I grew up in a very small town in the Midwest where 99% of the population was white. We had two blacks in my entire school system and they were both extremely popular with the students. I never saw or heard any racism from anyone around me in school. I also attended a small private college where there was a few more minorities but by most standards they were in numbers far below the national averages. I think that a benefit from this upbringing is that I was never personally exposed to overt racism. It didn’t exist for whatever reason in my world in any way I could perceive.
Then I graduated college and came to work in the Washington, DC area. Anyone that lives here knows the ethnic diversity is huge. You will meet people from all over the world and 80%+ of DC is black. I never had a racial issue with anyone I have met personally here in over 20 years. My first boss was an immigrant Egyptian woman and I never thought a thing about it. The first close friend I made here was an Arab immigrant who is married to a Peruvian immigrant. My neighbors are black and we talk politics all the time with no issues. To me all these claims of racism are not overtly present in my world. I think having a lack of exposure to racism in my first 22 years now gives me an unvarnished view at how people of different ethnic groups behave. IMO, all races practice racist behavior to a degree and I think it is about even between the groups. As a whole, the country is making progress with every new generation. To think that less than 50 years ago about all the racism that was practiced against blacks and today we have voted a black man as President of the United States is a great benchmark to show how far we have progressed.
Being white I really don’t know where you are coming from. I haven’t experienced the problems you have endured. All I can say is that I have known enough people from so many different places that skin color is never an indicator of their worth. Also, I think no one can tell much about a person from a look they give in passing in passing you on the street. I think we have to get beyond making snap judgments that really have no justification behind them. I’m sure there are days that the look on my face can be interpreted many ways if you pass me in the street and the reason it is there has nothing to do with the skin color of the person I pass. It is probably because the housing industry is in the tank and I have land development projects that are at a standstill.
As for the Goverorgate, I think that mess has the potential to really cut a wide swath through the Democrat Party and especially the Chicago political swamp. This behavior is just standard fair for Chicago. I do think Fitzgerald is a good person to spearhead this. He is thorough and a pit bull if prosecutions are immanent. My guess is he has much more evidence that anyone can believe right now. All he gave us was a teaser. Also, anyone that thinks the Governor didn’t have pointed conversations with many people about selling this senate seat is living in a fantasy lands. If you want me to give a knee jerk answer about Jackson I think he knew all about it. The only question that remains is just how smart he was about keeping the evidence to show it from seeing the light of day.
As to WWII … I’m sure if you had family living in either Hiroshima or Nagasaki, your viewpoint would be slightly different as to whether or not the atomic bombings were justified. Aside from visiting ground zero after Sept. 11, one of the saddest and most somber experiences I ever had was standing by the war memorial in Hiroshima.[/QUOTE]
Having the opinion that the dropping of the nukes in WWII was the right thing to do doesn’t exclude one from feeling pain for the people those bombs killed. We all have to make decisions where all the choices are far from optimal or absolutely right. Sometimes we have to choose the lesser of the evils. If there is anything we might have done better it would have been to chose different targets but then we could have chosen targets that would have killed far more people. Also, knowing what we do now, 50+ years later, it is easy to second guess the decisions made back then. If we were now in the thick of it and had lost hundreds of thousands of Americans in a five year long war I bet most of us would say drop the bombs. Especially so, when looking at a land invasion of Japan that would kill hundreds of thousands more Americans and probably over a million Japanese.