I am a 31 year old white male from Texas. I live in a predominantly black neighborhood. I am in a relationship with a beautiful black woman and have fathered two beautiful girls with her. I was the best man at my best friend's (a black) wedding two years ago.Growing up, I had numerous friends in school and was voted class favorite more than once. I had friends of all colors, shapes, education levels, and so on. I was an average kid. As I transitioned from middle school to high school, it was not hard to see that although I got along with everybody, most of my close friends were black. When it was time to start dating girls, I was attracted to black girls (not that I didn't date white girls too). During rough times (my family was poor and alcoholism ran rampant) I even lived with my friend, a black, and his family. This meant I often times was in black neighborhoods. I tell you all of this so that you will understand that I was/am involved with blacks on a daily basis and not as far removed from the black community as many white people are. Now to the point. I can recall numerous times throughout my life when I was out with my (black) friends and experienced racism. Whether it be a glare, a stare, a rude comment, or whatever the case, I was there to witness it. Being the strong-willed person I am, I always stood up for my friends and did not accept racism towards them as ok. There really are a lot of racist whites in this country. However, my story is not over. Just as these whites were racists towards my black friends, I was often the target of racism too. As I mentioned, I was always in black neighborhoods due to my friends and girlfriends. I can't count the number of times I have been walking down the street and heard things such as "are you lost white boy?", "I think you are in the wrong neighborhood cracker", and other similar phrases. I have been physically threatened before with black people saying that if I didn't leave their neighborhood they would beat me up or whatever. Just as many whites were racist towards blacks, the opposite was also true. Many blacks are indeed racist towards whites as well. I sometimes asked my friends why I was talked to in such a way when I was in the black neighborhoods. They usually said it was because white people treated them (blacks) bad and thus I was to be treated bad while in their neighborhood. I was taught that two wrongs can never make a right. My point is this, many blacks are just as racist as whites. In the Trayvon Martin trial, his young female friend made a comment about "creepy ass cracker" and giggled about it. When asked if this is common terminology in her neighborhood she said yes. That is unacceptable if we are, as a nation, going to end racism. I am disgusted with the racist whites that I encounter, but I am equally disgusted with racist blacks as well. I see the world in a different view from most people. I know that we can eliminate racism from this country, but it will not be simply because whites are not racist anymore. We have to all come together and stamp it out if we want to reach a point in time in which equality is just that, for all Americans. In conclusion, I just want to say that I love all my fellow brothers and sisters regardless of color. This is not to bash the racist whites or blacks that I have encountered in my life. I just want people to realize that racism exists in people of every color and race. It is time we stop pointing fingers at each other, and we all take the responsibility of eliminating racism in society. As the great and heroic MLK once said, "I have a dream......
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