March 06, 2008

The biggest monster

Hate won't vanish until we all helpMany people want to blame classism for impairing some Americans, but two recent studies show that racism remains the biggest U.S. monster.

Instead of joining together to fight this common foe, people feed the beast so that it continues to let some advance while forcing others into the dark corners of despair. It is an uncomfortable part of black history, but the problems won’t end unless they are exposed so they can be eliminated.

A fall FBI report on hate crimes lets people know that the problem is trending in the wrong direction. Bias-related criminal incidents jumped 7.8 percent from 2005 to 2006.

Race remains the biggest problem. The report said 51.8 percent of the 7,720 single incident cases were racial bias; 18.9 percent, religion; 15.5 percent, sexual orientation bias; 12.7 percent, ethnicity/national origin; and 1 percent was against people with disabilities.

1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Classism operates mostly among EuroMen against EuroMen, very much therefore a EuroMan tradition. Racism, however, primarily was used to build the United States of America, very much therefore becoming an American tradition. The continent itself was wrested from Natives in wars that lasted nearly four hundred years, with scattered vestiges of such conflicts still ongoing in the 21st Century. Forests were leveled and farmbelts created and canals dredged and roadways established and rivers dammed and railroads built, finally evolving to support a system of city-states, predominantly using the labor of Blacks, Orientals, Eastern Europeans, and even some of the Natives that survived. That racism still runs rampant throughout the US of A means that the country still is evolving and thus the racist means by which it was built must continue as the one permanently remaining American frontier...
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Russ Bates