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Opinion: Plenty of work to be done regarding racism in US
The University of Tennessee Daily Beacon ^ | February 10, 2014 | Andrea Richardson, sophomore in anthropology

Posted on 02/10/2014 7:52:30 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Last week, I was one of the many students who crowded the Alumni Memorial Building to hear the amazing Angela Davis speak.

She spoke about our country's history of slavery and slavery's modern incarnation: our nation's prison industrial complex.

"We should seriously question the fact that punishment can be profitable," Davis challenged. She was referring to the multi-billion dollar industry of privatized correctional facilities, one of our economy's fastest growing sectors.

The thing about capitalism is that in the right conditions, a profit can be made from just about anything — including the suffering of other people. Why do we pump billions of dollars and millions of citizens through our prisons but neglect the increasingly dysfunctional education and healthcare systems?

After I left the talk, this and many of her other points reverberated within my mind, but one stuck out to me the most.

She criticized the way race is broached as a topic of discourse in the U.S. by comparing it to South Africa.

We all (or at least, we should) know the tumultuous history of South Africa, of Nelson Mandela and his "long walk to freedom." In many respects, the violence and the unrest were much worse than that which occurred in the U.S.

Yet Davis claims that in South Africa, white and black people are better at having critical discussions about this history as well as the current situation than we in the U.S. are. I think she's right.

In the U.S., many people are often criticized — myself included — for talking about race-related issues. Davis added that many white people in our nation seem to be unable to talk about our country's racial history without feeling guilty in such a way that derails discussion.

We all need to learn how to have this conversation because it is an important one. Slavery and racism are, unfortunately, intricately weaved into our history and society. American capitalism was birthed on unpaid laborers, and it is maintained on the backs of inadequately paid workers.

Our country has engineered the plight of Native Americans, Latinos and Asians — and yet, we refuse to talk about it, because for some it is an uncomfortable topic?

Ignoring a disease does not cure it.

And as scared as people are of the disease of racism, they fear much more its public diagnosis. White America is more concerned with being called racists than it is about actually having constructive discussions of what we've inherited from our forefathers.

What did George W. Bush call "one of the most disgusting moments" of his presidency? Hint: It wasn't the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and it wasn't the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq.

It was during a telethon fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina when Kanye West infamously said that the former president "doesn't care about black people."

Let me repeat: President George W. Bush perceived one of his lowest points to be a hip-hop celebrity calling him a racist.

(I'd just like to say, for the record, that there are worse things than being called racist. For example, you could be subjected to racism. But let me go on.)

There are many reasons that we need to be able to discuss race in America. For one, the prison industrial complex that I mentioned earlier disproportionately affects men and women of color. And contrary to popular belief, Trayvon Martin is not the only hate crime that has happened in the last five years.

Socioeconomically, there are still huge gaps in income and wealth that correlate with race and ethnicity. Pseudo-egomaniacal talk-show hosts like Bill O'Reilly exist.

We have work to do people.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blacks; bush; racism; trayvon

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1 posted on 02/10/2014 7:52:31 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another celebrated murdering professor who should have fried years ago.


2 posted on 02/10/2014 7:54:14 AM PST by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only racists think it is important to always talk about racism.


3 posted on 02/10/2014 7:55:58 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The amazing Angela Davis, indeed!


4 posted on 02/10/2014 7:57:24 AM PST by AU72
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Plenty of work to be done regarding racism in US

Yes. Yes there is.

And we should start by calling a halt to people crying "racism" every time the ball doesn't bounce their way.

That, and implementing a serious crackdown on the knockout "game"

5 posted on 02/10/2014 7:57:55 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: AU72

As if a Lesbo, Commie can be “Amazing.”


6 posted on 02/10/2014 7:57:59 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The very first step to wiping out RACISM in America is to wipe out Liberalism.


7 posted on 02/10/2014 7:58:40 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why they never put down slavery currently going on in Africa, China and the rest of the world amazes me. There has not been slavery in the USA in over 100 years - move on to a real problem.


8 posted on 02/10/2014 7:59:45 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She spoke about our country's history of slavery and slavery's modern incarnation: our nation's prison industrial complex.

In other words, she shoveled several more tons of crap in to the already-full cesspool that is modern "academia".

9 posted on 02/10/2014 7:59:47 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: dfwgator

Lesbo, commie and accessory to first degree murder.


10 posted on 02/10/2014 8:03:25 AM PST by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
White America is more concerned with being called racists than it is about actually having constructive discussions of what we've inherited from our forefathers.

