In response to Anonymous, why do you think Obama was even elected? It is guaranteed that if Obama was white he would not have been elected. Over 75% of blacks voted for him. Do you think that they all agreed with his political standpoints? They only voted for him because they wanted a black standpoint. I dont necessarily believe there is still "racism", but there certainly is still ignorance. But people have definitely over-sensitized the idea of racism. Our country is so diverse that people are raised with all sorts of different cultures and ethnicities, and society needs to let go of the past and understand that the only race that matters is the human race.
I think that what we used to think of our race problem has changed to focus on different races. Blacks have become more integrated and accepted in our society and Middle Eastern and Hispanics have taken up the the scourge of being ostracized. Although the conditions that lead to that discrimination differ, those two groups face an undercurrent of hatred that has to do with their race and not their individual character.
While we have made great strides on the outside towards equality, there is still a lot of racism in the country. Many people still regard people from other races as different than themselves. There are still hate groups and heavy problems of racial tension and people are still attacked on the basis of their race.
Considering that when Obama was elected there was a slew of comments about how the country was going down the drain since a black man was elected president, I think it is safe to say this country still has a race problem. Blacks still face issues of racial profiling from police, and Latinos are not subject to harsh immigration laws. We are a racist country and to think that we have moved on is ignorant.
America does have a race problem. I experience it more now for being Hispanic in The South. I actually just experienced some tonight. This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. It's a collective problem with an answer that people won't like and that's acknowledging that we are all the same.
I have found that the most racist people are black and Native American. They routinely discriminate against other races (and other minorities in general), make derogatory remarks not only about other races, but also about their own race, and they glorify the stereotypes that they insist aren't true. Racism in modern society is actually perpetuated by these people. They insist that they want to be treated equally, but then they waste a huge amount of time and energy whining and crying about their problems -- and explicitly use the race card to justify their crying and whining. Racism exists in our modern society because these people just won't grow up and let it go. Like the "slavery reparations" arguments. You know what? I'm all in favor of reparations. When someone who actually was a slave walks up to me and asks me for money, I'll give it. Until then, not a chance.
America still has a problem with race and gender. As long as people present with obvious differences there will always be discrimination in one form or another. There are just too many ways to judge a person no matter what criteria are used, if not race then something else. Even worse is when the other person tries to spin it as "you know how those people are" or "they just can't help who they are." It is so easy to see one person of a certain race and decide all the people of that race act like a stereotype of that race.
The issue of race has divided people for hundreds of years. Race is no longer as significant of an issue as it was in the past. All people no matter what their race have the same opportunities in our country.
What people see as a race problem is really a problem with family structure, lack of motivation and a generation that does not know how to work. If anyone, no matter what their race, wants to succeed and is willing to put in the work they will succeed.