I am a new member as of tonight...09/20/2007.
Wow, what a topic! I`ve been stewing all day. Thank you DKing for asking for our opinions. (I for one would love to have you as a man of color tells us what you truly feel in your heart of hearts) Erin, Wow what can I say, God Bless You. I also was brought up in a family who pretended on the outside but hated on the inside and we were poor. Fortunately or unfortunately they were step parents so I did not inherit anything from them including their hate but when I was growing up there were still white`s only and black only signs and a LOT of white people believed they were superior to any people of color which was extremely amusing to me as I aged, because my step-mother was not a light skinned Italian.(she always said olive skin is different than black skin.) So, anyway my opinion is the black students should be punished, not let off. How severely should be up to the law and a jury of THEIR PEERS. However, I also believe the white students who admitted to their noose hanging actions should also be charged and tried. NO ONE is above the law (not even Steven Segal LOL). I also think the tree should be removed. I was personally very pleased that today`s demonstration was peaceful.
I live in Arizona and if one wants to see prejudices come on out west. Native Americans, Mexicans and all People of Color are, in my opinion, for the most part treated like they do not belong here. How Ironic. Also people without a lot of money and disabled people are looked down upon as a burden. It may not have always been like this but more and more every day the folks with money across the United States are moving to Arizona. Oh the law is followed but that`s all, period. I am disabled and in a power chair courtesy of the VA. I voluntarily served my country back in 1968 and have an Honorable Discharge with medical conditions. I wear long hair, I have Native American ancestry, African ancestry, and my skin has a red tone... YET... I look white so I am considered white but I am still looked at funny by the money folks. I have some confusion as to why there was a demonstration to let the black student free and not a demonstration to have the white students brought to justice. Sometimes I just do not get the point I guess. Thank you again DKing for the opportunity to ramble on about how I feel. I actually feel better. I also believe discussions like this can impact our businesses. The more we understand the more we can serve our clientele properly.
Unfortunately some people of all races and creeds will always have the need to feel superior. I really feel sorry for them as they are missing so much of what life has to offer. Pray for them will ya?
War...What is it good for....Absolutely nothing!
P.S. Does anyone in this discussion mind if I mark you as a buddy?