Re: Vicious Racism

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Sat Aug 11 2001 - 15:44:27 MDT

Zero Powers wrote:
> >From: Loree Thomas <>
> >Have you experienced discrimination? Did you have to
> >overcome racism to be successful, or was simply making
> >the correct choices enough?
> Well I almost hate to say it because I know some will make idealogical hay
> of it but, no. I mean growing up as a black kid in a mostly white school I
> endured my share of hostilities. But when it came to occupational
> opportunity I really had my pick of the litter.

Good point Zero, I'll note that peer hostility in school, IMHO is going
to be bad for anyone that is different. Having black skin is simply an
easy handle for bullies to latch onto. For me it was being 'four-eyes'
(and a genius to boot). When I moved to NH at age 9, I stepped on my
glasses and 'lost' them one day, and fortunately my parents
procrastinate enough that I never replaced them. I had 20/30 vision
anyways, so it wasn't anywhere near as much of a help as thick nerd
frames were a hindrance.

Also having the name 'Michael' was another handle for cruel kids to
latch onto (the old motorcycle rhyme)....

> If you really want to kindle racial hatred, then just let the goverment hand
> out windfalls to already wealthy blacks while there are still white folks on
> welfare! Let the race wars begin!

Exactly. How much do you want to bet that if they are enacted that they
do just that?

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