Civil discourse on a difficult subject: race

(reprinted from  July 18, 2010)

WASHINGTON — Can we talk? About race?

Your blood pressure is already rising? It need not. This isn’t a rambling diatribe or a harsh polemic filled with invective about tea partiers, Jim Crow and reparations.

Instead, it’s a plea for honest and thoughtful conversation about the ways in which long-held beliefs and biases, prejudices and predispositions pool in the back of our brains to form a feedback loop, a quick and unconscious Google which spits out judgments about people like us, different from us, unfamiliar to us.

This column won’t address the remnants of malevolent racism that linger at the margins of American society — whether expressed by a tea partier’s Photoshopped sign of President Obama as a witch doctor or a member of the New Black Panthers yelling about killing white people. Those remnants are too few and too feeble to merit serious attention.

The more challenging problem for a diverse society is harder to see, to pinpoint, to quantify, to tease out — the problem of lingering perceptions around race, deeply-held notions that still tend to hamper people of color. “Racism” is, I think, too harsh a descriptive for those judgments that linger in our lizard brains. The proper word is “prejudice” because of its precise denotation — to pre-judge.

Harmful stereotypes and faulty preconceptions are still very much with us, despite the election of the nation’s first black president. Indeed, Barack Obama’s ascension to the Oval Office should make it easier for us to take stock of the biases that remain.

President Obama was describing prejudices when he spoke of his grandmother in a brilliant speech about race in March 2008. Though she loved him dearly, she still harbored unflattering stereotypes about other young black men.

Obama described her as “a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.”

Those who later declared that Obama had described his grandmother as a “racist” where wholly and completely wrong. He described the late Madelyn Dunham as fully human, a case study in the warped and woeful complexities surrounding race, color and caste in America. She could love her bi-racial grandson fully and completely, while still keeping “implicit biases,” as researchers call them, lodged in her subconscious.

What else but implicit biases would explain the lingering employment gap between college-educated blacks and whites?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, black men with college degrees had an unemployment rate nearly twice as high as white men with college degrees in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There have been studies — including one published a few years ago called, “Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal?” — showing that black job candidates were more likely to be rejected even if they had resumes identical to white candidates who were hired.

Given the paucity of black managers in positions of authority, black job applicants are left to appeal to white managers who probably believe they see only skills, not skin. Are those white managers bigots? I don’t think so. But they are allowing unsavory stereotypes to seep into their considerations.

As a Southerner who grew up in an era when black adults were not given the courtesy of titles and black children were bussed past white schools, I learned to distinguish between well-meaning whites who don’t know their own biases and malevolent whites who are proud of their bigotry. I’ve had white hometown acquaintances who’d be pleased to have me as a dinner guest but who’d be far less pleased if the new president hired at the local community college were black.

Are they racists? I certainly don’t think so. But I do think they’re unaccustomed to seeing black men and women in such positions of authority, and a changing America makes them uncomfortable.

Can we talk about this honestly? That’s half the battle.

179 comments Add your comment

Kamchak

March 30th, 2011
5:47 pm

Is everything OK Ms. Tucker?

Few original topics and now recycled material suggests something is taking up your time.

Not Blind

March 30th, 2011
6:08 pm

It is what it is. Although most of us are born in the USA we are still products of different cultures [ in "us" I'm meaning whites and blacks whose ancestors were born here, too ]. Some of those differences drives the other race crazy or make the other race derisive of the other. IMO these cultures are drifting further apart, not closer as one would hope. This drift apart means that prejudice is bound to effect our everyday thoughts and interactions. It doesn’t help that blacks are over represented in our criminal justice system. If one’s exposure to blacks is via the news then extreme prejudice is to be expected. On the other hand, interacting with black people who are happy and secure in their life works to expose a white person’s prejudice to himself.

I did recently read a book that covers a span of history that I and my extended family were a part of : White Flight. Other than the author having a bit of an axe to grind, I heartily recommend it.

