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January 14th, 2009
09:44 PM ET

Racism an Issue?

Is racism an issue in America today?

Nobody in Tony Harris' report on Thursday said America is beyond race.  But most seemed to agree that the country had moved beyond the racism of the 1960s. And when you compare today's diversity of our government and our corporations and our schools to how it was back then, it's easy to see how things have changed.

The question isn't whether racism still exists - it clearly does in all races of today's society. But we'd like you to vote and comment on whether it's still a major issue in today's America, versus the America of your grandparents.

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. Jel

    Racism isn't as bad as it was for our grandparents, but racism is ALWAYS going to be around. Society as a whole fears differences.

    January 14, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  2. Derrick

    Yes it is in fact a issue because at the school that I attend you can see whites hanging with whites and blacks with blacks. My school is like in the south also so you can really see the racial problem.

    January 14, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  3. nick

    Carl,Racism is a big thing to me because there sin is a diffrent color does not mean athing to me they could be green,blue for all i care they are the same .

    January 14, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  4. Nick

    Carl,Racism is a big thing to me because there skin is a diffrent color does not mean anything to me they could be green,blue for all i care they are the same . T hat is the way every one should be that is just what i think.

    January 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  5. Olive

    I think that it is still an issue, but it is better than in the past.
    We can prevent it by learning from the past, talk to others about the subject and then show what we know by creating a better future.

    January 14, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  6. Iris

    no
    we have learned

    January 14, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  7. Joyce&Joycelin

    Racism will still be one of the issues of America-as little or as big.
    But we think that racism isn't that bad as it was in the olden days.
    What we're sure about is, that racism based on skin color is not the main standard as it was when our grandparents lived

    January 15, 2009 at 12:20 am |
  8. Cindy

    Yes. It might not be such a big issue but I believe it will exist in some way. And also, in a way, racism on such standards which have existed for a long time will fade away and racism might not be that strong anymore.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:33 am |
  9. Clouder

    No way. Racism will be groing weaker, but some new subjects on racism might pop up. I believe that racism is not going to be that a big deal in the future.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:36 am |
  10. Lindy

    Racism will exist. But the major subjects in racism might fade away, or likely. I'm in a international school and you can see no racism in here. I hope America will turn to be a openminded country, with not much racism

    January 15, 2009 at 12:39 am |
  11. Bailey

    I've heard that Americans treat people from a former enemy country unfairly. We might not still not like that country, or look them in a bad way, but just because they are from that country does not mean that they are responsible for the things their ancestors have done. We need to live in the modern age. If every American looks at foreigners that way, then America will be a country where racism is strong.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:46 am |
  12. Caroline

    We might have broken a few glass ceilings but racism is still going to exist, and in a strong way ,if we still blame people for what their ancestors have done in the past.
    Foreigners should be able to look at America with admiring eyes, but Americans are somtimes unjust, and do not forget the past and forgive.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:50 am |
  13. Mrs. Carionn's class

    We think that there will still be a wall of racism that blocks people from having complete freedom. Thinking about the past is not going to help if we want America to be a country where racism is not a big issue. Look at foreigners with a neutral view. We cannot blame them for the past because they did not do it and they might have different thoughts from other people. We think that racism with countries is the strongest, which may make other people look at America in a disapproving glance in return.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:57 am |
  14. Sibrina

    I think racism is a problem to a point, but it's not right. I don't judge cherry pie by the crust, it's cherry pie on the inside right?

    January 15, 2009 at 1:38 am |
  15. Joyce

    Racism is../ Better then it has been in the past.
    But it's still here.
    I hoped we have learned not to, but it's still here.
    I think it will be always here, despite the years.
    So yes, it is still a problem.
    Not a major one, or a minor one, just a regular sized one.

    January 15, 2009 at 6:20 am |
  16. Jaeho

    I think race is still an issue in America. Although I'm a foreigner, I look newspapers and CNN news daily so I know some things about race. If race is not an issue in America then why the medias are so eager to report Barack is an 'African America'? If it was McCain who was voted for the president the newspapers will just report 'McCain elected' and not will be this eager to report about him – at least this is what I think.
    But like any other students who wrote comments before me, it is better than my grandfather's days.

    January 15, 2009 at 6:45 am |
  17. Ben

    Carl,Racism is a big thing to me because there skin is a diffrent color does not mean anything to me they could be green,blue for all i care they are the same . T hat is the way every one should be that is just what i think.

    January 15, 2009 at 7:10 am |
  18. Jo

    Racism is still a huge issue today, everybody says America has given people equal rights but they are WRONG! I read a story that the day before the New Year that to African American's were walking up to one of their driveway's. A cop who came out of the shadows out of nowhere told them to get on the ground, because they stole that car which was one of the African American's. That cop was profiling big time. Anyways... The African American's parents come out to see what was going on and guess what. The cop shoved the woman against the wall and shot the "suspect" on the ground. The African American is in the hospital severely injured and the cop IS going to spend the rest of his life in jail. Why can't people understand that African American's are people too and they have feelings. They don't want to be hurt as much as anybody else does.

    January 15, 2009 at 7:31 am |
  19. Courtney

    I feel that even though the country has come a long way, we're still in a place where racism exists. I think that we all know racism is wrong so instead of saying there's racism we tend to hide it, but not so well.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:02 am |
  20. mitchel

    I agree that things have changed but many kids at my school think that teachers are out to get them because of there race and many kids here have a racist attitued to different races at my school.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:07 am |
  21. Skyler

    Carl, I think in todays world that racism is still a big issue.We still classify people in colors and that should be eliminated.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  22. sam

    Racism is still there, it will always be there. But I’ve grown up I look on my left I look on my right and there’s two different colors. I've grown up in a multicultural environment so it’s not a big deal for me and there are people who it is a big deal for them. Racism real and its scary don’t think it’s gone it’s still very much there.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  23. HANNAH!!!!!

