I do understand racism. I just don't understand how in this day and age we can use racism as an excuse for most of the social problems we face. I am of the opinion that racism exist and always will. I am also of the opinion that racism effects my life minimally. Some people seemed to be consumed with a daily burden that racism touches their life each and every day. I live in the deep south. I work directly with a lot of white people and meet a lot of white people on a regular basis. I treat them as I would want to be treated and almost always receive recipricol courtesy. I have received far more help from whites than I have ever received resistance. It has been years since a white person has actively tried to hinder my progress or cause me heart ache. Again, I know racism, especially subtle racism exist and always will. But, does racism hinder our progress or create our social ills? Help me understand how racism is such a problematic issue. I am trying to present this issue in a non-confrontational manner, but I am very resistant to general, non-substantive excuses. So, I am interested in specifics of how we can justify blaming racism for our problems. I do understand the historic relevance of racism. I think we can mentally enslave ourselves or perpetuate our social ills if we give racism more power than it actually have. There are many white supremacist that only WISH they had as much power as we attribute to racism. My biggest problem with blaming racism for our problems is that if our problems are based in racism, we are dependent upon the racist to change before our problems can be resolved. If we can accept responsibility for our own problems, we can resolve those problems by changing our behavior or choices. As far as I know, in this day and age, racism does not prevent us from changing either. I would love to engage in a constructive, intelligent conversation on this issue based on facts and logic rather than emotion and knee-jerk defensive ideology.