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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.

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  1. Jammaster

    Great article. The hate filled responses proves beyond all doubt that racism is still alive, well and twice as ugly as it's always been.

    January 16, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      The ugliness is the same. Its just that the racists are becoming desperate as their att-itudes are becoming more forcefully rejected. Now some of the diehards try to pretend to be the victims. It would be laughable if it were not so sick.

      January 16, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • _____________________

      We elected Barack Obama. Now we disagree with his politics. Now we're all racists.

      I don't think so.

      January 16, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • George, Dallas, TX

      Oh bs! Racism is still alive and well because the blacks want it to be. I don't bother them and they don't bother me but I DO get sick and tired of them with their racism.

      January 16, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Retired Army

        Yes George...."the blacks".....want racism to continue.

        Thank you. I always wondered what it is that me and my family always wanted.

        Where would I possibly be without your devine wisdom???

        January 16, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
      • Kimbers

        @George,Dallas, TX – You wouldn't last a day dealing with the things that a lot of average working black people deal with on regular basis. You would be surprised at the coping skills many of "blacks" have when dealing with people like you that say you don't want to "bother" them, but often give off the derisive air many recognize immediately as superiority. My parents did not enjoy full rights as citizens until they were almost 30; less than 50 years ago. There are plenty of people who not only remember, but experienced prejudice from people who probably looked and may be acted like you. You get sick and tired of "their" racism; try dealing with your brand of prejudices multiplied over 9x. Trust me, most of you who complain about "racism" toward whites from blacks and others, would not be able to deal in world that is mostly brown... A real possibility in America in the next 20 to 30 years. Stop complaining; you don't truly know what real racism is...

        January 16, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
      • BigSixx

        And we are sick of yours!

        January 16, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Lucent

        Yes, got to love George's terminology. "The blacks", "their racism". In George's warped assessment, "the blacks" are the offenders when other people are racist towards them. It's "their racism" not the racism of bigots who are prejudiced against African-Americans. AAs are still somehow the transgressors you see?

        Reading some of the posts here I am reminded that racists, at their core, are insecure, malignant bullies. Bullies always victimize others and then blame their victims for the very consequences they create. It's the mark of an abusive personality. Other typical characteristics are a lack of insight and empathy. Bigots display all of these.

        I also note that one issue that's always cited after articles like this one, is that there's a higher percentage of African-American males incarcerated and the implication is clear. AAs are no good bums who have criminal proclivities. So the question needs to be asked. Why then are there also a higher percentage of Australian Aboriginal males incarcerated? Why are there a higher percentage of First Nation's (Aboriginal) people in Canada incarcerated? Is it just that many brown and black people have inherent difficulty obeying the law? Or is it that these groups were/are systematically discriminated against by the dominant group in their respective countries when it came to jobs in particular (but also in other areas like housing, college, legal system, socially etc.)? The answer should be blazingly obvious to all but those who are willfully ignorant or dumb or uneducated.

        Any more though, the divide isn't between blacks and whites, it's between racists and non-racists. There are many whites who don't have a racist bone in their body but there is still a segment that cling to racism and drag all the rest of us down.

        January 16, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      I agree that racism is alive and well, but twice as ugly as it was in the past? I don't think it is. People are talking about it more now and gaining more understanding, much more than they did 20, 50, 100 years ago.

      January 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Aja

    Does this guy report on anything that doesn't have to do with him? Look! I'm gay! Okay Don, no problem! Read about my grandmother's trials and tribulations! Okay.....enough! The last thing on earth that I want to wake up and read about on MLK Day is slavery or dark vs light. It would have been much more appropriate to do a commentary about civil rights and those who fought for it starting with women of all races who couldn't vote. I know more about Don Lemon than I care to know.

    January 16, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul Ronco

      Discussing the civil rights movement without mentioning slavery is like discussing the solar system without mentioning gravity.

      January 16, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Captain Hook

      Aja, if you dislike the writer and the topic, why even read the article?

      January 16, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Deep North

      What's amazing is that YOU click on a story and then complain about its content. You were not forced to read one word!

      January 16, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Monique Manna

      Then don't read his stories, it is as simple as that. This is an interesting article, and although I knew that slaves were sometimes raped by their "masters" , I did not know what it was like growing up in the south and having to hide your family iin such a way. Thank you Don for bringing this story to us.

      January 16, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Claire

      Some columnists comment on politics, others on social issues, and many other columnists - including Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry - comment on their own personal lives. Nothing wrong with it.

      January 16, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Skin & jealousy by @Aja!

      Is someone forcing you to read something that you don't wish to read? Or you were looking for something to read about imbecilic, tinfoil Sarah Palin and Michele Backmann and their crazy talking points elaborated and explained for your usual daily dose or fix? Take a hike; you happened to be on the wrong website. You might as well add x to Aja to complete your real screen name Ajax scrubbing powder. You brush your teeth with it if you fell like it for a white shine. You feel me?

      January 16, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      I found the article very compelling. He is a person of who literally appears prominently in the news, nightly. For him to tell this story is to say that his grandmother's struggles were not in vain. The fact that he can rise to a place of acceptance in the national media is to show far we have come as a nation even though many still struggle with overt and covert racism everyday. The article he wrote is clearly a personal narrative. You chose to read it. No one forced you. We should all honor the fact that he had the privilege in this day and age to write so openly about it.

      January 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Runemout

    For all the violence by whites against blacks back in the day, although I've never seen statistics of black deaths by whites, I would think it pales in comparison to black deaths by other blacks in the incredibly violent modern black community. Yet it's portrayed as if the only violence brought to the black community was by whites over 50 years ago. This ancient history, in part, is what keeps the racism issue burning in America today.

    January 16, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • NativeNuYorker

      Centuries of slavery (Blacks were enslaved longer than they've been free), oppression, unyeilding discrimination, segregation, mockery and negative depictions is what led to so many African-American's feelings of self-hatred and the feeling that they're lives are worthless. Yes, a healing is needed. This is not an excuse, it's the reason.

      January 16, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • iBabble

      Obviously, you are offended by American History. You seem to be seeking out some greater modern day evil in order to white-wash (no pun intended) or some how vindicate in your mind our country's long and troubled history or racism and slavery? I suggest you seek help for this problem....like an education.

      January 16, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Runemout

        You hit the nail on the head. It was our nation's history, HISTORY, not any of my actions, so stop blaming those who had nothing to do with the past. I don't owe anyone anything if I had no say in what occurred in the past.

        January 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Ronco

      In 1860, there were approximately 4 million slaves living in the United States. It's going to take much more than six generations to sort that out, and considering that the civil rights movement wasn't until just 50 years ago, it can safely be said that white America hasn't helped much. Reparations never happened.

      January 16, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
    • fandango

      @Runemout writes, "For all the violence by whites against blacks back in the day, although I've never seen statistics of black deaths by whites, I would think it pales in comparison to black deaths by other blacks in the incredibly violent modern black community. Yet it's portrayed as if the only violence brought to the black community was by whites over 50 years ago. This ancient history, in part, is what keeps the racism issue burning in America today." WHAT A CROCK. ANCIENT HISTORY? That white racist from Mississippi that ran over that innocent Black man a couple of months ago, just because he was black is what you call "ancient history"? Selective amnesia seems to be a trait of the white racist adn you are proving that so well.

      This is a fine example of a simple-minded racist, in denial and blaming the victims for what members of his community have done to blacks in this country. The arrogance and ignorance of this person is incredibly insulting as he writes, in part, "that although I've never seen statistics of black deaths by whites, I would think it pales in comparison to black deaths by other blacks in the incredibly violent modern black community"

      Who the hell cares what YOu think? You racists find It is easier to blame the victims by these ignorant, self-serving statements, such as telling us "since YOU have never seen any statistics", then you, in essence are saying they must not exist. How dare ,you?!! The reason you can focus on black on black crimes is because the white media focuses on it in their efforts to continue this "blacks commit all the crimes" type of mentality. It enables the white racists to justify the cruelties that they inflict upon Blacks, Hispanics and Muslims. Perchance have you taken the time to compile statistics, for example, on John Gacy, a white serial killer, who single handedly killed over 40 children. IT WOULD TAKE 40 BLACK MEN TO KILL WHAT THIS ANIMAL DID BY HIMSELF. And let's see how many blacks it would take to kill all the people that Ted Bundy(over 60), Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols killed(168).... Yes, it would take 168 black men to do what these 2 white men did in Oklahoma, 15-20 for Jeffrey Dahmeer and you have the audacity to talk about black crime in black communities? Racist to your heart. Oh, did you forget that Hitler was very white and he was responsible for wiping out over 10,000 Jews, Gypsys, the mentally ill , the disabled and the elderly. That would take over 10,000 Black men to do what he did. You need to get your head out of that "white" cloud, buster, and do a reality check. Don't worry about the trumped up black crime statistics. Wrap your head around the figures I just gave you about your own race and BTW, I DIDN'T THINK THESE FIGURES UP, THEY ARE FACT. There are more white pedophilles, more serial killers, more white kids killing their schoolmates, whites wiping out their parents, their whole families, their wives, their co-workers and you have the nerve to compare Black people's crimes to that history!?! You have a lot of nerve. But then racists aren't the most intelligent people are they? Image your believing that what you think takes precedent over facts. It amazes me how whites want to know why there is so much dislike of them by Blacks and you give great reason why we do. YOU THINK? Like you are the final authority and what you think about blacks being killed by whites supercedes what is actual fact? There are statistics showing the many lynchings, shootings, hate killings of blacks that went on for centuries are still going on in 2011/2012, but you chose to think they don't matter but it matters to the black community.. It becomes easier for your kind to blame the victims for the atrocities committed by your race by dismissing the things that you did and are still doing. The fact that these untruths continue to be spread and believed by whites, is being taught to your children, portrayed on TV and the movies is the reason racism is still alive and well. People like you make me sick to my stomach.

      January 16, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Claire

        Hitler killed 6 million Jews. He killed 12 million total.

        January 16, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Runemout

        Wow, talk about open hatred. I was specifically referring to the issue of murders by whites, not the general issue of racism that is undeniable, so get a grip!

        January 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. deb

    My mom does genealogy and was researching at a table in a historical library across from two old white ladies who were looking at information about their ancestors in a census from the early 1900s. One asked the librarian what the M designated in the race section, and the librarian answered "mulatto". Mom said the old ladies pursed their lips, shut the book, and walked away. Bet they went home and told the family they couldn't find anything about Grandma Janey in the census.

    January 16, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. Liquidcobra

    Funny how some of you are in denial. Here let me help you out.

    Do you people have any idea how many white based hate groups there are in the US alone?
    Here...pick a state....ANY state. See how they FAR outnumber any group in America?

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map#s=GA

    Questions?

    January 16, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      And your point is. . . ?

      January 16, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Liquidcobra

        This is not something that's ancient history. This is not something that's in the past. Hate groups have grown since 9/11 and guess who's leading the charge?

        January 16, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Rotchitches

      Joanna – Don't worry being remedial is nothing to be ashamed of. The point is that White hate group in the USA are voluminous.

      January 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Connie

    This story is simply one of truth. Not a "good story", not a "bad story", but be sure that families all over the South can tell the same story. Its not racisim. It happened...and not so long ago. And yes, these women, who were "Black" at home, likely did have to hide their Black husbands in public places or face problems. It happened. How is it racism to relate the story?

    January 16, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Priscilla

    Of course racism is still very much alive in the USA today. Just look at the lack of respect is shown to our – only half black – President! I can't recall that ever before a President was yelled at during his State of the Union speech and called a liar! I cannot recall a moment in history when a GOP leader (crybaby Boehner) told the media that the President was given a chance to do something, as in he was "granted" said chance by congress. The audacity of it all is simply plain racism. Most of the white men in congress cannot stand there's a 1/2 black man (or 1/2 white man for that matter) is their superior. Well, even if Obama weren't the President, he is their superior as a human being, period.

    January 16, 2012 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Runemout

      So I guess George Bush must have been half black based on your assumptions, as he was verbally attacked daily by members of congress!

      January 16, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
      • NativeNuYorker

        Bush should have been attacked. He was a bumbling idiot who lied to get us into 2 wars and bankrupted the country. He was inarticulate and clueless. I am in awe of his ability to get close enough to winning to steal an election.

        January 16, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Prissy

      Take a civics course, and you'll learn our government has three branches. The President is not the "superior" of Congress. Good lord.

      January 16, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mike Rotchitches

    Do you even know what a statistic is? That's a big word for a trailer chimp :)

    January 16, 2012 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Garth

      "Trailer Chimp" Oh that sounds racist. I figured you'd show your true colors eventually.

      January 16, 2012 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike Rotchitches

        It's kind of hard for me to be racist against Whites, when I'm White. But keep massaging your lunacy, if it soothes your trouble trailer monkey soul.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      You sound like a real prize, the booby prize.

      January 16, 2012 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike Rotchitches

        Hey Joanna, did you just offer to show me your ßøøßanies?

        January 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andrew

    Man and all his wisdumb, when will we learn. Race, the rust and dust what a waste of all that is of worth. Man sill drinking milk from a sippy cup. Sad but true.

    January 16, 2012 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Zach

    Have you ever seen a picture of Babe Ruth, LOL, he's black, he has more than one drop, that's a joke among black people...we know them when we see them...

    January 16, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Rotchitches

      We're all Black... the human species originate in Africa. Everything else is just a social construct used to elevate some at the expense of others.

      January 16, 2012 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Connie

      Been black a long time, and never heard that one. Sorry.