0311/0317 -1811/1801

March 30th, 2011
6:26 pm

Ms. Tucker:

This is a good column. Obviously, something happened in your past which has made you very, very sensitive to this subject.

I speak from some experience in that I have dealt with these issues my whole career. I was a recruiter at one time at our office in Atlanta. That year I led all fifty six offices in our organization in minority recruiting including the New York Office. To get there I had to work it hard ……….. the applicants that could meet our standards were very difficult to find but if you met those standards and you were a minority you were guaranteed a position.

And how we react with others is not limited to ethnicity.

For example, all things equal, I would rather have Southerners as my neighbors vs. Yankees, Georgia fans vs. Auburn fans and Ex-Marines vs. sailors. I’m not trying to be flippant but as long as you are decent to all people, is it wrong or evil to gravitate toward people like yourself?

I think it’s just a natural thing ………….. that’s why our schools have gone fulll-circle on intergration. After all of the violence, money spent and turmoil, we’re right back where we started – segregated schools all over the country. And now the push in many areas is to have classes segregated by male/female.

All I can say is that people are human, we have failures but we may never see anything along racial lines better than it is now.

B Cosby

March 30th, 2011
6:30 pm

Again, I have to ask, why is Obama back? Is it because of he appears to be black? Was his mother and her parents not white? Why does the NFL have to prove there is not a qualified black applicant for a head coaching position before they can hire a white one? Is that not racist? Why is there a black history month and not a white or hispanic one? Can a white woman be in the black Miss America pagent? Black women are welcome to participate in the regular Miss America pagent. If there were an organization calle the White Panthers they would be arrested for hate crimes. CT, your assumptions that white people are the only racist of they only carry prejudice is of course. Perhaps if people would let the racism card fall off the table, the problem may go away, or serious attention to the problem would dwindle, although it would take time. Equal is equal, let it go at that.

Kamchak

March 30th, 2011
6:33 pm

CT, your assumptions that white people are the only racist of they only carry prejudice is of course.

Huh?

Paddy O

March 30th, 2011
6:56 pm

As an admirer of MLK, I have strove to consider people based on their character, not their skin color. Thankfully, due to the sacrifice of MLK and other civil rights leaders, the vast majority of institutional racism is over. If we could jettison this “cultural diversity” smoke screen, we could all work on agreeing what characteristics we would like to see in our fellow citizens. Honesty, work ethic, humility, courtesy and morality would be good starts.

Paddy O

March 30th, 2011
6:59 pm

The citizens can not emulate the government. The government is by nature arrogant, insensitive and dishonest. Americans were at one time proud of their independence and self-determination. Freedom and liberty require a certain amount of independence, and self dependence. However, this also results in the less savvy/shrewd in society squandering a lot of their resources. Is the government responsible for protecting those people? Or do we need more laissez faire and caveat emptor?

Kamchak

March 30th, 2011
7:02 pm

The government is by nature arrogant, insensitive and dishonest.

The government is by nature made up of it’s citizens.

jconservative

March 30th, 2011
7:03 pm

Cynthia, you on vacation? Are you and your daughter OK?

Just concerned.

Bryan G.

March 30th, 2011
7:03 pm

I assume you’re referring to the speech where President Obama threw his grandmother under the bus to explain why Rev. Wright was such a racist?

