Even racism is racist......
July 8, 2009 11:17pm CST
I was just participating in another discussion here on myLot, and while I admit racism no matter what the case is in my opinion is inexcusable. Too many people have been "programmed" to believe one way or another by the examples they had in their childhood. However in my experiences, I say even racism is racist because, when someone says, or does something that is "hate" or "race" involved against "minorities" there is almost always a big deal made out of it via the media, government, non profit associations etc,,,( please note I don't even like using the word minorities because I don't believe anyone is "minor" compared to anyone else, but for lack of a better word.. I used it.) How often do we hear about the racism or hate crimes committed against Caucasian people, or even Oriental,Philippine, Hawaiian, Italian etc?? It's not that racism doesn't happen against these people, it does we just don't hear about it. In my entire life 32 years I have only seen one instance made into a "big deal" about Caucasian people, A few about Mexicans, and other races that people automatically assume are Mexican though they are from South America, and a few about Muslims, and Jewish people. The story about the Caucasian racism was that of the New Haven Connecticut fire fighters that took their case all the way to the supreme court and that just happened this year. you can read that story here if you are unaware of it http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dorf/20090701.html The story that originally brought this topic to my mind is about some children that were banned from a privately owned community pool for what many believe is because they are minorities. This article states: "When the Minority children got in the pool all of the Caucasian children immediately exited the pool," Horace Gibson, one of the camper’s parents, stated. "The pool attendants came and told the Black children that they did not allow minorities in the club and needed the children to leave immediately." http://www.s2smagazine.com/node/1249 This other article states: "The banning has caused so much controversy that U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) plans to launch an investigation into the discrimination" claim."http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Campers-Complexion-No-Problem-for-New-Pool.html A senator is investigating the situation? Don't get me wrong I agree it should be investigated, but my question is... if it were the other way around, and it were Caucasian, Philippine, Oriental, Hawaiian, or other children banned from the pool because they don't allow them there would it have been made a public ordeal? It seems to be that the majority of the stories made into a big ordeal about racism are ones about those of that are based on religious beliefs, or about someone or a group of people that are of African American decent. I know racism is a "touchy" subject and I do try to stay away from it, but I felt this is something that needs to be discussed, and I wanted to know what other people think. If you were to be discriminated against because of your race, no matter what race you are, would you let it be known, maybe call the newspaper or something? If yes, why? If no, why?
• United States
9 Jul 09
racism is touchy no doubt which is probably the reason why this disucssion hasn't been touched on yet. I agree. Racism can happen to all kinds of cultures,but we don't hear about it as much. I think that is because and I don't want this to come off wrong in any way,but African Americans were repressed for so long and in this day and age it stil goes on. So each time we see it on TV or hear about it on the web,ect. It is to remind us how far we still have to go. I think if you exclude anyone because of race it is wrong and should be talked about. Each time something againat another race happens,it should be on the news,be it through TV,web,newspaper whichever. But there is also alot of things that African Americans still have happen to them and it isn't talked about. Take this for example. When the little girl that went missing in Florida last year Caylee Anythony(who later found to be deceased) there was also a little African American boy missing. I never heard about him except on the Nancy Grace show. The regular news kept on about Caylee(Caucasian) but barely spoke of the little boy. So it seems we are all subject to racism and that is sad. With the mixng pot that we live in now shouldn't we all do what Rodney said and "Can't we all just get along?"
• United States
10 Jul 09
I remember that, and Nancy was all upset with due reason about the fact people just weren't interested in the little boy missing, and she asked why was that? She did try to follow up on the case but ultimately little Caylee's ( may she rest in peace) story took the lime light. Did they ever find that little boy? It's so sad when these things happen :( I think if we heard about ALL CASES more it would really open peoples eyes to the problem and possibly bring better results. Good answer my friend it's good to see you :)
• United States
9 Jul 09
As far as the first case, it is very confusing. I truly hope that someone is able to change that test so that it is equal for everyone. You would think that would be a simple task, but truly it isn't. As far as the second story, you would think in this day and age that this wouldn't happen anymore, but it still does. It doesn't happen just to African Americans, but that is the most sensitive subject in American News, and of course they have to exploit it. The problem is ratings, and not having more people stand up about what has happened to them because of the color of their skin. You don't have to wait for the media to pick it up. You make them catch up. If ever you are a victim of racism, speak up on the internet! Blogs, forums, even MyLot. You can't wait for a reporter to come to your aid, you have to give them a reason to come.
• United States
10 Jul 09
I couldn't agree more drk. I think that is the very reason we don't hear about it, is because people don't speak up. They don't let their voices be heard and they should. Excellent suggestions and who knows maybe this little discussion will shed some light and have people start thinking differently. I haven't been a victim of racism that I can remember, but I sure have been discriminated against in other ways mostly because of my weight, I too am guilty of "keeping quiet." I know in the future though I won't be quiet about it because I know that being quiet doesn't bring change. Thank you for your excellent response :)