If America doesn’t talk about race, what are the important things being left unsaid? And what impact is race having on modern American life, politics and culture? Hear from insightful thinkers below, and share your own thoughts about race in America in the comments.

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  • Tom Johnsson

    As a White Canadian watching your interview with Angela Glover Blackwell, I was struct by the incredible double standard that exists for people of color. During my business travels in Canada and the US over the past 35 years I have noticed how the Black men that I have met and interacted with, have had to have better qualifications, better social and communications skills that their non-colored coworkers in order to hold the same job. This  suggests that Jim Crow is still alive and well with a more subtle and finessed double standard that is perpetuating inequality into the 21st century.

  • Bob Scott

    I agree, the American public is unwilling to speak about race, but the qualification is, you don’t talk about race with people who you most need to speak with.  If the purpose of more honest communication between people to make the world a better place then we have to drop “demographics calling cards” like black or white and speak about behavior.

    My work is teaching 12 year old young adults science in an urban middle school.  The school’s population is mixed.  Any bad behavior one wants to highlight, such as rudeness to each other, parents gaming the system, to being tardy are behaviors that I see in every demographic grouping anyone ever heard of.  

    We have to speak about behaviors because that clearly defines what needs to be changed.
    I had a father tell me he was not a racist.  He told me he once said to his son, “See those Mexicans over there throwing trash on the ground, I don’t want you to litter.”  I explained when he connects Mexicans with littering in the mind of an eight year old, littering must be the national sport of Mexico.  All he had to tell his son is those men are not putting their trash in the trash can, be sure you put your trash in trash cans.

    Connecting a demographic to a negative behavior colors that group entirely.  How can Jews be the cheapest people in the world when Scottish people are the cheapest people in the world?  The issue is not where you come from or what language you speak but do you have good sense when it comes to balancing thrift and generosity.

    Bob Scott  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Mason/705689570 Catherine Mason

    I agree with Ms Blackwell especially on the incarceration issue.  I think we need to look at what we are doing when we criminalize so many actions that just about anyone can be imprisoned.  We need to look at our prison systems and analyze why this country needs to lock up so many of its citizens.  What a waste of resources.  We need to find out how to take the despair out of the system.  Why is it that so many feel that their only avenue to making a living is through crime?  Why is a life of crime so easy to turn to?  And once you have committed a crime, and served your time, why are you needlessly shackled with that crime for the rest of your life?  It becomes doubly difficult not to return to a life of crime when normal avenues are shut off to you.

    Why are the Republicans trying to turn the public school system into a private enterprise venture? Other countries do not seem to need to do this in order to have excellent schools.  And this would just about guarantee that decent schools would be unavailable to those who need them the most.

    I thought the reason to ban together in communities was in order to be able to protect the weaker members of the group, i.e. children.  So why has government, i.e. the means to be able to extend this protection to the group, become such an anathema?

  • Lucius

    Look, American was a slave owning land since day one. Racism is endemic in the very fabric of America and its home grown version of christianity. Christian churches taught their flocks that Blacks and Natives were soulless chattel and savages. And how do you expunge a religious belief hundreds of years old?

    Why did the South change from Democrat to Repubican in one fell swoop after LBJ signed civil rights legislation? Why were avowed racists Strom Thurmond, Robert Byrd and others routinely elected to Congress? Why was Dr. King executed? Why did the birther movement begin the moment a black man entered the White House?

    We don’t talk about racism because it would mean indicting most of Us as essentially racist. It will take another 100 years for America to be post racial, if ever.

  • Noreen Winningham

    Ms. Blackwell brought clarity to issues treated as too complicated to be comprehensible by simply and elegantly stating what lies at their heart. Why don’t Americans like to talk about race? The betrayal of humanity that is racism has left enormous emotional pain and anger. It is pain and anger that is suppressed in order to go on, to survive. It lurks nearer to the surface than anyone wants to admit. Certainly too close for subjective discussion around a topic that continues to divide and torture , not only individuals, but communities and the nation as a whole. It is a left-unsaid contributor to why so many men of color find themselves in situations that lead to incarceration. It is a left-unsaid contributor to why so many whites are afraid – if they are white, but not rich, then that is the fault of “the other.” Capitalism has trumped Democracy, and without the conversation on race that will allow reconciliation and disallow the politics of “divide and conquer,” America will witness its own decline. This need not happen, as Ms. Blackwell states, America is rich in resources and untapped human capital.

