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January 15th, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Don Lemon: It only takes one drop

Editor's note: Don Lemon anchors CNN Newsroom during weekend prime-time and serves as a correspondent across CNN's U.S. programming. He is the author of the memoir "Transparent."

This piece is part of a three-part series tied to the (1)ne Drop Project.

By Don Lemon, CNN

(CNN) - For years, the woman on the left in the photograph below could not be friendly to her own husband in public. She would pretend she didn’t know him or tell people he was her driver. She didn’t want him to be beaten in public as he had many times before.

She learned that particular survival technique from the woman in the photograph on the right, her mother and my grandmother, who had to use it from the 1930s until my grandfather died in the 1960s. Both women were often mistaken for white. And for whatever privileges my aunt and grandmother might have received for their light skin, their husbands paid for it by beatings or threats from white men. One handed-down family story that sticks with me is how my uncle was lucky to have survived a savage throttling in the 1950s after exiting a ferry crossing the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to Port Allen. Apparently, he and my aunt had let down their guard. They never did it again.

Heck, as a child, I wasn’t even sure about my grandmother or my aunt. “Is Aunt-ee Lacy white?” I’d ask. “Lacy’s black,” an adult would say. Of course the reply was followed by a big laugh and a phrase I’d never forget: “It only takes one drop.” Meaning it only takes one drop of “Negro” blood to make you black.

I heard that phrase all the time as a child growing up in the South. And it wasn’t until I moved away from Louisiana as an adult that I recall anyone asking what it meant. As I wrote in my book, "Transparent", “Black America used to be, and perhaps still is, a pigmentocracy, which means that the social hierarchy is based largely on colorism.” I wrote about growing up in Louisiana, a state ruled by pigmentocracy and is at the pinnacle of color consciousness. It was borne out of slavery.

Black slaves impregnated by white slave masters bore children whose skin was so light and hair so straight that they could "pass" for white. Long story short, many of them did "pass," and so did their offspring. The ones who chose to stay on the plantation created the light skin to dark skin hierarchy that helped shape black culture. The ones who ran north toward freedom, opportunity and life as a white person, never looked back.

The alternative was to stay with the people you loved and depending on the time in history, either work on a plantation, in the field, as a maid, a driver or be relegated to some menial job with very little opportunity to advance beyond that.

If you did pass, back then, you didn’t dare tell anyone. If your cover was blown, you faced death. Imagine having to concoct a made-up history of either being an orphan or a product of an estranged family, or the only child of two parents who had already died. Even if your family were alive back home in the South, they may as well be dead because you didn’t dare contact them, except to send home an anonymous envelope with no return address containing a money order or note that read, "I’m OK. I’m alive. I love you."

To this day, the true identities of most of the people who passed are still a well-kept secret. But sooner or later, it turns up in their offspring’s DNA. Occasionally, it’s a dark-skinned child from two light-skinned, fair-haired parents. Sometimes two straight-haired parents produce a mysteriously curly-headed baby. When it does happen, the joke is often that there must be a "dark" person somewhere in the family tree. The reality is that there probably is a "dark" person in that tree, a black one who "passed" and quite possibly avoided a worse fate with a southern tree.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Don Lemon.

soundoff (1,654 Responses)
  1. Chicago7

    I'm pretty sure Mr. Lemon's grandmother's beautiful face further complicated her life. She was gorgeous.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • HO

      White trash need to leave the great u.s. and leave it to the people that love this country and leave it to true americans, including, blacks, mulattos, Asian, Hispanics, and whites. get rid of the hate,

      January 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NoDoubt

    The picture on the right looks like a movie star. Many mixed-race people are beautiful, I've noticed.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      I'd like to think so. Growing up in a time when this was still hidden, it was a nightmare. I was warned if I married a Black man, my children would be a mix of different colors!

      January 16, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
      • ﺶCHEﺶ

        It's chocolate ebony, baby!
        It scares the heck of some white folks. It's all fear within as induced in them by their coward forefathers. We're all direct descendants of 1st. Adam. Those who refuse to believe this basic are a bunch of the racists ignorant dwelling amongst us.

        FACT: A child has no concept of skin until some racist parents induces that thought in him/her.

        January 16, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. JOYCE

    Each and every person needs to be judged by who they are as a person irregardless of their color or who their ancestors were. Don Lemon did a fine job on this article.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • CM

      Blah Blah Blah, needs to be judged by the person they are blah blah blah. Whatever. Get over that crap.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrea

      "Irregardless" is not a proper word. 'Ir' adds a negative meaning, and since 'regardless' is already a negative word, you end up with a double-negative. Dictionaries should not recognize this as a word, but a few of them do (albeit not a proper one).

      January 15, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • duh

        Of course it's a word. He used it ass one. What's your problem? Now go suck a b o n e r.

        January 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ERic

    It's nice to know in the 21st century we are no closer to ending racism., so long as we continue to divide everyone up by cultural group or skin color.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomzz4

      I would just like to have a white history month or wet ( white entertainment television ) tv to see what equality brings.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • use the brain G-d gave you

        Crack open your kid's history book and you'll see that "white history" month is all year except February. You want WET (White Entertainment Channel)? Watch almost any channel other than BET.

        January 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • sharky

        Well isn't ending racism all about equal opportunity?

        And yeah those history books LOL a lot is left out all right.

        January 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Devmoney

        Every month is white history month. one month out of a year and I hear complaints. Also you already have WET it's called ABC,CBS,NBC,FOX etc..... Shall I keep going. So quit your whinning.

        January 16, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Henry Lee

    What's a word that begins with N and ends in R that you never wanna call a black person ? NEIGHBOR

    January 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • CM

      That's funny!

      January 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • use the brain G-d gave you

      Not funny at all, you racist hick. (oops...typed 'h' instead of 'pr' on that last word)

      January 15, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lucent

        Just to expand your options you could have also typed the short form of Richard :P

        January 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • multi-racial rainbow

      That is funny, thanks for lightening the tension on this forum. Sheesh.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. McGuffin

    The whole notion of "one drop" really is ridiculous. Why not one drop of white making a person white? It really is a genetic spectrum, and clearly defined racial lines don't make much sense.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • liz

      Tell that to the old white men who made those laws 200 years ago and the other old white men who were still enforcing them into the 70's.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. government cheese, M.D.

    I don't read stories by black authors anymore. They seem to think that everything in the world is racist. I already read that "whoa-as-me" story.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • McGuffin

      Categorically denying the work of black authors just because they're black is itself pretty racist. I agree it's a tired old story that CNN runs a lot of articles about race, but are you saying you wouldn't read an article about the space program if it were written by a black person?

      January 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carmen

      You don't read articles but yet you comment on articles you don't read. How about this, How about you don't read and don't comment on articles you don't read

      January 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • replier

      the correct phrase is "woe is me".

      January 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Peggy

    My two children are bi-racial, and that's how they see themselves, despite society's attempt to pigeonhole them as "black." I know that comes from this idea that if you have one drop of black blood you are black. Racism is still alive in the United States, no matter what a lot of people on this board think.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Your kids are worthless and so are you.I bet you're poor.You're trash and belong in the garbage.So do your filthy kids.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Claire

        Darryl, your name pretty much explains what you said.

        January 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peggy

        I am a military veteran and hold a full-time job, as do both of my children who are grown now. Your words make you the trashy one. I certainly believe that kids who are bi-racial have the right to decide for themselves what they are. The President identifies as a black man, I respect that. My kids don't identify strictly as white or black, and I think more bi-racial kids will begin to think that way.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
    • CM

      yep, sure is. I hate blacks lmao

      January 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • CM

      I've never met a black woman named peggy so i'm gonna assume u're white? Even so, my point is, what was wrong with you? Why in the hell did you even give one ounce of thought of sleeping with a black? That is so disgusting!!!! Thanks for ruining and infecting the white race. You are a piece of trash! Let me guess, your a single mom too. The sperm donor left you and has no part in their life or yours. So typical of a the blacks.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lucent

        @CM

        Your ancestors originated from Africa so what's the difference anyway? Make sure to tell all your fellow bigots that, ok?

        Backward, the lot of you.

        January 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • peggy

        I am going to post one more time on this subject. Yes, I am white. I am also 60 years old and my children are in their 30s, so this is not something new. The father of my children served his country in the Navy for more than 25 years, while I served 16 years myself. I have to ask, are you a military veteran? My daughter served in the Army during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars? Have you served your country in any way?

        January 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • liz

      I wish I had that one drop so that I would not be in the same race as the ignorant hate filled little people posting their racist KKK trash in here.
      Peggy, ignore these people if you can. I bet your children are beautiful and I know that the world will continue to improve for them as these bigotted trolls die off year by year.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • CM

        i guess the "world" will continue to improve for them because they are a minority. everything is given to them

        January 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • multi-racial rainbow

      Peggy, best wishes to you and your kids. Do not allow the nasty comments of bitter people to hurt you. Those who hate over race will find something else to hate even if they lived in a one-race society.

      As for the racists on this board. To bad. Get use ot it. There are lots of bi-racial/mutli-racial people in the states. It is what this country is built on. If they ran tests on everyone you'd find bi-racial/multi-racial is the real majority.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mel

      Let's get rid of all racial categorization!

