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3/5/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: A rare encounter with racism

It appears hate is alive and well in Kingman. For the first time since I moved here some seven years ago, and the first time in what is probably 20 years, I've been the target of a racial slur.

I was in downtown Kingman on Feb. 28 watching our children at basketball practice when I decided I would take a quick jog. I was nearly back to Palo Christi School (where the children practice) when, as I passed the City Administration building, a car pulled in and proceeded to put a bill in the night dropbox. As they pulled out and headed toward Fifth Street (and were some 150 feet away from me), the passenger rear window came down and a person yelled "Nigger!" at me. To be sure they had all of their racial epithet-bases covered - and in case I wasn't, in fact, a "nigger" (and since I am biracial and often confused for being Hispanic) - the driver-side window passenger stuck his head out and yelled "Spic!"

I must say, had I not been too busy enjoying the evening, I may have let it get to me. But as it was, I didn't even respond to the cowards and just walked on back to the school, sat down, and watched my wonderful children enjoying the innocence of childhood.

I share this story in hopes that those of you who think racism is a thing of the past will realize that it isn't, not even for a hard-working, educated local business owner (who just happens to be a hair too tan for some people) out for an evening jog.

Jason Marino

Kingman




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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: Just Wow

Jason, the fact that this was one incident in 20 years and that you chose to shout from the roof-top, leads me to believe that it has more to do with inflaming racial tensions than anything else. Democrats love to do this on a daily basis.



Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: No Chance

@ Jason Marino

" I'd rather have a private discussion and maybe get some better understanding of why you would suggest such a thing."

I'd venture to bet that there was no chance this would happen. FLS doesn't operate like that.


Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: Jimi Lightfoot

I applaud Mr. Marino’s self-control, tolerance and discipline.

While fishing off a bridge, while I was stationed at Parris Island, a car load of drunks slung a liquor bottle at my head. Only the whistling of the bottle saved my scalp.

It could have been due to my race, it was probably because I was military.

This was during Carter’s Presidency so the military was still be demonized by the press and all the cool Hollywood types. Of course it could have been over the competition for their beautiful local women. The Beaufort women gravitated towards men with jobs and without substance issues.

It is obvious Mr. Marino’s antagonist were looking for reason to hate and demean him, since they had to go through a laundry list of racial slurs to ensure they had everything covered.

Gleefully credited as an “I told you so!” moment for the race mongers who believe America is a racist country, this is the exception and not the rule.

I doubt if these armchair warriors have ever been to other countries and seen how people of African blood are treated and denied positions and a voice in their government. Or they don’t notice on the Mexican soaps how all the stars are light skinned and the servants or soon to be killed villains are all dark skinned Mexicans.

America has legislated against racism almost to the point of reverse racism. You can’t legislate against ignorance and hateful minds.

I suggest people be like Mr. Marino and be patient and tolerant and see ignorance for what it is.

The best revenge against those who hate is to love and be happy.

As for me, my revenge against the bottle throwers was to stay happily married to a local girl who I never let go.


Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: Who Me?

So the gist of many of these comments is, racism is ok as long as it's against whites... for anyone else it's an atrocity.

Got it.


Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: The Truth Is ...

@ Lassy Lassy - I have infrequently seen people with "swastikas on the back of their jackets and white supremacist tattoos on their arms" in Kingman. There is no need for people of high morals to leave Kingman, regardless of color. Supremacists are NOT the majority. Don't give into fear, because you then give them power over you and others. And remember, when one group is persecuted and forced out, soon after they turn on another group, which could be yours.

Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: Michelle Love

I am sorry you had to experience that. There is quite a bit of racism here in Kingman. I keep wishing for the day people would just get a clue and stop being so ignorant and hateful.

Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Racism exists in all races, cultures, we whites are not unique for having these degenerates among us, every race and culture is cursed with them! They are fairly easy to spot, all one has to do is listen to them verbally spout whom and what angers them, and on line its merely read between the lines! There are two types the ones who are proud of it, admit it, glory in it, and those cowardly ones who deny it and use some other reason for hating that person of non-white, different than them issue which is fooling no one but themselves!

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: N A

I don't believe this story

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: L M

It is beyond me how people continue to show ignorance! How can people be so ugly and so mean. I applaud your unwillingness to allow their stupidity to anger you on a beautiful day with your kids. Know this.... you are honored and your integrity is honored :) Love and Peace to you and your precious family!

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: lassy lassy

I've see people with swastikas on the back of their jackets and white supremacist tattoos on their arms, just about every day in Kingman. From what I understand, they have been here for a long time so I don't expect them to leave at any point soon or to change their opinions. And other like minded people continue to move here for the lack of "diversity." So whether you agree or disagree with them is irrelevant. The fact is if you're uncomfortable with their ideas, then Kingman may not be the best place for people of color to live at this time.

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: pl .....

@Jason Marino - regarding your comments to FLS, you're on safe ground here. It's absolutely shameless that he has ritually accused others here of lying, as they express their most sincere sentiments or life experiences.

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: Jason Marino

To everyone else: This letter was not meant to be construed as me wanting sympathy, or to whine about this incident. I simply wanted to share, as many of you do daily, in a rather public way.

It has been the opinion of many (even many here) that if we stopped talking about racism all the time, it would go away. Talking about racism does no more to perpetuate racism as talking about rape perpetuates further incidence of rape.

It definitely ruffled some feathers, and I was glad to read what you all have written, be it your own stories of encountering racism, or how silly it is of me to bring up my most-recent encounter.

In any event, I wish you all the best.


Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: Jason Marino

@Just Wow - I'm sorry you feel I don't deserve to voice my thoughts on such a startling incident.