  • Ffentressonly

     I think if we could eliminate the word “race” we could move forward faster.  It’s proven by science that we are all the one same race. The difference is our skin color which is provided as a protection from the sun. So, why not say it like it is?  When you talk about this issue, you should say “skin color” in place of the word “race”. 

  • Radicalspaces

    Ms. Blackwell’s insight into our inability to come to terms with our history is amazing.  It has allowed our society to ebb and flow when it comes to inequality.  As Ffentressonly commented if we could find another word, some people would feel more comfortable about this discussion.  But that’s part of the problem.  Because it’s uncomfortable and brings up our baser instincts, we try to avoid it.  Sweep in under the rug.  But if we don’t then we will be our own undoing.  Race and class go hand-in-hand.  And because we all want to believe in the extremes of the American dream.  Not just that we can do better than our ancestors but that we ALL can be outrageously wealthy, we allow the blinders that the 1% put on us.  We need to look around and see we are more alike than different and work together.  Our wealthy class reminds me of Tsarist Russia.  I have mine, my fellow Americans are on their own.  I think we are all in this together, and even if I am not around to see the changes, I will still work toward them.  My legacy will be in the people I touch, the next generation that I help to educate and enlighten, not how much money I have or had.  

  • http://g00.me/7k << Work at home, $60/h, link

     To learn to get along without, to realize that what
    the world is going to demand of us may be a good deal more important
    than what we are entitled to demand of it – this is a hard lesson.

  • Beverly Theunis

    I like to talk about race because it is the profoundest of human problems, and I appreciate this opportunity to speak publicly on it. I feel sorrowful about racial discrimination for how it dispirits people and country. Since my childhood in the 1940s, I have seen tremendous improvements in relations between races and I am very glad for that. But we’re far from finished. I agree with Angela Blackwell on the importance of a good education for everyone because I believe it is the second most empowering human asset, with attitude the first. We need to rally around the idea that it takes a nation to raise a youth, and that each youth regardless of color or gender is representative of our future peace, prosperity, and survival of humankind. To me, that seems a good so basic, universal and self-evident that I felt, in speaking to its antithesis on government funding for higher education, Mitt Romney spoke against the Preamble to our Constitution. “We the People … in Order to … insure domestic Tranquility … promote the general Welfare … do ordain … “. What tranquility or general welfare can be found in a nation with masses of persons downtrodden through inadequate education, joblessness, or racial discrimination? What is the mission of our nation if not in the 52 illustrious words of that Preamble? Fulfilling it would be fulfilling the real American Dream. Not a word in it is about getting rich. But there is a lot in it about education, jobs, and racial equality.

  • Dave Lupo

    I wish we would talk about race and racism, for if we don’t there will be no reconciliation, there will be no understanding. It will always be the big elephant in the living room everyone chooses to ignore. Racist attitudes are passed on from one generation to the next, perhaps unwittingly. Children hear snide comments from parents and take them to heart. And they carry them forward. Denigrating attitudes are found everywhere, even in your face, as with websites like Yahoo.com, who never miss a beat when a black athlete makes a mistake on the field or in life. There is a reluctance to challenge racism when it is perceived, for fear of being labeled as “playing the race card”. Such tactics are subtle and work against an honest discussion of racism in our nation today. But racism is entrenched and institutionalised, from racial profiling on the highways, to the high number of men of color in prisons. It will be extremely difficult to talk about it. For a nation that reports a high belief in God, as Gallup polls show, there is no corresponding high percentage of people who are willing to allow all God’s children to live together in peace. But racism is an afront to God, who fashioned all people on the earth.

  • Beverly Theunis

    I want to amend my sentence, “Not a word in it is about getting rich.” More to my point is, “Not a word in it is about awarding special privileges to a wealthy class.”

  • Firman

    Hi Mr Moyers,
    I was moved by the passing of  Mr Rapoport because of your friendship and impression of him.  I acknowledge his value to humanity. I find it encouraging to know he lived.

    I just saw your show with Angela Blackwell…where especially towards the end… important topics had crystallized and were spoken of.  My added thoughts were: if tax credits for social/educational investments could be given to the super wealthy it would be more of a win win…especially if current write offs were optimally limited.

