posted on May, 21 2013 @ 09:06 PM
I will describe what I think racism is. Racism is the condition that arises when a person judges another person not based on that person's merits,
abilities, personal qualities, etc., but judges them strictly based upon their race or skin color. There is a difference however in identifying
someone as being a member of a particular race, and being racist. Just because I say black or white when talking about a particular person in a
certain instance does not mean that I am racist. Although I am lumping or classifying people based on their differences, I am not judging those people
for what particular race they are. To me it makes no difference. I could dislike a white person as easily as I could dislike a black or brown person,
and it all depends upon their person values, morals, actions, etc.
Often times people do not realize their own prejudices. And everyone has them, although they may not be in the open. This does not mean one is racist
however. And a person can be racist yet still not discriminate against other races. Someone who dislikes black people could actually be quite kind to
black people, and even help them in different instances. So racism is basically a person's personal thoughts about other races, and I suppose that
this does not always mean something bad. It is not right to classify someone as behaving a certain way because they are a certain race, because there
are always exceptions to the rule, if there were a rule to begin with.
Stereotyping is also a form of racism, as I was saying. But typing this has gotten me to thinking about whether racism can be a good thing. I have
established that racism can at times not be bad, but I cannot think of an instance when it would be a good thing. If a person is going to judge
someone else at all, and we all do it at times, race should not really be a factor in that judgement. The person's actions and values are all that
should matter. But if two people of a different race meet for the first time, they very well may have stereotypical beliefs about one another. This
does not mean they will not like each other once they get to know one another though.
And I disagree with pandering to any particular race. I do not agree that certain organizations should exist solely for black or solely for white,
especially in the government. I disagree with organizations like the NAACP, strictly because they serve to perpetuate racism. By having an
organization that helps only one race, they are inadvertently, or maybe purposefully, dividing the races. They are part of the problem is what I am
saying. They are just serving to perpetuate racism. And they are not the only ones. Think of the chaos that would ensue however if an all white
organization like the NAACP was founded? What does that tell you about the current state of racism in our country? It is okay for blacks but not
whites? We all acknowledge that blacks were discriminated against decades ago, but that is in the past. Most of those alive today were not involved in
that discrimination in any way.