I can see how you might think with the kindness I am generally regarded that I would find it silly to complain about one incident. But, try for a moment to consider that when one becomes accustomed to a certain type of treatment (in this case, not generally called "nigger" in public), one would find any treatment to the contrary (being called "nigger" in public) to be rather startling, and might then feel compelled to share this story with others.

Let's not forget that though I wasn't harmed, this situation could have very easily turned into a car-full of cowards with bats that decided their words didn't do nearly enough harm, and that beating on me for awhile was more prudent. By your rationale, if that were to happen, I shouldn't say anything either, as I'm "generally treated almost like a celebrity."


Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: Jason Marino

@FLS - I was a little bit offended by you suggesting that my story is somehow made up. Rather than get into some silly back and forth argument over the merits of my letter, I'd rather have a private discussion and maybe get some better understanding of why you would suggest such a thing. And maybe, whilst we have that discussion, you might get a better understanding of who I am, and why it would be such an utter waste of time for someone like me to write such a detailed letter to the editor.

If that's ok with you, please feel free to google me and you'll find a way to contact me pretty easily.

Regards


Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@

"FLS, although I value your sense of humor second to your obvious research for facts, I deplore your vehement brow-beating of those with whom you disagree. These other names I have mentioned here do the same but to a varying lesser degree of artistry than you."

I love "brow-beating" our resident leftists when they refuse to admit they were dead wrong with their "facts", and will continue to do so. But in Lori's case it is like shooting fish in a barrel with an scary military looking assualt weapon


Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Article comment by: Racism Not Alone

Racism isn't the only ugly head that has raised itself again in Kingman. While I don't frequently disagree (or agree, depending on the writing) with Anson's Nephew, Lori G-D, Linda Athens, Frankly Speaking, DB Mitchell, and other prolific commentators, I find that many of them have indeed become very ugly in their comments to others. FLS, although I value your sense of humor second to your obvious research for facts, I deplore your vehement brow-beating of those with whom you disagree. These other names I have mentioned here do the same but to a varying lesser degree of artistry than you. How can a change for improvement come about to this society if everybody mudslings in a free-for-all? We need to unify in a building up of ourselves and our neighbors - not a tearing down, to make life better and worth living. This idea applies to every individual, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, age, etc. So, all you commentators, please continue with your observations, just be kinder to one another, and you will find that your comments are taken more seriously ... and with more respect. Mercy ... please.

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Article comment by: Big Helper

This article has instigated a very negative dialogue. And, because I'm a big helper, I'm going to add my thoughts. There is racism everywhere towards everything. Does that make everyone feel good? Does that help everyone grow? I'm not suggesting that people wear blinders, but if you didn't know that there is racism in Kingman, then good for you, because sometimes ignorance is bliss. And, if you find Kingman to be too racist, there are other cities you can move to. Good luck finding one without some sort of racism. But, if you do, please send an article to the Kingman Daily Miner.

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@OKR

"I read Linda's posts, and she does write of race related issues, but she doesn't make racist remarks. She is a person who speaks her mind and hasn't been cowed into silence by liberal thought control and white guilt.

If you think frank discussions of race related issues are automatically racist, you need to get a dictionary and review the definition."

Sorry, but when a person speaks down to other races and religions, that makes them not only a racist but a bigot. Nice try though.


Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@ Chuckle

I read Linda's posts, and she does write of race related issues, but she doesn't make racist remarks. She is a person who speaks her mind and hasn't been cowed into silence by liberal thought control and white guilt.

If you think frank discussions of race related issues are automatically racist, you need to get a dictionary and review the definition.


Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“I would be speaking of the practice of a president who is not following existing laws and abusing his power by circumventing the Constitutional legislative process.”

I will attempt – once again – to ask that you please show us exactly what laws President Obama is not following – be specific. Thank you.

“I read the comments here daily and I have never read racist attacks by any poster.”

NOW that was some great sarcasm. Good job!


Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@OKR

"I read the comments here daily and I have never read racist attacks by any poster. I also can't imagine that the Miner would post them if they were, in fact, made."

You need to read some posts by a certain person who claims to be related to the founder of this said paper. You will see some there.


Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@Lori

I read the comments here daily and I have never read racist attacks by any poster. I also can't imagine that the Miner would post them if they were, in fact, made.

I think that the problem lies in the fact that you tend to project emotions, like hate and racism, onto people with whom you don't agree with.

For example, I might write, "I disagree with Obama's use of executive orders to circumvent immigration law."
And you might claim that my remark is both hateful and racist.

I would be speaking of the practice of a president who is not following existing laws and abusing his power by circumventing the Constitutional legislative process. And you would be assuming that I hate the president because he is half black and I hate all illegal immigrants because they are Hispanic.

If you would look at what people are actually saying, and not project negative emotions onto their statements, you would find that the amount of racist attacks you read here daily would drop to zero.


Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@ansons nephew

"Good for you, because one thing you never allow to happen is an actual fact to enter your life. And as usual nothing of substance, just more of the usual blather."

So when someone else makes a claim is " "some apocryphal story’.” But you come up with your own it is a "fact". Okay. if it is a fact, prove it.

Better luck next time.

LOL


Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013
Article comment by: Just Wow

Jason. You attend the same church as I and I have seen you many times around town. As far as I have seen, you are treated better than most...
Why don't you write about that?
Your town crying of a single negative incident is sad when 99.9% of the time you are treated almost like a celebrity. Shame on you.


Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

@ FLS

“Gee AN, that sure sounds suspiciously like what you would call ‘some apocryphal story’.”

And of course you are welcome to your opinion.

“Me? I'll just call it more AN made up BS.”

Good for you, because one thing you never allow to happen is an actual fact to enter your life.

And as usual nothing of substance, just more of the usual blather.

LOL



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