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December 28, 2012
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Six years old article. Racism is still alive and well in many rural areas. Regrettably, Texas is no exception. You can still get a DWB (driving while black or brown).
Roger that! Those who know me, as you do, know that I will ride and die for them! A few idgets do not define the human race or our profession! Thanks for your support and empathy for those who have to endure injury be it physical or mental from a few! I too am sorry that you and others have had to endure similar circumstances! These things just make us stronger in our resolve to make things as they should be!
Thanks for sharing your story with me Steven as I told you I am not surprised about Vidor and some other small east Texas towns. I have found myself in the same situation at times also and I have reacted the same way and would not have expected anything less from you. Sorry you had to go through that in the Great State of Texas, we are not all like that. That is definitely the exception and not the rule.
Funny, one of my PL dear friends told me that LE, specifically PL members would not openly voice their opinions as it is the culture of this community(PL). to either bury their heads in the sand about this issue or find some way to dismiss it as a blip and every thing is well with the universe! Well, I am pleasantly surprised that many do not fit any of that and believe what they say and mean it!
@ Ginny, I remember telling my father that very thing and him being angry with me for saying such a thing! I believe he didn't speak to me, that time, for about four months. :)
There were many more of those instances. Being raised in the deep south, we were not taught to hate blacks per se, but taught there were a different set of rules for us and them. I didn't like it, never did. When my father found out I had a black friend and we would go to lunch together he lost his mind. Keep in mind I was married (23 years old) at that time. Wow, right!? He told me to never set foot in his house again. I told him that he was a narrow-minded man and he needed to think about people not color. I shocked him with my next words. I asked him if we peeled the skin off of every person would he be able to tell who was white, black, or any other color? I walked out of his house and this cost us a year. Ah, he was stubborn, but so was I. I believed what I believed in spite of how he felt and what he believed. Looking back on the mixed racial messages I received growing up, I have a feeling my father wasn't so sure about what he believed either.
Bump Lady G, but I thought GOD might have been a Woman? lol'z
I grew up in a little town where the blacks didn't even walk on the same side of the street or shop in the same stores as the whites. In my child's mind I didn't see it as hatred towards the blacks it was just the way things were. The blacks I knew were very nice to this little white girl. And since LonnaNJ brought up God I have to say that a lot of people will be surprised to find out that Jesus was a Sephardic Jew and was dark skinned. As they come from North Africa and Egypt.
Lonna, very well stated! Huge Bump!
Since slavery has been mentioned, most know that Slavery was the capture of innocent people who were then sold. When en-route to America, many were cramped up in tight quarters and if they didn't die from purposely being throw over, they died from sickness. Later the human beings were treated inhumanely by practically being starved, painfully whipped in public, humiliated, raped, severely beaten and even murdered. The majority of Americans are cognizant that today's American didn't do it, so why the need to propose a race of people need to forget a tragic event their ancestors went though?
How about this, lest we not forget slavery, the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, Vietnam War, 911, and the Newton incident so History doesn't repeat itself?
Racism in this country is still rampid and a painful thing for someone to experience. No one, and I do mean no one of ANY RACE needs to feel like "we the people" (the first words in the Constitution) doesn't pertain to them.
We all have our own demons to concur as it's not a perfect world. What helps me is to practice imagining God as entity, not as a color, and I remember we are all his children.
Natasha74 I am always interested whenever somebody declares 'racism is just a word', a 'dead term' so to speak. I get even more interested when they also expand on skin color then land on the idea that slavery is in the past and should be forgotten.
People of color are the ones who should definitely call the shots on whether or not 'racism' is a dead term. With respect to slavery in the United States, black Americans should call the shots on when its time to forget slavery.
I dunno, maybe it takes a few hundred years to call that shot. So far, I don't hear a very big chorus of your sentiments in the general public. Why do you think that is? African Americans just haven't snapped to the fact that slavery is in no way relevant to current attitudes in the United States? Is that what you think?
I am highly suspect whenever a 'peacemaker' declares 'racism' a dead term. Why would they want to impose an agenda of non-dialogue on everyone? That one truly baffles me.
It's kind of like saying, "Sure there are a lot of racist b*astards, but could you all just shut up and forget about slavery? It's in the past! White people have mixed blood and black people have too big a grudge!"
I'm thinking about Mr. Byrd's body parts strewn all over Vidor. Or...what about...say...South Africa's recent past?
Robocop33 I was using the term griot more loosely as it is used in the arts community - not as formally as wiki defines 'griot.' In the arts community we rely on the griot from time to time to relate the past to the present as a way of sort of weaving it together. Filling in the gaps, you might call it.
The griot has a knack for that. I met one once. He was a dentist. He had an extensive art collection and he had also been very active in the civil rights movement, was influential, respected and had held important positions. His stories wove cultural elements into the here and now in a very engaging and insightful way.
Where you are concerned I simply meant it as a compliment to Cleveland's interest in giving you the scoop from his perspective. Cleveland was a little on the young side to be a griot for sure, but I am certain many important aspects of culture were transmitted to you by Cleveland as he related his pov/experiences of those times. You haven't said it but I get the idea Cleveland had a way with words.
I think Cleveland filled in the gaps.
Also, this incident was very recent and I experienced it!
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