    I Don't think that racism is a big problem. I guess some people may feel like it could be, but I think that we're all the same. And, when i think about it I don't ever look or feel different ways about someone who's different. ❤

    January 15, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  24. Marshall

    Instead of worrying about having a African-American president I think that we should be worried about the economy and all of the prices of gas and the Dow Jones.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:09 am |
  25. caroline

    i think racism is still an issue but not as bad as it was in the 60's because we have come as far as to electing an african-american president. YA OBAMA!!! 🙂

    January 15, 2009 at 8:09 am |
  26. chandler

    I think that now since we elected an African-American president everything will fade. I think that even though racism will still be on the back burner, it is becoming less of an issue.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:10 am |
  27. Kate

    I think that we still all think of racism and just because Obama is black does not mean that he will be a better president or a worse president (he would be great either way) and because black people are getting jobs not slaved is a huge improvment.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:10 am |
  28. Anabel

    I think that it is still an issue. But it is not happening as much as before I think.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:10 am |
  29. John

    Racism isn't as big of an issue as it used to be, but behind backs, there is still probably some racism going on...Racism hasn't gone away, and I would probably expect a lot more racism to come, this is because some people have problems with different people..."Xenophobia"...

    January 15, 2009 at 8:11 am |
  30. Matt

    It really depends on what Obama plans to do with our country. I think he will definitely lead our country well, but I don't know what other people might think.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:11 am |
  31. connor

    yes there is still racists in the world.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:12 am |
  32. Homie

    I think that racism is a problem in our country. It is just the way that the older part of our nation it taught to believe in racism. The country is definitely getting better.
    you rock carl~!!!!!!~~~~

    January 15, 2009 at 8:12 am |
  33. ginger

    yes I think that racism is still a problem. even thought we have been through a lot to abolish racism there are still people who think that racism is ok. and even though it is very roung people still think that they are beter than some one els becuase they have a differant skin color. I don't think that it is going to go away I think that people will just try to hide it more.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:13 am |
  34. sam

    Racism is still there, it will always be there and just because we have elected a new President it doesn’t change anything. This just makes it harder on President Obama because of his color; he was at the bottom and rose to the top. Racism is still an issue in some areas but it has gotten better then when our grandparents were kids.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  35. J

    Racism is still here and it always will be. It's just that if we individually overcome racism is what matters because that's all you can do.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:36 am |
  36. Mr. Panamarczuk's 1st Block SS Class

    We think there will still be racism, but we wish we could change it... What do you think Carl?

    P.S. Don't you think it would be cool to have purple, blue, or green skin?

    January 15, 2009 at 8:40 am |
  37. parker

    i don't know and i think that that will be a lot of peoples answer is that they just don't know. We don't see it on a regular basis but it is still out there so you can't really tell if the people of the U.S. are beyond racism because we have elected an african american president.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:45 am |
  38. Brett

    As long as whites, blacks, asians, arabs, and jews live together in the same land there will allways be issues. Look at South Africa or Israel. They are both great examples of how races cannot live together in harmony. If you want to fix the "race" problem in this nation take Abraham Lincons advice and give the blacks reparations for there land and ship them back to Africa. Same thing with Latinos and all other non white races. ITs like putting lion and tigers together, there going to fight.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  39. Kolton

    Yes I think racism is still an issue. I am an african american, and I hear racist remarks everyday. The reason I don't get mad is because some people they don't notice that they sound racist.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  40. Mr. Tegens Class

    Hi Carl, our class disscussed the issue of racism in class today and we believe that racism in America will never completely go away because some people have racism hardwired into their lives. It's the way that they were raised and it was taught to them by their parents and they will teach it to their children and grandchildren and it is a cycle that will not end for a long long time.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:08 am |
  41. Colin

    Carl I think that racism is not an important issue in America but is causing many problems.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  42. Anna

    I think that racisim is still an issue, but not as open as when are grandparents were alive.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  43. Cailean

    i think that is still a problem in our country.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  44. Matt

    I think it might be a bigger issue if obama does a poor job in office but i dont think that is very likely

    January 15, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  45. morgan

    I think that racism is is still an issue. I don't think it's major, but I don't think it's minor either. I think it has gotten better and will continue to get better, but there will always be some form of racism.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  46. forest

    That I have seen, so far, it is not a problem this year.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  47. Sean

    Racism has been a problem for thousands of years. There are and will always be people like the general of the south Robert Lee. Racism will never go away. Not until the end of the world

    January 15, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  48. forest

    That I have seen, so far, it is not a problem this year.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  49. Zack

    No, there is still racism. Although nothing impossible (although that could back fire on its self).

    January 15, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  50. Lyssa

    well i think that we should not get all worked up about this!!!!!!! *_*

    January 15, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  51. Lindsay

    I think in my grandparents time, racism was a problem but now It is not so much but I feel as if It is still a problem and we need to fix it.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  52. christina

    It is an issue because our countries doesn't like certain people from other countries

    January 15, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  53. Mrs. Spivey's AM SHOW Class

    We agree that racism is still a major issue here in America. It may not be in the forefront as much as it was in our parents generation but it is still just as tragic a crime in society. Until people realize that is takes teaching children to be accepting rather than teaching them to be exclusionary or prejudice for any reason we have a long way to go. When people feel slighted by someone else it is human nature to then pass judgement and catagorize and it will only be through teaching and training that that behavior changes.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  54. Rio

    I think racism today is not an issue as it was in the 1960's,
    but it's still problem. The KKK still exists but it's very very small compared to the1960's. Racism is still there but people are not as open about their discrimination.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  55. Bobipher

