While there may be much debate around the circumstances involved in the murder of Trayvon Martin, one thing is now for certain: Racism is still alive and well in the United States.
Yesterday evening, about 2 dozen lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, along with their allies, stood in front of the Granada Homes building where the “Proud Democrats” were hosting a fund raiser for the Bexar County Democratic Party (“BCDP”). But in Bexar County, there is no reason to be proud of being a democrat.
Dan Ramos, the Chair of Bexar County Democrats, representing the Democratic party in the City of San Antonio, Texas, and surrounding areas, recently went on a racist and homophobic tirade:
“[Gays] are all connected to the gay Democratic Party, the so-called Stonewall Democrats. Just like termites they managed to get some of their people in key positions. … I liken them to the Tea Party — the Tea Party and the f—ing Nazi Party — because they’re 90 percent white, blue-eyed, and Anglo, and I don’t give a f— who knows that. Just like the blacks … they’re American, but you can’t get your way just because you’re black.”
Take a moment to imagine this: You are a U.S. citizen, a hardworking productive citizen whose job requires travel to foreign countries. You are HIV positive. It doesn’t matter how you contracted HIV. Your gender, race, age and socio-economic class don’t matter. You are HIV positive. You take your medications, you know how the illness is transmitted. You are healthy otherwise. You don’t have tuberculosis or any other casually transmitted disease.
If you are like me, you can always think of a great comeback to an offensive comment. One day later.
This last week was a whirlwind for me. One week past the National Equality March and I’m still processing everything that I experienced and felt. I felt so prepared to take on the world with such powerful words given to me by the speakers, with such energy and friendliness from everyone that I met.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, a Justice of the Peace in Hammond, Louisiana has denied an interracial couple their right to marry. The Justice claims he is not a racist, but is concerned for the future offspring of the children.
I’m continually struck by the number of people that claim not to be racist or bigots while practicing racist or bigotted things. Apparenlty, they know that being a racist or a bigot is wrong, and they are on the side of right — right?
At some point I have to face it, no matter how hard it is for me to accept. I can deny it all I want and make jokes with my friends about the fact that I’m not a white man, but I am – even though I think I’d make a good Latino (well, except I don’t like guacamole). Having spent my entire life as a white man and often being perceived to be your standard WASP (White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant), there are certain privileges that have been bestowed upon me.
I’ve spent the last several days in Mississippi, mostly speaking to elderly white people. During my youth, I spent a substantial amount of time in Arkansas and Tennessee, also surrounded mostly by white people. In fact, the town I was in only had one “colored” person, whose mother was white and father was black. According to the locals in the town, her mother was an anti-abortionist who was raped by a black man, thus they tolerated her presence. I quickly befriended her as I believed her to be my soul mate, a fellow outcast.
One of the things that has slipped my mind over the years about this area of the southern United States is the common usage of the word “colored” to refer to persons of African American decent. The phrase was so common in my youth, I never knew it was improper.
In spite of the overwhelming evidence against them, an all-white jury found Derrick Donchak, 19, and Brandon Piekarsky, 17, not guilty of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and ethnic intimidation for the death of Luis Ramirez. Details of the crime flooded the news media including this story by CNN [Town struggles with fallout from immigrant’s fatal beating – CNN.com].
Blows had struck the 25-year-old illegal Mexican immigrant with such force that they left a clotted, bruised impression of Jesus Christ on the skin of his chest from the religious medal he wore.
According to eye witnesses and investigative reports, the teens lured Ramirez into a fight using racial epitaphs and led prosecutors to label the murder a “hate crime.”
Implicit Association Tests (“IAT”) are experimental and intended to measure the automatic association between mental concepts. In it’s experiment Harvard has designed several IAT’s which measure one’s automatic response to things such as Homosexuality, Race, Gender, Weapons, Weight, Disability and other such categories.