Nothing To Be Proud Of …

Racism.  Bigotry.  Phobia.  Call it what you like, it is an ugly phenomenon.  It assumes that one person considers himself somehow superior to another, based on nothing more than race, skin colour, ethnicity.  And make no mistake, folks, in the United States of America, racism is on the rise, is reaching its highest point since the 1960s.  We have nothing to be proud of. I started this post last night with four examples of racist incidents, and by the time I went to bed, I was up to seven incidents.  In a span of a few short days.  WHY????

It was only last month that two men were arrested by police because they were waiting at a Starbucks for their friend to join them before placing their order.  Did I mention that the men were black?

And since then …

And it isn’t only African-Americans who are being targeted, but also Asians, Muslims, and other Middle Eastern and Arab communities.  Last November, the FBI issued a report detailing the rise in crimes motivated by racial bias.  In an article that month, the editorial board of The Washington Post noted that “the groups against whom crimes rose by double digits were the focus of inflammatory rhetoric by Donald Trump over the course of his presidential campaign.”

Remember that phrase we all used way back in elementary school, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”?  Guess what, folks … it’s a lie.  The wounds inflicted by ‘sticks and stones’ eventually heal.  But words can and do hurt, and those wounds often never heal, but rather lead to a spreading infection.  I firmly believe that the majority of people in this nation are decent people who would never dream of hurting another simply because of the colour of his skin, or because a woman is wearing a hijab.  But, obviously, there are far too many people who take it to heart when the ‘man’ who is supposed to be the leader, the example for the nation says that Mexicans are criminals and rapists.  People listen when they hear Trump say, “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks”.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence both have a history of racism, from Trump’s refusal to rent apartments to African-Americans to Pence’s anti-LGBT legislation in his home state of Indiana.  Unfortunately, while most of us are smart enough, compassionate enough, caring enough to not be swayed by these two men, there are others who are not.  Racism has never completely gone away, though some may have believed it did.  But in the last two years, it has been on the rise at an alarming rate, fed and fueled by the leaders of this nation.

I have no solutions to offer, but incidences like those I mentioned at the beginning of this post are intolerable and I find I cannot simply ignore them, I must speak out, for if we ignore them, they become normalized and before long, nobody thinks much about it.  We cannot allow this to happen.  This is nothing to be proud of, and we all share in the shame of this nation.

38 thoughts on “Nothing To Be Proud Of …

  1. The fact this is being ‘Named and Shamed’ suggest there is a quiet revolution going on which infuriates any narrow-minded bigot (of any stripe), they will scream, stamp, pout and generally be obnoxious.
    Tipping point may come when they will be associated directly with Trump by folk who need to vent their anger and it will be head-cracking time; which may see, fun at the time (Hell, I would hold coats!) but ultimately raises the temp.
    Ideally each and every one should be socially ignored, treated by companies and operators of public places as undesirables and treated to outing on social media, which is of course humiliation and may drive them back down and teach them to ‘Shut The *%*@ Up!’

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  2. Dear Jill,

    Rawgod is right. With a racist like President Trump in the WH, it has allowed the haters the gall to act on their prejudices and cruel impulses. I have already made up my mind that if I am witness to anything remotely like the above instances, I have determined that I will do one of my Italian hissy fit performances which is quite the show. Whoever is acting badly will get a return volley. I am at the point that I am just waiting for one of these racists to act out. I believe it is up to everyone of us who cares about decency and fairness to stand in the breach for our brothers and sisters who are the victims of any of these cowardly, mean bullies.

    Why is it that the Duke official is not being called on the carpet? That’s because folks in the university are not standing up to protest what the Duke official did.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Promise me that if you do one of your Italian hissy fits, you will make sure someone is capturing it on video, for I simply MUST see this!!!

      I agree with you … it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to take a stand, to do the right thing when we see injustices. In the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

      Hugs!!!

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  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘Make no mistake, folks, in the United States of America, racism is on the rise, is reaching its highest point since the 1960s. We have nothing to be proud of. ‘ … it’s been a while for the country to be proud of anything!!

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  4. While bigotry is always prevalent in society, it takes on new heights now police seem to feel they are both judges and executioners. In the lightest sense of the word. The conduct by them was disgraceful toward that ex-CIA officer protesting the US admin’s selection for a current CIA chief. Dislocating the arm of a 78 year-old. Five officers with full body weight on him. Yes he was white, so not bigotry? Except it seems polite dissent. Is no longer tolerated by establishment. Where were the people to stand up for him. One woman only outside. This hearing as to whether she, this creature in the hearing, was suitable. Maybe the handshake has changed now? Cheers Jamie

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    • Quite so. One of Trump’s first promises to the lemmings was to get rid of political correctness. He’s done a hell of a job at that one, hasn’t he. No longer need we be polite, kind, fair or respectful. What a wonderful world, eh? Sigh.
      Cheers!!!

