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The roots of racism

Friday, May 4, 2012

Degrees of racism are in all of us and have been forever. They're there because race is a visible element, something we can see with our own eyes and use to discriminate against others who don't have the right skin color. We're all in competition for scarce goods and resources which means there isn't enough of anything to go around, so when some get something, others don't. And this causes friction and tension on both sides.

The history of Blacks in America is not a pretty picture. They came here as slaves and that's still how they're perceived by many. Until a generation ago, they were forbidden by law to marry whites. In some southern states, they were defined in their constitutions as "less than human."

They were forbidden to use any facilities used by whites and when they rode on buses, they had to sit in the back. All this was changed thanks to the civil rights movement of the 1960s but as they say, you can make people change what they do but you can't make them change what they think.

So racism is still alive and well today in every nook and cranny of the country. Much of the hatred and dislike of the President that surfaced and then boiled over as he not only ran for the Presidency but was elected is nothing more than racism. They don't hate Obama nearly as much for his policies as they do for his skin color. The country and the economy are rebounding strongly but you'll never hear a racist say that. The U.S. economy went from shrinking at a 6.7 percent annual rate in the first quarter of 2009 to expanding at a 3.8 percent rate in the fourth quarter of that year, a turnaround unprecedented in modern history. The stock market has doubled since 2009 and corporate profits and exports have surged to records. Our economy is now growing at a 3 percent annual rate, a more rapid pace than any other developed economy. 62 million foreign tourists visited the U.S. last year, which was a record. Over 4 million jobs have been created by the U.S. private sector since February of 2010 and there were 2.1 trillion dollars is U.S. exports in 2011, which was up 34 percent from 2009. (statistics from May 7 edition of Newsweek magazine) But a certain percentage of the population doesn't want to be confused by the facts.

But racism certainly isn't limited to the Presidency and some of it is understandable because some blacks, especially young blacks, continue to live up to the stereotypes that whites have of them by the way they dress, talk, act and behave. I don't know if they know that they're damaging themselves and their future by playing this card but they continue to do it. And when they do, whites react predictably. The criminality of blacks is three to four times higher than the percentage of the population they make up and it's been that way for decades. Blacks say it's because of racist attitudes by the police and the courts, racists think it's because they're naturally prone to criminality.

One thing is clear. Even though a black person's chances are much better today than at any other time in the history of this country, they're still not good. The Civil War freed the slaves 150 years ago but many blacks believe that if they're not slaves of fact anymore, they're still slaves of the mind.

When I was in high school, a few of us from the church youth group I belonged to helped the black church put on a vacation bible school for the first time ever down in their community a few miles south of the town I lived in. This was the old segregated south where blacks and whites didn't live together or go to school with each other. A week or so after the Bible school was over, a black teenager dropped by my house to thank me. My uncle, who was the dearest, sweetest man I've ever known, met him at the front door with a shotgun and told him to go back to his own people before he was shot. That's the way it was back then.

And things aren't all that different today.

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I voted for Bobby Jindal for Governor but didn't or won't vote for Obama for President and that makes me a racist?

-- Posted by edwardLmarsh on Sun, May 6, 2012, at 6:14 PM

This is the most ridiculous column I've read on here for weeks. There may be a miniscule number of people that care about Obama's skin tone, but there are millions of people that care about the ever-decreasing number of jobs available, the ever-increasing number of people on government hand-outs and disability checks, and the skyrocketing debt. Not one of those things are due to Obama's skin tone, they are due to his anti-business POLICIES and his foolish insistance that government can actually fix anything.

The best thing this country could do is vote in ANYONE else, black, white, brown, green, purple, spotted, no one cares, just so long as the new president is able to reduce the huge costs Obamacare promises, reduce corporate taxes to bring jobs back home, and reduce the government spending on social programs that sees us rushing down the same path to destruction that Greece and France are on!

