Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Playing the Race Card

"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

Dr. M.L. King

kingphoto When I was in high school I went to a majority black high school.  As a white army brat that was not big deal.  Being around the military all my growing up years, race was virtually a non-issue.  My roommate and best friend was black.  Some of my closest buddies were not white.

That was 20 years ago.  As a minority in my school, I remember being harassed by black gangs and being called cracker, spook, honkey, whatever.   There was even a few times I was jumped because of my race. 

I don't bring this up for you to feel sorry for me or anything.  I bring this up to highlight that racism is racism no matter what direction it flows.

In school I memorized big chunks of Dr. king’s “I have a Dream” speech.  His message to America was that all me are created equal in the eyes of God -- Black, White, Yellow, Brown, Purple or Orange.  He dreamt of the day where his children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by who they are as a person, their character.  Sadly, that day has not yet come.

This week former president Carter made some statements on race.  He said, “There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African American should not be president."  Who is saying that?  Didn’t a majority of Americans vote for Obama?

I have only heard democrats saying that “people” are saying this but cant find any record of these “people” who are saying it.  I went to one of the first Tea Parties here in St. Louis (lead by a black man) and did not see any shred of racism.

I’m sure there are plenty of racist out there.  They need to be quarantined to the deep woods.  Unfortunately it seems that there are racists in positions of power.

Van Jones, former Green Jobs Czar for Obama said that the “white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people of colored communities.”  (see video clip)  Isn’t that racist?

Here are some of my thoughts on race in no particular order:

  • We attended a church who had an African-American preacher who was white.  He was a white man from Africa who immigrated to the US.
  • If every president in the history of the Unites States was black, Barack Obama would be the first white president, because his mother was white.
  • Why is it only racism is you are a minority being persecuted.  What if the minority persecutes the majority because of race, isn’t that racism too?

We need to call racists racist no matter what their race.

1 comment:

  1. Great job, Craig. This is a home run. When I suspend a student of color, I am often accused of using race as a factor. When I suspend a white student, I get "You let the black kids get away with it." So now I'm anti-black AND anti-white, I guess. I should just create a chart, a "Grid o' Discrimination", I guess, to help with these decisions.

    You are spot on here...racism is racism.

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