posted on Sep, 14 2009 @ 09:02 AM
Racism? Maybe not.
You can't introduce racism and racial conflict into a society where it does not exist without a radical campaign of demonization of the target group,
as the Nazis did with the Jews and Gypsys in WWII. Merely having people of different races occupy various normal functioning roles in a society does
not produce racism.
However, what the election of Obama has done is expose the fact that the US is a racially segregated and racist society -- it has brought to the
surface the underlying racism that seems to permeate US society.
I have experienced this first hand. Several of my long term relationships were with partners of a different race. In Canada and South America, no
one ever seemed to take notice or care about that fact, and we certainly didn't really think of ourselves as interracial. But as soon as we were in
the US, we were stared at, confronted, abused and discriminated against. There was no doubt of the reason for this behaviour, those responsible
stated quite clearly, and usually obscenely, what they thought of a black/white couple.
But is the racism of the US a cause or is it an effect of something else? Canada has a similar culture, and while there are incidents of racism her
and there, those are seen as deviant acts by pathetic individuals. I suspect the answer lies in the fact that what appears to be racism in the US is
a manifestation of a class system that came into effect during slavery in which there was an upper class, mostly white, and a lower class, mostly
The upper class in the US, as with upper classes in other class based societies Ike England or India, has a sense of entitlement and efforts to
eliminate the class structure are violently resisted. At the same time, the lower class is not interested in joining the upper class (although some
try) but are rather interested in flipping the hierarchy and becoming the new upper class and ruling over the former perceived oppressors.
Interestingly enough, I believe we can see a similar situation in Canada and Australia with the Aboriginal populations forming an historic lower class
and the immigrants (regardless of ethnicity) forming the upper class. Although I have to saw that the systematic destruction of indigenous cultures in
those countries has blunted much of their ability to fight back.
So I suspect that until there is a major realignment of American society, the existing economic, political and class structures will prevent the
resolution of what appears to endemic racism in the US.
PS. This is speculation and a suggestion that alternate analyses may be possible to the question posed by the OP, I make no claims of doctrinal
correctness, divine inspiration or that these ideas are organically raised.
[edit on 14-9-2009 by metamagic]