Over the weekend I got into a discussion regarding race in America. It was a very informed discussion where I was very surprised to hear what a friend who lives in Detroit had to say. He agreed completely that there is a double standard in the US regarding race, but that is because the standards are different. He went on to say they are different because of the continuation of discrimination in this country.
He felt that people of color in this county should be permitted to use terms, however the same term used by anyone else would be racist. He felt that the reason that minorities are arrested more often is because they are targeted and because they don’t get the same opportunities as white people.
I see people as people regardless of their color and judge people based on their actions, not the color of their skin. He felt that if everyone was like me, then it could be an even playing field, but until that happens, there needs to be a double standard to even out the playing filed.
Do you think that there is a racial double standard in the US?
If so, do you think that it is justifiable and should be in existence?
What percentage of the US do you think is racist?
What can we as American’s do ‘level the playing field’?
This is a sensitive topic, but I think that it is one that we are mature enough to have on this website.