I really thought that racism was over in our country.. Now I don't mean completely.. I'm not stupid or naive and I am a realistic person and I do want to know the truth.
By the discussion we've had thus far in this forum, I started wondering about it. But when I read what was going on with the Zimmerman/Martin shooing, a better perspective, I believe, of what is going on concerning racism came to me.
The only blacks I've been exposed to on a personal level in a long long time were men my husband and I became acquainted with when we were team truckdrivers. Us being white and them being black meant nothing to us other then we had some great fun and made some great friends and one man in particular that we spent alot of time with. Race was never ever mentioned..it didn't need to be. They were just guys we liked that happened to be black... I loved those men. If you want to know the truth, we made friends easier with blacks when we were on the road, then we did whites...they were friendlier and more real.
Anywho.. I believe if the media, politicians and government would stay out of it as much as possible and let us work it out amongst ourselves, it would virtually go away.... "Most" people, useless they have something to gain by keeping it going, find racism ugly.
When I was growing up, I had two much older sisters that loved all music and black artists were enjoyed and loved.. How could we love to listen to them and love to watch them on television and hate them at the same time? I think without realizing it, that is why my generation didn't adapt our parents attitudes towards blacks..Because of the music industry.
My Father hated blacks and even though I loved him, I found the way he felt absurd and hurtful.
My Mother and sisters never talked about it...it was a non-issue with them.. But my sisters loved the black singers and it was never brought up that they were black...They bought their music, watched them on tv and to this day, I get goosie bumps and nostalgic when listening to the 'oldies but goodies'..
Edited by lora777, 23 May 2012 - 01:05 PM.