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Note for Non-Americans on Race relations in the USA

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22 July 2013

Having spent about twenty years in dozens of countries, I have some idea about how we are viewed abroad. When it comes to race, many people look at America as black and white. In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. We are a bunch of mixed breeds.

One of my siblings recently got a genetic test. We are all over the map, including a trace from Sub-Saharan Africa. Apparently I have black grandmother or grandfather in my tree.  Mostly it turns out we apparently are Northern European, but still we are mutts.  My incredible wife is darker than many so called African Americans.

Insofar as "white" culture in America, there is no definite white culture that most whites belong to.  Many whites are with some form or another of black, Asian, or Hispanic culture, and the inverse is true. Keeping in mind there is no "Asian" culture any more than there is a "white" or "black" or "Hispanic" or "European" or "Thai." We truly are mixed up with each other, which is one of our primary strengths.

Do you know how many cultures there are in Thailand?  There are so many that I do not even have an idea. There must be a hundred, and even more if we count fusions. Just as Europeans -- I spent about six years in Europe -- often think America is black and white, we project the same onto other countries.

There must literally be thousands of "Indian" cultures. The varieties are tantamount endless. It would take most people a year just to memorize the names of the languages, dialects, and peoples of India. Indian banknotes are inscribed with about 15 major languages.

There are many "white" cultures in America. I do not know how many. I have traveled extensively to 48 states and it became confusing. A white man from the mountains of Western North Carolina has a completely different culture than a white man from Manhattan. On language, the man from the mountains will understand the dialect of the man from Manhattan, but the Manhattan man might not understand a word the mountain man says.  A Russian immigrant will have a dramatically different culture than an Austrian immigrant.  All will be lumped as “white.”

I relate with "black" culture in my hometown much closer than with some of the "white" cultures I encountered in the USA.  I have far more in common with black kids I started first grade with than with a white man from Budapest.

I understand blacks on a cultural level in my hometown because we grew up together seven days per week for years on end, but some of the "white" American cultures I have encountered were foreign to me. We spoke the same language but I did not always understand where they were coming from. For instance, the idea that a man should flee his home and not protect his family during a home invasion is utterly foreign. I have no idea what planet they got that from.

During my US travels, I found that both many of the blacks and whites in Baltimore were fantastically racist to the point I thought it was kooky. Same down in Miami and over in Los Angeles. Especially racist were many of the blacks who would treat me like an enemy, when I was thinking, "Man, if you get hit by a car, I will pull you out of the street. Why are you acting like this???"

Insofar as "black culture," again, there is no specific black culture that all subscribe to. Blacks are all over the map on cultures. Some blacks are fantastically racist, while others just take people for what they are.  Gullah speakers in South Carolina have little in common with folks from inner-city Detroit and Jamaicans in Miami.

I see racism in every country I go, which is nearly 70 so far. America is downright tame by comparison with racism in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

The United States has huge and vibrant media and communications base that can magnify and blast our every freckle out to the universe, largely in English.

English is an official language in about 80 countries and territories with hundreds of millions of speakers.  This is important: when big news hits in Japanese language, few people will see it because there is no global focus on Japan, and their media is in Japanese, so only a trickle leaks out, while big news in America generally is a global event.

America is not black and white, and not all blacks hate whites. We got along pretty well in my hometown. There was racism, sure. We saw it plenty. Believe it or not it was usually instigated by blacks but not always. I am specifically referring to my generation in my town. In previous generations it is clear that racism was more instigated by whites.

More interestingly, millions of immigrants today were not around during the slavery and years of severe oppression.  They had nothing to do with it.  A Norwegian or Russian who immigrates today was not around during those times yet if he is involved in some tragedy involving a person deemed as black, most assuredly many people will lump him with the slave owners.

Chinese, Koreans, and Indians who immigrate to America will, when push comes to shove, be lumped in with whites, though they had zero involvement with historical grievances that are being pathologically dragged down the roads of America.

