Before you read this know that you have no idea what color I am. I could be a man of Asian descent, I could be a white man whose ancestors came from
Europe, I could be a proud black man whose ancestors were victims of the slave trade, perhaps Native American, or I could be Arabic in decent…. So
before you comment after this post – know that your words could be construed a hypocritical if you call me racist for my views.
Racism is a horrible concept that is born in the minds of the fearful. To dislike someone because of their skin tone is a horrible thing. People
cannot help how they are born, or who they are born to.
It seems that recently people have begun to merge political and religious ideas with race. To say you are against the current administration means you
are raciest. To say you are a Republican or conservative means you are a bigot. To say you are a Democrat or liberal means you are a socialist,
promoting a minority at expense of another race.
This mentality can be seen and heard around the world, from every media outlet – conservative and liberal alike; each spewing their own political
agendas, and enraging the masses. Even AboveTopSecret.com has been victim of this ignorant mentality.
I would like to take a moment to explain two different concepts: racism and prejudice.
A deeply held conviction against another race, simply because of a person’s skin tone. This idea is often born from the idea
that one race is superior to another.
A deeply held conviction against another race, formed from the perceived need of self-preservation. This idea is often born
from multiple negative experiences with another race.
So to better explain, racism is to hate someone simply because of their skin. No other reason is necessary. No explanation needed. Racism is simple
hate for the sake of hating.
Prejudice, which is what most people are to a degree, is a learned thought pattern. If I lived in China town in New York City, and I constantly got
beat up every day by Chinese teenagers, then I might form a prejudice against all Chinese. In essence you from a self-preservation mindset, which is
also called prejudice.
Now that I’ve explained the difference between the two – think about how your prejudice might influence your mindset. Just because a small group
of people hurt you, doesn’t mean an entire race will hurt you.
For example: the current African American shooting of Michael Brown. The officer involved deserves to have a day in court – but our pre-conceived
notions of prejudice make us feel like a personal attack has been performed that was entirely race related. Is this true? Suppose the officer thought,
“Here is a black kid.… Let’s kill him!”? I’m doubtful that’s the way it played out. But that is probably the conclusion, obviously, that
many of us jumped to. This prejudice is further fueled by the media. The media are not our friends. The media is a tool used by the social elite to
Another example: In my home town there is an award every year for the African American Citizen of the Year. What do you suppose would happen if the
whites had a White Citizen of the Year award? There would be hell to pay. This is a double standard, and prejudice mentality that needs to be stopped.
It doesn’t matter your skin tone – there just needs to be a Citizen of the Year, no race involved.
In closing I want to say, the next time you find yourself in a political or religious debate – don’t assume the person you are speaking to is
motivated by race. We all have our own prejudices – deny it if you will, but we do.
But the great thing about a learned behavior: we can rise above it. We are all brothers and sisters of this world. Focus on loving all of humanity,
than hating. Stop turning conversations into race arguments. Stop fueling the hate that spawns racism.
We are all a family, blacks, whites, yellows, reds, browns, creams, etc. family can sometimes argue – but then reconcile and come back together.
I believe we can mend the damage of hate. I believe in humanity.
edit on 15-8-2014 by MentorsRiddle because: (no reason given)