    From my experiences I still think racism is an issue. Just because racism is less advertised that doesn't mean it has vanished from our ever-changing country. I mean the Ku Klux Klan is still in existence and every other day there is news about some person under the eye of the paparazzi making a racist comment. So on the contrary to 14% of our nation I believe racism is a problem.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  56. Corey

    I think it is not a big issue but it depends on where you are.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  57. Chloe

    Racism is not quite as much of an issue as it used to be. It still seems to be a problem though. Parents should be more careful of what they are teaching their children. They may not always be aware of it, but they could be the cause of some serious controversy. The color of someone's skin should not make a difference on how they are treated. Everyone is the same on the inside, and that should be all that matters. Hopefully in the future, racism will be completely forgotton and no longer a problem.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  58. Bob

    Unfortunately racism still exists, it may not be as known, or talked about now, but it is still around. We may be accepting of races now, but some people don`t like Asians, or African Americans, which fuels racism.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  59. Varland

    There will always be a small problem with race, because the world is ignorant.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  60. Tyler

    raiscim is not a big issue and i think that people should just grow up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 15, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  61. bridget

    I think there is still people that do not respect you if you have different colored skin. That is where we need to improve on. Making anyone from anywhere feel welcome. Hopefully other people feel the same.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  62. Mitch

    I think there is still an issue just not in my school cause if they are racist then they get hurt really bad and we teach them not to be that way

    January 15, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  63. Todd

    Racism has been a big deal in our country for the last 50 or so years, But I feel that people are thinking to much about the past and not enough about now, for all of the americans in the US racism is a minority.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  64. Will

    Yes racism is an issue because if you say something about one person that whole race will think you're talking about them.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  65. Emmett

    I don't think it is the at big of a problem but I guess it could be.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  66. Asia

    race will all ways be any issue ..... but we can in prove the issue of race

    January 15, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  67. Nick

    I don't think it is a issue seeing how where I live all my friends are nice to black people and also I am too...

    January 15, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  68. Devon

    Yes I think racism is a issue but we can't do much about it. Racism has went down since the 1960 but it is getting more violent to some people.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  69. bridget

    Even if we try our hardest to let people with different colored skin to not feel different. Racism will always be in this world but we can try to get ride of some of it.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  70. Shawn

    well no i think that we have a good USA

    January 15, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  71. Kailtyn

    I feel that everybody is equal and nobody should be a raises. I think that just because u r a different color or from a different country that you should be treated different. Them it's not fair to everybody else. I think that everybody is the same. Nobody should be treated different. Everybody is treated like everyone else.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  72. Alexander

    I think that there will always be people out there who will not like other races. But this country has gone a long way since the 1960's. And it will probably get even better in the future. Carl, I dance way better than you. Do you think so?

    January 15, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  73. Jesse

    I think racism is definitely still an existing problem. Too many people judge others by their color, and it is not right. People are people, different color or not. Nobody should be excluded because of their color.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  74. Brittany

    Racism isn't a huge problem anymore, but it is still a problem. Things are way different than how they used to be. But racism is still in the United States. People these days just hide it, instead of being all open about it.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  75. Jordan

    I don't think that Racism is not as big of a problem as it used to be in the 1960s. I think that a lot of people have moved on and don't really care what race or color you are. I think that our nation has gone along way and progressed a lot.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  76. Taylor

    I don't really think racism is a problem in the nation. I think that everybody is the same, just that some people are different in color. Some people just don't know that some people are shaded in a little bit more than others.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  77. Alayna

    Yeah racism is always going to be a problem in this country. It may not be such a big deal where the different races are growing up together but in the cities where the races are seperated it is always going to be a issue. The problem is not as big of deal as it was during the civil war but there are still those few who feel differently.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  78. Geordan

    Racism is a problem today because there are jsut so many people making racist jokes and stuff. We make fun of the terrorist that attacked the twin towers but then we make fun of them because of a few people that did it. We still got racism going on right now.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  79. Alissa

    I think that no one should be race because we all the same. I look at most people as the same.So what about you?

    January 15, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  80. Marissa

    Well it's really not an issue, it's only an issue if someone makes it one. If we are positive about the fact that people except others than things will get better. But if we keep it an issue and keep saying that it is than it will always be one and racism will never go away. Things are only what you make them.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  81. Veronica

    I don't think that we're beyond Racism YET! We've taken a big step since the 1960's, though. The kids of the future should see two different colors and think nothing bad of it! People just need to realize that we can't help how we are!

    January 15, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  82. Kyler

    I think that racism is a problem today. This will always be a problem in America. We will evolve more and more but this problem will never go away. Just because we have a african-american president-elect doesn't mean that all racism is just going to disappear.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  83. Sarah

    I think that it is a issue still. I think it has changed a lot but it is still an issue. In the olden days we had all white and al black schools and now we can go to the same school. Also back in the olden days whites had more rights then blacks did and now we have about the same. Yeah we still have problems but it has changed a lot. Some white people treat black people badly because that is how they were raised. So yes it is still a problem.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  84. Xitlali

    Yes this is one of the few problems in America people don't like people because of the color of there skin..... This problem bothers me a lot.... I think every one should treat every one the same

    January 15, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  85. Alina

    There's definitely racism, it's not as bad as it was, but there's still a lot of racism.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  86. Felicia

    I'm in a Girl Scout troop that is all white in the south and I think racisim is still a problem because when my troop went to montgomery for a civil rights day, I saw many Girl Scout troops that were all black or all white. I don't even think I saw a mixed troop. Everyone from each troop was still friendly to each other,but these girls split up and hung out with people that were their skin color.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  87. amber