Many immigrants see the situation more clearly for what it is than do many native born Americans.  These immigrants share no guilt or guilt complex.  They are more likely to call it excuse-making.

Many of these immigrants came from backgrounds that make previous US oppression look like playground fights and yet they thrive and move on, which gets them lumped with whites, just as Chinese tend to succeed around the world which in part creates anti-Sino feelings with much violent precedent in many countries.  Chinese often are called “The Jews of Asia” because they succeed, and as pejorative striking two with one stone.

George Zimmerman himself was born in Peru to a Peruvian mother, and reportedly is also of mixed African decent from his mother’s side.  But this matters mostly only to severe racists.

This may sound confusing to non-Americans, which again is my target audience for this dispatch.  Many Americans know most or all of this and more.

To add to the mix and to explain more why emotions have been running wild in the Zimmerman-Martin case, Zimmerman’s first problem after the shooting is his name.  Zimmerman is a common Jewish name, and so not only was he seen as white (sight unseen), but a Jew.

Anyone who has spent much time travelling around America knows that anti-Semitism lives, especially among black cultures.

We know that anti-Semitism is entrenched deeply among many peoples globally.  Among American blacks anti-Semitism must be among the highest.

To be sure, I saw plenty of anti-Semitism in Europe, and in the UK, and of course in the Middle East.  I personally know American whites who are anti-Semitic.

Yet the severest anti-Semitism I have seen in Europe or North America came from American blacks, some of who seem as anti-Semitic as Iraqi Arabs.

It is no coincidence that our special relationship with Israel began to tank the day Obama stepped into the Oval office.  Israel is loaded with Zimmermans and if Obama were viewed as cozy with Jews or Israel that would undermine his base.

George Zimmerman had a packaging problem.  Some people would side for or against him because he is half-white, and millions of others would side against him because he is “Jewish.” In fact, he is Catholic, yet there is no doubt he would lose net support with a Jewish name.

This means many whites in America and abroad who may have otherwise sided with Zimmerman based on the facts, likely would jump ship because they wrongly saw him as Jewish, and so would not check the facts so that they could go with a narrative that leads to their desired endstate.

There is yet another complicating factor: Guns.

Most people realize that guns are as charged a topic in America as is racism.  This topic brings out severe emotions.  To say to many Europeans or Americans that you own guns is tantamount to saying you are a Satanist.

“Castle” and “stand your ground” laws that allow homeowners and others to defend themselves are seen as barbaric.  “How dare you shoot someone just because three young men approached you and your wife and daughters on a dark night and said give me your money and keys! (And wife and daughters.)”

Vice President Joe Biden himself, on national television, said that he gave his wife Jill the advice that if someone breaks into their home, go out to the balcony with the double barreled shotgun and fire two shots into the air.  Any combat troop or law officer will say that is about the worst advice imaginable.  The list of reasons why this is terrible advice would be longer than this dispatch.

Millions of Americans want all guns swept off the streets.  Anyone who uses one, even in self-defense, will be taken as a savage and used as a sacrificial lamb when possible.  Obama wants the guns.  Zimmerman the white Jew (really half Latino and Catholic) used a gun to defend himself.  He was a perfect political tool for Obama.

This was a recipe for madness, especially so among Americans who will often loquaciously comment on articles and then admit they did not bother to read the contents.

There was a joke in Afghanistan – factually based – that if you say something three times to Afghans it becomes “true.”  The first person who says something three times is right.  The new truth becomes entrenched.  “These aren’t the Droids you’re looking for.”

From a propaganda perspective, whoever got there first owned the message.

Millions of Americans are similar, and millions of Americans are not sufficiently literate to read this dispatch.  If you are a foreigner whose first language is not English, and you understand this dispatch, your reading comprehension is no doubt as high or higher than most Americans.

If Zimmerman’s name was Gonzales, a typical Latino name, there is a high probability few of us would have heard of the case.

One of the best ways to ameliorate this severe racism is to stop accepting the race card without proof.  When racism happens, we must call it out no matter who displays it, including the President.

