Tired Of Hearing The Word "Racist" - And Response

Thursday, February 8, 2018

I'm an old lady, I've watched the civil rights movement, the feminist movement, the gay community moving forward, the first man to walk on the moon, electric cars and the election of the first non-politician elected President.  I've seen the Korean War, the Viet Nam debacle and all of the fighting in the Middle East.  What have I learned?  Today, if you don't necessarily agree with everything someone espouses,  you're immediately called a racist, a word that leaves a bad taste in everyone's mouth except those that throw it around as if it were nothing. 

If you're white you have no right to respect Dr. King, you're just a racist.  If you're white you have no right to object to football players taking a knee, you're a racist.  If you're white you have no right to respect first responders, you're a racist.  If you're white you have no right to be upset with the Black Caucus, you're a racist.  If you're white you have no right to have a sour opinion of previous administrations, you're a racist.  I'm sick and tired of listening to this dribble because when a real racist (most likely the one calling others by that foul name) wears out that accusation what then determines an honest to goodness racist?  Remember the boy who cried wolf? 

I'm white, I'm proud of it.  I have opinions and ideals, the Constitution promises me that right.  To the real racists I say this, get over yourselves. Everyone, black white and brown are sick and tired of listening to your racist stories over and over again.  Quit living in the past and join the 21st century, you can't change yesterday but you can honestly do something positive to impact tomorrow.  I am anti-racist...what are you? 

Sue White 

* * * 

I have seen the disco era come and go. I have seen an actor be elected president. I have seen the Berlin wall be torn down. I have seen the first Black president be elected not once, but twice. As a 45-year-old black man who was born and raised in the Deep South only eight years after the Jim Crow laws were repealed, I totally understand why the word “racist” bothers you.

Please be proud of who you are and where you have come from. You have a story that could bless someone else. But tell me how many times have you experienced being treated unfairly because of the color of your skin? How many times have you walked into a store only to be followed and watched? How many times have you been refused service simply because you were a different race? I am sure of the answer to all of these questions.

What I don’t understand is how someone with your wisdom is able to see an NFL player kneeling during the anthem as disrespectful to our flag and military but the very thing that he is actually protesting is not. I agree that you have the choice to disagree with what that player does, but are you clear on why he did it? Do you even care? I realize that Colin Kapernick kneeling to protest the unnecessary murders of men with brown skin does not directly impact you, but please understand that the same constitution that gives you the right to disagree with him also gives him the right to “peacefully protest” any way he chooses.

Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that when the constitution was written, it really was not including my ancestors seeing that they were only seen as 1/3 of a person. We truly didn’t get that full right until 188 years later. It just took a while for those things to take effect I guess, but I realize that did not affect you either. 

We constantly hear the stories of racism over and over again simply because the truth is they are still happening. No, it’s not the literal “lynchings” that you once heard about, but it’s truly just another form. If you want to move forward and put the past behind you, each individual has to begin with where they are. Reach out to someone of another race and have a real conversation about what they have experienced in their life. If you can look around and take a serious look at our world and not see a problem, I don’t think it would ever be possible for you to understand why you hear that word so much. Living in the 21st Century is difficult to do when everything around you still has a 1776 mindset. 

Eric Terry, Sr.



Remembering Veterans Everyday

The United States Army was established June 14, 1775. Former Senator Max Cleland was born Aug. 24, 1942 and he served in The United States Army from 1965-1968.  Serving in Vietnam he earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star/V device (Valor) and a Purple Heart (loosing limbs). The United States Navy was established Oct. 13, 1775. Senator John Mccain was born Aug. 29, 1936. He ... (click for more)

Erlanger's Profits

It is good news about Erlanger's record income, but we need to understand that our county and city government should not pay, if they are paying currently, taxpayers’ money to Erlanger.  Plus, if Erlanger is making a profit, it would be advisable to cut the fees charged to patients, especially charges for unnecessary test procedures during emergency visits. Now we know ... (click for more)

Man Shot Thursday Morning When Suspects Attempt To Rob His Residence

Ryan Crowe, 22, was shot Thursday morning in the 600 block of Ashland Terrace, when suspects made entry into his residence and demanded money from him. A witness stated to police that while Mr. Crowe attempted to fight off the suspects, he was shot by one of them. The Chattanooga Police Department responded to a call about the shooting at 2:06 a.m. Thursday.  Upon arrival, ... (click for more)

Unemployment Rates Drop In Every County Across Tennessee In April

Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips on Thursday announced that county unemployment rates decreased in all 95 counties across Tennessee in April and all counties are at or below five percent. “Our investments in education and workforce development are showing results in all corners of the state and to have such low ... (click for more)

Baylor Wins D-II State Baseball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Baylor School baseball team has been on a tear these past couple of weeks as they’ve been averaging double figures in runs scored and base hits. It's become quite a winning combination. That trend continued here at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field on Thursday afternoon in Baylor’s biggest and most important game of the season. Facing the Memphis University ... (click for more)

Tankersley Shuts Down Grace As Silverdale Wins 4-1 To Stay Alive In DII-A Softball

Silverdale Baptist Academy’s softball team is rewriting a script from the 2016 TSSAA state tournament. Two years ago, the Lady Seahawks lost to Meigs County in the opening game. They won four straight to get another crack at the Lady Tigers, and beat them 6-0 for force a deciding game for the championship. Meigs won that one, 8-5, and took home the title. This time around, ... (click for more)