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#1 DuncanDad

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 02:19 PM

Light crowd, (non weekend day) so we walked right in.

By about half way through you get how poorly African Americans have been treated in this country.

From slavery until the Civil Rights era as a group of humans, they were oppressed, violence heaped upon them, segregated and exploited.

As a person who grew up in the South, I remember all the slurs, casual racism and ways blacks were discriminated against. I remember my mother sobbing because her son, (me) had to go to school with the negros. And how the deacons of the Southern Baptist Church we went to would throw fire crackers at the black kids who came to our Hollween carnival.
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 02:37 PM

Light crowd by complexion?

As a person who grew up in the North, I remember all the slurs, casual racism, and ways blacks were discriminated against.

Racism sucks

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 02:47 PM

I mostly grew up in the north and we used to see klan recruiting stuff in the local high schools in the early mid 80’s, racism wasnt something exclusive to the south that’s for sure. I think most of us have witnessed this kind of craziness if you’re 40 or older, especially us 50+ Folks

Racism sucks
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 02:49 PM

My kid's still see it in school today. It's not something in the past.
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 04:13 PM

My kid's still see it in school today. It's not something in the past.


Yes.
I don’t know if I told the story here or not...
Last year, the W/G and I happened upon a tract of land that really suited us. It backed up to the lake and the price was very good. The next day, I called the listing agent and we chatted for a while until he said something that put me off.
We was talking about his granddaughter and how she was getting married. He said to her how happy he was that she was marring “within her race”.

Racism and classism are alive and well in the US and anyone that says different is most likely part of the problem.
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 04:21 PM

Had a taxi driver on long Island. Chatting with him a bit. A black dude and a white women walked in front of us at a crossing holding hands. "that makes me sick. A pretty white girl like that!"

I asked him to drop me off.
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 04:23 PM

A grandparent in the south said that? Color me shocked.

FTR - I’ve met far more biracial couples in the south than around Chicago Those old school racists are dying off quickly.
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 04:54 PM

A grandparent in the south said that? Color me shocked.

FTR - I’ve met far more biracial couples in the south than around Chicago Those old school racists are dying off quickly.


I do think people sleep on the casual racism of some northern towns.

I remember my Aunt dropping N bombs and cracking racist jokes like it was nothing just 15-20 yrs ago in Southern NH.
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 05:04 PM

Had a taxi driver on long Island. Chatting with him a bit. A black dude and a white women walked in front of us at a crossing holding hands. "that makes me sick. A pretty white girl like that!"

I asked him to drop me off.


To go get the white girl's number?
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 05:09 PM

To go get the white girl's number?


All my potential responses are worse than the cabbies comment!

Just didn't want to give him any more money for any additional miles.
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 05:12 PM

It's amazing how many people came from hateful families. I know my parents had some prejudices, but they did what all good people should be doing - they realized that racism is a human invention, and we have both the power and the duty to will it away by looking past superficial differences. So my sister and I didn't grow up exposed to it. People who still treat racial differences as significant are definitely the biggest problem. They need to realize this isn't the 1800s anymore, and the only thing keeping them there is a limitation in their brain function.
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 05:18 PM

We all know that racism exists going both directions, to act like it is still the same is foolish and more harmful than helpful.
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 05:22 PM

We all know that racism exists going both directions, to act like it is still the same is foolish and more harmful than helpful.

whole lotta this


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Posted 13 September 2019 - 05:32 PM

At least one of our members can’t see it though.
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 05:34 PM

It's going to take a few more generations before it will be much different than now.  Sexual globalization will take care of people looking different.

 

Then humanity will find something else................


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Posted 13 September 2019 - 05:44 PM

I agree it’s not the same. But the after effects are very real. There are a number of observable systemic biases that exist as a direct result of historical racism. This are still very much not equal.
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 05:48 PM

As long as people are different, and it does not matter how, there will ALWAYS be discrimination
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 06:03 PM

Then when people all look the same, they will find other reasons to hate each other.
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 06:05 PM

As long as people are different, and it does not matter how, there will ALWAYS be discrimination


Of course. But a civilized society should strive to even out or eliminate biases and discriminatory behavior rather than surrender to ‘that’s just the way it is.’
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 06:13 PM

I agree it’s not the same. But the after effects are very real. There are a number of observable systemic biases that exist as a direct result of historical racism. This are still very much not equal.

To many ignore this.  Leonard Pitts has made a living off of it.


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