Originally posted by Lurch:
This whole racism deal is ignorant. I'm tired of hearing someone say they should be treated a certain way because their ancestors were enslaved or whatever the case was. That may have been their ancestors, but I don't see slaves anymore so I really don't see a reason to treat a certain race better than another because at one point in time their ancestors were slaves. I mean nowadays I have yet to see an actual case of racism. It's used more as an excuse I think. But thats just me I'm sure others feel completely different.
I appreciate your post. I agree with you racism is ignorant, so is reverse racism (the use of slavery and ancestry as excuses to receive what you haven't earned). Both versions of racism exist, they are just harder to see then in the past. Now days it takes a trained eye to see the racism. When I was your age and younger racism was prominent, best said legal. I remember having to order and receive my food in the back of the restaurant. I remember the old "if your skin is black ride in the back" days. I remember when schools first went intergrated in Alabama. The law had intergrated but the mentality of the people was still segregated. I remember the atrocities written on the desk because a person of color had sit in those desk the previous day. I understand some what how you feel when you say you haven't seen any actual cases of racism. It is against the law now and is scrutinized by most all races of people. I would like to leave you with these few points: racism still exist, it just harder see and understand for most of us due to the lack of exposure. If you haven't experienced it, then it's harder to fathom that it is happening. Too, those that have slave ancestry have been schooled about racism and are usually sensitive to racial issues because they have been taught that there were differences between people at one time because of skin color. Should we let it affect us negatively? No, never, there is actually only one race- the human race. The color of a person's skin should not warrant any special treatment, but it should not be a deterrence for what people are willing to merit through hard work.