Although it is easy for us to dive into politics or mass shootings, I don’t yet feel like unwinding everything there and instead will focus on a much brighter topic… racism.
Racism is something I’ve struggled to understand. I don’t naturally hate any person based on their looks just like I don’t naturally hate any animal based on their looks. Do you ever look at an oak tree and ever get mad that it doesn’t look like your ideal of what an oak tree should look like? No? So obviously there is something deeper than the skin tone and my money is on fear.
People fear change, they fear differences and seeing a white community transform into a mixed racial causes fear. So these people then learn to hate their fears. We instill that overcoming fear is a virtue and so they overcome their fear of different people with hate. They switch from flight to fight. The hatred then seeks for justification and justification seeks to justify itself by forming communities and organizing upwards. So to me the cure for this all would be better education and social integration over time. People will slowly learn to accept through the generations.
Now the part the pisses me off. Yes, there are racist white people. There are also racist black people, latinos, etc. Everyone is capable of racism. Saying that only the white people are capable means something ugly. It means that you at heart think that white people are capable of something that other races aren’t. This is differentiation and that would make one possibly superior to another. It just isn’t the case. People of all races are able to fear and form the hate that leads to racism. No one group of people have fully cured this through education and integration. No one group has solved this at all. I had someone insist upon the point that “only white people are capable of racism” and when I mentioned what he just said… well I shut that shit down.
There’s much more to say but I’d rather not blather on. Oh, as for me, no, I’ve never been racist my family has mixed blood and to hate any race would be like hating my own family. Imagine if the rest of the world had mixed blood and valued their family as well.