Racism in general

United States
September 3, 2009 11:45am CST
Having been in a discussion this morning about Obama and racism got my little mind to roiling (oh-oh)..Thru the history of this planet every culture has been subject to subjegation by another culture, this country (US) included. Yet, it seems to have a greater impact on this country than elsewhere. Granted, I may be short-sighted given my limited point of view. If I'm wrong in the above supposition please let me know. The question I'm asking is why is racism such a big item in this country? Why won't people let it go? Any ideas? ENJOY!!
5 responses
@Taskr36 (13924)
• United States
3 Sep 09
Racism is an especially big issue in this country because accusing people of racism is a powerful weapon. It's been used like a club throughout the 2008 election and now that the election is over, it's being used as a weapon to push people into supporting everything he does. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) said that anyone who hunts carribou hates blacks and Jews. Rep. Clyburn (D-SC) said opposing the stimulus is racist. Fatmouths like Chris Matthews and other MSNBC morons will continuously say that those who oppose Obama's agenda are just racists that can't accept a black president. It's not only a way to push people, it's also a powerful weapon you can use to marginalize your opposition. For as long as it continues to be a successful weapon, people like Matthews, Clyburn, and Hastings will never let it go. Racism or some form of it, is present in every society. It can't be ended, cured, or removed. The best you can do is to try and manage it with laws and regulations, or work to make it socially unacceptable. If you ignore it, you risk being seen as complicit in the actions of racists.
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@advokatku (4037)
• Indonesia
4 Sep 09
racism will always exist as long as people/ communities are still looking at the old culture, the level of human dignity and selfish, both personally and as a group.
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• United States
4 Sep 09
Here is a story about me. I went to college not racist at all. I made the occasional racist joke mocking stereotypes. While at college there was one group of people who over represented to dining employees. They never took their job seriously, goofed around, and messed up my orders all the time. Everyone had this problem unless you were of the same group as them. After a while this became extremely annoying, and they started representing everyone of that group. I understand that this is wrong, but I can't help it. I have a friend who was beat up by 5 black guys and thrown in a river in January when he was about 12. To this day he hates black people. Can you really blame him?
• United States
8 Sep 09
I sympathize with you..I understand what you're saying and why. However, having grown up a farmboy in Ohio on one of the last farms left (all the rest had subdivisioned), in a mainly catholic all white area and being generally treated like the lowest form of human life in the area (by the uppity class suburbanites) who would send their kids to hop the fence and play or 'share' (without asking) our bounty of pears and blackberries..For all the aforementioned reasons I learned what hatred, social ignorance, social arrogance were about. And having experienced these things without the racial overtones leaves me in a 'huh' state of mind as to why descriptives are so important to folks. It may sound air-headed but I literally don't understand what pigmentation has to do with social attitude..Granted, the argument could be 'brought up that way' but each individual choses who they will be whether they admit to it or not and it is that individual, whether alone or in a group, who decides how that individual will conduct themselves. As with the incident with your friend, had he been bullied down on by 5 white people, would he therefore hate ALL white people? Sound ludicrous doesn't it? Its just as ludicrous if black.. ENJOY!
@Quiplet (255)
• United States
4 Sep 09
Why here in the U.S. The answer, I think, is simple. We have more rights and freedoms than any where in the world. Our freedoms are so great that even foreigners get into the act of using our rights against us. The poor people of the U.S. are the losers because much of what is started about racism comes from OUTSIDE this country. That is how the enemy gets into the minds of people, exploiting 'victims.' The enemy (dictators in particular) keep the electric juice sparking and then they sit back and watch us fight. They hope that eventually our fighting will get so bad that we'll come begging to them to rescue us. Kind of on the edge, but HEY - the more I think about it, I may just be right!
• United States
8 Sep 09
I don't know if you're old enough to remember, but I'm 57 and I recall a speech by Kruchev in which he claimed he would take over the US without firing a shot. Perhaps you're not so much on the edge afterall. Thanx..ENJOY!
• United States
3 Sep 09
Racism is a funny two edged sword. There is the initial racism and then there is the hypersensitivity rebound that can be seen in the US and is especially pronounced in Germany following the Holocost. Basically this is a pendulum that swings. Somewhere there is a middle ground where people are truly judged by the "content of their character", but it takes a couple of generations for the recism to stop being taught to the children.