      January 16, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. Zach

    that's very true, my grandfather was 1/2 black and passed for white, he married an Italian lady, his new family never knew he was 1/2 black, and he has passed away now. We saw the white family only once (with one child with tan skin and curly hair, and one that looks white) but never told them their father was my grandfather, a black man..

    January 16, 2012 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      Wow. Thats a very good story.Its poison. We have people all messed psychologically because of an attachment to a race that may give them a since of accomplishment or inferiority. My wife and I had a conversation because she worked for a school with many foreign students and what should told me about the replies to ethnicity was shocking. She worked in Admissions at UofR. The University of Rochester and great medical school in Rochester Ny and said that students from India and Africa put caucasian down as race or ethnicity. I though how? I researched the work and was shock that it didn't even mean white necessarily. It included Africans from around the horn and Indians. Its just another way for them to say Egyptians were caucasian and if your a little slow you would automatically think they were white men. Not only that think of how messed up it is in that area. Saying your Caucasian separated you from you african brother in the next country that may be darker which means a sense of I better than that darker man sets in.

      January 16, 2012 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. M.C

    Some of these comments prove racism is alive and well in 2012 America.

    January 16, 2012 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      Look no further than the politicians electing to lead our great country to figure that out.

      January 16, 2012 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. B.R

    If I see another comment start with, "I'm white and" then I am off to the races.

    January 16, 2012 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Garth

      Blacks are equally racist in my opinion. I've met many blacks who hated white too. Let's not forget contempt is a mutual trait.

      January 16, 2012 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
      • yalesouth

        and don't bls have reason to be frustrated given our history and the obvious socio economic disparities that persist?

        January 16, 2012 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Garth

        No, that makes as much sense as me hating blacks because earlier generations of whites did. Or whites should always oppress blacks because it was the thing to do during earlier American history.

        January 16, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike Rotchitches

        There is little doubt that some Blacks are racist, but to equate in magnitude, number, and seriousness, Black racism to White racism, ignores the large body of historical evidence. Wake up and stop deluding yourself.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Garth

        Mike where do you obtain your data to substantiate your statistics? I hope it's not data used from your crack-cocaine habit. You delusional crack-head.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
      • DACOOLE

        This is true. In addition, many blacks continue to engage in self-defeating behaviors embedded in their culture, for which they have been scolded by some of their own leaders. I'm calling it for what it is, and have lived a lifetime in the South to be able to attest to this.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Craig Davison

        Garth... I'm White, a police officer, and I'm a Desert Strorm Vet, and I agree with Mike. The facts about racism are undeniable; Blacks have been and continue to be the target of White racism. You're poison... and you don't speak for the majority of us.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike Rotchitches

        Hey Garth, do you even know what statistics means? That's a big word for an incest-loving, pigs feet-eating, trailer chimp.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Garth

        LOL. You are quite the intelligent conversationalist.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike Rotchitches

        You've been on repeat for your last 20 some posts. Time to admit you're intellectually tapped out. Move along there little doggie. I'm just saying...

        January 16, 2012 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
    • EuphoriCrest

      I'm white and good luck at the track!

      January 16, 2012 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Garth

        Yes, good luck with your day at the races.

        January 16, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. ELVIS THE PELVIS

    DAVID DUKE 2012

    January 16, 2012 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. TC Jones

    "Black" and "White" folks have it all wrong!

    Black and white is only an attribute of the person or "container." We can have purple boxes or blue boxes, or green boxes, but guess what? We're still only boxes.

    It doesn't matter what color of box you are, it matters how much and how well you can contain the contents. Color has nothing to do with function of the intended purpose. A box is to contain something. To keep it safe from transport or the elements. How well we do this depends on how well of a box we are.

    Now, you can decide if you want to be a box with embellishments that have nothing to do with the prime function or intended purpose of a box or you can be a box with a sturdiness to contain precious contents and make it to the destination intact.

    I know the analogy is a simple-one, but this "racial group battle," is much like a constant food-fight in a cafeteria. It's very wasteful, stressful, and you're supposed to "EAT" in a cafeteria, not throw food and make waste.

    January 16, 2012 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  16. JS

    Disappointed with this story, and I must say, it makes me think differently of Don Lemon, who I used to like as an anchor. Why does the promotion of one ethnic group come at the expense of another? Sorry, but I saw nothing but ugliness in this story. Why is the importance of African blood more important than European blood? Do not the sum of all parts make an individual? To discount any part of oneself (whether it be African or European ethnicity) creates war within oneself. Yes, there is acknowledgement but there is also self-hate too (if one sees European heritage as a negative in one's self image), and that self hate affixes to our vision of others whether we are conscious of it or not. I choose to not participate in such thinking. Sorry CNN: I do not deny my European heritage, nor will I be ashamed of it.

    January 16, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Garth

      Yes that's what's wrong with America. An issue has to be made of everything. Programs like CNN's Black in America throws race in our face. Can't ever be an even playing ground if black themed programs continue to exist. There's not CNN presents White in America. I'm just getting sick of it all. I have seen a huge progression for blacks in America. I've seen many opportunities open up in the last several years. Black president...etc. Need I list them all? But then lazy blacks do not want to socially change. They don't want to better themselves. It's too hard they say. I need help. Higher education is not for me, some proclaim. White mama hopping black men are not going to stop hopping just because of a black president.

      January 16, 2012 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
      • DACOOLE

        Great point. Unfortunately, many blacks continue to engage in self-defeating behavior embedded in their culture. No, I'm not racist, just calling it for what it is. I should know, I've lived most of my life in the South.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike Rotchitches

        Garth, you're complaining a little too much. Any rational argument you may possess is lost in your adamant stance. Merely acknowledging the past is not an indictment of the present. But to suggest that we ignore the past is careless and dangerous. If you really harbor no ill will toward you fellow (Black) Americans, allow them their right to voice opinions and stop trying to create controversy. Let it go.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Garth

        Mike, you're suggesting I'm complaining is a hypocritical statement in itself. For you to suggest I allow blacks to voice their opinions would also considered complaining. I suggest blacks be the socio-economic change in this country.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
      • mdmann

        @Garth YOU suggest blacks be "the socio-economic change of this country?!" YOU? How are you in any position to make such a suggestion? What on earth are you even talking about? Black people are supposed to raise the socio-economic situation of the country single-handedly? What are they supposed to do...pick cotton? Are they supposed to create jobs to get more Americans working? You do know that they don't exactly own the corporations that have the jobs. Sounds like picking cotton is about the only thing they have to go on, and we know they can do it because they have it in their blood, right?

        And let me guess what you are going to do while they are "being the socio-economic change"...you'll stand over them and make sure they work?

        You REALLY need to take the advice you've been given and stop commenting on this issue. You and people like you are the reason race is still an issue in this country.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Garth

        Wow, you do sound like the true racist you are.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike Rotchitches

        Garthur – I've got 911 on speed dial. Just let me know when you want me to call you a whaaaaambulance.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  17. anevay

    I think the whole point of this article was so that he can show off that he has some, maybe one drop, of white in him. Reminds me of how Beyonce said she identifies with the Creole people just because her mother has a drop of creole or white in her. If black people are so fine with being black, why do they always claim to be mixed? I had a coworker as well that claimed to be hispanic even though is parents were obviously African American and not of spanish origin and when he told this to a black coworker, she as well said yeah we are all mixed Im not just black either.

    January 16, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • dcmartin

      Amazing how clueless people will jump in and project their own prejudices into other people's stories. Do you even know what the date is, and how Don's piece correlates? Why do people have such a hard time recognizing anyone's history besides their own? Do you get this upset when someone starts relating stories of their potato-farming forbears on St. Patrick's Day?
      Issues.
      You have them.

      January 16, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  18. AfroSheen

    Celebrate the fact that Obama is our first colored president!

    January 16, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • OBAMIE

      Why what colored is he?

      January 16, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
      • fandango

        I love your reply but am troubled by your disrespect of the President's name. It's Obama, not Obamie. You can do better than that.

        January 16, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • fandango

      We can't "celebratel" Obama being "colored" because he is isn't colored. in order to be colored, you have to go from one shade to another, as in white folks coloring themselves in the summer to look like me. Now they do it all year round with tanning spray and suntan beds. Look how colored Spreaker of the House John Boehner is, and John Huntsman. They both are practically orange from those suntan beds. Now thatl's what you called colored!

      January 16, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  19. TC Jones

    I was watching a bit about race and the "one drop" rule, which is totally like using stone knives and bearskins. It's sad that the battle of race is still ongoing. We have to struggle to get to the top of the hill to realize we all roll down-hill the same way or walk carefully, evaluating each step, together, one step at a time.

    When humanity realizes that there indeed is only one race, the Human Race, and view others as such, the battle of "racial ideology" will continue with many making issue of it. It doesn't take just "one drop" or a group of genetic code to make a person this or that, in the end, we still are the same members of the Human Race. And all of the other classifications are just false social classes or groups, which were brought about through false ideologies and social perspectives for control over a perceived and invented group of humanity, which usually doesn't have a voice which speaks loudly enough to break the barriers of falsehoods.

    Skin coloring used to denote whether a group or tribe was civilized or barbarians, but now it's what's on the inside, and what's in the heart that makes us either one of those two things, and the majority do not realize it that false ideologies do not care to discriminate to spread.

    We as a collective of Humanity, must work on this issue, bring it out in the fore-front, discuss it, and settle the falseness of racial equality, because with having just one Human Race, there is no room for discrimination or recrimination. With this said, the groupings of subsets of racial groups becomes moot and obsolete. Humanity deserves more than that and has the capacity to go far beyond the false ideologies and social perspectives of having several racial classes or groups.

    If only...

    January 16, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  20. Leslie

    I watched this segment and was again thinking to myself if black people want racism to go away, they need to stop having to have all kinds of special groups t.v. shows etc for blacks. There is no W.E.T. There is no National Association of White People. I don't care at all what color someone is only what KIND OF PERSON someone is but, over time, I have become frustrated with people who want to be treated the same continually pointing out that they are different! I think this constant obsession with pointing out the difference is making people who may otherwise not be prejudice become prejudice. Each person is responsible for their own actions not the actions of their ancestors living or dead. Just as blacks say they do not want to be treated differently because of their color, whites do not want to be treated differently because other whites behaved badly.

    January 16, 2012 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Maybe you and racism can hop a train together and go away forever.Just sayin'.

      January 16, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • just me

      wow..the same broken record of ignorence. word for word. you'll make an excellent parrot.

      January 16, 2012 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Leslie

        It is not arrogance. It is observation. I have hired black, white and Hispanic people to work for me. They are all paid the same and are expected to do the same work. I have black, white and Hispanic friends. I do not care what color they are. I care about what kind of people they are!

        January 16, 2012 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      Leslie,
      We do have white channels. They are ABC, CBS, and NBC. Still very few African Americans are depicted in roles other than as those of victims or perpetrators of crimes. It's no wonder BET exists. When I flip the channels I also see channels for kinds of groups, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern. I am not offended. Most of us had ancestors that spoke different languages or celebrated different heritages. So what? Who said that we all had to give this up and become "vanilla"? Why is this threatening to so many who post here? What I find more depressing are the number of white Americans who have no idea of their heritage and the stories of their ancestors struggles and successes. To be ignorant of this is to disrespect all that was sacrificed for our benefits, black, white, Asian, Native American...

      January 16, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Garth

        I don't see ABC, NBC, CBS as white channels. Shows that are aired on said channels are because of ratings. It's all about profit for those channels. For an example, The Cosby Show was highly profitable during the 80's. If a black majority character program is presented to those channels and it proves to be profitable then it will air. Until then I am not really interested in seeing an all black television program because it doesn't appeal to me. I want to see good programming, not "White" programming. If I wanted to see majority black programming, I will turn to BET, TV One..

        January 16, 2012 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike Rotchitches

        Garth, you're making way too many posts for someone without a dog in the fight. Your racist stripes are showing. As one White man to another, pull back. You're just making the rest of us look bad.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
      • mdmann

        @Garth You just talk in circles to justify your clear biases. If you don't want to watch BET, then don't watch BET. Nobody is forcing you to. Mr. Lemon certainly didn't tell you that you should in his article. You say you don't care to watch "white programming," but the fact of the matter is that this is exactly what you and all the rest of us get, regardless of whether or not we want it, because that is all that is getting produced. You get to see people who look like you, and who live lives and have experiences somewhat akin to you when you turn on the television and when you go to the movies. You can identify with those characters without even having to try because they are presented to you automatically. Do you think that people of other races would like to see the same? "The Cosby Show" was great, but it didn't exactly portray the reality of living in the United States for a lot of black people. It was successful among whites primarily because it presented a rather antiseptic view of black life, much like "Father Knows Best" or "Ozzie and Harriet" did of white America. You see how "behind the times" we are? It took until the 1980s for blacks to have a show that whites had back in the 50s. I'm curious if you ever even watched "The Cosby Show," because there was an element of pride in the accomplishments of black people throughout history which ran throughout that show. I would think you'd be highly offended by that. I mean, they didn't do this on "Friends" or "Seinfeld." Why should they do it on "The Cosby Show?" They were just throwing the achievements of black people "in your face." That must have really been galling to you.

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

      Its for awareness. When you were in school what did you learn about black people? Ok College? In some parts of America white people don't know or have not even seen another race or black person until they go away to school. Lets be honest its not like our school system does a great job of teaching anything other than American history about being slave and white men beating up the poor old Natives. Flip through your channels how many new shows do you see catered to the black viewer? None and then you see a show on CNN and then its a problem. Its a shame that they have to put specialized shows on TV to tell a story. Why isn't it just apart of our every day? Its the glass that s viewed as half full or half empty. On one side you say why do they have to have it. On my side I say Its a shame they need it. You see BET and say look a black channel I saw about time a channel that we can hear our music and not that TAKE ON ME video that I love by the way because I grew up on MTV but we have no other options. I hope that this props you to see things a little differently.

