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.