Originally created 11/27/02

'Boondocks' keeps racism alive



This is in regard to the Boondocks comic strip that ran in the Nov. 19 edition of The Augusta Chronicle. As a white individual, I find it completely racist that someone would insinuate that because Joshua Jackson is white, he will be cleared of his DUI charges.

Could he possibly be cleared or have a lesser punishment handed down to him because of his celebrity status? Probably, but that has nothing to do with the color of his skin.

How many black celebrities or sports stars have committed some sort of crime and been cleared or had a very lenient sentence handed to them? Most all of them do, so why should it be any different for a white celebrity?

People need to understand negative feelings are what cause and keep racism alive, not skin color. Black and white are colors, not a belief or religion. It is the soul, the integrity, the way an individual presents himself that makes him what he is.

There are too many influential people who steer away from the reality of human kindness. Politicians, the media and civil-liberties unions know that without racism, there would not be much use for any of them. Politicians won't get votes from certain races on promises they usually can't keep; the media would have a lot less to report and blow out of proportion than usual; and civil-liberties unions would be extinct if racism were to disappear.

The only other group that thrives on racism is the white supremacist. Unfortunately, there is no hope for these people. They're too maladjusted.

The next time the race card is played, ask if this is the work of some group or individual, or is it the work of some idiot, and then do what your heart and God tell you to do.

Todd Baldwin, Harlem, Ga.