That is a bald-faced lie. In fact, over the last ten to twenty years, the CONSTANT accusations of racism by a certain race-baiting "activist" culture in this country has, for me, caused the word to lose virtually all of its power and impact.

I don't "fear" being called a "racist" any more than I "fear" being called "white".

11 posted on 02/10/2014 8:03:47 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yep, another racist who should be fired.


12 posted on 02/10/2014 8:03:53 AM PST by Zathras
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In the U.S., many people are often criticized — myself included — for talking about race-related issues.

I doubt if you have been criticized for talking about it.

It's possible you have been criticized for HOW you're talking about it, or WHAT you're saying.

13 posted on 02/10/2014 8:03:57 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Pseudo-egomaniacal talk-show hosts like Bill O'Reilly

It's possible that he's a REAL egomaniac, you know.

14 posted on 02/10/2014 8:05:28 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If blacks would stop robbing, murdering, raping, drug dealing, and engaging in other gang related criminal activities, the incarceration numbers would be a lot less disproportionate. fact is though, they have been failed by the Democratic party which they have been tying their fate to for over 40 years now and now we’re all left to clean up the fallout of that deal with the devil. Frankly, my giveashitometer is registering a solid zero.


15 posted on 02/10/2014 8:05:37 AM PST by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Pseudo-egomaniacal talk-show hosts like Bill O'Reilly exist.

Totally wrong. O'Reilly is a genuine egomaniac.

16 posted on 02/10/2014 8:05:54 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

George W. Bush...is that the same George W. Bush who is involved in eradicating aids in Africa?

Kanye West is an idiot.

Nobody really wants to talk about racism anymore except racists. Most people have moved on.


17 posted on 02/10/2014 8:06:24 AM PST by goldi
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18 posted on 02/10/2014 8:06:36 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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19 posted on 02/10/2014 8:07:12 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
the amazing Angela Davis speak.

Marxist/Anarchist
Card carrying Communist
using Race to promote
her vision of Marxist UTOPIA.

20 posted on 02/10/2014 8:08:38 AM PST by Uriel-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: Howie66

Liberalism THRIVES on the specter of “racism”, pitting one group against another.

We need to realize they’re baiting us just as much as they are the AA community. They get us by stoking antipathy toward the “parasite class”, all while they stoke hatred of the producer class on the other side.


21 posted on 02/10/2014 8:08:38 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
White America is more concerned with being called racists than...

And I should trust your knowledge about "white America" because...... ?

There's no such thing as "white America".

22 posted on 02/10/2014 8:09:31 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: goldi
Nobody really wants to talk about racism anymore except racists. Most people have moved on.

Booker T. Washington called it, over a hundred years ago...

"I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public."

And Ms. Davis has made a very good living by prolonging the disease.

23 posted on 02/10/2014 8:11:30 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: RC one

Andrea Richardson is a sophomore in anthropology. She can be reached at aricha43@utk.edu.


24 posted on 02/10/2014 8:12:51 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Andrea Richardson, sophomore in anthropology

Hence the term "sophomoric".
25 posted on 02/10/2014 8:13:20 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Izzy Dunne

Good point. We’re told all the time that we can’t understand, and more pointedly, can’t “judge”, black culture, attitudes and behavior because we aren’t black.

Wouldn’t that go both ways?

I guess not. Nothing on this issue ever goes both ways.


26 posted on 02/10/2014 8:14:44 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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Andrea Richardson, sophomore in anthropology
Stopped reading right there.
27 posted on 02/10/2014 8:15:13 AM PST by oh8eleven (claimer)
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She criticized the way race is broached as a topic of discourse in the U.S. by comparing it to South Africa. ....

American capitalism was birthed on unpaid laborers, and it is maintained on the backs of inadequately paid workers.

I didn't need a picture to ID the race of the writer. Those two sentences alone did all the talking I needed. Why doesn't this whiny b**** go to South Africa and live there for 20 + years and then get back with her evidence that the citizens there are any better off without capitalism?

28 posted on 02/10/2014 8:15:25 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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"Andrea Richardson, hates white people"

29 posted on 02/10/2014 8:17:00 AM PST by digger48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Angela Davis is still in demand as a speaker??? I submit this speaks ill of any university paying her to speak. As we all know, she is an admitted, an open hard-line Communist and anti-American activist from the 60’s, who properly lines the garbage bin of a sad history.