kayaker 71

March 30th, 2011
7:07 pm

CT,

A message from your favorite bigot. I often read your threads with interest although we disagree much more than we agree. I have often said that you must have been touched very deeply by racial incidents in your youth. It shows in what you write, how you feel and how you are perceived. I am and always have been a person who feels that taking responsibility for your actions is a prime character trait that defines who you are. Blaming others for the bad choices you have made only reaffirms your inability to face reality. There are a lot of bad choices being made out there and others are paying the price for these bad choices. It doesn’t help at all when most of the pictures you see in the newspaper regarding homicides, robberies, murders and violent crimes are pictures of black men. Each time a new one appears, it reaffirms the stereotypical picture of how a black man is perceived in the white community. The guy that killed the Atlanta bartender, the guy that recently took out that Athens police officer, the guy that murdered the UNSC coed for no reason whatsoever…… they are making the good people in the black community look very bad. It is difficult to separate the perception, especially when blacks are predominantly silent about what goes on.
It will be difficult to change this image until we keep the black father at home and responsible for his children. With a 70% out of wedlock birth rate, that will be hard to do. Without a male mentor, black males are losing it and that will not change either until they start taking responsibility for their actions. It doesn’t help to be called a bigot, a racist or some other dirty word when you express a perfectly reasonable opinion about irresponsibility in the black community. We’re tired of paying their bills and being responsible for the bad choices that they have made in life.
On a positive note, this is a great thread. Good questions, hopefully good answers. Can we talk about this honestly? I don’t know. Can we?

Paddy O

March 30th, 2011
7:29 pm

kamchak: Do you believe that as currently contrived, the federal government serves its citizens? I don’t. It currently serves the bureacracy of those employed by the federal government, much to the detriment of those citizens. Why allow importation of goods that your domestic economy produces, unless you assess a tariff? The trade policies since Reagan is why Detroit and much of rust belt are in such bad shape. Has China become wealthier? Have their citizens become wealthier? Look at the stipulations on federal grant funds – most are so laden with red tape (and all those employees hired to enforce that red tape), that for most small towns (under 10,000), it is not efficient to use those funds. But the bigger, urbanized cities, and declared “entitlement” cities, and thus have a dedicated flow of funds. Is that in compliance with the equal protection clause? And why do the more urban places (more fully or efficiently developed) somehow need MORE federal $$ than the more rural places? Is “cutting edge” city life that grossly inefficient?

Paddy O

March 30th, 2011
7:35 pm

Obama & Boehner should be poster children for the characer of this nation: Neither were born to wealth or status. Through hard work (education primarily) and tenacity, they have both reached the top of their occupations. Obama, if you believe the liberal manure that, if you are born into poverty (or bad circumstances), you are sentenced to poverty for your entire life, could NEVER have become President. But he did – how? Education, marriage, respect for himself. There is cause & affect for everything people do. Sadly, most impoverished people are a victim of chronic bad decision making, and no amount of governmental intervention or investment (job training is a government obligation?), will change that. The individual must have personal drive, and character.

Paddy O

March 30th, 2011
7:38 pm

I call self-induced poverty and believe philosophically it is far more ACCURATE, than the “society disenfrachised” model being propped up via heavy “social justice” spending since LBJ & his “Great Society” the Great Society model is a failure.

Kamchak

March 30th, 2011
7:44 pm

St. Ronnie of the Ray-Gun said government is the problem even though he held the highest office in the land.

You keep piling on the myth.

You don’t like this government, go elsewhere.

kayaker 71

March 30th, 2011
7:58 pm

Kamcheck,

“If you don’t like this government, go elsewhere”. Lets revise that a bit. If you don’t like this government, lets change it in 2012. And we ultimately will. Bozo will never win a second term. So we will have a different government in 2012. Then, would it be appropriate for me to say, “If you don’t like it, go elsewhere?”.

Kamchak

March 30th, 2011
8:04 pm

Then, would it be appropriate for me to say, “If you don’t like it, go elsewhere?”

Didn’t support Obama in 2008.

Was told by silly cons from 2001-2009 to go elsewhere.

Now the shoe is on the other foot and you silly cons don’t like it.

Karma, baby.

tybee sun

March 30th, 2011
8:08 pm

CT, I always enjoy your columns. Not because I usually agree with you, I don’t, but because I do my best to research and enlighten myself on the world around me and form opinions based on my experiences and life. Issues relating to race have always interested me. Your idea of honest discussions on race and racism is certainly a good one. However, you leave out an important and necessary concept that is often left out in “these” discussions: Racist attitudes that are oh so prevalent among some African-Americans. As an educator I see it all the time from students and parents alike. While some say its impossible for African-Americans to be racist I feel that is bogus at best. I see the evidence of racist and prejudice attitudes and actions almost daily. Terms such as “cracker” are common to describe fellow white students. In any discussions held on race and racism please ask that both side “come clean” and own up to the fact that both “sides” could use some honesty in their beliefs and then maybe, just maybe, we can all move forward in unity.

