I was contemplating this assertion made in another thread and spent some time today honestly trying to evaluate what evidence supports it. It was hard for me to find any. Even in places like DR Congo, on the surface it appears we're slaughtering ourselves with no white folks in sight, but if you look deeper you see the same evil folks behind the scenes stoking and funding the discontent for their own material gain. I read so much about the Congo last night what I found sickened me...literally...I could not sleep for the mental images. The other part of the racism is defeated argument asserts you can simply liberate your own mind and then racism has no bearing on you anymore...i.e. stop thinking that racists have any power and they won't, stop thinking that "concept" of race exists and it won't. I was talking to a HIGHLY successfull and brilliant sister about this today (Spelman '95, M.D.), and she expressed incredulity that many sane black folks have this reality, and insisted in her circle, none do. But given our Black middle class appears mostly silent on these issues, I'm wondering is her circle really representative of well-off black folks? I'm curious how many here think racism has been defeated....or can be defeated merely by changing your individual outlook? I've no desire to browbeat those who believe this; I'm just curious as to how many of us are thinking this way.