    Also, I believe race was created (1879 AD by J.F. Blumenbach) then promoted as reality at a time when America needed cheap labor and to justify the forced labor of the past, pulling the wool over the eyes of innocent generations to come.

    Perception is reality but “race perception” via time and human nature has been removed by many individuals whom life has offered the opportunity to do so.

    We have all heard of the human race…there are no human races (the idea of which were falsely manufactured), yet most all Americans use the word race because they learned it as trusting children.

    The connection absent most wealthy people and many low income people is “they are a different race” which supports the belief of not expecting more…a lesson taught in childhood.

    Thank You,
    Firman

  • Tobysgirl

    As a Euro-American,  I feel free to say that white people just don’t get it. Like men not wanting to think about what it’s like to be female, like people with money not wanting to think about what it’s like not to have money, white people don’t want to spend any time thinking about what it’s like to be black in America (or other countries; we are not alone in our racism). People congratulate themselves on not being racists, and then they indulge themselves in the prejudices now found acceptable.

    The best way to put it is Angela Davis’s succinct description: We have replaced crude racial stereotypes with CRIME, WELFARE, and IMMIGRANT. If you hear these words, you are listening to the racism now acceptable in our society, but what is meant is people of color. Think about immigrant: Have you ever looked at the people excoriated by the so-called liberal media? They look like native Americans to me, and they’ve been traveling without considerations for borders long before you and I got to these shores.

    In the health food store, an immigrant from Canada told me that “they” were the reason Waterville, Maine, was not such a nice place any longer. What she meant by “they” is the handful of African-Americans who have moved to Maine. She didn’t mention the fact that there is no longer much of a local economy; the former mayor, now governor, who is the epitome of vulgar ignorance; the loss of nice stores downtown; or anything else. It is “they” who have caused the problems.

    For some reason, people are not guarded with me, and I have heard more racist crap from white people who consider themselves liberal and well-educated than I can stomach. Anyone who thinks this is a post-racial society must be out of their mind.

  • Fritz

    perhaps as  the 1% pushes more of the 99% toward feudalism, more white members of the 99% will begin to recognize the folly and embarrassment of their self-satisfaction and make a more honest and earnest effort toward intrgrity, equity and mutual salvation.

  • Ber_lin

    No, Americans do not like to talk about race.  This is largely because we do not know how to talk about race effectively.  Instead we use racial discussions to point fingers and call names because, to us, race discussions are about racism only.  We also understand race to be a thing outside of our control given to us through nature and genes which means that there doesn’t seem to be a need to discuss it.

    I’m an anthropologist and it is my studied opinion that if Americans understood race from a cultural and historical perspective we would have more fruitful discussions about race and, perhaps, find more fruitful ways to deal with racial issues.  There are people who change race when they leave American and go to another country or come from another country to America.  There are groups of people who have historically changed race in America because racial categories change through time or are completely absent during some historical periods.  Angela Glover Blackwell, for all of her knowledge on this topic, speaks as if she doesn’t know this and, frankly, she’s hardly alone in America by having this misconception.

    Even PBS shows like “Faces of America” mislead Americans about race by tying our racial categories — which are cultural and do change — to genetic information that is poorly understood, and, therefore, poorly explained, by the show’s host.

    Race comes from within a culture.  It is the result of history and the mechanisms through which people maintain the status quo in their society.  There is no such thing as “race genes” such as “Black”/”White/”Asian”/”Jewish”, etc.  There are only population trends found in peoples around the world as genes pertain to blood type, etc.

    Learn about race history in America.  Read or assign others to read history books like “The History of White People”.  Learn what genes reveal about the human race.  Read or assign others to read the work of physical anthropologists like Stephen J. Molnar and Stephen Jay Gould.  Education is the key here.  If Americans were educated about what race is, and what race is not, we would be able to talk about race and it wouldn’t be so painful.

    To elaborate a bit about how Angela Glover Blackwell speaks of race as set (even if she may not think this way), her comment that America’s future was going to be one of more “people of color” than not is misleading.  Historically, Americans have managed to find ways to incorporate more people into the “White” category over time and, as a result, have managed to maintain the white majority status quo.

    It wasn’t that long ago that people of Eastern and Southern European ancestry were not “White” in America, yet today they are — even if they may not be considered as “White” as others.  Right now there are groups of people who do not fit into the “White” category in America, but who are as problematic as Southern and Eastern European peoples once were to us, who might find their way into that category in the near future.

