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Black Folks, It's Time To Stop Taking Care Of White People

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by Tanya Steele
July 17, 2013 5:30 PM
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We are, most of us, grieving Trayvon Martin's death, again, after this absurd jury verdict. Last night, I watched Anderson Cooper's 'Town Hall on Race and Justice in America'. These discussions are interesting. There are, usually, a few thoughts that are heartfelt and impressionable. Charles Blow has been, particularly, moving.

A few days before, I told a friend that these discussions about 'race' keep black people situated in a 'victim' narrative. Stories of how we have to talk to our children to protect themselves when in public. Stories from high achieving black men about how they were stopped by the police, where they were taught how to place their hands on the steering wheel or to cross the street when walking on a street with a white woman. I scratched my head and thought, "we can talk about this until the cows come home. When are we going to have a 'town hall on racism' where white people discuss how they will speak to their children to make sure another George Zimmerman does not walk among us?"

When are we going to have a 'town hall on racism' that addresses how a jury of women, predominantly white women (and mothers!), don't identify with a black child? I need to know how that happened. I need to understand that. And I want white people to explain it to me. Before someone starts railing about the laws, understand that I read the law. I watched the trial EVERY DAY. EVERY DAY, beginning with jury selection, all of it. I decided I would bear witness for Trayvon no matter how I had to restructure my day. And I did it while reading the law.

The jurors had a CHOICE. They CHOSE to believe zimmerman. There was ample evidence that he lied. They could have discounted his statements. And, for those who want to blame the prosecution, again, I watched the trial. The prosecution proved, beyond a reasonable doubt, that zimmerman did not fear for his life. The only evidence that zimmerman feared for his life were his words. The medical testimony proved that his life was not in danger. Along with the fact that neighbors were watching and the police were on their way. The jury chose to believe zimmerman.

So, we can discuss the law. But, we need to discuss the filter through which these women viewed the laws. We need to change the laws, no doubt. But, I also want a discussion about who created those laws and why. Laws don't create themselves. It is easy to attack "the laws". It is more difficult to examine the racism that went into the construction of the laws. It is easy to excuse the jury verdict because of "the laws". The views that created those laws were shared by, at least, one of the jurors.

The discussions can happen simultaneously. We can fight to remove the laws. But, the laws will pop up in another form if we don't address the reasons why they were created in the first place. It feels like we, suddenly, fell back into the 1950's. Sorry, I'm not going back. We've done too much work to get out of that madness. We are not going back. This is the time to move "forward without fear".

The absurdity of racism is killing us. It's about time we expose it. What the hell do we have to lose? Everyone is hiding in the shadows, tip-toeing, afraid to point the finger, having private conversations about racism. Feeling defeated that "they'll never get it". Well, how are they going to get it if we don't call it what it is? I don't want to live with a double-consciousness. I don't have time for that. That takes too much energy - energy that needs to be put into my work.

Today, a white woman referred to me as "Honey" on my Facebook wall, before she went into a diatribe about what I need to do. She was not a "real" friend. So, I looked on her Facebook wall. She had a post which read, "I said to the older African American, next to me" (her words), as the verdict was read, "This is a victory." Yes, she did. She said, to this elder, that the verdict was a victory because "now we are talking about the laws." I had a few choice words for her and 'honey' was not among them.

It has taken me years to throw off the 'bowing' yoke that racism shrouds you in. My neighborhood is gentrified. With gentrification comes a better grade of products. So, we now have a cheese store. My friend and I went into the cheese shop. Mind you, I've been to Italy and France and have eaten some of the best cheeses in the world. But, I was in 'bowing' mode, that day. I announced the type of cheese we would be interested in, to show that I belonged.

I was doing shows to get a wedge of cheese. Why in the hell was I posturing in a neighborhood I lived in for 13 years? I wanted the owners to feel "safe". I wanted them to know I was one of them. When we left the store, my friend said, "I felt relieved when you asked for that cheese. You let them know we belonged." We both remarked about the absurdity in our taking care of these white folks. Our grown asses were still 'bowing'. We then went off to write a play about our experiences as black Artists. And, how we have to, consciously, not bow and twist to make white people feel comfortable.

I slipped. Most of the time, I don't take care of white people. I let them know, exactly, when they are being racist. Or, I walk away. It's their problem. Let them figure out why I walked away. But, if I'm in the mood, I will give them insight into their particular brand of racism. I spent a good deal of my undergrad years "trying to bridge the racial divide". It wore me out because racism comes out in the most insidious ways; in apathy, in deflection, in condescending tones, in ways you don't expect. So, I keep it simple. Right now, white people need to listen and dig deep into how their silence and comfort with their privilege - allows zimmermans to roam the streets killing black children.

And, for the ones who want to rage about black kids killing black kids, for me, it all springs from one well. The well of racism. Black people devalue black life because the larger culture does. Black self-hatred is as american as apple pie. And, unless and until someone brings it to your attention, you will be a purveyor of hate toward black people.

We have reached a point in history where the denial of racism appears to be the road to success for black people. Who is this helping? Certainly, it is not serving us. Clearly, the high rates of black unemployment speak to that. Where are our celebrities? President Obama's speech about race was akin to someone walking a tightrope in a circus. He was trying to keep his balance and not offend either side. Racism may affect both sides but, let me tell you, black folks are on the suffering side of the rope.

Why isn't there a coalition of celebrities, who stand together and issue a press statement about their pain at hearing the verdict. They don't have to indict anyone. They don't hate to pump their fists in the air. Just a word? An expression of grief? Hell, Trayvon and his family supported them in some way, I'm sure. But no, not a tweet. A press conference. A public statement. A simple acknowledgment that will let black children know that you see them and care about them and understand their frustration. We have to start honoring one another, and let go of the fear that we are alienating white folks. How many dollars do you need before you can stand upright?!

What's the worst thing that can happen? You are attacked by the Right? Economic marginalization? We are at a point in history where we have enough capital to create institutions. So, there is no need to possess the same level of fear and bowing that we had to enact to survive. Those days are over! Jamie Foxx, with his Trayvon t-shirt, was brilliance!

And, for the black folks who will say, "white folks will do what they will do. we need to just do for ourselves." Okay, I'm all for spending your money where you see fit. However, our lives intersect with theirs. Unless you are moving, which most of you won't (you stay here and complain about "whitey"), we need to squash this madness.

The trial for the murder of Darius Simmons is underway. Darius was a 13 year old black male who was shot by his neighbor who accused him of burglary. The defense is saying that the murderer did not have an "intent" to kill. Of the 12 jurors, one is black. And there is a video of the murder. Spooner is attempting to plead "insanity". 

From the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: "Spooner has confessed to shooting Simmons, saying in statements to police on the scene, that he had reached a "breaking point" after his house was burglarized two days earlier. He suspected his teenage neighbor of carrying out the heist and gunned him down in front of his mother." 

Aren't you tired? I'm exhausted. I'm tired of grieving. This has to stop. And, this is not about how much black men should contort and twist their bodies to behave. This is about a sickness in "white" minds who believe that a black male is a criminal. It is about a culture that reinforces the idea that black men have no value. We have to penetrate this mythology. Now. Not next year. Now. If white folks want to talk about 'race', let's do it. But, they have to bring something insightful to the table that will shift this stronghold of racism in the culture. The stories of how we die, how we suffer, are known. We need to dismantle the idea that white life is valuable and black life isn't. That can only happen when white people start sharing their honest thoughts - no matter how ugly and insulting.

We have to demand that white people speak up in discussions on racism, not race - racism. While we tell our thousandth story about being accosted, turn and ask a white person, "What are you learning from this? How will you change as a result of hearing this? How has the verdict impacted you and your life going forward? What will you do differently in your life, as a result of this verdict?" Something. The parade of black grief while white folks sit and stare has to cease. We did not create the conditions for our suffering.

