Does anyone believe this S**t or are they just justifying their “mission”?

YWCA denounces racism.

It was a day for awareness Monday, as various community groups joined the YWCA of Greenwich at Town Hall in one of its core missions — eliminating racism.

The YWCA’s “Stand Against Racism” initiative is being carried out by more than 75 other YWCAs across the country, and Greenwich marked it Monday with declarations from town leaders.

“There are still some people who believe that only some of us are created equal,” said Adrianne Singer, the YWCA of Greenwich’s president. “There are still some people who believe that hatred is a tool for progress.”

The YWCA effort is a response to the rapid rise in hate groups — a 54 percent increase in the last eight years, Singer said.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes said state residents may have become complacent, despite the facts that Connecticut is where African captives from the Amistad slave ship won their freedom, and is one of the few states that allow same-sex couples to marry.

“Just when you are tempted to feel that sense of complacency, just when you’re tempted to look back on your history and say, `We do OK here’ — that it’s not our problem, it’s Alabama’s problem, or Wyoming’s problem — that’s the moment when you need a day like this,” Himes said.

A number of town organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich and the United Way of Greenwich, have also signed on to the initiative. The town’s schools marked the day in various ways, including through pledges, designing posters and participating in discussions.

Superintendent of Schools Sidney Freund said people must be vigilant to ensure that those responsible for education view all children equally.

Throw all these idiots out – all of them, Sigmund Freud among them. We are now governed by a black president, elected by a majority of American voters. Anyone who claims that blacks are still suffering under the racist whip of white Americans is either entirely delusional or – gee, do I dare say it? – pandering to black voters. Shame on you, Jim Himes, and shame on you, Mr. Freund. Together, you’re working on the ruination of this country.

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30 responses to “Does anyone believe this S**t or are they just justifying their “mission”?

  1. anon

    There are still a lot of racists here in Greenwich.

    you might be one of em.

    rich old white people I think are the most racists.

    lots of those in lovely greenwich

  2. Anonymous

    … ahem …
    talk about irrational prejudice and bigotry…

  3. Last Liberal Standing

    Do you really believe racism is a thing of the past? Is the negativity toward Obama entirely devoid of a racist undercurrent? Really?

    Did you listen to Rush Limbaugh’s programs, immediately after the 2008 election, when he delighted in playing “Moving on up,” the Jeffersons’ theme song, and there were rampant mockeries of the Obamas’ “uppity” presumption? Did you see the photoshopped pictures of black-skinned squatters on the White House lawn? “Niggers are taking over the neighborhood” was the clear, ugly message, and lots of people muttered their resentment. It wasn’t long before Glenn Beck and the Tea Partiers were launching tirades against “the wrong people” trying to ruin America.

    I saw this, up close and personal. Did you really not notice any of it?

  4. Anonymous

    The YWCA’s “Stand Against Racism” initiative…

    Part of the narrative seems borrowed from “Mein Kampf.”

    Just sayin’ ….

  5. not so anonymous

    It seems that any articulated reasoned stance against big gummint now can’t be anything but hating black people…That seems racist to me….no matter that you would vote for Col. Allen West in a heartbeat, or adore Bill Crosby, or Chris Rock, or liked Arseneo Hall, or moon over Denzel Washington….etc….it amounts to any and all objections to the policies of a ( marginally, lol he’s half white) black man being jammed into the “racist” cube. It’s damned disheartening being so grossly misrepresented.

  6. KC

    We could have mass therapy groups for years and never really understand what racism is. The term is used so often in so many situations, it starts to lose meaning and becomes empty. If a non-white has the slightest distaste for me, a white, are they racist? You can’t say. Maybe they just don’t like me. If I choose to parse my words around an Arab, am I racist if I don’t want to hurt his feelings? I’ve had Black friends point how many Black players are in a game. I assumed that they were joking around but are they racist? If someone is aware that their buddy is Black, should they rush to the office of reeducation so they won’t notice differences? It seems like the ultimate proof that you are not racist if you consider someone’s opinion, regardless of their race, and analyze and respond based on your beliefs, no parsing, nor soft soaping, just an honest response.

