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The Yin and Yang of Racism in America

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Okay, Colorado State Sen. Vicki Marble (R) who claimed that poverty is higher among blacks because they eat too much chicken -- even though "it's really delicious" is a nutcase.

And then there's the brainiac, Bryan Fischer who expounded on his show, Focal Point, "Christians have no rights which this court is bound to respect. So to me this looks like Jim Crow is alive and well, we've got Jim Crow laws right back in operation, Christians are the new blacks."

But I do agree with Fox News analyst Juan Williams, who praised the progress of African Americans since Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech fifty years ago this week, but reminded the panel that there were still considerable challenges facing the black community on familial and cultural levels.

After commending figures like President Barack Obama, former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, and Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, Williams denounced the breakdown of the African American family and the undue influence of hip hop culture.

"If you look at the realities of today, you've got to talk about things like family breakdown," Williams said. "You've got to talk about the fact that 70% of blacks are born out of wedlock--I think Dr. King would cry. You've got to talk about the fact that there is a horrific dropout rate in the country, failure of urban schools. That's the civil rights challenge of this generation."

"And the culture!" Williams continued. "Think about the culture for a second. Jay-Z, on his latest album, he's using the "n-word' repeatedly. It's pornographic! It invites people to think authentic blackness is, you've got to be hip hop, you've gotta be hard. Education--not valued. To me, this is the tragedy of our day."

Isn't this another side of the story of racism in America? What I mean is, did any of the high achieving people he mentioned above reach those positions by embracing the kind of "authentic blackness", of which Mr. Williams speaks? Or did they break those rules, value education and in their words, "act white" so they could realize their innate potential.

I know, to some I sound like a White bigot and have no place telling Blacks how to act or what they should do. But I found out early in my life, that there is a set of rules about how to be a functioning member of any culture. And the price of admission is conforming to those rules. When we do, we are allowed to demonstrate our stuff. Until we do we are simply irrelevant.

But you say this is White culture and I don't have to conform because I'm (fill in the blank). No! This is the American functional culture, and with all its faults, is the one that offers the most potential for what's possible in America.

So you don't need to love it. I certainly didn't and still don't care for much of it. But I realized I had to join in to have any possibility of success.

You see, you can ignore, reject, counter it as much as you want. But you can't be successful without it. No one is going to hire a young kid, black or white, who shows up for an job interview in hip hop dress, dripping in bling, with no work experience or formal education and tattoos all over his face. No one is going to enroll you in a college if you didn't finish high school. Talk trash to your friends but it won't get you a break in main stream America.

Aren't there enough obstacles in the way. And yes I agree that are far more for Blacks than there are for Whites. But it seems to me, creating more is not going the make the others easier to contend with.

Here's a formula: Stay in school until you have marketable skills. Don't have babies out of wedlock because it will be more difficult, if not impossible, to stay in school. Learn to read, write, dress, speak and comport yourself properly in public. Then if you don't get an even break, cry racism.

Please read this article carefully again before you label me a racist.

Robert De Filippis    

 

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"No one is going to hire a young kid, black or wh... by Robert S. Becker on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 12:08:05 PM
True, too late for many. I quit career counseling ... by Robert De Filippis on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 12:20:08 PM
All within a context of self respect and respect f... by Robert De Filippis on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 12:22:45 PM
There are people of color that have made it to the... by anna kakol on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 1:42:18 PM
and I am white as snow ( although, sorry, Jews lik... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 1:45:31 PM
Despite all the points and counterpoints, positive... by Robert De Filippis on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 4:46:20 PM
I'll leave that one alone,... by Robert De Filippis on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 4:47:30 PM
the more we expect, Sir. If it was  someone e... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 5:57:13 PM
set the rules that work for them.  Those with... by Doc McCoy on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 8:11:12 PM
'If Jesus  was here now he would be the follo... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 5:50:25 AM
Rules evolve from culture. Culture us an adaptive ... by Robert De Filippis on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 8:46:33 AM
so now  we have rules which  'they' are ... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 9:08:15 AM
Thank you for your interpretations of what I meant... by Robert De Filippis on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 9:31:08 AM
so caustic but  the stakes are too high. Robe... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 9:45:13 AM
because u do not have a clue.  To agree with ... by Lester Shepherd on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 10:58:26 AM
I would like  here to  establish a conje... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 11:39:15 AM
Perhaps you disregard why someone would write such... by Robert S. Becker on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 12:19:09 PM
the topic is too painful and stakes are very high.... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 2:40:41 PM
I don't see this claim, as most whites who don't k... by Robert S. Becker on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 7:40:25 PM
If you really believe I don't have a clue and am t... by Robert De Filippis on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 2:45:03 PM
There is the point.  You do not know u are a ... by Lester Shepherd on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 4:34:22 PM
Get a grip! Take some time and read a few of my pa... by Robert De Filippis on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 5:31:46 PM
Right, self-appointed judges who know exactly who ... by Robert S. Becker on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 7:24:11 PM
I made the unforgivable mistake of posting a photo... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 7:43:21 AM
is that the main, arguable point is swamped by rea... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 11:14:01 AM
know racism if u saw it I guess.  Every indic... by Lester Shepherd on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 8:30:55 PM
Here is a link to a review of Morris Berman's late... by Lester Shepherd on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 8:52:10 PM
If you could see through your biases you might rec... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 7:35:49 AM
Do you agree that all indicators I mentioned are g... by Lester Shepherd on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 8:46:33 AM
Of course I agree and at the same time, point out ... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 10:10:07 AM
is part of the problem.  We need to change th... by Lester Shepherd on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 10:26:55 AM
I didn't argue for the sanctity of our culture. In... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 11:32:42 AM
I think your thought is fosselized. Poor black kid... by Paul Easton on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 6:56:50 PM
As an America who was born and raised here, we are... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 7:39:30 AM
disagree with the definition of culture as an adap... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 8:02:06 AM
Isn't that an adapative mechanism?... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 8:33:47 AM
it is mutual enrichment  Adaptation &nbs... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 11:33:40 AM
Polemics... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 1:11:10 PM