Racism affects (and has affected) minority groups since colonists set their ships on the land we now call America. We have come leaps and bounds away from the bigotry that existed yesteryear, but do not be mislead my friends, RACISM IS STILL HUGE IN AMERICA!
I see it everyday as no doubt, so do most of you, who are in these minority groups. My child goes to a prevalently white private school (one of the best high schools in the country) and he sees racism is subtle ways. Not necessarily from students, but from some faculty members. When he speaks up for what he believes in, he’s not seen by all as a young vocal leader. His belief (and ours) is that he’s seen as a “radical,” a “trouble-maker,” a “sh*t-stirrer.” NO – not from all staff members, NO – not from all upper management of his school, and NO – not from nearly ANY student…but it’s there, just below the surface. Some ask, “If that’s true, why keep him there?” Again, it’s ranked as one of the best and we understand that education is power. Jonathan is destined for greatness, and the public schools, in our area anyway, are not going to get him there (shout-out to all the GREAT public schools that are out there!)
Now, our current Administration, our Barack Obama, is dealing with racism, just like every Black Man in AMERICA that he is currently leading. It’s wrong, it’s inappropriate, and it’s disgraceful!
Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that racial politics played a role in South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson’soutburst during President Obama’s speech to Congress last week and in some of the opposition the president has faced since taking office.
“I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American,” Carter stated. “I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that shares the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African-Americans.”
“That racism inclination still exists, and I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of belief among many white people — not just in the South but around the country — that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply,” Carter said.
What are we showing our children, our future leaders, by allowing this to continue?