Reflections on Race and Discrimination

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Black History Month – Reflections on Race and Discrimination

What is black?

IDNK. I do not know except that black is more than a color and a race. Black is more like a brand–a blacklisted brand!

For many, blacklists are impassable roadblocks, varying in fortitude at different points in life. For a black person–blacklisted at birth–the seizure of one’s future at any roadblock makes moving forward a defeating and torturous road of interminable and fatal roadblocks.

Where have we been since the days of Martin Luther King, Jr.? We are still blacklisted at birth, living in fear of roadblocks that now house the future generations of blacks in jail cells.

Black is knowing there is little chance of justice due to the color of one’s skin. “As Malcolm X said, if you’re black and you live south of the Canadian border, you live in the South. {Relatives} first awoke me to the systematic prejudice against black people in American society.

Sadly it is not much different in the country I moved to,” said a relative of mine

Black history month brought home the morphing of stereotypes into mechanisms and systems of bondage, so invisibly visible–structurally institutionalized. These dead elephants’ stench erodes our senses and passions.

One such system of bondage aims to reduce the black youth population. It is called Stand Your Ground. This law assumes young black children are thugs, threats, and weapons. The mere sight of a young black teenager is grounds for armed white men to murder, out of fear. Can someone explain what fear, when the dead victim was unarmed?

Why do knowingly-armed, grown white men fear unarmed black children? Those questions are never discussed; instead, rationalizations for—or, rather, the legalization of—injustices against racial and vulnerable groups are cheered with patriotic rhetoric, greedily gobbled by the masses and the media, without thought.

No one wants to talk about it. No one thinks racism or discrimination exist. No one sees the effects or understands the impact. Yet, there are other groups who face similar discrimination. We have to unite to fight discrimination.

Discrimination

Discrimination is not just pigment–it is gender, it is language, it is religion, it is body type, it is mental illness, it is disability.

Chris Messina
Chris Messina
CEO at Body1, Inc.

No group is hit as hard by it {Chronic Discrimination Syndrome} as the developmentally disabled. They have a very small, usually disregarded and disrespected, voice and negligible political power. They are every bit as human as you and I. Contrary to what many intellectual elites believe, IQ ≠ Worth. That’s why dignity advocacy is a core focus of the Foundation I serve as a volunteer director for. Stimulating piece!

– Chris Messina; CEO at Body1, Inc.

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David W Kelley, DO
David W Kelley, D.O.
Critical Care Physician at St Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

The dichotomy in care delivery between whites & non-whites is perplexing, maddening and saddens me. Unfortunately, there seems to be some sort of deep engraining &, for the life of me, I am vexed on how to enlighten others to gain traction for progress, says Dr. David Kelley.

I know with 100% certainty, on a personal level, that progress can be made. As a “white person” [I really do not like that label, but, of course, I am not fond of attaching labels to anyone over things like skin color] who was raised in the Deep South, I grew up steeped in a culture that is, at its best, benign to non-whites and, all too frequently, oppressive & punitive. My parents were and are quite intolerant & prejudiced against non-white/non-heterosexual/irreligious people and tend to follow the “Fox News” party line. When I was a young kid, I spewed the same sort of vitriol my parents did…it was all I knew…until I began to mature, to appreciate a much larger world than my own small one & to think independently/critically. Over time, beginning in Jr HS, I began to realize that skin color has zero to do with the integrity of the person and began to seriously question the lessons I had learned about people from my parents & family. That small start – self-initiated learning prompted by objective observation and interacting with many fellow students of a broad spectrum of ethnicities – blossomed [in my opinion] into an open-minded, tolerant love for diversity. Diversity is a strength that should be nurtured & cherished. there is such immense value & power in approaching issues from multiple perspectives that it vexes me why it is not just patently obvious to everyone why intolerance, racism & bigotry is a cancer eroding the vibrance of our society.

Whenever I try to enlighten others, I am blown off as being a “damned bleeding heart liberal” or accused of having far too long “with the Yankees”. However, I refuse to stop trying.

– David W Kelley, D.O. Critical Care Physician at St Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

Thank you to those who refuse to stop trying.

This is modern day racism,  invisibly visible.
This is modern day racism,
invisibly visible.

