits and nervous systems. If your eye be single, (sense of intuition,) your whole body will be perceived as light...and the bodies of all others, as well. No matter what your situation in life, in America, every citizen has equal opportunity.)
I agree on the inside there are so many human emotions that bind us all together. On the outside there are cultural either generationally developed by good or bad influences that seems to draw the distinction. Is it bad to have cultural differences? I don't think so. It is like the old adage "If all the flowers were the same, what a boring garden it would make".
of course… what is bad is to let anything rob us of opportunities which rightfully exist for all.
What will each of us do with the freedom we have been granted by our forefathers? What will we do to make sure we can keep these opportunities for posterity.
Don W posted
"...ignorance results in people not accepting that racism is woven into the fabric of society (a legal system that is racially biased is an example of exactly that). And it's not "alleged" that black males get up to 20% longer sentences than whites for the same crime. They do. Sentencing data is freely available. And no it's not something that should be dismissed as you do. It's an absolute travesty. Same for the other instances cited."
(The "other instances" were references to want ads regarding black employment rates, websites of white supremacists and institutional racism.)
"Institutional racism is any system of inequality based on race. It can occur in institutions such as public government bodies, private business corporations (such as media outlets), and universities (public and private). The term was introduced by Black Power activists Stokely Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton in the late 1960s.
The definition given by William Macpherson within the report looking into the death of Stephen Lawrence was “the collective failure of an organization to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture, or ethnic origin." Wikipedia
http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/123808? … ost2622695
I still say "room for improvement" is not "racial creep."
"Civil Rights Act of 1866:
This is the law that declared all people born in the United States are legally citizens. This means they could rent, hold, sell and buy property. This law was meant to help former slaves, and those who refused to grant these new rights to slaves were guilty and punishable under law. The penalty was a fine of $1000 or a maximum of one year in jail.
Fair Housing Act of 1968: (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968)
Extends the protection to color, religion, sex and national origin.
The New York State Human Rights Law:
Extends the protection to marital status and age, aimed to prevent non-racial discrimination.
Section 236 and 237 of the New York State Property Law:
Further extends the protection to include dwellings with children and mobile home parks. This is meant to protect renters and sellers from discriminating based on number of children in a family. Currently the Fair Housing Act protects against discrimination of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. The law applies to all types of housing, rental homes, apartments, condos and houses. The only exception to the act is when an owner of a small rental building lives in the same building he rents to. Since he owns the building and also resides there, he can decide who lives there."
Do you think that in the century after 1866, that the spirit of that law was adhered to?
We had reconstruction and Jim Crow. JFK said in 1963, that in the century after the Emancipation Proclamation, black folks were not yet free.
mores |ˈmôrˌāz| plural noun
the essential or characteristic customs and conventions of a community: Dictionary
Mores (generally pronounced /ˈmɔreɪz/, and often /ˈmɔriːz/; from Latin mōrēs, [ˈmoːreːs], grammatically plural: "habit"; singular form: mōs) is a term introduced into English by William Graham Sumner (1840–1910), an early U.S. sociologist, to refer to norms that are more widely observed and have greater moral significance than others. Mores include an aversion for societal taboos, such as incest or pederasty. Consequently, the values and mores of a society predicates legislation prohibiting their taboos. Wikipedia
These do not go away OVERNIGHT, obviously.
I said, "What we see today are people questioning... honestly questioning. The BS is being torn up and torn apart."
For Instance: Atheism is a reflection of this honest questioning. People do not want to blindly believe… they want Reality. For instance, atheists claim that morals do not originate out of religion, they originate from the perception of what is right. What is Right is what we are coming to terms with. It is a valid search and the results of that search are worth waiting for.
I feel that people are very sincere in general. However and unfortunately, on the internet, where people are expressing themselves freely in an anonymous way, freedom of speech is actually being abused and I don't like to see insincere points of view. Eventually, even that abuse will cease as others call them on it.
Perhaps, calling on what is wrong... is the key.
So go ahead and isolate the difficulties, the injustices, the restrictions of the human spirit.
Read Abraham Lincoln.
Truth will prevail… I think.
Because as some one said, the truth sets you free.
