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originally posted by: KawRider9
a reply to: whyamIhere
That's why I haven't looked up my families past. I have no desire to be thrilled or upset.
I'm Irish, Welsh and Indian. I know that my family, generations ago, did good and bad deeds. I alo know bad deeds were done to them.
None of those past deeds changes ANYTHING in my future. I can complain about it, but is all moot at this point. All I can do is not judge on past deeds, live in the now and try my best at helping my fellow American, no matter their skin tone.
originally posted by: Sremmos80
How about we just acknowledge that what happened in our past was just down right disgusting? Instead of just ignoring it and saying the past is the past. It happend and the values people had back then are still alive today.
We are just over 50 years of not having laws on the books that treated people as sub human so this 200 year mark is bunk.
I get the don't blame me for the sins of my father, but doesn't mean we can't be the bigger man and apologize for it.
originally posted by: Nyiah
Us foreign kids that were there, be it base kids or international school kids, got a pretty clear idea that black Americans, at the very least, were despised. The Africans, not so much, black Brits, not so much. Black Americans? Opportunist trouble, period. My dad worked with both a black American & a black Brit during our time in the country, the difference in how they were treated was amazing, it was obviously a country of origin thing & not entirely a skin thing. They still distrusted black people as a whole, but the black Americans had practically zero credibility & integrity in their eyes.
originally posted by: 200Plus
a reply to: eletheia
I think it's because most things in America are recorded and tracked.
How many of ______ did _______ last month. Check the database.
It gets crazy at times. Sometimes I'm white, sometimes Other, sometimes I fill in Anglo-Celtic-Saxon just for fun. I even have a friend that identifies as Afro-Greek-Rican-American, but that's a whole other ball of wax.
originally posted by: eletheia
originally posted by: rickymouse
I feel more bad for the way some people are treated to inequality today than what happened a century or more ago. We need to treat others fairly today, and not give them extra because a few slave owners capitalized on slaves.
Yes I believe in fairness, but fairness to ALL.
Not the fairness which is loaded against the best 'person' for
a vacant position.
Employers have to fulfil a 'quota' percentage of immigrants/
blacks, even if their qualifications are not as good as the 'best person
for the job'.
The US isn't anywhere near "the most racist country(s) on the planet." You really don't know what you're talking about and cannot cite any empirical data to support your assertion. Try Israel or any middle eastern country. They're racist to the core and kill for it. Heck we elected a black president for because we're such a racist nation
originally posted by: tothetenthpower
a reply to: whyamIhere
Here's the thing though. If you don't talk about the privilege afforded to some, then you can't really discuss how others are being discriminated against?
Mind you, America is probably one of the more racist countries on the planet. And that's because of your media and political/socio-economic systems, not really the people.
But yeah, growing up I had tons of advantages as a white, relatively wealthy male.
Still do, if I compare that to the struggle of some I know, even in my own community, how have more education and have better work ethics than I do.
I always said that if you want to stop racism, you have to stop participating in it. But, we do also have to come to terms that there are groups who are whole hardheartedly disenfranchised from all sides.
And we blame for their own predicament. That's the sad part.