    There is no perfect way to determine how race will evolve in a culture, but expecting that some status quo will be maintained and that historical trends tend to indicate future actions, I think it’s safe to say that the future of race in America is not necessarily going to be one of more “non-White” than “White”.  This isn’t a slam-dunk assumption.  Only time will reveal the truth.

    Regardless of our future population statistics, though, America still needs to get better at understanding and discussing race.  It’s an imperative for too many reasons to count.

  • http://peachseedmonkey.wordpress.com/ Anita Jones

    We may THINK we’re not talking about race, but it enters the conversation the moment a person of color enters the room.

  • Unkerjay

    “Blacks are more likely than whites to commit crime”  that’s the statistic bandied about that is used to justify the inordinate suspicion of blacks.  Similar statistics are used against immigrants and muslims.

    ABC’s “What would you do?” Bike theft, vandalism.  Remember it’s the BEHAVIOR that matters most, so we’re told.  Not suspicion, ACTUAL CRIMINAL conduct.  The stealing of a bike.  The vandalizing of a car.  The reactions from passersby RADICALLY different dependent on the gender / race of the individual:  white male, black male, white female.

    Nevermind what justifies suspicion, this is CRIMINAL conduct.  NO interpretation necessary.  Yet people still fall back on their initial justification, based on the statistic, that “blacks are more likely than whites to commit crime”.  This cognitive dissonance when encountering someone who is NOT black, engaged in criminal activity deserves to be rationalized, sanitized into consistence with the understanding that “blacks are more likely than whites to commit crime”.  Therefore, there must be some non-criminal reason for white males or females to be engaged in IDENTICAL behavior that justifies NOT treating them the same as blacks.

    This simply telegraphs to whites that they are less likely to be considered suspect of criminal activity.  That doesn’t make them BETTER, MORE law abiding, just confident in the knowledge that should they be discovered engaging in comparable CRIMINAL activity that they are more likely than blacks to be given a benefit of the doubt.

    That doesn’t make ANY of us safer because it’s a il(logic), (ir)rational interpretation of facts.

    The statistical black is a bigger threat than the (convicted, felon) criminal white.

    In a country of increasing diversity, we need a better yardstick than the statistic used to justify suspicion in the absence of proof while rationalizing criminal behavior at odds with the statistic.

    Suspect people based on credible evidence not just some statistic. 

    When the behavior is inconsistent with the statistic, let go of the statistic, modify your behavior rather than concluding that YOUR behavior is right and justified in spite of all contrary evidence BASED on the statistic.

    More blacks suspected equal greater number of blacks charged, arrested, convicted disproportionate to their numbers in the population. If, we got rid of the bias, found that whites are increasingly as likely as blacks to commit crimes, would that be an equally justifiable statistic (or suspect because of its conclusion at odds with the perception)?

    I think we need to question ANY efforts on the part of ANY of us to put it in autopilot.  I FULLY understand the science and psychology behind it. Doesn’t make me any less inclined to want to challenge it and be mindful of it because it leads to faulty conclusions.  People are unnecessarily suspected, arrested, charged, convicted and killed on the basis of faulty conclusions.

    Instead hold EVERYONE to the same standards and expectations.  Be willing to suspend, challenge (be mindful of) autopilot at the point it runs contrary to observable, demonstrable (lack of) evidence.  Know when your buttons are being pushed, by who, and why.  And refuse to be a
    lemming of the left OR the right.

    What a novel idea.

  • phish

    Well said
    As a mom to a 15 year old 6’2 AA male the many things that one deals with and fear on a daily bases is all that most parents deal with and so much moreexample…I warned him not to wear a hoodie; about 5 years back, he thought it was cool because some game the kids like to play has a EuroLooking guy wearing a hoodie on the case.  I saw danger and insisted he not wear the hood unless it was raining or very cold.As we learned of the big deal the media made of TMartin wearing a hoodie my son remembered me “being beside myself” when he was wearing the hoodie.

  • zip

    Tom
    Every black person who has parent focused on education is taught from the time of understand… some version you have to be better.  If you read bios of Rice,Powell,Obama their parent said their version of these words.  

    Notice how the investigations into Michele Obama college years ended when it came out that her roommate was not the most welcoming.  Nothing has changed; her girls will be more welcomed but only because they carry the name Obama still they too will face discrimination.

