Monday, July 30, 2007

Racism tries to break up love

I am not against interracial relationships/marriages but there seems to be a lot of white people who are in Boise, Idaho. You can read the article about Ian Johnson and Chrissy Popadics here. Below is a quote from the article:

"But Idaho blacks have seen trouble coming ever since Boise State tailback Ian Johnson, who is black, got down on one knee Jan. 1 to propose to cheerleader Chrissy Popadics, who is white, on national TV after scoring the winning points at the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

The couple will marry today (Saturday). Johnson has reported receiving more than 30 threatening letters and phone calls from inside and outside Idaho."

When two people love each other and want to get married and are receiving death threats, that is just wrong and very scary. Love comes in many colors and it doesn't matter what someone's skin is to find love. I commend these two people for looking past skin color and following their hearts no matter what comes in the way.

Nike workers used racial slurs

Be careful the next time you shop at a Nike store, you may hear a racist remark. Today Nike settled a racism lawsuit for $7.6 million. Quoted from the article:

"The lawsuit, filed in 2003, claimed managers at the retail store used racial slurs to refer to black workers and customers. They also said the store segregated black employees into lower-paying jobs as stockroom workers and cashiers rather than giving them lucrative sales jobs. And they alleged managers made unfounded accusations of theft against black workers and directed store security to monitor black employees and customers because of their race."

Paris Hilton is a racist

Paris Hilton used the "N" word but many white people still like her and follow her. She is even on television! Why is that? Why would you support someone and waste your time on someone who uses racist language and is probably a racist? Here are a few sites that tell us what she said and what she is like:

Racism and low birth weights

There's an interesting research article on about how the cause of low birth weights among African-Americans may be due to racism.

Quoted from the research article:

"David and Collins asked if the participants felt they had been discriminated against when looking for work, in an educational setting, or another situation. They found that participants that felt they had discriminated against had two times the chance of giving birth to a low birth weight baby. Those that felt they had been discriminated in all places had three times the chance of giving birth to a low weight baby."

Make sure to read the article.

White people can be really ignorant

Sometimes I read something online and want to scream at the author and say 'you stupid motherfucker, shut the fuck up!' Well a few days ago I found this blog post by a white male who thinks he was a victim of racism because an African-American woman was given her order before he was given his order. Give me a break buddy, why don't you re-read what you wrote. If anything, this was sexism, not racism.

It's not on his blog post now, but he also wrote something like 'blacks don't face racism everyday' or something similar to that as I forget by now what he wrote word for word. He knew what he wrote was stupid and ignorant because he deleted it and I also left a comment on his blog telling him what I thought and of course he didn't publish it because he knows what he wrote was racist. I would like others to read this guy's post and let me know what you think. Is it racism, sexism, or just his stupid racist ass trying to make something out of nothing?

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Michael Vick, guilty before trial even happens?

An article on Yahoo! Sports brings up the Michael Vick trial and how the topic of racism is coming up with white people saying that Michael Vick is guilty even before a trial took place. The article mentions that African-Americans were supporting the Constitution and that Michael Vick is innocent until proven guilty, which is right and why this country is so great.

A part from the article:

... almost all of the people supporting Vick or holding signs pleading for "due process" and "innocence until proven guilty" were African American.

On the other side was an emotional, angry, passionate anti-Vick group that was overwhelmingly white.

White people screaming for justice; black people asking if they still remember everything justice entails.

That a case involving dog fighting can break so quickly along racial lines is a testament to how it bubbles below just about everything in this country. We all wish it wasn't so, including both sides here. No one wanted this. Almost no one even wanted to acknowledge it. But it was there, plain as day in black and white.

"I wouldn't say it's a racial thing," said David Williams, an African American, in a hopeful tone. "It's not racial. But for these animal rights people to take one person and crucify him isn't fair."

The thing is, the "animal rights people" here were an estimated 90 percent white. The pro-Vick/due process crowd was probably 95 percent black.

Obviously, both animal rights advocates and due process proponents come in all colors. And certainly a circus show like this, revved up by a massive media presence, isn't representative of America.

But, then again, I also know what I saw and what I heard.

"They are not going to give the man a chance?" Williams said. "You're innocent until proven guilty. He hasn't even had a trial yet."

If only more white people thought this way

I was looking around online for racism incidents and found this really good blog post on A white male emailed the author of that blog a very well thought-out written essay about how most white people don't get it. Please read that blog post, it's very interesting.

Here's a small quote from the guy's email:

How can we, white, proud (arrogant?!) America expect of a people not more than 2 life spans removed from SLAVERY, and only two generations removed from out-right and government sanctioned racism to "rise above" (the effects of a system designed to cripple you), and to "take personal responsibility" (for that which you are not responsible)? I'll tell you how we can. We can because it's comfortable (if you haven't a heart), it's easy (to buy the lie), and it's ok ('cause anyone can make it in America today!) The playing field is level right?

Not quite and even if it is (ha!) there are yet many ill-equipped to take the field. And ill-equipped to our shame. Thus the privileged go on being privileged, go on encouraging a system that neglects those it purports to help, all the while turning a blind eye to those they throw under the bus. Forget moving to the back of the bus! Throw em under it! So much more can be said about this!

Make sure to visit the site and read the whole email.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Welcome to the Racism Today blog

Welcome to the blog and thank you for visiting. We have created this blog to show and point out incidents that prove just how racist the world still is. We're hoping through this blog that the world can change and get better for everyone. We also want to bring to the attention of everyone, but mostly white people, that racism still exists.

"Racism has existed throughout human history. It may be defined as the hatred of one person by another -- or the belief that another person is less than human -- because of skin color, language, customs, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person. It has influenced wars, slavery, the formation of nations, and legal codes."

Just so everyone knows, I'm a white male in my mid-twenties that wants a better life for his future children and wants the world to be a better place for everyone. I hope this blog can help.

If you find any stories that interest you about race, racism, please post a comment on one of the posts on this blog. We will all appreciate it.

Update: A little more clarification for this blog. Since mainstream media doesn't seem to cover a lot of incidents that happen to non-white people that's what I try to cover. I apologize if anyone is offended by that. Obviously I don't catch all of the racist incidents in the world and I post what I find. If anyone finds things that they feel should be posted please post a comment and let me know.