"Between Barack and a Hard Place"
Watching a video and then writing a blog after it was something i thought i would like. However, i now realize that i would much rather have the reading material right in front of me for easier access. This video blog really wasnt for me. However, the topic of Tim wise's interview was interesting. It had to do with racism in our country and the topic of Obama becoming the first black president is discussed. Wise says that racism 1.0 which he describes as the kind of racism that everyone has; the "overt, biased opinion." In the case of Obama becoming president he says that racism 1.0 has been defeated but that he unsure that this would happen every time in America. Wise then describes racism 2.0, which i find interesting. It is the hope that people will support and accept our black president. Wise explains that white folks can live a double standard and not be critized for being a buffoon. however, colored people have not been able to live this double standard like white people have been able to. Bottom line is that Wise doesnt think that America has come all that far in racial segregation. Some people still do not view white and black people as equal, which is a total shame.
When it comes to the Brown vs. Board of education case, i think that Wise would agree that maybe we havent actually come all that far since the case. The case and Wise's interview on racism have very similar points. The 1954 case ended segregation in schools, which was of course a big deal. However, the line on the website that really stuck out was the quote "separate, but not equal." This quotes shows that colored and white people are still not looked at as equal in the united states. Wise also agrees. He thinks that people have not looked at colored and whites as equal, but Obama becoming president is a step in the right direction; yet everything takes a lot of time. Wise believes that the Brown case was huge step in the right direction over 50 years ago, but even now there is still a long way to go; even after electing a black president.
It was shocking to hear Wise explain that back in the 1960's 2 out of 3 white folks would say that blacks were treated equally back then, while now if you ask white folks they would definitely admit to the harsh racism that colored people have had to endure. although it hink that the separation has been dimished a little, i also agree with Wise that we have a long way to go; still even in the year 2010. Some of the assumptions and beliefs that people had about colored people back in the 1900's are still percienved today in the 2000's. i think that the stereotypes will still unfortunately exist for a long time to come; which is such a shame.