This won’t be a popular statement to the majority of people in the United States, but it’s not supposed to be. Folks, it’s always about race; plain and simple.

Now, why am I making such a statement? What’s prompting this particular post and how does it pertain to what’s going on in this country?

If you go search Google for the phrase “it’s not always about race”, you’ll find a bunch of entries. Every entry you find was written by someone who’s not a person of color. If one needed any more proof that it’s always about race, that shows it.

What’s the issue? People feel that because it’s 2010 that they can say anything they want to about or to people of color. Quite often, those words either smack of a racist tone or are interpreted in that fashion. There seems to be this forgetting of history and what some people have gone through in the very recent past. I’m 50 years old, and though I missed the worst part of the civil rights movement, I’ve still had to deal with some interesting statements made to me about race. And I’ve always gotten either “I don’t mean you” or “nothing personal” or some iteration of those two phrases.

The Tea Party people have been quite inflammatory towards President Obama. Some of them claim they had similar hatred of President Bush, but no one got together to create their version of a movement. The Tea Party representatives keep saying they’re not racist, that race has nothing to do with it, and that they’re a party of inclusion. The latest Gallup Poll shows that the party of inclusion, which has had many documented racist events, shows that this group is 79% white and only 6% black. It’s also 57% Republican and 50% of them are 50 years old or older.

Don’t want to talk politics? Let’s talk business. Out of the entire Fortune 500, there are only 5 minority CEOs; four black men and one black woman. Big business isn’t exactly the paragon of racial diversity, and that trickles down into most of the other businesses in the country. Health care, which is one of my fields, fields less than 5% of minority CEOs as of 2009, and less than 40% of hospital employees nationwide. Even hospitals in predominantly black areas rarely have minority CEOs and have problems reaching 50% as far as the employees within. Every hospital I’ve been to, when I’ve brought it up, says they have great affirmative action programs; the numbers never support it.

I apologize to the rest of the world that writes about this topic, but you’re totally wrong. It’s always about race, and the more you deny it, the more you prove it.