While the South has their fair share of racism and race issues, over my travels and places that I have lived in the U.S.-I found that North Eastern states have the most racial issues. Look at the Country club swimming poll incident in Pennsylvania state, where black day-care school kids were denied the right to swim because white parents thought they would steal from their white kids! This happened AFTER the country club took the school's reservation money. And the state's Democrat Senator said "Well just offer for them to come back but don't make too much of an effort!" Well why in the hell would these kids want to go back and swim and why is this white Democratic Senator giving this country club a pass?
What makes the South looks racist is Hollywood and the way the media covers the regions. The media doesn't do stories on racism issues and race crimes in N.Y., Pa., L.A. or other Northern and Western states or cities. They look for racism in the South while giving the North and West a pass.
New York City has cases with NYPD sodomizing black men, directly in their police stations and there are black cops being shot by white cops every year in NYC and Westchester county area over Manhattan. There have been 2 shootings of black cops-who were killed by white cops in the past 2 years alone in NYC!
The United States is a country, where 4 white NYPD officers can take a bathroom mop plunger, and sodomize, Abner Louima- a Haitian immigrant, until his bladder rips inside of his body right there in a N.Y.C. police precinct! All those cops, on duty, that day knew what was happening and they all lied for each other! Then a white judge lets go and said they were following police procedures! Wow! If it is up to white-America to decide about what is police brutality in minority communities then there will never be justice in the U.S. until that group is down sized-which should happen in about the next 30 years.
When I lived in California, a gang of Mexicans fire-bombed a black family's home in Pasadena, Ca. There were also about 5 more hate crimes done by Mexican gangs on innocent blacks within my first year of moving to Ca.
When I went to college in Ohio-I found very little hate and race issues in the Mid-West. I have been through Michigan and Iowa and found people got along much better than any where else.
Of course the South has race issues but it is mostly due to the environment created by certain politicians and judges but not directly motivated by people.
Where Obama perplexes me, in speaking out on this case(Sgt. James Crowley and Professor Gates), is the fact that there are many more egregious cases of citizens being victimized by bad cops-in the U.S. and so far, no Democratic(since they say they are for blacks and minorities) legislature has lifted one finger to correct these issues! The best thing that Obama can do right now-is to quit and give the job to John Edwards. Obama, Clinton, MCain and Palin need to all be shipped to Venus and they can take the Senate with them.
In my "first hand" view and according to FBI facts-about race and hate crimes:(and where they really happen)
Yankees are the worse racist. The North Eastern states, have this criminal mafia good old boy system-that allows racism, killings, crime rings within the government and law enforcement community but the media rarely exposes any of this. Coming from Louisiana state, I was shocked at how corrupt New York and New Jersey was when I lived in those 2 states!
If we compare racism in the South against the North-Eastern states or California, the South looks like Alice of Wonderland!
Western states-have many immigrant gangs that kill anyone who isn't from their latin American country. Most hate crimes against African Americans are perpetrated by Hispanics and not white Americansand most hate crimes happen in California state! According to their own statistics and District Attorney's office in Los Angeles county.
The South-has institutionalized issues but the Mid-West appears to be where Americans have managed to get along and respect each other.
It appears that an American cop can beat his wife, choke someone, shoot unarmed kids & last week a cop set someone on fire! And it is always "proper police procedure!" If this is always proper police procedure than the U.S. is no more civilized than the Taliban or the Congo Republic of Africa!
Regarding the Boston arrest of the Harvard Professor. The cop is on t.v. saying that he arrested Professor Gates, for making a comment? Well, cops need to get out of the habit that if anyone looks at them-they have a legal right to arrest, beat or even shoot you.
If Sgt. Crowleywas so afraid, for the Professor, having hidden people in his home-then why didn't he check the home after he arrested the Harvard Professor? Plus, lets not kid ourselves about cops and successful blacks in America. IT BURNS THEIR BRAIN to be only a cop and surrounded by blacks and browns who are smart enough to be at Harvard in Cambridge, Ma. The sadistic and racist treatment of black men in America-on all fronts-needs to be addressed.