Pilot

March 30th, 2011
8:11 pm

“…black job applicants are left to appeal to white managers who probably believe they see only skills, not skin.”

And any manager or business owner who does that is a fool. You have to look @ what’s inside. I’ve had black employees and co-workers who were second to none, and I’ve had a few white ones who weren’t worth spit.

Tech Man

March 30th, 2011
8:31 pm

“We’re talking about practice, man. I mean, how silly is that? We’re talking about practice…”
______________
Race? We’re talking about race.
Not Libya, Ferraro’s passing, Japan’s natural disaster, Final Four, opening of baseball season, Glenn Burns worrying about drought to name a few.

Hey Glenn, come on over and help me wet vac the basement! Drought, he’s talking drought!

Tech Man

March 30th, 2011
8:34 pm

I forgot one. Obama hiding behind Mrs. Clinton on Libya.

RaceIsNotTheIssue

March 30th, 2011
8:36 pm

Mrs. CT,
What I find truely appaling is the need for the black elite to always concern themselves with a ‘Coom-bi-ya” moment with every one but their own people. I qualify this statement by pointing out that black on black crime takes more lives from the black community in one year than all of racial lynchings of post slavery and the most dangerous place in the world for a black child is in a black woman’s belly. I grew up in the north and to be honest the the racism I have experienced was from my own black community in the form of low expectation and constant threats of violence from within. I also must add their is very little difference in the attitude of southern blacks from the white people they accuse of oppresion based on the fact I have lived and worked in the south since 1994 and have had a fair share of the outsider treatment from southern blacks. I really enjoy reading your discussion topics, but felt the need to add this to the universe of convesation because it is hard to expect some one to like you as group if we don’t like ourselves. Peace.

Wiie

March 30th, 2011
8:37 pm

Cynthia,
Can you talk about race? Can you have an honest conversation about your own presuppositions, hatreds and biases?
Eric Holder talked big but decided he would rather live in his belief bubble. How about you?

kayaker 71

March 30th, 2011
8:43 pm

There is a deep resentment which is lingering just below the surface, bordering on hate. We see it every day in comments made by whites and blacks. When it gets out of hand, it breaks through the surface for all to see, then recedes. But it is still there. It rears its ugly head in the academic scene when blacks who are entirely competent to get good grades and excel, deem it a white thing and reject it. Breaking into a predominately white business world must be quite a trip for the motivated black applicant. Lots of barriers to cross, lots of stereotypes to defuse, wondering if what you will face in your new job will be fair and balanced or not. Living down a perception of being shiftless, lazy and irresponsible is quite a burden to bear. Perception is key to the future if blacks are going to succeed in the white business world. Worrying about being stopped by a traffic cop just because you are black must piss you off to no end but there is a reason why cops stop black men driving cars. Unfair, you say? Yeah, probably so, at least for some. But if you do duck hunting, you go where the ducks are.
We need a dialogue with each other. Bozo had a great opportunity to improve racial relations in this country. It would have been his greatest accomplishment and would have enshrined him as one of the great presidents if he had succeeded. But he has other agendas to face and other fish to fry. Sad but true.

Bob

March 30th, 2011
9:16 pm

A couple months back a group black kids started mocking my son who is mixed race. They told him he had no friends in the neighborhood because he’s white. A couple days ago my wife watched as a young black man jimmied the window on the neighbors house and climbed in. He’s in custody. A few years ago we had a safe neighborhood and then a lot of black families moved in. Crime has gone through the roof and we have kids wandering the streets at all hours with their pants hanging down. When you drive down my street these kids glare at you and refuse to move to the side of the street to let you pass. I can’t sell my house because of the economy – many of my white neighbors have defaulted on their mortgages rather than face the abuse. Why would I hire a young black man for anything? You want honesty? There it is. I used to give people a fair shake. Not any more. When I just had to deal with this crap at work that was one thing. Treat my kids like crap and I won’t shut my mouth any more. I have never seen racism like in Atlanta and I’m talking about the antipathy that blacks have for whites. Sorry if you don’t like to hear it.