      January 16, 2012 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  21. Garth

    Well personally I feel race is an issue because black people make it an issue. This is not one of those subjects that needs to be expressed and discussed at every turn. Let it die. Blacks will just keep it going, just to state loud and clear they are no longer going to be oppressed by the white oppressor. I hear all the time about stats that say blacks are still under privileged with less opportunities for higher educations. After having said that, let me tell you what I saw just before Christmas the release of the new Nike Air shoes. What I witnesses was blacks lined up outside a shopping mall in hopes of being the first one to buy these shoes. What they did was tear the doors off the stores trampling each other. If blacks would do the same and tearing off the doors to local colleges and universities for an education then social change would be within their reaches.

    January 16, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Layla

      I will say to you ....we are what we are exposed to. You were exposed to one of the many displays in the media to demonize or denigrate the African American Race. I would think as small minded as you...if the only thing I saw in the news was about how poor and criminal the black race is portrayed. I use to think that Whites were stupid...so stupid to judge a person by there skin color. Then I realized....you are just like people who use to believe the earth was flat.. You have yet to discover that the color of ones skin does not denote there intelligence or ability but somehow you keep thinking it does. I dare you to spend one day ..with your present characteristics in the life of an African American person...always knowing the stigma , feeling the glares and stares, and yet still overcoming...you wouldnt last a day. Your unspoken white right...taken away from you. Perhaps we should have a reality show where people from other races dress up in full costume to portray another race...and what that feels like; how differently one is treated based on the color of their skin. I believe at that point it would be a start...at looking at the ugly face of racism. For example ..we have a President who is born of a white mother and a African father...yet everyone calls him the first black president..in that statement alone ...you see the true face of racism. Why discount his mother's heritage and race...and label him just black.

      January 16, 2012 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Garth

        Layla, you must be a black female because you come across as another angry black woman. All you did was point fingers, criticize and insult me. Explains why black me are leaving you in droves for a white woman. I think we need to take pride and embrace black women since they are a dying breed, soon to be extinct in America.

        January 16, 2012 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Claire

        Our president has made his own way in the world, despite an unconventional, tumultuous upbringing. His race is irrelevant to me. What I see is someone who overcame a very unstable home life with a mother who kind of dragged him along through her many incarnations. He chose a more conventional path, through school and a stable, long-term relationship with Michelle. That, to me, is the most remarkable thing about our president. He did a complete 180 away from his childhood and chose his own destiny.

        January 16, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      Garth , I guess that I can infer from watching the Kardashians, Jersey Shore, and TMZ that most of my white counterparts are sleazy, ignorant, violent, and lacking in any strong family values. If the only way you judge others is through the distorted lens of television then I guess these judgements would be valid too.

      January 16, 2012 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Garth

        I never watch those aforementioned television programs. I find them unsettling and "Unreality". I'd rather see a reality series based on educated blacks in America. Oh wait, I think it's called The Obamas.

        January 16, 2012 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
    • mdmann

      You know, you are a piece of work! There were plenty of white people across the country standing in lines to get those shoes, too! It is very clear that you only see what you want to see. You continue to demonstrate your bias with this nonsense about "angry black women" and black men going to white women in droves as a result. You are living in some kind of fantasy world where you can't distinguish what is real from what you have been taught by some person in your upbringing who was clearly full of hatred. Let me guess, you lost some job you tried to get because it got offered to a black person? Some black person robbed you and so you now believe all black people are thieves? Your son or daughter now listens to hip-hop and/or rap, so black people are polluting your child's mind?

      The reason race is still an issue is because of people like you. You perpetuate silly, stupid stereotypes. You make judgments based on nothing but the way someone looks. It's not because blacks want race to be an issue–you NEED race to continue being an issue to make blacks feel inferior to you. You need to be honest about what is going on here.

      January 16, 2012 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  22. p1tey1

    A white friend recently said to me my family must have some "good blood" in it because of my complexion. I wish that I had told her the truth.....it comes from rape during slavery. Until America faces its true history and teaches the truth in schools these conversations will continue to take place unfortunately.

    January 16, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • lamosss

      so you were raped as a slave?

      January 16, 2012 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
      • p1tey1

        The truth hurts......I know.

        January 16, 2012 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  23. Larry

    I don't see any point in this story. I am white. I never owned a slave, I never tarred and feathered anyone, and I have never beaten anyone because of the color of their skin. The things that happened in the past of this country, or any country for that matter, are not my fault.

    I have no guilt or ownership of what happened then and what continues to happen now. I am responsible for my actions, just as others are.

    I guess the reason that we are getting another dose of "see how bad things were" is because of MLK day tomorrow.

    I would really appreciate a story about the MANY white Americans who also suffered and lost their lives helping our country to realize the dreams shared by so many. The countless whites who help get rid of slavery and the countless whites who have worked their entire lives trying to improve the country for everyone, not just people of color.

    But that's a dream that I fear will never come true. Primarily because of some odd sense of 'inherited victimization' that today's generation use to somehow try to make others feel pity and guilt over actions they never engaged in. To put it quite bluntly, it is because of people like this reporter that want to pull the scabs off of old wounds to make sure they never heal....just to see that one drop of blood.

    January 16, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • mikeBigD

      Since you don't engage in racism there is no point to the story? Since you have no experience with any racism it does not exist? Egocentrism is rampant though.

      January 16, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry

        mikeBigD – I never said that racism doesn't exist. It is alive and well – and it will NEVER go away and every race is guilty of it. It is not owned by white people or black people or any people.

        What I did say was what's the point of the article, which you completely ignored.

        January 16, 2012 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
      • B.R

        Now that makes "NO" sense whatsoever. Just so you know.

        January 16, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • just me

      LOL too funny! Feeling mighty "superior" about yourself aren't you?

      January 16, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
      • B.R

        Why shouldn't he? He makes ALOT of sense in his comment, maybe it's you who should check yourself?

        January 16, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
      • just me

        anyone who says ALOT instead on A LOT makes NO sense.

        January 16, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
      • B.R

        Wow, In a battle of wits, sir, you are unarmed.

        January 16, 2012 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Big John

        Everyone needs to realize that racism will NEVER go away. It is human nature to think differently of others that don't look like you. We cannot help it. The important thing is that people stop acting on it. Even the most openly "unracist" person who may treat everyone as equally as they possibly can will still have thoughts that are critical of another race. It is built into us. The sad fact is, the more and more people want to stress about how they are different because of their race, the more they will be treated differently because of race. This is true of all races.

        January 16, 2012 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • The Questioner

      Wow-I've never seen so many straw man attacks packed into a comment in my life. Larry, this article has absolutely nothing to do with you. Why are you making it about you?

      January 16, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • just me

      @ Larry Tell me when in history has someone black, indian, asian, jewish, arab/muslim, native american, hispanic/latino, hindu/budhist, etc tell you or your people where to eat, sleep live, drinkg, ride, take a dump, go to school, church, travel, or vote?? 'My heart bleeds for you"

      January 16, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
      • B.R

        Seriously? It seems you can't tell the difference between Ethnic Groups and Religious Groups. So u'r point is mute.

        January 16, 2012 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
    • EuphoriCrest

      The point of the story, Larry, is that racism and discrimination are important facets of America's history that have affected (and still affect) many, many families. It is important to keep stories such as this alive both to educate young people who were not around during the civil rights movement and to ensure that the atrocities are never again repeated. In short, Larry, if you have to ask why this story is important, you will never understand the reason.

      January 16, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
      • B.R

        That's your response is a history lesson? That's why this is important? Tell me you have a better reason for this story then a simple history lesson on educating our youth of today. This is as sad as it gets.

        January 16, 2012 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
      • EuphoriCrest

        OK, BR, Instead of just criticizing my viewpoint, please tell us all why you feel it is important to run this story.

        January 16, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
      • B.R

        See that's it. I don't feel this article does anyone any good. Just read all the comments being spoken. Why there is even a couple of comment with names such as MLK and MLK jr which are making jokes about this whole thing. So tell me, besides this History Lesson, what good came out of it? Please reference any quotes that weren't spewed with hate or sarcasim.

        January 16, 2012 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
      • EuphoriCrest

        BR, you seem to be judging the article by the level of the comments and not on its own merits. You also seem to underestimate the value of history lessons. As for quoting comments lacking in hatred and sarcasm, you need look no further than my own.

        January 16, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
      • OBAMIE

        Listen, my comments are not of any hate, sarcasim yes, but not hate. Maybe your skin needs to be alittle tougher and you might want to get off that "High Horse" your on.

        January 16, 2012 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Martine

        At EuphoriCrest and B.R; Have either of you made any sense in either one of your comments? Sad when I read personal attacks.

        January 16, 2012 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
      • B.R

        Wow, I have read it all now. Why does this bring out such hate in everyone I am not personally attacking anyone, I'm just stating what alot of people are already stating here. This article is of no merit.

        January 16, 2012 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
      • EuphoriCrest

        Martine, BR has never made a personal attack against me and I can find no instance where I have personally attacked BR. On the contrary, I respect his (or, maybe her, sorry BR, I don't know which) opinion and enjoyed our discussion. I find it sad that you look for trouble where none exists.

        January 16, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Jones

      Good point.

      January 16, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • mdmann

      "I would really appreciate a story about the MANY white Americans who also suffered and lost their lives helping our country to realize the dreams shared by so many. The countless whites who help get rid of slavery and the countless whites who have worked their entire lives trying to improve the country for everyone, not just people of color."

      The history books are full of such stories! There are stories about white people doing stuff on a daily basis in newspapers and magazines and books, on TV, on the radio, ALL THE TIME. You aren't honestly trying to tell us that you don't hear stories of white people "making a difference in the world." Are you not aware of the commitment of people like JFK and Bobby Kennedy to bring racial equality to the nation? Are you not aware that both of them likely died at the hands of assassins BECAUSE of this? I can tell you that my mother has told me stories about how people in the black community felt when they were assassinated. It was as if their hearts had been ripped out of their chest. So for you to claim that the stories of white people "making a difference" in the world aren't being told is sheer lunacy. You need to be honest about what is really bothering you here. It's not that white people aren't getting enough coverage. You just expect everyone to ignore the country's history and its impact today. Yes, things have progressed, but we do not have racial equality yet, and it isn't because of stories like this. Nowhere in Mr. Lemon's article does he ask you to feel guilty about anything. He is expressing a truth about part of America's history. Trying to cover this up would be like trying to ignore that the Civil War happened, and there are still lingering affects of that, too, even though nobody that is alive today participated.

      January 16, 2012 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Garth

        Nicely put. Blacks need to realize that many whites have for many years advocated for the rights of blacks in America. Let's remember the two civil rights workers Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner who died for black freedom in Mississippi in 1964.

        January 16, 2012 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Claire

        Right. Whites were responsible for slavery. Whites were also responsible for the abolition of slavery. The gains of black America, including Civil Rights, would have been impossible without the agreement of their fellow white Americans. Enough Americans agree in liberty and justice for all, despite some trolls on these boards. That's all that matters.

        January 16, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      You know, its funny you say this:
      I have no guilt or ownership of what happened then and what continues to happen now. I am responsible for my actions, just as others are.

      I guess the reason that we are getting another dose of "see how bad things were" is because of MLK day tomorrow.

      I would really appreciate a story about the MANY white Americans who also suffered and lost their lives helping our country to realize the dreams shared by so many. The countless whites who help get rid of slavery and the countless whites who have worked their entire lives trying to improve the country for everyone, not just people of color.

      The thing that those white men and women did that most white men and women today do not do is have some sort of compassion. We aren't saying you should feel guilty but where is your compassion. Fact is black are still not equal. Our story isn't properly told in Americas school and we have nothing to be proud of. The I have a Dream speech has been played so many time people are numb to it. If we believed in his dream we would still be fighting for equality. You know we have a a black history month since 1926. Thats a month to tell Americans about all there accomplishments. 28-30 days to tell a life time of peoples stories and all the contributions to this country in a month. In 1926 that was sufficient in 2012 really! Why have our story still not made it to the books. Lets put the real American history in it pulling no punches. Hanging civil right rapes, slavery, murder.Those white men and women you spoke of were appalled by Americas history though they had nothing to do with it they saw it was wrong and the compassion turn into to passion to make it right.

      January 16, 2012 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  24. Mark

    When I come across a racist like Don Lemon, I walk away.

    January 16, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • just me

      Takes one to know one right?

      January 16, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        So, when Obama and the Dems cry racism, "It takes one to know one?"

        You are too smart for me.

        January 16, 2012 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
      • just me

        LOL you're crying racism...too funny

        January 16, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      I guess for some people like yourself it is too painful to just read Mr. Lemon's powerful account and just accept the fact that events that he depicted simply happened. Why is he racist for exposing history? As a white woman of European descent I have no problem accepting the facts he reports nor the pain these events must have caused so many Americans through no fault of their own. I never have and never will endure what these Americans endured. I am deeply impressed by their resilience. To state that we as white Americans somehow have had to endure similar degradations is just silly and insulting.

      January 16, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        Don Lemon wasn't a slave. I wasn't either. My ancestors were. It's history. I'm now a government slave.

        January 16, 2012 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Kimbers

      @Mark: I'm perplexed. How is Don Lemon discriminating against you? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism
      I read nothing in the history of his aunt and grandmother that discriminates against you. It is history; people still have biases today. After all, the book "Our Kind of People" has a whole chapter on passing for white. This American experience is nothing new; it just is.