  7. Cos Cobber

    Anon, do you have a survey or some data to back up your statement that ‘rich old white people’ are the most racist or are you just comfortable in making blanket judgments about race?

    I have no idea who the most racist group is. My life experiences so far suggest racism is something all colors are fully capable of.

    The US and the World have made tremendous strides….we are on the right track. We do need to find a way to move the conversation beyond race at some point. Obama’s election should be stepping stone on that very path. For now, my think globally – act locally solution is to ignore all race questions on any form.

  8. out looking in

    i’m an equal opportunity racist- i hate everyone- including myself…if our species is still around 200 years from now, we will still be having this same discourse, at least in the US

  9. Last Liberal Standing

    Chris,

    You say you “can’t speak for anyone else,” but when you ridicule the argument that racism is still with us, you ARE speaking for a whole lot of people: You’re saying that people–other people–“don’t do racism” anymore. Just because YOU oppose a black president on principle doesn’t mean all the other Obamaphobes are pure of heart. Some aren’t. Agreed?

  10. Last Liberal Standing

    Afterthought: Perhaps all those bleeding hearts you’d like to see fired should have said, “Down with racism–but we stipulate that Chris Fountain is not part of the problem!”

  11. w b h

    You know, somehow this reminds me of Pete Rose and his admonition to Marge Schott:

    “Marge, when ya got those thoughts, ya just gotta keep ’em to yerself.”

    And also, Chief Justice John Roberts in his opinion in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, 551 U.S. 701 (2007): “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”

  12. Anonymous

    The “stand up against racism” movement is being driven from the WH in response to the Tea Party movement. The idea is to get racism back into mainstream media, culture, etc. and use it to beat back any dissension towards Obama’s radical agenda. A few points…98% of African-Americans voted for Obama – do you think they voted based on policies or skin color. Go back and listen to Rev. Wright speeches – racism 101 and this guy was Obama’s mentor for 20 years.

  13. Peg

    Chris, I think that the Last Liberal is correct; there still is racism in this country. Didn’t you hear how just the other day, our own president called for blacks and latinos and women and young people to come together and support him and his party? I didn’t hear him urging whites and Jews and asians and the elderly to support his policies…..

    As far as I’m concerned, racism and sexism and homophobia and all other kinds of prejudice and dislike will always be with us to some degree – and it’s impossible to get rid of it. What matters, however, is that our laws are rid of this … and that, for the most part, our society shuns those who hate on the basis of skin color and sex, etc.

    As Chris says, we have a black president, we have an overweight, female entertainer who is a billionaire and beloved by millions, we have black CEO’s and entrepreneurs… sure there are still some “haters” out there. For the most part, however, in 2010 people care about the content and the character, not the skin color.

    And, like Chris, I want our Current Occupant out of office due to his policies and philosophy! Nothing more; nothing less.

  14. Helsa Poppin

    What’s in the hearts and minds of individuals is their own business. Our main concern should be the fairness of our institutions, first and foremost the various levels of government that run our lives. The government should not practice discrimination based on race, in any capacity – including “benign” discrimination such as affirmative action or counting people by race on the census or gerrymandering districts based on race. That’s about a billion times more important than whether some guy is carrying an unflattering sign of Obama at some protest. Let’s see the YWCA take a stand against government racism, then I’ll believe the sincerity of their position.

  15. Cos Cobber

    Helsa’s makes some excellent points.

  16. Anonymous

    The great American the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream. He specifically did NOT have an effin’ grievance as a prelude to a shakedown.

  17. JDinBkln

    Oh come on Chris, the YWCA holding a Stand Against Racism initiative is contributing to the “ruination of this country”? Saying there is no more racism because we elected a black president is a bit naive, don’t you think? The YWCA is not going to solve anything by holding an anti-racism initiative, but I’m confused as to why anyone would condemn such an initiative. They’re not saying all white people are racists, take it easy. Can’t we all just get along?

