It is 2011 and the United States has a bi-racial President. It seems some parts of the country have made progress in combating racism. Yet other parts of the country are reminiscent of the 1960s and early 1970s.
There are many areas in the south where racism is as strong today as it was 50 years ago. To be fair, the racism exists on both sides. African Americans despise Caucasian Americans and Caucasian Americans despise African Americans.
You would like to believe racism is only in the back woods of the south. Sadly, it flourishes in some of the South’s major cities. Most people do not express their racial hatred at work or in school. People are not holding up hate signs and using racial slurs. Both sides just cannot seem to find a way to work together.
Some cities cannot seem to make any progress. If you build a new school in a predominantly Caucasian area, then the African American population becomes enraged. If you build a new school in a predominately African American area, then the Caucasians become enraged.
You would think that in 2011 everyone could agree that all children, regardless of skin color or economic background, deserve the best education possible. It is said the races need to seek and meet on common ground. The common ground should be a commitment to all children to provide them with a safe and proper education. Every child should have the dream of a higher education. Yet, even today, you will find predominantly African American public schools without air conditioning, broken plumbing and outdated textbooks.
Racial relations have not improved, they have only been masked by the perfume of political correctness. Everyone is thinking it, no one is saying it. Racism is the large elephant in the room which everyone chooses to ignore.