Understanding country's history key to overcoming racism, black scholar says

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  • jimhale Eugene, OR
    Jan. 18, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    WE have a long way to go.

    Minority citizens consider their race or ethnicity as a drawback....because with way too many decision makers in their lives....it is.

    However, for way to few of us, it absolutely makes no difference.

    Dr.King did indeed have it right: it is character, not color, that counts.

  • Brad James Manti, UT
    Jan. 18, 2011 9:27 a.m.

    I am a Caucasian Mormon but I have always been proud of the progress of African-Americans in this country. When I served in Tucson and El Paso on my mission a decade ago, the friendliest people to me were the blacks who allowed me to teach them (some successfully!) and were cordial and kind even when they didn't accept the message I was sharing. Blacks have a rich heritage in the Church, we need look no further than one of my heroines, Jane Elizabeth Manning James. Thing were not easy for Mormons in those days, especially black ones so I applaud her efforts! Also, if you want inspiration, look no further than the faithful Ghanans who found a pamphlet on the beach and lived according to Church doctrines and precepts even though none of their men could be ordained to the Priesthood at that time. We are a better country with blacks and a better Church with blacks!

  • Heirlines Sandy, Utah
    Jan. 18, 2011 9:08 a.m.

    Indeed a clear understanding of history is needed to understand who we are and how we relate to others. But to move forward requires digging deeper. Most Americans, Black or White, believe slavery only occurred in the South, because history has written the Northern States out of the story. As a result, the records (including genealogical records)of tens of thousands of African Americans in the traditional North, have been forgotten. This historical amnesia has resulted in the loss of the important details about Black Emancipation and their involvement in the growth and development of equality and civil rights in America. Between 1780 and 1865, over 80 thousand Black slaves were freed in New England and the Mid-Atlantic States. By knowing the truths of history we discover who we are and our roots in this great country.

  • Kitenoa Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2011 8:09 a.m.

    The key to overcoming racism is to approach life with an eye open to all truths, so as to understand the events and conditions of history; and thus learn from the past, so as to avoid repeating the same old mistakes of our recent past.

    This article is about the truth, not who should be blamed. Let us all help in making Dr. King's dream come true for all Americans.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Jan. 18, 2011 7:13 a.m.

    I couldnt tell what day it was. I was busy working!

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Jan. 18, 2011 4:15 a.m.

    The key to overcoming racism is not prehistory of over half a century ago. The real key of getting over racism is by the races themselves. They use their race for their own failure rather than the character of who and what they are.

    Blacks, Asians, Tongans, and every other race other than white are allowed to use racism to validate personal failures. Whites are not allowed to cry foul and racism if they have any failures so why this continual racist movement for something of their own making and imagination?

    MLK had it right in his dream speech, that a man be judged by his character and not his skin color. Well now his dream is abused by lack of character and racism by the black and other minority races.

    Minorities are using their own lack of character to create racism on a horrific imaginary scale. Accepting who you are and what your abilities are is the key to getting over racism. As long as people continue to believe their race is a road block they will never overcome their own racist attitudes. The whites surrendered 50 years ago.