      January 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  25. shelly

    As far as this article.... I define me and those I love, and those I know, work with and care about. I know many people of all cultures and do not judge them based on anything other than WHO the are!
    AND they feel the same of me.
    Peace people it will make a difference!

    January 16, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  26. Anita B.

    We tend to forget we come from the same parents, ADAM and EVE...and that's all I've got to say...The problem has never been race, we just too blinded to see, it's been a three letter word spelled S-I-N....until we as a human race get that, we'll still be locked into racism and everything else...

    January 16, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • gremlinus

      Or we might get locked into that most terrible of traps, thinking that everyone should adhere to the same religion as you. Not everyone believes in the Adam and Eve stories. There are other religions out there. There are even some people who don't believe in God at all. I'd say "Physician, heal thyself" but I doubt you'd see where I'm coming from. There are many forms of discrimination.

      January 16, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
      • mikeBigD

        We all do descend from a common ancestor.

        January 16, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
      • gremlinus

        common ancestry is a separate thing from believing we're all descended from Adam and Eve. I never disputed the former.

        January 16, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
      • mikeBigD

        No, it's the same thing.

        January 16, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry

        Common ancestry is not the same thing as a biblical story. If Adam and Eve were correct, then there would be a singular mitochondrial DNA shared by every woman. This, of course, is not true.

        January 16, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      OK. Adam + Eve, right? So, how did Cain have a family after he was banished from the land of men?

      January 16, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
      • just me

        Cain mated with neanderthals for all we know.

        January 16, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • skytag

      Believing it's a myth with no factual basis is very different from "forgetting" it.

      January 16, 2012 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  27. shelly

    Try walking a mile in someone elses shoes! DO NOT JUDGE!

    January 16, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • just me

      These people in here who lack understanding, sympathy and education who say "just get oner it" wouldn't walk an inch in anothers shoes let alone a mile. They are scared to know real terror committed by the same image they see when they look in a mirror. it's easy for them to diamiss another's pain when they don't even see the other as equal, or a human being with feelings. They are the nature of the pre-historic beat. they will go extinct one day, and humanity will go on prosphering with technology, long life, and peace.

      January 16, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
      • shelly

        Here Here...well said!
        Slow to change are those that were not taught equal rights for all.

        January 16, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  28. Jazzy

    I have only one thing to say!
    No one who has RACIST blood in their body, do I listen to.
    God is the ONLY judge of all
    And he deemed ALL of us sinners!
    Therefore we are ALL equal
    Those who are racist can talk to a wall... I would never give any of their words or actions VALIDITY in any way, shape or form!!!!
    Can you tell I'm BOILING MAD?
    Yep

    January 16, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • shelly

      Well said honey! I have no tolerence for raceism or arrogance!

      January 16, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • skytag

      I can tell you believe you have an imaginary friend.

      January 16, 2012 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  29. jiminwash

    Welcome to 2012. Get over it.

    January 16, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • shelly

      so what!!!!!! i do ot care what color anybody is! all I care about is what is in your heart, mind and soul!

      January 16, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Kimbers

      Get over what?

      January 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Heather

    This isn't really a story about racism. It's a story about history. Face it, America (as great as it is) has a lot of skeletons in it's closet. Until we can freely and openly discuss what happened to blacks in this country, it could totally happen again with another group. Slavery cost us a few hundred years of moving forward, and cost us a deadly war. It's aftermath such as the phenomenon of "passing" and Jim Crow laws, and the absolute chaos after Brown v Board need to be a priority in school.

    January 16, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Yes. Let's freely and openly talk about what happened to blacks in this country. Let's also freely and openly talk about what happened to the Chinese, the American Indians, the Polish, or any other 'race.

      And after an endless conversation about all of those terrible things, then what? Can we schedule a national conference call, have these discussions and then kindly MOVE FORWARD? I am not saying that we forget about it, but come on! What is the litmus test for not enduring these talks?

      January 16, 2012 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Renee

        so people like you can understand and at least for once feel compassion or better communicate with people of another race and maybe just maybe you wouldnt group "us" all into one stereotype. All races steal, kill, rape, lie, complain, live off of welfare, and are lazy. We all make choices in life, some Choose to do all the above, others choose a better life for themselves and their children. And just maybe if you had an open mind and CHOSE to think of races as just the human race, comments like yours would never happen.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Tom

    Don,

    My point below is that, in the history of the Irish, skin color had nothing to do with the oppression and discrimination they endured and still do endure in Northern Ireland. I'm a white Irish Catholic guy. My grandfather was from Carnlough, Northern Ireland. He fought in the 1916 "Easter Rising" against the English then came to America.

    Between 1845 and 1852 approximately 1,000,000 white Irish Catholic people died from starvation. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Irish Catholics had been prohibited by the penal laws from owning land, from leasing land; from voting, from holding political office; from living in a corporate town or within 5 mi (8.0 km) of a corporate town, from obtaining education, from entering a profession, and from doing many other things that are necessary in order to succeed and prosper in life. They were slaves and they were lilly white. As hard as it may be to believe in African American circles, black people weren't the only slaves or oppressed people in this world. White people of many different cultures have historically and currently suffer these things too.

    Prior to the famine, the Irish had been sharecroppers to the English for hundreds of years. They raised livestock and many different crops that were exported to England every year. They were only allowed to keep the potato crops and anything they could "steal" from what they rasied. During the years (1845-1852) of the famine, there was a blight on the potato crops, which created starvation inspite of the fact the Irish were still exporting other crops and livestock to England. To add insult to injury, the English set up soup kitchens to feed the starving Irish, but there was a condition to get the food. The Irish had to renounce Catholicism and convert to the Church of England. Hundreds of thousands of them starved rather then "take the soup."

    I can understand why black Americans may feel discriminated against, but from my perspective dwelling on the past keeps any of us from moving forward. I'm a production worker in a factory and we're not all going to have unbelievable success in this life. I'm doing o.k., but unless I hit the lottery, I'll probably just keep my head above water for my entire life. Like Tom Petty said in his song, "there's no easy way out."

    Success in life has nothing to do with material prosperity. My mother was the baby of nine children with immigrant parents and dirt poor. She always said, "class has nothing to do with money." She has beautiful handwriting and did well in school inspite of being financially poor. Color had nothing to do with it.

    Success can be experienced by eating right, exercising, and going to church on Sunday. Also staying away from drugs and alcohol plays a huge part in succeding. Anyone of any race can do these things and will find more opportunity on this road we're all on if they do.

    When life has us down, we should all try to count our blessing, not be psychologically beaten down by others who make many feel they have no chance because of their skin color, thus demotivating them before they even gets started. Tell children they can succeed, teach them to focus on clean living, and try and be good examples at home.

    January 16, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • shelly

      That old world thinking leaves many questions of why... didn't they think of people as aahh.....people. I am very much Dutch from all four sides of the family tree.....but I have never felt any hatred towards any color! maybe its just me but my family has always been hard working and taught we are ALL equal human beings.
      I don't care what color u are or where u come from.
      I Love everyone!!!!!

      January 16, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
      • shelly

        It is sad that people are so self absorbed and mean! i would never teach my daughter or grandchildren anything else!
        There are so many colors and walks of life......we should enjoy the diverrsity, history and culture of it all!

        January 16, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  32. ArthurP

    Since all people evolved out of African peoples then all whites are really black.

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

      Actually- white people aren't really black people. Since the human species all originated from the same brach of the evolutionary tree- in Africa/ Middle East region- we are all the same species- who acquired different skin shades from reaction to various environments.

      We are all the same. Black skin or white skin is not a relevant, significant distinction.

      January 16, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  33. muse

    TO ALL OF YOU WHO COMPLAIN THAT CNN FEATURES TOO MANY ARTICLES ON RACISM, YOU'RE BETTER OFF LOGGING ONTO THE FOX ENTERTAINMENT "NEWS" WEBSITE. I'M SURE YOU'LL AGREE WITH EVERYTHING IT HAS TO SAY.

    January 16, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Martin Luther King Jr

      I think Sean Hannity is not too happy about all these black folks having jobs, especially that one over at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in DC.

      January 16, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  34. Martin Luther King

    People, I AM NOT DEAD!!! It was all a big joke. I'll soon be performing in my new one-man-show "I feel like dancing!" at the Apollo Theater. Keep checking the news for details and showtimes!

    January 16, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  35. Imminent

    Let's be honest. No matter what color or creed you may be, what you wear, how you act and what you say will draw attention. For example, if you dress or talk like a thug or conduct yourself poorly, someone will always notice and make a judgement based off of that. If you dress decently, speak intelligently and act like a positive member of society, no one will treat you poorly. Stop making up excuses and pretending to be a victim.

    January 16, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Martin Luther King Jr

      But if you wear a suit, you can be cast in Men In Black 3!!!!

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

      In my experience, race does make a difference. I used to be a court-appointed criminal defense attorney. For some reason, although I'm African-American, the court sent a large number of white defendants to me! (I can only guess that the people in charge of assigning cases believed that with my Ivy League law degree, that I could relate to the white defendants who passed through the system. I couldn't relate to them at all - go figure.) Most of my white clients were indeed thugs, but the courts still treated them better than black defendants with similar records who were charged with similar crimes. Whites received probation or were sent to drug treatment facilities, while blacks were sent to jail for the same offenses. Let me tell you, although you may dismiss it as mere anecdote, this experience made me, someone who is supposed to uphold the justice system, a critic of it!

      January 16, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
      • shelly

        I can see why... a twisted system will make a mess in a hurry! It shoud be the same punishment for the same crime whever u are being punished. Period!

        January 16, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Margaret

      As far as I can see President Obama and his wife and children dress and speak very well, but from some of the emails I get and some of the letters I read in these articles they are called some awful things. Some people would be very happy to hang them on a tree somewhere. I have a friend who is part black, and believe me she is treated badly at times. She has a nice honey shade of brown skin and the police here in the southwest stopped her and demanded to know where she was born, shocked she said New York, they assumed from looking at her she was Hispanic. We do still have a problem in this country. I have a beautiful great grand daughter who is part black, and she is taking more like the black side of her family, I can only hope for better in her future.

      January 16, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
      • shelly

        It is a sad worl when folks can't see beyond the color of skin. I am from a very loving family of many shades and will always see the heart and soul of ANY and EVERY person regaurdless of the color of their skin!!
        Blessings and love too you!

        January 16, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • skytag

      Every study done to examine the effect of race on perception shows that race makes a difference in how people are perceived. It is not just about dress and mannerisms. If you can't handle that reality perhaps some counseling from a professional with experience in treating denial is in order.

      January 16, 2012 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  36. Likealion

    Watch The Human Stain, starring Anthony Hopkins, good movie.

    January 15, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wilbert Carter

      Why All Black People Are Coming to an End

      http://www.barnesandnoble.com
      http://www.amazon.com.

      January 15, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Martin Luther King Jr

        Wha-chu-talkin' bout Wilbert?

        January 16, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • christian borre

      I'm so sick of this one drop rule nonsense. IT"S THE 21ST CENTURY!!!. Let's see, if one drop of black blood makes you black, then it goes to say that one drop of white blood makes you white, right? I realized as a teenager (I'm 48 now) that this was nothing other than a mindset that both whites & blacks buy into 'til this day. President Obama is the 1st black president?? So I guess his mother doesn't matter. I will never deny one parent (my white father) over another (my black mother), because of morons still think we live in slave days. Maybe if CNN for ONCE recognizes its own hypocrisy, the world will follow.

      January 16, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Martin Luther King Jr

        Christian, I am MARTIN LUTHER KING JR!!!!!

        January 16, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • B.R

      I thought Anthony Hopkins was dead? Is he still around?

      January 16, 2012 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  37. BB

    Don, I know the feeling and I am white, in general standards. My situation ocurred because I was of puertorican descent!! I was born in the US of Puerto Rican parents. They had to lie about their nationality in order to get a decent place to live and to get me in a good school. They made friends in the social circle lying about where they were from. The could be latin americans, but NOT from Puerto Rico. There is a lot more to this story, but I don't have the space here!!

    January 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Jim Brown

    CNN is obsessed with race and therefore is the most racist news channel online.

    January 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • HurtfulTruth

      Racists like YOU are ALWAYS trying to get people to STOP talking about race because you're too ASHAMED to admit to what you are!!

      Anybody with half a brain can see that what you're saying makes ABSOLUTELY no sense!

      January 15, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Martin Luther King Jr

        Only I may discuss the fact that everyone is a racist.

        January 16, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      Speaking of racial issues does not make you a racist. Ignoring them does. Ignorance is not bliss. You certainly have other channels you can view that ignore the issue. Facing difficult facts is to respect others and dignify them as human beings. To call Don Lemon's article racist is to reveal your insecurities about facing this and other issues that channels such as Fox would never have the courage to air.

      January 16, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  39. Rob

    Those of you who can't get passed colour be you Caucasian, African, or Asian. Please if you would be so kind as to at this second take a long walk of a cliff. For the rest of us would like to move on this century. Those of us in our thirties, twenties, teens did not live in those times. It be so great if all you old people kept your generations nonsense in the past.
    My generation would like to live in harmony with each other. We can best do that without you old folk. We learn our ways from you perhaps it's time we stop being the students and start being the teachers.

    January 15, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • pickettman

      Rob, judging from your statement you are the best example of why we need to further the discussion of race in America. The fact is that the issue of race has defined this country from it's very beginning. As for "moving on"...to what? You cannot possibly know where you are going until you know where you've been. Basking in our ignorance as not a virtue.

      January 16, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Doodlebug

      So I was filling out a survey the other day, it asked my race: White, Black, Asian. That was it. I'm Native American .... which do I put? I put Asian but honestly... think about it.. most times I am stuck being labeled 'Other'. Can't we just have 2 check marks? Human / Non-Human? I'm sure that would make things so much easier.

