American Racism 2013 – the picture of George Zimmerman. I don’t think so, but that is what the media and certain racist activists want you to believe. On last Saturday, George Zimmerman was found innocent of all charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Whether you agree with the verdict or not, the case shows us just where we are with race relations in this country. In my opinion, race relations and racism is all about money now. No matter how you look at it, there are a number of people who feed and make a living in generating hate.
Barack Obama is the first post-racial President and as I’ve said before, it was a very proud day when he was elected. As you all know, I do not agree with probably 90% of his policies, but I never thought I’d live to see a black president and I’m happy I did. But, keep in mind Obama is post-racial. For the most part in this country, we are beyond racism.
Of course, there are limited amounts of hatred in all parts of the country. I don’t want to seem ignorant by saying it doesn’t exist. There is hatred that is based upon ethnicity. There is hatred that is based upon religion. There is hatred that is based upon race. But, in my personal experience, I have seen very little. And, before you say that my experience doesn’t mean anything, I have lived all over the country because of my career. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest. I have lived in Southern California. I have lived in the Deep South. And, I have lived in New York. On top of that, I have spent substantial time in most regions of the country.
Do you want to know where I’ve seen the most racism? Contrary to what you will all say, it is in both New York in Los Angeles. In fact, the bastions of liberalism are the most segregated parts of the country. For example, in Los Angeles, there are black neighborhoods. There are white neighborhoods. There are Mexican neighborhoods. There are Asian neighborhoods. In fact the only integration in Los Angeles at all is based upon economic status. If you are rich, you can live everywhere. The rest of the city is extremely segregated. Certain people do certain jobs and certain people live in certain areas. It is regularly seen and it is accepted by all of the population whether they are willing to admit it or not – and that includes the most liberal of people I’ve met.
In my experience, the deep south is exactly the opposite. You can see bus boys, maids, gardeners and all other types of blue collar work being done by a real cross-section of the racial and ethnic community. You can also see the same with white color workers. And, to top it all off, neighborhoods are not segregated by color or ethnicity. They are segregated by economics period. I have never felt unsafe in any neighborhood in the deep south. However, I can guarantee you there are some neighborhoods in New York and Los Angeles that I wouldn’t go to out of sure fear for my life.
So, why do I bring this all up now? Because I’m going to say something that many of you will think is not PC and is blatantly wrong.
The state of American Racism – 2013 is all about money! Plain and simple. There are people that make a very good living by playing the race card. Do you really think Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson could survive if they did not have the race card? Do you really think MSNBC, CNN or Fox News would have had wall to wall coverage of the Zimmerman trial if the ratings were low? Let’s be honest; with all of the economic problems in the United States right now and with all of the problems in the Middle East, do you really think those 24 hour news networks should have devoted almost 24 hours a day to a trial in Florida about the murder of one man by another man? In the overall scheme of things, who really cares?
This, my readers, was and is all about money. American racism has become a cottage industry. There is no other reason that makes sense about the senselessness of it all. And, I have to say that I’m sorry this is the case. As I’ve stated earlier, we are now a post-racial country. We have the past and we have left it behind us. But, there are a small group of people that thrive and live on keeping our past, the present. They would have nothing to do if it weren’t for race. And, that my friends is American racism, 2013.