We must stop accepting the race card as a coupon that can be exchanged for gold, and start remembering that two lynchings do not make a right.

 

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    STeve Sage · 5 years ago
    One word to Michael on this article: Brilliant.
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    Child of God · 5 years ago
    Thanks Michael, for being bold and honest.
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    Mark T · 5 years ago
    I am not American but have many US friends and follow your politics and culture quite closely. That was a very eloquent appraisal Michael. Thank you
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    John Baggs · 5 years ago
    Michael, that was probably the most accurate analysis to date.
    It's so funny when I talk to people overseas, they perceive this dynamic race war going on in the states, which couldn't be farther from the truth.
    I sat in a cafe in Frankfort airport and listened to Europeans bad mouth each other. The Germans didn't like the English, the English didn't like the French, the French Didn't like the Italians, The Italians didn't like the Greeks. Nobody liked the Russians. In Asia, the Koreans don't like the Japanese, Laotians don't like the Thais. Singaporeans think they are better than everyone else, and the Chinese don't care what anyone thinks of them. From what I've seen traveling in a measly 20 countries compared to you, I think we are doing pretty good and have a lot less problems than the rest of the world. So, a big thank you to our Media Machine for portraying us as a bunch of race haters.
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    Ray Riehle · 5 years ago
    Dear Michael,
    I have been following you for many years. Thank you for you continued excellence in describing the realities of the world. I am going to re-post this on both twitter and facebook and hope that it gets out through many channels. Keep up your great work.
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    chris higgins · 5 years ago
    Thanks for keeping this discussion alive. We can never get past it if we deny it exists and are unwilling to talk about the need to respect people for who they are.
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    ira Downing · 5 years ago
    Sad but true if Zimmerman had been Gonzalez or had been another Black man, The media attention would have been different. That being said the death was still waste of two lives. A fight that didn't need to take place.
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    Dolores Plum · 5 years ago
    I thought your description of races was great but in the long run it will not change the race problem here. As long as we have people in power run with the race card on Zimmerman because they want to stir up racism What gets me is they are so far removed from the days of slavery it is so disgusting to see them enjoy in dividing the country, starting with the President. I had hopes that he would once and for all put and end to this crazy rioting but he encourages it.. He is a sad supposed to be black president I wish we would have had a better first self pronounced black to hold this office .
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    Peter Kennedy · 5 years ago
    Michael, I'm not sure what you are trying to say here. . I too have travelled to about 70 countries and every country is different and within countries there are differences of ethnicity and opinion. This is a given. so what is your point here? You say that Blacks and some Whites are racist and some Blacks and some Whites are anti-semitic. Also a given. Then you veer into the guns and stand your ground debate and you say foreigners think that some of these laws are barbaric and that people who have used guns in self defence are savages. Again, I'm sure some do, and some don't. This then segues to how Obama wants the guns and is a racist. That is an opinion, which is fine, but what is the point you're trying to make? That we are all different, have different opinions, may be racist or anti semitic, and do or do not like guns and the stand your ground laws. I agree completely, who would not!
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      ironargonaut · 5 years ago
      She wouldn't. American w/a PhD writing a comment column for Al-Jazeera

      http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/07/201371495445953104.html

      Point is for non-americans as the title suggests. Who haven't traveled to America or seventy countries and don't know this. Also, americans who haven't traveled.
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    John - Capt in ANG · 5 years ago
    I latched onto one comment in particular, that we are actually tame in comparison to our brothers across the pond, when it comes to racism. I have heard more racist remarks from dozens of different nationalities from all across Western, Central and even Eastern European countries. I defy you to get through an entire conversation with any Brit under the age 30 without hearing at least TWO references to someone's race.

    On the flip side, living in California I've been insulated from the pockets of deep-seated racism in the US. I had a black friend recount a story of stopping for gas in Georgia on his drive from San Diego to Florida. "We're out of gas." When he questioned the attendant, a firearm was placed on the counter and he repeated, "I said, we're out of gas." People looked at me like I was an alien when I jumped out of my California-plated van with two 120# Rottweilers, during a very similar drive.