    I still think racism is an issue, but it is not as horrible as it was back in the past. I think that people can learned to not be racist if they really want to. One people should not be treated any different than another person just because of their religion, looks, skin color, or any other reason.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  88. jayson

    I Think that racism was a big deal. But i think that racism has died down and theres not so much of it anymore

    January 15, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  89. Ellie

    I think that the nations racism is gotten way better over the years but we could still use some work.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  90. Lauren

    No matter what happends, this country will always have one person who still believe in slaves and discrimination.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  91. JUSTIN

    I don't understand why some people can't just think of people from a different race the same as people from their own race.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  92. Courtney

    I do think that racism is still an issue, but it is not the main idea that everyone thinks about, when they see a colored person. There is still a bump in the road on this particular issue, but no one has hit it and made a big deal about it.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  93. Melanie and addie

    Every man woman and child are created equal. (8

    January 15, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  94. Addie and melanie

    at least racism isnt as bad as it use to be. All that matters is that our world never gets that raced again. Hopefully they learned in the past. We learn from our mistakes.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  95. Aimee

    I think that racism is still a problem but it isn't as bad as it was years ago. I don't think that people should have a problem with the color of peoples skin. I think that it doesn't matter what color there skin is, what really matters is how they truely are. And what there personality is. Hopefully people realize that its not good to judge by there color but by there personality.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  96. Mr. Sabec's class

    We think that racism is one of the biggest issue in america
    but we hope barrack obamma will change that.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  97. Mr. Schachter, 7th Grade World Cultures

    Less than 6 months ago I was traveling in NW Georgia. There was a neon sign outside a convenience store (that happened to have a large inventory of rebel flags) that overtly made negative references towards African Americans. I found it to be extremely offensive and downright disgusting. Clearly, Racism still exists in America. This fact makes it even more astounding that next Tuesday our country will be inaugurating an African American in the White House. It is these types of accomplishments that will lessen the racial barrier in America.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  98. Jennifer

    I Dont think that it is a major issue I think the bigger issue is the economy you dont hear much of it any more it has gone down the past few years.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  99. Andrea

    Well racism isn't as bad as it use to be, but its still an issue. But it isn't as bad as it use to be.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  100. allen

    there isnt as much racism anymore as there was before so i think think there isnt any

    January 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  101. melany

    i dont think racism is that big of an isssue anymore.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  102. carina

    yes it still is an issue but its not as bad as it used to be before.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  103. Jessica

    yes it is still going on til this day but i think that people dont talk about it as much any more because we all know that you can prevent it from happing and then if you know that it is wrong then they can teach who they know and there kids and stuff like that

    January 15, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  104. yoceline

    I think were are all the same on the outside and in the inside and the only difference is our color and how we react but people should just not say anthing if they are going to say something races.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  105. Ivette

    There is racism here in America. I agree with what all the students had to say. People need to look beyond the color of people skins or where they come from. We can't cure racsim but we should teach our future kids of the world that everybody is the same whether they come from a african american family or if they come from a white family. There is really is no diffrence.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  106. magali

    its really not of a big deal now us students have history and i dont think we would want to be like before but their has been some issues but its ok not a big thing.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  107. Brian

    I think racism is going to stop base on Barack actions.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  108. Alice

    Well i don't think its a problem anymore . It's like you hardley hear that people are being rasies. My Grandparents never had a problem with people being diffrent then they are they were really fine with everyone. I know that as years go by racism will just be a word to everyone. There might be some activity for racism but its not a big as it was back in the years. PEACE =)

    January 15, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  109. Miss Spencer's Class

    Carl,
    We believe that racism is still an issue in our country. We believe that is has gotten better, because we have learned from the past. If Obama does a good job we believe things will get even better. It is not just about whites and African Americans, it can include many different cultures.

    Miss Spencer's Class
    Amity, OR

    January 15, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  110. allen

    i think that there is still racism around but not as much as there was before

    January 15, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  111. cynthia

    i agree that racism was an issue back then but now its not really a problem and also that people should start to like black people

    January 15, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  112. Jeff

    I don't think racisim is as big as it used to be, but I feel no matter what people are going to keep seperating themselves because of some factor in their life wether it be the color of their skin or how much money they make.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  113. Brett

    It is a bad issue today. There has been a lot of racial jokes and slurs about other races or skin color and all sorts of things. I think it was worse for my grandparents because there was a lot more racists then, than there is now.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  114. Teacher Nicci's Class, East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility

    Our class pretty much agreed that racism is still an issue in the United States. Racism is always going to be around no matter what. It just depends on where you are in the U.S., for example the southern states might have a higher incidence of racism than say California. It also depends on the values that your parents instill in you, whether or not they view different groups as equals or inferiior. Another student felt that racism in normal society is not as bad as it used to be but racism is more evident in our prison systems.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  115. trent

    i think racsim is a big problem in the us and people should get over the color of skin a nd stuff people are different for a reason and nobody should be treated different no matter what

    January 15, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  116. garrick and trey

    i think racism is not as big as an issue as it was back then.but racism is stiil used in our world today to hurt other peoples race.

    January 15, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  117. Ashley

    I think racism, though not as bad as it was in the 20th century, will always be a problem in society. As long as there are still differences, there will be those who fear others' differences. I think the ideal America would be as Barack Obama put it: "There is no black America and white America, Latino America and Asian America. There is the United States of America."

    January 15, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  118. Dallas

    Carl,

    I definitely do think that racism is a big issue in our country today, but I am proud to have the President-Elect Obama in office Tuesday. I think that he will do great for our country. See you on tomorrow's show.

    Dallas

    January 15, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  119. Austin

    i think racism is a small issue because there are black kids at my school and it does not make any difference if they are here or not i think they are very cool and good at sports

    January 15, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  120. Cassie and Caroline

    We think racism is a major problem in our economical success.