    Yes, there is a double standard look at how Obama faith was used against him or how he is thought to be Muslim by way too many people when Romney is thus far getting a pass for a faith that promoted the mark-of-cain views of blacks are less

  • Revilosenoj

    I first want to say, I am in my eyes a good America, I love my country, I am a veteran as are my brothers but it is a shame the way our people are still treated in this country.  We have a system that puts forth a belief that we black people are criminals not worthy of trust, and should be marginalize as much as possible. I guess I was lucky to have the parents that I had.  A dad who was a share cropper in the south and a grand father that was born just North of slavery time.  They warned us of the plight of a police record, the valued education although  neither were educated themselves.  It was by the grace of some higher power that we made it out of the ghetto.  So many of my young brothers and sister don’t have the parents that we have or had and the jails are begining to fill.  Today babies are raising babies, today’s parents in the hood are friends to their children not parents,  and the latter is what they need but lack the skill to be one.  I live in Arizona where the majority believe that SB 1070 is a good law,   Its amazing to me we have gotten to a place where “Show me your Papers” is okay. as long as it doesn’t affect me Stop and Frisk is okay as long as it doesn’t affect me, making Prison a paying  business is okay as long as my 401K is making money from that Prison, Today Money trumps morality. Slavery was okay too as long as it produced wealth.  I wish I could share this program with the people I work with but I would be putting my job on the line, one because they can’t handle the truth and two they don’t want to know the truth in their minds race in America is not a problem so I have this time to vent to the choir thanks Bill for telling me what I already knew.  Hopefully your bully pulpit will have some effect.

  • Jacquelinecallan

    Enjoyed this evening’s presentation: July 1st–Confronting the Contraditions of  America’s Past. I hope this information can be dispensed to our schools to enlighten young people about the real history of our country. Although it’s not “pretty” the truth needs to be told!

    Jacqueline Callan
    Tarzana, CA 

  • Wilson Boozer

    Having watched the program that featured Khalil Gibran Muhammad twice, I still feel that there is an elephant in the room that has never been thoroughly examined as a reason for so much of the continuing strife in the black American community: segregated housing availability following World War II. Flush with cash from working in the defense industry, blacks were routinely refused financing to purchase suburban housing that was provided to whites either because of “redlining” or “restrictive covenants” that became official government policies under the Federal Housing Administration. Such policies remained in virtual effect until the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977.

    This lack of financing resulted in the black urban ghetto, the single most disrupting influence on the black family, depriving those imprisoned in it of the opportunities that are available to so many other Americans. The Interstate Highway System provided a means of moving jobs to the suburbs, increasing inner city unemployment. It is also the reason for the concentration of criminal activity, born of desperation. An artificial geographic separation between races allowed the perpetuation of stereotypes to dominate, rather than perceptions based upon reality. A disparity of wealth accumulation between races from real property equity also occurred. This accumulated wealth deprivation denied investment opportunities to blacks, further increasing the gap. All of this can easiliy be verified by looking up FHA Racial Policies in Google.

    Unless this phenomenon can be acknowledged and acted upon, I see very little reason to hope that there will ever be better relations between races in the United States.