"The Civil Rights Act of 1968 also enacted 18 U.S.C. § 245(b), which permits federal prosecution of anyone who "willingly injures, intimidates or interferes with another person, or attempts to do so, by force because of the other person's race, color, religion or national origin" because of the victim's attempt to engage in one of six types of federally protected activities, such as attending school, patronizing a public place/facility, applying for employment, acting as a juror in a state court or voting.
Persons violating this law face a fine or imprisonment of up to one year, or both. If bodily injury results or if such acts of intimidation involve the use of firearms, explosives or fire, individuals can receive prison terms of up to 10 years, while crimes involving kidnapping, sexual assault, or murder can be punishable by life in prison or the death penalty."
More evidence of room for improvement according to Wikipedia:
"Violations of the Fair Housing Act
There are an estimated 2 million cases of housing discrimination each year according to HUD. The National Fair Housing Alliance, the largest fair housing non-profit in the country, estimates that number to be closer to 4 million per year, excluding instances of discrimination due to disability or familial status. The actual number of Fair Housing Act violations is likely much higher than 4 million annually. However, between the years of 1989 and 1992 only 17 of these went to court nationwide. Redlining is still a major problem despite the legislation passed making it illegal. Studies and investigations have shown that minorities who apply for mortgages are rejected 3 times as much as Caucasians. According to one Federal Reserve Board study, among higher income applicants, the denial rates were as follows:
Housing projects have also come under fire by researchers and NGOs alike. Housing advocates Elizabeth Julian and Michael Daniel state:
'in addition to the inequality in the actual housing provided to low-income African-American families under the federal programs, the neighborhoods in which they receive assistance are usually subject to various adverse conditions not found in the neighborhoods surrounding the housing units in which whites receive the same assistance. These conditions include inferior city-provided facilities and services, little or no new or newer residential housing, large numbers of seriously substandard structures, noxious environmental conditions, substandard or completely absent neighborhood service facilities, high crime rates, inadequate access to job centers, and little or no investment of new capital in the area by public and private entities.'
Thus, this discrimination goes beyond being poor because white housing projects receive more attention and public investment, making housing discrimination overall a racial problem.
Although several legal measures have been taken to protect all kinds of people against housing discrimination in the U.S., still the most commonly targeted and largest victims are African-Americans."
Interesting opinions from two years ago:
And then there is this topic:
I have decided it is morally wrong to call out and pinpoint the color of a man's skin or his genetic heritage. We are all equal under the law as long as our constitution is in place. It is a matter of common decency to honor all citizens and each other as Americans. And all that entails. Even in Jail, guys.
Discrimination exists on so many levels.
Discrimination: "1 the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, esp. on the grounds of race, age, or sex:" Dictionary
One could add "class."
"3 social division, social stratum, rank, level, echelon, group, grouping, income group; social status; estate; condition."
Maybe what we have is an issue of class discrimination.
What has contributed to the CREATION of this class?
This "lower" class?
This class apparently stuck in poverty with no way out... to the point they blame others?
Could it have been created way back in 1966? with the attempt to legislate morality?
Why, in a basically Christian nation, were we so evil that morality had to be legislated?
I have discovered it is an US vs THEM class.
Legislating morality caused some Americans to identify with helplessness, weakness and victimhood.
Is racism rampant or only the expression of an economic crisis? Is racism rampant or was it sleeping? What can we expect from a society that had its roots in colonialism?
Racism is rampant when there is no morality.
I think all of those are a component to the divide. What is funny is that those who are doing well forget the past as their lives are set on the future. Those who are not faring so well have time for retrospect and what contributed to their condition. The two different factions in this have a hard time relating to each others fortunes or plight.
But, I just discovered that racism is actually kind of a problem in public schools! I was so surprised after a google search!
I have never seen it in the schools where I substitute teach.
http://blackagendareport.com/content/pu … nal-racism
An excerpt from the article: News, Analysis and Commentary From The Black Left:
"Disparate educational standards are the rule in present day America, broken down by way of race and income. These inequities are more race-based than they are class-based. For example, even so-called “well to do American-born Africans” that reside within predominately white suburban communities, are strongly persuaded to worship white supremacists, slaveholders, and murderers like George Washington (owned over 300 African slaves), Andrew Jackson (murdered countless of Seminoles) and Christopher Columbus (murdered tens of thousands of indigenous people of the Western Hemisphere). These students must learn to accept and admire repugnant white historical figures, regardless of the pain and damage they inflicted upon enslaved Africans and indigenous people. This is nothing short of white supremacy in the raw."