      January 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Darryl

    When I see a white woman with a black baby,I always think " that poor girls going to live in poverty in some run down row house." So sad.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • steel hammer

      Gotta love the stereotypes! Ignorant!

      January 15, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • AK

      Darryl – From reading your posts, I'm willing to bet my husband and I are far more educated and succcessful than you are. And yes – we are a "mixed" family. So, don't worry about all of us "poor" white women ending up in "row houses." LOL. I pity you and can only imagine the mess of a life you're living.

      January 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. D

    I always see these african american-only scholarships and grants. I also see lots of sites like blackjobs dot com being plugged by cnn. Want to know why there is racial tension in this country? it's because colored people get treated special.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • gemma

      Oh geeze, not another poor "reverse racism" post. Four hundred years of racism, as compared to about 40 years of reverse racism claims. I highly doubt you would trade places with the wealthiest, most successful black in this country, if you had to do it in black skin. I am not even black, and you are an affront to me, and decent individuals every where.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • electroguy

        Must be tough being both black AND an elitest bigot...

        January 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • gemma

        @electroguy, Your comment does not make sense to me, but as most do not on ths board, it is to be expeccted.

        January 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucent

      If blacks get "treated special", it's a response to whites being treated special regardless of their education or intellect or skills to the exclusion of qualified minorities for far too long. Do you reasonably think the poorly educated, inarticulate, ignorant, caustic Sarah Palin would have attained her status if she were a Latina, Black, Asian or Native American woman with the same negative qualities? The answer is a resounding hell no! She is the poster child of how whites, as a group, get special treatment.

      Note: I'm not saying that everyone and anyone white attained their position because of favorable treatment but certainly the deck has been stacked against minorities, and African-Americans in particular.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Robert Dieter

    Ach, was ist diese Amerikaner Scheisse? Who cares, you're humans are you not, at least the last I checked, i'm not so sure about some of these people. What I was wondering really is what if you were in an accident or had some disease and you required a blood donation. What if the blood you get comes from a black person and you're white? I'm guessing by your Amerikan"one drop rule" that makes you automatically black. You people amuse me, i'd wish you'd all see how trivial this is and focus on more important things. Like uhmm well, economic collapse in both the Amerikan and European countries as well as the rest of the world, a possible nuclear war with Iran(hey like the 60's again wonder if they'll throw another woodstock musical fest again hmm?),more natural disasters becoming more and more common, you know just small stuff compared to this race thing that is so important to you guys. Viel Glück welt, you'll need it with all these people running around.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Claire

      We must be in trouble if we're getting lectured on racial equality by a German.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • multi-racial rainbow

      Thanks for offering your viewpoint. Might enlighten some who have certain viewpoints of Europeans but the hateful will remain in the dark.

      Do you tire of hearing racist American's talk about 'Going back home' as if everyone in Germany is pro-Hilter? So very senseless.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nat turner

    I'm so glad I'm black because we have a lot of problems but we don't rape are boys like Sandusky or all those white Catholic priest. We also don't murder our girls like Casey Anthony and all those other white mothers who try and say a black man did it. We also aren't serial killers or smoke crystal Meth which is killing middle America aka white trash.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      you don't have to talk about your wife like that

      January 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      No, you just sell crack, destroy communities, shoot innocent kids via drive by's, fill prisons, drop out of school, mooch, and have 40 kids you can't care for.Black people are an embarrassment.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • CM

      But our jails are full of blacks, our society is supporting more blacks that are free loathing off the government. There is no black man that is faithful to their woman. the black men screw anything and everything in sight and plant their seed and fill this world with more filthy, nasty, retarded N*****s. Blacks are a disease to the human race, a waist of space sucking up everyone's oxygen.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andrea

        I'm white, and comments like yours make me ashamed to be in the same racial category as you. It's just ignorance masquerading as superiority.

        January 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Hook

      Nat, D, Darryl et al are all the same person posting under a few of their multiple personalities. Must be recess hour at the asylum.
      Poor guy. We pity you.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. D

    INJUSTICE
    INEQUALITY
    IT'S ALL UNFAIR
    THEY'RE ALL OUT TO GET ME
    WAAAAH

    January 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Human

      You're an idiot.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • gemma

      Yes, I totally agree. You, and whites of similar mindset need to quit crying reverse racism every time a story concerning blacks is posted. Seriously, I wish there were were a separate ethnicity, or race box I could check so I would have absolutely nothing in common with you, and your ilk.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joker

    If you're white and your son or daughter has a child with a black.....you've failed as a parent.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • CM

      AMEN!!!! I TOTALLY AGREE!!!!

      January 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou Don

      NO!! The Black fail as a true human

      January 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • gemma

      Well, one thing we know for certain is that your parents failed...

      January 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • CM

        my parents didn't raise me incorrectly. They did a great job. They showed me the way and the truth about blacks. How they are sucking up society's resources and are a burden to every corner of America

        January 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Akaia

    You want respect? End government racial law enforcement and than earn respect.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • nat turner

      You want respect? Stop having your men rape little boys. Penn State. Syracuse. Catholic Church.o

      January 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  16. TrollWatcher

    Poeple need to cill out. The comments on these boards are not indicative of the the general public. CNN, and others, are well infested with trolls who jump at the chance to post outrageous comments attempting to provoke a reaction. We all know trolls and they only exist in anonymity, not in life.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • TrollWatcher

      *cill = chill

      January 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bitnar

      Agreed.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Hook

      @TW. You are correct. They lack the courage to speak their feelings in person so they search the boards seeking Amy opportunity to drag others into the filthy gutter of low self esteem that thier mind resides in.
      Their hateful posts are a cry for help.
      Mental help.
      Some were molested as children. Others participated in incest. Still others feel guilty as they have stolen from their job, molested children or have suicidal tendencies.
      Since they are too cowardly to confront others, deal with their demons, or do us all a favor (do themselves in). They troll the boards spewing hate.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Grimace

    Aaaahhh.Black people.Gotta love em.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • CM

      Uh, no, don't have to love them??? Why would u?

      January 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Laura

    I have been blessed with three beautiful grandson's. One of them is mixed. He has known nothing but love and praise from us. It breaks my heart that someday, someone in this world, will attempt to make him feel "less than" because of his skin color. No one has that right.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peggy

      Laura,

      If they do he will look down on them.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou Don

      Nature never made mixed people,It made specific races

      January 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bitnar

        No, geography and lack of transportation made races.

        January 15, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Kevin

    Sometimes I just don't understand the fuss that so many people make about skin color. To me, it doesn't matter what color someone is. We are all part of the human race, the only race that really matters.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  20. FastTrainToNowhere

    Yawn.Tune in tomorrow for another report on how bad black people have it.New topic please.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Easy E

      Yawn. Another self righteous whiner who can't stand it when black people talk about their heritage, and can't deal with the fact that only a generation ago these people were routinely beaten, lynched, etc. for no reason. GTFO crybaby if you can't deal with reality.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • nat turner

      Yawn...I get so tired of reading the stories about white women killing their babies. Whens the next Casey Anthony story coming? F'ing animals.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Ann

    As an Brown (Mulatto) West Indian and living in the US for years, I have seen that many Black Americans are Crabs and Lemmings in nature. Mulattoes meaning first generation and multi-generation MGM have been the savior for Blacks in the West. When Mulattoes/Creoles self identify as such the Crabs say On no you dont, you must identify with us, we wont be at the bottom of the barrel alone. Some Blacks tell Mulattoes that calling yourself what they truly are is old fashioned and must disown their White heritage(like Obama) or other heritage and claim Black so that their self worth or self esteem can increase. Research and see that over 90% of Black Universities have been Mulattoes. Rosa Parks herself is also mixed on dads side. If it were not for Mulattoes/Creoles Black would be no where in America. 1 drop of Black blood is so ridiculous. Phenotype along with color and hair denotes race. Race is political and subjective.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • L Donovan

      Any Black person with one(1) drop of White blood cannot claim to be Black or otherwise.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peggy

      Ann,

      Amazing Grace!

      January 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  22. RamsFootball

    You know, if black people put this much effort into education as they do living in the past, the prison numbers would go way down.Move on.Jesus Christ!!

    January 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • gemma

      Gee, with insight like that, you could be the next Sigmund Freud. I am certain blacks every where are waiting with eager anticipation for your next pearl of wisdom. One question: If blacks should move past over 400 years of oppression, when will we whites move past 40 years of reverse racism claims?

      January 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Easy E

      Sadly, you're probably right about that.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • zoltan vamos

      Your insensitive and self-righteous response makes me angry. No, I am not black but a 'Caucasian' from Eastern Europe. I would really like to see you 'moving on if your parents were beaten and humiliated for their skin color, you, yourself degraded and discriminated against, and your ancestors, for several hundred years chained and beaten and used like animals, kidnapped and shipped into the States, all of this with no fault of their own. I am ashamed for people like you, even if you are to dense to understand. Go rams!

      January 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • skytag

      Yeah, the only flaw in your reasoning is that people like you ensure the past is the present.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • just me

      Why can't you get over 911? BTW the Rams are losers and so are you

      January 16, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  23. BradyIsGod

    America has socially constructed its own racial hierarchy based on rules formed by years of slavery and racism. It is important to note that the informal "one-drop" rule is the opposite in Brazil- Brazilians with one-drop of white blood may be classified as white. Thanks Don for an interesting view of race in America.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  24. whydoidothis

    Another story to validate blacks ineptness.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sparky36

      Your inability to comprehend the material you read is truly astounding. However, your bigotry is even more breathtaking. Thank you for reminding us of all the work that still needs to be done on the subject of racial ignorance.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Common Sense

      So then what's your excuse for your ineptness...