    January 15, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  121. Samuel

    Wether your a black wether your a white wether your a mexican we live on this world so grow up and get a life and stop fighting and stop being dum.

    January 15, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  122. Regan

    I think it's an issue in other counties.In the U.S there are verry few people who are raciest.I think people exaterate on how much there is.We are lucky we don't live in other contries where it's big.

    January 15, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  123. K-MAN

    I only think race is an issue if your just that type of tard or as my friends say derdah. It shouldnt matter because God didnt make different races so that we would fight, he did it so that we could understand different cultures.

    January 15, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  124. Terrell

    racism is a really bad issue in this country even in other countries but its not as bad as it use to be

    January 15, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  125. Mary

    Carl, racism is still not the best it can be, but it has gotten better since Martin Luther King Jr. made a difference.

    January 15, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  126. damon

    i think racsim is a big problem in the us and people should get over the color of skin a nd stuff people are different for a reason and nobody should be treated different no matter what

    January 15, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  127. Ian

    Racism is a huge deal when it comes to others. I think people should just see others for who they are not their skin color.

    January 15, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  128. Carlos

    I think racism is a issue in the United States and President-Elect Obama will do good for our country. See you on tomorrow's show Carl.

    January 15, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  129. Virginia

    Racism is not nearly as bad as it was for our grandparents. Racism still lingers in the U.S. today, but hopefully having Brack Obama for a president will change that.

    January 15, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  130. Hunter

    It's still a big issue, and could be one that'll never go away like war. It needs to end though. Yea, we have different skin color, but we're all Human and make mistakes.

    January 15, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  131. Michael

    Racism is indeed a major issue and should be stopped. Just having the rule against segregation and freedom of rights is just not enough to stop it.

    January 15, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  132. Amelia

    I don't think that racism is a big issue because well for one we just voted for a blck president and there are alot of black kids and white kids are friends.

    January 15, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  133. Brandon

    I feel that racism has gone down a bit, but racism definitely is still here. No matter what, there will always be the few that think they are better than other people, and are prejudice towards someone racially different. Whenever someone hears "racism" most think about African Americans, and Whites. It isn't just racism between them, it is between many different cultures also, and too many people don't realize that.

    January 15, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  134. Joshua

    Racism is a big issue when people vote based on race and not qualifications. It creates a lot of contraversy and can promote conflict over it. I wish we would all just be americans without concerns about race. America is known for being a melting pot of races and more and more families are becoming mutiracial. We just need to all get along and accept each other regardless of race.

    January 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  135. Michael

    Carl, Racism is indeed a major issue and should be stopped. Just having the rule against segregation and freedom of rights is just not enough to stop it. Its kinda like the way my class is racist to your jokes. =P

    January 15, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  136. cullen

    racism is still a problem in the us but not as bad as it was in the older times but i have still heard of problems between the races.

    January 15, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  137. Keshia

    It seems to me that America has a lot of masked racism. Though people say that they aren't, you can still hear rude side-comments about different races and their religions. If people would learn to look beyond another's skin tones they'd see some one quite similar to themselves. Until this problem is solved, I fear for our future generation's behavior towards others and themselves.

    January 15, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  138. Mrs. Hong's 6th grade class

    We believe that racism is an issue but not as big as it used to be. We think racism is an unfair behaivor and there should be a law against it.

    January 15, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  139. Tabitha

    I think racism is still an issue. Not everywhere but most places. However, I don't think that it is as big of a problem as it used to be in the past. Just because we have an African American as a president does not mean that the problem just resolved immediately. Over time it could be fixed, but not today.

    January 15, 2009 at 7:09 pm |
  140. Josue

    Carl,

    I am pretty sure that rasicm is still an issue. I heard that in some where Mississippi ,of 2007, that in public schools are 100% black students while academys are 100% white

    January 15, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  141. Ruby

    I think racism is a big issue today because of the President-Elect Obama. And I think he'll take care about it.

    January 15, 2009 at 7:34 pm |
  142. BIANCA

    racism is always an issue people should just get along we all are the same no matter black, white, or any other skin color does not matter the love we share is what matters.

    January 15, 2009 at 7:48 pm |
  143. Luke

    Racism is still in affect because why do you think everyone is working extremely hard this year to protect Obama. I think it should stop! We are all equal and are all human beings.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:06 pm |
  144. Brinley

    Yes and No. Yes because there are still some people who discriminate against others, but no beacause the world is changing so fast now we even have a black president which before people never thought was going to happen in their life time.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  145. angie

    i think that racism is a big deal because we are all the same just because we are a different color does not mean anything.......... people need to get along they should not just hate a person because of the color and to today that is why people get in to so many fights because they think they are better than everyone everyone is = in book..

    January 15, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  146. brandy

    yes it is still a giant issue in America today, even though it was kind of band a long time ago. But you will be able to find some racism everywhere that you look. it is extremely scared!

    January 15, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  147. Curles

    I believe that racism is still a major issue.Many people have lost there job because of there color.I think that is wrong because people deserve the fair jobs that there are.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:52 pm |
  148. Dan

    I think racism is not an issue because of Barack Obama winning presidency. It will still be there but now that he is president racial tension will go down.

    January 15, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  149. Lizzie

    Racism it tottaly an issue today, it's just not as bad towards the blacks. There are a lot of different groups all over America and it really depends on where you live as to what it's like. The main thing really is the way your tought to think about certain things from a young age.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:14 pm |
  150. bailee

    i think every one is equall to every one

    January 15, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  151. Blake

    i really think people need to stop talking about racism, it isnt an issue, people just use it as an excuse to get something or if something happens to them, they just say, ah, you're racist. and, Obama isnt even black, so i dont know why there is such a big deal with all this stuff about being the first black president. besides, that shouldnt matter, because arnt black people the same as white people, now that is racist right there...