      January 16, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Margaret

      It would be nice to be able to stop writing about it, thinking about it, but some people are still living with discrimination. If you and your friends are comfortable with all people that is really nice. Unfortunately we have a number of young uneducated people who are becoming white supremist and skinheads. We still have people who go out to harass and even murder people of color. Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. How do we teach tolerance? How do we stop bullying, and hate crimes, they are all related. The funny thing is most people regardless of color, or religion, or national origin want the same things, to be left in peace, live their lives, raise their children, have a decent job that pays the rent, electric, etc. Some people just won't let others live their lives.

      January 16, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Pixburgh Pixie

      Rob,

      Wow, your response was...I'm actually left speechless. You think that if you are in your 20s, 30s, or 40s that we all have been living in harmony for the past 20+ years? You and I must live on different planets. Yes, much change and progress has been achieved, and yes, things are moving forward, but there is still a lot of dangerous bigotry and hatred out there. I suspect a good deal of it remains unreported from all sides–white, black, Latino, Asian, Native American. Consider these stats from the FBIs website about reported hate crimes in the year 2009:

      "Of the 4,057 victims of racial bias, 71.5 percent were victims because of an offender’s prejudice against blacks."
      "Of the 6,225 known offenders, 62.4 percent were white, 18.5 percent were black, and 7.3 percent were groups of individuals of various races. The race was unknown for 10.2 percent of offenders, and other races accounted for the remaining offenders."

      http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2010/november/hate_112210/hate_112210

      The people that you want to go and jump off of a cliff may well be good friends or family members–just something to think about. I know this because I'm in my early 30s and I still have younger EDUCATED family members who say things sometimes. I prefer not to fight ignorance with anger, but face it with facts and information to help disarm situations. Why not just ask people to drop the mid-centry ridiculousness of thinking that race (and not family, life history, education, community support, church, or any other myriad of factors) will be the sole deciding factor in the direction of people's lives? That might be a better response.

      January 16, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Kimbers

      You first, since you made it an issue.

      BTW, there are a lot of boomers who did live the end of Jim Crow and this is the 2nd time that non-whites have gotten full citizenship rights in America. The first time was in 1866, but once the Federal Government chose not to enforce the laws, many people were terrorized through murder, arson, rape and fraud into second class status. It would take 100 years, another Civil Rights Bill, a Fair Housing Bill, a Voting Rights Bill and enough blood and peaceful protest to change things. You might think your generation is non-racial, but with skinheads and other groups (even in other races), don't be deluded. I suspect someone like you, if threatened would easily turn your back on a non-white friend if it would save your hide.

      January 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  40. BlackDynamiteNYC

    I knew I was good to the last drop!

    At least........that's what all the ladies say.......
    BD

    January 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • CBo

      Maxwell is in the house!

      January 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  41. concerned in cleveland

    It will be refreshing once all the baby boomers have died off, and all the white people can stop caring, AT ALL, about race. Then blacks can just talk to the wall, because none of us alive will care.

    January 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  42. J

    God told us to forgive those who have harmed us, and to bless those who have cursed us. When you carry the root of bitterness called unforgiveness in your heart, you are the one who is paying for it. You are carrying a heavy burden that is shredding you from within when you refuse to forgive. Open your heart and let God handle it. Vengeance is mine saith the Lord. He will repay. He commands us to forgive our enemies.

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

      It is one thing to forgive, but it's another thing to forget. For better or for worse this happened. We learn nothing from history by forgetting it.

      January 15, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  43. martin luther bling

    black- black-black-black- blah- blah- blah– ENOUGH OF ALL THIS BLACK NONSENCE, I AM CHANGING THE CHANNEL.

    January 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • muse

      good riddance

      January 15, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  44. CBo

    I'm posting this again because I did not get a response to help me understand what the speaker is referring to.
    In the video at 1:30 the person being interviewed states " ... the reality is America was founded on race and racial difference...". "All men are created equal" is in the Declaration of Independence but that statement was referring to class as opposed to race – America was to be Democracy as opposed to a Monarchy. That aside, I have no idea what this lady is referring to. Is she referring to America's early economic growth due to slavery? How was America founded on race and racial difference?

    January 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • gremlinus

      Black America, not America. There is an archaic notion that the lighter your skin, the more "cultured" and "advanced" you are. So you enjoyed a better status the lighter skinned you were. It's actually common among many cultures. It's a strange notion, but there you go.

      January 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • CBo

        No. She states "America", not "Black America". Your response is as confusing as her remark.

        January 16, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
      • gremlinus

        I read the story, I didn't watch the video. I just watched it, and honestly I don't know what she meant. It looks like there was some editing going on there so you would have to ask her. It's true that a lot of the people that came here originally were "undesirables" along with the entrepreneurs and opportunists. Also, slave labor was used to build up a lot of the US infrastructure, so that might have been where she was going with it. Try reading "A people's history of the US" or "White by Definition" for more information.

        January 16, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  45. oneDay@aTime

    I think we ALL Know there is Only ONE Red white and Blue EAGLED American Worthy of the south Carolina GOP Presidential Nomination – STEVEN COLBERT

    January 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Gomer

    Notice all these stories are about someone's grandparents or take place fifty years ago? Why? Because there is very little to complain about now. There are whole generations of blacks who have never witnessed this kind of descrimination while still carrying around the sense of being a victim. The only actual bicotry, hate, and descrimination I have seen in my 43 years was by blacks on whites, not the other way around.

    January 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeswecan

      Once again White America in complete denail! Racial epithets happend then and is happening NOW. White America has prospered financially from the sweat of unpaid labor for back in the day and are still reaping from this unpaid slavery......so why should blacks not have something to say.

      Give up the money for unpaid salaries to their decendants and just maybe we will shut the hell up!

      January 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        So you want a free handout? Big surprise.

        January 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Norvy

        @ Rob: Why do you think someone wants a free handout? Is it because you have received free handouts all your life?

        January 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Yeswecan

        Rob...NO handouts. We call it WORK FOR PAY in America.

        Rob go stand in line and collect your unemployment check!

        January 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Imminent

        Only a bigot would label such a thing as "white america" in the first place. The denial is in the mirror. Those hard times are gone and no one in this generation was part of it. The current generation can NOT be held responsible for those atrocities. In fact, what you said sounds more like rhetoric and not actual experience. Perhaps someone hoping to stir the non-existent embers Yep, sounds more like trolling.

        January 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • DarrinMich

      Gomer, I wish that were the case but it isn/t. I'm a very well educated Black woman who has walked into Neiman's, Sax Fith Avenue and was followed around. I was well dressed and well spoken and could afford to be there but I was still treated less than equal. There are more covert signs of racisim today as opposed to overt. You wouldn't see these things becasue no one would do it to you. I'm 48 and I've seen it with my own two eyes and heard it as well. Just know it is alive and well and we need to address it. You won't probably ever really understand because it won't ever happen to you.

      January 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sunlight1974

        It may be race but it is not always what you think. i was followed around once in a department store and I was dressed nice as well. The lady walked behind me and checked everything I touched. Basically I thought she was an old bat. i asked a friend later what was going on and she just laughed and said since I was visiting from the Midwest I had no clue. Evidently in Boston there are still Irish Ghettos and I have strawberry blonde hair and green blue eyes. I am German – Irish partial decent and do look Irish.

        So just because the old silly bat was following you around where you were at does not mean she does not follow around other people as well of a different/race and color.

        January 15, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sunlight1974

        Just for further clarity, I was in my late 20s and was finishing a Ph.D. program so it was not from a lack of education or dressing appropriately. Basically, it was profiling. You would not believe the nasty things I have heard in the UK about the Irish and sometimes the rotten treatment until they hear my American accent. The interesting part was I was talking to a colleague who is 1st generation from Ireland and evidently my family though from Ireland were probably more Scots than Irish given our family name.

        When you say that others can't understand, prejudice knows no boundaries. Some of the most racist people I have ever met were actually of African -American decent. My college roommate was first generation American with both of her parents from Africa (Ghana). The other African American girls in our dorm were beside themselves that she and I were friends and treated me like either I was not there when they kept trying to get her to hang out with them or they would say a few nasty comments.

        Somehow we have to get beyond this as a country. I think if people were just to lay the race card down (or remove the race chip on their shoulder) and just be people and expect other people to just be people they might be more than pleasantly surprised at the openness and acceptance.

        January 15, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeremy

        I'm white and it's happened to me. My ex wife is Hispanic and when we were married she and I went to a restaurant in San Diego. When you look at her she looks white. So when the servers didn't come by she over heard them speaking in Spanish on how they weren't going to serve the two whites and they should go to their side of town. Needless to say it was a chain restaurant and my ex decided to report this particular place to corporate.

        January 16, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Claire

        I've been followed around, too. In fact, it happened just the other day in a Hallmark store. Maybe because I was wearing a big coat? (It was cold outside). I almost left in a huff, but I really wanted to buy some cards, so I just ignored the lady who was shadowing my every move.

        January 16, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • liz

      Then you are oblivious and live under a rock.

      January 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • VellyWell

      I'm sure your many black friends and neighbors have discussed race with you at length and vetted your non racist status. Let me guess, you are quite comfortable having face to face discussion with black people on the ancient history of racism in America. The # and tone of posts on these stories on race speak volumes about race relations in America today. Having grown up outside the US, this will continue as long as whites continue to work hard to remain apart from minorities (I mean where they live and socialize) and coming to conclusion about minorities that are not experience based.

      January 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norvy

      Gomer, what would you know about "whole generations of blacks"? Did you conduct a study or survey "whole generations of blacks"? You know absolutely nothing; your statements are based solely upon your personal feelings – not facts. Educate yourself: research "logical fallacies", so you will understand the difference between fact and your feelings.

      January 15, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • concerned in cleveland

      You speak the truth Mr Gomer, shame that dark skinned self deluded racists will never believe you.

      January 15, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • muse

      It's called historical grief, gomer. Native Americans can explain it to you. Raping generations of racial minorities will do that to you.

      January 15, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Yukio YANO

    Barak Obama's solution to this quandry is " I was born HAWAIIAN". I guess that is really what all this "Birther" nonsense is truly about !

    January 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      I realize that was a joke, but I've known several people of Samoan ancestry who were mistaken for hispanic (and you just know how much America loves hispanics). They don't even speak Spanish, but there's this image people have of what an "American" is, and if you're outside that image, nothing you say or do will convince them you're anything more than lesser.

      January 15, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Denise

    Why is America either Black or White? In Latin America/Caribbean, there are names for the different colors/races: Blanco (White), Mestizo (Indian/White mix, usually light brown), Trigueño (Light brown/Olive-skinned), Mulatto (Black/White mix, usually caramel color), Jabao (Light skin but with black hair/facial features), Moreno (Black), Molleto (Very Dark/Blue-Black), Moro (Dark skin, white hair/facial features), etc...The names are just a way to identify our heritage and in no way derogatory. Instead of defining ourselves by color, however, we mainly identify ourselves by nationality: Dominican, Venezuelan, Panamanian, Puerto Rican, Bolivian, Colombian, etc. I wish Americans would identify themselves as just AMERICAN, rather than Caucasian American or Black American. Latin American countries had slavery similar to the US, and still have their racial issues, but they are definitely not as pronounced as in the US.

    January 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • VellyWell

      Type "eyes on the prize" on you tube and you will see why.

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

      So, if being "Venezuelan", "Dominican", etc. is so important, why focus on the "background heritage"? Also, look at a map of Spain. Notice how close it is to Africa? Look at a map of England. Notice how far it is from Africa? Guess who colonized the United States (and gained areas from the French/Spanish/Mexicans)? This would explain much of the difference between Latin America's and the U.S.'s view of race.

      On the other hand, ever watch telenovelas? The glamorous stars are very light-skinned, while dark-skinned people play "the help". And while everyone's Googling, Google "Miss Venezuela" and click on images. Even Hugo Chavez with all his pie-in-the-sky socialist "there is no racism here" dreaming can't deny it...

      January 16, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Claire

      Are. You. Kidding...? I've traveled all over Latin America - it's incredibly racist, just like everywhere else. Just not against black or mulatto. In Latin America, the "indigenous," the "Indian" is the lowest of the low. And just go to a city like Miami, where the Latins are the majority. The "Anglos" are the outsider and looked down on. Racism is inherent in human beings, folks, face it.

      January 16, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Coral

        She never said that Latin America DOESN'T HAVE IT'S PROBLEMS, obviously they DO. Did not say that racism doesn't exist. I am from Latin America and DO LIVE IN MIAMI! Anglos are not looked down on! To tell you the truth, Latinos here that don't speak Spanish that go into an establishment of people that don't speak English are looked down on and even get taken advantage of. Now on the flip side, there are some factors English-speaking only Americans run into which here which is not being able to speak Spanish is the requirement for some jobs considering for some businesses the clientel being mainly Spanish speakers. It goes BOTH ways, BUT you learn to live with the different races and cultures. Miami is LESS ABOUT SKIN COLOR and more about language. Maybe is Languagism??? LOL

        January 16, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  49. mary

    It was the same for native americans ..My Great grandmother was put in a school to be taught to act white. She learned to speak and act white.. Changed her name and called herself "black dutch"..
    Her children were taught to pretend they were "black dutch".. And for for the family that could not or would not pass. They pretended they did not know them.
    I feel sad for all ethnic groups that have been singled out.
    It is not just black..

    January 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • multi-racial rainbow

      Finally, glad to see someone of Native American descent post. Really lame how Westernize names were also forced upon people.

      January 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Frank!