Jack

March 30th, 2011
9:46 pm

The Golden Rule still works: be nice to me and I’ll be nice to you.

Not Blind

March 30th, 2011
11:05 pm

Kayaker, you can’t fix the racial problems from the top down. It can only be fixed from the bottom up. In other words, it can’t be fixed.

It’s a tough issue. A while back I was pulling up to a stop sign up the street and this 10 yr oldish black kid rode by on his bicycle. His clothing was non descript 10yr old, black or white. Just your basic 10 yr old American kid. But my thought was that “That kid is screwed” because he is black.

Mule

March 30th, 2011
11:20 pm

Discussion on race is not possible so long as racism is profitable. Rewarding those with special laws and benefits that claim they are not hired, or jailed because they have darker skin simply promotes more such claims. Racism will live in America as long as it carries a big payday for those claiming to be the underdog.

quod erat demonstrandum

March 30th, 2011
11:36 pm

Not sure where your bias’ come from, but after a stint in the USMC, race was such a minor issue, it usually didn’t come up – unless we were all joking together.

As we were taught the the green machine, there is no black or white, just green. A Marine is a Marine.

Works that way in real life. Until someone proves otherwise, it is live and let live.

Jahmar

March 31st, 2011
2:32 am

@Cynthia
There is no point in trying. America will remain a racist society forever and always. Prejudice is definitely a problem, but you can’t reason with some people. The truth is that all us black people have is ourselves. We cannot depend or trust others. The best way to bypass the racism/prejudice within this society is to infiltrate/create institutions that mimic the ones that currently discriminate against us. Setting up more black businesses, creating our own media, infiltrating the criminal justice system.

This is the first time in months that I have been to your blog(I left this website bc the racism & ignorance was too much for me to handle. I would literally wake up angry thinking up some of the horrible things I would read on this site and others). You are on here everyday, so you should know better than anyone else that a lot of white people are simply DELUSIONAL when it comes to subjects like this and will never change their opinions bc they NEED to have these beliefs.

Ignorance is with us forever Cynthia. Please grow some cynicism and realize you can’t change some people. Their is so much more to life than worrying about the idiots that walk among us.

Craig Spinks/ Evans

March 31st, 2011
5:10 am

Cynthia,

Have missed your columns. Hope everything is all right.

Craig

Gandy!

March 31st, 2011
5:44 am

damn skuppers…no racism is america!

Alabama Southern Belle

March 31st, 2011
6:20 am

Cynthia,
There is “Black flight” now. Blacks moving away from neighborhoods that are becoming increasingly more Black and Hispanic. I want my children to grow up in a diverse society but with people who care about their neighborhoods, education and being a contributor to society.

In Cobb county, there is a gang problem which just happened to occur at the same time as the increase in the minority population.

Alabama Southern Belle

March 31st, 2011
6:32 am

@Bob,
You stated, “A few years ago we had a safe neighborhood and then a lot of black families moved in. Crime has gone through the roof and we have kids wandering the streets at all hours with their pants hanging down. When you drive down my street these kids glare at you and refuse to move to the side of the street to let you pass.”

The same situation is happening in many neighborhoods. The cause is absentee parents who ate letting the streets raise their children. They may be renters. With government housing closing and the housing vouchers, many families are moving to neighborhoods and causing problems. Instead of adapting to the neighborhood, they are trying to recreate their old crime ridden environment.

Alabama Southern Belle

March 31st, 2011
6:40 am

@kayaker 71,
I agree. We must be able to talk openly and honestly about the issues. There are many problems that must be addressed. Discipline in the family is an issue.