We have to speak our truth, without fear, in order for change to happen in the culture. Witnessing the level of multi-cultural outrage at the verdict, I believe people are hungry for an earnest dialogue about racism. People are perplexed at how we got here and want answers. Those answers will not be pretty but we need to hear them. And, no, I don't believe that white people will volunteer their racism. Perhaps something akin to the 'truth and reconciliation committee' in South Africa. Simply, create a safe space for sharing racism. The interview that Anderson Cooper conducted with Juror B37 was brilliance. How he was able to get her to speak with such shocking frankness was instructive for all of us. We need more of that in order to understand how to deal with it. How we get there, I'm not sure. But, we must find a way.

Day after day I am seeing expressions of grief in my Facebook feed from my black friends. Every now and then, I will see a white person express their shock and disgust. The post I mentioned earlier, where the white woman called me "Honey," was met with a tirade from my white friends (and black, too). I did not prompt my white friends, they hopped on board. Let me tell you, I was grateful because I'm tired.

I am so heart broken over the dismissal of Trayvon's humanity that I don't know what I'm going to do next. I wondered where I could go to begin a one person 'Occupy Wall Street' movement. I feel the need to do something. After the verdict was delivered, I sat in silence for 60 minutes. I couldn't move. I was paralyzed. It is heartening to see the nationwide protests because it lets you know you are not alone. But, damn, this one hurts. The prosecutor was asked, in an interview, "what is one word you would use to describe Trayvon?". She was silent, thought deeply and said, "Prey. P-r-e-y. He never had a fighting chance." Here come the tears, again.

Look "forward without fear" people. What other choice do we have? I may not start a one person 'Occupy Wall Street' movement, but, I promise you, I will stop contorting my being to accommodate white neuroses. That's my new civil rights movement. Care to join me? 

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  • g-man | March 24, 2014 5:50 AMReply

    wow that was the funniest thing i ever read good laughs bro, but i actually think ur right u should stop taking care of white people lol im mean enough is enough , its definitely the white mans fault because a mexican defended himself thats what i've been trying to tell people, i mean stop taking care of whitey and go to africa u'll be so much happier in the hell that is africa @whitemom lol a child trayVon was not a child he was 17 yrs old when he died , ur pretty smart for a white woman i think u should date a black guy u know the sayin once u go black ur a single mom... a child lol a child is anywhere from 0-11 on twelve ur a teenager and at 16 a prepubescent adult say it with me A-D-U-L-T u dolt u should raped by a buck nignog that way trayvon martins murder can be justified just like the other 100 murders that was justice for trayvons death

  • zipporah | March 22, 2014 5:17 PMReply

    this is to people like jeff. i dont know what wp blog about when referring to black people. but do u think that maybe u were blind. instead of thinkin u had a black problem, perhaps u had a socio-economic problem? i am black and i know the difference between white people and white trash. if u had a problem with rudeness and/or crime concerning a black person, that seems like a socio-economic problem to me.

  • Jeff | March 18, 2014 5:37 AMReply

    I'm 52 year old white male and have had my fair share of negative experiences with black people. Through the years these negative experiences have fostered a dislike and distrust for most black people. Since the meltdown of 2008 I lost almost everything and currently work for about $10-12 hour when I can. I am telling you this so as you don't think I am that rich white dude (FYI- I may be homeless soon).
    My complaints with Black People would be the same as most white people blog about and I think much could be learned should you listen with an open ear as I too must listen to your complaints about me and my white race. If we are to ever live as equals, we must stop, listen to our critics, and see how we might better relate to one another. Although I can not speak for a race, please forgive me for any injustices I have bestowed on your race and I forgive the past injustices your race has perpetrated on me.
    We do share a great bond and that is that we all Americans. America is sinking in debt and the race wars of the future will be between the rich and poor. Could we aspire to work together with our elected leaders to rebuild this broken country and begin to restore its economy and job market? Also, America along with our allies will have our resolve tested; again and again; and for this we must stand together regardless of our race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
    Corporatism, racism, gangs, incarceration, all crime, tobacco, alcohol, and legal and illegal drug abuse are all things that negatively affect America's bottom line (GDP).
    Corporatism is what is currently occurring and this will soon have (the have nots) working six ten hour days per week for whatever (the haves) feel is fair wage. Mind you that they need the billions in CASH to acquire their next company so as to further increase market share and/or squash any emerging competition. Anyways, big problem that continues to grow. Some might even say that the President of the United States is appointed by these large corporations.
    Racism, gangs, incarceration, all crime, tobacco, alcohol, legal and illegal drug abuse and money management are all things that we must better educate our children on so as they may have the ability to make better choices than I and many did.
    I feel good that I have cleared my mind of my pent-up anger and have come to the conclusion that racism is very petty, especially considering the much larger challenges we together face as a country. Every person should be judged on their individual merits.

  • Leslie | March 17, 2014 1:09 PMReply

    Good read.

  • White Mother | March 12, 2014 3:33 PMReply

    I just want to say I felt it too. When I heard the verdict I was moved to tears. A CHILD killed for the audacity of defending himself. Will my children get a free pass because they are white? Maybe, but that is cold comfort in a world that allows this.

  • The Phenomena | March 9, 2014 5:18 AMReply

    Sorry I hit mult, didn't know it sumitted. The button is odd no Embed & emboss on it -_-'

  • taylor | March 6, 2014 2:38 PMReply

    you sound like a very high and mighty, arrogant man. white people dont need to be "taken care of" any other race would not stand for how you speak to and about white people. white people should ignore people like you completely, and the rest of the 3rd world.

  • Camille | March 13, 2014 6:36 PM

    Ur a rasic person u white ppl stole us treated us like shit when black ppl bulit this UGLY country all white ppl do is destroy everything and put living things in cages that bitch killed a child ran after him with a gun black ppl stand up and lets fight back the courts r made for white ppl .... not any person of color theres so many fukking dumb laws and yet this is GODS COUNTRY HE ONLY MADE 10 laws im tired of white ppl go back to the coldest part of the world WHITE PPL R ALWAYS KILLING AND AND TRYING TO CONTROL THERE R MORE PPL OF COLOR PPL WHO R NOT WHITE WE SHOULD STICK TOGETHER THEY KILLED THERE OWN PPL OF COLOR

  • Whitey Whiterson | March 5, 2014 10:54 AMReply

    I have no problem with black people........ I think everyone should have blacks chained up in their back yard.

  • Victoria Lamb | March 5, 2014 12:19 PM

    I think you probably have issues with many types of people. You are both a narcissist and a racist. You should be ashamed, but evidently are too full of yourself to allow room for reflection on the lives you are disparaging.

  • Hey Whitey | March 5, 2014 10:59 AM

    TROLL PATROL, YA GOTS NO SOUL. NO ONE BELIEVES YOU. TRY HARDER FOR A STARTER. GET A LIFE FOR A WIFE. SEEING RIGHT THROUGH YOU BOO. PATHETIC WITH NOTHING ELSE TO DO. POOR YOU.

  • Whitey Whiterson | March 5, 2014 10:53 AMReply

    I have no problem with black people........ I think everyone should have blacks chained up in their back yard.

  • Whitey Whiterson | March 5, 2014 10:53 AMReply

    I have no problem with black people........ I think everyone should have blacks chained up in their back yard.

  • Whitey Whiterson | March 5, 2014 10:53 AMReply

    I have no problem with black people........ I think everyone should have blacks chained up in their back yard.

  • Whitey Whiterson | March 5, 2014 10:53 AMReply

    I have no problem with black people........ I think everyone should have blacks chained up in their back yard.

  • Whitey Whiterson | March 5, 2014 10:53 AMReply

    I have no problem with black people........ I think everyone should have blacks chained up in their back yard.

  • Whitey Whiterson | March 5, 2014 10:53 AMReply

    I have no problem with black people........ I think everyone should have blacks chained up in their back yard.

  • Whitey Whiterson | March 5, 2014 10:53 AMReply

    I have no problem with black people........ I think everyone should have blacks chained up in their back yard.

  • kevin | March 1, 2014 9:51 PMReply

    This thing thinks blacks take care of whites ?
    How so ? google inventors and inventions sometime.

