reply to post by seeashrink
First of all, no I do not think the fact your parents hired a black lady to do the cleaning and looking after were in any way racist. It could have
been racism that pushed that lady to be in that kind of work, but hiring her was not. She offered her services, your parents hired her, she was like
part of the family and there was respect.
Now I must disagree with you over this idea that there are well defined differences between blacks and whites that should be respected. I oppose
forced integration, I feel that for us to combat racism we must come to an understanding between each other and it is something the government cannot
force and influence upon us. It is personal beliefs, personal ideals that lead us to think, divide, oppose as we do and it is something that we cannot
change through government. However, and this is where I felt you missed out in your post, neither do we or the government have any right to stop
individuals from mixing or freely moving. If a woman and man wish to live together and marry, we have no right to stop them from doing that. If one
person wishes to socialize with another, we have no right
to stop them from doing that. Americans are constitutionally in their right
move freely through this nation without being divided.
You argue that we should respect these differences equally and I disagree with you on that idea. We may be different but at the end of the day we are
I will respect that there are still differences between the white and black community in certain parts of America but respect
does not come with respect of public enforced division. If white parents wish to prevent their kids from mixing with black kids, we cannot force the
government to change the mindsets of those parents, neither can we force the government to respect the wishes of those parents. They can keep their
kids away from the black kids, but they cannot prevent black americans from sending their children to the same public school as they do. Same for
marriage, same for public establishments, same for towns. It goes both ways. If White and black americans wish to form their own private schools or
groups for racial reasons, thats their right, but when it comes to public land, public schools, when it comes to two individuals mixing, neither side
have the right to enforce their beliefs upon these individuals.
So I agree with you over understanding the rights of americans to divide themsleves, but I will not agree with you over any understanding or respect
for americans to divide themselves by law, or to prevent their fellow american from freely moving through public area. It goes both ways you know? We
can respect the fact that people have a right to be racist, but we will not respect people to enforce their racial ideals onto the public.
Interms of these differences between blacks and whites, the years of segregation between blacks and whites have heavily influenced these differences
between us. It was not as if since slavery whites and blacks never mixed. There was always a government and public enforcement of law that prevented
any mixing or any free integration and that is what caused these differences. It was just over 40 years ago that constitutional rights were restored
to all americans to move freely, 40 years out of what was 350years of public enforced segregation, 350 years of propaganda that we should never mix.
40 years is certainly not long enough for blacks and whites to fully integrate and overcome these differences. So while there are evident differences
between blacks and whites, they did not arise from physical or genetic differences that influences the mind, they arose from the public promotion of
these ideals and it will take much longer than 40 years for white and black americans to realize that they are just Americans.
Most of my friends are many races and ethnicities and I rarely ever take notice of this fact especially when I am socializing with them. At the end of
the day they are my friends, they are like family, I do not see any 'differences' where I feel I should respect or acknowledge in any way, I just do
not care and neither do they.
[edit on 9-7-2010 by Southern Guardian]