reply to post by ISHAMAGI
I'm going to tell you a secret. You can't hide racism. Ask your African American friends. When a black man or woman reaches around 25 yrs old
and encounters a racist they know immediately, this is from dealing with so many over the course of a lifetime. The behavior patterns and body
language is obvious. Racists are still out there.
I would contend that it is better if it isn't hidden, but I disagree with your take. Those that you assume are racists are probably not. They might
be naive, they might be afraid, they might even be uncomfortable, but they don't necessarily "hate." The ones that hate are much sneakier about it,
and you would never know.
Now, you don't have to take my word for it, but I do have a unique perspective. I was raised in an all white town, I didn't even meet a black person
until I was 16 years old. There were tons of jokes and slurs and pet names tossed about, but it was out of naivety not hate. When people I knew
actually met a black person, like the first black friend I brought home, or the first black girl I dated, the people were very welcoming and
embracing, even if they did use the n-word from time to time out of habit.
Now, contrast that to where I live now, where the town is majority black. Nobody here would ever dream of saying anything inappropriate, and people
mind their political correctness, and they make sure to smile and nod, and as soon as it is only white folks left together, some of them are quick to
say very degrading and hateful things. There are certain gestures, such as touching their hand lightly with a finger with an inquisitive look to ask
if someone is "colored" or not. There are many things that happen here, among professional and educated people that really turn my stomach.
So, yes, some people are still racist, and they are probably the ones you least expect, and that type of racism is not dead and gone, and probably
never will be.
But, the disparity in wages, and opportunities, and leadership are drastically improved! Almost to the point of being wiped out! Just recently Newt
Gingrich was called racist for calling Obama the Welfare President, but in reality there are more
white people on welfare
than black! Times are a changing!
And, also, keep in mind, this thread was from almost 3 years ago!
I don't want my post to get too lengthy, but I would also LOVE to debate the points that white people who so quickly assume racism are themselves
racist for assuming the black race needs their defense of it. OR the points that simply noticing one's race, and identifying them by race, and even
making snap stereotypical judgements based on race are hard-wired into us, and important survival instincts that cannot, and should not be completely
erased. We have to rely on first-impressions to a certain extent, and then we have to investigate with an open mind and move on from
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