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Michael Bergman

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
— Abraham Lincoln

I am good at giving a damn.

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    Lessons from 'Lincoln': Has America's Race Dynamic Changed So Much Since 1865? via magazine.good.is

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    Michael Bergmanover 1 year ago

    Hmmm, not much of a discussion here. Seems like everyone else is tired of being guilted to death too.

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    Gail Zahranover 1 year ago

    Well said Michael Bergman........

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    Michael Bergmanover 1 year ago

    You're going to have ignorant, angry, insecure people on both sides. Don't suffer fools. However, I believe that continuing to shed light on an ignorant minority only perpetuates the racism problem. I believe racism is even seeing color. I would love to stop thinking about color, but the problem is black people won't stop bringing it up. Virtually every color other than white has been discriminated against by white people but black people complain like no other. The way to change someone is not to lay out reasons why they're wrong and hope they see your point. You shock them with completely inappropriate behavior like love, peace and hard work in the face of hate, violence and inequality. Not by blaming them for everything. It's a strategy that worked pretty well for Jesus, Ghandi and MLK Jr. Sure they ended up being killed, but we all die. Did anyone ever make a difference by whining about inequality and then expecting help?

    I completely understand the historical reasons for distrust of outsiders like white people, but at some point Black America must get out of the "us" and "them" mentality because it only leads to more division, more distrust, more anger and more inequality. I have a lot of respect for black leaders like Bill Cosby and Charles Barkley (despite some of his obvious flaws) who encourage unity and responsible behavior vs. a culture of excuses and entitlement.

    When it comes to Obama and the election, the truth is we should be mature enough to vote on issues, not color. Unfortunately that hasn't happened yet, and whether you want to admit it or not voting on the guy who looks most like you is racist. Romney lost largely because he didn't specifically appeal to hispanic voters. That's sad to me. You shouldn't have to placate an entire race. They shouldn't be voting predictably as a whole. I would hope that one day we'll there will be enough conservative and liberal, democratic and republican hispanics that a candidate can't single them out based on race. I would hope that one day hispanics don't see tough laws on illegal immigration as racism (although I admit some of the laws may go a tad bit far), but as an attempt to preserve resources paid for by LEGAL, tax-paying Americans and that breaking the law weakens the country they fled to.

    I don't care what color the President is as long as he does a good job. But I do have a problem with people thinking that because he's half black he's going to show them preferential treatment and solve all of the supposedly race-specific problems that black people deal with. I had a kid cut me in line at Six Flags who said he didn't have to listen to me because Obama was in the Whitehouse. Give me a fucking break. His parents stood there right with him and condoned it. Then he said he was about to go to war with me. The sad thing is, this kind of attitude isn't rare. I don't know a single black person that voted for Romney, AND I LIVE IN ATLANTA! I never even saw a black person with a Romney sticker on their car. Is that not racism? Racism isn't simply mistreating people based on the color of their skin, I believe it's making distinctions and categorizing people based on color whether you're mean or not. No one is more guilty of that in my mind than black people themselves.

    We will never be a united country until we stop pointing fingers at each other regardless of blame.

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