Racism Today



How is racism today in light of the fact that there have been many changes that have transpired in the United States since its inception? In this particular article world opinion chimes in on how they feel regarding the response of the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings and how if the murderer were a young African Americans then maybe public sentiment would be different.

Check out the Racism Series:
1. Racism - Civilization's Dark Stain I

2. Racism - Civilization's Dark Stain II

3. Racism - Civilization's Dark Stain III

Some have even made the statement, "imagine if these three killers had been black. Our conversation would not be about United States gun control or mental health, but instead how to disarm young black man and keep them longer in the prison system."

This denotes that racism today is very much alive and is a sensitive subject to broach. Racism in America is an evil social and psychological condition. However, it is prevalent in other countries of the world. There definitely have been a lot of discrimination and unfairness throughout the planet predicated upon the how others look at the differences in one's skin color and the entirety of one's physical anthropology.

When other members of society endeavor to exact unfair acts on others because of skin color, there is a psychological phenomenon that can result. This is called "internalized racism." Internalized racism means that those who are discriminated against actually began to have hatred toward their own race. The victims of racism then develop a high level of contentment for themselves.

Racism today is still very much prevalent in African American communities, Caucasian circles, people from the far east of Asian descent, the Latino races, etc. There is an excellent discussion between members of the worldwide community on this sensitive subject. Enjoy and feel free to chime in at the bottom as we all express our understanding of racism today.

There is much talk about that if the following murderers would have been black then certain leaders and public sentiment in white America would not be talking about United States gun control, rather how to keep black males in the prison systems longer. Is this some propaganda B.S. stirred up by characters resembling the ilk of Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton? Or is it a viable concept?

  • Ellen Cohen - Don't agree. It would be the same.
  • Greg Larson - keep us divided... period, because if we could unite as a people.. it would scare the shit out of the establishment.
  • Misty Ornick Davis - I think there is some validity to it....what was discussed when the DC sniper was murdering people? He was a black man and his son. I don't remember gun rights or mental health..correct me if I am wrong...
  • Scott Canipe - So basically do you guys think that different races or ethnicities are stereotyped differently? In other words, we are all stereotyped but depending on the color of our skin dictates how we are stereo-typed by other segments in society???
  • Angie Clark Hartley - No control was mentioned after G Gifford's shooting however he was said to be insane due to earlier behavior. Racism today is still bad.
  • Misty Ornick Davis - Yes, I think stereotypes are present, and the color of skin is still a factor. It may be subtle, but I think it is still present.
  • Scott Smith  -On a side note: Notice the eyes...all 3 look alike. There's something to that.
  • Angie Clark Hartley - I was thinking the same thing Scott.
  • Scott Canipe - True, Scott. There is something weird going on in these kids head. Crazy looking!
  • Logan Carver - It's propaganda BS, it doesn't matter about race yet they wanna make it that.
  • Scott Canipe - Who is they Logan? Who would they be?
  • Logan Carver - Whomever made this picture, I'm sick of the black Vs white thing, we are all one race human. This has nothing to do with race, it has to do with innocent lives of all color being taken, I feel it should be left at that, not oh if he was black this would of happened.
  • Logan Carver - & let's be honest anyone who would shoot up a school or theater, etc has mental issues, white, black, blue, yellow.
  • Frank Zhong - racism shouldn't exist, but let's not pretend that it doesn't because we dont' want it to. Racism today is prevalent.
  • Logan Carver - True but why bring it up in this situation?
  • Keith InsideMan Stevens - That is true but the "mental issues" wouldn't be the topic of discussion If kids join a Gang and drive by and shoot and kill eachother that is mental illness but they go straight to jail.
  • Logan Carver - Joining a gang & doing a drive by is completely different, it's a war between the two gangs so they have their reasons, right or wrong, mental illness to me is one who shoots up something just because.
  • Carl J Hewitt  - @ Scott,  Black Men don't kill people en masse -- we just kill each other. No worries there...
  • Logan Carver - The real problem here is the media gives the shooter more attention than the victims.
  • Elizabeth Vidrine - Disagree completely!
  • Carl J Hewitt - I tend to agree with Scott here. When O.J. killed two people, his face was plastered all over every publication in America. Hell, they even cut into Game 6 of the Rockets-Knicks NBA Finals to show that damn white Bronco on the freeway. If my Brazilian g/f wasn't in the kitchen cooking her ass off to placate me with food, there may have been a mass murder in NYC that night.
  • Scott Canipe -Logan, a lot of these gang members are mentally ill. Some are not and are they are fueled by ego.
  • Carl J Hewitt - The media has a way of distancing "normal" everyday white folks from the marginalized "wacko" fringe. They don't seem capable of separating black low-lifes from law-abiding African-Americans, though.

