Is the 21st Century Colorblind?

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    Nicole,

    Give us some examples of racism which have come out since the election of Obama. New stuff, or old stuff from new places.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    wet suit. The problem is whether this is a result of racism. Now, if all of these are aimed at Obama, we have a limited issue, and only if it happens to be based on racism.
    Give you an example: Sitting in a restaurant today, I heard two couples talking with outraged anger about the secret Hallowe’en party including Johnny Depp and supposedly costing $3 million. And even more anger about the food nazi in Raeford. Not to mention the budget situation. They were all angry, they were all white, it was in Florida, and nobody mentioned Obama’s race. But I suppose you can say they were racist underneath it all. And they didn’t like the treatment of the DoD, most especially the reduction in nuclear warheads. No mention of race. Too bad.
    What we need are things like the Knoxville horror but with the races reversed.

  3. Richard Aubrey says:

    Oh, yeah. We need flash mobs of white kids assaulting blacks, robbing convenience stores. And we need white-on-black “knockout king” attacks.
    Also, we need to reverse the races in other cases. My daughter, who was white, needs to become black, while the student who assaulted her two days ago, needs to become white.

  4. This is a really interesting article…I think we all need to explore outside our usual neighborhood…otherwise we are missing out on other people’s experiences and history….Life is not just what occurs in old history textbooks….

    The Jeremy Lin-sanity phenomenon is a case in point…the whole media circus is shining a bright spotlight on a new sports star, who is so unexpectedly different in so many ways….His presence has increased TV viewership by 70-80 % and tapped into markets previously ignored….His game is very different, too, with less emphasis on himself and assisting his teammates….I hope that his example can teach us all about what the possibilities are and not just how to keep playing the same old game with the same old strategies….

  5. Richard Aubrey says:

    As regards the conversation Fast&Furious Holder said we should have, white people know that means they should shut up and agree with whatever is lectured at them. No thanks. Some other time.
    Now, if you think white people should shut up and agree with whatever is lectured at them, fine. Just don’t call it a conversation. ’cause if you call it a conversation, you can’t contol who speaks and what they say. Everybody gets to speak. Not sure you want to go there.
    Is this century color blind? Sort of. Ask Asian-Americans trying to get into top tier colleges.

  6. I have a problem when things are taken out of context. You should have included all that he said regarding “Black History Month” and that is….

    “You’re going to relegate my history to a month?” the 68-year-old actor says in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” to air Sunday (7 p.m. EST). “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history. “Freeman notes there is no “white history month,” and says the only way to get rid of racism is to “stop talking about it.”

    NOTE that he said “American history”….. And that’s exactly the point. How long is it going to be before we are looked at as “Americans” and not segmented or fragmented?

    When I read a book, it’s either great or not. It doesn’t matter what color the person is who wrote it. I have no clue as to who invented the toilet but I’m sure as hell glad that it was invented.

    In so far as the writer seeing Freeman as someone who is simply an actor … take a look at the countless actors/actresses who represent a cause of a political view and people accept them as spokespeople? But Freeman said something that rubs against the nurturing of racism, his credibility is lost? He’s an older black man who was born in a time where racism was very visible and in the open. He came into acting when he clearly could feel prejudice.

    I would venture to say that the writer would have no problem with Ellen DeGeneres speaking out for gays, or Barbara Streisand or others openly speaking of her political views. I see double standards here I’m not comfortable with them.

    Lastly … when my kids were in high school the registration process included an optional form which asked for ethnicity. The list options were exactly what you would think. My kids are 50% Mexican and would qualify as “Hispanic” (I’m not sure where Hispania is) but the fact is, they were born here in the USA but have a rich Mexican heritage. My response to the questionnaire was simple. With a large red marker I crossed out all the options and in big letters wrote “AMERICAN.” I did this every year at re-registration.

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  1. [...] Twenty years later, I would like to believe that Rodney’s symbolic case and public appeal has made a difference. At times, I believe people of different races and religions are “getting along” remarkably well, and at other times, there’s unequivocally a need for education and empathy. [...]

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