DeborahinAthens

March 31st, 2011
6:47 am

Stop having babies you can’t afford, and have no intention of raising. That goes whether you are black or white. The population of the ignorant is growing exponentially.

the watch dog

March 31st, 2011
7:29 am

I like those stereotypes that were sooooooo much about the Americana folk lore. I remember way, way, way back when I was in Kindergarten, every music period we all sang “jimmy crack corn and I don’t care massa gone away”. Never here it any more, but it still runs throuh my mind. I think those stereotypes are very much the way it should be. Those postcards that were sent up north from Florida with a picture of a darkie eating a watermelon. That is history.

TnGelding

March 31st, 2011
7:30 am

Honestly, I see your point, but there are a lot of factors that go into the decision to hire someone. And I can honestly say that when I was in that position I went by their resume, how they presented themselves as well how badly the person needed the job, and if I THOUGHT THEY WERE WILLING TO WORK IN THE SWEAT SHOP I RAN. (Caps unintended.) I made sure they understood the working conditions that were necessary to print the volumous computer generated reports. Most of the applicants were black. Most of the hirees were black. Yes, I had prejudices from my youth, but I overcame them.

Black is black and white is white. To say there is no difference in cultures is being less than honest. Black women used to carry long switchblade knives, and may still for all I know. One day my older sister and I rode the Gamble Valley bus and then walked the short distance home instead of waiting 30 minutes for it to come back around. A big black (colored in those days) woman pulled out her knife and cleaned her fingernails scaring us to death. In high school two black girls got into a fight in the hall, something I found unfathomable. The insurance man would tell us of stabbings that occurred practically every weekend, some resulting in death. So yes, we were prejudiced, and for good reason. But my family always had good race relations. When dad returned to our hometown after getting a job on the Manhattan Project, he often visited the family of the black mama that worked for us and took them clothes and food. She would hold me as I slept, probably stunting my growth. We were not wealthy, seven of us living in a one-room “apartment” above my grandfather’s grocery store. My grandfather managed to feed his large brood plus many of the townspeople on credit, and was owed a consderable amount on his death that of course went uncollected. When we had a school dance and there weren’t any black boys in either class I reached out and took the hand of the black girl across from me instead of going to the end of the line like the ones before me had.

We’ve come a long way, but still have far to go. Instead of integrating the high schools first they should have started with kindergarten where the children didn’t know any difference. And sadly, some homes still teach racism and bigotry to their captive children. Even as late as Obama’s election some teenagers in the neighborhood taunted me because I supported him. We can only hope that with each new generation there will be improvement.

DebbieDoRight

March 31st, 2011
7:59 am

Perhaps if people would let the racism card fall off the table, the problem may go away

It would be so much easier if we didn’t have people like you talking out the side of their necks; saying one thing with your lips but doing and acting contrary to the things you profess to believe in.

kayaker71: It doesn’t help at all when most of the pictures you see in the newspaper regarding homicides, robberies, murders and violent crimes are pictures of black men. Each time a new one appears, it reaffirms the stereotypical picture of how a black man is perceived in the white community. The guy that killed the Atlanta bartender, the guy that recently took out that Athens police officer…

kayaker71 – What about all those white serial killers? Let’s not forget them. Everytime I get into an elevator and I see a single white male get in after me my heart pumps with fear, I push all the buttons, and I dive out at the next stop, screaming at the top of my lungs. Each time a new serial killer appears it reaffirms the stereotype of a maniacal, ax welding satanist and how white men are pereceived in black american society.

B. Cosby: Why is there a black history month and not a white or hispanic one? Can a white woman be in the black Miss America pagent? Black women are welcome to participate in the regular Miss America pagent. If there were an organization called the White Panthers they would be arrested for hate crimes

Ignorance is as ignorance does. You know the history of America yet you write this ignorant drivel. Miss America didn’t include blacks for the first 30 years of its existence, hence the need for the Miss Black America pageant. The White panthers are called the KKK, Hitler youth, Skinheads, and Tenthers. Stoooopid is as stooopid does.