    Blacks work less, earn less cost a fortune in welfare

    Name a country run by blacks that is growing in the right direction, Ever.

    Show me a black who is critical of other blacks ( almost none )

    How can blacks develop if they ignore almost all faults within their own color.

    I wish blacks would take care of themselves as well as they take care of whites you racist piece of trash

  • David | March 13, 2014 4:31 PM

    How can u generalize a whole race of people and call someone else racist in the same sentence? Ur making me look bad.. #Kill racism

  • anonnymous | March 1, 2014 8:53 PMReply

    What do African Americans feel when they come into white neighborhoods....the same way African Americans claim white people to feel.. I'm not saying Zimmerman was right but whose to say if a black man was walking around in the White section of town and he shot someone whose to say he wouldn't get off too? Especially with the race card African Americans are allowed to play ... With more and more black judges and congressmen white people don't have the luxury of saying ur saying I'm guilty because I'm white.. all I'm trying to say is I don't condone Zimmerman but no one was there that night to tell the real story so it doesn't matter if ur white or black and u kill someone if u have a good enough attorney you can get away with murder.. does of Simpson ring a bell to anyone killed a white woman got aquited and wrote a book about how he'd do it if he "really" did it people need to stop blaming people on a matter of race and start being responsible for their actions black or white

  • mlowe | February 28, 2014 12:52 PMReply

    Most of these comments sre full of anger and hate, without any real meat. No attempts at truly overcoming the problems our socety is overrun with...just combative, antiquated posturing.
    How about the very simple act of starting with ourselves?
    When each one of us begins to treat every other as valuable and respected...THAT is when it will change. If you (no matter what race,etc. you are) continue to show your best face, to be considerate (NOT condescending, bowing, or patronizing) of every person you encounter...YOUR world will change. Can you imagine if everyone would just simply do this?
    I have heard that "we are advised to love our neighbor, even if we don't like them"...and that "we don't have to like them to love them".
    In other words, using love as a verb, we would do well to be loving (meaning, treating them in a loving manner) if we wish to create and promote harmony instead of more anger.
    What does it cost any of us to be kind, even if the other may not be? There is much ignorance, racism, bigotry...there is no doubt of that.
    But when a person expects ignorant, stupid behavior from another because they are from a certain group...but that person treats them with kindness and respect, while retaining their own self respect...then the first persons attitude changes toward the other person, and the group they represent. Maybe not the first time, but as people realize that persons are not defined by their race, but BY THEIR CHARACTER, things do change.
    Be part of the change, instead of the anger than prevents and thwarts it.
    Its up to you, but from where I sit, it seems like the only real way to get from here to where we want to be. I think there was another person who had a dream that it could be this way...and through the same approach. At least, let us respect the dream, and attempt to live it.

  • Anonymous | July 27, 2014 10:21 PM

    I used to feel as you do, sir.
    Unfortunately, experience has a way of crushing our best intentions.
    I've lived six years in a lower-income residential district, to save money. A wide range of different peoples live here: recent immigrants, city employees, small-business laborers, and the like.

    I've observed a wide array of different "cultures" from my apartment windows. Most are based on socioeconomic status, rather than race. Friendliness and "being a good neighbor" are defined very differently depending on "culture". For example, ater a horrific blizzard many years ago, an older neighbor helped shovel my car out; I was very greatful and invited her to my apartment for dinner in a show of thanks (I'm also female). This woman glared at me as if physically struck, and never spoke to me again. Experiences like that are similar when one does not know how to be respectful across cultures; I'd obviously offended her in some way, but it escapes me.

  • Anonymous | July 27, 2014 10:21 PM

    I used to feel as you do, sir.
    Unfortunately, experience has a way of crushing our best intentions.
    I've lived six years in a lower-income residential district, to save money. A wide range of different peoples live here: recent immigrants, city employees, small-business laborers, and the like.

    I've observed a wide array of different "cultures" from my apartment windows. Most are based on socioeconomic status, rather than race. Friendliness and "being a good neighbor" are defined very differently depending on "culture". For example, ater a horrific blizzard many years ago, an older neighbor helped shovel my car out; I was very greatful and invited her to my apartment for dinner in a show of thanks (I'm also female). This woman glared at me as if physically struck, and never spoke to me again. Experiences like that are similar when one does not know how to be respectful across cultures; I'd obviously offended her in some way, but it escapes me.

  • Anonymous | July 27, 2014 10:21 PM

    I used to feel as you do, sir.
    Unfortunately, experience has a way of crushing our best intentions.
    I've lived six years in a lower-income residential district, to save money. A wide range of different peoples live here: recent immigrants, city employees, small-business laborers, and the like.

    I've observed a wide array of different "cultures" from my apartment windows. Most are based on socioeconomic status, rather than race. Friendliness and "being a good neighbor" are defined very differently depending on "culture". For example, ater a horrific blizzard many years ago, an older neighbor helped shovel my car out; I was very greatful and invited her to my apartment for dinner in a show of thanks (I'm also female). This woman glared at me as if physically struck, and never spoke to me again. Experiences like that are similar when one does not know how to be respectful across cultures; I'd obviously offended her in some way, but it escapes me.

  • Anonymous | July 27, 2014 10:20 PM

    I used to feel as you do, sir.
    Unfortunately, experience has a way of crushing our best intentions.
    I've lived six years in a lower-income residential district, to save money. A wide range of different peoples live here: recent immigrants, city employees, small-business laborers, and the like.

    I've observed a wide array of different "cultures" from my apartment windows. Most are based on socioeconomic status, rather than race. Friendliness and "being a good neighbor" are defined very differently depending on "culture". For example, ater a horrific blizzard many years ago, an older neighbor helped shovel my car out; I was very greatful and invited her to my apartment for dinner in a show of thanks (I'm also female). This woman glared at me as if physically struck, and never spoke to me again. Experiences like that are similar when one does not know how to be respectful across cultures; I'd obviously offended her in some way, but it escapes me.

  • Deemic | February 22, 2014 10:26 AMReply

    Look, the government run media promotes division. Division of race, of income level, of political affiliation, of gender and stance on most major social issues. Stop and think. Why do they do that? If it's debatable, "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." But the reality is much more simple. The truth is, the last thing the government wants is the people united in a common cause, that being the promotion of the peoples will. Keeping us divided keeps them in control of the laws, the money and the power. We are subject to them and you better believe that they absolutely want it that way. Wake up.

  • AFRICAN POWER | February 17, 2014 1:30 PMReply

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARACK OBAMA AND HAPPY PRESIDENTs DAY SIMULTANEOUSLY :)

  • Jack | February 12, 2014 4:27 AMReply

    I just don't feel like racism is as much of an issue today as people keep making it out to be. Unless it is radically different in other parts of the country, I just don't see much of it going on. Probably part of any remaining racial conflict is due to people growing up and being told repeatedly in school that race IS an issue.

    "Affirmative action" policies are still in effect in the workplace, colleges, and so forth. Overt celebrations of "black", Latino, etc cultures are being lauded, while their counterparts might be considered somewhere between a faux pas and a hate crime (White Entertainment Television? White History Month?)

    For those of you who are still sensitive to racial issues in a society where they are increasingly irrelevant, why not stop letting what our ancestors did to one another control those relationships and policies where they still have sway? Let government jobs, college admissions, and so forth consider who is qualified without regard to the color of that person's skin.

    If a crime is committed, punish that crime as necessary, but leave race out of it. Either permit overt celebrations of culture, race-exclusive scholarships and publications, etc, etc, for all races, or deny them altogether.

    To be honest, this reminds me of the "terrorism" issue, in that - in both cases - our government bends over backward, wasting untold amounts of time and resources (a part of their apparent commitment to bankrupting the country) and implementing "fixes" that work to the detriment of many people's lives, while doing little to address the problem - because the problem is so much less than they make it out to be. There just isn't that much to "fix."