Black Agenda Report
What are we to make of this type of rhetoric?
If this was what was said, it is a bit over the top. The race conflict is just a skirmish in larger war of haves verses have not. I recognize contributions of these White historical figures in balance, acknowledging the good and the bad. Where on earth is aggression not the rule of the day, in past centuries or today?
Eight years later and the PROOF keeps pouring in - this time from the Tennessee Republican legislature.
In response for being silenced from talking about the massacre of three nine-year olds and three adults at a Christian school there, three Democrats did the unthinkable - they protested on the floor of the House. And for that time honored protest, two of the three participants were expelled from the House. The racist Republicans showed who they really are by expelling the two Black demonstrators while retaining the White woman.
They are in-your-face Racist.
The ironic thing is, one for sure and probably the other will be right back in their seats after they are selected by the local committee to be acting legislators until the special election is held. In retaliation, these racist Republicans say they will defund city project on the books.
I suppose if it was the woman you would be on here telling us it was misogyny?
Only a woke racist would fail to understand that this was not a racial issue and would feel the need to pull the "race card". The truth is that those people supported those protestors and the Repulicans used a page from January 6 to remove opposition. Was it fair? No, I dont think so. Was it racist because they did not expel the woman from the state congress. Definitely not, but I am sure you and CNN think so.
I have been really looking into this report. My main question is --- Did the woman become disruptive in regard to becoming loud and disruptive? I have watched any videos I could find, and pretty much shows her just standing with the two men, and not being overly loud or doing much of anything. The town men were expelled due to breaking House rules of decorum.
It looks as if the media is making this a racist act. I don't feel she did anything that broke house rules.
Sad to see this, but very accustomed to seeing media stir racial discord.
Yes, that is what I have seen too. She even stated during her testimony that she did not speak, just stood there to give moral support. Of course, the woke racists want to claim that this is racism.
This kind of mindset is a very big part of the problem. How can we ever come together, when we have a segment of our society always working to make it worse? We have gone backward. The media is stoking a racial divide.
I agree, MAGA has sucked us backward to the 1870s.
Racism? She kept her position by the grand total of 1 vote!
Yeah, I cant wait to see the HBO documentary where they use selected and carefully censored clips from the security cams to prove that this was institutional racism.
The twisting context works well. I mean it is very apparent it works very well on part of our society. I mean to make this current issue racial, it defies rational thinking.
Then we have a whole lot of people in America who aren't rational because they clearly see why it is racist. Only the MAGA types do not.
I agree, we do have a lot of citizens that are not thinking rationally. I saw a woman that did not break any form of rules on the House floor. I saw two men that were yelling into a megaphone, disrupting the business of the House, and breaking those rules in regard to being civil. I saw a woman that removed herself from the two and did not speak to the crowd. She did not become loud in any respect.
But the one black who participated about the same way she did gets canned. The person on the ground (her) thought it was racist and said so - strongly.
"Woke racist" is an oxymoron used by ....
The speaker is an associate professor of linguistics at Colombia.
Please show me where the media is calling this a racist act. I haven't seen it.
Here is the way Rep Johnson saw it:
"In response she said, "Well, I think it's pretty clear. I'm a 60-year-old white woman and they are two young Black men. In listening to the questions, and the way they were questioned, and the way they were talked to… I was talked down to as a woman, mansplained to, but it was completely different from the questioning they got. And this whole idea that [...] you have to almost assimilate into this body to be like us." She added that she felt the two Black men were spoken to in a "demeaning way" and told "if you're going to come into this body, you're going to have to act like this body."
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/glori … use-white/
What I saw from the pictures is only one of the men used a bullhorn trying to get the attention of the deaf and dumb Republicans. The other black man and the white woman look to be standing around in support. Why did BOTH black men get expelled?