    FREE MEDGAR EVERS!!!!!

    January 15, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Ronald Knuckles

    Well since nobody will answer me , I guess I'll go now.I'll continue to drill my black lady friend's hole and not have her swallow my throbber.It's pretty upsetting.I come on here for some advice, it's relevant to the topic, race related.I'm drilling a black woman.Isn't that a good thing for race relations ? And I get crickets when I ask how I can get her to suck my balls.Thanks CNN community.

    January 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank!

      Dude, I gave you some good advice. Why not try reading it?

      January 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • toosassy

      I'll do it!! I'll do it!! I'm a black woman and I love to suck and swallow.

      January 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donald A

      Ronald, come on, man, not in good taste. Be proud of your relationship and keep the ball-sucking to yourselves

      January 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  52. serepta ann

    I have always had an interest in color, it used to be a running joke in the family that our great grandmother had passed. In doing the research all we can find is that she was adopted by a German family and it was said that she was "Blackfoot", in further research that could actually mean Blackfoot (as in the tribe) or the old southern interpretation meaning black mixed with Cherokee...btw my skin color is that of my Eastern European mother's genes, but the under layers of my hair could pass for black lol, you could really see the Indian blood in the family though. However it wasn't a well kept secret, when I was getting married (it didn't work) but his mother went to school with my father and she knew and didn't like the idea, even if there were no proof. I suppose I could do a test and find out, but who really cares! Several years ago I read "Who is Black" and was actually surprised that the one drop law is still in effect in 49 states

    January 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
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      January 15, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Frank!

    Also, that "one drop" rule is bigoted as H*ll, regardless of who uses it.

    January 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Ronald Knuckles

    How can I get my black lady friend to swallow my goo ? Why won't she do it ? She lets me make love to her bum for Christ sake.Just swallow my purple warrior!!!

    January 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank!

      Perhaps you should buy her a nice gift.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Frank!

        Try taking her to a German restaurant and order the largest platter of sausages they sell. Or, just serve her one big kielbasa. They, give her an eclair for desert.

        January 15, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • toosassy

      ooh i love to roll balls in my mouth! i'll even swallow too. gotta have somma that!!

      January 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Hold her nose. When she opens her mouth to breath, jam it in and blow a wad into the back of her throat.

      January 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Frank!

    Oh Pah! Please spare us YOUR anguish. I'm very very white though I know I have a black great great (etc, etc) grandmother back there according to family records. Big f*ing deal. I'm sorry about the struggles of your family members, but we all have a cross to bear of some kind. Yes, racism sucks BADLY. I agree, but I think we've also come a long way. Not far enough by a long shot, but it's also a two-way street.

    January 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  56. stevie weevie

    Wow...learn to write.

    January 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Willie

    No one truly knows their actual heritage. Parents rarely tell their children they were the result of a one night stand or retaliation with the neighbor. People lie about this kind of thing all the time. Birth records confirm the mother but have no way to tell who the father is. We can only take our parents word for it. We all have mixed genes from somewhere up the family tree wether we are told so or not.

    January 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  58. rh

    It doesn't take one drop, it takes one feature. My husband is part African, you can tell from his nose bridge and lips, but otherwise he looks European Irish with reddish thick but straight hair. His father looks German but the same African facial features – neither "quite enough" to be identified as part African especially because of their skin tones.

    It's similar with me and my children. I am European and Asian, and dark. It took me until about 12 to realize I was considered "white" – I knew I wasn't African but I couldn't relate to people like my mom who looked white. Now that there is such an influx of "coffee colored" Hispanics (and some not), I get mistaken for my two "white-looking" children's nanny, and my oldest who looks like me is considered obviously my own child.

    Point is, it's not your genealogy unless you actually hang out with people who "look like the other race". It happens with whites too, and purely is looks, not blood. I have to ask, if my husband is 1/16th African and 15/16th European, is he "passing"? I am 1/8th Asian, but look moreso, am I "passing"?

    It comes down to people, they look at multiracial folks like myself and you and wonder.

    January 15, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  59. punkalunkachunk

    I was born white, but played outside in the sunshine every single day, and I became browner and browner,.. will my children have curly hair??

    January 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Yep

      January 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank!

      You betcha they will!

      January 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason1969

      From your post I would guess that your chances of procreation are slim as you most likely don't possess the required knowledge of basic biology to get the job done. If by accident you do manage to produce offspring do them and the rest of the world a favor and let someone else raise them...

      January 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  60. multi-racial rainbow

    Don, thank you for a well written article. I will be honest. I cringe when reading some of the articles that have benen posted discussing Black In America. I suppose that is the point however, there are different experiences and perspectives.

    It is truly sad to see the amount of hate that comes from some of the posters.

    January 15, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Ronald Knuckles

    A little off topic, but why won't my black lady friend lick my balls or suck my johnson ? I'm white, and she lets me pound her hole with vigor,grit,and great enthusiasm.But she just wont suck my member.She says she's afraid of getting goo in her mouth and it will make her sick.Are all black women like this ? I just don't get it.She even let me put it in her bum a few times, but no suck policy is just wrong.I'm about to call it off.

    January 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • roger

      you are a disgusting pig!Ask your mama that question, see what she says.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tuppencecat

      Sad, sad, sad. There you were, giggling away as you typed your moronic comment...

      January 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • end2game

      I see you and ask you to repent .....but only this once..........

      January 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • harry

      nah, lots of black girls do that. idk whats wrong with yours. call it off! no head means no wed!

      January 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  62. hugo

    why is cnn(color news network) obsessed with race?

    January 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • RosaF

      Okay first of all, A: Monday is Martin Luther King Day. It's a federal holiday. There will be more stories about black history than usual. And then B:. February is Black History Month. It's a nationally recognized thing. There will be more stories about black history than usual. Pay attention to the time of year.

      January 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  63. doc jomo

    Take the "one drop" rule or law or whatever it is out of the law books and that will be a start to ending race. Then admonish all so-called scientists and researchers who want to perpetuate it. The same to all Biblical scholars and researchers. Next start teaching in the schools what the parents should be teaching at home that we all are created equal. Soon all hate and animosity will cease if we haven't killed ourselves first.

    January 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      "One drop" was and still is on the law books in the South, get the laws changed.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • AllPeople (AP) Gifts

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        January 15, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      I'd like to see the question of race removed from all government forms. There is only one race and it is called "human". My toddler has a "white" father and a ""brown" mother (SE Asian). He thinks of skin color as no more important than eye color or a person's name. We should all be so open-minded and inclusive.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Willbur

        Because then people like the author of this article wouldn't have a job?

        January 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
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      January 15, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • muse

        Making something illegal doesn't mean it doesn't continue.

        January 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Willie

    The same thing has been happening in Africa for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years. If you are not dark enough you might become a slave, or worse...Bottom line, racism happens everywhere to people of all colors.

    January 15, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  65. rs1201

    I'm surprised that Don Lemon would have been exposed to any type of segregation or discrimination. He's much too young and the laws of the land outlawed all the horrible injustices that were going on before the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.

    January 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • skytag

      On what planet have you been living? Laws don't affect the way people think, nor are they ever successful at eliminating bad behavior.

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

        Astonishingly, a large number of white Americans remain clueless about some obvious matters because they go through great lengths to only live and socialize with other white Americans. It's a great way to really learn about others.

        January 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tori

      Don Lemon is from Louisiana, he says so in this article. He is 3 years older than, which makes him 46 years old this year. I also grew up in Louisiana and I can assure you that Don Lemon knows about racism and discrimination, even if he hasn't experienced segregation. However, most of what he is talking about, since you missed it, is what was done to his family members... his mother and grandmother and other family members who were certainly there during and before the civil rights movement and during the existence of Jim Crow laws. A lot of places in Louisiana even now are not safe for black people. I recently experienced a mother whose son was moving into our neighborhood and was excited to see white people (a family, with a child, no less) living across from the house her son was thinking about moving into. Her reasoning was that if white people live there, it must be safe. And the funny part of that story is that both my daughter and I, according to that one drop law (it's actually 1/32nd of your ancestry or more) are actually black. Both of us are pale with crystal blue eyes. She's got medium brown hair and mine is dark blond. The law if fickle, though. I can't prove that I'm 1/8th or that my daughter is 1/16th, so people insist that we state we are white. I did the genealogical research, though, and I know my mother and her father and his family are not legally "white."

      January 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
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        January 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Jack

    Looks like all Americans are black... any white labled person ever fill out a government form as black....

    January 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Rickie Luke

    I had a 'colored' mammy in the mid 50's. Does that make me black?

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

      No just idiotic.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rickie Luke

        It was meant as a joke jerk

        January 15, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • sabrna

        thx 4 ur comment ;)

        January 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tuppencecat

      Takes a certain type of jerk to make such an awful joke.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  68. abby

    a tragic commentary on America. for a so-called Christian nation, we sure have trouble living up to His teaching to love one another

    January 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  69. bradlarochelle

    as the product of a family that "passed" I feel the history is only disturbing when it is compared to today. there are segments of society that has become more segregated again, due to many reasons. why is every MLK or Malcolm X Drive in a predominantly black and impoverished area? did we not hear or learn?
    even the language is offensive, as my great grand mother used to say "that was a word we fought to get them to stop saying. now our own people are saying it", but i still laughed at Richard Pryor, even though inside i felt a pinch.

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

      cant hide whats in the wood pile

      January 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willie

      I don't think Richard Prior used "that" word in the same way.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  70. JanetMermaid

    All you have to do is read many of these comments to know that racism still exists. One of the best compliments I've ever received was when I was called "color blind". This was said to me by a black friend who was married to a white man. I asked if they were going to the company Christmas party. She said the wouldn't feel comfortable. I said I saw nothing wrong. Her response, "But you're color blind. Other people will care." I still treasure that compliment. And today, 30 years later, it should be a complete non-issue. It makes me sad that it is barely any better.

    January 15, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • end2game

      The truth of creation is all humans should be "color blind", "heredity blind"," gender blind", "geographic blind", and "religion blind"......

      January 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  71. CBo

    In video at 1:30. " ... the reality is America was founded on race and racial difference..."
    Comments please.

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

      all me are created equal ring a bell?

      January 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Willie

        All you have to do is open your eyes and you can see that all are not created equal.

        January 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jadugara

      Does that part of the commentary not make sense to you?

      Our nation's capitol building was built on the backs of slave labor... When our country was founded, our founding fathers owned slaves... "All men are created equal" didn't apply to the slaves, because they were the wrong color, and they were considered property, not "men"....

      That's what her comment was menat to indicate...

      January 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Bystander

    Due to natural selection working over centuries, pigmentation diminished as peoples migrated north and they needed more Vitamin D to avoid bone deformities that kept them from hunting well. So, all whites evolved from ancient black ancestors. The maternal mitochondrial DNA can be traced across centuries to Africa and black ancestors.

    That does not mean whites are more advanced than blacks, since evolution development continued in all races to increase their intelligence and survival factors in parallel.

    January 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  73. musings

    I beg to differ on one tiny point made about the futility of passing: that two light parents or straight-haired parents would produce a child with the traits which said "black". You can go back to Africa, where we all came from to see that this isn't how the genes work. Those of us considered white drew some recessive traits which is why Swedish people (whose own ancestors were black like everyone else's in the world) keep producing those blondes. Yes, there are darker Swedes, but they do not descend exclusively from almost albino ancestors.

    The whole racism thing was premised the fear of the recessive traits of whites being swamped by dominant traits of dark skin, curling hair, other traits which are dominant in the human species. The child Barack Obama may have had twenty generations of white ancestors, but when his mother and father made him, Dad's dominant genes prevailed in the kid. And if you can put aside politics for a moment, it is clear that this hasn't turned out so badly as far as the man is concerned. I often disagree with what he does, but I do not question his right to hold the top job, simply based on his ability (merit on the other hand has to be earned and we'll see).

    January 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niko

      Two white people can produce a black child it has happen several times before. Like in the case of Sandra Lang 'white girl' from south Africa who was black. There is even a movie about it on her and you can see how black she was in photographs. DNA test proved she was the daughter of the white couple. She has a lot of issues growing up because of birth and the racial laws for South Africa.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • rs1201

      where exactly did you get your information about "everyone originating from Africa?" You speak as if Africa is the only continent on earth...it isn't...we have 7 different continents and the world's population originated from these 7 continents ...not Africa alone.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • alex

        wow rs you have got to be joking right? Did you atleast look up if he was right or not.
        man you are not that bright

        January 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • QS

        Human history began in Africa. People live on various continents, but everyone's ancestors began their stream of successive migrations in Africa.

        January 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Willie

        Some researchers believe it to be true because of some limited DNA results but it has never been proven, just assumed and accepted.

        January 15, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • sc1989

        what about pangea? and the continental drift? and didn't native americans cross over from Russia on a land bridge that connected it to Alaska?

        January 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • end2game

        "In the beginning...................the heavens and the earth......There were oceans, but the continents were connected...Look again children at a globe and you will see how they indeed did connect...like a puzzle and when the pieces fit together...???

        January 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Well...