      January 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • skytag

      Another opportunity for you to anonymously make a comment disparaging blacks. You should be thrilled.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  25. B Clerici

    I was so surprised at the amount of hate and racisim in so many of these replies. God help our country and may our decendents be better educated and not hate us when we are old and helpless!

    January 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • skytag

      You must not spend much time reading comments online. Any article related to race always brings the racists out from the shadows to vent their hate and disdain.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. NorthernLights

    As a white male, I hope the trend of American whites moving to Europe continues.I know it won't happen overnight as it's very expensive.If all things go according to plan, I intend on moving to Lithuania within 3 years.If you only live once and work really hard, why not be around others who do the same.America is going into the toilet.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      sedayo (sp)

      January 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      Whites should not abandon America completely – I think it's essential for Whites to establish a "territory" within the continental United States that is majority white and intends to remains that way. Only through some form of geographical separation will the sciences, arts, history and literature of our people be preserved.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lynda

        I am a Canadian Cree Indian and I am proud of my heritage and my children who are bi-racial know their ancestors. It's so true that racism exists and will always be there by some people, hopefully there are more good people who respect themselves and others.
        I feel we can get along, I like to meet people of any race and I enjoy our diversity, it make life so much more interesting.

        January 15, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Absynthe

        Sure – go join the militants, who bombed OK. You can't live life in a vacuum, you can't control us youth!

        January 16, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Lars

      @NorthernLights...I love clueless Americans like you. Go to Europe and see what happens. My parents are from Norway and I lived there for 7 years. Baltic and Northern Europeans won't accept you as their own even if your heritage is Lithuanian. You'll never be accepted as a Lithuanian because you're not from Lithuania and I'm sure you'll be in for a great shock when you encounter your first experience with being discriminated against by "your own kind", and you'll be in for an even bigger shock when the reality of the Lithuanian economy sits in. Socially and economically, Lithuania is in much worse shape than America.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Easy E

      Science and the other achievements of Western Civilization transcend "race". The threat to america is a lack of morals, not plurality of race.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • bannister

        99% of all major scientific breakthroughs in the West were achieved by white people. To claim otherwise is ridiculous...

        January 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou Don

      If it wasn't for stealing from Africa ,European would still be caveman in europe

      January 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • bannister

        That makes no sense. If Africans were so sophisticated, then how did "European Cavemen" leave their caves, travel to Africa and enslave all those sophisticated Africans?

        January 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • World Traveler

      Going back to Europe, are you? Have you been to Paris, London and Berlin lately? Paris is looking an awful lot like Morroco, London can be mistaken for India and Jamaica, while Berlin's Turkish and Arab Kruezberg community is the place to be (even ethnic German's enjoy it). So pack your bags and head on over, the non-Europeans in Europe will be there to greet you. Or, you can just get over it, and accept globalization...

      January 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • skytag

      Your ignorance will not be missed.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • skytag

      Yes, all hard working Americans are moving to LIthuania and sheep always follow the crowd because they can't think for themselves. Please move, but why wait three years?

      I think you should fess up and just admit you want to live in a country where everyone gets free health care provided by the government, as in the case in Lithuania. We're the only developed country in the world without some form of universal health care. It's no wonder that people would want to move to more civilized countries.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • multi-racial rainbow

      Unless you have spent continous time in Lithuana or were raised and retained the culture, you may not fare as well as you think. Europeans coined the phrase "Ugly American" for a reason. I am not saying you fit that stereotype. There is a distinct difference between European values and American.

      Consider this as well. America's natives are not people of Europeans descent. Maybe Native Americans would like everyone to get out and take their pollution and greed with them.

      Notice where all the hate comes from on these threads. Not Native Americans, but others.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  27. C.R.

    My defining of the word race and class:

    Race, as defined in term of skin color in this society, is a way to control individuals for personal gratification. Skin color is the easiest way (and sometimes not based on this blogg) and most effective way to put individuals into a class system for selfish gains and monetary influence.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Race will continue to be the worse ill of humanity until there is an admittance of total wrong doing by White America. White America has not been convicted of the most henious crime on "American Soil"....and you know it, but out of selfishness, greed and hatred, you refuse to acknowledge your falut...which we all have, but yours is of the greatest offfense of mankind.

    Let's get this straight. Black America has literally pulled itself up by the bootstraps all in the name of survial in this great country we call America. We did everything we were supposed to do: learned how to read (when we were forbidden to), helped built this country from the sweat of our ancestors back (I bet you didn't know that the WHITE HOUSE was built by slaves), built solid businesses from the sole ingenuity of believing in who WE are as a race of people...should I go on?

    Black America...what do WE have to prove anymore?

    What is down always comes back up....we have proven that time and time again.!

    Signed:

    Black America and Proud of it......I don't owe you a Damn thing. You owe me!

    January 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • whydoidothis

      What are you owed ? I owe you nothing.Work for yours like I do mine.You sound like a freeloader.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • skytag

      No one owes you anything beyond fair and equitable treatment and opportunities based on your skills, talents, and willingness to work. As wrong as things done to blacks in the past were, we cannot undo the past, and we can't truly move forward if people such as yourself can't let go of it.

      You may not like that fact, but there is no viable way to undo or compensate those who have been impacted negatively by racism as the numbers are too great and the problem too pervasive. Life is not always fair, and this is an example. The best we can hope for is to move beyond the mistakes of the past and create a better, healthier society for the future for everyone in it.

      If you're waiting for someone to give you what you're "owed" before you can be happy you're going to be miserable the rest of your life. Your choice.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Yeswecan

        Trust me...it's happening now! What goes around...comes around! There will be a time when people have to pay...wehther it be through your grandkids and future generations.

        It is happening NOW!

        When you fail to remember the past....U repeat the same mistakes. Let me tell you....we have not Forgotten. I will tell my kids and their kids...and so on! My future generations will NEVER forget what the White Man is capable of!

        January 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • replier

      moron

      January 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  28. JeffinIL

    Since all it takes is one drop, doesn't that prove the genetic superiority of blacks?

    January 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      No, it does not. One drop of oil will turn a glass of water black. That does not mean that oil is "superior" to water.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • The99percent

        Oil and water?!?!? huh?

        January 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • JeffinIL

        Satire detection and physics fail.

        January 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • skytag

      How does a cultural perception prove anything? That's what we're talking about here, a cultural perception that any African ancestry in your family tree means you aren't pure enough to be considered white.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • JeffinIL

        And I am satirizing that stupid perception.

        January 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • skytag

        Attempts to use satire on the web often fail because of the number of people who genuinely hold outrageous beliefs. You may think it's clear you're not being serious, but people who don't know you have no way of knowing if you're being facetious or just another fruitcake on the web with extreme beliefs.

        I posted a comment once that I thought was obviously facetious and four of the five people who responded to it attacked me because they took me seriously. Not only was the comment over the top, but it was the complete opposite of my normal comments in the forum and I contributed frequently. I haven't made that mistake since. ;-)

        January 15, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • JeffinIL

        Well, that and the inherent perils of the written word and it's inability to convey tone accurately in short passages such as posts.

        January 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • JeffinIL

        ITS not IT'S

        January 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  29. MeMe

    Somehow, someway ... I will take this forum and teach it to my students this week. Hatred, ignorance and all.

    * sigh *

    January 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • CM

      Why don't u teach them the truth about blacks?? U know, how they are sucking up society's resources and trying to get everything handed to them. Or how about how they can have all black schools and all black scholarships and all black everything and not a single d*** white person can. And how they can still call whites racist even when they call each other N*****s??? Teach that truth to your class.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ??

      Everything good or bad starts from a core existence of something tangible or intangible. Why not reference the Willie Lynch letter and teach them the methods used by White America to subject people to the value of inhumane treatment which created this hate fueled by one core group of people.

      Teach them the truth!

      January 16, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Earth Mother

    After reading the comments it goes from empathy to anger in about 60 seconds flat. Natural genetics favor those who can withstand the sun, so why any one mutation has gone on to violently favor only its own kind is beyond earths comprehension, talk about inbreed psychopathology. Here on earth, a new version of person needs to evolve smart enough to limit the male population so as to never enslave the children of woman again. Mutation children need not be shown special favor or allowed to flourish, lest they begin to make everyone else miserable again. Step number one is arranging to have the top 5 % resource manipulators placed on a space ship, then sending them to destroy another planet. Ah, the first sigh of relief is heard and felt across the land.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Diane

    I am so sick of how these stories always lack information explaining that not every white familyt had slaves and that not all white people thought slavery was okay. You never see anything about the white people who left their own families and the wealth associated with that family because they did not agree with slavery. You also never hear about the whites whose lives were lost trying to fight for blacks at any time. As a white mother of biracial children, it saddens me that even our own President negates his white heritage. My beatiful children get looked at hatefully by blacks more than they do whites. I am raising my biracial children to see all suffering as wrong and giving credit where due. Further, they are taught that we are all a shade of brown because nobody has skin the color of the background of this screen (white) and nobody I have seen is the color of this font (black). EVERYONE contributing to the problem needs to take responsiblity TODAY...not for what people I have never even met did decades upon decades ago.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christin

      Why not start a blog on cnn.com (or elsewhere)? Everyone with access to a computer can nowadays tell the story of their lives. Why not you? That way we would indeed get the other side too.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Isn't it up to an individual to decide how he or she defines him or herself? If's not up to you to decide "what" The President is. He can call himself black, white, biracial, or whatever he wants. It's time we all stop trying to define each other and let individuals define themselves! I think that's pretty much what the author is trying to get at!

