An Objective Discussion About Racism
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I am reposting a previous blog hoping to elicit an objective conversation about the current state of race relations. I realize I am no Mark Twain but was hoping to initiate a diverse perspective that would stimulate an honest conversation.

I fear that the lack of response to my blog was due to not having an agenda that could be labeled as a one sided comparison.

I also fear that those who would normally respond with a negative point of view could not do so without making themselves appear out of sorts.

My intent truly is have a open discussion free of the emotion and focusing on reality, not perception. So... I eagerly await your feedback.

Racism can be defined or interpreted many different ways. I offer the core definition for this discussion.

[ ráy sìzzəm ]

1.animosity toward other races: prejudice or animosity against people who belong to other races,

2.belief in racial superiority: the belief that people of different races have different qualities and abilities, and that some races are inherently superior or inferior.

Perceived racism vs. actual racism continues to be a topic that has become part of our daily lives regardless of ethnicity. It also seems to be the go to catch all if a negative situation or decision is not in ones favor. Unfortunately when allegations of racism are raised the status quo is to be afraid and to do anything no matter how absurd in some cases to make the situation "go away"

Racism exists and will continue to be at the forefront because as a society we are afraid of offending or disagreeing with race based allegations. As usual we seem to find a racist incident in some of the silliest instances. I offer just a few:

I again re-iterate that I acknowledge that racism continues to be perpetuated by ALL races and ethnicities. The reality is that as long as we try to make every incident a race issue there is no true clarity. I have again and again conveyed that until we have an objective conversation about dealing with the incident as opposed to a blanket comparison; no race will truly advance.

It is also time to stop degrading one for being proud of their heritage. This once again should be afforded to all races. With this said, this does not include the KKK, the Black Panthers, and any other organization that is founded in hatred and ignorance.

There in lies my point; don't confuse racism with ignorance because at the end of the day that is truly the root of racism. The concept of judging one based on skin color and ethnicity is an individual character fault that should be addressed with the individual contrary to blaming a whole demographic for ones ignorance and intolerance.

I am interested to see how many of my fellow bloggers interpret this blog as racist. I am only trying to be true to my own ideology; Call a duck a duck and analyze the situation based on that persons actions good or bad. Not what the status quo is or being politically correct

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PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 15:48 PM

What is the motivation behind your objective discussion on Racism?

What do you hope to accomplish by having this discussion?

Funkentelecky commented on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 18:52 PM

Ok , HMJC institutionalized racism is only a smidgen of what it used to be before the civil rights and voting rights passage; therefore no one has a legitimate excuse to not be successful in America in 2014 unless you have disability or some sort of pre-existing condition that prevents you to function in a competent manner. Social racism is a bit higher maybe 10-15%; however this type of racism doesn't effect anyone unless that aren't disciplined enough to deal with it appropriately with damaging themselves in any way. We are human beings and no government beauracrat can prevent a racist from hating or be able to make any country into a perfect world. Too many people still live in the past and won't embrace the potential of the future.

HMJC commented on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 07:20 AM

Thanks Funky, You response is well received as you provide an unbiased analysis. Unfortunately it seems that Sebe is right; was hoping for more points of view. I really was not trying to "accomplish anything; I just wanted to have a diverse conversation that elicited multiple responses. Regardless even if a discussion doesn't occur; I hope that I at least provided some food for thought...

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 16:51 PM

You're welcome HMJC, as brothers in arms that bled green no matter what color the next man or woman were, we understand that we don't have all the answers as individuals but as leaders we had to make critical decisions based on imperial data "facts". I've been frightened by the Klan, seen the coloreds water fountains and restrooms and have been called the "N" word by Chuckie Parker back in 1970 when we integrated with white folk at Cypress Middle School back Suffolk Va back in the day. However I don't live in the past and I judge people by the content of their character. I've met a lot of wonderful folk in my lifetime of numerous races and countries throughout the world. We definitely live in the best country in the world and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

HMJC commented on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 15:18 PM

Racism is and always be revolting however; it still seems to be convenient to demonize "whitey:... Although this is an example of the issue we could also easily find something portraying other ethnicities perpetrating the same behavior. This is once again; an example of "cherry picking" looking for the most offensive fruit. If you are going to make a comparison how about presenting BOTH sides of the issue so as to portray it as a collective issue; not just one race...

Funkentelecky commented on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 19:47 PM

Jimmy are you aware that black slave masters in Africa sold my African forefathers to America? That was the culture of the time period. So it's not just the white man in America's fault. When the USA was finally born a constitution was enacted which is anti-slavery leading up to the a Emancipation a Proclamation. I've been done wrong by some whites however I consider them to be isolated incidents and I don't blame any white person at all for the"sins of our past". You and HMJC don't owe blacks anything other than treating them by the content of their character in 2014. IMHO Martin Luther King would be more proud of whites progress in regards to racism than my fellow blacks who still cling to the past.

Funkentelecky commented on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 22:49 PM

Thanks Jimmy you are indeed a good man with conviction, plenty of knowledge and personal experiences; however are you aware that my father and mother had 3rd and 4th grade educations, had to walk several miles to school and had to drop out of school to work on the farms to help the family. Additionally we had no running hot water had to wash up in a metal tub, had to go to the restroom in a metal pot in the house or outside to the outhouse, slept 3 to a bed and had to endure each other's urine from time to time. Graduated Highschool and went to work for minimum wage and had to pay rent to my mother while still living there as an adult at 18-22 years old, had to pull my weight by doing necessary choirs while working and especially when I was laid off from work during the Jimmy Carter economy. I didn't know any better and thought Carter was a wonderful President. Jimmy have you ever asked yourself why the 400 year head start for whites haven't affected or prevented me from owning a home, working for a Gulfstream Aerospace and in the top 10% income earners in the USA?

HMJC commented on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 08:09 AM

Funky, I would respond that you made a commitment to succeed regardless of the challenges and ignorance that were in front of you. You are the statistic no one wants to talk about. Personally I don't think color was your driving force; you were and remained determined regardless which illustrates that one can make it if they never stop trying. Much love Brother!

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