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Racism remains in ‘sneakiest forms’

February 7, 2013

The quote “The time is always right to do what is right” is attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr. We will never know Dr....

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judeye

Feb-07-13 8:28 AM

Excellent article!!!

We have come a long way in the fight for equality, but racism is still alive and doing too well in our society. For evidence just take a look at the numbers of minorities in our prisons or the high unemployment in some minority groups. This is not just a coincidence.

I think of my own brother in law who graduated from an All White high school (Lynchburg Va)in the 1950s and up until 1967 (which to me is not that long ago really) it was ILLEGAL for white and blacks to marry in the state of Mississippi!

We have come a long way since then towards equality. Yet, we still have so much more to go.

In the words of Alice Walker "I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to"

Time to end racism...and embrace true equality for all.

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Marcia

Feb-07-13 8:48 AM

What a wonderful article and hope for the future Renee. The problem is, if you are not a minority you do not understand all of the things that happen to them on a daily basis. Children today, in Fredonia, are still called by racist names, and beat up for being a minority. Minorities are constantly followed in stores, because they are automatically thought to be likely to steal. All studies say the drug use is equal among whites and blacks, but it is primarily blacks who are arrested. Things are changing, thankfully, but we have a long way to go. Try walking on another's shoes and you might understand.

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atgnwt

Feb-07-13 9:06 AM

Nice, Steiner. Your rabid dog attitude certainly doesn't sound racist to me.

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Dcronlg

Feb-07-13 9:21 AM

Actually its bigotry and ignorance, of which racism is a part, is the larger problem. The ugliness of racism extends itself into misogyny, religion, xenophobia, sexual orientation, etc. We've made terrific strides since the mid 60s, but as Canada shows us, we've a longer ways to go.

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USMCVET

Feb-07-13 9:53 AM

Great article Renee. It's nice to see that there are people in Dunkirk who know how to write.

Steiner, can you ever just not say anything?

Marcia, I'm trying to decide if your comment is positive. Hmm...how do you know Ms. Gravelle hasn't walked in those shoes?

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DKexpat

Feb-07-13 11:19 AM

Hey, who pulled the comics page? (Steiner's two posts.)

C'mon, Observer, that's required reading at my office!

:-)

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timeisthefire

Feb-07-13 9:34 PM

Just check out the "National Geographic" DNA study that shows All OF US ,have DNA that goes back to Africa,actually you spend a $100 or probably more now that shows we all have "Roots" in africa.No matter how we got to be where we are now.Yes people we all come from the same place.(there is no "Magic" white DNA)

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timeisthefire

Feb-07-13 10:24 PM

Finally somebody pulled steewners comments glad I didn't see them but sure he/she will be back I sorry but IMO steewny just a moron...about time

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Steiner

Feb-08-13 8:16 AM

hey libs, facts do elude you, dont they. I have quoted facts and you answer with the usual racist comment. Shows limited knowledge of history and facts. everything I have said is true and can be verified. Sloppy thinking again by the libs.

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Marcia

Feb-08-13 8:47 AM

USMCVET, my comments were directed at Renee but just at society in general. When I said "you" I didn't mean her, but to readers in general. As a white person, I am shocked at things I am told about all the racism that is still prevalent today.

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DKexpat

Feb-08-13 8:54 AM

"...quoted facts and you answer with the usual racist comment."

Golly gee, then why were YOUR posts deleted but not ours?

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American

Feb-08-13 11:02 AM

Yes it would be nice to end racism. By all races. It is not only whites who are racist but I see it with blacks, Hispanics, Chinese, and pretty much any race that is out there. You have posts like steins and then you have the ones talking about old white people or angry white people and those are just as racist as ones about any other nationality. Will it ever stop? Probably not in our lifetimes. It is to ingrained into to many people of all races.

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wastelanddweller

Feb-08-13 2:41 PM

I have actually seen more racism towards caucasions in my life than the other way around. I myself was a victim several times of this kind of racism. Thats why private schools are so popular in the south too-so that certain races can stay out of the public school system where the abuse takes place (we had to do this with a child). I've had it occur at my job as well. So what makes caucasions racist or stereotypical of minority groups? They way those groups treat them-and it seems to be the views and feelings of their parents that they inherit (similar to religious beliefs). And I've had alot of minority friends...its not all- but i've seen it happen alot in my life. And I've lived in many states. And you do have to 'know' what areas are okay to move into now, especially in the southern states.

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Christopher

Feb-08-13 8:17 PM

If you dress and act and talk a certain way, people will naturally get an impression of you. Depending on how you choose to dress and talk and act, that can be a positive or a negative impression. If you choose to emulate exconvicts and drug dealers, yep, you will not be treated well, I don't care what color you are. If I were all that sensitive, I guess I'd probably try to ASSIMILATE, which is why most Italins are no longer named Guido or Guisseppi, and most Poles don't name their children Stashu. Those people assimilated. Racism and discrimination aren't always as easy to discuss, label and define as people think.

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Christopher

Feb-08-13 8:21 PM

Has anyone ever seen a Black person charged with a "hate crime" for crimes against whites? I never have, even when it's obvious that's what occurred. Can SUNY schools have White Student Unions? I could go on and on, but the bottomline is that for an awful lot of people who claim discrimination, look in the mirror, tell me what you see. Evaluate how you act and speak. I do know that my mother and her siblings were not allowed to speak Italian at home. That includes the ones born in Italy. My Aunt Louise was 9 when she arrived here. She graduated Valedictorian. I wonder how she'd have done if she was allowed to speak Italian most of the time and been provided with Italian speaking teachers and such?

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