    Treat people like people. That we should still be devoting so much in terms of resources to addressing something as trivial as the color of a person's skin is ridiculous. I would love to see that kind of time and money being spent to better that cause of humanity - not one race or another - to feed those who are starving, cure fatal and disfiguring diseases, or reduce the unbelievable amount of debt currently weighing down our economy - and vote out the political parties that brought us to this point, both of them, because otherwise, not only will the debt remain unpaid throughout my lifetime, it will probably keep increasing.

    Maybe somewhere along the way, we can get people to stop slaughtering each other on a wholesale, national level, while the citizens they're supposed to be fighting for are starving to death in refugee camps. That would be something.

  • george | February 8, 2014 2:08 PMReply

    Sorry for multiple posts. The site did not seem to be registering. Only one post intended.

  • George | February 8, 2014 2:06 PMReply

    Why is the discussion always about "race"? If a white person is afraid of a black person, it probably pertains to CULTURE. Urban black culture is a cancer upon America. 70% plus single mothers. Hyperemotional. Academic underachievers. "Art" that promotes violence, mysogency, obesity and promiscuous sex. High crime rates. Dreadlocks. Loudmouth trash talking. These are all extremely off-putting behaviors. Urban black culture promotes undisciplined, childlike behavior. When the "black community" starts to condemn the self-defeating aspects of urban black culture and makes a serious effort to modify them, "whites" will provide an unprecedented outpouring of support. Until then, "whites" will remain cautious, with good reason.

  • George | February 8, 2014 2:06 PMReply

    Why is the discussion always about "race"? If a white person is afraid of a black person, it probably pertains to CULTURE. Urban black culture is a cancer upon America. 70% plus single mothers. Hyperemotional. Academic underachievers. "Art" that promotes violence, mysogency, obesity and promiscuous sex. High crime rates. Dreadlocks. Loudmouth trash talking. These are all extremely off-putting behaviors. Urban black culture promotes undisciplined, childlike behavior. When the "black community" starts to condemn the self-defeating aspects of urban black culture and makes a serious effort to modify them, "whites" will provide an unprecedented outpouring of support. Until then, "whites" will remain cautious, with good reason.

  • Martin Uhomoibhi | March 18, 2014 3:05 AM

    Dreadlocks? Excuse me if my hair does not look like yours. How dare I not have hair like yours #jumpofftheempirestate
    Do you want to ignorantly state that black people are to blame for black *AMERICAN* urban culture? #stfu Go to Africa and have a look at how people carry themselves there- don't watch it on CNN or fling BBC GO THERE.
    You are ignorant. Nothing Else. Stop embarrassing yourself.

  • George | February 8, 2014 2:06 PMReply

    Why is the discussion always about "race"? If a white person is afraid of a black person, it probably pertains to CULTURE. Urban black culture is a cancer upon America. 70% plus single mothers. Hyperemotional. Academic underachievers. "Art" that promotes violence, mysogency, obesity and promiscuous sex. High crime rates. Dreadlocks. Loudmouth trash talking. These are all extremely off-putting behaviors. Urban black culture promotes undisciplined, childlike behavior. When the "black community" starts to condemn the self-defeating aspects of urban black culture and makes a serious effort to modify them, "whites" will provide an unprecedented outpouring of support. Until then, "whites" will remain cautious, with good reason.

  • George | February 8, 2014 2:06 PMReply

    Why is the discussion always about "race"? If a white person is afraid of a black person, it probably pertains to CULTURE. Urban black culture is a cancer upon America. 70% plus single mothers. Hyperemotional. Academic underachievers. "Art" that promotes violence, mysogency, obesity and promiscuous sex. High crime rates. Dreadlocks. Loudmouth trash talking. These are all extremely off-putting behaviors. Urban black culture promotes undisciplined, childlike behavior. When the "black community" starts to condemn the self-defeating aspects of urban black culture and makes a serious effort to modify them, "whites" will provide an unprecedented outpouring of support. Until then, "whites" will remain cautious, with good reason.

  • lightzz | January 29, 2014 4:00 PMReply

    you can erase my comments all you want I will be back muhahahahah and I will tell every one that this site erases black peoples comments

  • sergio | January 29, 2014 3:47 PMReply

    I would love to know how we know who's black and who isn't. Are you that paranoid?

    LOOK OUT THERE'S A BLACK GUY BEHIND YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • shannon mccale | January 27, 2014 6:48 PMReply

    I'm a white person and I believe that we white people are not being that nice and I'm so sorry I could almost cry because we're so mean.

  • JustSomeGUy | January 17, 2014 1:12 AMReply

    upon proofread: 6th line of first entry-
    *failing to acknowledge that****

  • JustSomeGuy | January 17, 2014 1:01 AMReply

    Being black, I've had a lot of black friends, and almost all of of my friends raised by single-mothers exhibited anti-social behavior, and ran into legal trouble, while those with two loving parents are largely successful. The media selectively released facts in order to make this a race issue because it is an extremely effective way to garner ratings and hype. If you haven't already realized this, just ask yourself why the death of a young black male became the biggest story in the country, or why the entire trial was aired nationally. Whites and blacks were being played by the media, whose moral compass is guided strictly by profit.
    Your point that racism is institutionalized is a valid one, and may have led to the creation of laws like the "stand your ground law". So fight the law not the verdict, or "white America" because if you want to lump white people into a single category, then you are just as ignorant and racist as "white america".
    Here's the most significant unintended consequence associated with your stance. If you want a jury to go with their gut, rather than beyond reasonable doubt, think about how easy it would be to convict black men charged with a crime, based on circumstantial evidence. Seriously think about that!

  • jesus | January 15, 2014 6:15 AMReply

    This article is gold. People of all races can learn alot from it. There is no color, but there are different degrees of ignorance and stupidity, evenly spread across the entire world. Black, white, purple.

  • Andrea Leta | January 15, 2014 3:21 AMReply

    Why do you make this a white issue, George Zimmerman was Hispanic, just another way to blame white people for all of your problems. It's people like you that keep racism alive. We're all on race, the human race. When are you going to have a town meeting for all the black parents teaching their children to hate " whitey" ? Because race crimes are through the roof on your end and they don't even get charged with a hate crime. Set a better example for the black youth of America and quit inciting hate!

  • Bitchy1 | January 14, 2014 10:55 AMReply

    It's ok to be black & proud but if you are white & proud you are a racist! WHITE PRIDE WORLDWIDE!!!!!

  • Bitchy1 | January 14, 2014 10:55 AMReply

    It's ok to be black & proud but if you are white & proud you are a racist! WHITE PRIDE WORLDWIDE!!!!!

  • Kay | January 11, 2014 5:37 AMReply

    White folks behave like kids and as such they need to be told-off when they behave badly. If you don't just like kids they think is ok. We have to put it right before we rise above it. This article makes a lot of sense and there's nothing like race hatefuel in it. It's about time we call a spade a spade.

  • lightzz | February 20, 2014 11:08 AM

    Yeah they steal behind the scenes from poor families so that the people will thank them and be kind to them. They are just like children everything is about making them feel a certain way, which is sad. Just do your job and quit playing games on people and quit lying about everything its really sad.
    How can a person be a racist if they are raping the hated races children and men? I mean it was George Washington's birthday the other day and it is well know that he had slaves and etc ... well how can you lead a country and consider people less if your raping them???

    And why is it that white people always go to black sites??? Because it is part of the rapist mentality its plain as day, they believe by raping and making people poor they own them??? Really its the opposite if you cant get people to like you without tricking them and making them all poor ... then your not in control of them or yourself ...

  • lightzz | February 20, 2014 11:08 AM

    Yeah they steal behind the scenes from poor families so that the people will thank them and be kind to them. They are just like children everything is about making them feel a certain way, which is sad. Just do your job and quit playing games on people and quit lying about everything its really sad.
    How can a person be a racist if they are raping the hated races children and men? I mean it was George Washington's birthday the other day and it is well know that he had slaves and etc ... well how can you lead a country and consider people less if your raping them???

