Activist says U.S. still needs to battle racism

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  • RJ
    March 15, 2009 8:58 p.m.

    I have the right to be racist just as much as you have the right to be compassionate. This is America and no one can or will tell me who I can and cannot have various feelings for. Live your life and I'll live mine!

  • Jedivan
    March 15, 2009 3:21 p.m.

    Mr. Wise, "Soul", and "Racism is Alive and Well", all hit on different aspects of the issue. I believe that in order to overcome racism, all aspects of it must be calmly and rationally discussed. The first step in this discussion is not to arbitrarily dismiss the concerns of anyone willing to engage in the discussion. A good book about the complexities of this issue is _The End of Racism_ by Dinesh D'Souza.

  • Longfellow
    March 15, 2009 2:40 p.m.

    Mr Wise is selling a product that very few in the white majority want to buy. Fifty years ago it was a viewpoint that much of white America could agree with. Today, despite the fact that racism and classism still exist, very few people believe that it plays a significant role in the economic disparity between whites and blacks. The wide spread self-destructive pathology of black male behavior is the dominant reason for the gap. The current resident of the White House simply underscores this reality.

  • Deseret Dawg
    March 15, 2009 10:47 a.m.

    Another reason for the anti-racist crusade is because it is a lucrative racket. According to the Charity Navigator website, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports $192 million in assets. Tim Wise undoubtedly also earns a good living from anti-racism.

    Consequently, anti-racists will always have a vested financial interest in exaggerating and even inventing "racism", for the sake of self-perpetuation and to keep the donation spigot cranked wide open.

    And anti-racism is generally directed against Whites.

  • Racism is alive and well
    March 15, 2009 7:38 a.m.

    But it's no longer found in the traditional places.

    Polls of racial attitudes show that racism and anti-Semitism are rampant among minority communities. Many blacks openly express attitudes about whites that would trigger a federal investigation if the persons expressing them were white.

    And it's just not anti-white racism, either: Los Angeles has had a low-level race war simmering for years between its new majority Hispanic residents and its black ones. Some Hispanic gangs have even been practicing "ethnic cleansing" by driving the blacks out.

    We've seen something similar here recently, with the growing feuds between Polynesian and Hispanic gangs in Kearns.

    When confronted by this new reality, racialists like the misnamed Mr. Wise instead pretend that racism is the exclusive dominion of pot-bellied white Southern rednecks. They choose to re-fight the battles of the 1960's instead of confronting the complex ethnic situation that exists today. This is because they have "blamed whitey" for racism in America for so long they are incapable of seeing it anywhere else.

  • Vigilant
    March 15, 2009 6:49 a.m.

    Bravo to Soul for his excellent comment!

    Although a few individuals of any race or ethnicity will always be bigots or ignorant idiots, the era or racism in the U.S. is over.

    At least as far as white racism towards people of color.

    However, there is a huge industry of grievance mongering, litigation, shakedowns and "entitlement" mentality which has grown up under liberal sponsorship, and those involved refuse to quit whipping this dead horse. It is in their economic interest to do so, and the guilt ridden news media will never argue with them.

    The real racism today is the antipathy of some black leaders and their followers towards all white people. But, it is not politically correct to point out THAT kind of racism.

    Just as bad is the liberal "plantation mentality" which insists that blacks are inferior and incapable of success on their own, and thus must depend on liberal politicians for whatever they need. Sadly, many people fall for that and are mired in failure due to the perceptions created by those who purport to help them.

  • Larry
    March 14, 2009 11:25 p.m.

    If it is a problem it is because there are many who want it to be a problem. Let it rest and as Soul said "Change your old ways of thinking". The black community has many problems that they themselve can solve and in so doing will lift them to a higher level of productivity and happiness. Quit blaming racism and get on with your lives. There is so much to live for and so much good to be done.

  • Jessie Jackson & Al Sharpton
    March 12, 2009 4:34 p.m.

    Be careful on what you say, we are listening to everything you say and think. If you say anything that "WE" would consider offensive, WE will be at your front door with my possie picketing your home, church or business. WE will pull the race card if you cross our line. Remember, do as we say, not as we say.

  • lost in DC
    March 12, 2009 11:32 a.m.

    Soul, thank you very much for your comments.

  • Dreamer
    March 12, 2009 7:44 a.m.

    This guy is a dreamer Never a mention of racism in other countries?
    In Mexico there is a clear rabid racism against black, whites and every other ethnicity.
    Prove me wrong.

  • THEeyepatch
    March 12, 2009 12:26 a.m.

    When hatred is no longer an emotion, then maybe this fantasy world you speak of will exist. Remember hate is the enemy.

  • crawford
    March 11, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    Soul, you are most intelligent. I enjoyed your comment. thank you

  • Axlr0se
    March 11, 2009 9:39 p.m.

    @ Soul -- great comment!

  • Soul
    March 11, 2009 9:21 p.m.

    I am a minority, so what's next? We are regurgitating the same old information, without providing a single solution to the continuation of racism in America.

    My suggestion is we stop gripping, and "change our old ways of thinking". For example, I must not discriminate against myself. I am not a helpless victim. I will do what is needed to end racism, begining with me. We must be leaders for ourselves first.

    Furthermore, we must demand leadership at all levels of our lives (especially at home), in order to conquer individual racism, institutionalized racism, or self-induced perpetuation of any racisms directed at whomever we might label.

    Stop blaming others, do something productive with your own time and talents SO that the perception or label of unworthiness is removed from people of color.

    Our destiny in this great country od America is within our own daily choices. Each individual can make a difference.

    For our success what's next? It is our call for the most part. Others will do as they wish.

  • Locke
    March 11, 2009 8:42 p.m.

    Racial activists raise the alarm of racism. Environmental activists raise the alarm of pollution. Gun rights activists raise the alarm of gun rights. Climate modelers predict doom.

    Of course they do -- they MUST find problems to keep their occupations alive; they have a built-in bias.

  • Shawn
    March 11, 2009 8:28 p.m.

    What a yawner, all of the other problems in this country, YAWN!