I was reviewing the Tweets of those I follow on Twitter this morning when I came across a post of a map of the USA with Google Autocomplete questions about American states: “Why is (insert state) so ___?” One of the states with ‘racist’ across it was – no shocker here – Mississippi. I was intrigued enough about why people would Google this inquiry so often, and I immediately decided to research the topic, only I decided to ask Google “Why is the South so racist?” rather than just Mississippi.
One of the search results pointed me to an article written by a Northerner who expostulated that racism isn’t exclusive to the South. The North – and many areas of the East as well as the West – are as guilty of racism as are the Confederate states. Cities such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Cleveland are known for having race problems. Philadelphia and even New York, that bastion of ultra liberalism, are very segregated when it comes to race and income,
According to the writer, Jay Parini –
The rebel flag is a degraded symbol, not unlike the swastika, an ancient and benign symbol that the Nazi movement co-opted. Slavery was a terrible crime: Between 1525 and 1866, more than 12 million Africans were kidnapped and sent on slave ships to the New World, and by some estimates about 450,000 disembarked in the United States, many ending up in the Northern states. Indeed, slaves were auctioned regularly in the Market House in Philadelphia and in Merchant’s Coffee House in New York. Slavery persisted in places like New Jersey almost to the end of the Civil War. Roughly 2 million Africans died en route to these shores, and the economy of all 13 colonies was dependent on slavery, which was backed by the sanction of law. This sad history is part of our national heritage — not just Southern heritage — and it’s something we need to deal with.
Boston is being called the ‘most racist sports city’ in the country. Why add ‘sports’? It’s just a city with a lot of racist people living in it. Racism has nothing to do with sports – that’s like talking about racial taunts with footballers (soccer players) over in Europe. Racism has to do with ace, not competition or entertainment or a city itself. It has to do with the people and their attitudes towards those who are of a different color or ethnic background than they. Bostonians are largely made up of wealthy WASPs (White Anglo Saxon Protestants) and Irish, Italian, and other White ethnic groups. For decades the Irish and Italians, because they are Roman Catholics, were looked down upon as not ‘really White’ by other European Americans. Now that they have been accepted into mainstream society, they choose to turn their noses up at others, namely Blacks and Hispanics. It’s the same in many of those Northern cities, especially places like New York City and its heavily ethnic boroughs, most of Pennsylvania, probably all of Massachusetts, and even Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island.