I think what a lot of people writing in this thread have failed to recognize is that "racism" is not the problem nor has it ever been. This may just
be semantics to a lot of people but the problem is
racism is something that lives in the mind and will always exist. It can not be regulated, made un-lawful or put out to pasture as it is simply a
thought. A thought that people arrive at with their individual thoughts, just as those of us (like me) who despise racism have come to that
conclusion with our individual thoughts.
I will probably get a lot of flack for this BUT Racism doesn't bother me. I think they are limiting themselves and wrong, I don't like racist or
associate with them and would try to change their mind but what an individual thinks is of little concern it is what they do that causes problems.
I may just be stating the obvious here but discrimination is the problem, attacking racism is just the activity of policing thought.
We may not like what some people say or think but Freedom of speech does not exist to talk about the weather. Tolerance is what is needed.
Tolerance in the USA is of very low supply(this thread and many like it on ATS, proof). The majority of the country is not racist (Obama elected
president, proof) but discrimination is still prevalent. Discrimination is what should be fought.
I am not a democrat or a republican but I would just like to point out to democrats who call the republican party "racist" that it is the democratic
party that has the history of supporting slavery and Congressional records show it was Democrats that strongly opposed the passage of the 13th, 14th
and 15th Amendments.
I am not calling democrats of today racist, only stating facts of history. I don't think it is a large jump of logic to assume that policies that are
favorites of democrats could have a long ago source of wanting to keep Americans that are black in poverty. Just watch a Thomas Sowell video and see
what he thinks about it. Of course many democrats will just call him a "uncle tom".
That is how democrats dismiss ideas based in logic and facts that are counter to their "best intention" programs that don't produce actual results,
steal from people to achieve their ends (wage taxes) and ignore the logical truth that is staring them in the face. Just to be clear, republicans do
this as well. I am just picking on democrats right now because it is they in this thread who have decided to generalize an entire political party
made up of individuals as "racist" or a political movement that is made up of a large diversity of people such as the "tea party" as "racist".
To be a bit more clear, I think it is a bit racist for white democrats to assume that Black Americans want or need the help of social programs that
edit on 28-8-2011 by sageofmonticello because: eta, eta+