  • Offie

    Lifestyle Matters, More than Race or Ethnicity

    The only way to understand and accept the demographic shifts from the inner-cities to the suburbs is to stop classifying people by race or ethnicity, and to
    accept the fact that there are vast differences within all ethnic groups.
    As obvious as the above title may seem, this truth is generally denied or beyond
    the comprehension of the general public. People have been categorized or
    generalized by race or ethnicity for centuries with the erroneous assumption
    that these vague and unclear classifications would yield correct and meaningful
    information to formulate successful policies and programs to solve a multitude
    of social and political problems.
    There are certain standards and patterns of behavior in our society that are admired and respected. There are others that are not. These patterns cut across lines of socio-economic class and even education. Even among the least educated and less affluent there is an awareness of when a person “has no class.” The
    lifestyle of an individual is a more accurate indicator of the values, morals,
    ethics and even problems of an individual than their race or ethnicity.
    Adults in the past were miss-educated to believe that various ethnic groups were
    either inferior or superior intellectually and morally. This is what we call
    racism. Certain aspects of a group’s culture; their music, their diet, their
    religion, their speech, their dress, the way they walked, and even their art, were
    deemed inferior and sometimes almost sub-human.
    The group in power tends to set the standards of what is considered civilized or
    uncivilized behavior. Whatever they do and like is correct, and everyone else
    is lacking in terms of proper conduct. (If the minority groups had been in
    power, the classifications would have been reversed, and the lifestyles of the
    dominant group would have been labeled as inferior and ignorant.) In some
    societies people are even killed or put in prison for simply violating manmade social
    norms. Drinking alcohol was once a crime in the United States! So was gambling,
    fornication, not believing in a God, homosexuality, and interracial marriages!
    Today, this lack of tolerance for variations in behavior includes the current laws
    against the use of certain drugs, and the persistent belief that time in prison
    improves human behavior.
    Conforming to the lifestyle of the group in power usually assures individuals of more acceptance and less discrimination. People like to associate with people who
    are as much like them as possible. We feel more comfortable with those who
    share a common language, religion, culture, and worldview. On the one hand we
    preach diversity, but in reality, we want to be with people who are just like
    us. This could be intellectually, spiritually, or who dress as we do, like the
    same past-times or hobbies, sports, music, or even art.
    The Obama phenomena can be understood better if we view his acceptance as an
    acceptance of a preferred lifestyle. Highly educated, financially successful, articulate, clean-cut and “nice looking,” moderate in his politics, somewhat religious, and a good family man. This is the perfect image America wants to project to the world, and to itself. In the past, his color and his ethnicity simply meant that he was a member of a race that was generally uneducated, poor, inarticulate, unattractive, a follower of a primitive and emotional religion, and either born out of wedlock, or the unmarried parents of children being raised in poverty and ignorance. Obama transcended the racial issue by having the perfect lifestyle that we all desire! This far over-shadowed his mixed ancestry. His equally intelligent and successful wife even gave up her $250,000 a year job to be at his side as the First Lady! Is there any woman in America, of any color, that cannot dream about having such a choice?
    My point here is that we reject certain groups or individuals because of their
    speech, their mannerisms, their behavior, their lack of interest in education,
    and their appearance. The amount of money they make does not move them up
    one notch in social acceptance, as long as they continue to act like immoral and ignorant clowns. We have always discriminated by lifestyle throughout history. Only recently have we become confused and introduced race or ethnicity as primary factors in determining human behavior, and forgot that lifestyle is really much more important than race.

  • Peter Beier

    Insightful, thought-provoking, and informative essay. Please hit the tab key once in a while and add another space between sentences. It really does make a difference, especially in a longer, denser piece. That said, loved it. Much of what you say seems self-evident, but rarely discussed or considered. Some very interesting points here, people!

  • Peter Beier

    LOL, disqus took the spaces out. Bad disqus!

  • Offie

    Thank you Peter…I will take your feedback seriously. Also, we should open our minds to the effect of caste in our society. Send me an email address and I’ll send you a fen diagram I used in a class on Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class.

  • Peter Beier

    Not sure what a fen diagram is (is it the circles?); also, can’t see a way to send you a private message. What the heck, there can’t be too many spammers on Moyers.com, right? no decision (no space there) at google’s mail.

  • Alan Smith

    We talk about race all of the time, but rarely, if ever, is there any
    public discourse on the concept of “race unity”. Unless and until we
    begin to have meaningful conversations that explore the concept of “race
    unity”, we will never address the root causes of racism. Talking about
    race is easy because one can continue to hide within one’s so-called
    race. Talking about “race unity” is far more difficult because the
    conversation demands that we examine the entire concept of race as
    commonly used. The conversation about “race unity” demands that every
    one address those aspects of his or her values, attitudes and fears that
    prevent him or her from embracing and living in accord with the
    scientific truth that race is a social construct and not a biological
    fact. Yes, there are genetic differences in human beings that allow us
    to

    distinguish one from another, but there is nothing that prevent any
    two human beings of the opposite sex from producing another human being.
    Therefore, there is only one race. So, let’s have a conversation
    about educating ourselves and the generations to come that humankind is
    one! Let’s start a meaningful conversation about striving for “race
    unity”!