Related posts:

CDS: AN OUTSIDER ILLNESS – https://failuretolisten.com/2013/05/10/cds-chronic-discrimination-syndrome/

BLACK HISTORY MONTH – CONSERVATIVE VIEWS OF THE FIRST BLACK U.S. PRESIDENT – https://failuretolisten.com/2014/02/25/racist-post/

Black History Month – Conservative Views of the First Black U.S. President

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. – Albert Einstein

Black History Month – Conservatives Views of the First Black U.S. President

The following are images gathered from social media. These images are clues to where we stand as far as RACE. Where do YOU think we stand?  (Choice of slideshow or separate images; captions may differ)

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demonize obama
Not a Liberal AND Obama is a GREAT MAN with the POWER to accomplish all the above…wHILE CONGRESS POUTS.
In any event, Congress has no BALLS.
hate
Jealousy is a bitch
When elected officials hold the American people hostage because of their selfish needs–like you did TED CRUZ–those officials should be FIRED; definitely, never to be re-elected–TED CRUZ should be FIRED.
rand paul
What a bunch of crock! Aren’t you part of government Senator Rand Paul?
fox news
Fox–YOU are the problem–creators of crap.
myths proganda
Propaganda brought to you by FOX Rumors (news?) where myths are propagated and nurtured. Fox news working hard to make THINKING obsolete
I want a pair...duck tape is handy.
I want a pair…duck tape is handy.
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Very Nice…. Now Welcome to the future…
comparison of obama to paula deen
Paula Deen was fired for being an IDIOT…not so much a racist. Prez Obama is no idiot like Paula or Sarah.
fear
Please keep my country safe From ignorance, hatrred and intolerance.
immigration
This great country started as a haven for ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, criminals, etc. Give immigrants a viable path to citizenship.
make fun of obama
NO, it was not a mistake. Re-electing President Obama brought HOPE to America’s Future.
Silly Conservatives...He brought our troops home to save American lives and  protect our own borders.
Silly Conservatives…President Obama brought our troops home to save American lives and protect our own U.S. borders.
Conservatives, please exercise critical thinking–your party is dumbed down and will LOSE big time unless you take a page out President Obama’s successful campaigns.

OBAMA MYTH

obama the demon
Who is we? KOCH brothers…You do not speak for ME.
obama to resign
Misery likes company… I thought you a religious man…no playmates for YOU.
Really?  Which history book?
Really? I love fictions…which novel is this?
social programs
I agree…Power never takes a back step – only in the face of more power..
Too MANY Social Programs without any demonstrated benefit.
bible thumper
Absolutely NOT! Hell is crowded with too many god-fearing/loving, church-going, bible thumpers.
teaparty demand
Here is all I want: Cut the strings and set the puppets free from their puppeteers.
make fun of poor
What pay CEO $6 million plus $ 2 million bonus for declining revenues; fire him with a golden parachute of $10 million. We are McDummies!

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impeach proganda
Example of desperation and FEAR by adversaries. President Obama–you are doing a magnificent job because so many conservatives HATE you. If you are not hated you are not making CHANGES and America needs to CHANGE!
insult obama
Good, that means President Obama comes to us with the wisdom of DIVERSE perspectives

Where do we stand as far as race?

america-united-politicians-not
Just not YOUR principles Mr DeMint.

Black History Month: Words of Harriet Tubman

Black History Month: Words of Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) born in Maryland was one of the earliest Civil Rights Activists, Abolitionist and Feminist. She was a strong-willed, courageous woman who received her education from the School of Life. Here are some favorite quotes:

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NAME: Harriet Tubman
OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist
BIRTH DATE: c. 1820
DEATH DATE: March 10, 1913
PLACE OF BIRTH: Dorchester County, Maryland
PLACE OF DEATH: Auburn, New York
ORIGINALLY: Araminta Harriet Ross
NICKNAME: Minty
NICKNAME: Moses
NICKNAME: General Tubman

Quotes a Poem and Malcolm X

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. -Malcolm X #quotes

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. – Malcolm X #quotes

Power never takes a back step – only in the face of more power.- #Malcolm X

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Quotes

 I often wonder,

Why are quotes powerful?

Their words so few

So simple and so true.

So many meanings

Tangled with feelings.

by Angela Grant

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Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it. – Malcolm X #quotes #blackhistorymonth

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.- Malcolm X #quotes #blackhistorymonth

Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.- Malcolm X #quotes #blackhistorymonth