      January 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • CM

      You make me sick you black lover.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • multi-racial rainbow

        Your bullying is not going to make Diana change her mind no more than the black people I have encountered who call me a traitor for having non-black friends.

        Keep your beliefs as you are free to. However, just as you have a mind to make decisions, so do the rest of us.

        January 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • multi-racial rainbow

      Thank you for speaking your mind and speaking the truth. I am embarassed by those who constantly blame white people for their bad fortune. Some times choices are taken away, but if you work with what you have, you can build a decent life.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Denise

    I cannot believe how racist and hateful these comments are. It proves to me that we have not come far at all as a country. There are some sick people on this blog and they need help. Such ignorance. This story was a very good story, but the ignorant people on this blog don't see that. How said your lives must be.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Socrateacher

    Not so many years ago, a black student (sixth grade) taught me about being 'color struck', with help from other students. One child had mentioned that her daddy was 'color struck'.... I was struck with the oddness of that... and was then educated about the Paper Bag Test. Who knew (at least who-whitefolks-knew) that among many black families, to be considered 'quality' one's skin must be as light as, or lighter than, a brown paper bag; very dark skin indicated being descended from field hands. I was flabbergasted.... but in that world, I suppose, segregation is much more specific than mere 'black' and 'white'.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  34. IHAVEDOwnsyndrome

    We should split America in half.Whites on one side, blacks on the other.Problem solved.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • yalesouth

      idiotic

      January 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • yalesouth

        sort of odd, if whites cannot abide blks, maybe they should not have brought them here in the first place? i mean its not as though they asked to come.

        January 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      I think we all know which side would be launching Space Shuttles, lol.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rose

      Why don't we just give this land back to the Natives and everyone else go home.

      January 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Okay, let's try again. I am commenting to the person who just said that we should divide America by white and black. My comment to that is to just give the land back to the First nation people and everyone else can go home.

      January 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      @IHAVEDOwnsyndrome; check the history of America.

      FACTS Undisputed: America belongs to Native Americans (a.k.a Red Indians). Ask your deceitful grandparents who have hidden these basic facts from you since birth. And what skin color are these Native Americans? Colored, no doubt! And not what your deceitful grannies told you. Also every 2-yr. old knows this basic fact. How come you don't?

      January 16, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  35. just me

    Not all whites are racist. I am a black woman married to a white husband, but for all you white racist who claim that blacks can be just as racist as whites put a sock in it. last time I checked your grandparents werent forced to sit in the back of the bus, couldn't use a nice public restroom, drink from a decent water fountain, or forced to eat their lunch outside of the resturant in the shivering cold, or opressive heat, blacks don't go around burning crosses in you lawns, or drag you loved ones behind a pick up truck, blacks don't deny you jobs, housing, and education, based on your skin tone, blacks dont frequent articles about white criminals , and blame what they did on your whole race in droves like you do. get a clue! Blacks aren't even a fraction of being racist like you..when we start treating you like all I've stated, then you can make that claim.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      Most Blacks are good people. HOWEVER – Blacks are responsible for about 50% of all violent crime in the United States. The number of Whites who are MURDERED by blacks EVERY SINGLE YEAR actually surpasses the total number of blacks ever killed by the Klu Klux Klan in it's entire history (probably about 2,000 total)

      January 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • david

      You are not and never were a slave. Your parents were not slaves. No one you ever personally met or knew was a slave. That was all a very long time ago, and has nothing to do with you or society today. The only people in your family history who were possibly ever slaves were sold into slavery by the Black chieftains of the Coastal Tribes, to the Yankee ship captains who made their own living on Molasses, slaves, and rum. All the damned southern grower did was buy (legal) help for his operation. Get over your uppity self and shut the f*** up.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • just me

        @David...I must be telling the truth to get such a bitter response..you talk about slavery, but toy seem to skip jim crow..my mother was born in mississippi, her, her mother, and her sister picked cotton on the same plantation my family were slaves on. I never knew my grandfather because he was lynched by white men for being out late at night after coming from a reletive's house. I have to sit here and read comments from racist like you TODAY, and you DARE sit there and tell me that I know nothing about what it feels like to be a slave..those same words raccist white uttered back then is the same crap I'm reading today...grow a brain dave, and a soul too.

        January 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • just me

      you've said nothing of fact..you know that right?

      January 15, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • just me

      @David BTW I never mentioned slavery in my original post, I mentioned Jim Crow something my mother, grandmother, grandfather aunts cousins, sister brothers, friends, and even I have expierienced, so why did you feel the need to bring slavery up as if jim crow was not just as cruel? you're looking pretty dumb.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • david

        Look in the law books, the law of the land, and tell me why you think you are not given equal if not EXTRA rights, and why you deserve some sort of special sympathy for some imagined wrong you feel you deserve. Why do you abuse me? I have no more rights than you. Stand up on your hind legs and seek your destiny. Neither I, my ancestors, YOUR ancestors, or any other person ever is restricting your right to be all you can be. What you made of, girl? You want to be somebody? That is on you- Only you. Nobody but YOU. If you fail, that, too, is on you- just like the white SOB. And you wanna call ME racist? HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

        January 15, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • CM

        @just me.....get on the back of the bus you!!!

        January 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • just me

        LOL David. you are a a true sociopath AKA racist. seek mental help, and don't reproduse.

        January 16, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
      • just me

        *reproduce*

        January 16, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  36. Kim

    Too many stories about black struggle on CNN these days.We all get it.It was awful.We know.Move on.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • just me

      The articles about black struggle will go away when the racist trollls go away..aint happening.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • bannister

        Wrong. The articles on "black suffering" have been with us non-stop, even BEFORE the internet! And who are you to decide that a "troll" is anyways? Every post here is just a person posting their opinion – just like you!

        January 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • yalesouth

      if u don't like it think you could find something else to read on the www?

      January 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • AVoice

      People will get over it when its over. It isn't over. If you don't believe that read the comments here. Talking about things respectfully to one another is the only way to ever some day hopefully 'get over it'.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  37. AVoice

    The comments on here are frightening. There is so much racism still in America. People you/we create our world–if you spew hate you create hate. Hearing the stories of people who have experienced this does not diminish your humanity until you respond with hate.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  38. No Longer Amazed

    America? RIFE WITH BIGOTS AND HALFWITS

    I don't know. Read the comments on this story. Then, you tell me.
    No, you don't need to read all 500+ of them. Just read, I don't know, the first ten or twenty.

    If these comments are a "cross-section" of America, God help us all. :(

    January 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • skytag

      The anonymous nature of the Internet makes it a place where people feel safe expressing ideas and beliefs and practicing behaviors that are not acceptable in society. There are serious consequences for making racist comments at work or in most other social situations, so they keep their disdain and prejudices to themselves in those situations, but there are no such risks when letting them out on the Internet. The worst that can happen is that your comments are deleted and your posting privileges are lost.

      Thus the Internet is where you see who and what people really are, and that's a frightening reality to a lot of people, many of whom rationalize that people on the Internet are just pretending or being fake. I believe it's the other way around. It's when there are no consequences for bad behavior or reward for good behavior that you see people for who they are.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  39. teeteemn

    98% of the comments on here are so ignorant. If you are just starting to read them, save yourself the time and frustration and just STOP before you even start. If the populous of this country shares these views, we are ALL in a lot of trouble.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  40. liz

    Want to know why black people say that racism is still all over the country? Read the ignorant narrow minded comments on these boards.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • just me

      AMEN!

      January 15, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  41. nocarenomore

    Whites and blacks just don't get along. Nothing wrong with that.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • liz

      Except that it isn't true. Only ignorant fools judge others by the color of their skin.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • muse

      You're right! Who can or wants to get along with bigots!

      January 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Creaturz

    Racism exists on either side of the fence. There is no one color targeting another.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • just me

      LOL..you're kidding right?

      January 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Bert Bigdongle

    Does that mean if you are 1/164 black you can play the race card? Sweet!

    January 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  44. nocarenomore

    I believe it's a fact that blacks aren't a conquerer type race of people. They don't care about other lands, other people, are resources that matter to everyone else. They're not friendly social types either. They're isolationist. No matter how well you treat them, in the end, they won't accept you.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • liz

      Yo learn that from Hitler or from reading Ku Klux Klan brochures?

      January 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  45. nocarenomore

    I doubt black people are here to get along. Doesn't matter where in the world they are, they don't like it.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • slott

      Are you all freighted that maybe we're going take over the world?

      January 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  46. tony punch

    John Candy was a good actor.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  47. nocarenomore

    blacks. lol

    January 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • steel hammer

      Ignorant folks. LOL!