  • ROG

    I have just finished watching parts 1 & 2 of the “Dog Whistle politics” interview and I want to make a couple of comments that I think are important.
    First, the view that people who are racist are decent people is not only wrong but dangerous. Ignorance and / or xenophobia cannot justify holding views and taking harmful actions against others on the basis of “racial” differences. To do so invites a slide into the muck of fascist ideology and politics.
    Second, We continue to persist in a discourse on ‘race’ as if it was something real with scientific validity. The situation will not change until we begin to deal with ‘race’ as what it really is, a mechanism devised to keep the American people divided along the ficititious color line.
    The truly sad story is that ‘whites’ hanging on desperately to the illusion of ‘white racial privilege’ will continue to vote for politicians using the ‘race card’ to rip them off. OBAMACARE TODAY, MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY TOMORROW.

  • Anonymous

    Take a good look at Ancient Rome. Then take a look at modern-day sub-Saharan Africa.

    I rest my case.

    To deny that race goes beyond skin color is just plain ignorant and dangerous. Especially when you’re in a high-crime area (and what are the demographics of any area deemed high-crime, boys and girls?).

    There are biological differences. You watch one of these forensics shows and they’ll tell you they can tell by someone’s skull what race they were. So much for “just skin color.”

    If race were only “skin color,” why would anyone purposely go out of their way to “oppress” someone with a different skin tone? Doesn’t make sense. Unless our forefathers knew something we don’t…or don’t want to admit….

    Poverty does not cause crime, I might add. West Virginia is one of our poorest states…but with one of the lowest crime rates. I have yet to hear of a drive-by in the Appalachians.

    Let’s face it, anti-racists think they have the moral high ground and don’t want their comfort zone disturbed. They just want to stay in their little la-la land.

    I challenge such people to live in Detroit–my hometown–for a month. Get some of that diversity.

    Anti-racist, I might add, IS a code word for anti-White.

  • Anonymous

    What would have given us any real hope that Exxon-Mobil having discovered gas on our land could make us rich; we are in the United States of America. The law of oil and gas is complex. The power of the Oil/Gas Mafia, its Kingpin, Exxon-Mobil was completely demonstrated to my family for thirty years of broken promises and dreams. You could have a million acres of land and not find one drop of oil or one cubic foot of gas. But to own land in Texas, when the land that had been in my family since the 1870′s was drilled by Exxon-Mobil in 1980 it manifested a swarm of greed and crooks with titles in their hands claiming the land and minerals was theirs. Where could a black family own mineral rights for oil and gas on this Earth? The East Texas Oil Field which had reserves in the billions of barrels of oil and quadrillions of cubic feet of gas when it was discovered in 1931 lays beneath our land in Gladewater, Texas. There was a curing of the title but the ‘Title Attorney’ made mistakes in his opinion which made our lease with Exxon-Mobil worthless and thirty years later an aberration of what oil and gas really represents in Texas. The first problem my family had was that we are black. We had been out of contact with that land for eighty-years, ‘dead people’, when the well was completed in 1981 and the citizens of Upshur County that had leases with Exxon-Mobil tried to usurp our land with warranty deeds, sheriff deeds, and ultimately directives to Exxon-Mobil to breach its contract. The writing was on the wall when in 1989 my grandmother died to Exxon-Mobil but was alive to the world. Prompting me to obtain documents to submit in her behalf so that the lease would not be terminated or stolen by the high powered oil lawyers in Houston.

    So this was important to someone inside Exxon-Mobil to keep us out of the light and money but the real game was about our color.

    Why would thirty years later Exxon-Mobil plug the oil well and declare the shale is not producing gas when we all know it is. How many wells are plugged in Texas, oil and gas, to satisfy Rex and Putin in their Equity Deal? We give our national reserves in Texas to the Russian Mafia and Putin by default as Exxon-Mobil joins with it to develop the Arctic Oil Fields and uses these plugged in wells and its reserves as collateral here in the East Texas Oil Field.

    It would not have meant so much if after a generation of my people dying we could have been paid our fair share of the profits on the oil and gas at Gladewater Gas Unit #5, Wells 1&2 during any point but that was set up to not happen by Lee Raymond in 1980.

    Exxon-Mobil plugged the oil well to avoid paying royalties for oil at Gladewater Gas Unit #5, Wells 1&2 to black royalty owners and validate its ‘New Slavery’ doctrine here in Texas. Money for the communist but none for the white and black royalty owners here in Texas; Exxon-Mobil is beyond the law and a threat to the United States of America. It has sided with Putin to control the oil and gas reserves here in Texas with no fear from congress or the people. We will understand on down the road when oil and gas wells in Texas are selectively unplugged, put back on line, to pay Putin and the Russian Mafia for what is ours.