    Anyway, as long as people are ignorant and leaders like Obama, Jesse Jackson, and similar, keep pandering to stereotypes while ignoring their own contradictions, we'll never really get far. I think Martin Luther King was the last civil rights leader to really, "get," what we need to do as a country to move forward. Comments like some I heard from Mrs. Obama set us back 30 years. So, one step forward, two back.
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      Daniel Ward · 5 years ago
      ...and inward generated generosity and forgiveness -- signs of the CHARACTER that MLK advocated for all -- and the economic capability/wherewithal for the rank and file to be generous are also being destroyed. Back step number three.
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    Daniel Ward · 5 years ago
    Great observations. Generally speaking, we are a (multi) marble, not a layer, cake. Yet, a lot of people are being socialized into the idea that it's White on the top and Chocolate on the bottom layer, always. Yet observation shows that is simply not true. Then there's the frostings. Depending on where one is, there is a lot "Chocolate" frosting on our society, especially when you're looking at entertainment and sports; but there's still the marble cake underneath that makes the frosting stand. The trouble with so many lives is that they are nothing but frosting with no underlying substance. Works for a short time and then they implode. Hot air does nothing alone and does not "bake a cake" when there is no substantive cultural and economically valuable ingredients.And frosting comes last. Lastly, we are becoming Beige.
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    SFC Cherry · 5 years ago
    Michael, your dispatch was very informative and balanced. Thank you for standing up to be heard.
    A Mutt myself.
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    Brian · 5 years ago
    Like you Mike, I am married to an immigrant (Latina) and she and her extended family did not come to the USA with prejudice against any group. They just want to work and raise families. They do not feel America owes them anything and are grateful for whatever they can attain. They see the many benefits available to Americans more than most Americans do and they take advantage of them. There is little resentment of the white mainstream or fear/prejudice with respect to black Americans. They do all wonder though how President Obama can refer to himself as "black" when his Mother , who raised him, was white. They consider him Mixed Race like themselves or like my sons and cannot understand why Obama would use Jim Crow standards to define himself. They also do not all believe Zimmerman was 100% right or Martin 100% wrong. they know better. However, they do have a hard time understanding how the President can attack a judicial outcome , a local matter, which was the result of the fairest, time-tested judicial process in the world just because he, the President hoped for a different outcome in the court case. I agree with that young fellow above that much of the racism directed at white America today is generated by those who consider themselves black. Damn, this nation just elected a White/Black President! A black woman is First Lady! Is that prejudice? I don't think so.

    No American alive today ever owned a slave. The vast majority of white Americans alive today had no ancestors that benefitted from slavery. In fact most Americans today do have ancestors that fought against slavery in the Civil War. Until black people stop experiencing crime rates that are very much higher than their proportion of the population there will be fear, anger and prejudice against blacks by non-black persons.
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    The Sanity Inspector · 5 years ago
    Too sensible and true to gain wide exposure, unfortunately. No thrill to be had from the plain facts...
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    KenF · 5 years ago
    Well done Michael! This is one I will share.

    My family has been in this country for nearly 300 years on my Mother’s side. Consequently, we have every Northern European country covered, aside from Italy and Spain. As a result of time, we also have Native American blood (Cherokee) and more recently one of my Sisters married a black man. So now, I see us as having helped work that “marble” more completely (I like that term) that America represents.

    As you pointed out so well, the only reason for this trial was to enforce an agenda of creating divisions within this country. Fictional as they may be, to the uneducated or those who rarely wander out of their own races, it appears valid. Partly due to the psychological tendency to “project” one’s own beliefs at others by accusing them of something, of which they themselves are guilty. Not by deliberate action, but by the power of that feeling within. It’s pretty typical.

