"If you truly want to end racism and prejudice. Join 2013 and stop giving people reasons to think that way." - Michael Phoenix

I do not see skin color or base any personal / professional choices base on it. I know a few people, from another race, who constantly bring it up. When they do, it pisses me off. I know they are from a different race, I honestly do not give a shit. Thank you for thinking I am stupid by bringing this up. Congratulations on proving you are. And doing your best to turn me into a racist. Keep trying, not going to happen.

One even mentioned how a bar is not friendly to their race. I go to the bar, on occasion. As a journalist, I will be going to that bar again. When I do, I will make the owners aware of this complaint. I will also take note of their response. If I feel this is a serious problem, I will do an article on it. Here is what I thought weird. The person knows I am an indie journalist. When I mentioned about the bar, they did not ask me to look into the problem. The response was: they do not go there because of the alleged problem. It does not happen at the bar they go to. I am curious why this person did not try a different approach with me. Maybe ask me to do an article or at least check it out? There are subjects I will gladly do this for.

We live in a country and world where it is easier to end this than ever before.

There are great people, from every race, in the history books. The greatest ones are often not mentioned in those books. The United States of America was built by by people of all races and religions: Black, Hispanic, Italian, German, White, Christian, Pagan, Hindu, are on the long list. The people who truly built the country, names are listed where? The ones who died working on the railways. The farmers who fed the country on plantations. The Native Americans who welcomed and helped the settlers. Factory workers who were almost not human with the hours and work. Different races and beliefs with something in common: A better life and belief in the future.

I am an author and journalist. I do my best to see things with eyes wide open. I also know when to close my eyes and see life without looking. Here is one song everyone needs to hear and listen to: Living in a World by Janet Jackson. Especially the very end. Another music suggestion: Lives in the Balance by Jackson Browne.

It's time we moved beyond doing everything possible to separate the human race. Move forward, do your best for other people and yourself. Screw the outdated concepts like racism and prejudice. I live in 2013, not 1813.

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