I recently had a discussion with a relative of mine about race and equality (after a racist facebook post sparked the topic) and it just makes me sad.
We don't have equality. Is it even possible? Will I be around to see it?
With the history of slavery and oppression in America, how can we move forward?
My cousin was coming from another view of: if we all treat each other fairly, then we will all be equal. A great idea...but unrealistic maybe?
I'm not black. I don't have any black family members in my immediate family. I don't claim to be a specialist when it comes to matters of race.
But what I do know and firmly believe - is that racism is alive, not because the black community wants to keep a division or just because of bitterness and resentment from slavery, but because there are many, MANY, too many racist people in our country.
Racial profiling is real - RIP Trayvon Martin.
Ignorance runs rampant - look at all the ridiculous emails that are forwarded every day by people who don't take the time to verify truth vs fiction.
And then you have social media....ugh, the facebook posts I mentioned earlier - and they came from one of my own relatives, who I have now blocked (I have little to no contact with that person anyway but now I will be sure to keep it that way).
It's just disgusting and disheartening.
It makes me ashamed of our country.
It makes me sad for our youth.
It makes me scared for our future.
A really interesting study was done by Humboldt University - here are the locations of racial tweets produced in a 10 month period of time:
It's a really interesting study - check out the map itself here: http://users.humboldt.edu/mstephens/hate/hate_map.html#
We'll save the discussion about homophobia for another day, but you can also look at homophobic tweets, or disability ones, on the map as well by clicking on the headers once you go to the link.