Sunday, October 09, 2005


Blog scanning can be very informative. Not just news or information sites but comments made by individuals on various subjects have give me more pause than normal.
I’m particularly intrigued at the foolish dialogue of some individuals who through some grand reasoning seem to be able to process and understand God’s creatures better than the Almighty himself.
White people who comment on various subjects conveniently leave out race in various topics. Some make judgements on aspects of individuals personal life that they could not conceivable understand unless they were in your shoes. How is it possible for someone who doesn’t fully know you, believe themself to be capable of judging you.
But that unfortunately does not stop those with flawed reasoning and logic to not understand your point of view.
Most white people live in a world of "separate but equal". A modest upbringing that encouraged politeness to the blacks across town, while ignoring, the fact, inequity in our society and how this inequality affects an individuals life.
What exist in America is "a pervasive, subtle, persistent racism." Some call it a "Polite Apartheid".
Racism is defined by the crimes committed by a few, "misguided" individuals. Racists are the exception in an otherwise equitable system of justice and fairness in our society. "Real racists" commit horrible acts such as the men in Jasper, Texas who chained James Byrd Jr. to the back of a pickup truck and dragged his nigga ass to death. The police shooting of an unarmed African immigrant in
New York City. The perceived injustices to blacks in NOLA.
Did you check out the recent police beating of an old man in NOLA? STORY BELOW.
But racism is bore in a small and sometimes unseen state.

Racist attitudes exist even in those organizations which historically have advanced the cause of racial integration such as churches. Churches that are overwhelmingly composed of one race in itself are obstacles to interracial dialogue and acceptance.
Years ago in the Catholic church seating was segregated and blacks who approached communion or confession were only allowed to only after whites and received the sacraments from a separate priest. Also black children were denied entrance to parish schools except to those that were all-black.
One Bishop states: "Just as illegitimate sons are declared irregular by Canon Law blacks can be declared irregular because they are held in such contempt by whites."

This self proposed isolation shows how our society, even in the pretext of being mindful and tolerant of other races and culture, still allows the racists attitudes and isolation to fester and feed these ignorant attitudes.
Racism cannot be judged simply on the basis of demographics. This indisputable segregation by race in our churches and in other institutions and lifestyles deserves more of our attention. But how does one even begin a conversation in blogl;and or otherwise when racist attitudes still prevail among well-meaning and well-educated white people who genuinely believe they are not prejudice?
Some choose or are able to keep their racists tendencies quiet, private, unchecked and most of all unchallenged. We keep ourselves in our own self contained protected bubble of what some might consider innocence or the more likely culprit ignorance.
Some individuals self proclaimed knowledge give some licence to put themselves in the position of social and societal correspondent. Without even being exposed to society at large. Their knowledge based on fictional or limited readings, teachings and or experience. Or maybe a peek at the Cosby show.
Without understanding all of life’s little variables and challenges that some of us come across.
If you refuse to understand that your “white” world is somehow devoid of subtle inequities and destructive mindsets or are either clueless or foolish.
In a reply to one responder here on the Zone I said that I am more comfortable with robes racists, hoods included because I can see them coming.
The people I worry about are the polite, smiling, subtle racists. I think of it as a mold. small and hidden at first but unchecked equally as deadly.
Yes like mold difficult to get rid of but you know it when you see it.

Secret societies

Can the Ivy League's Big Three live down their history of discrimination?
By Christopher Shea

JEROME KARABEL DID NOT have to dig very far for evidence of discrimination in researching his new book, ''The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton" (Houghton Mifflin), appearing later this month. ''There were so many smoking guns," says the Berkeley sociologist, ''that by the end I couldn't see across the room, there was so much smoke."
Sign up for: Globe Headlines e-mail | Breaking News Alerts Indeed, the competition for the title of most shameful incident is pretty stiff. Would the lowest moment be when a Harvard alumnus, in 1925, sent the college's president, Abbott Lawrence Lowell, a letter noting his ''utter disgust" at having run into several Jewish students on a recent campus visit? (Lowell responded sympathetically that he ''had foreseen the peril of having too large a number of an alien race and had tried to prevent it.")
Or perhaps the Anecdote Least Likely to Appear in an Admissions Brochure involves the brilliant black student who showed up to all-white Princeton in 1939, and was promptly pulled out of a registration line. As the student, later a New York appeals court judge, recalled, he was taken to the dean of admissions, examined ''like a disgusting specimen under a microscope," and told he should go home.