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By In Her Shoes Contributor: Kamari Guthrie

Rusty DePass—clearly a man who is late on embracing the new direction our country has taken and even later on learning social networking etiquette—was recently slapped on the wrists and apologized for calling a gorilla who escaped from Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo Michelle Obama’s ancestor. As discussed here back in February, when it comes to social networking you are what you post! Think before you type, folks. Seriously!

While Essence recently reported that 66% of Americans believe that race relations are good, we still have to roll up our sleeves and work toward our 100 percent.

What are your thoughts?

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.


  1. Karen

    June 25, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I think its getting better but during a recent trip to a local park, my family found a fountain where someone wrote “Whites Only, No Negro” – see my post: . So there are still a lot of racist folks like Rusty walking around.

  2. Court M

    June 28, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for the entry. I had no idea about this story. While it is angering and surely discouraging to the optimists of current race relations, it is a strong reminder of why we must continue to pray on these issues and for these people. This is also a great reminder to watch we say and post on personal and social networking sites.

  3. Tiffany-J

    July 8, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I second what Court M says!

    In addition, I think Black Americans easily forget about racism because it’s not something we boldly have to face on a daily basis. We look at other people in other countries and feel sorry for them while we should be encouraging them to fight to cross the boundaries we already have. We also should use these examples as strong reminders why we need to fight every day (not just when it’s blasted on the media) to improve race relations and bring an end to racism in America.

    While this is something I believe Black Americans should fight strongly for, I also want to remind others in miniority groups (women, Hispanics, Asians, single-parents, poverty-stricken, LGBT friends, etc) that the hate could, and often does, just as easily come your way, so don’t wait until it strikes home to hop on the band-wagon.

    We ALL have a long way to go…

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