To "atl134" if you consider yourself an American, you eliminate any
racial prejudice. Isn't that what Dr. King wanted?How does
requiring ID do anything to blacks and minorities? They still have to have ID
to fly an airplane, buy tobacco, buy alchohol, get prescription medication, get
welfare services, and so forth.Explain how requiring a person to
show ID does anything to impede somebody from legally casting a vote?
@Obama10"what work still needs to be done?"States are
passing laws to restrict voting rights that disproportionately affect black
Americans (some were passed a day after the Supreme Court struck down section 5
of the voting rights act... subtlety isn't their strong suit...).Stop
and frisk disproportionately targets blacks and hispanics while whites have the
highest rates of having guns in those stops, guns being what the police is
looking for (New York City stats).Blacks have the same rates of drug use
as whites but higher arrest rates, higher conviction rates, longer sentence
length rates... White killings of blacks are 8x more likely to be
considered "justified" (think Zimmermann verdict for what a
"justified killing" is) than a black killing of a white person. Having a "black sounding" name gets a job applicant with equivalent
qualifications fewer interviews than someone with a "white sounding"
name.That's just from the top of my head, and I'm a white
guy who doesn't have to deal with any of this stuff. @RedshirtMIT"Stop calling yourself African-Americans,
French-Americans, Japanese-Americans, and so forth. You are Americans."Whitewashing someone's identify... is racist.
"Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup
of bitterness and hatred.""In the process of gaining our
rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds"Quotes
from MLK's Dream Speech, which go largely unfulfilled, and are a barrier to
the following, also from the Dream Speech,"I have a dream that
one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of
former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of
brotherhood."We have a "black president" with the ball
in his court, a black attorney general, and many other black leaders. Do they
drink from the cup of bitterness and hate? Or do they promote brotherhood across
racial lines? MLK's dream is waiting on his own. So sad!
If we want to make Dr. King's dream come true, we have to stop making race
an issue.Get rid of the question on many employment applications
that asks for race.Get rid of the the government requirement that
asks for race on nearly every government document. Race should only be used as
a descriptor when police are looking for a criminal or when doing medical
studies. Everywhere else it does no good.Stop calling yourself
African-Americans, French-Americans, Japanese-Americans, and so forth. You are
Americans. Separating yourself out does not help mend relationships.Stop reporting poverty and crim statistics in terms of race. You are creating
self fulfilling prophecies when you tell minorities that their racial group is
I have heard a lot over the past two days that "there is still more work to
be done", and as a white guy I ask myself, what work still needs to be done?
Last time I checked:Blacks can voteBlacks don't use
different drinking fountains or bathroomsBlacks don't sit at the back
of the busBlacks have opportunities to own businessBlacks get
preferential treatment in hiring and promotion opportunities due to quotasBlacks are able to attend a college of their choiceBlacks are able to
own propertyInterracial marriage is no longer a stigma and will someday be
a normBlacks are disproportionately represented in the NBA, NFL, College
SportsBlacks are represented in the highest court of the land, highest
elected position, highest levels of government and academia, and board rooms.As far as I can tell, the only ones who say "there is more work to
be done" are those who rely on dollars from the Race hustlers and will never
say the fight is completed. Their paycheck and livelihood are directly tied to
making a profit on the racism industry.
I have a dream that one day minorities will want to be treated not by the color
of their skin, but the content of their character
The most famous Utahn of the 1980s once said the Civil Rights Movement was a
The problems we face today are not because of skin color. The problem is
'thin skinned' people who see and take offense at every action done by
others and define every action of others in racial terms. The shopping cart
incident mentioned in the article is a perfect example of this self inflicted
victimized.mentality. I think the majority of average Americans have moved on
and left their racial prejudice behind if they ever had any in the first place.
We have a black president and it took votes from all colors to elect him. The
problems we still see are mainly from those who, regardless of the color of
their skin color, black, white, or in between, still think they are living in
the 1960's and make a very good living keeping the 'race card'
alive and keep us divided by groups. They push group equality not individual
equality. Group equality is a dead end goal, but it keeps the $$$ rolling in and
the racism lie alive and the 'faux fight' for 'equal rights'
going. It seems a rather sad way to go through life to me, looking for offense
in the actions of those around you.
Watch Bill Cosby Why we can't blame white people anymore. It's just
interesting to hear his take on why there are so many problems within his race.
The "first thing" almighty religious and political leaders need to
"start doing" is quit being divisive, degrading and insulting to those
Utahns who are doing their best to love their neighbors as themselves, who go
out of their way to befriend and include those 'willing' individuals
and groups who do not feel included and who would not hesitate or think twice
about giving their lives in defense of every human soul regardless of
'perceived' (indoctrinated) differences.It is well past
time the 'almighty' "I've got a dream" leaders start
'leading by example' and quit their destructive, divisive
propaganda.I believe I will be punished for my own sins and not
decades old, worn out, misleading civil rights abuses unless of course you want
to include 'every' unrepresented, voiceless demographic of born and
unborn human life. It is time to move on from the Beaver Cleaver world, or is it
really?Is there progress still to be made, of course but there is no
persons or groups who have exclusivity to these civil liberties. It's not
rocket science and the compass has already been set in the direction to love
everybody, that is 'IF' they want to be loved!
"She described an incident at a store on Tuesday, when a clerk came up to a
counter and overlooked her to ask the white woman standing behind her who was
first in line."That sounds very thin skinned to me. On several
occasions, I have seen clerks walk up and ask who is next. I have never seen a
clerk address that question to anyone in particular.
Less has to be done as well in many instances. We need less
accusations of racism every time something happens between two persons who
happen to be of different races. When we constantly use the "R" word it
becomes mundane and loses any effectiveness when it really is a factor in
behavior. We need less whinning abour race.We need less of people
identifying themselves as one race or another. This is true of persons who are
bi-racial in their heritage, too, which plays one race against another in a
political fashion.As to more:We need more compassion as human
beings for every other person, viewing them as a brother or a sister, or as
cousins, since we are all ostensibly created by the same Great Being.We need more Americans, living and working together, and less emphasis on what
separated our predecessors centuries ago.We need more of each other.
And we need less divisiveness. We need to be as one.