Racism still exists in Rapid City despite efforts to change, panelists say

Apr 10, 2009 Full story: ArgusLeader.com 33

RAPID CITY - Some who attended a forum in Rapid City on Thursday say racism still exists in the area despite years of efforts to quell it.

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Warren

Hillsboro, MO

#21 Feb 8, 2011
Their is alot of racism in rapid city. Hell I experienced it everywhere. But I don't complain. What good is that going to do?..Also some of you said go find a job, Believe me when I say I've been trying my best but yet nobody wants to hire me. I put in everywhere. Did you know I even experienced racism from a fuckin doctor in rapid city. It was around november 2009, Dr. Tracy Hay. Their you go, yeah i said it so what?..Alot of white trash in rapid don't like us natives. And no im not in a gang. I've never been to jail. I don't have a criminal record. And yet every time I go to an interview its always why warren we'll think about it and call you back. Oh' bullshit. I think the only reason they call me for an interview is because my last name isn't an indian name. So when they call for an interview they probably think that im white. But when I walk through that door you can tell theirs a different tone in the room. FYI, These jobs im talkin about are Purdue woodworks, Security jobs here and there. and lots of other shit. But I plan on leaving south dakota this march. I have a friend of mine that lives on the west coast and she said she knows alot of people that can help me out. Well, thats my story...
Warren

Hillsboro, MO

#22 Feb 8, 2011
Im using a labtop so my isp (location) says im in new york but actually im here in rapid city. Just incase if your wondering. Can't wait till march. West Coast here I come!!!!!!
Warren

Hillsboro, MO

#23 Feb 8, 2011
On my first post it was supposed to read (well warren) not why!.. Also I forgot to mention I don't drink and nor do I do drugs. Straight Edge baby, Straight Edge.....

“Indigenous”

Since: Feb 11

Sacred Land

#24 Jul 23, 2011
Racism is for those who don't have a brain.

“Indigenous”

Since: Feb 11

Sacred Land

#25 Aug 10, 2011
You know alot of white people blame us natives for all there crimes here in south dakota. But yet back in the late 90's when natives were being killed in rapid city river, their was no foul cry. But yet when one native kills a cop (pig) The whole fluckin' city crys this and that. How in the fluck do you think my people feel?...Were still mad that the cracker people took are land. Just to make white crackers mad, I hope Obama wins in 2012....Just sayin'....
Jade

Lower Brule, SD

#26 Mar 3, 2012
Rapid city is always been like that, and I grew up in Rapid city all my life, I've attend RC central High School and graduated back in 2009, when I was 18yrs old, now Im 21 yrs old living in Pine Ridge now, so yeah. But shit, that still give me nightmares about that place, I was looked down here and there, and damn, when I heard about these hate crimes, then it really disturbed me about my color of my skin and my heritage of being Oglala Sioux indian, but yeah.
Shit, why we cant all just get along, because we are ALL human, we all have the same flesh and same emotions, but NO.
HARLAN EAGLE BEAR

