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The Resurgence of Racial Hate

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  • Democrat
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    There is a resurgence of racial hate that now exceeds the past. Look at how everyone is trying desperately to classify the Incognito incident as Bullying. This is not Bullying, its Racism. The American public is running from the word racism out of guilt and denial. American society is living in a sense of Denial unprecedented in its history. Fueled by Talk radio ( Hate speech radio ), right wing TV stations, and the frustrations of Unaccepting Whites. Denial of racism is the new Norm.




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  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Plenty of commentators (especially on ESPN) have labeled this racism. I have heard that word said several times, watching the news break on this story actually. And, I also disagree that our "denial" of racism in this country is unprecedented.. we just have more access to all the various opinions on any given subject hitting our eardrums, as opposed to say 30 years ago. Yes, there are a good plenty of racists out there, denying their hate. But, if anything, as a whole, our culture has done an enormous 180 on racial remarks and racial hate; we are almost too PC on the issue nowadays. What many call the slingshot effect. White guilt has many in the public eye doing back flips just to prove that they are not and never will be or ever tolerate racists.

    Here's a prime example of ESPN saying it like it is (or at least seems to be). Look at Tom Jackson go:

  • Strongly Liberal
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    Seattle, WA
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    I think that bullying and racism go hand in hand. I think many people can see clearly that both have been increasing for quite some time. And while most people are PC enough to appear to not tolerate racism, growing numbers of Americans are shamelessly open about their racism.

    One of the recent manifestations of blatant racism has been demonstrated by the Tea Party in the South, of course, doing such things as displaying a Confederate Flag proudly in a parade. But the rise in "Southern Pride" and the "Rebel Spirit," which has definite undertones of racism, really has been on the rise since the 1950s ever since Rosa Parks defiantly refused to sit in the back of the bus.

    Right-wing Southern reaction to the Civil Rights Movement of the Sixties was blatant racism run amuck. And after Neil Young wrote the very popular songs Southern Man and Alabama, which were highly critical of racism and apartheid, there was a Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, that reacted in defiance with their song, Sweet Home Alabama in 1973.

    Between 1973 and 2003 Lynyrd Skynyrd proudly displayed the Confederate flag in most if not every concert they performed, and by 2003, with former Texas Governor George W. Bush as President, the band was obviously riding high and encouraged many racists to shamelessly display the Confederate Flag -- knowing full well that it was like thumbing their nose at the "uppity" black people who "didn't know their place."

    Of course most Southerners would deny that these days, just as the Tea Party would deny their attacks on President Obama are not about race. But while they might not be just about racism and may be about many political issues, racism is certainly part of what drives them.

    Such racism, like bullying, is driven by the egocentric, ethnocentric desire for power and control over the "others" -- other races, other religions, other nationalities, other cultures, etc. It is that superior attitude and mentality that is an epidemic that infects many Americans.

    As I wrote in the thread on The Bullying Epedemic, this a very relevant and important issue, because bullying, threatening, intimidating, manipulative behavior is caused by an attitude and mentality that is very similar to the gang attitude and mentality.

    From the schoolyard bullies to the neighborhood gangs to the gangs in the state legislatures and federal government, their leadership demonstrates a lust for power and control, believing they are "right" (and even "righteous"). They prey on the vulnerable and weak. They instill fear, appeal to the prejudices of their followers, and instill in them a group superiority complex while claiming everyone else is inferior, naive, and foolish. It's a dog-eat-dog world and it's every man for himself, after all.

    To me the bullying epidemic infects everyone who has allowed their ego to indulge itself at the expense of others. The infection pushes the conscience aside and enables the ego to justify treating other badly because they "deserve" it. It creates Sociopaths -- and America is badly infested with them.
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  • Liberal
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    Llos Angeles, CA
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    Behavioral science sees this as........GET A LIFE. Racism is here to stay, bullying is here to stay. Remember....Gods children. That's what separates us from everything else/ I feel so special.
  • Liberal
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    A great friend of mine is referred to as N--ger everytime he walks in my house. He reponds with "hub cap stealing wet back". A great and loyal friend for over 30 years. Its the people, the situation, and the context of any racial slur. That's determines everything
  • Strongly Liberal
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    Racist and bullying behavior can and will be reduced gradually, and eventually practically eliminated.

    Racist and bullying behavior are now epedemic because much of the leadership in certain local, state and federal government offices have been racist bullies. And the people reflect the behavior of their government just as children reflect the behavior of their parents.

    Children and people follow examples. And many times throughout history people have followed bad examples, as Americans have since Reaganism has been the ruling ideology. But we CAN follow good examples, as soon as enough Americans realize how we can put good examples in positions to represent us.
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  • Other Party
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    Guy I wish you were correct. Unfortunately you are 100% wrong.

    Racism and bullying have been around as long as people have inhabited this earth. It didn't start with Reagan, and it certainly won't go away now that Reagan is gone.

    Overt racism and bullying have been replaced somewhat with covert racism and bullying, but both will be here as long as people are here. Sad but true.

    Is there anything that you DON'T blame on Reagan?
  • Liberal
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    jamesn Wrote: Guy I wish you were correct. Unfortunately you are 100% wrong.

    Racism and bullying have been around as long as people have inhabited this earth. It didn't start with Reagan, and it certainly won't go away now that Reagan is gone.

    Overt racism and bullying have been replaced somewhat with covert racism and bullying, but both will be here as long as people are here. Sad but true.

    Is there anything that you DON'T blame on Reagan?
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  • Center Left
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    I watch way too much sports talk...... I am very aware of this story. Team mates say that Incognito is not a racist.
    They deemed him an honorary black man and even more black than the other guy (Martin) who is 1/2 black. It's because Martin
    is highly educated, never suffered through poverty, and was not as street smart as Incognito.

    I hate racist people.

    The outrageous comments in the text were in part from an online humor site.
  • Liberal
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    Llos Angeles, CA
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    Also////seems that Martin may not be back next year....if coaches are concerned with you toughness,,,,,,, recipe for a lawsuit