      January 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  48. lifeisgood

    1. The south is awesome
    2. People everywhere are bigots and intolerant. No geographical region has cornered the market on this.
    3. If the American North would have had a temperate climate, I suspect they would have had plantations and slave labor just like the south died. So, please don't say the South is a hotbed of intolerance.
    4. Selfishness, intolerance and ignorance are inherent in ALL people. It's universal.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • scranton

      You are correct.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • lifeCANbeBETTER

      Spoken like someone who has never travelled beyond the borders of their own county. Ignorance is a choice. Broaden your horizons, friend.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • lifeisgood

        1. Traveled the world, "friend'
        2. Life is still good in the USA (considering the amt of whiners we have living here)
        3. No place like the American South :)

        January 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • prettygreebird

      The most racist people I know live in the midwest or immigrated here from Russia or Argentina. Racist people suck!

      January 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  49. kenny kick

    How do people feel about the song " hungry eyes?"

    January 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  50. IJustboughtAMicrowaveOvenForHotPockets

    Is it true that Freddie Krugars mother was raped by 1,000 maniacs ?

    January 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Hank

    Another story to keep the black race pumped up with hate for the white man, were not gonna ever get along as long as this continues. Forget the past, you cannot change it! We all might be taken over someday by another country because were to busy buying into these story's, living at odd's when we should be getting along...

    January 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • nocarenomore

      Let's face it. Everyone in the world is white, except blacks. There is light, and then there is dark. The two are not meant to be in the same place at the same time.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • PPJr

        So, everyone in the world is white, eh? Are you OK? Or just trolling? Or some product of southern culture which loss all sense of reality?

        Well, you're lucky Jesus loves you just the way you are.

        January 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • steel hammer

        And the ignorance continues!

        January 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzsinger72

      Hank, I am white (Welsh background) but I totally get Mr. Lemon's story. Do you think that racism wasn't real? Do you think that the events he talks about didn't happen? If so, you would sound totally out of touch with reality. If you agree that events like this are real, what is the problem with talking about them? "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it." It is only by studying history that we learn and progress.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peggy

      Hank, you are correct. We need to put the past but we also need to be able to face facts about ourselves and not get angry, just understand what went on and the reasons behind what happened and agree not to repeat errors.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • yalesouth

      Easyt to say forget when you did not experience that history. Why don't you just tell rape victims to forget about it and move on?

      January 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ca1212

      CNN does post more than enough articles to stir things up between the races. They are doing a tremendous job towards keeping race tensions high. Thanks CNN!!

      January 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • just me

      so you're a sociopath..good for you.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christin

      Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it... do you really want to repeat THAT?
      No, we need to use the knowledge we gathered in the past (from the good and the bad) to build a better future. We cannot afford to forget.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  52. moe smith

    Mr. Lemon, with all due respect sir, your grandmother was an incredibly beautiful woman.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peggy

      Moe Smith,

      I agree and I hope Mr. Lemon is not offended.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  53. wyattmcthrobber

    Sheeeeeeet.This sum jive turkay!! Sucka!! Don't give me no mess!!

    January 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • nocarenomore

      Yeah, only blacks talk like that. It's unfortunate.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian, Detroit, MI

        I also hear thousands of teenage white boys talking like that, apparently, it's "cool" to sound like you never spent a day in school.

        January 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian, Detroit, MI

        Actually, when "ghetto" black people speak, you can at least understand them, but with these teenage white boys, noone can understand them, except other teenage white boys

        January 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lucent

        @Brian

        Don't feel bad, I don't understand what most rednecks say either – course it would help if they weren't chewing on "tabaccer" and had all their teeth.

        Or maybe they just think it's "cool" to sound like they've never spent a day in school....

        January 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  54. nocarenomore

    Well, it's kind of sad, being black. No one wants you, not even your own kind. Black parents aren't any good at it. Black children are inherently bad. Being a black person in this world...and possible the entire universe...is lower than all things ever created and invented. Just look at the hair.... Nothing else on this planet or beyond has it. Cursed, we are. Blacks. Nothing to live for at all. That's why we've got welfare. No one even wants us working around them. Political pawns as well. As a race, we suck.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peggy

      You are joking, of course.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • just me

      sad existence you must live.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • steel hammer

      Ignorant!

      January 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  55. brian

    Don, thanks for the interesting piece. Most of us have no idea what it must have been like for these poor families. America will never progress morally until we acknowledge that we were WRONG and still are wrong a lot! You can love your country, folks, like you can love your parents, even if you recognize that they did some wrong things. God bless all of our brothers and sisters and make us truly one nation under God! Happy new year, America!

    January 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peggy

      Brian,

      Amen!

      January 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  56. trinakisses

    As a white woman, I'm puzzled at how and why all black men think every white woman is just dying to be their girlfriend.Can someone please answer this.They looked shocked when you tell them to beat it.I'm not racist, I just don't find them attractive.Neither do any of my friends ( that I know of .) It's just funny.Sorry.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • nocarenomore

      Black men believe EVERY woman is out to be their girlfriend. That's just how they are.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      You're not racist, but you wonder "how and why all black men think every white woman is just dying to be their girlfriend." All black men? Really? You seriously believe that all of them think that way but don't believe you're racist? Truly fascinating. What color is the sky in your world?

      January 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Hook

      Trina, you asked, here is your answer(s).
      1. Not "all" Black men want you to be their girl friend. I certainly don't.
      2. Your racist comment as nothing to o with the article.
      3. Most men, Black or white are attracted to women (black or white) who seem easy. Especially if you have a pretty mouth.
      4. Most men who are in financial straits know that women that have jobs are also a potential source of income. (especially if they seem easy and have a pretty mouth).

      No offense intended. You asked, I answered.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • BMoreLady

      Nobody wants your flat-white ass! Now please try to stay on topic Trina!

      January 15, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • just me

      seems like you got dumped by a black dude, and for good reason too.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • steel hammer

      They probably don't find you attractive either and based on all of your posts you need to go somewhere and look inside your own heart and figure out why you are so full of hate!

      January 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • multi-racial rainbow

      Trina, completely understand. You know what. I get hit on by married men all the time, white married men. Unlike you however, I don't think all white men want to date me. Nor do I think all white married men are cheaters. If a man sees a woman and he thinks she is attractive, then he is going to ask her out.

      Interestingly enough, I don't get hit on by many black guys. Yes they look. I am guessing my appearance and your appearance are very different. Change your style and maybe they'll leave you alone or maybe you like it.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  57. JukeMove

    Many angry black women on here.Understandable.They can't grow hair.I would be angry all the time too.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • nocarenomore

      They can grow hair but it's ugly.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peggy

      JukeMove,

      Did you finish primary school?

      January 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  58. kamana kapu

    The reason only whites can be racists is due to the fact that they are the only tribe on the planet that claims that their ancestors did not come from africa and, thus, do not belong to the afro-centric human race. Instead, they belong to a far more superior race of unknown origins and are now heavily invested in astronomical telescopes to locate their ‘home planet’! American astronomy, than, is not so interested in ‘science’ as it is interested in locating their ‘home planet’ so they can say “See! we told you! We belong to a different race!”

    January 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dav-it

      tooo funny!

      January 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judith S Rogers

      I hope the haters find their planet and leave us in peace.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • buckaroo banzai

      so true.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny

      So if White folk find they came from Mars, will they have to go back to Mars since they don't have papers?

      January 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Robjh1

    Here is a great story about African-Americans

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-728705

    January 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Tothehaters

    Well now why would anyone take precious time out of their day to read this article if they disdain blacks and/or are tired of hearing black folks talk about the past? That's like being disgusted with the way a farm smells but insisting on sticking your nose right up a pig's butt. Have you nothing better to do?

    January 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Claire

    If it was me, and I could have "passed," I know I would have. As for singling America out as racist, no. Racism rules the world. Ever been to Africa? Terribly racist, and even on an entire continent of dark skin, the lighter you are, the better. Same for the sub-continent of India. First thing rich black athletes do? Get the white trophy. Sorry, am I being too truthful?

    January 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Very true

      January 15, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Islander2010

    This is for all you hate mongers who are still living in an imaginary white dominated world. If not for all the sacrificial and visionary leadership by the likes of MLK in truly liberating America, you would all be living now in a despised apartheid country,

    January 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Oh and don't forget how great Barack is. He's done a FAB job leading us out of the recession and fixing the country, like he said he would! LOL!

      January 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pedro

        What does that have to do with MLK? As a non-black, methinks you are at the very least racially prejudice (if not outright racist), Karen...

        January 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Karen

        Peter, What does MLK have to do with it... follow the lead...

        January 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • RW

        If you voted for Obama in 08 to prove your note racist, then vote for someone else in 12 to prove your not an idiot.

        January 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • birthdayPartyforHitler

      Go away.Black people wouldn't be missed.What do you people contribute ? Nothing!! You act like America would crumble if black people weren't here.America was great when it was all white ruled.Ever notice since we've lowered test scores for your kind and grant you jobs you don't deserve, this country has gone down the tubes ?

      January 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Karen

        Bingo! Never forget the firefighters in CONN that had to have the test scores lowered...

        January 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • buckaroo banzai

        you are a full of crap. that's all that needs to be said.

        January 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • just me

        I assume you live in a trailer with no mirrors right?