30 posted on 02/10/2014 8:18:08 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: digger48

I missed all that fun, being without electricity and all, in Biloxi.


31 posted on 02/10/2014 8:22:37 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: MrB

When I first started looking into Barak Hussein Obama, it became very obvious and evident to me that his being “elected” to the Office of the President would be a tremendous disaster for race relations in our country.

I have never been so disappointed in being right about something.


32 posted on 02/10/2014 8:22:46 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Start with Sharpton and Jackson...
33 posted on 02/10/2014 8:24:02 AM PST by PATRIOT1876
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If the author is serious about getting rid or racism, she should demand that the National Association for the Advancement of COLORED People, the United NEGRO College Fund, BLACK Entertainment Television ... And, she should be DEMANDING that government and industry abolish all race-based affirmative action.

If she doesn't do these things, we'll know that she's just a hypocrite and a race hustler, and someone to be spurned.

34 posted on 02/10/2014 8:25:25 AM PST by NorthMountain
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I doubt if you have been criticized for talking about it.

Well ... I'll criticize her for talking about racism. "Racism" has been done to death in this country. It's long past time to quit talking about racism and get on with our lives. Talking about racism interferes with doing anything useful or constructive. Clearly, the black and hispanic people who make a living by talking obsessively about "racism" are either unable or unwilling to do anything useful or constructive. They are not rational, or reasonable, and they have no achievable goal. Dialogue with them is impossible and would be useless in any case; the only words I have for them are STFU.

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”
― Booker T. Washington

35 posted on 02/10/2014 8:34:01 AM PST by NorthMountain
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That’s quite a plight Asian-Americans suffer.


36 posted on 02/10/2014 8:42:26 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Anytime someone wants to have a real discussion of race that expands beyond the "evil whites" they're turned off or shouted down.

Its a two way street missy, before you can point to the 300 years of slavery in this country let's understand the 2,000 years of slavery in Africa.

Let's talk about the hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of $$ expended to end slavery.

Let's discuss the Barbary pirates and the raids along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea gathering souls to be sold in the slave markets of N Africa.

But that's just history...

I'm willing to address the inadequacies of the US justice system, it really is atrocious, but the corollary is the crime ridden culture that feeds it.

We can discuss the sins of the "white man" and have ad infinitum, but at some point shouldn't blacks get on w/ their lives, and stop making excuses?

37 posted on 02/10/2014 8:45:58 AM PST by Pietro
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Last week, I was one of the many students who crowded the Alumni Memorial Building to hear the amazing Angela Davis speak.

That's as far as I could get.....

38 posted on 02/10/2014 9:03:34 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I agree we definitely need to work on racism in this country. That is, the racism practised by Blacks, and Latinos against White people.
39 posted on 02/10/2014 9:06:12 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: NEMDF
the amazing Angela Davis

That's as far as I got to understand EVERY thing about this article. When this country goes full blown communist, how do these victim class pundits think their world will change?

Do they think laws and their enforcement will disappear? Have they not heard of Pogroms and the lawless targeting of suspect groups in the old USSR? What a bunch of Lotus Eaters.

40 posted on 02/10/2014 9:06:57 AM PST by Thommas (The snout of the camel is in the tent..)
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To: dfwgator

Mr. Washington certainly was prescient.

I wonder if Ms. Davis even knows who he is?


41 posted on 02/10/2014 9:22:34 AM PST by goldi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I agree that there is plenty of work to be done combating racism in the U.S. The first place to start is with the Black community and eliminate all vestiges of Affirmative Action and all preferential treatment for Blacks and minorities.
42 posted on 02/10/2014 9:30:09 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I got to “the amazing Angela Davis” and stopped reading. No point.


43 posted on 02/10/2014 9:33:06 AM PST by IronJack
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have given up trying to be decent because our Country ended racism way too long ago and since the 60’s has thrown upwards of one trillion dollars towards helping minorities get ahead. Since Caucasians were a super majority back in the 60’s we showed our willingness to get over it and move on towards a population that did not care about skin color. We could just as easily stomped them out of existence.

The problem is the minorities realized they could extort even more money from us by screaming “racism” rather than buckling down, learning, and working hard. Being lazy and having most everything given you them while using the race card has made them the defacto ruling class, much like some countries in Africa where a minority tribe ruthlessly rules over the majority.

I will not bend any more and I will not play nice around these lazy, corrupt, thieving people.


44 posted on 02/10/2014 2:15:44 PM PST by OldMissileer
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