posted on Nov, 23 2005 @ 10:43 AM
Originally posted by godservant
Why are we still dealing with this hate? And I am not just talking about blacks and whites in the US either. Red and yellow, black and white - there
is a lot of hate between them all. Why? Do we not bleed the same color?
Racism persists because of ignorance.
People fear and hate what they don't understand. People really need to take the time to try and understand each other, to look at our similarities
not our differences.
The black man you met godservant, was full of ignorance and blamed you for something that happened more than 100 years ago. By the end of the day you
were friends (or at least friendly). I'm really glad it turned out that way, usually it doesn't.
Racism exists every where in the world, and takes many forms. For example, my mother-in-law has an irrational fear of black men. This is one form of
racism. I don't feel it makes her a bad person, but it is
ignorant. She has never had any contact with a black person, positive or negative.
Yet last month when her neighbor (a black man) found her cell phone in the parking lot, she was afraid to meet with him to get her phone back. The man
was very nice and was only trying to get the phone back to its rightful owner. But she was ready to buy a new phone just so she wouldn't have to meet
with this man.
The city I live in is one of the most multicultural in the world. I would think that this would help bring down the racial divide, but it is still
there. Recently I was talking to a taxi driver who was telling me about a drunk customer he had that kicked in his passenger side door while shouting
racial slurs. I see graffiti on the transit system, swastikas scribbled on seats with black markers.
But I also see high school kids coming home from school all dressed up like rappers. I look at their faces and I see all different colors, black,
white, brown whatever. I can walk into the mall and I see all different races working together to make a buck. My daughter is in grade one. Her class
is very diverse. They can all play and learn together with out racial boundaries.