-- Posted by MrsSmith on Mon, May 7, 2012, at 9:15 AM

Mike, I agree that racism still exists, and I have personally seen it in some surprising places.

But you have really cherry-picked to find any economic plus items for this blog.

Here are some stats from the negative that is out there, but not reported at all by the major media outlets:


The number applying for and getting on disability is rising dramatically, as are the number of people on food stamps, and the number of folks underemployed. The percentage of the population employed has reached lows going back 30 years. The number of homes in foreclosure is higher than since the 1930s. Bankruptcies are at record levels, as well.

Barrack's policies on the military actions (they are not wars since Congress has not declared a war since WWII)in Afghanistan and Iraq are the same as George Bush's. I suspect a lot of us are disappointed in that.

Barrack Obama got a huge number of white votes in 2008. I see that as positive change as far as racism. But from an economic point of view, it has been far less than stellar.

-- Posted by JohnGalt1968 on Mon, May 7, 2012, at 2:34 PM

Seems I recall the Preezy of the United Steezy (hat tip to Jimmy Fallon) is as much white as he is black.

Racism is still alive...and there are those who profit from the tumult. I.E. Reverend Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, Louis Farrakhan.

Some who do NOT profit from the tumult: Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Walter E Williams, JC Watts.

Now what is the glaring difference between these two groups of people?

-- Posted by Mickel on Tue, May 8, 2012, at 8:24 PM

My hat is off to JohnG and MrsSmith. they got it right. Mike it seems to me that you are trying to do your best to shame us all into voting for a president who is lacking at best and incompetent at worst. I for one would have gladly voted for Colin Powell or Herman Cain, but not Obama. Why? it is because his beliefs, goals, policies, experience and personality is totally against what I believe is needed in the office of president at this time. It is not because of racism (I hate no one for what they look like) or for that matter reverse racism (my forefathers made slaves out of these poor people so I must make amends for his sins) I think it would be safe to say that anyone who grew up in the midwest with a birth date later than 1950 were taught that there was no difference in races. I am sorry that you grew up in a state that still had not addressed their underlying problems, but don't put your problems on us.

-- Posted by quick13 on Thu, May 10, 2012, at 5:38 PM

Much of what was said in the article has been hashed and rehashed. Nebraska knew of the indians we had in this nation years ago. They spoke of men speaking with "forked tongues". I feel many more Blacks voted for Obama because of race than whites voting against because of race. If you have really watched the last 3 years what has been accomplished that he promised? Who is his leadership? Has he listened to the people? Has he been fair to the elders of the land both black and white? Has he instilled confidence in our country and our history? Think!!!!

-- Posted by almitchell on Fri, May 11, 2012, at 5:01 PM

Blacks voted 95 percent for Obama, 5 percent for McCain.

Whites voted 49 percent for Obama and 48 percent for McCain.

From Mike at Night 2/24/2012.

Racism still exists but the numbers indicate that the true racist supports Obama.

Mike as a Social Scientist I am quite certain that you are familiar with statistics and variation. "But a certain percentage of the population doesn't want to be confused by the facts." You appear to fit into your own category.


-- Posted by wmarsh on Fri, May 18, 2012, at 6:11 AM


The facts don't look at skin color.

Maybe you should re-check yours.

-- Posted by wmarsh on Sat, Jun 2, 2012, at 10:16 AM

Some time ago, Benevolous and I were in the midst of a debate; and he touted the Keynesian economic model as the appropriate way to economic recovery.

From Wallis's latest link; on CNBC, no less...

"The Keynesian government-spending model has proven a complete failure.

It's the Obama model.

And it has produced such an anemic recovery that frankly, at 2 percent growth, we're back on the front end of a potential recession. If anything goes wrong -- like another blow-up in Europe -- there's no safety margin to stop a new recession."

Seems that everybody else gets it. The hard core libs keep clinging to their "Yes We Can" mantra and continue to deny reality.

-- Posted by Mickel on Sun, Jun 3, 2012, at 12:34 PM

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