United States

#27 May 27, 2012
RACSIM HAS MANY DEFINTIONS, BUT, UNDENIABLY PRESENT IN ALL PHASES OF SOUTH DAKOTA'S SOCIAL SPECTRUM. WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT IS STILL A CHALLENGE, EVERYTHING FROM ATHABASKAN TO ZAPOTEC BEING TRIED OR HAS ENOUGH BEEN DONE? CLEARLY, "HOW IS WEST IS STILL KEPT" IS EVIDENT EVERYWHERE, HOWEVER, THERE ARE SLIVERS OF HOPE THAT BEAM THROUGH AND THATS WHERE WE START! NOT ALL NON-LAKODA CITIZENS ARE RACIST FOR SURE, HOWEVER, IT IS THIS MINORITY, UNFORTUNATELY, WHO HAVE TO BE THE TRAILBLAZERS--REMEMBER, THE GALLENT ARE ALWAYS THE FEW AND THE PROUD! SOUND FAMILIAR? THIS BRAVE MINORITY WILL NEED OUR SUPPORT TO HELP QUASH AND SQUASH THIS SYSTEMIC DISEASE THAT JUST SIMPLY REFUSES TO GIVE-UP. BUT, GUESS WHAT? I HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS,"GOOD ALWAYS TRIUMPS OVER EVIL"! EASIER SAID THAN DONE, YES, BUT, REMEMBER, "DIFFICULT, BUT, NOT IMPOSSIBLE"!!!! ONCE SOUTH DAKOTA REALIZES THAT DIVERSITY HAS IT'S STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES AS WELL, BUT, NODDING MORE FOR AND TO THE "SIDE OF STRENGTH",AND, LIKE ANY DISEASE, IT WILL BE MANAGED, MAYBE NOT OUTRIGHTLY AND IMMEDIATELY ELIMINATED IN THE BEGINNING, BUT, LIKE PAIN MANAGMENT WHICH CANNOT BE COMPLETELY ELIMINATED,WE WILL LEARN HOW TO LIVE WITH OUR DIFFERENCES AND ACCEPT THOSE DIFFERENCES. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR? EVERYONE INCLUDED, LAKODA/DAKODA/NAKOTA,WASICU AND OTHER MINORITY GROUPS CURRENTLY LIVING IN SOUTH DAKOTA, IN TIME THEY WILL COME TO REALIZE THAT $1000.00 IS BETTER THAN 10.00! GET THE DRIFT? CHEER-UP FOLKS, THE HANDWRITING IS ON THE WALL--SOONER OR LATER, SOUTH DAKOTA WILL SERVE AS THE "BEACON" OF FREEDOM FOR EVERYONE REGARDLESS OF NATIONAL ORIGIN, CREED, COLOR, RACE, RELIGION OR GENDER ORIENTATION! LOOK AT IT THIS WAY---"DON'T BE SUCH A PESSIMIST, IT DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE". THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITTMENT TO EXCELLENCE, THE WORK ETHIC AND YOUR TIME. JUST BE DAMN GLAD YOU'RE AN AMERICAN AND NOT LIVING SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE EAST WHERE THEY'RE IS NO FREEDOM!!!! REMEMBER, WE ARE MORE SIMILAR THAN DISSIMILAR! HOKAHEY, MITAKUYE OYA'SIN.
main main

Rapid City, SD

#28 Nov 1, 2013
Im black been here for 16 years never dealt with racist and I get so much ass its crazy, im sure fools hate when im not around but im not concerned with that.
God of USA hells angels

South Amboy, NJ

#29 Nov 18, 2013
USA hells angels are racist who support registered sex offenders child porn and their members and leaders that beat harm rape molest and murder women and children .

You can thank Howard Stern and Stallone for making a punk gang banging coward from a gang that supports sex offenders welcome in the USA.

You people just do what the media tell you to do Most of you are so media brain dead you have no clue whats TRUE in this world.

We are all equal and only those that harm the innocent or are not willing to help themself should be left behind.

We should love and help each other don't degrade and compete with each other.

if you are doing well and you see a hard working person come on a bad time give that person a hand and he will pull his own weight again.

God so loved the world he placed men on this earth that are willing to Die to keep his world a place where all living creatures can be treated with Love and respect.
From the the Book of Mike 666 God of the USA hells angels Vs the USA hells angels .

Love is a horrible thing to waste on War
God of USA hells angels

South Amboy, NJ

#30 Nov 18, 2013
Love is a horrible thing to waste on war .

keep it together in Rapid city SD Go out and Love each other and see how good it feels to love .
Robert

Phoenix, AZ

#32 Mar 29, 2014
Fred wrote:
Shut down the reservations. Divide up the property to the decendents of the orginal Native Americans who were put there.
Let them pay taxes, find a job or move. There is no fence around the reservation that keeps them there. They are free to come and go as they wish. They get prior hiring rights on the reservations and get prior hiring rights off the reservations due to affermative action laws.
Mainstream all Native Americans. Give them 160 acres and a mule.
That a heck of a lot more than most people start out with.
That continual poor us cry gets tiresome. No Native American alive today had anything taken away from them and No non-Native American alive today took anything away from them. BUT non-Native Americans have supported the Native American welfare state for years.
The goverment (us through taxes) provide them with schools, colleges and large grants. Yet very few ever take full advantage.
How many Doctors and Engineers has the reservation schools produced? NOT MANY.
Enough is enough.
I live on the Rez. Not one doctor or engineer has ever been produced on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. None. Nobody.
Native FEDstate taxpyr

Albuquerque, NM

#33 Saturday Sep 13
We've had a large many - nothing GREAT to report - from my Navajo Indian Reservation. We've even had Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers, etc. get produced and establish them-selves somewhere.
My estimate is this: 20% are truely making a difference (to Indian/non-Indian), 40% are Educated Morons/Embiciles (,i.e. Washington "Redskin" supporters or State/Navajo Tribal Political Players), and lastly 40% are contributing or making a difference but not on the scale of lets say a doctor or lawyer - these folks are representatives of working hard, studying hard, and securing decent paying careers for their children to follow.

“Actual Facts”

Since: Sep 14

Marysville, PA

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