Forgotten in the defense of these white politicians is the reason the protest happened in the first place. The Republicans REFUSED to let ANY discussion about the massacre of the three 9 year olds and three adults at a Christian school. Clearly, that is of no concern to these Republican lawmakers and others.
I understand "woke" to mean cognizant of social justice. So, if that is the actual definition, then I am proud to be "woke" and those who aren't are probably racists.
There is no race card here, they canned two black men for a very minor offense. Hell, the Republicans gave a sexual predator a committee chairmanship. (https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/p … 535383002/)
It is common sense that when white men expel the two Black men but not the white woman who did the same thing, that is pure racism no matter what way you cut it.
Now, had the episode been serious and the white woman just standing there with them, then no, I would conclude it was an overt racist act.
I don't know what CNN thinks, they haven't commented on whether it was or it wasn't as far as I know.
The woman did not do the same thing.
You are trying to support CNNs false narrative. They were black, and they were expelled. That is very different than being expelled because they were black.
Woke racists are racists, they support the idea that anything that happens has a racial reason. That isno better than saying that someone only got the job because he was black, etc. Instead of just fomenting hate and division it would be a good idea to think about that.
"It is common sense that when white men expel the two Black men but not the white woman who did the same thing, that is pure racism no matter what way you cut it."
Is it that cut and dry? If a black man does something in regards to breaking a rule does he just get a pass due to being black? In my view that is not an example of common sense. The "white women" did not do the same thing. She stood by and did not raise her voice or take up a megaphone. She did not break house rules.
IMO, you are doing blacks a disservice by pushing the narrative that this issue was
racist. We have systemic racism, and I would think it not wise to point out an issue being racist when it truely appears not to be.
Nice to have you back, ESO.
In the short time that you have been absent Hubpages Central chased away Colton, a strong and critical voice within the debate.
I see the penalty is harsh and vindictive, and one that will backfire on Republicans, putting them that much more at odds with the black community and turning off much of the youth vote, that they are so desperate to muzzle.
Are you sure Colton was banned? I did note that for the past few days, I did not see posts from Colton. I have not seen anything that should have gotten this user banned.
So, do you feel the explosion of the two men was a racist act?
Well, Sharlee, I believe that the penalty was unduly harsh and from that standpoint I would say that there are racial components.
The men and woman should be punished for the outburst, censure or what have you. But, when I find out that in the 160 years since the Civil War, not one person has ever been expelled from the Tennessee legislature, I have to seriously wonder what would actually rise to that level? So all of these legislators have remain inoffensive for 160 years? I doubt it. There have been many in that time accused of irregularities: violation of campaign finance laws as well as sexual harassment.
I have shared I feel the punishment was harsh, and that I hope they are reinstated quickly. These men were voted into their jobs... I believe in free speech, and the right to protest. I also believe in rules. Perhaps, these men went overboard due to feeling like all of us --- something needs to be done to stop the mass shootings. Perhaps they felt they needed to be drastic and break some rules to really be heard.
I don't feel that was racial. Or maybe I just don't want to think we are sliding backward... I am very sad about this issue. My God, it would seem we are hell-bent on destroying one another, one way or the other.
Good to be back. Who is Colton?
Hopefully, it will motivate blacks to go to the polls (something we are having a very hard time doing here in Florida) and, at least at the state level, make some changes. TN is so gerrymandered that it is impossible for Democrats to gain any ground. 51%, according to Pew, of Tennesseans have no lean or lean Democratic. Yet, 75% of the TN house is Republican - how is that fair?
You missed him. A great forum fellow and a pleasure to have covering your back. He rose and fell while you were out. Check some of the other threads you will find him there.
I am confident that Republicans will have to go rash to contain demographic changes that will work against sooner rather than later. When they get radically desperate and despotic that is the time to smack them down. I am waiting for that desperation to drive them into "getting out of line".
I don't know, we have had record participation in the last contest or two. And where we lost, it was against insurmountable odds. We have to be reminded not to give ground to the enemy without their even having to fire a shot.
I guess it depends on when you entered the battle against it. I remember segregation. I remember being waited on at the post office ahead of the elderly black woman in line ahead of me. I remember the tree in the town square remembered because a black man was hung there by a mob of white men without benefit of a trial after being accused of a crime.
