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Yeah that's what I mean the racism seemed to shift only to people from the middle east for a short period of time. Maybe a few days.
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its easy for a white person to say things but youll never know what its like to be black, point is it can be harder for a black person theres actual proof of the differences not just made by blacks themselves...so they aren't always just looking for attention dont get me wrong ppl saying they deserve this and that b/c they are black pisses me off too its like well if you work hard then youll get further then just wanting things handed to you

I dont think ppl should forget what happened but dwelling on it has proven to do nothing but stir up bad feelings toward ppl...

but just by some of the things said in this thread your proving to yourselves why racism is still around...
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The thing about racial issues involving African-Americans is that in the USA, its blown way out of proportion. Especially with the N-word and the media. I mean if you see a show or a movie in America and there's no black people in it, everyone would start picking on that show/movie. You can have a show/movie without a single Asian or Latino in sight and no one would give a hoot.
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^^ I agree. We shouldn't forget the past. but yet we shouldn't focus on it. I know several black people who don't like it when other black people use race as en excuse. In fact the majority of the ones I know hate that. If only people could see past races and just accept everyone as human. Then the world would have a lot less problems.
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How's the n word blown out of proportion. You don't see them saying any other racist words most of the time on the radio. It's not just the n word it's all words that refer to a race that can offend someone. The n word is just spoken out of line the most ( gee i wonder why ). None of those words should even be spoken.

I do agree about the racism regarding mexicans, alot more stereotypes are being added. Since immigration is a big issue that has also become a big issue.
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for noodle: blacks don't like being pushed around nothing wrong with that maybe asians and latinos need to step up...

and I've seen movies where there were no blacks but asian and or latinos...

and no not blown way out of proportion, maybe by some...but they are pansys

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and yes i am one of the blacks that hate the race card being played for every little thing...you have no idea...i get called a trader to my race all the time or worse by other blacks just b/c I say I'm not proud of being black b/c I was born black and didnt have to work to be black...they go off on tangents about me being immature or w.e...
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Even though racism is a well understood part of America's past, it dosen't mean it no longer happens. There is overt racism and there is covert racism.

We are in a time where discrimination is not something that is outwardly expressed (well, at least most of the time); it is usually expressed in ways that can make an individual feel bad about themselves, whether it be someone shifting uncomfortably away in a bus or train, or avoiding eye contact, or someone having expectations of people based only on what they look like.

I think it is a problem that everyone has, whether it be about themselves or about other races. My point is, all because one does not see racism, it dosen't mean it is not there.

Some different groups of people (not all unfortunately) have a month. I guess Black History Month is the most popular because it was (one of if not the first) established; hopefully others will become as popular in the future.

Here's some interesting info:
March: National Women's History Month
May: Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
September: Hispanic Heritage Month
October: Italian Heritage Month
November: American Indian Heritage Month
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I'm not african-american but I do celebrate this month along w/ them.

though there are many stereotypes, as a whole their people suffered a lot.
Sure they weren't the only ones, but still at least these people are LEGAL citizens.
I like learning about their history, and in the words of the famous Dr. Martin Luther King..

" I had a dream... "




i just hope the kids now a days fully grasp and comprehend the extreme turmoil their predecessors had to endure for their freedom and speech.
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haven't got the time to read all the posts (coz its freakin 5.35am) so ill just say my piece....
i don't mind having a black history month considering that half of africa are black and also millions in other parts of the world. black history month is actually very helpful to make them see how far they've gotten thoughout the ages......from the time when most of them got transported by force by slavetraders til now where everyone is supposed 2 be equal.

its just a month to celebrate their cultural evolution and to commemorate some times that changed people's perspective on the black population.

and its also good to see that no matter how far they've come in life people still look at their origins and roots to define who they are....and not to forget the sufferings of their ancestors in the anti-slavery fights.

that's all.
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Xrn_the_Nigma wrote:


pink_goddess wrote:

Some different groups of people (not all unfortunately) have a month. I guess Black History Month is the most popular because it was (one of if not the first) established; hopefully others will become as popular in the future.