        January 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Russ

    I gave my business willingly to a black business owner, in fact his whole clientele was white. Then one day i waited while he groomed my dogs and all he talked about was the white man holding the black man down, and he knew I could hear him. I just never went back, and neither did my friends. Now if the races were reversed, imagine all the screeching.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  64. qwedie

    No one wants to be Black is that what you are saying? How about being Gay? As I understand it you are a Gay Black Man. I watch you a lot and I like your work. But the only people that admit to being Black are African Americans, they use that phrase because they are ashamed of being Black.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Karen

    It's very racist of blacks to use the one drop rule. Says who? Them? So if someone is 5% black, then they're all black?

    Give me a break.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pedro

      Aunt Lacy looks pretty white to me - from a DNA standpoint, she is definitely more than 50% white.

      On that note, she could very well be culturally black. I suppose this why ethnicity is such a difficult thing to categorize - it's a complex blend of learned behaviors and mores, as well as racial makeup.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      You do know that the one drop rule were actual laws created by white people that were on the books into the 1970's don't you?

      January 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • gail

        E
        I stated the same fact on another post, but these idiots still don't know their history. The Black Race did not make this rule.

        January 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  66. birthdayPartyforHitler

    It has to be tough being black.Just knowing that your whole aim is to get people to feel sorry for you.Your entire life is spent searching for pity.That's gotta suck.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • IRN

      It's not accurate to say that Blacks "use" the one drop rule to be racist. It was implemented by White slave owners and White elite and was adopted into African-American culture. It was "used" as a mechanism for status and in a lot of cases survival. I think the point that Don Lemon was making with the story he told about his family is that those were the options his family had based on the society they lived in at the time. If they had a "drop of Black" and decided to pass as white and later were discovered they would have more than likely been killed. His family accepted this or rather were forced to accept this.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • nocarenomore

      Well, what sucks about being black is that no one black really matters. You're stuck with yourself and always fighting to get out, but you can't, and no one else can help you, and you're not worth 2 cents, and...I could go on and on.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • gail

        I love being a BLACK female, and I make my own way. You are just a racist piece of sh$t.

        January 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Hook

      Hitler, I enjoy being myself. I enjoy being the way God made me. I am proud of myself, my accomplishments and my gas. I am proud of my country, our military, our athletes, our President, our scientists. I love everything about America except for bigots like you.

      The reason that I do not love you is not because you are a cowardly bigot. I do not love you because you do not love yourself. You spew the hate that you have for yourself upon others, desperately hoping that they will join you in self hatred.

      But it's not working pal.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Captain Hook

        Word find turned "goals" into "gas". How embarrassing. I still got lots of love though! LOL!

        January 15, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  67. TO THOSE IT MAY CONCERN

    I love to read the comments made by people who never had to struggle in life because of their skin color. You so often like to belittle others who do have a story to tell. A story so horrible that your ancestors did and you are still doing today. Yet, you want to act like it is always the black person's fault. 1st know your history. We were brought here by your people, taken away from our families, beaten, rapped and captured into slavery to care for your white skin. We had our families and morals that you did not have, your white skin came to American and killed off the Indians with your diseases and promiscuity. You had no morals and your religion was whatever. Your white skin did not like our family statue, so you stepped in and took away our religion, took the male out of our homes and fought against us having an education. You never had it so lucky that education was a right to you, but not to us. The jobs were given to you first, with higher pay and we only had low paying jobs that could not sustain our families. So, here come the Welfare, but in order to get it the men had to leave the home. Again, we did what we had to do to survive and take care of our families. Now, all of your white skinned women want our men. Well, what can we say?

    January 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      If you were brought here against your will and have issues with that, go back. If you don't, move on.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • TO THOSE IT MAY CONCERN

        Karen, your issues are that you have no education. Now that you brought us here we will stay. How did your white butt get here. You came over here and took this land from the Indians, and used them to your benefit and killed them off. Now, take your culture back to England and other countries that you arrived from. This was not YOUR LAND.

        January 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Claire

        TO THOSE, and the Indians fought among each other for land. The whole of human history is fighting over land! Don't tell Karen to get educated when you need a history lesson yourself ! If all the land taken illegally over the millennia were given back, we'd be living on Pangea! Sheesh!

        January 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • nocarenomore

        No one in any country wants a black. Not even Africa. Even they are trying to get rid of blacks.

        January 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Claire

        Not quite the point, NoCare. It's just ignorant to claim the U.S. is some kind of rogue state, or that white people don't have the right to be here because the land was taken from the Indians. ALL of the Americas, including Central and South America and the Caribbean, had indigenous populations that we're wiped out by the Europeans. And before the European conquest of the New World, there were the Viking raids on Europe, and the Hun invasions of the East; it goes on through the ages.
        And it's not like the Indians were sitting around weaving baskets when the Europeans arrived. The Aztecs and Mayans were incredibly violent. Get your FACTS straight before you trash white people. I've had it with the boo-hooing. Succeed or fail. No excuses.

        January 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • birthdayPartyforHitler

      1 ) who cares.Most white men don't even like white women because they age in dog years.Yes, Susan might look good now, but when she's 30 she'll look 52.Also we prefer asian and latino women. 2) what does that say about black women ? Your own men find you gross.White men don't desire you either.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      ha ha ha.. just read your comment about white women wanting your men.... LOL...hardly, dear.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • TO THOSE IT MAY CONCERN

        THAT IS WHAT YOU SAY KAREN. YOU MIGHT NOT, BUT YOUR DAUGHTER, GRANDDAUGHTER AND MAYBE YOUR MOMMA WANTED ONE–OR MAYBE HAD ONE. MAYBE IN YOUR DREAMS YOU WANTED ONE. HAHAHAHA

        January 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Karen

        maybe if i wanted to SUPPORT them! ha ha

        January 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwedie

      Blacks were captured by your own people and sold to White traders. I am so sorry that you and people like you are here against your will. I think our government should help send anyone back to there homeland if they don't like it here. In Africa you can be Kings and Queens, however I don't think you will live very long as Africans kill each other off more than any other part of the world.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • nocarenomore

        Nope. The government can't help blacks. Blacks can't even get things right when something is given to them. Everything, for blacks, is a lost cause. Even working. They can't do that right either.

        January 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      To THose, you are a racist, my dear. I do not have a white butt, I am HISPANIC. AND, I have two master's degrees–so we'll go ahead and discount your comment about me being uneducated.

      Now, please–go finish cleaning my bathroom.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • nocarenomore

        Blacks can't be compared to Hispanics. True Hispanics are white–you know, European origins. Blacks are not European. They are the only race that is not European.

        January 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Captain Hook

        Wow, a lot of hate here. 2 masters degrees and your time is so invaluable that you have time to spew hate on the Internet? Next you'll be telling us that you only weigh 110 lbs.

        Funny that you mention cleaning bathrooms.The lady that cleans our bathrooms is hispanic. I am helping her son get a job and apply for college. She is not like you at all. She loves herself and others and enjoys her job.

        She also doesn't lie about her education on the Internet.

        January 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • steel hammer

        And still ignorant plus full of hate!

        January 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cherie

      Many Africans were sold to the white man by their own people. History is great to embrace, to know where you come from and to realize how far you have come not just as a race but as an idividual. History is just that: history. Today, in American, everyone has opportunities but hatred hinders opportunities whether a person is white, black, Asian, etc. When I experience racism from black people, it is very hurtful because I would never be hateful to anyone regardless of skin color. I am white but believe me, I don't want you black men. It's not because of prejudice, it's just that I'm attracted to a different type of man. I also don't want a redneck white man. People of all races need to get over the past and live in the present for the future so that we can truly advance as Americans.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cherie

      Life for black people is not like that today unless you are determined to hold on to an reason for your personal failures. It's time to live like a person with goals, dreams and aspirations. Holding on to past atrocities will do nothing for you except feed your hatred toward other human beings.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  68. richard

    I am glad this story was writen. I have the chance that was said. I am white. I know why they did whta they did. I grow up in a small town in ohio and had problems. We had thing happen and the police did nothing. If not white not welcome in town. This is in 1999. From my mothers side of the family. I have 6 aunt and uncles. One aunt looks latin. One uncle looks latin also but has too broad of nose. The rest look white. My mother side go back to 1850's kentucky, where a woman was owned by pittenger family. I don't even know her name. I know the "white side and black sides have not talked in maybe 100 or more years.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Hook

      Great post Richard. Thanks for sharing related and non hate filled information.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Vumba

    Interesting.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  70. KickMeInTheMarbles

    C'mon black people.Time to move on.If you applied this effort to working, you might not live in a ghetto, and eat mustard sandwiches, and wash them down with sugar water.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • TO THOSE IT MAY CONCERN

      You need to get a life. So, you can read, good job. All blacks do not live in the ghetto. In fact as a nurse, I step into many white homes that are nice looking on the outside and you want to run the hell out when you get in there. We are standing and working, as we look at our accomplishments over the years. As we continue to grow and educate our children, in fact our birth rate has declined because we are NOW EDUCATED. Something that your people tried for so long to keep us from having. There are just as many poor whites, Hispanics and other cultures as blacks. If we want the pity party, then we would be still without going on. We have a story to tell, and we are allowed to do so, if you don't like it, then do not read the articles.

