We Accuse — Comments

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Ben Cardwell

Racial integration is not only a concern for the past, it is a concern for the present as well. People have a tendency to try to group up with people like them, and this is dangerous.

I'm a white man, and it would have been all to easy for me to be caught up in the racist ways of thinking that still pervades our society, especially down here in the south. The number one factor that kept me from being caught up in that is integration. I have known all my life people of all races and creeds. As such, the fundamental equality of all people has been evident to me since I was a small child.

The number one weapon in the fight against racism is integration. Only by being exposed to people who are different can we come to see the fundamental humanity that unites us all. This ruling can only hurt the cause for which so many have labored, and continue to labor, for so long.

September 10, 2008
Nina Boal

There is still racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination present. Right now, there is an anti-immigrant movement that seeks to stereotype all Mexicans as "illegal" people who want to invade the US so they can collect welfare. There is a huge anti-gay movement that seeks to use the issues of homophobia and prejudice to turn oppressed people against each other, rather than united to fight against the oppressor. There is much prejudice against the poor. The poor are told to be ashamed of their status, that they are "lazy" and "don't want to work." When in fact, so many jobs are disappearing. Even jobs for educated people are gone. There are so many barriers to access against the disabled. It's as if government and business policies would rather have disabled people be beggars, depending upon government handouts rather than be able to work when possible -- or else live with dignity if unable to work. Then there is still racism against African-Americans. Even though we have an African-American candidate running for President, a recent poll showed that at least 15% of voters won't vote for him because they don't believe that an African-American should be our country's President. Schools in African-American or poor areas are far inferior to schools in more afluent areas, so these children don't have the chance to be educated. There is so much more to be done.

March 28, 2008
Martha Adams,

I'm a 26 year old college graduate living in Mississippi. I just wonder why we (Blacks) don't have a voice and why the majority of Blacks won't stand or speak up for our race and freedom. People see it, I do, and yet no one ever does anything. I want to shout and scream because of my frustrations as a Black woman. It's unfair. I want to join any group on the movement of discrimination in America. It's not RIGHT nor is it fair to us or our children!!!! They say "stay in school, education is the key", UNTRUE. They are the ones with all the jobs, and how come we got to work harder than everyone else to get one of them, if they give us one. And if they give us one how come we got to be paid less and do all the work? And how come no one fight for their rights anymore? What's wrong with us? Wake up!!!!

January 20, 2008
Regina Jones,

I was born in 1958, I was/am full aware of the things that happened in the 60's. As my father stated, I was young, but very aware and fought my own battles while in elementary school (I grew up in Park Hill in Denver Co and was the 1st black family on my block). I still fight my battles working with a company for 21 years. I am asked quite often my physicians I work with, "Is there still discrimination?" Imagine that?

December 8, 2007
Margaret Kibbee, Greenville, MS

Unfortunately, the court is moving so far from the right and a recognition that racism has not been overcome, that we can't even deal with issues like affirmative action that need to be addressed.

December 1, 2007
Sheila Michaels, St. Louis & New York

I say, go back to the FDR Court-Packing Scheme. This majority dishonors all the good of the past sixty years.

November 29, 2007
Connie Curry, Atlanta GA

I am outraged over the supreme court ruling and would like to sign the letter and hope everyone else will. Can we add something about the criminal justice system — the schools to prison pipeline and the huge majority of "people of color" in prisons?

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