Racism Is Still Alive In America

Here’s a news flash for you.  Racism is still alive in America.  I happened to see this article, CLICK HERE, on MSNBC today that was originally written for the Washington Post which says that 3 in 10 Americans admit to a racial bias.  Here we are in the middle of 2008, on the verge of having the first ever African-American President of the United States, and we still are fighting racism in this country.  I am a 43 year old African-American man who has been blessed to be raised by God fearing parents and able to stay clear of drugs, gangs, and jail.  I was able to go to St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, IL, and then go on to graduate with a BS in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and I still see racism.  I’ve seen it in the made up excuses for not getting the deserved promotion in corporate america.  I’ve seen it in cab drivers on Michigan Avenue who have passed me to get to the white lady a few feet past me.  I’ve seen it in the police officers who hassled me and my buddies late one night on the lakefront while letting the couples walk freely.  It may not be the slap you in the face kind of racism that we used to see in the country back in the 60’s, but it is still there.

I realize that things are not as bad as they used to be and great strides have been taken to improve race relations, but I’m not sure how you erase the years of bigoted teaching that has been passed down from generation to generation over the years.  No one is born a racist, it is learned from others.  Watch little kids at play; they don’t care what color you are they just want to play, have fun, and work together.  We could learn some things from our children.  As the infamous Rodney King once said, “Can’t we all just get along?”

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One Comment on “Racism Is Still Alive In America”

  1. Kurt Says:

    You have to include the “not me” factor into the poll, in which case it’s probably 5 out of 10. I know that’s a pretty sad commentary on where we stand as a country, but a hell of a lot of people just plain won’t vote for Barack. That’s why we have to double our efforts instead of just sitting on our laurels.


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