Racism in America is like dog poop that nobody wants to touch. You know it’s there. Some want to pick it up but in touching it, you will be alienated. Others capitalize on it by using blame and scapegoating. I have been bothered by it long enough to want to start a dialogue about it to free the minds of as many people that want to remove it from our area.
To pick it up with have to pick it apart. It is going to be messy. It is foul. It is putrid. It has been allowed to ferment.
In full disclosure, I am an American of African descent. That does not mean that I an authority on race issues or fixing anything. I am as culpable as the next guy. I have been discriminated against and have been prejudicial against others.
My motivation for this is that I must try. Nobody is going to fix our world but us. We are responsible for the perpetuation of the stereotypes, the ignorance, the injustices, and the hate. I accept responsibility for what I have done, and want to make the future better. I am resigned to it even if all it is this written word, this blog, my podcast, maybe I will inspire someone to take it further. Maybe someone will “feel” me and join me. Maybe we a can start a movement. I have preached the Gospel. I have spoken to large groups about history, gun rights, mens issues, sex, podcasting, and new media. I want to try what seems impossible for the good of America.
Now let’s begin.
- the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
- prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
We have to identify a problem before you can fix it. Along the way we will share what has happened. There are too many case studies and problems ongoing to ignore, so they will be dropped into our discussion as I write. Almost 100% of the time this incidents are mishandled so that ignorance wins.
Institutionalized slavery left a indelible mark on America. We can’t seem to get over it. In 2009, the US elected its first multi-racial President but is still fighting, rioting, and acting a fool over race. Many thought that was the tell tale sign that we had reached Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Dream but it was not. Why?
It is “low hanging fruit.” It is easier to blame racism for anything and everything rather than to take personal responsibility. Racism does exist. It exist in every culture but no where is it “celebrated” as much as it is in the United States. Educated people have made and are making media careers promulgating racism. They have become celebrities chasing events that “stir the pot.” These hustlers are first on the scene. They lead marches. They are on urban radio stations helping ignorance flourish. They leave the communities worse than they were. They fix nothing. They offer no solutions. These people are pimping the people and the people love it. Have a struck a nerve? I am just warming up. What do you think?
(to be continued)