    Scott is spot on -- there is a double standard in popular perception and media portrayals.
  • Carl J Hewitt - You'd have thought Michael Vick killed a school full of 6-10 year olds instead of dogs. What he did was horrific and inhuman, but the outcry from some people seemed to be far, far, far more intense than it was for Jerry Sandusky. Why is that???
  • Frank Zhong  -Because seung hui cho did not prompt this level of discussion.
  • Logan Carver - I say we don't mention the shooters name or show their pictures anymore, just refer to them as shit.
  • Scott Canipe - I agree with Carl, but some blacks have killed the masses on the continent of Africa, Carl. Idi Amin, Robert Mugabe, and Quadafi.
  • Eda M. Handly - I think if more people talked about how we can get past the racial issues rather than try to create more through over-analyzing or speaking in hypotheticals as to current events, we would all be better off.
  • Scott Canipe - Frank Zong is of Chinese descent and he is full aware of the two Sino-Japanese wars of the late 1800s and the early 1900s where the Japanese marched in and slaughtered his countrymen because of political reasons and they thought their race were superior to the Chinese. The Japanese were Shintoist and worshipped their ancestors and felt they were superior. While the Chinese were more Buddhist and they propagated better of a way of life intended for all.

    Look at Bruce Lee, a Cantonese Chinese descendant born in the USA, but he did not discriminate at all when he began teaching the martial arts. I don't want to get into all of that, but you get the point. Racism today and racism yesterday still thrives.
  • Carl J Hewitt - I agree, Scott. Slavery started long before Europeans "discovered" Africa. Tribal butchery, rape and enslavement was common in various parts of West and Central Africa.
  • Frank Zhong - of course the truth is more complex. there were folks within japan who opposed the invasion of other countries. but in this specific example, i don't think it's a stretch to assume that race plays some factor in the narrative surrounding these events. if the people involved look like you, of course you'd react differently than if they did not.
  • Scott Canipe - True Carl. But there lingers an issue, and we as a "united" ppl have SO many issues contemporaneously; The Africans sold African slaves to the Europeans as slaves. So the Europeans, some resided in Great Brittain, but most in the Americas, took those African slaves and treated them so diabolically! Slave masters raped the mothers and the daughters and whipped the males until their flesh fell off their backs!!

    When I see the series Roots, which is a very soft portrayal of what really went down, it ANGERS me to no end! But the Europeans did the same damn thing to Native Americans!!!!

