Is Race an Issue

07/13/2009

quickdraw

As we now start the vetting process of Sonia Sotomayor, I have begun to really think about race and race relations within the United States. Already people who do not agree with her policies have been called racist. I ask of these people why? I am white, I am male, and I am young (17). I already know there are many people who count me out because of this. I also know if I disagree politically with the Obamas and Sotomayors of the world I am a classified racist, and I am ruled out of the discussion. Well, I am sick of this fact. Sonia Sotomayor is the true racist. You might be thinking to yourself, “what?” How can a minority be a racist? Unlike the Joy Behars of the world, I look at the definition of the word, not what I want the definition of that word to be.

Racism: “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.”

So Sonia has said, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” She flat-out says in this quote her experiences as a Latina would offer a superior conclusion than a white male.

We’ve seen what she’s said, now what has she done? You can look at one case – it seeps of racism. Frank Ricci was a dyslexic white man, who wanted a promotion.  He worked for this promotion spending hours upon hours studying; spending a $1,000 dollars to have someone put the manuals on tape. He passed the test with flying colors might I add, but he was denied his promotion because of the color of his skin. The city threw the exam out because 19 of the African Americans who took the test, not one passed.  The 18 white firefighters and the 1 Hispanic firefighter decided to sue on grounds of racial discrimination. After Sonia Sotomayor ruled against these men, they went to the Supreme Court where justice was found. These brave men will be receiving their promotions.

The question is when did our justice system gain sight? The American justice system was meant to be blind, meaning no matter who you are, you get equal treatment under the law. As Michael Berry once said, “Our Criminal Justice system now separates crime into varying levels of importance based on the skin color of the victim. If a black man beats up a black man that’s an assault, if a white man beats up a white man that’s an assault, if a black man beats up a white man that’s an assault, but if a white man beats up a black man that’s a hate crime. The penalty is greater, the crime is the same.”

Well what happened? There were many well intentioned, but vial in nature acts to artificially level a playing field, that didn’t need leveling, i.e. affirmative action. Now what you and I say and do isn’t dictated upon common sense, but upon a small vocal group of unemployed, unelected, unintelligent, provocateurs (the pc police). People like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson go around race bating. They accuse people of being racist without proof (i.e. the Duke Lacrosse case). When these people are finally found innocent, the media is far too busy fanning the flame of the next racial story to notice. In conclusion, I would say yeah there are racists, yes it’s a problem, but the overarching problem isn’t race itself. The real problem lies with those whom we let dominate the conversation of race.

Another Scoop of Truth in this Bucket we call Life – Eric Morris

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7 Responses to “Is Race an Issue”

  1. Absolutely right. Good post.

    The concept of justice being blind is older than the United States itself. The statue of Lady Justice has been depicted with a blindfold at least since the 1500’s in Berne, Germany.

    But President Obama knows better and is attempting to replace her blindfold with “empathy”.

  2. vn said

    great article! i just can’t imagine how a racist like Sotomayor can become a part of the Supreme Court. this is absolutely ridiculous and … sad

  3. Great piece! And to think you are only “17” You will go far my friend.

    Those who fight against racism and discrimination in this Country are the ones, whom keep it a living breathing entity. After all why should they wish for racism/discrimination to end? When there is a civil rights boom in this country, thanks to the a.c.l.u., c.a.i.r, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and the N.A.A.C.P etc. The more they push the more America gives in. And the more control “some” gain while others lose their freedom of speech. It is getting to where, you can’t say anything. Unless you are one of the select few ‘victims’, or a leftie liberal bulls**t artist. No need to apply. For it is an exclusive club, not just ‘anyone’ can become a member.

    Now how is that for discriminatory?

    Sticks and stones will break my bones. But words will never hurt me.

    I don’t know just a thought…
    velvethammer (member of the human race)

  4. Tiffany said

    Very well written article. My hope is that someday we will live in a truly colorblind society where you are not discriminated against because of your race nor are you favored because of it.

  5. This is what one might call… “reverse discrimination.”

    Reverse discrimination: preferential treatment of a class of persons who have suffered from past discrimination.

    So now many employers have to employ a certain amount of one race, even if a person of another race is more qualified for the job.

    It’s quite despicable.

  6. Mrs. Nix said

    There is no such thing as reverse discrimination. The reason I don’t like that term is that it perpetuates that idea that black racism is less or different or “something other” than white racism.

    No. Both are the same. Racism is racism (just like murder is murder no matter the motivation behind the crime)…there is no “hate crime.” Murder is murder and battery is battery. It is important, Tiffany, that we not allow use of the term reverse discrimination. It makes the problem worse.

    Great article.

  7. Eric Morris said

    All of these are excellent comments. We at the bucket appreciate the conversation.

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