What is the MAIN underlying reason of racism towards Black people, particularly

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  1. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 8 years ago

    What is the MAIN underlying reason of racism towards Black people, particularly Black men?


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    JThomp42posted 8 years ago

    I think the answer to this is because there are so many young black men who are racist and blame the system for what happened to their ancestors so many years ago. Get over it and move on and stop the hatred as an excuse to be unsuccessful in life. Then you have people like Al Sharpton whom these young black men look up to ( I do no not know why) who only spits racism and hatred anytime he opens his mouth. Just my opinion.

    1. quildon profile image80
      quildonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      How sad to hear you say something like this. There may be black young men who still blame the system, but the majority work hard and try to be good citizens. And Sharpton highlights good as well as bad from both sides.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Of course you are entitled to your opinion as I am mine.

    3. Kiss andTales profile image61
      Kiss andTalesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with the fact we must all move along black people are not the only race that have been abused . But people should not say so many are racist because you do  not personally know them all to say that. 
      That is like me saying all mean are liers

    4. Kylyssa profile image91
      Kylyssaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Seriously, you think racism against black people is something that only affected peoples' ancestors? Why don't you ask the black people who go to your church about it? Even older, conservative black people are targets of racism.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Kylyssa..... we are all victims of racism. White, brown, red, etc. Especially the American Indian. But, we have put what happened behind us. There is no need for any racism in America, especially to use it as an excuse to misbehave. #Al Sharpton

    6. Kylyssa profile image91
      Kylyssaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You can't put things behind you when they keep happening to you. Seriously, ask the black people in your church. I really mean that. You will learn things. You could ask during fellowship activities. They won't bite; you worship with them!

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      All of my  African American friends would agree with me as far as racism goes. The ones normally shouting "racism" are 99% of the time the racists themselves.

  3. pitzele profile image72
    pitzeleposted 8 years ago

    I believe that all racism is based on specific misunderstandings between the parties.  Two people/groups have a disagreement and never fully come to understand or accept the other side's position.  Both sides will show lack of respect for the other and this only makes matters worse.  Then any further argument  is simply revisiting the original issue, whether or not the 'current' problem has anything to do with the original issue.  Additionally, there will be people who displace anger, frustration, etc. on the other group, rightly or not and suddenly you have greater anger and bias.  Now you have splinter groups, some of whom will move toward militarism and some of whom will move toward peaceful resolution. 

    We need, as a human race, to respect one another or - at the very least - respect someone else's right to have a different opinion.  We are indeed created equal but it is what we do with our lives that makes us truly deserving of the equality or not.

    1. lawdoctorlee profile image80
      lawdoctorleeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I agree that mutual respect is key.

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      Norine Williamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lawdoctorlee:  How can we "move on" or "respect" each other when racism is continually being TAUGHT by the media and society?  I'm a 65 year old Black female who hates looking at TV because Blacks are being portrayed negatively, which isn't true!

  4. Kiss andTales profile image61
    Kiss andTalesposted 8 years ago

    I agree with J Thomas42 we should not live the past of tragedies , pain ,and sorrow , but we who have been passed a life should go forward to being positive ,not being inslaved again of what happen years ago ! That is like going back to your old elementary class and taking a seat as a student. When you have already moved ahead.
    Take your life and live it better, take your live and help someone, take your life and make a differance. And no life is possible unless God grants you to breath each day you wake up. Life is a gift.

    1. Kylyssa profile image91
      Kylyssaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      So things that happened yesterday or that will happen tomorrow are supposed to be like ancient history? Racism still exists and pretending it doesn't helps no one. Even a frail black senior citizen I know still gets pulled over and harassed.

    2. Kiss andTales profile image61
      Kiss andTalesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You are so correct racism is very much alive . But now we have it in different ,grades, even blacks can be that way toward one another, Hispanics  , and the list goes on. God Knew we would be different shades and colors and he loves all his creations

  5. Angelladywriter profile image73
    Angelladywriterposted 8 years ago

    How sad, that we still have not comprehended who is behind hatred which is the foundation of racism or prejudices. When we practice hatred of another person, we help Satan prove his cause that we don't know how to love our Grand Creator or each other. Many will argue once again, that we should not blame all our bad actions on the Devil. I agree because each of us are responsible for our own actions. Jehovah God blessed each of us with "free will." How we react toward each other is a personal choice. I find it so much easier to demonstrate "loyal love" toward my brother or sister, just as our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus, demonstrates toward us daily. Through the wonderful provision of the ransom sacrifice, we are granted the privilege to be alive, where we can exhibit love or if we chose hatred. Which will you choose?
    I think we are all tired of these underlying, racial discussions. Each of us has instilled within us the precious gift of love which we received from our Grand Creator. John 13:34 states, "I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also love one another." Imagine, if each of us practiced love, words such as hatred, racism or prejudice, would not exist. It is time, we all move on from such ignorance and focus on the beautiful things in life, such as our love for each other because in the end, none of us are perfect and we all have issues. Can we please, look at the good qualities in each other, rather than the exterior which makes each of us unique and special in God's eyes.