    And why is it that white people always go to black sites??? Because it is part of the rapist mentality its plain as day, they believe by raping and making people poor they own them??? Really its the opposite if you cant get people to like you without tricking them and making them all poor ... then your not in control of them or yourself ...

  • lightzz | February 20, 2014 11:08 AM

    Yeah they steal behind the scenes from poor families so that the people will thank them and be kind to them. They are just like children everything is about making them feel a certain way, which is sad. Just do your job and quit playing games on people and quit lying about everything its really sad.
    How can a person be a racist if they are raping the hated races children and men? I mean it was George Washington's birthday the other day and it is well know that he had slaves and etc ... well how can you lead a country and consider people less if your raping them???

    And why is it that white people always go to black sites??? Because it is part of the rapist mentality its plain as day, they believe by raping and making people poor they own them??? Really its the opposite if you cant get people to like you without tricking them and making them all poor ... then your not in control of them or yourself ...

  • George | February 8, 2014 2:05 PM

    Why is the discussion always about "race"? If a white person is afraid of a black person, it probably pertains to CULTURE. Urban black culture is a cancer upon America. 70% plus single mothers. Hyperemotional. Academic underachievers. "Art" that promotes violence, mysogency, obesity and promiscuous sex. High crime rates. Dreadlocks. Loudmouth trash talking. These are all extremely off-putting behaviors. So, please don't say "white folks behave like kids". In fact, urban black culture promotes undisciplined, childlike behavior. When the "black community" starts to condemn the self-defeating aspects of urban black culture and makes a serious effort to modify them, "whites" will provide an unprecedented outpouring of support. Until then, "whites" will remain cautious, with good reason.

  • George | February 8, 2014 2:04 PM

    Why is the discussion always about "race"? If a white person is afraid of a black person, it probably pertains to CULTURE. Urban black culture is a cancer upon America. 70% plus single mothers. Hyperemotional. Academic underachievers. "Art" that promotes violence, mysogency, obesity and promiscuous sex. High crime rates. Dreadlocks. Loudmouth trash talking. These are all extremely off-putting behaviors. So, please don't say "white folks behave like kids". In fact, urban black culture promotes undisciplined, childlike behavior. When the "black community" starts to condemn the self-defeating aspects of urban black culture and makes a serious effort to modify them, "whites" will provide an unprecedented outpouring of support. Until then, "whites" will remain cautious, with good reason.

  • haterednecks | January 11, 2014 2:29 AMReply

    Dupree you are racist hatefuel. go die YOU WHITE TRASH MONKEY REDNECK JUST DIE. The redneck that kids his family member all crackers need to burn to death in hell for their sins committed on the earth, all of you and you children need to burn for all eternity, forever. All white trash rednecks and their babies need to be burned.

  • Dupree | January 11, 2014 12:39 AMReply

    This whole article is racist hatefuel.

    Be the change you want to see in this world...starting with respecting all members of the human race. If one person makes their decision based on color of skin, that does not mean that you must stoop to their level of thinking. Time to rise above.

  • ripuree | January 2, 2014 10:29 AMReply

    Great insights into this virus called White Supremacy Racism, whose cross-infectious qualities never seem to leave the ones it cross infests.

  • Jerry | December 31, 2013 11:49 AMReply

    You'll excuse me if I don't know what's happening in America anymore and this fixation on race...
    McDonalds: I'm Lovin' it--but I'm Hatin' it lately.
    I'm convinced that McDonalds excessive catering to minories (namely Blacks) is responsible for the closing of two McDonalds in my area. This time-honored franchise, over half a century old which revolutionized fast food chains in almost every conceivable way is closing stores! The first to close was the one in Paramus Park. It had been there nearly since the opening of the mall in the 1970s. Starbucks and other places--late comers--outlasted them. Why? Probably a bit too low-class for mall-goers these days! Not ritzy enough. Funny though how Taco Bell is still alive and well at Paramus Park... Then there's the little McDonalds in my town (Old Tappan, New Jersey), perhaps a decade old. It's just about the only reason I go to my local shopping center because all the stores there are too expensive for my taste. It'll be closing shortly. My town has become populated by extremely rich, millionaire, Right Wing Conservatives. They only want to be surrounded by the top dog stores; facilities with "elegance.""McDonalds attracts the working class vermin--we don't need them in Our town. Before long it would contribute to robbers and child molestors!" That's the brunt of the message I've been getting. You don't see Starbucks calling itself Starry-Bees! The question I have: Do Blacks really call McDonalds Mickey Dee's or is that just a "politically-correct" label invented by Whites to get Blacks to go there? They kept the oldest McDonalds around me, one in Northvale NJ, because they recently upgraded it: took away all the color and put stonework up, They remade it into a Starbucks yuppie clone. It doesn't look like McDonalds but like a Cafe! That's apparently Acceptable to some people. Image, again, is Everything.
    I'm also wondering when calling Blacks Blacks will be considered a No-No since they're, after
    all, African-Americans (even if the majority of them have never been to Africa!). Will the day
    come when Black will be the new "B word" or am I just jumping the gun here?

  • RonGB | December 28, 2013 10:49 AMReply

    I'm glad people are still reading this article and commenting on it. I don't agree with everyone, including all of this article, but I don't think everyone can agree 100% on all points anybody may make. There is a huge problem, actually all over the world, and trying to pigeon-hole it is so difficult, but I guess most of us can agree that it likely stems from greed, ego, and pride. In that, all the other indecencies arise, such as money and power, drugs and sex, race and poverty, wars and fears/threats, etc. Those are the manifestations, in my opinion (using my age as experience - 54 1/2). Even culturally, in the arts, we see so many huge changes over the last 15 years, then 30, then 50+ years. Some good, some bad. But they express our victories as well as our symptoms of societal illness... those are becoming dominant, in some way, and popular. The more shocking, the better.

    What kills me is all the glorification - but it is PROOF. Sadly, the media - even much of "alternative media" - is in a media war for hearts and minds (read: money), both sides hoping their brand comes off the most honorable and valiant. Yet, all of them require as much advertising as they can possibly get. And not accidentally, they all have marketing departments.

    (That doesn't take away from the fact that Zimmerman is an asshole who got off. But it was a money-maker too for the news industry.)

    The best some of us can do - at the very least - is stay open to discussing this topic of racism, and actually, any/all discriminatory behavior. The topic burns me up a lot because there is so much lying on both the right & left that it waters down the whole progress. This is not acceptable, so as an ordinary citizen, my only hope is we stay OPEN and keep talking. Best to all.

  • kitty | December 22, 2013 3:40 PMReply

    You are Ignorant for writing this :(

  • Lee | December 18, 2013 9:09 AMReply

    wow the comments on this are really sad.

  • Over It! | December 16, 2013 2:10 AMReply

    Edited 12/16: To Nate Carroll and Can Read - If you want Blacks to stop rapping about killing cops and what ever else you blame rap music for, then tell your damn kids to stop buying that music. Tell the record industry to stop pushing that negative music on the public and start allowing artist to produce positive music. Its not just rap, its your pop music as well. Its your Disney child stars turned dirty freaks once they hit 16 as well. Do you really think these artist control what the industry puts out. Have you ever taken the time to ask yourself why that music is being produced and pushed on the public?

    How about you stop with your ignorant thought process and start respecting others instead of you believing you're high and mighty. Why don't you start there! You got a lot to say about Blacks but you contribute nothing but negativity! How many White women and children are being killed everyday by the hands of whites, raped, beaten and tortured in your culture and no one says anything about it. What is the obsession with that? Why all the endless deranged crime shows on TV. (too many to list but you know.) You have nothing to say about this? You have the whole world believing Americans are beastly, deranged animals because of the filth being put out to the public/world. But you have a lot to say about Blacks right?! Judge your self and look into your own mirror.

    Why don't you start looking at Blacks in a positive light. You just might like what you see. You just might contribute something positive and create change (if you TRULY want it.)

