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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
Where to start?
1 posted on 04/28/2012 12:04:39 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s wrong with this person? Slaves were brought here before America was an independent country. We fought a war partly to free them. What have we done wrong?


2 posted on 04/28/2012 12:19:39 AM PDT by wastedyears (There can be only one.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sure that Zimmerman being a “White Hispanic” could understand the hurt of being called names. Maybe if Black teens had not been burglarizing the neighborhood lately...there would have been no suspicion.


3 posted on 04/28/2012 12:42:20 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

George Zimmerman’s Black Ancestry is Revealed
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2876811/posts

The world’s most famous “white Hispanic” is part black
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2876819/posts

George Zimmerman: the black, Hispanic, Peruvian, kind-hearted non-white, not-racist poster boy
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2876692/posts

George Zimmerman Has ‘Black Roots’
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2876518/posts


4 posted on 04/28/2012 12:49:08 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
he chose to hurt me by unleashing the most potent word in his arsenal of insults: “nigger.”

If that's the best he could do, grow a hide sonny.

Why are we always the racists when the media always has to note the first black this, the first hispanic that? They are the ones who have to drag race into every issue.

5 posted on 04/28/2012 1:41:04 AM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. II Corinthians 3:17)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If one word is so powerful that it angers the user AND the hearer, then that word has power. But words should not have power; they must not control us. Why this one word?

Consider its source; it comes from the Spanish word for black - negro. In Spanish, the e is prounced as a long a. Add in a Southern accent and it becomes the hated word.

Other words (”sic”, “wop”, “kike”, etc.) all once had the same power and we have robbed them of their power by mocking their use. So should it be with any word that tries to control our emotions.


6 posted on 04/28/2012 1:49:01 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The only ones that are racists are the racists themselves.


7 posted on 04/28/2012 2:09:10 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I believe it can exist. I think that someday, it will. But not if we pretend it already does.

I wonder who she thinks is pretending we have a post racial society?

8 posted on 04/28/2012 2:21:13 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, it appears that living in a dreamworld constructed around how you want the world to be and not how it actually is, is a recipe for pain and confusion at a minimum, or violence and death at worst.

That chunky German animal loving woman climbing over a barrier in a zoo, diving into the moat and swimming over to a Polar bear springs to mind. The lovable, friendly creature of her fantasy no doubt saw her as being more akin to a particularly plump seal and took a chomp out of her back.

This woman reels off a litany of racial insensitivities from her earliest memories, apparently, but there’s quite the imbalance as to just whom is represented among the offenders. I’ve had biracial friends and acquaintances, and can say with some certainty that she received just as much if not more abuse at the hands of black people.

She’s between worlds, being biracial, being part both but belonging to neither, when it gets right down to brass tacks. She purports to have longed for a postracial society, to have dreamed of it, despite an apparent lifetime filled with indications to the contrary.

The young lady appears to have been just as deluded as that German fan of cuddly Polar Bears. Sometimes, barriers are best left unjumped, and moats unswum. They’re there for a reason.

Chomp.


9 posted on 04/28/2012 3:15:06 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: wastedyears

Your answer is in your statement.

Think about it.


10 posted on 04/28/2012 3:40:22 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"...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..."

Please correct me if I am wrong.... but I don't think that Martin's father lived in the Zimmerman's gated community, doesn't he live just outside it? And Martin was not just casually cutting through (like taking a shortcut), Martin was walking around behind houses, suspiciously looking around, was he not?

These people still refuse to acknowledge the facts.

11 posted on 04/28/2012 4:25:59 AM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie mmm mmm mmm)
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy

Trayvon Martin at that time was on a ten day suspension from Carol City High School in Miami Gardens, which is a long way from Sanford in central Florida.


12 posted on 04/28/2012 4:29:03 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Post-racial society still a dream deferred

Maybe the racist in the White House should stop inciting race mobs ala Florida.
13 posted on 04/28/2012 4:29:31 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’ll be interesting to see what happens the day there aren’t any politicians for such whiners to pull on and they finally have to face everyone who is sick and tired of their whining.


14 posted on 04/28/2012 4:33:04 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: wastedyears

I’ve often wondered how different America would have been had #1) slavery not been brought to these shores, and #2) the founding fathers had dealt with abolishing it at the time the constitution and other founding documents were written.


15 posted on 04/28/2012 4:36:34 AM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wasn’t racist until I was told by lots of black people that my skin color made me evil, worthy only of being killed.

I wasn’t racist until I started reading about black-on-white multiple beatings based on the actions, in another state, by other people.


16 posted on 04/28/2012 4:43:27 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Admin Moderator refuses to let me hit it. -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2875871/posts)
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy

Is there evidence at all that Martin made it to a store and actually bought ice tea and skittles? It may have only been an excuse he gave his father so that he could leave the house for awhile. Unless there is actual evidence that Martin in fact did go to the store and was on the way back to where he was staying, it’s an outright lie to report and to write that it actually happened.


17 posted on 04/28/2012 4:43:47 AM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow, this girl sees the boogieman everywhere.


18 posted on 04/28/2012 4:47:36 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Mean Maryjean

There is some indication that the whole iced tea and Skittles thing was constructed by the lawyer, Crump, purely on the basis of litter found and catalogued at the scene by police, and nothing else.


19 posted on 04/28/2012 4:50:52 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Vision

Yep. Obama and Holder too.

Actually,the author of this article is the racist that she deplores in others. Racism is a two way street. Yet she obviously cant see it when it is glaring on her side.

An example is her ignoring the fact that young black males are part of a verified criminal profile and that there had been numerous break ins in Zimmermans neighborhood before he saw Trayvon acting suspiciously.

She instead beats the dead horse of “racial profiling” to falsely slander Zimmerman as a racist.

Why am I not surprised at this racist, knee jerk, reaction of a “liberal” to the facts? It is their signature.


20 posted on 04/28/2012 4:55:36 AM PDT by Uncle Lonny
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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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