No.  At least it won’t be easy.  Leave alone any consensus about what behaviors are racist.

I give you St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Paul Congemi.

He went on a racial tirade Tuesday when he told members of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and backers of rival candidate Jesse Nevel’s campaign to “go back to Africa.”

Nevel, 27, the national chair of the movement, announced his candidacy in March saying he would run on a platform of reparations to the African community.

Congemi went on an embarrassing rant:

So… get rid or racism? Maybe slowly over much time.  But as one antipathy ends, another will surely develop. 

Are people still commenting?  Really?  ..... let's stop the madness. 

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Comment by Ron Powell on July 21, 2017 at 3:35am

You double posted this...

Comment by Terry McKenna on July 21, 2017 at 3:46am

It was.  I tried to get the video to be embedded but failed.  So forgot to delete the failed version.  

Though I don't really value conversations (I do value individual observations) I recognize that mine is a minority view.  

Comment by Terry McKenna on July 21, 2017 at 3:47am

The post should allow posts without mediation now.  But I reserve the right to delete.  

Comment by Ron Powell on July 21, 2017 at 4:57am

The post should allow posts without mediation now.  But I reserve the right to delete."

Good idea...  

Comment by Foolish Monkey on July 21, 2017 at 6:24am

 I think for many, maybe most americans, there is a belief that racism is a thing of the past.  I'm partially of that thinking and I know there can't be a partial result because it means there's still racism, thus it hasn't ended.

but there's a beautiful change that's happened, due to a million million circumstances like mixed race relationships and marriages and the beautiful mixed race children who are the result, the constant messaging on plurality and ending racism, president obama and the obama family, the righteous complaints when people of color are slighted or overlooked and the subsequent press they get and most importantly friendships among children that transcend most everything (except class).

this isn't to suggest that racism is over, so everyone go home.  it's still there.  but so much of it is grounded in fear of the different and fear of loss.  it's rarely a concrete, logical reason - it's always fear. 

I wasn't sure about black lives matter in terms of a movement and this is because it's about anger - justified, but powerful and palpable and many americans already fear blacks.  the fact that blacks fear whites is ignored.  

but I've come to think it's an important movement, reaching beyond the frightening treatment blacks suffer under america's often ill suited and poorly trained militarized police.

there are concrete issue being voiced that press towards many issues affecting the majority of americans - like manufacturing jobs leaving the country, lack of training and stagnant wages, the decimation of quality public school education, the lack of availability of affordable health and medical care, how veterans are treated or not treated and ignored, the for profit prison system etc.  

it is a fact that the poor, and particularly the poor of color are short changed routinely - but the truth is, the people who depend on these services - people of all ages, class and color are being shortchanged and ill treated and it's become obvious americans in general are dealing with the system determined to exclude them all in favor of profit and control. 

so imo how we end racism is to find our common ground.

I don't think it's about ending racism so much as coming together and finding one another.  human animals will always be suspect of what's different, so the way we come together is to focus on our commonality, that which we share.  maybe pollyanna but that's how I see it - making a fist with one hand, while reaching towards one another with the other. 

Comment by Foolish Monkey on July 21, 2017 at 6:35am

another thing I neglected to mention is we daily see people of color desperate to migrate to europe and america. while there's fear of terrorism there's also a good amount of empathy and hope for them.  I think the mass media has helped us not only see one another, but care.  the world is getting smaller by the second - not by the year.

last night I saw a great piece on VICE about chinese rappers.  they call themselves CHIGGERS.  

I said when the N word can be used to sell something, it will begin to transcend it's hateful history - because unlike so many other hate words, the N word came about in the systemic effort to destroy the spirit and soul of people of color and keep them subservient.  so maybe there's hope.

and following this train of thought maybe rappers using that word, as abhorent as it is, have - by associating it with poetry and music, become pioneers in the transformation.   maybe.  I'm not a fan for more reasons than the N word. 

Comment by Terry McKenna on July 21, 2017 at 6:47am

Fool, I feel that much has changed. All I wanted to do is point out a WTF moment.  I was truly shocked.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on July 21, 2017 at 7:11am

It will take a few more generations before we can see any genuine progress and then I believe that the best we can hope for is to achieve the defacto mosaic society that has developed over the last 75 years in places like Los Angeles. On the other hand there is the Bulworth theory of racial deconstruction:

Comment by Steel Breeze on July 21, 2017 at 7:22am

on an individual basis....never,always been around,prolly always will.....everywhere there's people....

institutionalised....yes...though it has taken and will take slow rooting out and 'chipping' away....

Comment by koshersalaami on July 21, 2017 at 7:37am

Even at my most acrimonious moments, and there have been a few, I wouldn't have shortened Foolish Monkey's named to Fool. 

Racism is way, way present. That doesn't mean things haven't improved - they have, drastically - but it is still embarrassingly current as a phenomenon. We probably can't end it, but we can reduce the crap out of it. The best way to reduce the crap out of it is to reduce its consequences to the point where stereotyping becomes pointless, like has been done with Italians, Irish, and largely Jews. To get there, we have to acknowledge that Blacks as a group face a whole lot of obstacles other minorities haven't faced/don't face in order to address those obstacles sufficiently to reduce the consequences of racism to the point where stereotyping becomes pointless. 

The problem, of course, is that racism is a big obstacle to acknowledging those obstacles. Well, that's the first problem. 

The second problem is getting the nation as a whole to understand that such an investment is worthwhile in terms of its benefits to those who are not Black.  Getting rid of a permanent underclass strengthens America economically and is thereby a patriotic imperative. 


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