    However, now, things are a lot better for everyone involved!
  • Scott Canipe - Good point Frank! I think, with Sino-Japenese War there was more of a political struggle from my study and objective observation than a racial impetus. Maybe, this shit is complicated and convoluted at times!
  • Carl J Hewitt - @Scott It's called "The Human Condition". People do to each other and "others" that which brings financial benefit. It's as old as the earth itself.
  • Carl J Hewitt - If Africa was never "discovered" by the Europeans, who do you think they would have enslaved. Take a wild guess.
  • Bruce Houde - I dont care if these guys are green, purple or from mars they need to be locked up forever with no chance of ever hurting anyone else. I know plenty of legal black gun owners and they are as responsible as anyone else. Criminals are what we need to look at.
  • Carl J Hewitt - Someone was gonna pick that cotton -- didn't matter if they were white, black green or purple. #economics101.
  • Carl J Hewitt - @Bruce But how do we tell who the criminals are, black, white or green? It's not like they wear a special uniform or have a certain glint in their eye.
  • Carl J Hewitt - Because firearms are so easy to obtain in this country and because we live in a society with so many disturbed, disgruntled and disaffected individuals, there exists a recipe for mass murder virtually every damn day.
  • Bruce Houde - Carl the guy in new york was in prison for beating his grandmother to death with a hammer. We let him out to kill again. He was white but didnt deserve a second chance. Most of these mass murderers are white. My point is keep the violent criminals locked up for good period.
  • Misty Ornick Davis  -@ Logan, yes I agree we are all one human race, but sometimes the world doesn't "think" that way... No matter how much we would like it to be that way. As for the topic of the discussion, yes, let's not give media attention to the shooters. Yes, they are mentally ill people. However, race/color was brought up in the discussion in order to elicit a possible distinction between the thoughts of the masses in regards to "what if a black or ethnic person" perpetrated the shooting?
  • Carl J Hewitt - Bruce, what creates mass murderers? Why don't we look at the conditions that breed people like this? They don't just come out the womb like this. They develop. Let's examine the environments that enable them to develop.
  • Misty Ornick Davis - I agree with Carl. Some mental illness is hereditary; however, environment plays a significant role. One could even venture into the nature vs. nurture discussion here.
  • Carl J Hewitt  -Building bigger jails and more jails are not the answers because who you keep behind bars will be replaced by someone even more twisted. It's like roaches -- eventually, they develop an immunity to COMBAT and leave behind offspring capable of even worse.
  • David Holman - I'll make two points here that even Carl J Hewitt won't argue with me about. Just kidding Carl!!
    Money and gender are the factors my 32 years of criminal justice experience say determine sentence length and often the adjudication of guilt itself. Funding is frequently greater with white offenders to obtain the best representation and cut the best deals. Because black defendants don't usually come from families with the kind of money to afford the best, they wind up with less than stellar representation which results in greater penalties.

    In practically any case, women receive lighter sentences than men for the commission of identical crimes as men, unless the law requires a mandatory sentence and ties the judges hands.
  • Scott Canipe - David Holman is keeping it brutally honest!
  • Carl J Hewitt - @David So Michael Vick didn't have the absolute best legal representation? His lead attorney was a former U.S. Attorney's office prosecutor. So while I agree with your point, it also comes with an asterisk.
  • David Holman - Carl is using the Roger Maris factor!!! I'll counter with Michael Jackson and O.J. You can throw Burress at me!
  • Carl J Hewitt - We all know O.J. did it, Dave. And Burress??? Since when does being a dumb ass from Florida equate to 2 years in NY state prison?
  • Carl J Hewitt- @Scott I remember reading about the Sino-Japanese War as a teen. I was always interested to know why the Koreans and Chinese couldn't stand the Japanese.
  • David Holman - Seriously though, apart from celebrities and professional athletes, what I said in my first comment is incredibly consistent.
  • David Holman - I was in China last year Carl, and heard it loud and clear from the Chinese. I learned that all those invasions where the Japanese came to China, killed their men, raped their women, and stole all their shit has resulted in some lingering resentment
  • Carl J Hewitt - Don't forget the Philippines, Dave. Does the term "comfort women" ring a bell? Of course it does.
  • Carl J Hewitt - The Japanese were very bad people.
  • David Holman - They invaded Korea and killed their intellectuals as well.
  • Carl J Hewitt - Is it me or do the Koreans seem "harsh" in every day dealings?
  • David Holman - They have the North Koreans, Chinese supporting the North Koreans, and the Japanese close by with a history. It makes them a little edgy!!


Check out the Racism Series:
1. Racism - Civilization's Dark Stain I

2. Racism - Civilization's Dark Stain II

3. Racism - Civilization's Dark Stain III

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