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Subject: Sunday Thought: America Is Still Deeply Racist Date: 1/12/2014 1:20 PM
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Not a pretty perspective. Who can deny it? We'll find out.

"America is still a deeply racist country

Gone is the overt, violent, and legal racism of my childhood in the 1960s. It's been replaced by a subtler, still ugly version"


I won't use the opening quote, which is about anti-Obama racism in the south, except to say read beyond it, because they author is not singling out one area of the country with this opinion. Here's the core of his view:

"In my Florida hometown, there is a train track that splits the town into two colors. When we passed into the black section of town, even if I were lying in the back of the station wagon, I knew it. The gravel roads would wake me, and I could basically smell poverty through the windows.

"Crossing into Hunts Point in New York is the same, complete with a train track. The roads are paved, but feel unpaved. The stench of poverty has not changed much (industrial waste rather than uncollected garbage), nor has its clamor or its destructive power.

"Neither has the color of its residents: the poor side of town in New York is still almost entirely dark skinned.

"It took me a few months of slow recognition, fighting a thought I did not want to believe: we are still a deeply racist country. The laws on the books claim otherwise, but in Hunts Point (and similar neighborhoods across the country), those laws seem like far away idyllic words that clash with the daily reality: everything is stacked against those who are born black or brown."


Conclusion:

" The barriers between Hunts Point and the rest of New York are not as high as they were between the white and black section of my hometown in the 1960s. People can freely pass over them. Practically, however, they are almost insurmountable.

Gone is the overt, violent, and legal racism of my childhood. It has been replaced by a subtler version.

It is a racism that is easier to ignore, easier to deny, and consequently almost as dangerous."


I suspect that there is another century ahead of us until we don't first take note of a person's skin color, hair type, eyes, or whatever when we look at a stranger. We've made progress, but have a way to go.

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/12/america...

Note to censors: less than 300 words quoted.
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