      May peace be with your cold heart.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Karen

        Racist.

        January 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  71. TomDET

    Race is a social construct; meaning, we invented it. We translate characteristic differences into fundamental ones. Look at the research in psychology and genetics/DNA regarding "race".

    January 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  72. rustymcnugget

    I just don't understand why we can't have some slavery.After a long days work, I'm too tired to paint my fence.If slavery existed , I could command LeRoy to do it.I'm not saying we should bring it back in its entirity, but slavery in small doses would be great.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • More than a drop

      ...after they finish the fence, maybe they can go and take care of some of your other husband duties too!

      January 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Hook

      Sure Rusty. Lets's go for it. Except this time,YOU be the slave.

      Make sure you scrape the old paint off first....... And don't forget the primer.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  73. xabana

    The history lesson was nice, but what was the point of this article? To see how times have changed so drastically? Ok, then. For that, I'm happy. Now, pardon me, I'm off to watch an Obama speech.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1crusader

      Apparently you haven't read the comments on this blog, if you think that things have changed "drastically"; although, much has changed for the better; and by God's grace, we aren't going back , as some would like, to the past.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Not Even

    Reading this story makes me sad that families have had to endure this kind of treatment, but the comments make me even sadder and tell me that those families are still putting up with it.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  75. gary

    Of all the ethnicities in the US, has anyone else noticed one group as being a one trick pony?

    January 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • GarbagePailKid

      ( raising hand ) call on me, I do.I do. I do.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Hugh Campbell

    The actual expression was: "there must have been a n-er in the wood pile".

    January 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Really

    I don't understand why if you're white and have so much disdain for black people, you would read this article only to make racially charged comments? I never read the stupid, fact-lacking comments on Fox News. Maybe a narrow minded forum like Fox is better for you. Any non-white person certainly is at a disadvantage as long as there are hateful people in our society like you. Try to help people instead of hating people, so that the very ugly in you isn't on display.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • GarbagePailKid

      Yes.Because black people are never racist.It's only white people that need to change.Black people are little angels who play the harp all day while the evil white man holds him down.Yep.I agree.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Hook

      @Really. I can a answer that one. They are cowards who are filled with self hate. They hate themselves and want to end it all. But they lack the courage to do themselves in. So they try to spew their hate and self loathing on others. They are WAYYYYY too cowardly to do this in person, so, they log onto the Internet and Troll. Most are morbidly obese and claim they only weight 100 lbs, others are high school drop outs who claim to have "multiple masters degrees". Some haven't been laid in a year and claim "all black men want the, to be thier girl friend" .

      It's a sad bunch really. Reminds me of a lynch mob. Ever notice one guy never storms the jail to lynch the black guy? They always have to get a mob of 300 people. All to attack and beat one man.
      Too bad they lack the courage to go ahead and do themselves in. There would definitely be les hate in the world.

      Just my 2cents.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Tye Lewis

    Am I the only one that does not see color in this article? This article to me is not about history and progression. If you have taken offence to this then you need to look in the mirror and reflect. @ Mel how does this article trigger talk of welfare and rape and drop out? Instead of you being so angry maybe you should do some research not on race but on the progression of Americans.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1crusader

      The bigoted responses to this article proves that those who think that we are beyond the need for laws that protect the rights of people of color in this country couldn't be more wrong.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • mel

        We need laws to protect all people of all colors. A man named Martin Luther King Jr. said that once!

        January 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • mel

      I'm not angry. CNN is angry- that is why they do these stories.

      January 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  79. HeavyEddie

    Just do what I did.Move to the suburbs.Black people can't afford to live out there plus they hate nature.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • SophieCat

      Oh "they" hate nature, do they? "They" hate nature. Really.

      Bless your heart! What an ignorant thing to say. It's so ridiculous it would be laughable but unfortunately you probably truly believe what you're saying.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Art

    This is good to read to remind ourselves of far we've come but, as the comments show, how far we need to go still. This country is rich in diversity. You can look at diversity either as a threat or as an enhancement. If you have an open mind you will draw on the strengths of others around you and it will improve your life. If you feel it necessary to blame others for your own failures (and we all have many failures) than you can blame everybody around you that doesn't look like you for everything that didn't work out as you thought it might. Push others down to elevate yourself. Yet there is dissatisfaction afterwards. Its an empty, useless gesture that accomplishes nothing. God loves each and every person. As a child of God, when you hate on someone, anyone, you are hating your own brothers and sisters. It helps in no way. If someone is better than you at something, learn from it. If you are better than someone at something, offer help. Imagine how simple this is. Imagine our society after a generation of that kind of living. Human nature tries to blame others. Its a daily struggle to battle this ingrained trait we all have.

    Love – Your – Neighbor

    January 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Hook

      Amen Art, amen.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Lisa

    Black people commit crimes often, smoke crack, and smell badly.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sannate

      You mean their olfactory sensors don't work very well?

      January 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • SophieCat

      You poor thing. You poor, uneducated, sad pathetic creature. Bless your heart. You don't know any better, illiterate and ignorant sad little thing that you are.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peggy

        SophieCat,

        You can't get any better than that. Do you think Lisa will understand?

        January 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tye Lewis

      No sorry lisa you have it all wrong PEOPLE commit crime, smoke and smell bad.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1crusader

      Regardless of how many people sit at keyboards and make racist comments, which is like hiding behind a hood;make no mistake about it:Racism will ultimately be defeated.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bert

        This series of responses to Don Lemon tells me that we have only inched away from the prejudice and discrimination of the majority of our history as a nation, i.e., passage of the Civil Rights Bill. With the evident bias in many of these comments, we have a long ways to go to eliminate the earlier bias. In fact, I wonder if we have changed significantly at all in acheiving equality among all shades of color . I wonder, if things are so good for our darker skinned neighbors and they are crying for no good reason, those who are minimizing the reports of the people of color would trade places with them and, if so, would they feel so certain that we have no problems in equality of housing, employment, movement and feeling appreciated. Let's be honest, those of us who are light-skinned, i.e., white, have no idea the difficulties of waking every day and knowing that I will be treated differently because of the color of my skin. Read through this string of responses to Don Lemon and honestly consider the subtle and not-so-subtle prejudice and distrust of wour darker skinned brothers and sisters. In spite of differences is color of skin, we are of one "race", the human race. Fellow whites, you owe our darker-skinned fellow citizens an apology. We cannot even imagine the pain of the discrimination we continue to place on the darker skinned members of our human family. Read "Let Justice Roll Down."

        January 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peggy

        1 crusader, you've got it right!

        January 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ana

      @Lisa. How do you have the guts to reveal your complete and utter uneducated ignorance in writing something so insulting and stupid. You are telling the world how brainless you are. Sad that there are people in the world like you. Wow!!!

      January 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • TO THOSE IT MAY CONCERN

      OH BE REAL LISA.
      #1 SERIAL KILLERS–WHITE
      #1 RAPIST-WHITE
      #1 HIGH PROFIT CRIME-WHITE
      #1 DRUG ADDICTS-WHITE
      #1 DRUG DEALERS-WHTIE
      YOUR PEOPLE DO THE HIGH END DRUGS AND ARE ALWAYS IN REHAB. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

      January 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Yeswecan

        It takes private jets to bring in the drugs and the youngsters in the urban areas, surely can't afford it! White Collar crimminals are nothing more than street hustlers and thugs.

        January 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • ola

      I can't help but laugh whenever an individual from one group says that an individual from another group smells. Each group has a unique "odor." I am currently in a predominantly white school with a lot of Asians; sometimes I have to hold my breadth during class just because of the way people "smell". Lisa dearest, you don't smell like roses!

      January 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • THESMARTONE

      LISA YOUR COMMENT IS VERY IGNORANT AND REFLECTS YOUR UPBRINGING. IT IS A SHAME YOU SHOULD TELL OFF ON HOW YOUR PARENTS RAISED YOU AND HOW IGNORANT THEIR VIEWS WERE. AS I RECALL IT IS NOT JUST THE "BLACK" AMERICANS COMMITTING CRIMES, SMOKING CRACK OR SMELL BADLY. IT IS IN ALL RACES,CREED AND COLOR, OR ARE YOU NOT AWARE OF NEWS MEDIA.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Klaas Jan

    This article is muffcabbage.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Juan

    "It only takes one drop"....of racism to keep it going. Give it up already! Sheesh!

    January 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Ana

    It makes sense that people of multiple races can choose which ever race they want to identify with. It's a personal choice and nobody else's business.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  85. RandySlapper

    Racism sells.CNN brings you all the breaking race related stories like ESPN does with sports.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Thomas

    I'm white and proud.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      And that has what to do with this article?

      January 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        The guy said I'm black and proud. Thus i was making a similar statement. DURP!

        January 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  87. T James

    Conveniently so.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Mary

    Westley, I agree. Ignorance is always hateful. Ignoring ignorance may just be the answer.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  89. fish sandwich

    boo hoo.I'm black and deserve special treatment.Lowering test scores 400 points isn't enough.Whaaaaaaa

    January 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      Since you are too ignorant to actually read the article, please do everyone a favor and go back to the trailer park you come from .

      January 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • RandySlapper

        Hey " E ." Didn't you just answer an ignorant blanket statement with an ignorant blanket statement as a response ?

