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Post-racial society still a dream deferred (Cover your keyboard)
The Attleboro Sun Chronicle ^ | April 28, 2012 | Lauren Carter

Posted on 04/28/2012 12:04:26 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Many people desperately want to believe America is post-racial. Surely a black family living in the White House is proof that we've overcome our embarrassing racial history and become a beacon of tolerance and respect where character, not skin color, informs the judgments we make.

That sounds like a wonderful concept.

It's just not reality.

In reality, a barrage of shockingly racist tweets bashed Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward Wednesday night after he scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 7 against the Boston Bruins.

Enraged Bruins fans, many of them teens, took to Twitter and branded Ward the N-word, along with stupid, dumb, arrogant, smelly, useless and a waste of life in their verbal assault of the black athlete who ended their beloved team's season. In reality, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was gunned down by rogue neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in late February. Martin's crime was walking through his father's gated community in Florida wearing a hoodie and carrying a bottle of iced tea and a bag of Skittles. And, also being black.

Those who deny that race heavily influenced Zimmerman's actions are simply unwilling to confront the facts. Zimmerman openly concluded that Martin looked suspicious, and he came to that conclusion largely because of black stereotypes that are rooted in our nation's history and perpetuated by how we're portrayed by the media - and how we choose to portray ourselves.

That history, those stereotypes and those portrayals amounted to Zimmerman looking at a black male wearing a sweatshirt and seeing danger.

There are many more examples of racism in our supposedly post-racial society. Some of them make headlines, but most do not.

As the daughter of an Italian mother and a black father, I've regularly been accused by friends and family on both sides of the racial divide of being "too black" or "so white." I've also been privy to the racist slip-ups that occur when people think I'm not listening.

About 20 years ago, it was my white uncle: "You know, looking at black people, you can really see how man evolved from ape," he concluded while watching a golf game at a holiday gathering. Last year, it was a white editor at another newspaper: "We should put the headline in Ebonics!" she said with a snicker, when discussing a story about a black man.

At an 8th-grade dance, it was someone I had considered a friend. And it was blatant. A trivial argument about dance moves escalated into a full-blown disagreement in which, in front of all of our friends, he chose to hurt me by unleashing the most potent word in his arsenal of insults: "nigger."

I don't remember what words came before or after it in his sentence. I just remember standing frozen, my skin flushed, looking at black holes where his eyes should have been while a mental framework I'd spent my life constructing simply collapsed.

In that moment, a post-racial world I desperately wanted to believe was real - a world where my race had ceased to matter and I could be viewed as, well, just me - proved to be little more than an alluring fallacy, a pleasant dream.

In that moment, I realized that no matter what else I was, no matter how hard I tried to dispel negative racial stereotypes, the common denominator of my existence could always be reduced to that word, and the idea it embodied: ugliness, worthlessness, a thing.

I knew then, as I know now, that racism has not disappeared. It has merely settled under the surface, waiting for a moment of anger, or a moment of power, or a moment when we think no one is listening, to reveal itself.

The evidence of a still-racial society is everywhere, if we choose to look. It ranges from grossly offensive tweets to seemingly random violence. Sometimes it's just a 12-year-old girl crying in a bathroom stall.

Still, I hope for the post-racial society I thought was real before that 8th-grade dance. I believe it can exist. I think that someday, it will. But not if we pretend it already does.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: georgezimmerman; obama; racism; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After obammy I’ll never again look at a black in a position of power and not wonder if they are there as a quota boy.
Great job of getting us all together there a=hole.


21 posted on 04/28/2012 5:02:45 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: wastedyears
What have we done wrong?

Lots and lots of wrong

...though the country spend much blood and unity to decide if a black person was a full human being or not 150 years ago

...once that was decided we (mostly democrats) spent another 100 years denying blacks equal rights and opportunity...

In the last 50 years we pretty much have made up and more for all those evil sins and of course like every aggrieved person....it's never enough...

...and thanks to our post-racial racist in the WH, he stirs the pot...

