Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians and Racism

The Trayvon Martin Tragedy

Trayvon Martin. The name incites unbridled emotions.

Some believe George Zimmerman’s account of events, thus concluding Trayvon was the instigator while George was the victim. After all, they reason, Trayvon was suspended from school and had used marijuana.

Others contend Trayvon was racially profiled and targeted while returning home from a store. Why? Because George was totally unaware of Trayvon’s past and only aware of Trayvon’s race. There was no speech bubble above Trayvon’s head with a list of misdeeds, just as there was no speech bubble above George’s head detailing George’s brushes with the law.

The outrage among many, especially African Americans, emanated from the fact that Trayvon was a black teen simply walking home. This benign task resulted in suspicion, a call to police and being followed, which somehow led to a confrontation resulting in death. Many black parents gasped at that realization. It could have been their son or the son of Will Smith, Tom Cruise or Denzel Washington because socioeconomic class and accomplishments matter little when all that is visible is race.

What is known is that, while Trayvon walked home, George reported him to police as being suspicious and followed him. Trayvon became aware of a stranger (George) following him. A confrontation resulted, and a teen was shot dead. Whether mistaken identity by George or the feeling of being stalked by Trayvon, a person lost their life as they attempted to return home for the second half of the NBA Finals. A collective wave of outrage and concern for the safety of black boys resulted among many Americans.

Comedian Asks If People Have Anything to Say to a White Guy

Lighthearted Totally Biased video explores what some minorities would say to a white guy if they had the chance.  Enjoy!   Although comical, Kamau Bell’s interviewees’ responses to the “proverbial listening white guy” does illustrate the need for discussion.  Comments, reactions and your thoughts are always welcome.Continue Reading

Black People Voted for Obama Because He is Black

I’ve heard this quite a few times, and each time I hear it I want to take the person saying it by the hand and let them know that democrats normally vote for the democratic candidate.  Why?  Because they are democrats!  Blacks, IN GENERAL, vote for democratic candidates because the democrats are normally viewed asContinue Reading

There Goes the Neighborhood…… Hispanics

Sí, se puede –  no se puede!  From yes you can to no you can’t, again the assertion of superiority rears its ugly head.  This flawed assertion is used to propose limiting the number of Hispanics immigrating to the United States based on their lower intelligence quotient (IQ).  “No one knows whether Hispanics will everContinue Reading

Racial Slurs – Just a Bad Choice of Words?

On April 2, 2013, Jim Gile, Kansas Republican and Saline County Commissioner, effortlessly journeyed out of the frying pan and into the fire with his double assault on African Americans.  Gile’s one-two punch was delivered during a county meeting discussing the merits of alternatives for a building’s repair.  Mr. Giles racial faux pas occurred asContinue Reading

Wetbacks, Slant-Eyes and Coons, Oh My!

“We used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes.” — Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska (interview March, 2013) Racial Slurs were once common in our society, but we have progressed and embraced the enlightened era of PC (political correctness).  Gone are the days of Whites openly using racial slurs to and about Brown, Yellow,Continue Reading

Who Gives A Child A “Black” Name?

What Kind of Black Person Gives Their Child a “Ghetto” Black Name? Alright, what gives?  We have all heard weird names which have confused and amused us.  Did the parents not know how to spell, was it a misprint on the birth certificate or what were they thinking?  Many times, it is an African AmericanContinue Reading

Stereotyping …… It’s Not Black And White Anymore

While the US waited with baited breath for information on the culprits responsible for the horrific Boston Marathon bombings, speculation began about the suspects.  What race/color/religion were the suspects, and did their ethnicity or religion play a role?  Every minority probably began to hope or say a little prayer that it was not a memberContinue Reading

Accidental Racist — Lyrics

Brad Paisley and LL Cool J tackle the rebel flag controversy and racial misconceptions in Accidental Racist.  The lyrics are below.  What are your thoughts?  Discuss here or in the post When Country Music Meets Hip Hop. To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main, I hope you understand WhenContinue Reading

When Country Music Meets Hip Hop

I just heard a new song, Accidental Racist, by Brad Paisley with LL Cool J “guest rapping” about racial misconceptions.  I never thought I’d hear a country song featuring a rapper, but I listened to the whole song as I read the lyrics.  It tackles the difficult subject of preconceived ideas stemming from race.  TheContinue Reading