DebbieDoRight

March 31st, 2011
8:00 am

Oh and White History Month is every month but February.

DebbieDoRight

March 31st, 2011
8:04 am

Jahmar: You are on here everyday, so you should know better than anyone else that a lot of white people are simply DELUSIONAL when it comes to subjects like this and will never change their opinions bc they NEED to have these beliefs.

No doubt.

Joe The Plumber Too

March 31st, 2011
8:15 am

debbydonothing: same drivel from you as always. I guess that louie-fairy-khan bringing his for Black Men Only tour to Atlanta years back wasn’t intended to divide either. Blacks have become just as racist as the whites you talk about, I had a guy working for me in 09 when oblowhard went into office and in the years that this fellow had worked for me, I had never heard one black/white statement come from him, then overnight this well spoken man started speaking in ebonics and stating things like ” We gots the white house now”. His path and mine soon parted.

Joe The Plumber Too

March 31st, 2011
8:17 am

debbiedonothing: You are on here everyday, so you should know better than anyone else that a lot of debby type people are simply DELUSIONAL when it comes to subjects like this and will never change their opinions bc they NEED to have these beliefs.
and to be the victim. ( fixed your typo).

The Truth

March 31st, 2011
8:21 am

If someone doesn’t hire a person named Lakeisha. it’s not because she’s black, it’s because she’s got a stupid name. I could be wrong, but I doubt you’ll see many educated, upper middle class black couples naming their kids Shaniqua and Orangello. When I see names like that, yes I assume they’re black, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is my other assumptions based on the name, and not their color. I assume they are uneducated and ignorant. Yes, it’s a bias, and it is a problem on my part and something I need to work on. But it’s about the stupid name, not the color of the skin.

This suit against Sandy Springs and other new cities around here because they are too white- The people bringing the suits owe their careers and most every penny they ever made to racism, so it’s not much of a surprise that they see racism under every rock.

Good Grief

March 31st, 2011
8:26 am

B Cosby March 30th, 2011 6:30 pm
Again, I have to ask, why is Obama back [sic]? Is it because of he appears to be black? Was his mother and her parents not white?
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I’ve asked this questions as well. Last I checked Obama had one black parent and one white parent. But I was actually told that if you have two white parents you are white. If you have two black parents, you are black. If you have a black mother and a white father, you are black. If you have a black father and a white mother, you are black.

I once heard a story, and I’m trying to find it online, about a white South African transfer student who was denied entry into an African-American event at a high school, even though he was truly African, just not black.

Debbie – “The White panthers are called…Tenthers.” I’m assuming by that you mean people who believe in the Tenth Amendment? I was going to say some other things on that, but I completely forgot that merely believing in state-s rights makes you a racist.

But more to the point, are you actually saying that it is “stoooopid” to hold to the Bill of Rights?

godless heathen

March 31st, 2011
8:27 am

The reason I didn’t vote for Obama was not race. I didn’t like the white half either.

Bob

March 31st, 2011
8:27 am

Eric Holder is a coward.

Moe

March 31st, 2011
8:35 am

“……beliefs and biases, prejudices and predispositions pool in the back of our brains….”

Say it,, don’t spray it, Cynthia.

Aquagirl

March 31st, 2011
8:40 am

Incarcerating black men in droves has destroyed the African-American community. We need to overhaul our antiquated drug laws. In return, African-Americans need to pull their pants up, speak English, and generally act like responsible members of society. Hell may freeze over before either of these things happen.

And yeah, I lock my car doors when a group of young black men with white shirts and droopy pants walk by. There is a practical reason for prejudice. They are more likely, statistically, to commit crimes. How that circumstance came about is secondary to my immediate well being.

Good Grief

March 31st, 2011
8:42 am

Watch it, Aquagirl. That statement, while statistically accurate, is horrifyingly racist. [/sarcasm]