« on: March 03, 2009, 08:52:02 AM »
I don't think that one group can claim that no other groups of people have been discriminated against. Discrimination is human nature regardless of it is because you look different or sound different or if you act differently than the majority of people at the time. The difference between the situation of African Americans in THIS country and other groups (without minimizing their particular struggles) is that slavery of Africans took a different turn. It went from enslaving a group of people for an amount of years, to slavery becoming something that was the fate of GENERATIONS of people. Even after all this time of being 'physically free', Blacks suffered at the hands of radical racial extremists for over 100 more years. It is not until recently that they are able to live life without looking over their shoulders. That's a lot to deal with.
I think that it is two sided though. In the same way the Blacks HAVE to move forward without using slavery as a crutch for ALL their problems, Whites in this country have to also adjust to the idea of equality among the races. It's a lot to get used to and 40+ years will NOT erase the damage done for 400+ years. It's just not possible from a logical standpoint.
We can only work with each other and get rid of the pointless hate. Hate me for being a jerk or a 'rare end', but not because of something that I was born with like my skin.
So.... I say all this to say that people are still angry, still hurt, still suffering at the hands of those who refuse to get used to a Jim Crow free society. Everyone deals with things differently. What I don't want, however, is for anyone on this board to minimize the extent of damage done. We all aspire to be or are already legal professionals who are required to think logically and analytically so please don't be igorant. (That goes for EVERYONE)
With that being said, there are ignorant people of all shapes and colors. The faster we all learn to pinpoint them, the easier our lives will be. The poster who wished he had 'white slaves' is ignorant. I'm Black and I can say that. There is nothing amusing about seeing anyone go through that! It is also ignorant to ignore the possiblity that there are genuinely GOOD people out there as well and they don't deserve to be blamed for the actions of others. That's my take. I hope it wasn't offensive, because that wasn't my intent.