Most people today didn't live through all that.
I can say without reservation that times are better today than they were when I was a young woman. But is that good enough? No.
Those in the majority will always want to hang on to their power. And things don't tend to change until that majority gets watered down by the emergence of diverse groups.
The fact that racism even gets called out - is progress.
The fact that changes are made when it happens - is progress.
The fact that the majority is dwindling - is progress.
The real test is who will be prejudiced against when a new group of people make up the majority of us?
Is racism just a part of the human condition?
"Is racism just a part of the human condition?"
Yes, I believe it is part of the human condition. We are wired to differentiate ourselves from others who are not like us. It is part of our survival mechanism.
We are also wired to form groups to protect ourselves from the "others". This hold true not only at the primal level, but also politically, even today. That said, we also have the capacity to come together if there is a direct threat to our existence.
WWII was a great example of this. I believe if we were attacked by aliens from outer space, the whole human race would come together to protect mankind.
The challenge is being mindful of when we are being racists and try to have empathy for the "others". These forums are a great example of how challenging that is to do with democrats, republicans, liberals, and conservatives..
I agree. with your sentiments.
These words are very profound, in my view.
"The challenge is being mindful of when we are being racists and try to have empathy for the "others". These forums are a great example of how challenging that is to do with democrats, republicans, liberals, and conservatives.."
Like Sharlee, I agree with this. I like to think that we can, with vigilance and effort, eliminate (or at least come close to eliminating) that problem from our own actions, but also feel that if we do it is a thin veneer, easily broken through with a loud voice and rant from something akin to BLM.
Personally, I would replace BLM with White Supremist who are the real threat in America. I don't see BLM, who are fighting for their lives, as being a problem. As much as some would like us to believe, 100% of BLM is not terrorist and hoodlums. Maybe, on a bad day, 1%,
But turn your attention to the Proud Boy, 3%ers, American Nazis, and their ilk, you will find that most of them are terrorists or wanna-be terrorist and hoodlums.,
I have to disagree with the first part of what you propose. I don't think human beings are born racist, I think they are taught to be racist.
This is a good article that discusses how kids become racist. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/06/health/k … index.html
Babies do not have a natural instinct to hate those that don't look like them. They do, however, at about three months start to recognize features about others and to group them into sets that look/act like them and those that don't. Studies show that those children tend to be afraid of those who don't belong to their group UNTIL, they get to know them. Different areas of the brain are activated depending on whether it is a "friendly" face of somebody they recognize or a scary face of somebody they don't.
While white kids may not react well to a strange black kid, that is not racism - they don't hate the group, they are just fearful of that individual.
The hating of the group comes later as it is drilled into them by parents and friends. There is a reason why, as a general rule, liberal areas of the country are less racist as a group and conservative areas (based on a Google study of racial slurs). Not surprisingly, the most racist areas are the the South and the rural parts of the Northeast. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/won … to-google/
Racism begats racism.
I also read a study where racist leaders bring out the worst in those they rule. The example that I remember is about Bosnia-Herzegovina. There were three major ethnic/religious groups, if I recall correctly: Serb, Muslim, and Croat factions. The study showed that under non-racist leadership, the factions got along well for liberally decades. That all came to a crashing halt with nationalistic Serbs gained power and tried to form a purely Servian society. The Orthodox Christian Serbs turned against the Muslims and the Catholic Croats in Bosnia. Each side followed their leaders into one of the most barbaric "race" wars in history.
Other studies prove out the rest of your thoughts. In today's society, you have to work at not being a racist and teaching your kids not to be. Unfortunately, that is very hard to do.
There are people who use racism as a ruse. They are the ones who are in dire socioeconomic straits due to their own volition. They are the passive aggressives. They whine about racism-seeing racism in almost every circumstances. They lead negative lives but expect positive outcomes. They also have the crab in the barrel mentality. They don't want to improve themselves & hate those in the same group who strive to improve themselves. They are also self-destructive.
I agree that there are some people who misuse the label racist and racism - such as applying to other people who care about social justice.
I don't see the connection between ones socioeconomic striates and being a racist other than the correlation between the lack of education and the propensity to be a racist.
