The dream-overcoming racism

It seems today that no one wants to talk about racism, and people just try to pretend that everyone has the same color. But if you use the word white or black in a sentence "YOU'RE RACIST". I think racism is still around and everyone would rather pretend we are all the same color, than deal with the real problem. We all have different cultures, beliefs, physical features and other things. This doesn't mean that one race is superior, just that there are differences. Some of those differences is, the majority of our black men are in prison, single parent households whether mother or father, racial profiling, all these issues are a part of racism whether direct or indirect. One of the best speeches ever delivered is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have A Dream Speech, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Some people think we have "overcome" because we have a black president, that's just a small step. As we have found out by some of the comments about him, we still have a long way to go. Is racism, still around? Are we still judging each other by the color of their skin?

First, we have to realize that racism is not just a black/white issue, and it isn't just about the color of your skin. Racism is male against female or vice-a-versa, old against young, rich against poor, insured against uninsured. Men still think they are superior over women especially in the job place. You find that there are more male supervisors than female because we have been taught from birth that men work and women are "barefoot and pregnant;" however, things have changed somewhat. Women take care of the house, the kids and are still able to "bring home the bacon." The younger generation discriminates against the older generation because they have very little respect for them and think they are a nuisance, not realizing we need to hear the stories of how they fought for the freedom we have today. Rich against poor, some rich people seem to think that because you don't live in a big house, have a lot of money, or have hired help, that you aren't worth the ground they walk on. Insured against uninsured, so many people in America have no health insurance. When the uninsured have to finally break down and go to the hospital they receive inadequate or no care because of lack of ability to pay.

In the black community we have to deal with racism amongst ourselves. We deal with, "is your hair straighter than mine, is your skin lighter than mine, you got a butt and I don't, why do you act and talk white". It's bad enough that we have to deal with these issues from the outside world, but when it's brought into your own home, we have to take a deeper look at not only the outside world but deep within ourselves. We have to decide if we are going to let these stumbling blocks hold us down or if we are going to break free spread our wings and explore what's outside of our community. We hold ourselves back because we are afraid to take baby steps.

Finally, as an African-American, I know how it feels to be called the "N" word or to have someone to either ignore you or follow you around like you're an ex-convict when they might need to be looking at the white person who just stole something. Several people complain that African-Americans or non whites are not qualified for certain jobs, or they got the position because of a quota. Some, employers aren't seeking an experienced individual but one to make the company look good. I would like to tell them that I'm not lazy, nor looking for a handout but someone who would give a 110%. I could tell them that, but making them believe it is something altogether different.

In conclusion, I grew up in a small town in North Georgia where my family was the only blacks. My aunt and uncles were the first blacks to attend and graduate school from there. My grandmother passed in 1997, and she is the only black to be buried it the town cemetery. While growing up in that town, I never experienced racism, and from all the stories my dad, aunt and uncles have told me neither did they. However, later in life I experienced racism not from whites but from my own family. Before we can expect the world to accept us, we have to stop calling each other the "N" word and start setting an example of wanting to be respected or treated as an equal. Before we can expect the world to accept use we have to learn to accept ourselves and treated each other equally. To once again quote Dr. King, "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." One Monday I was watching The View, Elizabeth Hasselbeck said she and the family was taking a flight right after Christmas (after the foiled terrorist attack) and two Muslim men were standing in the aisle talking; she said everyone was looking tense. She said the men gave each other hugs and kisses and sat down. One of the men moved toward the front and the other sat beside her and her children. Elizabeth said that she just came right out and asked if he were a terrorist, and the gentleman said "no" and explained the other gentleman was his son. He went on to say they had been planning that trip for a long time, and it would be the last one for awhile because the son was going off to school. They had planned to sit together, but the flight attendant would not allow it. Elizabeth stated that she had one of the best conversations with that gentleman during the five hour flight. So, once again I must ask, is racism still around?

Work Cited

  • Mount, Steve. "Constitutional Topic: "The I Have a Dream Speech" USConstitution.net. 08 Jan 2010. http://www.usconstitution.net/dream.html (13 Jan 2010) http://theview.abc.go.com/recap/tuesday-january-12-2010

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