    Blacks don't care about what white people are up to. You are the ones obsessed with Black and buying this garbage negative hip hop music and watching those disgusting reality shows. You are the ones casting for them. Blacks aren't flocking to see Jay Z and L'l Wayne filling up their concerts. Its white kids. Its whites who buy those over priced tickets and pack the stadiums. So stop talking nonsense!

    You promote it and complain about the negative after effects. How do you think the Black community feels when you are using them for profit and suppression by any means negatively necessary. They aren't killing whites. But you're killing Blacks everyday and getting off.

    Actually you need to stop blaming Blacks for your problems and your miserable existence. Why don't you get a soul and try to live your own life and not vicariously trough another race. Stop projecting your sad existence on another by your many ways of bullying and suppression to make yourself feel good. Why don't you take your own advice.

    You and your Ilks seem to be obsessed about Trayvon. You keep bringing it up over and over and over and over trying to explaining away the fact that your thinking is wrong and so was the verdict. You repeat your justifications for Trayvon's death like a mantra to convince your guilty conscious its OK you do the low down things you do and think the backwards way you do! Its called being in deep denial. Study it. Maybe you can change when you recognize your mental sickness!

  • Over It! | December 15, 2013 9:38 AMReply

    If you want them to stop rapping about killing cops and what ever else you blame rap for. Tell you damn kids to stop buying that music. Tell the record industry to stop pushing this music and not allowing positive music to be produced. Do you really think these artist control what the media puts out.

    How about you stop with your ignorant thought process and start respecting others instead of your privilege. Why don't you start there. You got a lot to say but you contribute nothing but negativity!

    Demand media and entertainment start showing blacks in a positive light. You don't have to watch the negative stuff they have blacks do on TV and buy that music. You have control over your listening and you have control over your children. Boycott negativity and demand your people start sending positivity about blacks. Then you will see a difference.

    But we know deep inside you want it that way. Gives you a reason to speak the ignorant stuff you just did.

    Blacks don't care about what you white people are up to. You are the ones moving in black communities. You are the ones buying and producing this garbage hip hop music and watching those disgusting reality shows. You are the ones casting for them. If there wasn't a market corp. America was tapping into there wouldn't be this kind of stuff. Blacks are flocking to see Jay Z and L'l Wayne and the lot of them with their negative music. Its whites who buy those over priced tickets and pack the stadiums. So stop talking nonsense!

    You promote it and complain about the negative after effects. How do you think the black community feels when you are using them for your pleasure and it produces a negative out come. They are killing whites they're killing blacks. She what's this crying about blacks do this and blacks do that?! Your not affected but your grossly nasty consumption of wanted to destroy a people and profit from it is!

    To Nate: Stop blaming blacks for you problems and your miserable existence. Why dont you get a soul and try to live your own life and not vicariously trough another race. Stop projecting your sad existence on another by your many ways of bullying and feeling good you are hurting a people. Why don't you take your own advice.

    To Can Read: You seem to be obsessed about Trayvon and others like you. You keep bringing it up over and over and over and over trying to explaining away the facts your thinking is wrong and so was the outcome. You do this like a mantra to convince your guilty conscious "its OK to do the evils you do!" You want to live with your self. You are not hurting anyone but your self. Black know the truth and don't need to engage you with your nonsense. They know how people in deep denial think. Study it. Maybe you can change when you recognize your mental sickness!

    You Open Your Eyes And Stop Blaming Blacks... Fix the industry you own and buy into! Educate your self on What Is Really Going On!

  • nate carroll | December 12, 2013 8:59 PMReply

    Well obviously the prosecution proved their case beyond a doubt as far as you are concerned, however, at least 12 other people disagreed. Perhaps black people would be treated differently if a few of them stopped rapping about killing cops and took the cornrows out. Stop blaming racism and white people for your problems and just focus on bettering yourselves, thats the fastest way to earn respect. Maybe putting down the KFC wouldn't hurt either.

  • kalehua | January 8, 2014 2:19 AM

    So putting down the KFC wouldn't hurt either huh? So doing what makes you feel comfortable will work for black folks, right? And that whole KFC crack is older and as wilted and cobwebbed as you are. Get outta here with your ignorance. What is that some kinda fat joke taking a jab at heavy black women? As if a skinny-ass, bony-ass, bone-protruding outta her cheeks, rib cages poking out, toothpick legged, white runway model is attractive. I'm not even black, I guess you could say I'm in between, brown Native Hawaiian. Just calling it like I see it, and that is, a bunch of whiny ass white folks want blacks to start behaving in a manner that their uppity selves see as "socially acceptable" We're dealing with the same thing over here on the islands. We're being told we can't do our war dances at football games and can't do our medicine man chants and ceremonies on the beaches cuz it's making the precious whites uncomfortable. Yeah, God forbid we offend them by doing something that is part of our culture and of our LAND.

  • Can Read | December 10, 2013 1:43 PMReply

    Ignorant does apply here. In so many ways, that trolling has to be a possibility. Although, the capacity of liberals to overlook facts is constantly astounding to me. First, as some commenters point out, the sweet picture of Martin as a 12 year old put out by liberal media to spin their victim story had nothing to do with the over 6', 175 lb. musclebound high school thug that Martin was at the time of the Zimmerman confrontation. The FACTS show that Martin was a thug involved in drugs, burglary (his friends had robbed that same neighborhood several times in the past two years), violent troublemaker at school, etc. Zimmerman should have waited for the police, but shooting Martin when his head was being pounded into the ground was a reasonable basis for the jury to acquit him. The media also suppressed the pictures of Zimmerman's bloody head and smashed nose, etc. The larger issue, though, is why the town hall discussion shouldn't be on "Why Black Culture has Disintegrated over the Past 40 Years". If you check the FACTS, Blacks in the late 1950's had marriage and home ownership rates approaching that of whites, there were hardly any Black children born out of wedlock (versus 75%+ today). Incomes were climbing, job opportunities in every field were opening up, etc. Then, liberals started their "Great Society" welfare programs under Lyndon Johnson. It's not a coincidence that Johnson was a racist from way back, as were many of the leading liberal politicians (e.g., Robert "KKK" Byrd). Blacks have blindly voted themselves into a downward spiral for 50 years by aligning with liberals and their liberal welfare programs. Those are the FACTS. So, let's change the discussion to something useful and quit talking about racism and start talking about how to change Black culture and Black voting patterns. It takes education, people, only education gives people the tools to truly change their lives. And bringing education to Blacks and other poor Americans starts with freedom of education, the ability to choose a superior education. And that means breaking the union lock on public school systems, and offering charter school and tuition voucher alternatives. Those are the FACTS. It's funny that liberals and Blacks talk endlessly about the right or the freedom to do this, the freedom to do that, but every politician they vote for does nothing but layer more and more restrictions on their freedoms, personal and societal. Ignorant indeed. This columnist should be ashamed for being part of the slavemaster liberal class that keeps Blacks locked in a welfare world. Start reading something other than Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton for goodness sake.

  • Lone Messenger | December 13, 2013 4:20 AM

    So tell me this,
    Is Martin a thug because he weighed 175 pounds? Was he a thug because he was 6 feet tall? Was he a thug because he was all these things in accordance with being black? I’ll answer that for you because that’s how the white mind works. Let’s take the same characteristics and make this a white boy of the same age. Zimmerman included. I’m pretty sure thug wouldn’t be a factor in this debate if this was the case.
    Also, what’s a tall man to a gun? What’s a black man to a gun? What’s anyone in the sight of such a weapon? To answer, these are people. These are people that despite weight, height, or race have the potential to die when a gun is used against them. Don’t dehumanize the facts here.
    The facts show that Martin was a thug? That’s odd, I thought they showed that Martin was an A student. One that kept out of trouble, one that loved life, and was good to parents. Where are you getting your facts from Fox News?
    Also, leave the liberal BS out of this. You’re all the same to me: liberal, conservative. I don’t have any preferences here. Actually I feel like the liberal whites are worse than you are. Because at least with the conservatives what you see is what you get when it comes to their racism. I can’t say the same about the liberals, all hiding under the guise diversity. You’re all the same. Racist to the core. Don’t worry though, your white privilege is not at stake so calm down.
    You are not in danger, after all this country favors whites over anyone else who puts in the hard work but gets nothing in return.
    You are a petty excuse for life and I hope at some point Karma comes back to haunt you and your people for all the crimes you have shown against humanity.

