Posted tagged ‘racism’

Racism Is Still Alive In America

June 22, 2008

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?”

The Playing Field Ain’t Level…but you already knew that

November 13, 2007

I saw a blurb on the news this morning that said that Blacks trail in growth of Income.  Now I don’t like to play the race card, but if you are an African-American in corporate america, you already know that the playing field is not level.  But one of the best ways to not let that get to you is to continue to do the best you can at all times, just like it says in the Bible in Colossians 3:23, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.  Believe me, I know that even if you are always giving it your best, sometimes you still get shafted on the economic gains that you seek; and there are a lot of reasons for that, it’s not always a matter of race, but when you see stories like this and live the experiences that you live, especially for an African-American male in the USA, it’s easy to think that race is always a part of the picture.

I happen to currently work for a company (Monster.com) that recognizes the need to have a diverse workforce, so I know they are trying to make a difference.

Here is a link to the same story that I saw today on MSNBC.com.  I actually had a more funny interesting story to bring you today, but when I saw this, I thought this was more important.  What do you think?

I found it interesting…I hope you do too.  DeaconDavid

What Should Happen to Duane “DOG” Chapman?

November 5, 2007

By now most you have heard about the racial controversy that Dog has gotten himself into by using the N word in a conversation with his son. You can click on the video HERE to see a discussion that was on CNN recently about this. As a Christian, I agree that we should forgive, but it’s unlikely that I will forget. What is your opinion? Please leave your comments.