The Long, Painful History of Racial Unrest

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Continuous Cycle of Oppression, Protest, and Violence in American History

Health Editor’s Note: When growing up in a small city in the mid-southern portion of Ohio, well Chillicothe to be exact, I saw no racial disparity.  We had elementary and middle schools in a three sections of the city where every child who lived in that area attended that particular school.  When high school years rolled around, your choices for high school were the public high school or the Catholic high school.  Classmates were both what is termed now African American and Caucasian and there was really no differentiation between the two.  We all attended the same after school activities, the Friday night, after whatever sports game was played, dances, were part of the same parades, any activity that people of are age would do. There were far more whites in the population but I do not remember every experiencing a time when there was a “difference” in how whites and blacks were treated or treated each other.  

It was not until I left, at the age of 17, to venture into nursing school, that I began to see that not all cities and their activities were conducted as I had seen while growing up. I guess because of my background and where I lived, I have not seen a reason for African Americans to be looked upon as different than myself. It also became apparent as I have met more and more people from all over the U.S. there can be an uncalled for mistrust, resentment, fear of African Americans. I still have not changed my beliefs and the actions I have seen against the people of color I consider barbaric.  Society divided into two parts, one white and one black and these societies were not equal. When you have a group who is being denigrated, marginalized, there will be push back and those who think they are in charge will feel threatened and react. 

The racial history of the U.S. is nothing to be proud of. Currently we are in the throws of the COVID-19 pandemic which has created a situation where people are ready to grasp at anything to feel as though they are in control of their lives. Riots, protests, political unrest, aggression, disregard for the safety of others, and I could go on… are what we experience daily. This is not a good time in America’s timeline and we need to get a firm grip on this slippery slope of hate and start to think as humans and use the humanity that I guess comes from the word human.  You cannot teach someone to care about another, but it is what we desperately need now…..Carol 

Biography
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Mr Wansley: You need to study more about bolshevism as you have, perhaps inadvertently, become one of its strongest supporters. Only ignorance at its highest can bring this about. Congrats.

  2. Chillicothe, Oh. what an idyllic place 30 years ago for sure, and maybe it still is.
    Cities of a certain size though, much larger than Chillicothe do have a very small minority of African Americans who literally loathe white folk, but the level of black hate for whites that I’m talking about is racially per-capita no larger than what some white folks harbor for blacks.
    The vast majority of people aren’t consumed by hate, even if that is what the PTB would dearly love to see. Did you see the white guy stripping his own shirt off to cover the gun-downed black fellow?

    • Elvin,

      The point I was making, and this would be more like 50+ years ago is that there were areas in the U.S, where no big differences were seen. Inter racial dating was not going on, but groups were not segregated in any way.

  3. Being how this isn’t one of those limited-hangout sites that caters to Trumpsters, they’re offended, offended I tell you, by anything that implicates their fearless leader in the centuries-old plot to disenfranchise Native Americans and other people of color in the USA. Little do they know that now with the bioweapon COVID-19 bearing down on them, they’re in the same predicament as the Plains Indians were when they were given smallpox-infested blankets back in the 19th Century. Just the PTB culling of the human herd, Trumpsters, get used to it.