  • Can Read | December 10, 2013 1:42 PMReply

    Ignorant does apply here. In so many ways, that trolling has to be a possibility. Although, the capacity of liberals to overlook facts is constantly astounding to me. First, as some commenters point out, the sweet picture of Martin as a 12 year old put out by liberal media to spin their victim story had nothing to do with the over 6', 175 lb. musclebound high school thug that Martin was at the time of the Zimmerman confrontation. The FACTS show that Martin was a thug involved in drugs, burglary (his friends had robbed that same neighborhood several times in the past two years), violent troublemaker at school, etc. Zimmerman should have waited for the police, but shooting Martin when his head was being pounded into the ground was a reasonable basis for the jury to acquit him. The media also suppressed the pictures of Zimmerman's bloody head and smashed nose, etc. The larger issue, though, is why the town hall discussion shouldn't be on "Why Black Culture has Disintegrated over the Past 40 Years". If you check the FACTS, Blacks in the late 1950's had marriage and home ownership rates approaching that of whites, there were hardly any Black children born out of wedlock (versus 75%+ today). Incomes were climbing, job opportunities in every field were opening up, etc. Then, liberals started their "Great Society" welfare programs under Lyndon Johnson. It's not a coincidence that Johnson was a racist from way back, as were many of the leading liberal politicians (e.g., Robert "KKK" Byrd). Blacks have blindly voted themselves into a downward spiral for 50 years by aligning with liberals and their liberal welfare programs. Those are the FACTS. So, let's change the discussion to something useful and quit talking about racism and start talking about how to change Black culture and Black voting patterns. It takes education, people, only education gives people the tools to truly change their lives. And bringing education to Blacks and other poor Americans starts with freedom of education, the ability to choose a superior education. And that means breaking the union lock on public school systems, and offering charter school and tuition voucher alternatives. Those are the FACTS. It's funny that liberals and Blacks talk endlessly about the right or the freedom to do this, the freedom to do that, but every politician they vote for does nothing but layer more and more restrictions on their freedoms, personal and societal. Ignorant indeed. This columnist should be ashamed for being part of the slavemaster liberal class that keeps Blacks locked in a welfare world. Start reading something other than Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton for goodness sake.

  • Stop Racism | December 8, 2013 6:35 PMReply

    To: @RACIST Dec. 5th 4:06pm - Listen you ignorant pig. Get a life if you can't take the truth. All day long in your sh*ty worthless life you insult everyone who is NOT white. The rest of us Whites are sick of hearing it and being lumped in with you!

    Everyday you are obsessed with everything blacks do! Everyday you and your kind think about blacks more than you think about your own lives!

    GET A LIFE AND LOOK IN THE MIRROR. You are the one who looks for handouts. Blames black and other if you lose your job; If you woman leaves you; If your mama/daddy wont love you enough! You are the one who need affirmative action because you are sick in the head and can only work as a troll.

    You are the one who is race baiting as we speak and keeping racism going! You are full of hatred! And I'm 100% sure you are a low-life troll being paid to spend hours attacking and obsessing over blacks and others (that you hate so much!) You must feel real proud when you & kind have to face your friends and family and explain to them how you really make your money as a paid racist troll! Shame! I'm sure you will blame that on a Mexican for leaving you only with that option for work right?!

    And for any white person wanting to counter like this JERK @RACIST and spew "Not All white people blah, blah, blah." "There is blah, blah, blah in every race." Get a life and don't take it personal if you CLAIM you are not one of whom I'm speaking about! If it isn't you then you shouldn't be offended! If you take the time to defend and justify then it is you. Stop using us who really are NOT racist as your shields because we are secure in ourselves and don't take it personally!

    Stop obsessing over black people its really SICK! Stop looking for all of their blogs to post on. Stop stalking every black youtube video to make your negative counters & justifications. JUST STOP OBSESSING OVER BLAK PEOPLE! They get it. You don't like Them. I'm sure they don't give a damn. They're not checking for you PHYSCO STALKER! Get over yourself and look in the mirror. Start healing yourself so you can MOVE ON! FREAK!!

  • LORRIE | January 12, 2014 7:02 PM

    BRAVO !! I second that !!! :)

  • Mel | December 8, 2013 2:58 AMReply

    I know that racism still exists, trust me I do. It occurs everyday, against whites blacks and every other race there is. Does it happen more to one than the other? I'm sure it does. But to blame every white person in the america or every black person in the america for the racism that occurs against the opposite race is equally wrong - and quite frankly equally racist. I'm white, and I think Trayvon was innocent. I don't expect a black person to change themselves for me, or to bow down to me. I have this idea, it's that color doesn't matter. I treat everyone with equal respect and love, and this article offends me greatly. I think it's very said that you seem to think every white person is racist or holds you to some sort of standard, and I'm sorry you feel that way. But I can assure you that you're wrong. The world is changing day by day, people are becoming more and more accepting of one another with each generation. There are literally millions of white people that think like and are as accepting as I am, and to place a divider between whites and blacks as you have in this article /is/ quite frankly rather racist. It's a very ironic piece, and I hope one day you can see that you shouldn't judge a persons ideas and morals simply because you've seen the color of their skin.

  • Racist | December 5, 2013 4:06 AMReply

    White this, Blacks that?!?!?

    This one sided crap caught my eye...sounds like one black person trying to make others hate whites as much as they do. Grow up and stop being racist!!

    Remember the 5 minutes that Trayvon had to run? Neither side was innocent.



    Cjmacintosh | December 1, 2013 4:51 PM

    On TRAYVON own Facebook Page he said that he was in two other fist fights within 24 hrs. Before his path crossed Zimmerman I don't know how you live but whats the odds of being involved in three fist fights in a 24 hour period, also attack a bus driver too ,also on his own Facebook page he writes about using A drink called Lean , Lean is a coctail that is created by mixing Robitussin or other over-the-counter or proscription cough medicines with codiene , promethazine you guessed it, Skittles and Arizona Watermelon Juice, the flavor of tea( these two things were found on him that night) It has opiate like effects. Some of its side effects include confusion, agitation, and hallucinations among others If his Facebook postings are to be believed, Trayvon had been using Lean since at least June 2011, ! He has recently been kicked out of school for the third time for marijuana, and burglary tools and stolen jewelry . Martin should not have been suspended. He should have been arrested on all of these occasions. Had he been, his parents and his teachers would have known how desperately far he had gone astray. ( and I not knocking marijuana but not at high school ) , I believe this youg man was on a path of self destruction.I believe this speaks to his true character ! I am not saying Zimmerman is a good guy but the combination of these two meeting was the making of the horrible and sad out come !

  • Cely | December 3, 2013 7:21 PMReply

    Funny, just a funny article....ridiculously preposterous rant, what a hoot!

  • JN West | December 3, 2013 5:53 PMReply

    I realize this article was written 6 months ago, but it popped up in my browser when I was looking for something else. The author wanted to know when white people will have a conversation with their children not to create another George Zimmerman. Perhaps as a white person I can give the author some perspective. In liberal households white children are specifically told not to use the n word. I was specifically told that growing up. They put the fear of god in you for using it. You are encouraged to watch TV shows and movies that show the horrors of the past like Roots, or Amistad. After its done you have conversations about it. Your parents are also okay with you having black friends, black teachers, listening to black music or watching predominately black TV shows like the Cosby Show. Your parents might even have black friends, and co-workers like my parents did. You might even like my family did grow up in an integrated neighborhood. You are not brought up to fear black people. You are not taught to hate "the other". The problem is that the "George Zimmermans" of the world are not being raised by sane parents. They would never in a million years think to have a conversation with their white child. In fact white liberals like myself if we hear another white person start spouting racism we do all we can to disassociate ourselves with that person. That person is seen as a horrible human being and white liberals don't want anything to do with them, or expose their children to that kind of racist talk.

