With all of these things going on here in New York City, ask yourself if you think that this is a true story or not. Do you believe that African-American guests were barred from entering this establishment, which was holding Teri Wood's book signing? Personally I believe that it's possible that these black people, guests of this African-American woman were barred from this club at her book signing. There have been too many incidents of racism and racial profiling for me not to believe that it is possible. Racism and prejudice is running rampant here in New York City, and to deny that it exists would be like denying that slavery existed in this country.
Recently a Baton Rouge official refused to marry a couple because they were of different races; he deliberately broke the law. http://topics.treehugger.com/article/09N29BDesmef9
When I hear or read that a certain club has allowed African-American celebrities, minority icons into their club, and that they have also allowed gays into this club, to me that doesn't mean that they're not racist. It only takes a few to disobey what is written in the law, and if they are White, chances are that they're more likely to get away with their blatant actions of discrimination. Look at the racial temperament of this country right now; we have an African-American President, but there are many Whites who resent this. Only yesterday, Wednesday, October 21, 2009, there was a threat to his life.
It is shameful that things continue to be like this in 2009, but this is the United States of America. Look at the history between the African-American People of Color, who were bought, stole and forced into slavery in this country. In my book "Born In The Wrong Country," I speak of discrimination, which still exists on many levels right here in this country. The book also addresses the abuse and pain caused by discrimination.
As an African-American man of color, who is gay and an epileptic, I see the rage on some of the White peoples' faces as I walk down the street. If looks could kill, many of us would be dead. Make no mistake, it's not just White people, it is also Black people and Hispanics that harbor prejudices and the list continues to grow. Many people would rather not discuss racism, discrimination and prejudice, but not discussing them won't erase them; they will only continue to fester. As long as people continue to hide behind discrimination in this country, and in New York City, people are going to continue to act out. People will continue misbehaving as long as they can get away with it, especially if there isn't any real punishment or reimbursements to be paid out. Unfortunately some people get hurt by many discriminatory acts, some are injured in blatant attacks and others are murdered. Today discrimination seems to be climbing at a much faster rate. The government makes funds available for Anti-Terrorism; there should be some funding for Anti-Discrimination. Police now have special training; many people right here in this city and our country need training.
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