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Re: “The shame of Robert E. Lee/MLK Day in Arkansas

Because one disagrees with another does not make them racist or bad. The color of the skin, the background, upbringing or religious preference of one does not make them racist. The decision by an "individual" to classify someone else as less than themselves because they are different. It is a choice that someone makes. Arkansas is no more nor no less racist than anywhere else. We are not "backwoods" as some would infer. Robert Lee has a place in our history just as Dr King has or Columbus or Eric the Viking or even General George Custer. You cannot replace/destroy history and expect that everyone will be on board with it. We examine history so that we can make better choices for the future for all of mankind. I have lived a few places in my life, traveled to others, but have come to know that Arkansas is a great place to live, the history of our state may have some dark spots, but not more than any other state. The future is bright and we are responsible for making sure we grow in the right direction. When we work toward that future, it should be with a 360 degree view, not with just a 180 looking behind us.

interesting piece from the article below talking about defining racism..

http://racerelations.about.com/od/understandingrac1/a/WhatIsRacism.htm
Racism Myth: Segregation Was a Southern Issue

Contrary to popular belief, integration wasn’t universally accepted in the North. While Martin Luther King Jr. managed to march through a number of Southern towns during the Civil Rights Movement, a city he chose not to march through for fear of violence was Cicero, Ill. When activists marched through the Chicago suburb without King to address housing segregation and related problems, they were met by angry white mobs and bricks. Fast-forward to 1975 Boston. When a judge ordered city schools to integrate in 1974 by busing black and white schoolchildren into each other’s neighborhoods, white mobs pelted the buses with rocks.

Reverse Racism

“Reverse racism” refers to anti-white discrimination. It’s often used in conjunction with practices designed to help minorities, such as affirmative action. The Supreme Court continues to receive cases that require it to determine when affirmative action programs have created anti-white bias.

I am of Native American ancestry, I am engaged to a woman of Latino heritage, so before the comments fly that I just a white guy, I would not understand. In the end we are Americans, and we are all made up of many things, (social economic, race, gender, and cultural, to name a few) but our heart guides us to the future.

So before you beat up "Arkansas" for what you believe the state is doing to you, ask what you are doing for the state. (yes, Kennedy said it better)

Posted by Native Arkansan on 07/15/2015 at 10:18 AM

 

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