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  5. Do you happen to know how the police acted towards to two college kids on the bus? It would be interesting to see whether all police are the same. It would also be good to know how any other patents on the tour reacted to the one who reported the boys, I hope they ignored her.
    Surely racism is a crime over there, sometimes the police are looking at the wrong people altogether.
    Cwtch

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    • From what I understand, the police were quite professional and quickly determined that the young men were not causing a problem, but were there on legitimate business. They were soon allowed to re-join the group, but by that time had missed valuable parts of the tour. The college has done a good job of contacting the young men, apologizing and offering them a VIP tour. I have no information on the reactions/responses of other parents on the tour, but like you, I would hope they ignored her.

      Sadly, simply being a racist isn’t against the law here. It only becomes a crime when you use violence. Otherwise, it is said to fall under 1st amendment, freedom of speech, protections. I don’t necessarily agree with that, but I also realize that it is a slippery slope and that trying to draw a line as to exactly what is or isn’t “okay” becomes … well, let’s just say that in today’s political climate I wouldn’t trust the buffoons in Congress to do it.

      Cwtch Mawr

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      • Thank you for letting me know. I’m glad the bots got the VIP our and happy to hear the police were more than professional instead of adding to the problem. I’m sorry, but overt racism like that and like that of the next woman should be punishable under the law.. There are people affected by their actions so racist speech causes damage and shouldn’t be protected under freedom of speech laws.
        Cwtch Mawr

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  6. It’s not just the USA, Jill, but two days ago in Lethbridge, AB, the province where I live in Canada, a “Canadian woman” launched a (drunken?) tirade at two Muslim males at a Denny’s restaurant that has embarrassed all Canadians. The video is on Facebook somewhere, but it is also on Global News Lethbridge if you can find the right one. Unfortunately I don’t know how to copy and paste things on this tablet, but if you look closely you will find it. Some of the videos have been made inoperable, but the main one is still up as of two minutes ago. Use the keywords tirade video, that should work.
    The thing is, Trump, and his cronies are making the white supremacist fringe feel they can now say anything and get away with it. This lady din’t get away with it, she lost her job next day after the video went viral in Canada. The problem is, how many of these Trumphole don’t get caught?

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    • I did go in search of, and found easily enough. Disgusting, but then I’ve seen worse. I almost felt sorry for that guy she was with who kept trying to get her to sit down and shut up. I wonder if they’re still together? People can be such jerks. Most likely go un-caught and unpunished, until they finally kill somebody.

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      • No word, but the guy is her husband, so probably. Yes, I’ve seen worse too, but it still scares me how haters are feeling empowered to voice their hate. And apparently this actually happened 3 weeks ago, and the guy who recorded it was waiting for the police to do something, or at least an apology from Denny’s. When nothing at all happened he decided to go public and I’m glad he did. He and his friend deserve better than nothing for enduring that outburst, or whatever filth you want to call it.

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        • I certainly agree with you … it is very frightening how people are feeling so emboldened to spew venom in public. And the big question is … how much farther will it go? Here, it’s a safe bet that at least 40% of the people in any public venue have a gun somewhere on their person … how long before they randomly start taking potshots at those who look different than they do and then getting off on a defense of ‘self-defense’ or ‘justifiable homicide’ or some such b.s. Sigh.

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  7. “racism is on the rise”

    Perhaps I am too much of an optimist. But I don’t think that’s true.

    Yes, at present there is a lot of in-your-face racism showing up. The racists have become very noisy. But their noisy message is still being rejected by the majority. My suspicion is that they are being very noisy because they have not been getting the attention that they want. And that’s because racism has been in decline.

    Take that Starbucks example. If that had happened 50 years ago, the arrested men would have been locked up for a long time, and forgotten. However, in the recent case, we see Starbucks changing policies and retraining workers.

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    • Well, you are right that they are more noisy, more … empowered. But … the FBI and SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) have both reported a significant rise in incidents, so that leads me to believe it is on the rise. But, it isn’t just in the U.S. To a large extent, it goes all the way back to the Arab Spring, and the resulting refugee crisis in most countries. In the U.S., we have the added element of a ‘pre-existing condition’, if you will … the Civil War is still not put to bed here. Sigh.

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      • Yes, there are more incidents. The racists have become bolder, because of having elected Trump. And this may continue for a while.

        However, it seems to me that the US population, as a whole, is becoming less racist and more conscious of racial inequity. And that’s what I see as the more important measure.

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        • I see that trend among some … but I have also seen the opposite. People I worked with for years and would not have thought they had a racist bone in their body are turning out to be narrow-minded bigots. I like to think you are right, but any more, I just don’t know.

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          • People I worked with for years and would not have thought they had a racist bone in their body are turning out to be narrow-minded bigots.

            Well, yes. They just hid their racism very well. But when I think back, I realize that there were subtle signs of racism all along. However, I prefer to think the best of people, so I had let those signs pass. And you have probably been doing the same.

            Now it is all out in the open.

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            • You’re right … I suppose we all simply overlooked some of the signs. With most things, I prefer to have everything out in the open, but with this … I wish they would slither back under their rocks, for I don’t much like what I see of the world today.

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  8. It is shameful. I feel ashamed to be American these days. I just have to keep reminding myself we’re not all like this here and most of us Americans are decent people. When I see Trump with a 42% approval rating, however, it makes it harder to do.

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    • Exactly the problem I have, too! I do believe the majority have better sense, but then I see his approval ratings creeping up, and I find it harder to believe. What the heck are these people finding to approve of???

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