There is still a lot of racism going on. We all have a race card or two to play. In this topic, I will show some examples of the racism still going on and explain why the racism is so ludicrous.
Affirmative action means: “A policy or a program that seeks to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity, as in education and employment.” (dictionary.com)
In an article written by George E. Curry called Bush’s Civil Rights Nominee Called Affirmative Action “Racist”, Curry explains how Bush’s nominee is “unfit to sit on any agency responsible to protecting the rights of oppressed segments of society.” One of the reasons is because Bush’s civil rights nominee called affirmative action racist. The author further argues that regardless of affirmative action, white males still get the good jobs and promotions. So essentially, the author is making the case that affirmative action by itself does little to help minorities win in the race game.
To me, affirmative action is racist. Affirmative action is a double-edged sword where there are no winners on either side. If an affirmative action policy was in place that ensured equal opportunity for all races, then it wouldn’t be racist. However, most affirmative action policies don’t work this way. Some universities and corporations use quotas to achieve affirmative action. Others examples are the U.S. Government where certain types of contracts are awarded to minorities only. Another example is two people with equal qualifications go for the same job, with one being a minority. If the minority gets the job, the non-minority cries foul that the only reason the person got the job was for being a minority. If the non-minority gets the job, the minority cries foul and states that he/she didn’t get the job because of racial discrimination. Either way, affirmative action just stinks.
My personal opinion is that whenever race becomes an issue, whether it is in hiring, promoting, or entrance into some institution, then the issue is discriminatory. I think it is impossible to “ensure equal opportunity” when race is still being considered. How is awarding contracts to only minorities equal opportunity? Why is race the deciding factor on some job decisions? To me, affirmative action takes the responsibility of those that have none. If a person applies for entrance into a university, the person should get in having met the qualifications, not because the person happened to be of a certain race. Nobody can choose what race he or she is born into, so nobody should decide that person’s future based on race.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with interracial relationships. Granted, those of a different race probably have substantially different culture. However, culture shouldn’t prevent two races from falling in love and spending the rest of their lives together. However, there is a downside to interracial marriages, which is having an interracial (or mixed) child. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a mixed child, but there are examples of racial discrimination based on being of a mixed type.
An example of a mixed child is Halle Barry. Halle Barry’s mother was white and father was black. Regardless of Halle Barry’s white mother, she is quoted in this article as saying, “I’ve been called a nigger straight to my face. But there’s also much more subtle insidious ways that racism occurs here in Hollywood.”
Adding further to Halle Barry, she said this in her Oscar acceptation speech for Best Actress in “Monter’s Ball”:
“This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It’s for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it’s for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened. Thank you. I’m so honored. I’m so honored. And I thank the Academy for choosing me to be the vessel for which His blessing might flow.”
A guy named Chris from an article on BBC News comments on her speech by saying: “She’s not black, she’s whiter than the Pope. Thirdly, struggles of black actresses? What are you talking about? Does anyone realize what kind of money these people make?”
Although I can’t apply Halle Barry’s example to all mixed children, Halle Barry still thinks of herself as a person of color regardless of her parent’s race. She still is called the word “nigger”, yet Chris up there says she is not black. So what exactly is she?
My dad, who is Mexican (but looks Caucasian), told me that he was made fun of by both white people and Mexicans. He didn’t fit into any particular “race”.
The Confederate Flag
My wife is somewhat of a history buff, even though she won’t admit it. She cherishes her southern traditions, and loves southern history. Part of southern history is that of the Confederate Army during the time of the Civil War. Regardless if the Civil War was fought over slavery, territory, or the rights of states, the war is still part of American history.
My wife also likes the Confederate Flag and would probably display it if she had the opportunity. She told one of her co-workers at work that she was thinking about getting a purse that has the Confederate Flag on it. She was advised not to because there were several women of color at her work that despised the flag and thought of it as a racist symbol. I’m sorry, but the Confederate Flag is not a racist symbol. It was the flag of an Army trying to break itself free of the rules of the North. Slavery just happened to be more prominent in the South than in the North.
I’ll give another example why calling the Confederate Flag a race symbol is silly. America has a history of very aggressive behavior towards other races. We took Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, and some other states from the Mexicans while wiping a lot of them out in the process. We conquered and wiped out hundreds of thousands of Filipinos in our conquest of the Philippines. We also killed many more as we took over Cuba and several other Latin American countries. We killed and persecuted those races, as well as enslaved Africans and brought them over for cheap labor. We enslaved the Africans using the current American Flag (albeit less stars). Is our American Flag a racist symbol? If not, then why is the Confederate Flag being considered a racist symbol? It’s almost a double standard or contradiction to call the Confederate Flag a symbol of racism and not equate the American Flag up there with it.
There is just one race on this planet, and that is the human race. We all need to put down our race cards and place them in the past where they belong.
I eagerly await your comments.