22 posted on 04/28/2012 5:21:48 AM PDT by Popman (America is squandering its wealth on riotous living, war, and welfare.)
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To: wastedyears

What we did and continue to do wrong is to accept responsibility for the sins of the father. Or great grandfather, many times removed.

There will never be enough atonement, never enough reparations, never enough apologies. Whites are now the slaves, shackled to white guilt and how dare you try to shuck it off.


23 posted on 04/28/2012 6:22:05 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (A Bounty on Zimmerman, Can Be A Bounty On ANYONE. No NBPP Mob Justice!)
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To: Mean Maryjean
"Is there evidence at all that Martin made it to a store"

I guess we will find out when all the evidence comes out in the trial. Surely there was a surveillance security camera at the store, that will have video... that is if someone doesn't hide it first.

24 posted on 04/28/2012 6:29:47 AM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie mmm mmm mmm)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A twitter attack?

Does this NE libtard actually think a twitter attack is in any way equivalent to bashing heads on pavement, or dousing a person with gasoline and setting him on fire, or six or 10 or 20 men beating on a lone person, or any one of the hundreds of LSM unreported crimes?


25 posted on 04/28/2012 6:37:57 AM PDT by CPOSharky (The only thing straight, white, Christian males get is the blame for everything.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"It's just not reality.

No kidding?

You mean like "post-racism" is like electing somebody to the Presidency for no reason other than race?

I thought that would prove that you're NOT racist.

26 posted on 04/28/2012 6:43:28 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Nothing is more enlightening than truth. Nothing is darker than mendacity.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"It's just not reality.

No kidding?

You mean like "post-racism" is like electing somebody to the Presidency for no reason other than race?

I thought that would prove that you're NOT racist.

27 posted on 04/28/2012 6:43:28 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Nothing is more enlightening than truth. Nothing is darker than mendacity.)
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To: wastedyears

You’re right, it is white Americans who ended slavery on this continent and combat it now on others. But Affirmative Action has consequences and decades of it have certainly dumbed down Americans, now full of self loathing. Now failed policies last forever now, government imposed racism will never be ended until the government is ended.

Conservatives could stop buying newspapers like this, and drop their CATV, as patronizing them is supporting them but imagine asking most US people to give up their TV, crazy.

Lincoln was right (broken clock syndrome) but he died before the repatriation part of his plan was implemented.


28 posted on 04/28/2012 6:44:51 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Perhaps if the "victims" of racism were to stop inciting race-based hate and violence, we could get a more accurate gauge of the real climate. They refuse to integrate as societal equals and have nothing but faux racism to keep the fires burning in their bellies (and in a neighborhood near you). They scream "racism", then attack innocent Whites "for Trayvon" (or any other number of excuses). Then they wonder why they are profiled. If you are a White person in today's climate, you'd be insane to not be situationally aware (profile) Blacks around you.

The chick who wrote this is as nuts as they are and as blind to reality as the average Dim. I just got back from Wal Mart. On the way home, a lib (Obama/Biden bumper sticker gave him away.in a checy truck cut me off, then gave me dirty looks as if it was my fault he's stupid. I guess, like the WH occupier, he needs to blame others for his faults - I bet he wishes he were Black so he could be even more aggressive and get away with it.

There, I feel better now.

29 posted on 04/28/2012 7:08:52 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In this post-segregation era, Blacks are not the victims of racism and racist violence as much as they are the empowered perps.

The Klan with a Tan centers their racial supremacy doctrines and overt hate on whitey, but in reality they hate and harm people of all races around them. That is what racists do.

When Holder announced to Congress that civil rights are for “his people” only, that pretty much sums up the nature of the post segregation racist power structure the radicals have concocted and black racists have embraced. The black racist points one finger at "racist" whitey with three pointed at himself.

30 posted on 04/28/2012 8:15:26 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Many people just don’t like other people and color has nothing to do with it,most of the time it’s actions that causes dislike.
Is it racism when a black calls another black nigger?.


31 posted on 04/28/2012 9:36:24 AM PDT by Vaduz
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