everything she says her kids don't have to worry about is because she taught her kids how to carry themselves in public. real simple, it starts at home.
as Chris rock put it.
Very good Blog PN. Shan, bless her soul, once asked me to define what institutional Racism was. On another blog I told somebody to look at the Major League Sports, NBA, MLB, and the NFL. It is institutionalized as the Players (workers) are dominated by Black people. While as you go up the stairs of these organizations you begin to notice starting in the Accounting Dept., thru Human Resources, on up to ownership the melanin is predominantly white. The same exists at the College level where the players (workers) are overwhelmingly Black. But the coach all up the hierarchy is White all the way to the President. Now look at Corporate America where it is even more prominent.
Ferguson is 54% Black. It's Police Force is White except for 3 Blacks. There are 50 police on the force. The Mayor and City Council is...yes you guessed it White.
Is there an on-going angst of race within the Black Community? Well, turn the numbers around from White to Black. Does anyone get it yet?
@Gacpl- Bless you're soul. You're clueless and your ideas and comments are outdated. I'm glad the old heads like yourself are finding themselves left behind and Georgia is on the way to becoming a blue state.
not to start another subject jimmy, but this is common in most parts of the country, living in a military town you don't really see the truth out there, only what the press can sell you. heres one example.
a fire department in new york was ordered by a judge to lower the standards for the entrance exam because blacks couldn't pass it. Google it if you doubt it.
Schools also lower their standards for the same reason! By lowering our standards over the yeas is why other countries are ahead of now.
America is reaping the bounty of massive transgressions upon non-whites. We enslaved them for 200+ years with NO education provided, we finally gave them separate but equal schools, but they were anything but equal. Separate maybe, but not equal. We killed and terrorized them because of their color via the KKK, we assassinated their leaders, burnt down their churches, forced them into minimum wage jobs and house cleaning work, distrusted them because we did not take the time to befriend them, disproportionately incarcerated their youth compared to whites, both races worship in almost entirely segregated in God's houses on Sunday, so much for Christian fellowship, etc. And NOW the buzzards have come home to roost on the American doorstep. Whites had a 200+ year head start on the three R's and societal advancement, yet we are befuddled as to why Blacks cannot or have difficulty passing an entrance exam.
America is reaping what we have sown.
Is there really a systemic racism? This is not a race baiting question but an honest question. I may be blind but what I see in terms of racism in United States is abuse of power by men and women not a systemic view.
If anything the class system would be a form of racism however lower middle and upper class in this country seem to know no color only education or the lack thereof. I am a firm believer that while hard despite a persons race in the United States you can rise through the class system with education, drive and respect for yourself as well as everyone else.
@Shan: systemic: of or affecting the body as a whole.
Nothing is 100% Shan. But if you look at the disparity of wealth, privilege and work advancement there exists definite 'speed bumps' for some in society. And it is of a sizable percentage.
Much can be obtained thru hard work and determination. To a point. For instance: Shaquille O'Neal is RICH but the person that signs his check is WEALTHY. Big difference, and it is found in all the areas I noted in the comment preceding yours. Same for the 'players' or 'workers' in those areas I noted above. Is it 100% systemic? Probably not. But is it close?
This is were "the rubber meets the road" then, the civil rights movement has paved the way for this generation to experience equal opportunity. Society must stay diligent so that men and women with racism do not get the chance to abuse their power.
groups like SPLC have helped bring to light these situations now the only question is what to do with them? Of course the law will take it's course and their will be punishment but tolerance has to be taught for all races, religions and sexual preference.
Organizations like coexsist are on the forefront of this type of education.
Shan: I gotta tell you. Sometimes you write with clarity and sometimes your point gets lost in a nebulous unconnected stream of words. The one above this one here is an example.