Kacich on racism in C-U

Kacich on racism in C-U

In this week's "Tom's Mailbag," columnist Tom Kacich was asked about Stephen Bardo's comments. His answer:

As an older, white guy I know I’m not treated the same as a 20-year-old black man, or even a 20-year-old white man. I know, for example, that my sons were treated differently than I was when they would drive the same car I did with the license plate light that was burned out. They’d be pulled over; I wouldn’t. 

So I’m not going to pretend that I know what it’s like to be a black person in Champaign-Urbana, Chicago or anywhere else.And I’m not going to criticize Bardo for his comments. He’s right that there’s racism here; I suspect there’s still racism everywhere. But I firmly disagree — and this was likely some emotional overstatement on his part — that Champaign-Urbana “is stuck in the ‘60s.” I doubt Stephen Bardo knows the history of race relations in this community. I’m stunned to read how awful it was here for African-Americans in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, including segregated schools, swimming pools, barber shops and more. I agree with the writer above that “emotionalism” is a culprit in a lot of these controversies. In this era of Twitter, Facebook and instant comments on newspaper stories, sometimes the best course of action is inaction. You don’t have to have an opinion on every incident/controversy, and it’s a good policy to hold your opinion until you know all the facts. It’s worth noting that we still don’t know all the facts on the Darius Paul arrest.

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DaisyJ wrote on May 02, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Real racism ended in 1964 with the civil rights act. Go read about it. Think that because you think things, or say things, or feel things about someone, that never means that it is the same as acting on those thoughts or feelings. Black people are no different than white people. Their brains think the same things. Time people stopped crying and blaming their problems here in America on racisim. Gets old.

Most of the race blaiming that occurs a little late. Either person is to be blamed or not. Bardo goes on blaming now but said nothing when he was taking it all in as a star. Which is it, or was it Steve. Quit playing both sides.



townsend1306 wrote on May 05, 2014 at 6:05 pm

I"m from Chambana and I've lived it,  the racism in the 80's and 90's and please Dasiymae J stop make dumb comments that you have no clue and you watch Fox News all the time so we know you don't know. and tis stuff still go on today !!!


DaisyJ wrote on May 07, 2014 at 3:05 pm

If you think that it is so bad go to Canada and live. Otherwise, enjoy a movie, eat out, and quit looking for trouble.