    I too grew up in racially mixed neighborhoods and was blind to race until one day after summer vacation on the first day of school; my two black friends wouldn’t play with me anymore. We were entering the fifth grade in Hollywood, CA. I was 10 years old in 1961. There was a lot going on of which I was unaware, but something had happened to them that made them weary of whites. To this day, I don’t know what it was but left to conjecture. It was valid in their minds and I feel sorry for the loss of our friendship to this day. But, it made me keenly aware there was something amiss and it took only a year or two later when Watts erupted for me to truly understand.

    Later in life, I lived throughout the Southeastern US, mostly Georgia, Florida, and Texas traveling as a Consulting Engineer. In my opinion, I’ve seen more blatant racism in other areas of the country, but rural areas do tend to lag behind a bit learning tolerance. At least if someone was racist, they were honest about it. Up north, it was whispered.

    My prayer for all of us is to learn to get past this petty crap and realize it is counterproductive. Don’t like someone, just don’t associate. Quite frankly, as MLK put it, judging by the “content of their character” rather than their race is always the best policy. I will always treat all others well, until their character proves they deserve otherwise. It is a way of life for me.

    Keep up the good work Michael. Thanks!
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    Bill Frenette · 5 years ago
    Michael, No one but you knows exactly what is going on in America and around the world when it comes to racism. As you stated if Zimmerman was Gonzales, I doubt if the entire story of record of the events would have ever reached the daily newspapers. I must say that when I was a teenager I worked in a foundry next to at least 100 African Americans, who were some of my best friends and had 100% trust in them. I trust everyone, until they give me a reason not to trust them.
    Keep up the good work, of telling it like it is......the truth.
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    John L. Pattillo · 5 years ago
    The central theme of my recent novel, "Sovereign," is this issue of racism – specifically individualism versus racism. Many, many of your points, Michael, with which I completely agree, are incorporated in this novel.
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    Scotch7 · 5 years ago
    President Obama while campaigning, promised that he would lead "a real conversation about race." However this was right after a YouTube of his pastor saying "Goddamn America" from the pulpit came into play, so ....

    It's been 5 years, and we're still waiting.

    "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon." ... not the conversation we expected.
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    Scotch7 · 5 years ago
    Excellent essay Michael. 10.0 with a +
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    Dismay · 5 years ago
    In an otherwise fine essay, you've made some accusations about Obama here that have no place in the essay, nor are factually based.

    Obama said "All americans should respect the verdict". Even McCain was impressed by the impromptu remarks:
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/07/21/obama-trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-john-mccain/2572629/

    The Zimmerman defense team is OK with the remarks:
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/19/zimmerman-defense-comments-on-president-obama-remarks/

    I've gone back over your dispatches to see where you cited a specific instance of the Prez being a racist; I don't see one, instead I find all of a sudden you making these accusations. So I'll leave it as I'm disagreeing with this 5% of your essay, and OK with the other 95%.

    I started following you way back in Chariots of Fire days, and loved (and donated to) your war correspondence. I am lately dismayed at the vitriol in your dispatches and reader comments. I have my own beefs against Obama, but being a racist divider is not one I can find a foundation for.

    Hopefully you'll write something on Snowden and the NSA soon.
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      Scotch7 · 5 years ago
      Dismay, you seem to be filtering the news... well quite differently than I do.

      That's not all bad, but I must to tell you that IMNSHO you're reading of fact is quite wrong.

      POTUS has inserted himself in to the Martin/Zimmerman case in ways that are NOT appropriate for his office. He did that with the Henry Louis Gates kerfuffle we now call Beergate as well.

      He's a lawyer. He was a law professor. His WIFE was once a lawyer. There ARE no excuses.

      In both situations his remarks were deeply racist, divisive and not uniting. I must ask out loud: Why?
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    DaShui · 5 years ago
    It was the Thai king 100 years ago who wrote"Chinese,Jews of the Orient."
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    Sun Tzu · 5 years ago
    Great article Michael and the reason why I refuse to use the words, race, racist, racial, racism in regards to humans because there in only one race in regards to humans and that is the HUMAN RACE, PERIOD!