    January 15, 2009 at 9:27 pm |
  152. chris

    it is a big issue today but mabey obama will change that

    January 15, 2009 at 9:49 pm |
  153. simon

    it will always be an issue. difference scares some people.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  154. Alexis

    I do think racism is an issue because i've been picked on myself for being part Mexican.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  155. Mo

    Yes i think racism is a issue in America today,Because some people where rasied diffrently then others.Like some parents don't like there kids talking to others from a diffrent race or even dateing them at the most.Me personally i really dont mind people dateing or talking to who ever they want.It's what you think and what you feel about certain people in the world.

    -Mo

    January 15, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  156. Mr. Bitner's Class

    Yes, we believe that even though racism has gotten better over the years, you can't change the minds of all American people. Having President-
    Elect Obama in office is really going to open a lot of people's eyes about different races interacting with each other, but not everybody is going to agree with his decisions.
    -Mr. Bitner's 9th Grade Honors Class

    January 15, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  157. Chris

    racsim will always be around.
    For some reason people find it funny and take too far.
    Students use racsim as comebacks and that causes fights in schools.
    so if you have some thing to say ,keep to yourself while in school

    January 15, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  158. Michelle

    What do you think about color white and black?
    Racism, is always around.

    January 16, 2009 at 3:02 am |
  159. Matt

    Despite what Tabitha says,racism is EVERYWHERE,not just someplaces. I see people look at different races all the time.
    But,in some comparision,racism will be fixed,but not today; just like she said.

    January 16, 2009 at 7:17 am |
  160. Kota

    I personally think that there is still some racism in our country, not as bad as it used to be, but it is still a problem. I know a lot of white people that don't like black people, because of the fact that they feel as though blacks are taking over. They think that blacks think they are better than whites i think having a black president is only going to make them feel like they have proved their point

    January 16, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  161. Aidan

    It's o.k. to be afraid sometimes.

    January 16, 2009 at 8:07 am |
  162. MATT

    I think that racism is not an issue.

    January 16, 2009 at 8:09 am |
  163. Sean

    I haven't thought of the idea of racism in a long time, and when I did it was about other people being racist. I have never thought of people with different skin color or nationality to be a lesser of better person because of their skin color or nationality.

    January 16, 2009 at 8:09 am |
  164. Del

    I don't think that it shouldn't be an issue because what does it matter if your black, white, co cation, purple or anything?

    January 16, 2009 at 8:10 am |
  165. Brett

    Its more than just the color of ones skin, its a culture...

    January 16, 2009 at 8:45 am |
  166. Jesse

    I do believe there is racism in all race, but I do not believe that racism is an issue. If there was a group such as the Ku Klux Klan, I believe there is a huge and dangerous issue. Or if there was discrimination in organizations, there is a problem, but around these present days, I do not see or hear about race discrimination at all. There may be in other places but not where I live.

    January 16, 2009 at 8:53 am |
  167. Elena

    I think in schools where there aren't very many African American kids, they might be seen differently than other white kids.

    January 16, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  168. bubbles

    I think racism should stop just because.

    January 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  169. Lea

    I think that racism is really bad and I don't think it will go away soon but we will work on it so that it will get better. I don't see it a lot but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

    January 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  170. Teddy

    i think its is only a small problem. In big city it is probaly bigger

    January 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  171. clark

    I think that racism is still an issue but it is definitley a smaller issue than it used to be.

    January 16, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  172. fiona

    Yes, I definetly think that racism is still a huge matter in todays America. I am so glad that Obama was elected as our president because i think people will realize that anyone can change the world no matter what race.

    January 16, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  173. Kaitlyn :D

    I think that racism is still a problem. It isn't as big of a problem as it was in the 1960's when they had the black and white bathrooms and water fountains. I think having our first black president might help decrease the amount of racism. But it can depend on how the next generation is raised and told about racism. It can also depend on where you live. If you live in a place that is mostly urban area then racism most likely won't be as big of a problem as if you live in a city.

    January 16, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  174. Brittany

    I think that racism is getting better from 1960 but it could get even more better in the next 35 years. Racism is very bad and can hurt people's feelings that don't like it.

    January 16, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  175. Aaron

    I think that racism will always be a problem in the US.

    January 16, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  176. samuel

    i think that racism is not a problem and we don't need to act. my best friend is black

    January 16, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  177. michael

    raicim is around so STOP DOING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 16, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  178. dreek

    i think people should just get along and stop being so races

    January 16, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  179. Katie

    I think that race is both is a problem but it's getting better . I really dont understand why there is SUCH big problem , so what if they are blue green black or white ! Who care we are the color there skin is !!!

    January 16, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  180. eric

    i think it is still a problem people should all be treated the same

    January 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  181. joeshmo

    i kind of think that rasesimem is an issue because all those people down south

    January 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  182. matt

    i think it is nnot a problem today

    January 16, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  183. alex

    I think racism is still an issue because my grandmother is racist

    January 16, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  184. Jack

    think rasis is a problem

    January 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  185. Nattlez

    I think that in some situations racism is an issue because some people can not except that some people have different colored skin, I think that color does not matter at all because everyone is a person and it does not matter what color skin you have, and i think that is is ridiculous that people think it matters what color skin someone has

    January 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  186. Micah

    Race is still an issue. I now a lot of people that are racist

    January 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  187. willy

    i think that it is still a problem but definitely is not as bad as it was before

    January 16, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  188. Espen

    Race is still an issue. I know people who are racist. It is not as big of a problem as 1960s probably though.

    January 16, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  189. Moira and Hannah and Hannah

    omg racism is like not okay and totally wrong!!!!!!!!!! it is NOT and issue because I don't like it. I think that every single person is a very great person.

