posted on Jan, 28 2004 @ 10:23 AM
Well put Wahoo and I appreciate your proficiency with a dictionary. Laying out the exacting phrases we are to look at is valuable and will help to
keep our discussions here pointed, I will also close my argument regarding the continued existence of slavery (although it does pertain specifically
to racism) in order to keep the discussion more focused.
Now, on to the meat of my argument.
Wahoo, you point out that I mentioned that war, perhaps eliminated racism, however, you failed to acknowledge that I actually indicated that neither
the civil war, the Amistad case, the end of formalized “slavery,” nor Rosa Parks brought an end to racism. All of these events simply helped shape
racism from its previous form to that which exists today.
Despite the Civil Rights victories of 30 years ago, which you mention, official racial prejudice is still reflected throughout the criminal justice
system. Skin colour significantly enhances the chances of being stopped, searched, arrested, and imprisoned in the great United States of America
where racism is supposed to have been legislated out of existence!
It is interesting that you have attempted to put racial profiling off as a side note. Racial profiling is not simply a creation resulting from 9-11.
The American police use it extensively, everyday. Examples to follow. Racial profiling is the process of targeting someone for investigation on the
basis of that person's race, national origin, or ethnicity. Webster’s definition of racism, which you excluded (by accident I’m sure)in your
previous post, racism is a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial difference produce an inherent
superiority of a particular race. Thus, racial profiling is clearly an act of racism that flies in the face of your prized Civil Rights Act of 1964,
but has now been legislated into acceptance due to 9-11, although it has been prevalent within policing agencies for decades.
In December 1998, David Calvin James, 47, a tool-and-die maker with no criminal record, was jumped by the police who beat him with a flashlight and
fists, and sprayed his face repeatedly with pepper spray. He was taken to jail, but released for lack of evidence. According to James' lawyer, Jamie
McAlister, "His only sin was that he was in a drug area, walking alone and he was black." The severe beating cost James the use of his left arm and
he has filed a lawsuit for damages against the Phoenix Police Department.
Source: Arizona Republic, January 5, 2000
In October of 1997, San Diego Chargers football player Shawn Lee was pulled over, and he and his girlfriend were handcuffed and detained by police for
half an hour on the side of Interstate 15. The officer said that Lee was stopped because he was driving a vehicle that fit the description of one
stolen earlier that evening. However, Lee was driving a Jeep Cherokee, a sport utility vehicle, and the reportedly stolen vehicle was a Honda sedan.
(Originally published as "Driving While Black Examined in San Diego" in the San Diego Union Tribune on December 13, 1997.)
In the summer of 1998, an African American family's vacation got off to a bad start when two officers from the Nassau County Sheriff's Department in
Florida pulled them over. The officers refused to tell John Tolbert why his family was pulled over. The Tolberts stood on the side of the highway as
the officers "searched the inside (of) the car, they took all of our luggage out of the trunk placing it on the highway and search(ed) every piece,
they open(ed) the hood of the car, search(ed) under the hood, they looked inside the filter under the hood, they searched the trunk, they took the
back lights out (of) the car inside the trunk and search(ed) it." The officers called in another officer with a K-9 unit. No drugs were found. The
officers continued to humiliate the Tolberts by searching them and making Mrs. Tolbert lift her t-shirt. Finally, after enduring this 2 hour stop, the
officers issued John Tolbert a warning for weaving. Said Tolbert, "If I was a white man with his family, and said I was going on vacation as I told
the officer, they never would have searched the car for two hours and embarrass and humiliate me and my family. I felt like we were not citizens of
the United States."
Source: Complaint filed with the ACLU, November 1999
I find it impossible to agree with you when you state “I have outlined several acts of legislation that have proven effective in the fight against
racism,” when from coast to coast across American soil racism, as shown by the above examples, has not skipped a beat.
794 words…that was close.