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Father Michael Pfleger: Racism Is in the DNA of America

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As Chicagoans rallied to demand justice for Trayvon Martin on Saturday, Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina's Catholic Church urged Americans to "stand your ground" against racism.

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Past Member (0)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 5:09 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Jason S (50)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 7:44 pm
Good posting, thanks

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 11:51 pm
It goes deeper than racism.

It goes into anything that makes others different. Even children know this. They want to be like the most popular kid in the class. They want to dress the part and be treated as superior. They cringe and dive into the murky waters if THEY are the Ugly Duckling. Many an Ugly Duckling has become a beautiful swan,
But the way is difficult and, for some, impossible.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday July 22, 2013, 9:01 am
It does go deeper than racism. But most people need to start someplace. If we could just get a foothold into the mass of biases somewhere we could at least have a basis for educating by analogy.

Certainly I have plenty of issues, but I am grateful that today calling me "quirky" is probably the highest compliment you can give me.

. (0)
Monday July 22, 2013, 9:10 am
The ability to hate is not inborn. I have to disagree. Hate is taught, and it is carried over the generations. The ability to hate, harm, even kill is a sociological issue.
From animal crush videos, punching an elderly person in the face to rob them, to shooting a teenager because he looked dangerous are acts brought on by learned hate, or the person has seen enough violence in his/her life that life itself is not important.

Mitchell D (95)
Monday July 22, 2013, 1:20 pm
I believe that the ability,aka:capacity to hate is indeed inborn, is in human DNA, but that does not mean that we have to allow it to be acted upon!
Apparently, evolution has provided us with the capacity to protect ourselves from those we see as "other.," as in an"other" tribe, whose members may have desires on "my" tribes territory, and or women. In Papua New Guinea
at this time, as I recently read, tribes (family extended groups) living in the highlands, consider those living in the river valleys non-human, ironically referring to them as "Those people are not human!" If a member of another tribe, there, shows up in "my" territory, he can only be seen to have nefarious motives.
Well, we all come from ancient, and some of us, not so ancient tribes, that have survived by being weary of "others."
Well, you want French fries with that?
We need to accept our proclivities, rather than make believe, as the right wing pundits are reported to be doing, that they don't exist, and then work to keep from acting on them.
When we can get good at that, then we will be civilized!

Birgit W (160)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:44 pm
Racism is in the DNA of America? This is absolute nonsense. It is the brainwashing of our children, and the way we behave to people who are different, and has absolutely nothing to do with our DNA.

Deborah W (6)
Monday July 22, 2013, 8:29 pm
Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoit of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. -- MARTIN LUTHER KING

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than the opposite. -- NELSON MANDELA

Sheila D (194)
Monday July 22, 2013, 9:58 pm
No baby is born hating. It's thatsimple - yet, to counteract the learned hate is very complicated. Noted.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 4:27 am
Well I agree with Father Pfleger. Why? Cause as long as there are differences in people, there will be those who will dislike those differences. And as long as there are differences in wealth, status & power, there will exist superiority & inferiority. Differences in citizenry, wealth, status & power is the breeding ground of racism. And when you look at America, all those differences exist in bountiful quantities. Hence I can see how one can say that racism is the DNA of America.

Lloyd H (46)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 7:08 am
What a crock of crap. Racism is not genetic. But then one can not expect even a rather eccentric Roman Catholic Priest to acknowledge that racism is as with slavery a product of the Jude-Christian-Islamic religious tradition. Racism and religion are choices that people make, not things that they are born with. To say it is DNA/Genetic removes the choice to be better.

Lona G (80)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 7:52 am
Of course he doesn't mean it literally, he knows very well that it's not biology, but I can relate to it as a metaphor for something that is deeply ingrained in American culture. It's a way of thinking in opposites, in "we are better then they are" thinking all across the board.

But not to worry, its not just an American DNA defect, it's a human flaw :-(

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 11:40 am
I would say Father Pfleger was speaking more about our psychological DNA.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 4:07 pm
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