    January 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  190. Paige

    I think that Racism will probably still be a problem, whatever your color of your skin is it doesn't matter but I think Obama will probably try to stop it, With in is time.

    January 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  191. Tori

    I think that there is a little bit of racism because there is some people that are still aginst black people but i think that people should not be aginst them they are just people with different color skin.

    January 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  192. molly

    I think that racism sill exist and I don't think that, because we have a new president racism wont exist because one person has a different mind to another person, because everybody has a different mind, but I think that because we have a black president that maybe some peoples mind might change.

    January 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  193. Kayla

    Carl i ould totaly top that.

    January 16, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  194. Mrs.Hongs Class

    Our class thinks that racism is not cool everone should be nice to each oter in the world

    January 16, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  195. Tyler

    Carl, there is going to be racism no matter what goes on in the world. You will always have those racist groups, and there will be more wars. Everbody has to worry about if your a different color because something could happen.

    January 16, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  196. David

    That thirteen year old i have to say impressed me with the amount of texting, However i have beaten that number several times. I Live on my phone, I have sent and recieved over 20,000 texts every month since i got my EnV on Christmas. My parents got me the unlimited plan after sending 14,000 texts when i was only allowed 2,000. Carl, I believe i might be bragging and for that im sorry, I had a birthday yesterday, I turned 16... I Just wanted Carl to know and maybe put it in the next episode of cnn student news.
    Thank You,
    David

    January 16, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  197. Emily

    I think there still is some racism in America, but I think we're mostly over it. The election of Barrack Obama shows that we, as Americans, can look past a person's skin color and judge them for who they really are. It's not that we don't notice the difference between blacks and whites; it's that we don't base our actions on that.

    January 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  198. josiah

    rasicism is an issue. i am a 16 year old african american and i think it is but there are different kinds. some kids are only racist because their familys are and dont want to be in trouble or because their freinds are and dont wanna be uncool but still there is no reason for it at all in my home town there is a park named after my great grandma because she broke color segregation in the schools and she was the first black settler here. as for me i think that rasiscm is a way for someone to hurt some one else and make themselves feel good.

    January 16, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  199. Natalie

    It isn't as bad as in the past, but racism will always be with us, whether we like it or not.

    January 17, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  200. julia

    i understand that martin luther king was importent but why are we not off on 1 lf our presidents birthdays?there importent to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 17, 2009 at 9:52 pm |
  201. julia

    ive been called racess before and it was not fun

    January 17, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  202. Sarah

    I think that racism will still exist but decreese over time, but no totally because if you were to look back in history things changed. For instance around the 1960's there was a seperation between caucasian and black but later that was changed but not enough. Now we have more of a diversity in school and public places but ther are people who are racist. We cannot change people on how they think.

    January 18, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  203. Jazmyne

    Racism is an issue back then and now we as people [americans] need to grow up and treat people equally.its a pitty thing to creat a feud about. people are people wether they are white, black ,brown purple...idc...seriously people get over it.

    January 19, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  204. Ms. Fulford's Class

    Our class has agreed that racism will always be a problem. Sure, we have broken a few glass ceilings, but all in all racism will exist far into the future. We have it better than our grandparents though, atleast we are not told where to eat and go to school.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  205. Abby

    I think racism is a issue still today. Whites still hang out with whites and blacks with blacks. It is though going down and it is not coming any worse. I think people should know by now though that we are all people with unique features and were all the same.

    January 19, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  206. Adrienne

    Racism is still an issue in America. We are still racist when we have Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. When we decide to thank people by their achievements and not by the color of their skin, then we are not racist.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  207. Thomas

    Yes racism is a problem and for the whole world to stop it will take a while for that to happen. We can always hope though.

    January 20, 2009 at 6:46 am |
  208. Ivan

    Yes i think that racism is a big issue because many people get really sad because of their color,race and beliefs.

    January 20, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  209. kayla

    yes i think racism is a problem
    the other day i heard people talking about it
    and some of it was not very pretty.

    January 20, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  210. Betty

    Racism is a bad thing. I can't believe racism actually happens in our world. But, Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech has changed our future a little. I think Barack Obama will be a great president!

    January 20, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  211. Kevin

    Racism is still an issue and will always be because few can accept that we are all created equal.

    January 20, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  212. Sammy

    As much as people do not want to believe it, racism is still an America. But, we have the ability to be tolerant of other races and other people.

    January 21, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  213. ~Maya & Allison :D

    Racism definitely isn't as big a problem as it used to be. It's not really a problem now, but sometimes it is an issue, we think.

    January 21, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  214. yanay

    yes i do think that racism is a problem today .Just yesterday i asked a person not of my color because im colored and she said alot lot of racist things about my color.

    January 21, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  215. Luna

    It's amazing how strange humans can act, there's no difference between people. Some people have darker skin, and some have lighter... so what? It's like saying someone has green eyes, and another has blue, and because of that one is apparently better. I go to a compound school building, we have 2 schools in the same building. One school is more black, the other more white. There are fights almost every day, it's annoying when you're afraid to go where you want, but you can't.

    January 21, 2009 at 8:30 pm |
  216. Alexis

    Yeah racism is still an issue! Just look at all of the commotion Obama’s candidacy stirred up within the country. I’ve encountered numerous students at my school that attack Obama not on his political standpoints but on trivial things such as his middle name and the color of his skin. The fact that so many fellow Americans feel the need to judge and/or demean successful people just on the basis of race, cultural background and of all things NAMES, shows that America is still a very long way from arriving at the utopia that is everybody realizing that we are more alike than different.

