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madlink said...

Behind closed doors, Chattanooga is swirling with hatred. Halfway between a city moving towards the high and mighty metros like New York, New York and San Francisco, California, and halfway between being a little old town like Ringgold or some other far flung city disconnected from reality. It seems like Chattanooga is in this misty swirl of confusion. Should we leave behind traditionally ignorant southern values like racism, judgmental behavior and materialism, or should we become corporate tycoons that weave malice behind the scenes by making it hard for the minorities to be employed and leaving poor whites to remain poor whites to make room for the elite? I am a black woman, married with child. I am not poor, and I am far from uneducated, yet my race is still stigmatized and I still get nasty stares and second class service, so moving from the ghettos is not the magic potion. Regardless of what a black person achieves, they will still only be seen as black, and no matter how many of you try to deny that racism IS at work in many ways, unfortunately it is, and I am living proof. I am traveled, I am young, and I can say that yes I am disappointed in the black community, but I am also disappointed with the white community as well. Speaking so lowly of blacks, but refusing to see their own mistakes, and how many blacks do you see on this message board besides a few (at least, those who identify themselves as black)? This is the problem: Both communities, black and white, are in danger of themselves. Not wanting to understand themselves, let alone each other, we keep Chattanooga, which has so much potential, from becoming something wonderful. I would never tell anyone to come here...there are other places where people just aren't this way. And a lot of us, we only think in black and white. What about everyone else? Do they just not exist? We all need to come together to fix this problem people. It is not black and white, it's our community that needs some fixing, inside the flesh and out.

November 26, 2012 at 9:44 p.m.

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