There’s a solution somewhere in everything all of you are saying. It involves a couple of things
1. All the old white racist families like the Clintons need to lose their power by basically dying. You ever see a dysfunctional family and then the mother dies and then the family can kind of get along without the toxic motherhead? There are too many racist 60s old timey white dudes still holding on. They need to die so the new generation can take over.
2. Same goes the other way. All the people who experienced true racism in the 60s, those people need to die too. Because they are holding onto resentment and passing it on.
3. People just need to understand that these wounds are not as old as they perceive and be patient while these social issues die off.
I grew up in a predominantly Mexican neighborhood (Sylmar/San Fernando) and moved to a predominantly white neighborhood as a teen. The most racist people I have ever met were the Mexicans I grew up with. They disliked blacks and had all kinds of names for them and didn't even try to hide their racism. There was almost no talk about racism in the white neighborhood I moved to. Nobody talked about the black kids or families when they "left the room". They were part of our neighborhood. When I was in Sylmar, holy shit, if you were black and left the room, the shit that would be said was fucken horrible.
Ah the old “Mexicans are more racist than white people” argument. I don’t disagree with you but how does this change what I just said?
The majority of large business and real estate owners are white. They have the power to impact people’s lives.
If Jose the Gardener hates Haitians then he can’t do anything about it. He is powerless.
If Gunther the Real Estate mogul hates Haitians he can make it impossible to rent an apartment.
Both forms of racism are equally reprehensible but you have to understand that it’s about a power struggle. What do you think Make America Great is about? You think it’s about fixing our national parks and creating better roadways? No. It’s about preserving the white way of life.
Is that a bad thing? It depends on whether you’re white or not. I wouldn’t want to give up power either.
These are the conversations that need to be had. Sadly people bury their heads in the sand.
What you are talking about is "institutionalized" racism. Our country doesn't have an "institutionalized" racism problem anymore, or nothing like we did during slavery or the democratic Jim Crowe years. Our country and ALL countries have an individual racism issue that is purposely labeled as an institutional racism problem by liberals because to admit that it is an individual racism issue means that individuals need to be accountable and liberalism is against individualism and accountability.
Meaning, the racism that most people experience is by individuals that are racist and not an institution. So lets all talk about individual racists and we can all be on the same page. We all know someone that is racist. Hold them accountable. Don't tell me "white people" are racist because I can say "Mexicans are just as racist" and lump all Mexicans into the argument just like white people are. I'm tired about hearing about the "old white man" being racist. I know ALOT of old Mexicans and blacks that are openly racist.
How about we just hold the racist people accountable.
That’s fair and I like your idea.
However the problem that I see is that most people that are racist don’t see themselves as racist. Who gets to decide when someone is racist or not.
When my dad came to visit me at my home (in a mostly white area) several years before he passed away, he went to the wrong house. He was kind of looking around trying to find my house and the guy told him “Maybe in a couple lifetimes you’ll be able to afford a house in this neighborhood.”
Racist? Not Racist? Just an asshole? It’s hard to distinguish sometimes. I’m sorry but white people love to talk down to brown people. And I’ll take it a step further, lighter skinned Mexicans love to talk shit to darker skinned Mexicans.
I’m sure there’s animosity between light skinned and dark skinned blacks as well. All of society worldwide is taught that the lighter you are, the Better you are.
I’m not even sure anyone can even change that mindset at this point. Even Japanese look down on Chinese.
Maybe that’s just how the world works and there’s no real solution. So why be mad at all? Just live your life and try to be nice to others. There’s no fixing people.