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Do Americans spend too much time talking about race?

The Montgomery school system has asked parents to join to talk about race. The groups are aimed at addressing the gap in student achievement, which shows up on nearly every standardized test in the country: White and Asian students score significantly higher than their black and Hispanic peers.

Superintendent Jerry D. Weast hoped the gatherings would push parents, students and staffs to address the achievement gap and its causes. John Landesman, a white man from New Jersey, was recruited to lead the effort because of his experience in helping other communities talk about race. Read the full story.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  November 8, 2010; 8:07 PM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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What's to talk about? People are different races. Get over it and move on.

Posted by: grobinette | November 9, 2010 5:48 AM

That is what is wrong now because people are afraid to talk about why they feel about different races. Then when something happen people want to throw race in it. People have a negative view of other races because they have not taken the time to realize that the only thing that separate people is the color of their skin. Everyone has the same feel and want the same for their children.

Society has separate people by numbers that are out of portion, such as, more blacks as single parents, without saying that most blacks are the least in having abortions as other races. The majority of single parent blacks do work, teach their children responsiblity, and see to it that they get a college education. The average black families teach their children at a early age the importance of going to school, holding a partime job while in high school through college, give them encouragement give them spiritual guideness. The majority of these childrens also include sports into their time at school also.

For too long people have the impression that other do not want to improve their life style. All races have criminals of every kind and no one races holds the keys to the worst ones.

The media will report more on other races because it makes good reading and it sells ads. There are a lot of people in jail or have died for criminals that they did not commit some because of the color of their skin and others because they were born on the wrong side of the tracks.

We have to stop thinking that one race have the idea that they are status quo without realizing no race has ever stayed the status quo. If we don't stop classifing races by the status quo, politicans will always use that as a weapon to stay in power and then all people suffer and caused hot feelings. With the election of Obama it has gotten worst because people are afraid that means in their minds that the status quo is broken. What fail to realize that no race can survive without the other. We all need each other to keep this country going. Each race has given a lot to the country in all fields of the world.

Posted by: ocrmom59 | November 9, 2010 7:31 AM

The poll would be more useful if it was just yes or no. I vote yes, but not because it's a waste of time. It's because it continues to divide people. Once we stop harping on race constantly, people will start to get past it.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | November 9, 2010 10:01 AM

A lot of the issues Americans chalk up to race are really issues of class. Britain has similar social problems with its white "chavs" and "yobs".

Posted by: AxelDC | November 9, 2010 11:58 AM

There is too much talk about claims that people or situations are "racist."

All you hear on TV is people saying this or that is "racist."

People don't use the right words for there conversations:

Racist: someone who believes their race is superior to another.

Bigot: Someone who hates another person because of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

Prejudice: Prejudging someone on some factor or some previous situation they experienced.

90% of what people claim as "racism" in the media is in the prejudice category.

The media promotes this misuse because claims or talk of "racism" or someone being a "racist" sells papers/shows and makes them more advertising space. Why do you thinks this poll is listed on this site?

Posted by: DaveLopan | November 9, 2010 1:27 PM

Talk about a "push" poll. One can think that too much time is spent talking about race without thinking that any discussion is a complete "waste of time."

Posted by: cpnich | November 9, 2010 2:20 PM

Americans don't, but liberals do.

Posted by: kbarker302 | November 9, 2010 2:28 PM

You should have added a couple of qualifiers in the head question. First a better question would be: Do Americans in the U.S. spend enough time HONESTLY talking about race? Another question would be: Do you think that there is racial inequality in America (better yet, the U.S.) TODAY? or: Have you personally ever felt as though you have been a victim of racism in the U.S.? I think that that would more interesting. Davelopan: you should teach! Excellent comment.

Posted by: stopthemadness | November 9, 2010 2:39 PM

Accepting and embracing diversity has been proven to be good for business, much better that a "we're all the same" mentality. The same applies to society. The more we learn, the better off we are.

Posted by: valandsend | November 9, 2010 3:01 PM

How can we not spend too much time talking about race when folks such as Rand Paul continue whine and complain about the 1964 Civil Rights Act stopping only to reenact the Civil War which ended in 1865.

Race will never go away as an issue particularly when a dogged and determined of whites won't let it.

Plus,a bunch of whites who are seniors now still have enough of the racial animus to pass it on through generations. Rand Paul was a kid in 1964, so why is he complaining about the Civil Rights Act? Because he heard it from Momma, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle and Auntie that's why. And that's one of the reasons why race is overdiscussed as an issue.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | November 9, 2010 5:18 PM

Correction of forgotten word...

"...particularly when a dogged and determined CLIQUE of whites won't let it".

Posted by: ArmchairGM | November 9, 2010 5:20 PM

where's the who givsasht option?

Posted by: eezmamata | November 9, 2010 5:25 PM

The Democratic agenda uses race to conquer and divide. Without race, and the promotion of the social divide and inequality that they promote and run on, we would not have the millions of indentured, dependents on government programs. It is a chronic parasitic condition. Social programs keeps expanding along with a government that keeps it going.

It is breaking the backs of the working poor and middle class of this country.

Posted by: tpagotie | November 9, 2010 5:35 PM

Honest discussion does not occur in this country.

We have dumbed down everything in this country to accommodate political correctness and this includes honest discussion about racial issues.

Bigotry is real and is inclusive of ALL races. This is the first place where honest conversation breaks down.

Posted by: tpagotie | November 9, 2010 5:43 PM

We spend way to much time and money on race related issues. Better to ignore race and just get on with life. For sure our government is way to intrusive with the constant questions it asks about race on nearly every government form.

Posted by: surfer-joe | November 9, 2010 5:59 PM

Yawn. Why think in terms of color.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | November 9, 2010 6:56 PM

Too many white Americans are ignorant when it comes to race.Not all white Americans are biased, but all have been affected by bias. Too many do not look at themselves and ask questions. The comments under columns written by Eugene Robinson, Mr. Milloy and Mr. King show that white folks get really upset and they call these men, racists and ask why they talk about race! Reminds me of when Rev. Beck called our President a racist ! Many white males just do not get it...As Bill Cosby once said, "Some folk need to get out more."

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | November 9, 2010 8:05 PM

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