Have you ever seen a person who CHOOSES to lead a negative life because that makes them happy? I haven't. I have seen many negative people, of all socioeconomic classes, mainly those who are defensive by nature.
I am sure there are a quarter to one percent of people who "don't want to improve themselves & hate those in the same group who strive to improve themselves. They are also self-destructive." As miniscule as that is, I would put Trump in that category.
gm; Your reply is a classic example of prejudice more so than racism. You have used racism to describe a certain group of people who you think have the same equal opportunity and choice as to how they lead their lives based on how you view them, not facts and reality.
I agree with Eso. There is probably a very small percentage that fits your description of them.
If you use empathy to put yourself in their place, their ancestors didn't even have a choice to come to this country. They were enslaved. When Lincoln freed them, they were supposed to have the same equal rights as any white person. But that never happened, because of racism.
Today, they are supposed to have equal rights and opportunities. There are those who think racism is a thing of the past. But the facts and actions do not bare that out. BLM is a cry to understand that black lives matter as much as other lives. The quote of all lives matter is just a distraction to take away the value of BLM
NO, I don't have empathy. People love to use excuses. People refuse to take accountability & responsibility for their negative actions. I am Black. I know Black people. Many Black people love to use excuses such as racism for their failures. They CHOOSE their dire predicament. They whine about their circumstances but they put themselves in those circumstances.
I have EXTENDED family members in Wellford, SC who refuse to be self-sufficient. They have been supported by other relatives for THREE generations. I am so sick & tired of the racism song. The problem is that there are Black people who refuse to better themselves. They believe that the man, the system, &/or whatever powers that be should save & uplift them. They whine but prefer to be where they are.
No I don't have empathy. My rule is that no one owes anyone anything. If one wants something, work for it or starve & do without. There are so many people, including Blacks, who are quite comfortable living a good life on other people's dime. Stop whining & start working for what one want. My money is mine, each tub sits on its own bottom. Can't do- starve!
gm; I read your about page and I applaud your accomplishments. However, I should be applauded as well for being empathetic to black peoples causes and treatment by law enforcement.
I spent fourteen months in the deep south while I was in the Air Force, Nine months in Biloxi Mississippi and five months in Valdosta Georgia 1955 to 1960. So I know what discrimination and prejudice looks like.
I am first generation Italian and they even discriminated against me as well as being from Southern California. The saying was," only hot rods and queers come out of Southern California, but I don't see any tail pipes coming out of your behind".
I also spent a year on a remote radar site in Japan. There I saw a white person and a black person who became very best friends. We were all going to be stationed in Valdosta Georgia. The black person was of a higher rank than the white person and they were very concerned as to how they were going to behave when in Valdosta.
It turns out, the black person had a Chevy convertible. When they were on base, the black person drove the car. However when they were off base, the black person sat in the back seat while the white person drove the car to appease the townspeople.
I was 19 years old and had never been exposed to discrimination with white and black toilets, drinking fountains, and riding in the back of the bus. On the radio, they would always identify a black person who committed a crime as being black.
I was there when Emmitt till was murdered. The standing joke was, What is the fastest thing in Mississippi? Emmitt Till riding a bicycle across town.
Have a great day.
While racism is not as debilating a feature of this society as it once was, it is still among us. It reveals itself under situations of stress, either political or economic when it is time for the majority to find a scapegoat.
Rightwing generated groups with a racist foundation and incidents have increased in the last 3or 4 years, rather that decreased in a way that I would have expected from an ever more enlightened society.
So, racism is not just an experience but it is defined, based on race. It is just that those on the lower ends of the socio-economic ladder will experience it more intensely. In the face of such an onslaught, money is always a helpful insulator.
It is an interesting question, though. I beli ve racism is taught and reinforced by society in both a conscious and sub-conscious manner.
Looking at the history of this country, I can find no explanation for the savagery subjected by one group of people over another merely because they are different,
The right wing bible thumpers always want to impose their Christianity on your very life, but fail to appreciate fundamental tenets, all men are created equal and do to others as you would have them do unto to you.
The past is prologue, generations of wealth and opportunity were stolen by racism,
both systemic and by custom. Catching up always remains difficult.
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