February 27, 2005
C. P. Ellis
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pg. 596 "If we didn't have niggers in the schools, we wouldn't have the problems we got today." As an African-American, when topics of racism or discrimination are brought up many things run through my mind. This quote that that I have taken from this reading, I feel shows the ignorance that ppl had. Nobody could be denied the right to go to school. I can't go to school due to the color of my skin. That's a bunch of bs. As this guy says he was once a racist/sexist, but as of right now he isn't ne more. I think that change was good for him. He realizes that everyone was just like him whether they were jewish, catholic or even black. They all wanted everything he wanted to be liked/loved.
Posted by JasmineUrgent at February 27, 2005 02:30 PM
I agree with you most defintely. I'm not quite sure what your agenda item is, but I agree with the point that everyone should have the same opportunity. The color or their skin, religion, ect. shouldn't matter. Everyone should be judged on the kind of person they are and internally, not externally. 'Never judge a book by it's cover!'
I agree as well. I have never understood why people have problems with differences. Whether it's the way someone looks, acts or dresses, it always seems as if someone somewhere would have something bad to say about it. I just hate the fact that people have problems with people different than them- by different, I mean looks. Could you imagine a world where everyone was the same? To me, that is what racist people seem to want. Racist people seem to be in love with themselves. Since they have problems with everyone else, they make it seem like they are perfect.
Jasmine, it's great to have your peers agree with your comments, but let me give you an example of an agenda item that I think might spark some disucssion.
Some opinions that would be classified by outsiders are supported by fears -- people with this color skin or from this national origin are more likely to be violent, to beat me up, steal my property, abuse my children, hurt my loved ones, trample on my rights.
It's great that today no organization or individual can make a racist statement without society at large pointing out how wrong racism is. But was everyone simply stupid in the past, and magically after some event in the 60s everyone got smarter?
I'm not sure that people got magically got smarter after the 60's, but I do think that more people today understand other cultures. In many schools, teachers teach the differences and similarities of other cultures to their students. The more teachings that are forced upon students in class, the less racist I feel our society will be. However, the education of cultures does not start nor stop in the classroom. The main views of people in our society come from the home. This can be a great thing, however, it could also be a horrible turn of events.
i agree with you that it is bs that a person couldn't go to school just because of the color of there skin. I think the world has gotten better, I happy that all races can go to school, out to different places, etc together. I don't know what the world would have done if Martin Luther King didn't make his speech and make changes. Just like in the story I think people should realize every race is human, skin shouldn't play a role in whether a person could do something or if a person is liked. A persons personality should decide that. The world would be a better place if people realized that everyone is equal.
I totally agree with you. I feel that it was a good change for him.