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Racism is alive and well in America


Date published: 7/15/2010

Racism thriving in U.S.

Carlos Dews is right.

When President Obama was elected, it seemed everyone was proud to see our country elect our first African-American president. But it didn't take long for all that jubilation to fade.

Before Obama had even met with the Republicans on Capitol Hill, before he finished taking the oath to uphold the laws of our land, they had decided not to work with him on any issue. And they have kept that promise, to the detriment of all of us.

Those who try to tell us that race has nothing to do with it are just fooling themselves.

Race has everything to do with it. Just go to a tea party rally, look at their signs, and hear their cries of "we want our country back."

Unless you're blind or deaf, you'd realize what the real problem is. We have a black man in the White House. There are people who say he's an alien, he does not belong here, he's not patriotic, he's going to take away our liberties, he won't uphold our Constitution--in other words, they believe he wants to destroy us and our country.

Where does all this hate and vitriol come from? If Obama were white, would this be going on? Would every Republican in Congress be against everything Obama is trying to do even when they know it's the best policy for our country? I don't think so.

We may not want to talk about it, but racism is alive and well in America. And as long as there are voices shouting and lying to the masses they attract, racism will never die.

I remember when segregation was prominent in the South. I remember the segregated lunch counters, the water fountains that were singled out for whites and blacks, and the restrooms with signs that read "white only."

The signs have been taken down. But deep in the soul of some are the remains of a bygone era, and they resent it.

One would think that after all these years we'd get over the ignorance of racism.

Even though we passed civil rights legislation and Brown v. Board of Education, we have a long way to go. Perhaps in time these feelings will dissipate.

Mary Hall

Stafford