    The solution to destroy racism is education and more integration. Having black friends in schools debunks the racism white children might be hearing at home. Simply being exposed to different kinds of people reduces authoritarianism that produces racism.

    Not only do we need education reform, but media reform. We have to get the crazy right wingers off the air. That empowers the racists to continue their nasty behavior. It emboldens them.

  • Edgar Burgau | December 3, 2013 1:38 PMReply

    "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become. " - Buddha

  • Cjmacintosh | December 1, 2013 4:51 PMReply

    On TRAYVON own Facebook Page he said that he was in two other fist fights within 24 hrs. Before his path crossed Zimmerman I don't know how you live but whats the odds of being involved in three fist fights in a 24 hour period, also attack a bus driver too ,also on his own Facebook page he writes about using A drink called Lean , Lean is a coctail that is created by mixing Robitussin or other over-the-counter or proscription cough medicines with codiene , promethazine you guessed it, Skittles and Arizona Watermelon Juice, the flavor of tea( these two things were found on him that night) It has opiate like effects. Some of its side effects include confusion, agitation, and hallucinations among others If his Facebook postings are to be believed, Trayvon had been using Lean since at least June 2011, ! He has recently been kicked out of school for the third time for marijuana, and burglary tools and stolen jewelry . Martin should not have been suspended. He should have been arrested on all of these occasions. Had he been, his parents and his teachers would have known how desperately far he had gone astray. ( and I not knocking marijuana but not at high school ) , I believe this youg man was on a path of self destruction.I believe this speaks to his true character ! I am not saying Zimmerman is a good guy but the combination of these two meeting was the making of the horrible and sad out come !

  • lorrie | January 12, 2014 5:09 PM

    YOU,wrote:" I believe this youg man was on a path of self destruction.I believe this speaks to his true character ! " ..........YOU ARE ONE COLD HEARTED, JUDGEMENTAL,
    COWARD...YOU ARE !!.
    Another thing "bigot-boy".....I am not black....I am another Human being DEVESTATED by this INJUSTICE !! .

  • Dreamtime | November 29, 2013 8:18 AMReply

    I happened to stumble across this article. Perhaps I can add a different perspective. I was born in 1953. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago in a mixed racial neighborhood. From the minute I was born I was told by teachers and others how bad my race had mistreated the black race. Yet, I personally saw no abuse of blacks growing up. But this is what I experienced: I was held up by blacks twice, once at gun point, the other time with a knife. I was beat up by a gang of blacks. My bicycle was stole by blacks. A black teenager broke into our house and stole my mother's wedding ring. My friend was beat up by a gang of blacks, and needed more than a hundred stitches in his face. That was after they broke into a dance we were having and started tearing the place apart. In my neighborhood, we were scared to death of blacks. Most carried knifes. In eight grade a black boy tried to get me to smoke dope... and I never even heard of it. Now, I'm not prejudice, and believe it not, I never was. Yet, this is my experience. I'm still told how bad us whites are, with articles like this, and I still have not personally seen it. There are two sides to every story, always.

  • Frank | November 10, 2013 2:30 PMReply

    This article seems to express a lot of heartfelt anger over George Zimmermann getting off for murder, but it's a wish, not a strategy. The author can commit to personally not living in an inner world where self-consciousness over her race and fear of racism don't hold her back, which seems like a very worthwhile goal. But there are no means available or mentioned within this article which would allow anyone to bring the mass of society to heel and force them to listen to a one sided lecture or adopt the personal viewpoints of a few as Gospel. And there never will be.

  • Jo | November 5, 2013 12:12 AMReply

    Considering that's blacks make up the majority of those on social welfare it makes the premise of your article comical at best. Oh and fyi a BLACK man was the first to own a slave in America look it up so in other words...fuq you, but have a nice day

  • Lorrie | January 12, 2014 5:21 PM

    "Considering that's blacks make up the majority of those on social welfare "....


    Hmmm.......and YOU, can prove this...in a court of Law...??!!!

    OTHERWISE , that is called........slander. And,it-is-against-the-law......!! ( remember this when gossiping ,about your neighbors) I doubt research & fact finding, (to back up your ignorant, lazy, comment.) Typical....looser...,go back to your couch & tv....)

  • bryan | October 29, 2013 12:27 PMReply

    I hear you, Tanya Steele. if you see this, I know this is an old article, but I understand what you're saying here.

  • bryan | October 29, 2013 12:27 PMReply

    I hear you, Tanya Steele. if you see this, I know this is an old article, but I understand what you're saying here.

  • Another Mutt | October 23, 2013 9:54 PMReply

    You know what's funny, I know black people who have a darker skin tone that are racist towards black people who have a lighter skin tone...so tell me, what's the difference between that and this ridiculous article.

  • m | October 21, 2013 11:11 AMReply

    "With gentrification comes a better grade of products."

    Considering the majority of upscale shops are black-owned, why should you feel the need to "bow"?

  • Savage | October 21, 2013 4:20 AMReply

    This is all crap... I consider myself a mutt racially and have both black and white friends left wing and right wing.... What I see from all these comments and article in General is you all sound just as racist as all the white folk in the world ... There are racist whit folk and racist black folk .... I see racist black folk here.... That's my opinion ... Once again I'm not bringing an attitude I'm just being honest how I see this article and comments

  • Sue | October 17, 2013 7:08 PMReply

    And had a child just turned and answered the question, no matter how absurd of offensive, this never would have happened.

    Stop playing the total victim here - they were both wrong. What GZ did was not right but what TM did wasn't right either.

  • SunGodRa | October 16, 2013 11:54 PMReply

    When black people stop supporting "White supremacy" in all its guises then its going to be good night Irene to their created world. All its going to take is love. Its going to take love of oneself. That is what black people are here to learn. Despite all the lies that white folks tell about us, we have to learn to love ourselves. When we do the system of white supremacy will come crashing down with a thud! So lets see now a few white supremacy systems we need to ditch like yesterday #1. the white Jesus: you shoved that down our throats and the only thing we got out of it was more self hatred. Turned out it was all our stuff in the first place only repackage by the white supremacy system that took out the black woman and put in the white man to be worship. That was our first big mistake. # 2. White supremacy medical system: A bunch of bull sh.... if there ever was one. Liberation can only come when we realize that a white man in a white coat doesn't know zilch about how to be healthy. All they know is disease care, faking and fronting like they know , when they don't know squat. Ok , I got five minutes doc. tell me everything you know about how to be healthy. And thanks but no thanks for all that white powder drugs and pills you got. # 3 White teachers: When I was in High school ALL of my teachers were white! what's up with that? Guess what happens to young black hormonal boys when all their teachers are white ( white women in fact)? And what did they have to teach us?? Nothing about ourselves that is for sure. To hear them tell it white people did everything and black people were just ignorant savages. Well it turns out that was the biggest lie ever told, because when white people were in caves we were living in houses. So we know who the real savages are. #4 White food: Yeah if you like to be constipated for life. Just say no to white sugar, white rice, white flour , white milk. White Jesus > white doctors > white teachers > White food. The big four betrayers of black love, health and happiness

  • In pursuit of excellence | December 10, 2013 6:36 AM

    I demand excellence of myself. I do not always succeed, but I also never give up. That is the barometer I hold up to the rest of the world also. I don't just mean job performance, but also compassion for my fellow travelers and the planet as a whole; in other words my general comportment. I am convinced that most people for whom excellence remains elusive ARE THE SOLE ARCHITECTS OF THEIR OWN FAILURES. Be excellent and I will admire and respect you, perchance even as an inspiration. Fail while trying and I will offer assistance. Fail and blame everyone else? I will shun you. If you feel shunned, look in the mirror LONG AND HARD.

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