Bigotry.... The ugliest word in the English language. Yet it does exist. I'll start out by making a point that I rarely make. My wife and I are as Caucasian as it gets. Get that out of the way up front. Eight years ago at our advanced age and in a moment of senility we adopted a two year old baby girl that was the unfortunate product of a deceased single mother lost to drugs. My baby girl is quite black. I have a reason to make that point.... She is entering puberty now and the last few years she has questioned why she is brown and we are "peach" (that tickles me).... I have seen the double takes we tend to get when we go out in public, so yes via third party I have witnessed second hand the bigotry. My whole point in making this statement is that my wife and I have raised that child to be entirely color blind. And I can say with true pride that so far we have been successful. Now, as a businessman, I see the bigotry yet it works against me. Because I cater to commercial construction and am a Caucasian owned business I frequently have to bid commercial work at a disadvantage. You see, minority owned companies often have a 3%-5% bidding advantage over me. That is fine. However when every day meant success or failure to me twenty-five years ago, nobody offered any sort of bidding advantage to me. I say, OK if that makes things more fair then so be it. But I do believe it speaks negatively on a persons mettle, or their desire to work hard to get their own slice of the American dream. Now as it pertains to daily life...... I have to say that I have no sympathy towards those that treat authority with anything less than genuine respect. Yet it is a part of our daily life. Last spring I walked the hallway of a high school I was contracted to work in during the summer break. This was a primarily black school. Classes broke and the teenagers walking those hallways were so foul mouthed I was beyond stunned. The school principal had to shake me to and tell me that I couldn't say anything to these kids. I was even further stunned. I simply couldn't believe we had allowed that to be tolerated or "the new normal". Those kids needed their backsides tanned. Period. Yet, I see this behavior in adult life as well. It is as though there has been a pass allowed because of the previous centuries treatment former generations. Police officers are being randomly shot for heavens sakes! Martin Luther King was a great man that accomplished much good but I believe he would be sadly disappointed in how many act in this day and time. Now I know I have opened a very large can of worms. And there is much more I hope to delve into as this thread goes along. I think I have gone too long already. I firmly believe the American dream still exists for any man or woman that wishes to work hard enough to achieve it. Young folks have to be groomed to expect to work and not have the American dream be handed to them. It doesn't work that way. And again, I am here to understand and promote a platform to bring folks together and apologize if my comments above appear less than respectful. That is not my intent.