    January 21, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  217. Alex

    i think racism is a big issue white people think they are better and black people think they are better. So we argue about that.. But we are all the same so make up and forgive (:

    January 21, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  218. Kelsey

    I think that the issue we should cover first is the issue of the economy. We really need to get our economy in order fast. I also think that after our economy is straitened out the President Obama should focus on the war in Iraq.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  219. --VANE & ALEXIS

    yea you should dew that nobody want to kill cats yup

    January 22, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  220. Mallory

    I think that racism is still an issue in America today. There are still simple issues like people not wanting to be served in restraunts by African Americans. Now not only is there racism for African Americans, it also now includes asians, chinese, mexicans and a number of other races. Our country is supposed to be above that, America started out by just being a refuge for a number of people, of all races, to escape the opressions of their own countries and to practice their own religions. That should still be what our country stands for, freedom.

    January 22, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  221. Chyanne

    I dont really know what the whole deal with racism is about...in my eyes all people are the same to me. Just a different color.

    January 22, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  222. Bailey

    I think racism is very high up in issues in the United States.The reason is because we now have the first black president now.Not many whites don't like it but what can we do about it?
    We only have him for 4 years and I think he will make good choses though...

    January 23, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  223. Lance

    racism isn't as bad as it was back in 40's, 50's, and 60's but it is still going on in the U.S.

    January 23, 2009 at 9:11 pm |
  224. cheyene

    I think it is a big issue!!! GOD made us the way he wanted us and GOD created all of us with his own hands. We should treat each other the way we would want to be treated. So if someone treat someone bad they shouldn't be praised for treating someone like crap lust because they ain't the same color as you. there is not one person in the whole intire universe that is the same skin color as you do.

    I LOVE YOU CARL!!!!
    P.S. ThAt Is JuSt WhAt I tHiNk!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  225. Kaitlyn

    I think it is wrong to laugh at or make fun of someone just by the color of their skin but if u have done it over and over then that is really bad and wrong!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  226. Denisa

    I think that it is a little bit bad....but at least we haven't gone bad.

    January 25, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  227. Elizabeth

    It depends on the area you live in. Some areas have it more than others. Which in those areas Obama should try to improve the way it's treated.

    January 25, 2009 at 7:32 pm |
  228. DEMETRAS

    AMERICA HAS COME A LONG WAY THROUGH RACE,BUT IT'S STILL OUT THERE & I'M PRETTY SURE IT WAS A LOT WORSER BACK IN THE 60'S AND 70'S. NOW DAYS PEOPLE ARE MORE SKEPTICLE ABOUT HOW PEOPLE DRESS,FOR EXAMPLE I WAS TOLD BY A RESTERAUNTBUT HIRING MANAGER,THAT THEY WAS LOOKING FOR HELP,BUT WHEN I FILLED OUT A APPLICATION,I BROUGHT IT BACK A WEEK LATER . THEN WHEN I TALKED TO THE HIRING MANAGER,HE SET ME UP FOR A INTERVIEW,BUT WHEN I CAME DRESSED UP URBAN STYLE SPORTING DICKIES GEAR LOOKING LIKE A HOOD RAPPER-THE MANAGER LOOKED AT MY BRAND NEW RED LUGZ BOOTS & THEN LOOKED AT MY HAT & SAID (THE POSITIONS JUST GOT FILLED. BUT HE CALLED ME?

    January 26, 2009 at 7:58 am |
  229. Jaleesa

    The issue of racism in america is still a major issue and always will be. The only difference between racism now as opposed to back then is that now it's more hidden. In our grandparents day people could speak about it more open and freely than they can today. So for anyone who says it's not as prevalent today as it was then is mistaken and a bit naive.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  230. Marquesha

    to me, i dont think its as big of an issue but now that obama is president it could get close to it. I love all racsis personally.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  231. Tierra

    Yes I think it is an issue we face today. Especially now that the election is over with and Barack Obama is our president i most definately feel tension between different races. But i don't look at nobody different. You can be purple or even green to me we all are the same and as long as everyone sticks together and stop looking at the negative side of everything then everything will be alright. 🙂

    January 27, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  232. Mark

    Yes racism is and will be the issue for the next couple of years. But I think that it will be a dissolving issue and will soon disapear. It is also a reason why more wars and gangs are in the world.

    January 27, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  233. tyler

    Racism is an issue that can not be solved as whole. Its like pot, If you bann it/ make it illigal people will still smoke and sell it. Racism is a personal thing, its like calling fighting an issue.

    January 30, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  234. Aaron

    I think that racism is bad. i also think that people should stop be making fun of people because of how they look or what color they are.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  235. Taylor ♥

    I think that we should at least slightly move on from rasism it is wrong they are no diffrent from us except for the color of their skin we need to move on from that we are not in the 1800s any more but maybe you were born then but if you were stop harshing other peoples vibes! =]

    January 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  236. Edward

    Michael Phelps has ruined is olympics career by smoking,he shouldn't have been using drugs...People have to do something about their jobs lost..People have to take care of there family.!

    February 3, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  237. sean

    until we stop dividing people along racial lines, racism will always be an issue

    February 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  238. Natasha

    I think that it was more of a problem back when my grandparents were young but it still is a pretty major problem today. I read an article a while back about a wrestler forfeited because it was against his morals to wrestle a girl. I think that is kind of prejudice.

    February 3, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  239. Moniek

    America is probably a country that will always tke thing like this very seriuosly. There are some cases when people are hated just for the colour of their skin. DOes it really matter? But i'll say one thing. If i was green, yes I would be different. But that doesn't seem to matter to me. BEcause it is different, doesn't mean its not something we can also be around and befriend. i fully agree with sean.

    February 17, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  240. Alwyn

    From my opinion i strongly belief that racism would never end because there would alys be someone who would onliy like their kind

    February 22, 2009 at 11:58 am |