    It's long been the rumor in the small Kansas town where my parents grew up that my grandmother was "passing". I don't know if she knows anything about it (it could go back quite awhile), but if you look at pictures of her when she was young and of our family, it's easy to see that someone isn't telling me something. It's really frustrating, actually, because I'd like to know more about our family history, but I know -none- of my family will admit to or talk about anything like that. They're very proud to be white, to put it mildly. I feel like I'm missing out on something important and I'm afraid I'll never really know the truth as people take their secrets to the grace. I think that's a huge shame, both for myself and for our ancestors whom I don't think deserve to be shoved under the rug, so to speak.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustGrowUp

      Try searching for clues/answers via public records and/or ANCESTRY.com.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ladybear

      Want to know who you are, who your family is, was and its history? You could ask the relatives you do have for what they can remember of the full names, maiden name for the women, and birth places, then do a geneology check to find out more. There are all kinds of associations and groups to help you do this on your own. Amazing what you can find out with a little effort. Have several family members who have done that, and managed to get back several hundred years without having to be expert at the hunt.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • multi-racial rainbow

      If you really would like to know, get a ancestry test. It will tell you what races you have in your family. Be aware that racial percentages will vary between you and your siblings. For years, some uninformed people and some rude hateful people would ask my mom "Do they all have the same father?" The answer is yes. The greater the diversity the greater the variety.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silence

      If you are really interested, go to a genealogy website and find one of the companies that does DNA testing. You will know for sure and if you grandmother is still alive, have her DNA tested. If the family is that "proud of being white" tell them that you want to find the path your ancestors took to America. You will not be lying and if what you suspect is true, it is up to you who you reveal the truth to. Good luck, and color is only skin deep and if you go back far enough, we are all related.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake

      Get a DNA test if you are serious about learning your past.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      @Well... see if the tactical advice will work for ya.
      Now that you’re fully grown; call a family meeting on one of those long weekends where everyone is a good mood. Start by looking everyone assemble dead in the eyes and tell them you have undeniable God given Birth Right to know of your direct descendant(s) forsaking all other ill feelings, personal or otherwise. Don't blink and demand answers. Cast you last look towards the one you know always tells you since birth to be truthful to others no matter the cost and challenge him/her to spill it or else they have no creditability as far as you're concerned. Hope this works for ya! Holla and let's all know if all goes well.

      January 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  75. john

    I mean to say:

    Thank God those days are over with.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • HO

      Why am I am unable to express my opinion?

      January 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Well...

        Are you opinions ugly and hateful? That might be why. Otherwise, CNN lags out sometimes or has odd "sensitive" words.

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

      Those days aren't over. Colorism is the reason Barack Obama is identified as black. He's half white, but I've yet to hear a single person call him white.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • EJW

        Excellent point!

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

        Isn't white the absence of color? Isn't black the inclusion of all colors?

        January 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • czerendipity

        @Edouard.... if you are referring to pigmentation black is all colors white is lack of color. If you are referring to images in light (RGB) white is all colors black is the absence of color.

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

        You probably won't hear anyone say Barack Obama is white or half white or whatever percentages they would like to use. All of these people that like to make the comments about skin color and then claim one color better than another should spend a little time in an autopsy room or a medical research lab looking at and examining the human body.

        January 15, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • liz

        White people do not get to complain about Barack Obama thinking of himself as black when it was white people who defined him as black in the first place. That one drop rule was written by white people.

        January 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • skytag

        I've seen a lot of Obama's detractors point out he isn't even black because he's have white. Interestingly, I never remember people making that distinction about blacks before one was elected president. They sure didn't make that distinction during the days of segregation, when we all knew where the "half-whilte" people were supposed to sit on the bus and which bathrooms they were supposed to use.

        I'm not including you in this because of the context of your comment, but I figured out the Obama haters point out this fact so they can tell themselves America hasn't fallen so far as to have a black president, just a half-black president. Even this has inspired them to work to take our country back, back to a time when whites were unquestionably in control of everything.

        January 15, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  76. john

    Well, than God those days are over with.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  77. LongWalkHome

    Kind of off topic, but how many more " first black to do this " movies are they going to make ? First black pilots,swimmers,football coach,scuba diver,radio host,etc,etc,etc. If you think you've already seen Red tails, you have.They re release it every year.They just change the profession.

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

      They will continue to do – first BLACK to do _____ – until being black is no longer considered a human defect.

      When a black person is judged solely on his/her own character and integrity and when black people can succeed or fail as individuals and not as an entire race...then it will stop. Until you see each successful black person and each derelict black person the same way you see Steve Jobs and Ted Bundy – rather than continuing to not being able to see the distinction between Barack Obama and Al Sharpton – it will continue.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • skytag

        I disagree with your interpretation. I think those stories demonstrate triumph over prejudice and expectations. Blacks are held to a different standard than whites and always have been, though it was far worse in the past. The bar one must meet to be successful is not the same.

        Breaking through barriers is a noteworthy accomplishment, not because it means one has overcome innate defects, but because one has overcome external challenges other people haven't had to face. Being the first to accomplish something often requires overcoming the opposition of those who have historically been known for success in that endeavor.

        When Obama was elected it was noteworthy that he was the first black president. If Mitt Romney is elected it will be noteworthy that he was the first Mormon president. When a woman is elected president it will be noteworthy as well.

        What your comment tells me is that you are oblivious to the added challenges these people must overcome. You think their challenges are the same, hence they're seen as overcoming defects. That's not how it is.

        January 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • awaysaway

      They are in essence "triumphing over adversity" stories are they not? Which is tied into being American and probably just being human. We like these things as a country. So they will keep on doing them for a while I suspect as most people get them in the level I just described. Now for those people that have issues with the whole concept of movies about black people overcoming adversity (as opposed to not liking a particular movie) ... well those people [you] probably should just reflect a little on your problem with it.

      January 15, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Sarah

    Thank you for sharing this. I cannot put myself in their shoes, but I can try to understand and from that do a better job in my work teaching. This certainly will be a story I share this weekend.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  79. JustGrowUp

    While this anecdotal family story is interesting (and based in fact for 99% of all black families who have relatives of lighter hues) it is the comments that are astounding. Do we really believe that it is RACE that makes people behave one way or another? Let me help you – it is NOT race. It is errant thinking. White people, black people, asian people and latino people kill, rape, maim, steal, lie, harm, fail to pay their bills, live on welfare, are lazy, abuse children, let their property decline etc.

    It is not the RACE of a person that creates these problems – but the MIND and THINKING of these people. But unfortunately – some people would rather create a univeral societal villain simply by looking at the color of another that is not like them.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • doc jomo

      White people from the time they first invaded Africa to trade for slaves started this Black white stupid talk that has prevailed through today. The more people are kept ignorant to the truth the more they will believe the lie. Economic conditions have made it worse in modern times as all races other than white are kept "down". When that stops we will have advanced a long way.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Elizabeth

    Don, Everyone has issues. Quit throwing stones. In the south, white women have less representation than black men or black women, and they make up a majority of the population. How does that happen? Maybe it's worse for them there, than it is for you. Do you ever think about anyone but yourself?

    January 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • EJW

      That is a nasty and uncalled for comment. I grew up in the 1950's in the US and I recall what Don said as being true. Taking notice of what happened to a race of people in the past makes us remember things that can be long forgotten or dismissed as never having happened. It doesn't negate what also happened or is happening to others.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • doc jomo

        Nor does it stop what is right in front of you. The growing population of half this and half that. One third this and two thirds that. How does that make one whole of anything other than a human being?

        January 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • BEK

      As a white woman, your post to me comes of as whiny, snipey and embarrasing.

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

      This is one of the best written articles I've seen about race. He is sharing a peice of history and reality to enlighten others. There are plenty of people who need to read these articles.

      You have made quite a few assumptions. Do you think this is aimed at white people. This is for anyone who wants to learn and consider another perspective.

      What he knows that you may not appreciate is with enough people, a multi-racial background is not always accepted. Someone always has something to pick at. Me, I'm rejected by many black americans but accepted by West Indies blacks. I look similar to them so there is a familarity. They know right away that I have a multi-racial background. This is oppose to questions from some in the states of "Why is your hair like that?" or "Your sister looks like this, but you look like different."

      January 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      As a white southern woman, I take great offense to your whiny little comment. You have no idea what real struggle is–you're a white woman, for Pete's sake! Why don't you read some books on the slave trade that dominated America for roughly 250 years. Read about what they put those people through. Read about how that still affects their thinking today. And for God's sake, quit pretending you're any sort of a victim. You think because you saw "Amistad" you have it all figured out. You will never know what it's like to be judged merely on the color of your skin, and for no other reason, to be found lacking. Grow the hell up.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jesus

        I am a white male. I live in Virginia. I have been judged solely by my race and found lacking. I have been omitted from social things, because of my race. Race isn't political anymore, but it remains social. I have seen the Black community perpetuate it themselves, simply by remaining the 'Black' community. We're all Americans, why do we separate ourselves like this? Race of an individual shouldn't be used like it is. Why can someone say "Black and Proud" but not "White and Proud?" Things don't make sense like they are, and this 'one drop' program is keeping self-segregating tendencies alive.

        January 15, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      he's not being selfish and just thinking about himself. he's just representing for colored folk, if so to speak. maybe if you wanted to be more represented then by golly do it! just because he's voicing his opinion doesn't mean that he's "throwing stones" he's just displaying a problem that still exists today.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      ARe you for real? SAYS WHO? AND WHAT PROOF DO YOU HAVE OF THIS?! Figures a white female would say this. Of course as a white female jobs aren't as readily available, you don't have a voice to say ANYTHING! poor you. Sigh...tiresome

      January 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Chalupa

    I have often thought about this and ask the following question, if blacks are "inferior" to whites (not saying they are) as some racists believe, how is one drop of black blood is able to overwhelm the other five liters of white blood? However, we will not overcome discrimination until we accept all as human beings and only say someone is the first human (on the moon, president, quarterback, etc.) will be free of discrimination. Those that insist on the first black, red yellow, female only perpetuate this

    January 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • NapaKnowHow

      Because even one drop contaminates everything.It's like having a drop of rodent blood in your system.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  82. NapaKnowHow

    We need to just have a race war and settle it once and for all.Winner stays , loser leaves.Who's with me ?

    January 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustGrowUp

      Where do the "losers" move to? There is only one planet earth...and they haven't made space travel affordable yet.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • just me

      get ready to get launched to the sun..pack light loser!

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

      No, we do not need a "race war". We need to learn how to live together and respect each other. That would be a great way to "settle things".

      January 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • rh

      My husband would have to beat himself up, as would I and our children. The vast majority of Europeans are multiracial with Asian or African, but they try not to admit it.

      January 18, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  83. SteveG.

    The fact of the matter is that the child of a "black"/"white" couple is neither black nor white but we don't have an acceptable term to describe the combination. We are all a mixture of our ancestors. There is no such thing as a "pure" race. The human race is a continuum of "color" and physical characteristics that defies catagorization.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • multi-racial rainbow

      Steve you are a person of reason. People who have multiple races are multi-racial. I am American Black, Native American, East Asian and White. The East Asian has the smallest amount. But it is enough to leave me with health traits found in certain Asian populations.

      Unfortunately, for a while some people were making people choose.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  84. craigers

    I always hear how hard black slaves worked.How come their work ethic didn't pass down to current blacks ? Black people are lazy bums.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoAnne Sentiff

      Are you really that stupid to believe that?

      January 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • spud

      A man tends to work hard when he's got a gun pointed at his head or a whip waiting for him or his children if he doesn't.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustGrowUp

      Dude – you cannot be serious? I would like you to move past the television stereotype and actually figure out that ALL races have those who achieve (work hard) and ALL races have those who are slackers. All black people are NOT:
      Lazy
      On Welfare
      Poor
      Uneducated
      Single
      Stupid

      Find some time to watch – Black in America – parts one and two...Soledad O'Brien interviewed an entire community of WEALTHY black people – none of whom were rappers or played sports – can't earn wealth and be lazy dude.

      I am constantly amazed at how the MEDIA's influence on the accepted societal images of others is under-estimated.

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

        I hate to sound like some conspiracy wacko but the people don't realize how much they are being "played" by the media. Just look at the foreign countries that watch our movies.... ask them what their impression of african americans are.

        January 15, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • multi-racial rainbow

      What do you mean by 'black people' which black people are you talking about? American Blacks, West Indies Blacks, African Blacks or Australian Blacks (yes aborigines consider themselves black).

      Here is a clue for you. Do you know, how hard it is for any minority (Black, Asian, Hispanic) to progress in profession that is dominated by another race. I can gaurantee you, it is not easy. One of my friends (hispanic), he had some jerk deleting his code in an attempt to make it appear as if he had not finished ahead of schedule. On one of my early jobs, I had the person who was suppose to train me, training me wrong then complaining to the boss that I was incompetent. At another job, I had my files alter, people forging my handwriting etc to support a stereo type they wanted to fit.

      What we are all thankful for is that not everyone is like you. You do not speak for the white race. Speak for yourself.

      You are rude and hateful. Take your sterotypes elsewhere.

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

      You guys please stop allowing craigers to get you all riled up. First of all, he's my BLACK ex-boyfriend, who's currently dating a different BLACK man. He simply writes "racist" stuff to upset people and get a laugh. He's a black gay man who enjoys upsetting other people.

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

      People like you should have to pay to breathe the same air as the rest of us. Good god you're a moron.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  85. just me

    God bless everyone who understands this article. there's a special place in heven for the whites who do, and a special place in hell for the ones who don't and as for trolls..yawn! get some new material.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I think most of us out there do...let's not forget that there's a black president at this very moment in time...we've come a long way. This is a great post. It sheds light on a subject that's been constantly swept under the rug. America would not be America without Black people....

      January 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  86. craigers

    I think we can all agree that black people smell like camel vomit.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoAnne Sentiff

      Well I guess you really are that stupid.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • spud

        please, please, please, please don't feed the troll

        January 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • klw

        Please don't feed the trolls.