    1. Kylyssa profile image91
      Kylyssaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Since I see so much racism and other types of hate in perversions of Christianity that it does make sense that it would look like the influence of Satan to a believer.

    2. Angelladywriter profile image73
      Angelladywriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      In the end, regardless of the influence and whatever our beliefs are, we are all one family. All a part of the human race and all brothers and sisters.

  6. Rod Marsden profile image67
    Rod Marsdenposted 8 years ago

    I don't know if there is a main reason but I suppose I would pick ancestral guilt. Also there is fear of the other.

    If past slavery can somehow be justified then guilt over past slavery can be minimized. If it is a case of bad treatment instead of slavery then this also applies.

    The more black people who come to hold office the better but, of course, they have to do well academically. It can't be fudged and in fact there is no need to do so. A black man is president of the USA and I gather that position was earned and not just given to him. The more black people who do well the less guilt around and hopefully the less racism.

    Fear of the other has to do with ignorance. It is up to community leaders to make all in the community feel they are part of something and are welcome. The more US rather than THEM and US the better. Music and movies not to mention novels and newspapers help connect people with people. HubPages may even have something to do with taking the fear of the other away. My thoughts at any rate.

  7. Kylyssa profile image91
    Kylyssaposted 8 years ago

    I think racism is the result of people filling innocent ignorance with fear-inspiring lies in order to control people. Frightened people are more apt to listen to authority and to be more easily controlled and manipulated.

    If everybody goes around only caring about and reacting to how other people act, the people trying to be in charge will get judged on their actions rather than on their appearance and they can't have that.  They require division and fear to keep attention away from their motives.

    If people just accept each other and work together to make the world better for everybody there's a very powerful class of people who consider themselves the ruling class whose power would utterly evaporate.  If you get rid of racism and all the other isms, that "special" class of people will have to find different ways to feel special and something tells me they can't conceive of something kind that would do the trick.

    My momma called bigotry a disease that could be cured by thinking and loving, the only catch being that the person sick with it had to do the thinking and the loving.  Unfortunately, both rational thought and empathy have to be beaten down or suppressed in order for the infection to catch in the first place.

    1. Kiss andTales profile image61
      Kiss andTalesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Racism is a heart condition that only God can rectify . It is like we have heart surgeons for the physical heart, but for the inner emotions it would take God to help them to have a genuine change. Because he knows the secrets that hold deep in there

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, bigotry is a disease. And Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Farrakhan, etc. all have this disease.As long as men like this are allowed to spread their hatred and racist behavior as a role model to young children racism will never stop.Hate breeds hate

    3. Kiss andTales profile image61
      Kiss andTalesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes you are correct about hatred breeds hatred but is it fair not to mention why they appear ! They appear because hatred has peered it's ugly head.
      They hate being attacked by racist people. But two wrongs never end up right. How they handle it .

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Racism will always rear its ugly head as long as there is the attitude of "Us against them." These men only breed racism and hatred.Al Sharpton owes millions in back taxes and has called the IRS racist for wanting the money?This behavior needs to go!

    5. Kiss andTales profile image61
      Kiss andTalesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You are focusing on names there are many in the entertainment world ,black white and other nationalities that owe taxes. We read about them everyday.
      We should be speaking peace of all men not naming names .does that make you as they are?

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Kiss.... I was just using Al Sharpton as an example. As long as we have people like him in a young black men's ear there will be racism because he is the epitome of racism.

    7. Kiss andTales profile image61
      Kiss andTalesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That certainly is your opinion. But peace starts with each and every individual. No one can tell you to do something and you do it because you want to. I here the voices of many but I stand alone. We need to be the examples not the problem.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Kiss.. agreed.

  8. danicole profile image69
    danicoleposted 8 years ago

    1. FEAR
    2. FEAR
    10. FEAR


    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this


    2. Kylyssa profile image91
      Kylyssaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Well said!

      If you look at the subcultures that support racism, you'll see they also tend to support homophobia, anti-women views, and anti-education views. All those things are tools of fear used to keep people hateful, ignorant, and afraid.

    3. danicole profile image69
      danicoleposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      thank you gmwilliams!!!!!
      @Kylyssa: that is true!!!

  9. Oztinato profile image77
    Oztinatoposted 8 years ago

    The main reason is a deep hate filled fear of another race being better then their own generally white race on all levels: sexually, physically and spiritually.

