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IQ: Created Equal

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Racial discrimination is every politician's favorite whipping post ... just ask former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. But despite these claims of justice for all, many believe racism is all too common -- even if it's not patently obvious.

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Todd Braudis
Plumber Southwest Colorado Springs


In what areas of life does discrimination still rear its ugly head? Between the rich and the poor. The rich get treated better.

Who's more likely to get a loan, a black person or a white person? A white person. Maybe because they think the black person ... isn't as well off as the white person, which is not true.

What's the most diverse neighborhood in Colorado Springs? Probably the southeast. I guess because it's a poor neighborhood.

What part of Martin Luther King's message haven't we understood? That we're all equal. We all deserve a right for everything.

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Deb Pike-Thomas
Sign Language Interpreter Village Center


Where do you still see discrimination? I guess everywhere ... [especially] in the workplace.

Who's more likely to get a loan, a black person or a white person? White. Racism is still alive and well, and most of the people who make those decisions are white men.

What's the most diverse neighborhood? Hillside. They seem to have a really cohesive neighborhood community, and it doesn't seem to matter what color or ethnic race they are.

What part of Martin Luther King's message haven't we understood? That surface reform is not enough. Equality is something you have to constantly work for.

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Leonard Thompson
Unemployed South Colorado Springs


Where do you still see discrimination? Everywhere. Bush can say that [there is no racism] on TV all he wants. ... Politics is all a trick game to keep things going.

Who's more likely to get a loan, a black person or a white person? If your credit is good, there's no way you can get turned down for a loan.

What's the most diverse neighborhood? I say the south part of Colorado Springs. You see more people walking ... more bus routes.

What part of Martin Luther King's message haven't we understood? Just the coming together part, that's the main thing. Now, the KKK, they hide behind suit coats and ties, instead of sheets.

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Alex Yeung
Cycling Athlete Downtown


Where do you still see discrimination? I guess the education system. I do believe in affirmative action, especially if some minorities are underrepresented in certain fields ... like law, medical ... the white-collar professions.

Who's more likely to get a loan, a black person or a white person? In general, probably a white person.

What's the most diverse neighborhood? I'm guessing the south side. You just see a lot more ... smaller, independent businesses, rather than the chain stores.

What part of Martin Luther King's message haven't we understood? People aren't as tolerant as they could be.

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