  18. not so anonymous

    The cure for racism is to practice ” loving one another as I have loved you”. The love required to do that is not readily available to the natural man…

  19. pulled up in OG

    Originally scheduled for the YMCA . . . but the elevator wasn’t runnin’.

  20. sailor

    Man, CF, are you just mouthing off to attract attention? Are you serious? Your priviledged white male life experience is showing. Racism exists, pal.
    Who else do you hate besides the YWCA? The Red Cross, Sesame Street, Mother Theresa?

  21. Red

    Let’s not lose sight of (part of) the YWCA’s mission. As the C in YWCA suggests, it definitely does trouble them if there is racism in the hearts and minds of their fellow humans. I think it’s a perfectly valid and admirable goal for them to adopt as an organization. Realistic, alas probably not. And let’s remember, the YWCA is a membership organization,not a govt agency.

  22. Greenwich Gal

    The tables are changing anyway, folks! White European Americans will be the minority in 50 years. The Latino population will be the majority. Salsa already outsells ketchup, tortillias outsells loaves of bread in American groceries. It is happening. In Europe, it is happening too, as the birth rate declines. European couples are not having as many – if any – children – and those with origins from elsewhere are multiplying. It will be very interesting to see how this shakes out politically.

  23. Fake Walt

    If you don’t think racism exists, try hailing a cab while being black.

    Off to Dubai

    Kind Regards,

    Fake Walt

  24. Fly Girl

    Hatred of any kind comes from ignorance. And I know alot of Ivy-educated people who are ignorant. The YWCA event was a photo-op for politicians, pure and simple.

  25. Benito

    THIS MOMENTOUS DAY!

    Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s syndrome child.

    Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, both by conscious acts of will and unconscious example.

    Each smallest act of kindness – even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile – reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.

    Likewise, each small meanness, each thoughtless expression of hatred, each envious and bitter act, regardless of how petty, can inspire others, and is therefore the seed that ultimately produces evil fruit, poisoning people whom you have never met and never will.

    All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined – those dead, those living, those generations yet to come – that the fate of all is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands.

    Therefore, after every failure, we are obliged to strive again for success, and when faced with the end of one thing, we must build something new and better in the ashes, just as from pain and grief, we must weave hope, for each of us is a thread critical to the strength – the very survival – of the human tapestry.

    Every hour in every life contains such often-unrecognized potential to affect the world that the great days for which we, in our dissatisfaction, so often yearn are already with us; all great days and thrilling possibilities are combined always in THIS MOMENTOUS DAY! – Rev. H.R. White

    Excerpt from Dean Koontz’s book, “From the Corner of His Eye”.

    It embodies the idea of how the smallest of acts can have such a profound effect on each of our lives.

  26. OK, let’s look at the 2008 election results…McCain won by larger margins in Tennessee and Arkansas in 2008 than Bush did in 2004 or 2000. In heavily Democratic states no less. Why, you say?? With the Bush disaster (sorry CF), you would figure these states would be competitive..and don’t forget the economic collapse. With the states still voting Democratic, McCain increased the size of his victory compared to Bush. Not because of his great candidacy, but because Obama was half black. Why people would vote against their economic interests is another story for another time, but I am sorry, it is racism. Remember LBJ in ’64, he said that the passage of the Civil Rights Bill would doom the Democrats for a generation. Well, he was wrong…it is going on two generations. These Democrats became Republicans, because they hated blacks/negroes. Racism is alive and well, and go look at the election results of 2008 to understand it. Racism is alive and well, it is now very subtle.

  27. Anonymous

    Hey Bob A or should I call you Jack A? Why did 98% percent of African-Americans vote for Obama? hmmmm….probably had nothing to do with skin color, but everything to do with his platform.

  28. joseph

    I just think its bs that most people and mainstream news stations, news papers ect. always assume that racism is white people hating black people. Racism works both ways and there is good and bad in every race. Its just always highly publicized that white people are racist and poor poor minorities. We are now to the point that companies and government agencies can not even hire the best and most qualified person for the job, they have to hire people based on there skin color…who the hell cares what color you are if you are more qualified then the other person.