Yes Virginia, there is racism in America

I ask you to read this post on racism by fellow-blogger Brosephus, for this post pulls no punches and speaks about racism in the U.S. as clearly and honestly as any I have heard.

The Mind of Brosephus

It’s the year 2019, and we are still having this same debate.  No matter how many times we hash this out, we will undoubtedly do the same thing again sometime in the near future.  That’s just what we do as Americans.  We keep doing the same stupid things over and over without learning from our past to make our futures better.

Racism has no ideology.  It has no political leanings either.  It is as much a founding principle of America as the Constitution itself.  Racism was written into our founding documents and formed the basis of many of our laws and court decisions.  To pretend that it’s not a major issue is nothing more than trying to fool yourself into believing that the sun does not rise.

From Gov. Ralph Northam’s photo to the implicit bias that affects racial disparities in policing, racism colors how we act among ourselves…

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10 thoughts on “Yes Virginia, there is racism in America

    • It is much like that here, too. Unfortunately, the head honcho here is a racist, a bigot and a misogynist, and the attitude seems to flow down to the rest of government, and then to the people. Many snakes have come slithering out from under their rocks in the past two years. Sigh.

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  1. Until we know that racism is a subject covered in schools, or more accurately racial equality, and until it’s standard practice for police to be told that all shootings will be investigated fully to see if justified, and all shops will be prosecuted should they refuse to serve someone on the grounds of race or sexuality then these problems will never go away. When the law allows for prosecution of someone who makes offensive racial/ sexual remarks and displays no tolerance of such things then people’s attitudes may change.

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    • You are, of course, so very right, but sadly we seem to have reversed course and are headed in the other direction. In truth, I doubt this nation will ever come to the point where racist language will be a prosecutable crime, for it would be seen to infringe on the 1st Amendment right to free speech. I think there needs to be a line in the sand as to what is and isn’t acceptable speech, and speech that is designed solely to hurt a person or group of people should be against the law. But, you and I both know the likelihood is slim to none. We have taken many steps backward over the past several years, and especially the past two years since a racist was elected to the Oval Office. Eventually, the pendulum will swing back again, but I think not in my lifetime or yours.

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    • I hadn’t seen your posts lately, and his one definitely caught my eye, for I have written similar views lately. Yours was excellent, and I really like the fact that you, as one of my Brit friends says, “Call a spade a bloody shovel!” You pull no punches … get it out into the open and let’s talk about it. We’re all on this planet together, now let’s figure out how to live together in peace and mutual respect.

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      • The pull no punches is kinda etched into my DNA. My dad, at 15 years of age, walked and hitched his way to DC for the March on Washington with two of his friends. He got there early enough to end up being one of the volunteers who put the signs together. He has permanent scars from getting shocked with cattle prods during protests.

        I have an aunt who was a nursing student in the 60s and was one of the nurses who took care of the Bloody Sunday marchers after they were beaten.

        I’ve listened to numerous first hand accounts of the bad things people endured becauze of racism and bigotry, and I don’t want my kids to be able to give their own first hand accounts to their kids or grandkids. There’s no reason to try to sugar coat the past. We can’t change it. We can learn from it and improve ourselves only when we’re honest about it and our roles in what happened.

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        • Wow … your family has some serious history! I was 3 years younger than your dad. I like the way you think, and your kids have a great role model … I’ve followed your blog for years, but sort of lost touch somehow, didn’t see your posts. I’m glad I’ve re-connected, for you have some important things to say.

          I had an aunt and uncle … great-aunt and great-uncle actually … who were Holocaust survivors, so I understand what you mean by growing up hearing the first-hand accounts. It sticks with you. But then, I think that with each generation it loses a bit of its connection, and ultimately it is just some story from long-ago ancestors. This is why, I think, we never seem to learn the lessons of history, but instead are destined to repeat the same mistakes. The Chinese believe that history is cyclic, and I’m inclined to agree some days.


  2. Dear Jill,

    What a mess! Gov. Northam has yet to face reality that he’ll have to step down. Then I had hopes for the Lt. Gov. who looks like he has a checkered past with the ladies.

    It really is safer to vote for women candidates.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Yes, like you, I had great hopes for the Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax. I don’t know if the allegations against him hold water, but … DAMN … is this the way our politics are going now? Is there not a single politician we can trust? I agree … vote for the women! Arrrrrrgtggghhhh … I’m moving to Canada!!!


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