    Using the words race, racist, racial, racism inflames the ignorant, which includes the moron media, to start drawing divisive lines.

    When you talked about genetics what you should have mentioned is that genetically the difference between me or you or any other human on the planet is so small as to be almost incomprehensible.

    The ethnic hustlers and the moron media seem to not care about scientific facts and keep right on using the words like they really mean something which in the reality of science they simply do not!

    BTW I used to never use the N-word, was raised to be respectful of all people until they show their true colors and offend or attack me. During my adolescent years I was raised by black women who worked as maids for my parents who taught me this respect.

    But recently I have started using the N-word to describe a certain class of classless people, communists and socialists mostly, who for some reason think they have a RIGHT to everything anyone else has, just because said classless people exist!

    They believe they have a RIGHT to being subsidized and supported by the people who choose to work for a living and exploit to the fullest our capital driven system. My eldest daughter is one these socialist believers unfortunately, and guess what I call her when she acts out her socialist fantasies, yep you guessed it, NIGGER!

    There, I said IT!
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    Henry · 5 years ago
    "Vice President Joe Biden... gave his wife Jill the advice that if someone breaks into their home, go out to the balcony with the double barreled shotgun and fire two shots into the air… The list of reasons why this is terrible advice would be longer than this dispatch."

    Why? It is 100% consistent with numerous administration policies, especially its gun control policy: it leaves the evildoers entirely unharmed, while instead endangering the well-being of every innocent neighbor in the hood.
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    Bill Dunn · 5 years ago
    My father was in the Army. When I was 5 years old he was transferred to an all Black Army Post in Germany in order to begin the Army's integration process. He was one of 2 only white men on the post. He was the Provost Marshal. I started kindergarten in Kitzengen, Germany in all black kindergarten. I came home played with Germany boys. We were transferred the next year to Bremen-haven. There a few more white kids in 1st grade. I still played with German kids. The next year we moved to Augsburg. We played with the same situation. My father had a black driver. When we went home, School was segregated. My mother hired black women as household help. Some were like second mothers to me. When my son was born I started singing Swing Low, sweet chariot.
    Although my whole family is from the South we never were prejudiced. My father was transferred to New Orleans. When I got to school I was asked whether I was cat or frat. There was segregation on the public transportation and schools. When I went into the Navy, it was integrated. And later I found that Black men bleed to death the same as white men.
    Later on in life I obtained a job as radio engineer at KILI radio on Pine Ridge Reservation with the Lakota Indian aka Sioux. I saw prejudice off the reservation toward the skins and on toward the Wacicu's. (Whites) It was new to me. I was used to black and white problems. Since then I have worked in electronic retail and there has been no problems with prejudices.
    I lived in house with a Polish man, Chinese Man, and I am Scots-Irish. It was interesting as I am a lot older. But the common factor was computers and electronics.
    Now I regularly take 2 buses and ride with black, white and Latino's to my AA meeting where all kinds of people meet including blacks, women and people from northeast, south, midwest, and all over the US and Sometimes Germany. Recovery has become a real eye opener. I spent 13 months living with Blacks in a place called Faith Farm at Ft. Lauder-dale.

