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Still Facing Racism

March 2nd, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 40 secs

Racism never looks good.

Racism is ideal for puny minds. It reassures insecurities by giving people someone else to blame. For decades now, we’ve been raking through the effects of its collective mess. So how come we racism still keeps happening?

You might feel that it’s a local issue, which of course it is. Yet, on a worldwide scale, racism still thrives. Wherever small-mindedness has a toehold, bigotry keeps digging in. A friend of mine (“Peter”) who speaks good Mandarin, says it’s common to hear Chinese people making racist remarks about foreign folk right behind their back because they don’t expect foreigners to understand their language.

He goes on saying Americans and Europeans frequently mirror this self-same behavior, again with identical thinking. Though we all might find difference difficult or at times unappealing, it’s a major running leap from there to expressing social arrogance and prejudice.

Travel the world and many people will commonly use various forms of faulty thoughts to behave in racist ways. If it’s not color, it’s culture, history, or race. In every case, racism feeds on our weakest thinking to fortify a kind of social stupidity.

Mind you, you don’t have to think too hard to understand racism. It trades on fear of difference. Wherever people have had limited experience and ideas, discrimination can feel reassuring (at least for the perpetrators). Blaming black, white, brown, or brindle is an easy game to play because we all see what we want to see to “prove” our point. Which explains why participants never quite accept that their own behavior is itself vile. It’s as if the act of blaming blocks the tempering effects of conscience.

Community leaders will, at times, appeal for tolerance. But wouldn’t it be even better to go beyond forbearance (or even acceptance) and actually celebrate difference? While uniformity can be useful at times, diversity gives us strength, new knowledge, and something beautifully unique: an abiding sense of integrity.

Still, despite the many benefits, personally and publicly, it’s hard to root out racism. Founded on poor education, anxiety, and embarrassing conceit, the stain of bigotry refuses to fade. But we can be proactive. Seeing prejudice for what it is and refusing to turn a blind eye in our personal life is a great way to tackle it. While, thinking bigger and enjoying your own enlightened life reaches even further.


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