Black People Shocked Racism Didn’t End

Obama’s Election Didn’t End Racism

I love it when polls come to brilliant conclusions like this one. First of all, if black people thought that Obama getting elected would end racism, that’s just stupid and naive. I realize that Savior Obama made a lot of promises and made a lot of legs tingle when he spoke, but Dr. Martin Luther King he is not.

Racism is a contentious issue in America, which never ceases to amaze me. I’m not going to use the cliche’ of “I have black friends….” argument (although I do), because that’s… well… cliche’. I’m still going to say it like I see it, because that’s how I roll.

There’s a financial component to racism. Poor whites and poor blacks tend to be more racist than financially secure whites and blacks. I’ve never seen a racist act, comment, or any kind of discrimination occur in Johnson County (KS)… well, aside from the police pulling over beat up cars with Missouri plates… It’s an affluent area with people of all races living here. Every person living in this county is an up-and-comer, and a vast majority of the people here worked hard to get there… they didn’t necessarily come from money.

If I drive to downtown Kansas City, MO, I not only get to observe racism, I can actually be a victim of it. See, that part of town is a poor, depressed ghetto, and that kind of environment breeds ignorance. If a black person were to drive to Kansas City, KS, they would undoubtedly experience racism there, because a lot of that area is made up of poor white people.

Racism is just a form of ignorance. Ignorance breeds ignorance. People who think “poor” (i.e. drop out of school, don’t work, etc.) are ignorant. We shouldn’t be surprised when they act like they’re ignorant, should we? Racism will always exist where the residents have given up hope for a better life. It’s simply a side effect of poverty and hopelessness.

The good news is, for those who decide to leave the life of ignorance, they can escape racism permanently. I know for a fact that (responsible) white people accept black people who are intelligent and hard working. I believe that black people accept white people who are intelligent and hard working, although I don’t want to put words in their mouths.

The key to ending racism isn’t electing a half black president. The key to ending racism, unfortunately, would be to end the “poverty culture” that perpetuates itself through things like welfare, drugs, gangs, and alcoholism.

Unfortunate because that’s a problem that can’t be fixed.

  7 comments for “Black People Shocked Racism Didn’t End

  1. June 25, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Um. I don’t know one single person – black or white – who thought Obama getting elected was going to end racism. However, I do know a lot of people – black and white – who thought it was a huge step in terms of progress. Whether he is worth all the hype remains to be seen.

    I think it’s dismissive and unrealistic to say “The good news is, for those who decide to leave the life of ignorance, they can escape racism permanently.” It would be nice if it were that simple, but it’s just not. For example: my boss is a rich white guy. As such, he hangs out in places where a lot of other rich guys hang out. One of his best friends is a rich(er) black guy. Guess what? In 2009, even though the black guy is a self-made gazillionaire, a valued member of his community who donates time and money to charities, his church and schools, and is just an overall awesome guy, can not get into the country club my boss is a member of. My boss has sponsored him every year to get in, and every year they reject him. They’ve also rejected one of his Jewish friends repeatedly as well. Want to take a guess why?

  2. June 25, 2009 at 11:41 am

    He’s a really bad golfer?

  3. Kamasue
    June 25, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    When I was in school, in the Shawnee Mission district, I never saw or heard of any kind of racism. Kids of color were just other kids, equal in every way. But for my friends in school just across the county line, racism was part of life. I was raised to never say racist things, my mother would have slapped our faces, (and she never made idle threats.) Her theory was that racist words are a slap in the face to the recipient. I will raise my kids the same way. I think you may be on to something Incredipete.

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  5. June 25, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I think you’re only mostly right, Incredipete. I’ve seen plenty of well-off white people use the N-word around other whites. I don’t think they’d actually do anything considered a racial ACT yet they still use the N-word. While solving the poverty problem would be noble I don’t believe it would stop racism.

    Some people are just shitheads.

  6. June 27, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I agree with you Incredipete. My theory about racism has long been that it seems to be more about socio-economics rather than skin tone. I base this on the fact that I work with educated professional people of all races and they seem like good quality people, regardless of their color or nationality. The poor white section of my home town looks pretty much just like the poor black section. I am much more like the black people who share my educational background and socio-economic status than the white people with no education or means.

  7. Michelle
    June 29, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I agree! How absolutely ridiculous and ignorant it is to believe electing an African-American president would end racism in this county. It is as ridiculous and ignorant as believing the majority of African-Americans voted for the newly-elected President solely due to the color of his skin (based on this logic I should have voted for Hilary Clinton in the primary election or switched my party affiliation to support Sarah Palin in the general election…neither of which happened). If the majority of African-American voters based their decision solely on skin color, what do you suppose was the basis for the other Americans who voted him into office? Perhaps this should be presented as a rhetorical question, as I have come to realize over the course of my lifetime this nation’s political divide is nearly as vast as the racial one.

    I am a 48 year old white woman. I currently live in Olathe, Kansas. I am a Christian who struggles daily with my faith, not in God, but also in my fellow man. I have friends from all socio-economic backgrounds. I, along with my three siblings, were raised solely by our Mother who had less than a high school education. Our Father abandoned his family and took no responsibility for the lives of his children. We grew up in low income housing and received government assistance to help get us by. I have one child, a daughter, who I raised solely on my own after her Father abandoned her. I am a college graduate. I received government assistance which helped to further my own education. Along with these, there are many other facets of my personal existence which have contributed in shaping my political, religious and humanist views.

    I have tried to make it a point over the course of my lifetime not to pass judgments on people in any of these areas because only that person knows why their lives are shaped the way they are. It would be ignorant and arrogant of me to assume something of which I personally know nothing about another?

    I did not vote for Barack Obama because of the color of his skin, nor did I vote for him because I thought electing an African-American president would magically erase racism in this country. My reasons for voting for him were very personal and well-reasoned. I will go out on a limb here and suggest there were others out there (in all socio-economic backgrounds) who would admit to the same. I am a child of the sixties. I personally witnessed the atrocities of both racial and social segregation and prejudices. The night Barack Obama won the election on his way to becoming the 44th President of these United States I cried like a baby. Where else in the world could change of this magnitude happen in a matter of decades?

    No, electing an African-American President will not end racism in this country…we and humans will have to take accountability for that. However, I am hopeful it will help shrink the chasm of racial divide in our country.

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