    Now I watch the Zimmerman trial and see a legal not appreciated by the masses.
    I am afraid down here in Florida of what can happen. Riding the buses, there is a little air of mess with me that we all put on and yet still chat with each other. Most of all I see there seems to be an air of anger with the blacks. So, Michael, I appreciate your comments.
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    Lee Jenkinson · 5 years ago
    As an English immigrant and now naturalized American, I have to agree with almost every word you have written. There is a pernicious sense of entitlement in many in the black community that is encouraged by the Jacksons and the Sharptons who mine that angst for profit and power. It should come as no real surprise that Jesse Jackson Jr. is doing time for fraud, the fruit never falls far from the tree. I agree that many blacks are racists, yet they deny that any minority can possibly be a racist since it's patently obvious to them that only whites can be racists.
    I'm not at all sure about your comments about Obama though. While I am somewhat indifferent to him as president, he strikes me as someone has mistakenly taken the wrong side in an argument and is having a hard time finding his way out, but I don't believe that he is a racist. The real tragedy is not the Zimmerman- Martin case, it is the tens of thousands of young black men who hold up thugs and rappers as their idols and a culture that encourages profligate sex with zero responsibility for the children that are inevitably born. There are a small number of black preachers who vocally deplore this situation, but almost never get any airtime because they portray blacks as lazy self-absorbed parasites who expect to be rewarded for their apathy and antipathy. As long as this mentality holds sway, we will continue to see the young black male as a source of fear and paranoia.
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    Nani · 5 years ago
    You are the first to come right on out & call a spade, a spade. Those who dont see it are simply blind. They see nothing wrong with the DOJ dismissing charges of voter intimidation against the New Black Panthers. Remember when that cop arrested a black prof & Obama said the cop acted stupidly. He had no comment on Gosnell, the abortionist, but said God bless Planned Parenthood. The Obamas sat in Rev Wright's church listening to his antiAmerican, anti white rants, for 20 yrs. Obama is slick. He's not an overt racist. Too many people watching.
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    Nani · 5 years ago
    You are the first to come right on out & call a spade, a spade. Those who dont see it are simply blind. They see nothing wrong with the DOJ dismissing charges of voter intimidation against the New Black Panthers. Remember when that cop arrested a black prof & Obama said the cop acted stupidly. He had no comment on Gosnell, the abortionist, but said God bless Planned Parenthood. The Obamas sat in Rev Wright's church listening to his antiAmerican, anti white rants, for 20 yrs. Obama is slick. He's not an overt racist. Too many people watching.
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    Kenneth · 5 years ago
    I'm white and if break into my home I'll shoot you, end of story...I don't know a single white man that would "flee" and leave his family! You're uninformed!!
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    Katheryn Sato · 4 years ago
    It so relieves me seeing what I've tried to say (and viewed as eccentric at best) out there as well as much better communicated! Racism is owned by no one culture. As you well know every Asian country has a tendency to look down upon or hate the next one. I totally understand why my family got such terrible treatment at many Chinese restaurants. I grew up in post-war America and am horrified at what Imperial Japan did. My ancestors came out of the early Meiji period (think The Last Samurai).

    I had to smile at many of our experiences growing up. From 1 1/2 years old to 10 years, I grew up in the hood just west of the Coliseum. Because my parents spoke perfect neutral English, I spoke perfect jive and wasn't aware of it. When we moved into a small town nearly all white and about 10 years out of the past, I wonder how in the world I must have appeared to them i.e. full southern Japanese heritage and inner-city patois.

    The news didn't mention it but the two last times I was shot at (and one was a perfect lateral head shot but my driver side window was up and it came from about 10 o'clock - I'm happy to say that I performed the vehicle ambush IA perfectly!) was during the LA Riots. Because of an ill-tempered Korean inner-city convenience store lady, all Asians suddenly had bullseyes ("Bummer of a birth mark...").

    Obama certainly fights against possible racism against one group but I see it all the time against others. The Friday night before the Zimmerman jurors were to be selected, Obama gave a surprise press conference about it in the rose garden - can't say he doesn't know how to wield his power. None of us hear it about the wilding attacks against whites in Pittsburg...and don't you get the feeling that you most often seeing blonde girls getting beaten?

    I understand it's voter base, but at the same time a President with integrity would attack racism from any group. If a Nisei were president and Japanese American 18-24 yr olds committed the most violent crime, I will tell you that he would publicly and verbally come done beyond hard on his own ethnicity. fyi - I hated working for Nisei bosses, they always expected so much more from me that it was like an inverse bigotry! :)

    It is better here than most imagine. I'll have to find the paper, but when job positions and pay in the US are normalized to IQ, black Americans hold better jobs at a higher pay than whites....so we are doing better than our international image projects.
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