a) aa isnt racist in and of itself, its the way it gets abused thats causing problems as i wrote. it only prevents it (colour blindness) if you maintain that the playing field is even now. it is not. glaringly so in some states. and countries. when football fans stop making monkey noises when a black player gets the ball, when white people stop trying to reappropiate the word nigger, when my dreadlocks dont preclude me from certain jobs etc, then maybe we'll all be treated equally.. until then somethings got to give. your examples still haven't addressed any of the prevalent and deep rooted prejudices i spoke about. how do you feel about my points? do you know racist white people? do you think they are professional enough to be colour blind when it comes to handing a black person a job? have you ever asked any racist person in confidence about how their racism affects their job? i have ny white friends ask their white colleagues this type of stuff, and its pretty scary what comes back. my sister is being hounded at work. she has a maters degree has worked in the industry for over 20 years, and is now being forced out of her job by a manager that doesnt like her "work". she's highly competant, and she's fighting it every step of the way, not once has brought up her colour, but would he ever admit it to her if that had anything to do with it? it cuts both ways. and its a lot easier to hide racism than it is to prove it.Android Bishop wrote:
a) everyone keeps on dodging the point that affirmative action PREVENTS us from becoming color blind BECAUSE it benefits certain races over others. This does not solve any problems, it only makes the cut deeper.
b) Past inflictions against one's ancestors only carriers so much weight in present times when those conditions dont exist anymore. There isnt slavery or jim crow laws anymore and there haven't been in, what, 60 years? So how long is long enough to put everything back on an even level? You will never get there so long as the institutions and cultural ideas you use to even the field are "racist" in of themselves. And you know, Jews were hated on for THOUSANDS of years from every nation leading back from sumerians to europeans and everything in between. Unlike african americans, they also experienced MASS GENOCIDE during their time on earth and that was only half a century ago. Yet you dont see them being included in minority scholarships or affirmative action, do you? No, they dont need to, cause they went out there and handled business on their own.
b) its not about PAST PROBLEMS its about ingrained attitudes that 60 or so years havent erased, only driven underground. do you think all the racists in the 50's 60's passed on any of that hate ti their kids? i do. do you think that its all equal now, because the laws for segregation have been abolished? i dont. these are fundamental rights which cant be enforced in any way. its not right to hate a colour.
the comparison to the jewish community isnt that valid. jews were vilified and abused for having too much money, and too much economic power. slaves on the other hand had only what they were given or fought for. black people have only been allowed to excell in sports and entertainment, and even then you had to show those pearly whites (ie louis armstonrg, bojangles, joe louis) to get acceptance. when they come out like mohammed ali or smith and carlos, they get villified and banned. jews got acceptance through economic power. they were hated but had large enough stakes in the economy to send their children to good schools, and influence business markets. jews were tolerated. this enabled them to wield power in a political, economic and social context. so yes they suffered some of the wosrt atrocities humans have dished out to other humans in the last century, but have had the clout to forge a jewish state, have power blocks n hollywood, and the music industry, and the senate. it is not an accurate comparison. and no i dont belive there's a zionist plot to own the world.