posted on Sep, 18 2009 @ 11:04 AM
I always operate under the assumption that racism, sexism, and social economic class status is always at play underneath the surface.
I don't know from a personal standpoint of what it truly feels like to say be a wealth Chinese woman. I know China's culture and Eastern Philosophy
is different than what I have been primarily exposed to, I know from a physiological standpoint being a woman is different than a man.
I don’t really know how any of those factors might affect said person’s judgments, actions or perspectives, I imagine they do to some extent but I
don’t know what extent because I am not a wealthy Chinese woman. So all I can do is imagine how those factors might give said person a different
individual perspective, cultural and racial perspective and economic perspective, as well as national perspective.
Historically it’s been proven through religion and science to a lesser degree that we fear that which we are uncertain of. Psychologically it’s
been proven that most fears are imagined and seldom manifest as people imagine them to be.
I truly believe eliminating racism requires eliminating the fear of the unknown. On Star Trek people boldly go where no person has gone before but
that’s Hollywood. In real life most people are slaves to their fears.
I believe everyone and I do mean everyone is racist to some extent but only to the extent that their fears and imaginations get the best of them. Some
people have a very broad comfort zone and not much or hardly anything causes them fear or to be intimidated or paranoid. Some people have a very
narrow comfort zone; they become almost paralyzed by imagined outcomes when forced outside of their comfort zones based on the imagined fear of what
might happen to them outside of their narrow zone of control and security.
As a business person who lives in a multi-cultural metropolis I do business and associate on friendly terms with anyone and everyone. That’s not so
hard to do when all you are focused on is the color green as in the green of their money.
I am big enough and honest enough to admit I sometimes I have racist thoughts, if only and most always through stereotyping people of common cultural
mindsets, national perspectives, sexual orientations, and religious persuasions if only so I can more appropriately respond and identify with them.
Who taught me the virtues of this type of profiling? Only a little company called General Motors. Why? To better separate the green from all the other
No offence to anyone, but I doubt anyone amongst us can claim to not be racist in some fashion at some times.
It should never cloud debate, the debate of common issues, the debate of common fears, or goals. Yet the very best way for it too, is to be dishonest
with oneself and imagine that you are anyone else is not so afflicted or inclined from time to time, when fear and uncertainty, confusion and
temptation get the best of them, to try to make sense in that fashion something they have failed to in any other fashion.
I love all my children and I have a bunch, but I do not love them all equally. I do try to be equally honest with everyone though, and the only thing
that eliminates fear, is better information, and I don’t think any of us can have better information when any of us labor under false assumptions,
even in regards to ourselves.