        January 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  87. craigers

    My desktop is a photo of a monkey hanging from a tree.I love it.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • just me

      family photo? you must be proud.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoAnne Sentiff

      I feel sorry for your lack of a brain.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chalupa

      And he was the most successful member of your family.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustGrowUp

      My mother taught me long ago – that depicting another person as INFERIOR to you (deserved or not) doesn't make you SUPERIOR to them. It only exposes your own self-deprecating mindset. Every derogatory post you make – simply indicates that you are so insecure that the only way you can feel better about who you are is to make negative commentary about black people. Newsflash – your I.Q. is still whatever it was before, your bank account still hasn't gained additional funding, you are still as educated (or not) as you were before your negative post.

      You cannot DECREASE my value by insult. Never gonna happen.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norvy

      Self-portrait or looking in the mirror, huh?

      January 15, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Christie White

    Although I agree that the "light" vs "dark" issue still exists but telling people that your 'darker' skinned husband is your driver is probably not necessary in 2012. I'm a black woman from the country in North Carolina and I don't know of anyone who has to tell people that their darker husband is their driver. This is foolishness. Shut up.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tori

      The woman who did that did it at a time when she had to so her husband would not be beaten or murdered for being married to a woman that was perceived as white. This did not happen in 2012. It happened in the south during a different time period (he doesn't specify when), probably before schools were integrated.

      January 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  89. craigers

    Black people suck.Everyone knows this.They smell terrible.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoAnne Sentiff

      That's odd, I can smell your stench from here.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Often Misunderstood

    This was an amazing article. I grew up listening to the same stories, in a clearly mixed family I was the one that could "pass" for white and now get disbelief when people see my family photos. I grew up in the south with my family always warning me to not get involved with white people that didn't know what I was. You would be amazed how a young lady's parents will change their mind about you in the blink of an eye. It is always good to see in print someone else living through similar experiences. I would like to say I am shocked at the bigotry that pops up after an article like this, completely unrelated to the point of the article. But as someone who passes as white I have listened to countless "upstanding" citizens spit racism when they thought they were in similar company. Only in the past 10 years or so have I had the strength to say something. But that's beside the point, bravo Lemon.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  91. twang

    Just one drop pollutes the whole stream

    January 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Willbur

    "The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Don Lemon." Thanks for stating the obvious. Its not enough for Don Lemon to whine about how tough it is to be black. Now he is crying about being white and black. Imagine what the black community would be like if they didn't blame every personal problem on race. Africa is a mostly black continent, and even being the oldest civilization on Earth, have not advanced. In America, some people always want to "discuss" race issues, but dare to raise a point that doesn't go with their jargon, and you are a racist. Life isn't easy for most people, and race has nothing to do with it.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucent

      There are many South and Central American countries that have a significant number of people living in poverty, dealing with high crime, a lack of education etc. and the fact is their leaders have almost all been of Spanish/ Portuguese (i.e. white) descent. Not to mention millions of people who have lived under oppression and been killed/tortured by dictators on that continent. Of course this never gets cited by people who point to Africa as a symbol of supposed black inferiority either because it doesn't suit their racist agenda or they're too uneducated to even know this.

      Fact is parts of Africa have advanced and continue to do so but the western media usually only shows the slums, disease, famine and strife which regrettably only feeds the ignorance of individuals like you.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • multi-racial rainbow

      I do not see where Don is whining as you put it. He is sharing an experience. Do you think it is only Don who has had this experience. Plenty of my white/asian friends have expressed the same comments. Asians have their own heirachy. Give Don the benefit of the doubt.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Tony

    Just so sad my whole life watching people judged by the color of their skin. SAD. Incidentally I'm white while it really doesn't matter. Some of my best friends are African Americans. Unless some are deaf, dumb and blind there are a lot of good AND bad in ALL races. Stereotism has played a heavy toll on many. You would think with time such prejudice would fade away. Really sad how the world has turned out, just plain sad.NOBODY should half to pay a high price of prejudice because of the color of their skin. No matter you color, if ya done wrong ya pay, if you do good you should be rewarded. EVERYONE deserves an equal chance at life, everyone. I've seen some of what's mentioned in this article myself as I've been mistaken many times ads Hispanic and covertly chastised for it for nothing. Once the person finds out I am not Hispanic suddenly I become "OK". There's been obviously worse times, but it's sure sad indeed.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • twang

      The fact that it has'nt faded says it all

      January 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willbur

      People judge others by the way they look. That is just the way it is. Are obese people always invited to pool parties? Do short men always get the girl? The hierarchy of beauty doesn't really consider race as a factor in 2012. But, personal appearance is, always has been, and always will determine how a person is treated by others.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • JustGrowUp

        Yes Willbur – the hierarchy of beauty DOES consider race.....and sometimes nationality. Any AVERAGE woman from Brazil is perceived to be more beautiful than any comparably attractive woman from America.

        And don't forget the uproar last year when Miss Universe – who was black – was not accepted by many – because they didn't think she was pretty. (White men have a specific beauty standard – because they have been brainwashed – to believe that if the woman is Blonde, Blue Eyed and Thin = beautiful (fake mammaries will elevate this person to celebrity status) Example of regular woman considered pretty – Elin Woods – not pretty – but she fits the criteria – as compared to Gabrielle Union – who does not.
        This blonde/blue/skinny preference exists even over other types of white women who are more voluptuous and have dark hair.

        January 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  94. william

    A person/human should be judged on their OWN character, we have ALL said things racist and unkind at some time . there are no racists in heaven,and surely the grave Knows no color. Do you think GOD has a skin Color?? Jesus was a Jew. who can look at a little innocent child in pain or fear and see COlOR?? God help us !#*& ! ??? Cant we all just get ALONG? All of US every single Soul must see the VALUE of FORGIVENESS to ERR human to FORGIVE Divine.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • twang

      Do animals go to heaven ?

      January 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  95. government cheese, M.D.

    CNN article of the week said that if you don't watch Red Tails, then you are racist. LOL Do blacks know how dumb they sound?

    January 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • twang

      They are to dumb to know how dumb they sound

      January 15, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • JoAnne Sentiff

        Did you not go to school, you do not know the difference between TOO and TO.

        January 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sandra

        @twang
        They are to dumb to know how dumb they sound

        Are you too dumb to know that the correct spenning in "to dumb" should have two "o's" ie: twang is too dumb to spell correctly duh!

        January 16, 2012 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Sandra

        Actually, the correct spelling for " spenning" is "spelling" Oops typo. I can spell, but I just can't type lol

        January 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Eric

    I'm sorry for my post below. MMM just brought out the worst in me. I have no right or excuse to say things like that.I'm sorry.Not making excuses, but you just have to be in my position.I really put my heart and soul into my house, and my reward is nothing.Again, sorry.

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

      Eric, you have a right to express your opinion just like anyone else. You don't have to apologize for telling you personal story.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • twang

      Dont be sorry, it is what it is.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kajd

      takes a real man to say sorry. Well done....I just ate my pride last week for something I did that wasn't very nice.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • multi-racial rainbow

      Hi Eric, what a nice thought and shows you are not a bigot. I understand why you feel the way you do. Something to keep in mind, no one decent wants criminal elements in and around their neighborhoods even when they are of the same race.

      When decent black people hear or see black criminals in the news, they cringe. When decent asian people hear or see asian criminals in the news, they cringe. They do not want to be associated with this or blamed.

      People are tired having an entire race blamed for certain people's actions. Think how it would feel (if you are white) and someone assumed you are like Jerry Sandusky, all those Catholic priest who raped boys or the Green River killer.

      I don't like criminals of any race.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  97. PeopleWhoSayReallyAreAnnoying

    Eric below.I feel your pain man.We moved ( thankfully ) before it got to where it is now.Say whatever you wish, but black people don't take care of their property.When's the last time you seen a black person cutting a yard ? They usually have litter everywhere.They live like animals.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • jcc

      Eric sorry you have experienced this. But don't generalize, please. In a nearly all white neighborhood, the blaack folks have the most beuatifull yards and work thier tails off keeping them that way. I wm from Detroit, so i have recently seen the war zone look it has aquired, I actually was nervous takibg my daughter to see where i grew up qnd had to explain and show her pictures of how it was as greew up there ..we had been there 4 yrs prior and all was well. But black folks have lived there for years before. No one of any race wants to see this happen to thier neighborhood. There are those who want to live in a better place, but when the banks made loans to folks of any race knowing they really could not afford them, those home have bewn now left to fend for themselves because owners can't pay for thr life they wanted now. It a shame.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christie White

      Yay! It must have been a terrible grass cutting nightmare that I've been dreaming all of these years! It also means that some grass cutting fairy has been cutting my grass for free! What sucks is somehow after these nightmares, I'm tired and need a Benadryl. You're an idiot and shouldn't have access to a computer.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Well...

      I live in Memphis where a majority of the population is African American, and I am quite sure that don't know what you are talking about. I have seen exactly zero correlation between race and how well kept the yard is. In fact, the only yards I can think of that are poorly kept are owned by white people, but I think it's silly to draw conclusions like that.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erin

      Is that so? My boyfriend lived next door to a black gentleman in L.A., and this man's yard was the pride of his life. My boyfriend kept his dog outside and the dog poo'ed in the neighbor's yard and my boyfriend (white WASP) was lazy about cleaning it up -he was not "into" keeping up his yard because he was in law school and "too busy." This neighborhood of L.A. mostly lower-middle-class homeowners was almost all black and they kept up their homes beautifully. My boyfriend was the blight of the neighborhood and when the neighbors talked to him, he got hostile and defensive of course. But he cleaned up his yard at last. I should say I did... hm... married the guy too. The dog lived another 12 years, how many pounds of dog poo did I heft...

      January 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • rh

      That's funny, in my in-laws neighborhood, the whites are trash and the black people actually have jobs and are less racist.

      The new people are always looked at askance. If your neighborhood has "gone downhill" ask yourself why you are there in the first place. My aunt is one of the few white people left on her block, and all the blacks who are her neighbors are employed and have respectful kids. This is in a town next to Newark.

      I more blame the community for putting up with trash, of any color, and not helping families get more educated. Making believe that black = trash makes you feel better when you see white trash like yourself.

      January 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Joe

    The past isn't the future, or even the present.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  99. CommonSense

    Keep bringing up color and it keep being brought up.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Eric

    My neighborhood was almost all white when I purchased my home 15 years ago.It was a nice family oriented community.Through time, the borough decided to build a town center and build a busline.Needless to say, more and more blacks frequented the area and eventually moved in.There's so much crime here now.I don't even recognise my own neighborhood.The kids have no respect.The parents could not possibly care any less.Now you tell me.Am I wrong for being bitter ? I've sank a lot of money into my home, now I won't get half of what I could have.They just ruined it in a matter of 2 years.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • mmm

      Why don't you move to Europe? U would be alot better off around your own kind, don't you think? Any how, this land truly belongs to the Indians anyway right? I really think you should leave. I don't even think the airfare is all that much. I even heard that if you marry a native of the country you could get immediate citizenship and live happily ever after around your OWN kind. Think about it!

      January 15, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eric

        I won't leave.Why should I ? I work my behind off.It's mooches like you who operate on a 4th grade reading level who destroy home values.You leave.What am I saying.I'm sure you don't have the money for a ticket.You would just drain the system over there too.

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

        Why don't you move to Africa and climb a tree with your monkey relatives.You people are parasites.Lower than low.No wonder you're not welcome anywhere.Asians don't want you.Most of South America doesn't want you.You're misfits.A rodent has more value.Hitler should have targeted you people.

        January 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • mmm

        Eric...who built the White House? Guess who went all the way to Africa to capture the best-of-best? Can you guess.....I'll fill you in...your White Grandaddy did.

        They risked thier own fillthy lives to go all the way to Africa so that other's could work and generate money for White folks...now you tell me who is lazy? Lazy is the White man's last name and he lives up to it.

        January 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • kramses86k

      @ Eric. Im sorry to hear that! As an African American I actually agree with you i your frustration! The same thing is done in neighborhoods with an influx of Hispanic's. They move in with a gang mentality and make a mess of clean and orderly neighborhoods. It's sad but true.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      I think that your comment is the lowest and most bitter thing I have heard. America is a melting pot of hidden racist feelings. That goes for blacks, whites, mexican’s etc. Too much hatred for one another. The colour of one’s skin is a huge factor in all aspects of life in America. This article points out the importance of how white American viewed people that were not white and the consequences of running into people that were not tolerant which still continues today. Not all whites are bad and not all black like to cause trouble. I just hope that if you have children they are not as bitter as you are. It such a shame. My parents taught me to treat everyone the same no matter what the skin colour and I am better off for it. Hatred and bitterness will get you nowhere except perhaps a beating if you tell that to someone directly. Thanks goodness for the internet so you can spread your bitter message.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • twang

        Bring back JIM CROW

        January 15, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • mmm

      You people are sooo disgusting. Ask Strom Thurman, you know who he was right? He was the Senator that luved screwing black Women,,,,mater of fact is first born child was Black.

      Hmmm..you people are idiots. You hate us but luv us at the same time. Can't keep your hands off that black chocolate now can you?

      Serial Killer, Psyco Paths and a confused race of people is what you are!

      January 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • multi-racial rainbow

        I get that you do not like what people say about black people. But your response doesn't help. It is not all white people. Just like not all black people are a problem. Humanity in general has a problem.

        Regarding who is attracted to whom. If all this racism didn't exist, then people would marry who they were really attracted to rather than who their friends, family and society thinks they should marry. This is not the only country where this happens or society.

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

      What does th\s have to do with the posting! Take your racist self elsewhere!

      January 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Eric...we get it...we get it...but, dude..."Hitler should have targeted you" ?? Not cool. Only makes you look bad...such a racist and disgusting comment.

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

      Ha ha! you get what you get when you do as you do. Hate revisited, when will we learn. sad but true

      January 16, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
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