ok this is kinda long and crazy and you're going to call me nuts. but hear me out
lately, with all the donald sterling hoopla, i keep reading so many articles from mostly black people but also white people that white people are ALL
racist no. matter. what. they even say that they don't mind the fact that they're racist as much as the fact that they hide or deny it. many people of
colour are truly convinced that all white people are unbendingly racist.
i as a white person used to feel very uncomfortable reading such articles, thinking "effing HELL I'M NOT RACIST"!!! but not anymore. i have recently
come to terms with the fact that i am indeed racist. low level racist, but racist. well actually my individual situation is a little different but
more on that later.
i believe that everyone, white black asian mixed, is racist to some degree, even people in interracial relationships, people with biracial children
(but towards other people, not towards their own children, but who knows) and people who are self proclaimed "anti-racists". if i remember correctly,
science has also shown that we're all racist. some studies or whatever. but i don't need science to know that we're all racist. i just KNOW it. call
it intuition if you want to.
racism is relative, let us say it can be expressed as a numerical value from 1-10, NEVER 0, always at least 1, and some are more frank about it than
others and express it in extreme ways (right wingers. supremacists, extremists, etc.) = racism level 6-10. but you also have the sterlings who in
their private sphere admit that they don't like black people (remember that the guy was allegedly with this mexican/black woman) = racism level 3-5.
and yes even people who are convinced that they are not racist and don't even think about racism, are racist as well but on a very low level that they
don't notice = racism level 1-2. i am of the latter category.
the human is a tribal animal, always has been and will be, and subconsciously, no matter how much we deny it, we don’t like people of a different
race or religion or ethnicity or class. you might now at this point say with 100% conviction "hey man, i truly believe i'm not racist", but i truly
believe that at some very deep level, you are racist. racism is really just one form of tribalism. we have always been that way.
and here's a crazy idea. what's the big deal with this deeply embedded racism then? there's nothing we can do about it. why are we lying to each other
so much? do we really need all this everlasting tension between us? why don't we all just be frank with each other?
i'm not saying let's now openly call each other n*gger and cr*cker and ch*nk and go at each other throats. or that we should now ignore hate crimes.
not at all! racism in everyday life NEEDS TO BE DEALT WITH. what i am saying is, why don't we all live our lives EXACTLY as we do now, but with the
KNOWLEDGE that we are all racist? no more sneakiness and denialism. that's it.
hey there's a word, denialism. some people deny global warming and we make a big deal out of it. but i believe there is an even bigger denialism going
on. racism denialism. don't confuse this with what white supremacists often refer to as 'race denialism'. no, i am saying racism denialism.
being racist...it’s not something we can ever eliminate, however we deal with it in everyday civil society by simply living with each other instead
of fighting against each other. it's all a facade really. we tolerate each other, we put up with each other. the thing is, for most of us, consciously
and publicly and hell even privately in our own homes we don’t express racism because it’s not all that is on our minds (with the exception of
most right wingers, supremacists, nationalists, and other such extremists) and in everyday life we have to get along in a public and professional
manner to get stuff done and to survive. racism is always there subconsciously it’s just not the biggest problem in the world.
now, i too won't lie to myself. i too admit that even though i’m white i have this very very low level but undeniable racism/tribalism/dislike
towards black AND white AND asian AND mixed people but maybe i’m just a borderline misanthrope. i'm sorry, i see all humans as the same beings and i
just don't think we're all that. our fancy science and technology doesn't mean we're some super awesome lifeform. there's nothing inherently
miraculous about technology, technology is simply a means to an end. that's all it is. we still can't achieve basic peace and harmony and
satisfaction, we're never content, which i admit is hard with 7+ billion people worldwide but hell numbers don't matter, we hated each other back when
we were all living in tribes. white tribes killed each other mercilessly. same with black and asian tribes. look at the ukraine situation right now.
think about it. not a day goes by that there isn't a conflict, a battle, a war, a whatever somewhere in the world.
but i do interact with people of all races. of course i do. i'm not saying to all you white or non-white people that i hate you. not at all. i talk to
you, i hug you, i'll save you from drowning. it's very hard for me to explain this. i simply admit that i am racist at some level, subconsciously.
i truly believe that the sooner we make that worldwide shift in our thinking, the sooner we all openly admit we’re all racist, the better. so many
problems would be solved and so much tension would just disappear. racism itself won't. i know i'll still be fighting and condemning racism and
bigotry everyday. we can still work together and even be in an interracial relationship together, but there would be no more (conscious or
subconscious) facade. we will understand each other much better now. we are much more open with each other. imagine two friends, one white and one
black, sitting and talking with each other. they both understand that they are racist and yet they still talk and hang out and are best friends, just
like any other best friends, and that is the beauty of their particular friendship. the only difference with them is that they don't deny being
this is pretty radical and it's obviously not going to happen anytime soon but i would like to read what you think about blacks, whites, asians, mixed
and misanthropes all admitting that we're all racist but fine, we'll live among each other and we'll work together, exactly like we do now but with
the knowledge that we are all racist and that racism shouldn't be the big be all and end all ultimate topic in the world anymore.
this in a nutshell is my "dream" if you will: i have a dream 2.0.
edit on 6-5-2014 by MeteoraXV because: (no reason given)