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      smileysockposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      What about black smell and wearing their pants down so low?  Doesn't seem superior to me.  Also the lack of black men staying with their families.  And the higher rate of abortion?

    2. Oztinato profile image77
      Oztinatoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      as I said "deep hate filled"  like your comment proves.

    3. Kiss andTales profile image61
      Kiss andTalesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      So smiley God created all things including you ! We are to love our neighbors as ourself, we all are sinners your may not  be a smell or pants
      or others things you  list but God knows your sins. They could be worse
      For The Heavenly Father judges all

    4. Marcos Maiken profile image57
      Marcos Maikenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      inferiority complexes usually compensate through bullying: this fact is exploited as a means to generate animosity - racism.

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      Deborah Sextonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Are you saying white people are jealous of other races?
      Guess again

    6. Oztinato profile image77
      Oztinatoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Lots of research has been done on racism: jealousy and fear of lost power plays a BIG role.eg the much much bigger black penis.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      LOL..... This is a myth.

  10. mio cid profile image62
    mio cidposted 8 years ago

    The main reason is ignorance,followed by fear,and culture.I have had family members whom I loved very much who were racists.Not the kind that would wish any harm ,much less engage in any hostile act towards somebody of different race ,but just felt that people of different races shouldn't for example form a family together.this was due to cultural reasons ,feelings that were passed on from one generation to the next without even knowing a reason for that.

  11. lawdoctorlee profile image80
    lawdoctorleeposted 8 years ago

    Interesting question posed, gmwilliams.  I'm sure many have their opinions about the root of racism, whether it is directed to "Black people" or any other ethnic group.

    What most people don't understand is that racism is rooted in dehumanization: the treatment of persons as if they were less than human by depriving them of inherent human qualities.  Unfortunately, this is not a historical event; rather, it has been happening for hundreds of years.  Tyranny is inextricably tied to dehumanization.  Racism has been used to justify untenable situations, most commonly in the construct of power and control.  In many societies, particularly in American society, dehumanization was codified into law:  both the laws of slavery and beyond via Jim Crow.  Society then comes to believe that the laws justify the continuation of racism - indeed the law provides the license.  Once the law is dismantled (i.e. the Civil Rights Movement) it is difficult to change the thinking of the people.  The mind cannot be legislated because there has been a pervasive pattern for disregard for and violation of the rights of others.  Unfortunately, once dehumanization is imbedded into the psyche of society, then destructive campaigns, polarization, and even extermination can follow - anything is possible.

    If the pathology is dehumanization, then some of the methods of transmission are abuse, segregationist policy & second-class citizenship. The symptoms are disproportionate rates of incarceration, graduation, poverty, unemployment, and mortality.  The cure is humanism - ensuring a system of human interest, value, and dignity to all.

  12. Hannah David Cini profile image60
    Hannah David Ciniposted 8 years ago

    I would say possibly fear. There are so many movies and tv shows that portray black men as violent, dangerous and hanging around in gangs; even if people know in their heads that it isn't so, I think subconsciously the stereotypes often sink in. It doesn't help that often black men can be blessed with good height. I think people feel intimidated without due cause and before taking time to get to know the individual; they act aggressively as a foolish act of defense.

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    fit2dayposted 8 years ago

    Racism begins in the heart and one major issue was whenever (I have no idea) people started referring to people as black and white. There are no truly black people and even albino people aren't white. Matthew 5:19 " For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies."
    What's amplified in the media is racism against us dark brown men, but honestly racism is real towards lighter skinned people just as much and often times more. In societies where people are all the same skin color, there is racism, so it's not a problem that just goes away.
    I remember when I had dreadlocks it was hard getting a job and I blamed people's stereotypes, but reality was I stereotyped that people wouldn't give me a job because of how I looked. I overlooked the fact that I was one of over a hundred people applying for any given job.

    I heard one guy say that everyone is at least a little racist, which is the same argument of people saying that every married man checks out other women. Reality is nobody should be racist and no married man should check out other women. I don't care if 1 million people of a particular race were mean to me, if I were prejudice towards them in any way, it would be an issue of my own heart.

    Only the power of the gospel can change a human heart.

    Psalm 51:9-10 "Hide your face from my sin and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me".

    Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes"

  14. writingmom profile image61
    writingmomposted 8 years ago

    Fear and misunderstanding. As with any prejudice, you need to approach people with empathy and understanding and with our Black men negative images in the media has cause this fear.

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    ahorsebackposted 8 years ago

    I'll answer the question with a question then ,  Does this thread include all racism , As in reverse - racism ?    All of it is evil , yet for me there's as much reverse racism , or more ! Than the original flavoring !   And what about the hating and demeaning , of ones" own kind "in race issues ?


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