        January 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Idiot

      January 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • SophieCat

      All the education in the world can't help you.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • nocarenomore

      Well, it's easier getting blacks out of your hair than having deal with them over and over again down the road. Much cheaper keeping them on welfare than hiring them into a costly position that they'll just screw up.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Carlos Benitez

    Unfortunately, as long as there are differences in race, religion, nationalities, etc., there will always be discrimination. But I think, in general, things have improved in the last 50 years.

    We used to say in the old country, manly about the light skin mulatto " y tu abuela donde esta?, meaning "and, where is your grandmother?

    Good people come in different colors and shapes. God Bless America.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Claire

    Thanks Don. Being willing to shine a personal light on this issue is yet another way that you are awesome.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Ancient Curse

    I really need to stop reading the "comments" section on CNN. I lose a little more faith in humanity every single time I do.

    Thanks for sharing your family's story with us, Don Lemon.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Wilson Phillips

    Another story about the evil white man and how he must change.Too bad blacks don't focus more on staying out of prison.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      You actually read the article? You actually ever try to think of the world from another point of view other than a narrow minded white boy who thinks he is superior to all others?

      January 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • SophieCat

      You're a caricature of everything you stand for, like a one-dimensional cartoon character.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dav-it

      The truth you state cuts through like sunlight into a vampre.....That is why they are so mad, How dare you expose their fraudulent belief system with the truth ?!

      January 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  94. SeeTruth

    SeeTruth
    Thank you for this story. It needs to be told. I am sorry for the heartless responses, yet they reveal the depth of the problem. Why respond to this article at all? For those who have spouted hatred, what is the point?
    The people whom this article refers to have suffered. Sadly, they continue to suffer because of people like the haters who have responded to this article. In truth, we ALL suffer because of this foolishness. The ignorance, the injustice, and the lack of humanity is appalling!!
    But God is watching. He does care.

    Here's to those who are stumbling in the darkness, may the LOVE of GOD help you come to the Light:
    PEACE~

    "Hatred paralyzes life;
    Love releases it.
    Hatred confuses life;
    Love harmonizes it.
    Hatred darkens life;
    Love illuminates it."

    Dr. Martin Luther King

    “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together, and without forgiveness, there's no future.” Desmond Tutu

    January 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ceci

      Beatiful! God bless you

      January 15, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      well said. Amazing how people will spout such constant bigotry instead of actually thinking of what it must have been like to face such life altering decisions.

      January 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Connie

    I think it is so sad for those who had to lie, just to protect those they love from being hurt. How sad that they can't publicly admit who their loved ones are. God Bless them.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      I had a friend who was fairly certain his grandmother had passed, but they will likely never know and can only imagine the fear and sadness she carried.

      January 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • SophieCat

      I grew up in the South in the '60s. I remember the little black lady that used to come to my grandmother's house to do her housework and laundry; she would never come to the front door. She didn't eat the noon meal with "us", she ate on the back porch, separate from the "white people." My parents had moved to Tennessee from California, and I asked my Grandmother, 'Why does Aunt Clara eat on the back porch? Why doesn't we set a place for her in here?" My grandmother told me to hush and not ask such silly questions. In time I came to understand: This was NOT Southern California – this was Tennessee and it was 1968 and things were done very differently in Tennesse in 1968. I still remember that. I was just a little girl but still it hurt me that Aunt Clara didn't eat at the table – with the rest of the family.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  96. 1crusader

    This story really strikes a chord.My paternal grandmother was bi-racial, and very fair-skinned but my dad 's and uncle's complexions were darker, closer to my grandfather's; which made things difficult for them, at times The sad thing is:This is 2012, but seeing some of the hateful, bigoted comments on this blog, you would think that it's 1912.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • SophieCat

      And some of the people making these ignorant hateful comments on this board have children, and this is what they teach their own children. And now their own children think it's OK to act this way.

      Is it any wonder that we still have such bigotry and hatefulness? Not if you read the comments on this board it isn't.

      All the education in the world can't help people who won't be taught. And some people are not willing, and so they'll never get it.

      THEY'LL NEVER UNDERSTAND THAT THEY'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM, NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  97. dallas.alphonso

    This is American History and too many white people are in denial, we should own it! That's what we did to people because of the color of their skin not the content of their character! We were idiots for doing so and that realization now makes some of us angry and fearful. Because of that now we think that the people who we disgustingly wronged want something from us other than equal opportunity to the right compete and, yes, win.: they don't

    January 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      Its not just denial in white america either... There is plenty dirty secrets to go around for all races in the US. The free blacks that looked down and hated the slaves during slavery or even the black slave holders or those that sold their own kind into slavery in the first place....

      Men of all races subjugating women in the US to that of property long after slavery was abolished.

      The role all races of the US had on the native people of this land and continue to have.

      The mistreatment of asian americans / immigrants by both the whites and blacks.

      the treatment of the irish and other groups of this land as they immigrated to here.

      So before you start point fingers lets not forget we all in this together...good and the bad..no one is the victim here.

      January 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • 1crusader

        Adam:Everyone is the victim when we either agree with any group being wronged, or we don't stand up for that group.As Dr. King said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

        January 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      What "WE" are you talking about? I don't know about you, but I certainly wasn't alive during slavery, nor were my parents, or even their parents were alive at that time. People today should not be held accountable for what others did in history. What if your ancestors were part of the mass murdering of Jews in the Holocaust? Should you be held accountable for what they did? Of course not. And you know what? Jewish people wouldn't expect you to, either!

      January 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Tired of Whining

    Tired of the Poor Me syndrome that SOME blacks display! Notice I did not say ALL blacks! Yes, we had slavery and it was a terrible thing. Nobody is going to forget it. And isn't time for us to move on?? There are more important things to discuss, like how so many children and women have been going missing and later found dead! Why can't CNN discuss such problems as mentioned, instead of constantly pouring over the past of slavery? That was then and this is NOW! Lets work on todays problems that have run rampant in the U.S.
    And before anyone says what's stated in this article IS a problem, maybe so, however I feel that Childrens best interests are far more important.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • dallas.alphonso

      Move on, maybe you should tell that to Newt and Santorum and George Bush senior with Willie Horton!

      January 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • SophieCat

      If you will just read the comments of bigotry and racism and hatefulness on this board, you can see for yourself that it's NOT 'forgotten'. How can we "move on" as long as people continue to be bigoted and racist? As long as white people CONTINUE to deny justice to people of color, as long as white people CONTINUE to close ranks and refuse to let black families live peacefully in their neighborhoods (OH YES, IT'S STILL HAPPENING). There are STILL crosses burned in front yards. There are STILL people being denied jobs and promotions because of their "color".

      We can't "move on" until people of ALL color have everything that white people have. To "move on" is to deny that these things are STILL HAPPENING. And they ARE "STILL HAPPENING." Every day. All over the place – in the South, in the North, in the West, in the East. There are still people who deny what's right.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Diane

        There are also women denied jobs because they are women. There are Jewish people finding swastikas painted on their homes. There is stuff like this happening everywhere. For heaven's sake...a little girl with Huntingdon disease just died after being harassed and made fun of by an adult neighbor who posted pictures of the child with a skull and crossbones superimposed on her. There is ignorance scattered throughout by many different people to many different people for different reasons. ALL OF IT IS WRONG AND NO ONE IS MORE SPECIAL THAN THE OTHER.

        January 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  99. mel

    black people make up only 11% of the American population yet CNN is obsessed with them. Why doesn't CNN report about the 100 white women/day that are raped by black men whereas only1-10 black women are raped by white men/year. Or how 28% of black people are on welfare (double that of Hispanics, triple that of whites). Or how almost 40% black kids drop out of high school, or 70% born out of wedlock– many kids not even knowing who their father is. Sorry, my years as a liberal came to an end once I started to do my own research and removed the veil of propaganda media like CNN purpetually spew. Black people aren't victims of anything but themselves.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wilson Phillips

      Facts and logic are not welcome here.You are a racist sir.How dare you come on here and tell the truth!! You must believe that black people are all angels who are being held down by the man.Do not come back on this board and tell the truth.We encourage lies only here!!! Get out!!!

      January 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dav-it

        Thank you, Wilson. Thank God for free speech!

        January 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dav-it

        Thank you for bringing some truth to this discussion board. here are a LOT of facts......

        http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/crimestats

        January 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peggy

        Wilson,

        I get it. I really do get it.

        January 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      And ignorance....from people like you

      January 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awesome

      I agree with your statement. The victim mentality runs rampant in the black community.

      January 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Interesting statistics. Would love to know the source.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • SophieCat

        Those statistics can be found in the Encyclopedia of Thin Air.

        January 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dav-it

        http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/crimestats,,,,, this takes a while to look at, but all these facts are here,,,,, except hispanics get grouped in with Whirs, there by making the drastic difference between white and black not seen AS drastic as it really is.

        January 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • nocarenomore

        Whirs. lol

        January 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • mel

        FBI.

        January 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peggy

      Mel,

      My apologies to everyone on your behalf.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Hook

      I knew it would just be a matter of time before info from theKlan website, Stormfront would show up here.
      The TEA par tiers must be bored now that Romney has the nomination pretty much sewn up.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Westley

    Why is everyone so hateful on this board? The author's story did not have to prompt this type of discussion; why can't we all just get along?

    January 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
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