I Want My Future Children To Read About Racisim
November 11, 2008 11:09pm CST
In the history books and not in the local newspapers. I am so disgusted and tired of hearing about this unnecessary hatred. I am not one of those people who gets over things easily and moves on. I long to see change in the world that I live in. I am willing to do what it takes to help bring about change in this world, but we all can work together for change. I just read about a KKK initiation turning into murder. Only the devil could influence such evil. This happened in Louisiana, where I have just found some close relatives. My sister's and I plan to go visit them this summer. But to think that there is this kind of ignorant, stupidity still taking place, makes me sick to my stomach. I will not let this madness have any affect on my decision to go, but it would be real nice for this kind of crap to end. What can we do as a people to start to make a change? Do you think that Obama being in office will make things better or worse as for this racial mess? http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/11/11/klan.slaying/index.html?iref=mps
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• United States
12 Nov 08
I live in a middle class neighborhood. In this neighborhood, most of the people have respect for each other, regardless color or background, but there are a few exceptions....however that is not true of all the middle class neighbhoods in the outskirts...being whites against blacks. If you go to the lower income areas there is a huge amount of racism, blacks against whites. They are very territorial. My husband who is African but does not look like it, has experienced racism from both sides...the whites and the blacks. The blacks in the lower income areas think he is white, and have been beaten him two to one....I know this because this one black woman said to my husband if they had known you weren't white, they never would have beaten you up. She knew my husband was not white. Then he goes to this middle class neighborhood to pick up tickets, and the man giving out the tickets saw my husband and heard him speak and could he could tell he was not white. The man fell backwards and my husband went around to help him up, and he pushed my husband away. Some white guy goes help him up and he accepts his help. Until this stuff stops, you will hear about racism all the time. It has to stop. Affirmative Action has not helped either. It never will...it has to stop in the heart of man...not policies.
12 Nov 08
Well, teach them about racisim. Just because people are a different color, it does not mean they are not human! It's just the melanin in the skin that makes them that color! Besides if you look at it this way, if people all looked the same, the world would be boring! Just because we are all different colored people it does not mean we got no feelings, thoughts, the need to be loved, any need any person would need. HATE is a strong word. I am sick of the haters and the racists out there. People probably hate a certain race either if it was out of jealousy OR they don't really have nothing to do in the lives but watch people suffer from their hatred. They probably just wanna bring them down to their level or lower than their level so the hater can feel so much better about themselves rather than trying to be like them. So some will take it out on their race just because their race is so good at a certain thing. And in some certain races are true. If you look at it in a stereotypical point of view.
12 Nov 08
I hear what you are saying and I agree. While we all are basically the same, we do have different attributes. But I believe that this is something that can be celebrated and enjoyed, not something to hate or envy. People look the way that they do by no fault of their own. So if they did nothing to make themselves the color that they are, why should anyone envy or hate them. Just accept them and keep going.
• United States
13 Nov 08
Obama may help the change along, but it will take more effort by Americans to get over racisim. I do think he changed the views of many people, but there are always going to be the ignorant people in the world that only see people by color. It's a shame that people still have those kinds of views and it being the year 2008.
• United States
14 Nov 08
What a beautiful and wonderful thought, to have your children read about racism in the history books instead of the newspapers! I can't tell you how much I hope your dream comes true, Rozie, for you and for me. I'm one of those people who has never really experience discrimination since I'm pretty close to being a "blue-eyed blond" but that doesn't mean racism of any kind doesn't totally disgust and sicken me. I'm very proud of you for not allowing the horrible activities in Louisiana to prevent you from visiting your family members there and I'll sure pray for your safety and your relatives who live there. I really hope Obama's election and his Presidency will help us all heal. No matter what some people may say, I think the fact he won and how convincing his victory was is a very good sign. Rozie, you ask what we can do to start to make a change and I think the answer lies in what you mention in your title - our CHILDREN, current and future, regardless of what race or gender or anything else they are! Young people, in some cases starting with those in their thirties and forties and all the way down to the little ones are far more tolerant and accepting of everyone. I've posted here numerous times about my own grandkids, ages 11 and 13, who were sincerely very surprised to know it was something strange for a woman and an African American to be running for President and/or Vice President. They were like, "WHY? Why shouldn't they be and why have they never been before?" Among their collective close friends are several African American kids, a couple Hispanics and a couple Asians but it's not an issue at all with any of them, they're just kids who enjoy "hanging out" together. I dream of a world where we can all "hang out" together in harmony! Annie
14 Nov 08
Although, I love the fact that we now have the first African American president, I do not like the fact that it has forced us to look at the past and wonder why it took so long. I know how hard it can be when you are a child growing up black in this world. My first eleven years of life, I grew up in a predominantly black neighborhood. Some of the songs that the kids made up and sang were putting the black race over the white race. I do not know if other races did that. But I am glad that those silly little songs did not have any real effect on my life. At home, my mother was teaching us that you had to love everybody if you wanted to see the Lord and she never pointed out any distinctions in the races. She was a minister who practiced what she preached. That alone, forces me to thank God for the mother that he gave me. She didn't get caught up in a whole bunch of crap. What you saw is what you got and she was real all the time. I really don't even know her feelings about that subject, it just never came up.