Here's some interesting info:
March: National Women's History Month
May: Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
September: Hispanic Heritage Month
October: Italian Heritage Month
November: American Indian Heritage Month


Why does this country not celebrate any of these other months or learn about them in school for that matter..............
I personally don't see the significance in Black History Month...........So what if they were oppressed, are they oppressed like that now.....? I also hated learning about it in school mostly because I didn't give a damn what had happened to them in the past and they expect us to feel remorse especially when your own people sold you out.......Your own people sold you to the white man.........
What about the American Indian? They were forced out of their lands by us and many were killed............Or what about Latinos? Columbus saw personally to us and massacred our culture..........and our people.............
This is kind of screwed up right here..................Hispanic get their own month and when I say that I mean most of the Hispanic countries in Central America and South America but as for the small Hispanic countries in the Gulf we get a week............


Black history month is so you won’t forget the struggles not to make you feel pity or sorrow. Its statements like yours that shows ignorance will never end. African Americans were oppressed for 200 years, beaten, slaughtered, raped even continuing for another hundred years of inequality do you honestly believe that’s something that can easily be forgotten especially when we’re still living in a society that generalizes based on skin color and style.

One thing I don’t understand is why you would hate learning about black history when textbooks only give you a rather small view on over 200 years of oppression. I find it hypocritical that you condemn having black history month yet only to feel righteous about a month for Hispanics. Yes it happened to other cultures as well and yes I agree they should be acknowledged but for you to debase an entire ethnic group because of your own diluted reasons is cruel and unfair. You should learn more about the true struggles of African Americans from the past before you go demeaning them all.
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For black history month I wore a t-shirt on which I stenciled "Got MLK?"

Honestly it seems kind of patronizing to me to have a month dedicating to trying to prove how darn useful a certain group of people are. They discovered... peanut butter and they discovered gunpowder and they discovered pasta! And you can too!

I had a friend who thought that the mock-up of the Rosa Parks story that is told today (It is a bit different from what happened) was just a way to placate people. To make it seem as though they needed a shining paragon of the black people who was willing to martyr themself for equal rights, instead of having a regular person who met with some other people who were pissed off about inequality and tried to do something about it.
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black istory month is great!..we have a special assembly at our school!..too bad school has now ended!
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imo add an asian history month and i still won't give two shits.

obviously there was large enough support in the US to implement a black history month, so what you or i say is irrelevant because that's just how it is.

accept it or go home.
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Posted 5/18/07

krazoom wrote:


Xrn_the_Nigma wrote:


pink_goddess wrote:

Some different groups of people (not all unfortunately) have a month. I guess Black History Month is the most popular because it was (one of if not the first) established; hopefully others will become as popular in the future.

Here's some interesting info:
March: National Women's History Month
May: Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
September: Hispanic Heritage Month
October: Italian Heritage Month
November: American Indian Heritage Month


Why does this country not celebrate any of these other months or learn about them in school for that matter..............
I personally don't see the significance in Black History Month...........So what if they were oppressed, are they oppressed like that now.....? I also hated learning about it in school mostly because I didn't give a damn what had happened to them in the past and they expect us to feel remorse especially when your own people sold you out.......Your own people sold you to the white man.........
What about the American Indian? They were forced out of their lands by us and many were killed............Or what about Latinos? Columbus saw personally to us and massacred our culture..........and our people.............
This is kind of screwed up right here..................Hispanic get their own month and when I say that I mean most of the Hispanic countries in Central America and South America but as for the small Hispanic countries in the Gulf we get a week............


Black history month is so you won’t forget the struggles not to make you feel pity or sorrow. Its statements like yours that shows ignorance will never end. African Americans were oppressed for 200 years, beaten, slaughtered, raped even continuing for another hundred years of inequality do you honestly believe that’s something that can easily be forgotten especially when we’re still living in a society that generalizes based on skin color and style.

One thing I don’t understand is why you would hate learning about black history when textbooks only give you a rather small view on over 200 years of oppression. I find it hypocritical that you condemn having black history month yet only to feel righteous about a month for Hispanics. Yes it happened to other cultures as well and yes I agree they should be acknowledged but for you to debase an entire ethnic group because of your own diluted reasons is cruel and unfair. You should learn more about the true struggles of African Americans from the past before you go demeaning them all.


wow after reading what he said I was about to say my peace, but thats well put! its funny how ppl show their true colors when a keyboard can protect them


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