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By the mere word race, do we worsen the problem?

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hush
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50 posted 03-27-2002 02:24 PM       View Profile for hush   Email hush   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for hush

'It's a matter of people being bigots and mentally regressed.'

No it's not. For regression to occur, progression needs to take place first. I would agree that in the grand scheme of things, much progression in racial equality has occured. But what about progression on the individual basis? I would imagine that once a person progresses beyond a certain opinion based on racial stereotypes, they don't seem very apt to change their opinion back again. ("Aw, I was right to begin with, black people are bad...")

I also don't think it's a matter of bigorty in most cases. People just tend to identify more with people who have similar interests, which is often a racial/cultural thing. Another point to be made is that (at least in the city where I live) there are still very strong ethnic divisions among neighborhoods. In Toledo, there are areas that are mainly black, Mexican, Hungarian, and Polish. This tendency causes city-wide segregation.

You know, until I went to Jr. High, I had never been in a school with more than three black people in it? And all of a sudden, here I am in a completely integrated school (which is questionable to begin with- I'd be more inclined to say that both my Jr. high and High School have been racially mixed without a great deal of actual integration) and all I can think is "why do all these black girls think theycan just cut in front of us white girls and get away with it?" But you can bet I never sai a word, becaause white girls who confronted black girls with that sort of think got beaten up. It happened. It was completely racial... so what can you expect a terrified white girl to think? Was I supposed to appreciate black culture with this kind of thing going on all the time?

Now, this kind of thing still happens to seniors in high School. I don't stand for it anymore, because I don't see black girls and insurmountable, or somehow fundamentally unlike me. And now that I am completely aware that they are completely human, and that I can communicate with them properly, I don't think if a black girl cuts in front of me in line or tries to start a fight with me, it's going to change my opinion. However, turning away from things like this will only make things worse- we need to recognize that this happens, and we need to discuss why. Why is always us vs. them? Why is there the prevailing sense among whites that blacks will take advantage of them with rude elbows, big mouths, and flailing fists whenever possible? What influenced me so strongly that I fell under this belief for years, too?

These aren't easy questions, but racism isn't an easy issue. Every aspect of the situation needs to be looked at to even attempt to get anywhere.

"Love is a piano
dropped from a four story window
and you were in the wrong place
at the wrong time." -Ani DiFranco

Brad
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51 posted 03-28-2002 12:00 AM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

"However, turning away from things like this will only make things worse- we need to recognize that this happens, and we need to discuss why. Why is always us vs. them? Why is there the prevailing sense among whites that blacks will take advantage of them with rude elbows, big mouths, and flailing fists whenever possible? What influenced me so strongly that I fell under this belief for years, too?"

--Good questions. My own experience shows just the opposite of 'rude elbows, big mouths, and flailing fists'.

--I suspect the answer (no surpise here) lies more in people wanting to be right and wanting to have the right than in trying to live together.

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“Quality, objectively defined”

Given the name that I’ve  chosen to post under in this incarnation I can’t avoid asking the obvious:

Brad, please define quality.
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