Friday, May 02, 2014

more on what is racism

Following up on the racism, this was an interesting article with a viewpoint that might challenge more than blacks--


What got me with this is how it utilizes an event to use as propaganda beyond what was actually happening. This is kind of the story of our lives today in what passes for modern America but where a lot of our ideology is formed by rhetoric and emotional blackmail. 

First of all, I know this isn't the popular take on this. The team owner is doubtless a racist. His life shows that which means it's been obvious to those who work for him or know him or took money from him. BUT that statement to his (some say) ex-girlfriend, who is clearly a minority herself, besides being a private conversation, was more about his not wanting her seen with hot guys. He didn't say he didn't want blacks at his games. He said he didn't want her bringing them with her-- so that publicly people would compare what he looks like (ugly) with hot guys who she would obviously be with if not for his money. Is that racism? Not hardly. It's how he saw black men as superior to himself. Well maybe it is racism against ugly white rich guys...

But someone like the writer above wants to milk this for his own cause. There is plenty of ground for that. Our prisons and education system prove a lot of our own racism as a nation. No doubt it's a very unfair system in a lot of ways but mostly geared to let rich people get away with anything and minorities to spend a lifetime in prison. Yeah, I believe that is true but using the most recent example of it is not a good way to get there.

The most recent example of a botched execution in Oklahoma is not good as in why can't we do executions mercifully but don't forget what that guy did-- kidnap, torture, rape and murder of a woman. Hardly a model citizen. The question has to be asked though-- and fairly so. If he had been white would he still have gotten the death penalty? Maybe if he was poor but if he was rich, I doubt it.

That's an issue we should care about. Also inferior schools in bad districts with high populations of minorities. First why do we have these bad districts? One answer is to group together those who scare us. Wow, that's a great and noble approach to poverty and ethnicity, isn't it! 

Portland put together an interesting approach to avoid some of this problem. They turned one of their schools in a district that could be considered black into one of the arts. Kids flocked to it from all around the city. Did that end the problems? I haven't looked to see recently as I don't live there anymore; but it sure could help. 

You cannot blame teachers for not wanting to go into some of these neighborhoods where guns are part of the culture and daily violence and killings happen because of it. The answer is break up the districts. Don't have all your low income housing in one area. Don't like that idea? Propose a better one!

11 comments:

Diane Widler Wenzel said...

I am sad that there is racism in prisons and schools. Also ramping up the number of people in prisons has had little benefit for decreasing the crime. It was suggested last night on the OPB News Hour that we reduce the the mandatory prison terms for certain offenses one offense type at a time. Adding an emphasis to the arts in the curriculum of poor neighborhood schools sounds like a promising idea to an artist such as I am. The arts drawing students from more prosperous families will gradually change the city scape as well as the school. Love the idea.

Rain Trueax said...

Good thoughts, Diane. I know we can do better.

Anonymous said...

Julie said:

Hi Rain and Diane,

PBS recently had a documentary called Prison State about how Louisville, KY is working to keep people who really don't belong in the jail system out of prison. Some examples were stories about a mentally ill man, a teenager who skipped school and a Viet Nam vet with post traumatic stress disorder. These were people who needed other resources and treatment. Once someone gets caught up in the system, no matter how harmless they are to the rest of us, it's hard to get them out. The theme that kept being repeated in the documentary was "we have to distinguish between who we are angry at and who we are afraid of". The show might be available online on PBS.

No easy answers but we can look for better solutions to help people to be productive, whole and engaged citizens.

Rain Trueax said...

hi Julie and yes, we have to be concerned. Too often we only care about what we think impacts us. What we have to see is this does. The show sounds good

Ingineer66 said...

I am all for keeping people out of prison if they don't really belong there, but here in Calif we have been releasing prisoners by the thousands the last couple of years and crime is going through the roof. When there is 85% recidivism rate it doesn't seem to work to just let them go.

I had a thought on the Bundy land issue this week. I think he is a snake and needs to be dealt with. But he was grazing cows illegally and the government sent 100 heavily armed officers to deal with him. When the dope growers invade our national forests or the drug runners take over the wilderness down on the Mexican border, our governments answer is to tell us law abiding citizens to stay away from our public lands because it is too dangerous. Why can't they send in the type of fire power they used against Bundy to deal with the serious criminals? Seems to be a double standard.

Ingineer66 said...

I think the prison system is more about rich and poor than it is white vs. "minority". Otherwise OJ would be serving a double murder conviction in California. Also in California, there isn't really such a thing as a minority anymore. Latinos and Asians control as much of the government and education system as Caucasians do.

Rain Trueax said...

According to what I have read, we do have a lot of people down on the border and complaints have been too many and too rough. I think though there are some who just don't want to pay for police protection. ie in my county they keep trying to pass a tax increase to pay for more officers, to keep even one out in rural areas possible at night. People vote it down. Can't complain if you don't want to pay for what it costs.

Most of those defending Bundy really want a revolution if you listen to them for long. They are conspiracy wackos who think obama is calling in aliens (okay not quite that bad) and whoever he can get to take over the country, selling off our public lands to China and so forth. They are mad about something else and hence want to support him as a hero only because of their hate of Obama.

Ingineer66 said...

We passed an increase to the State sales tax a few years back just to pay for police and fire. The next year we were fully stocked with new police cars and fire trucks and huge raises were given out and safety retirements were increased dramatically. Now they are saying they don't have enough money and many law enforcement positions have been held vacant and fire stations closed. The politicians Mis-manage our money and just want more.

Ingineer66 said...

Supposedly we do have lots of folks on the border now, but they can't drive into the wilderness areas and have to follow a bunch of other stupid rules to protect the desert. But the hundreds of illegals moving through do more environmental damage than any border patrol vehicle would do, but that isn't PC to deal with.

Rain Trueax said...

Actually border crossing were down until they began to talk about real immigration reform up here and evidently it's tripled since that. Not good as the same problem came after Reagan did his reform which ended up doing nothing for the illegal crossings. I am thinking maybe making it easier to get green cards, letting in workers where they can easily go back home to return later, might work better. If we totally end any limits on immigration, what will that mean for this country, our own working poor, and so many social programs that are already overloaded. I know it's not popular for a progressive to say but there has to be some serious thinking on whether borders are needed. You cannot just go down to Mexico and work without stringent regulations. Should we end all of ours?

Ingineer66 said...

I think we pretty much agree on the border issue. I would let in all the workers that want to come but would document them.