The New Dirty Word
edited: Saturday, September 03, 2005
By Zenith Elliott
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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2005
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The term "Racism" has become the most offensive and politically incorrect word of the century, especially when used by a minority.
The term "Racism" has become the most offensive and politically incorrect word of the century, especially when used by a minority. Because we have made "great strides" in the gap on equality according to many people and agencies, I am to accept that racism, discrimination, and prejudice no longer exist.
Well, if you ain't walked in my shoes or the lack of shoes of my ancestors how can you possibly "know" that prejudice no longer exists...Oh! Wait, I might know the answer to that question. Gee golly gosh, the media has shown us all of the well paid minority talk hosts, athletes, actors, entertainers and let's not forget politicians. These people have been appointed as the representatives of all minorities as a whole.
Like it or not even well educated, hard-working minorities that are able to achieve a decent quality of life are still subjected to discriminatory attitudes and behaviors, this is a fact and even for those people that don't like to talk about it they do talk about it even if its only in quiet little groups.
The fact of the matter is that if you talk to the majority of white Americans long enough about injustice and the lack of equality sooner or later you will be met with the following statements: " Get over it!", "Not that, again!", Why do black people always scream racism anytime something happens?", "Times have changed", "Some of my best friends are black.", "I'm tired of hearing about that." these are just a few of the statements that I have heard over the years, there are many more, said in many different ways.
How many of these same white individuals have walked into a predominately white store and were followed or stared at as if they were potential shoplifters, terrorists or were the carriers of some deadly contagious disease. Have you ever driven into a predominately white town, been pulled over by law enforcement, not been cited or told that you committed a violation and then been escorted back to the highway. When was the last time you waited outside of a bank to cash your check (from a "real" job, not welfare) waiting for the bank to open it's doors, been rudely shoved by an elderly white man as he said "I don't know who "those" people think they are, them "N-----s" are taking over". These scenerio's may seem extreme and sporadic but they are not, they happen everyday either to myself or to someone else in varying degrees of severity.
I am of mixed heritage but I have no choice as to how I'm categorized on government forms, census reports, or applications. Isn't this a form of discrimination? My mother was a Caucasion women from Europe, My father was of Ethiopian and Native American descent. If we want to eradicate discrimination we must first do away with stereotypes, labels, and categories which identify people as a nationality or race. It is easy to say we are of the human race yet when all is said and done most of the time a person's race is the first thing that is seen or asked about. Why is it prudent to know what a person's nationality is?
Even though racism, discrimination or whatever term you choose to use is an uncomforable topic of conversation, it still is what it is...ugly. I do believe that any intelligent human being knows that this is not just a "black" issue, it crosses religious, status, cultures, the sexes and even exists with in
individual racial groups. One way to combat this problem is to keep the lines of communication open between all concerned and to be part of the solution and not the problem.
This doesn't mean endorsing the "elephant under the table" attitude by ignoring or pretending that discrimination doesn't exist. It does exist and like it or not we all have discriminatory tendancies and opinions concerning someone or something.
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|Reviewed by Eddie Thompson
|Although I am sure there are many racists in this world, including people of all colors and creeds, I see what is going on now through different eyes. I see the vast majority of all people opening up their arms, their homes, and their wallets to the poor victims, black and white, of Katrina. The American people are not racists. Some may be, but an entire state and nation cannot be painted by the brush of those few. This is not a perfect world, but those who incite others to view everything in life through the eyes of racism do a disservice to our country and to their own people. We are all Americans: Black, white, Hispanic, and Asian. People of all races are moved in this crisis to abide by the golden rule. Poor planning by our leaders caused this crisis in the aftermath of Katrina: Not racism.|
|Reviewed by Sandy Knauer
|I always get attacked when I mention the Republican script, but it does exist. Proof came a couple years ago when befuddled Anne Northup admitted she couldn't address her constituents until she had received the script. The script has been carefully designed to demonize certain groups through language. While we may not hear the hatred from the mouths of the politicians who carefully repeat the buzz words a dozen times in each speech, their sheeple grab on to those words and the hatred pours trough their lips as they repeat them. Racism, liberal, welfare, socialism are only a few. The saddest part is their cult followers never take the time to learn anything for themselves, and don't know how ignorant they sound when they repeat these words without knowing the true meaning of them, thinking other should adopt their meanings or connotations. I say it's time to take back our language (and our country) and stop allowing this. When someone calls me a liberal, using that tone that tells me they think liberal is a level below dog poop, I thank them. I've worked hard all my life to be a caring, giving, generous, fair, honest, good person. Why should I be ashamed or hurt when someone else recognizes me for accomplishing exactly what I set out to do? I've also worked hard to educate myself, and to see through people and situations that might be harmful, so when I see a racist or racist policies, why should I let anything a stupid person (chose ignorance is stupidity) says to try to shut me up influence or affect me? I won't, and I hope others will stop also. Too many do it for the sake of being 'nice'. Being nice to ignorance only encourages more of the same, so it isn't nice. Racism is alive and well in this country. This administration has taken us backwards.|
|Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii)
|I love that "elephant under the table" reference as far too many are blinded to its' existent. This is a fine article. I have been to engrossed to write believe it or not. It is one thign to be inundated by the media but I haven't come down yet from talking to a friend who had just left here in time to go back home to New Orleans in time to get her two sons and mother out. Her story and state is heart wrenching. No doubt you have seen the AP story of and pic of whites finding food and a black with the same food wading in the same water and characterized as a looter. As Ginsberg said so many years ago, "he who controls the media controls the culture" and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to see who is playing the race card. Peace and blessings and keep on writing. Keep speaking truth to power.|
|Reviewed by john zimmerman
|my daughter was quite insensed ..."Why are they playibg the reace card?" she asked. She grew up on an indian reserve in northern ontario--to her her friends were not "indians" but wre herh friends...Why were they playing the race card in her father's country?
i had to explain that the us is a racist nation -- not a nation of racists --- but a nation whose history from 1609 forward to tje prsent day has ben defined, warped, subverted by questions of race...
as you sat it is ugly but it does exist [even in my adopted country, Canada]. maybe, just maybe if people are willing to say yes, racism exists and not get their backs up, maybe it can be adressed. if they can say yes it exists and exists in me maybe we can do something about it....
thank you for your thouhtdul article
|Reviewed by Cynth'ya firstname.lastname@example.org
|Sis MizzLady: I hear all you say. This is why it just amazes me that a quote like this can be written in America about Americans by one who promised to protect America. I can't write anymore about Hurricane Katrina, for what the storm did is NOTHING like the atrocity being committed by people who are supposed to protect the citizens and others locked in New Orleans against their own will. Below is a quote and the site, please share it in conversation with state and federal reps because this just ought not to be!!!
Quote "One National Guard soldier who asked not to be named for fear of punishment from his commanding officer said of the lack of medical attention at the center, "They (the Bush administration) care more about Iraq and Afghanistan than here."
The Louisiana National Guard soldier said, "We are doing the best we can with the resources we have, but almost all of our guys are in Iraq."