Why is Racism still an issue?


 

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I have written about war and peace, I have written about gender equality. I have written about people living in violence. Today, I am writing to the world about yet another human tragedy. I don’t know how bad racism is everywhere in the world, but I feel it is getting worse in America. I am an old lady, but I have a black hoodie that says peace on the front. When I wear it, I wear it with the hood up. I wear it that way for Trayvon Martin.  I wear it because I realize that more people will look at it on the body of  a 5’2″ blonde white woman.  I wear it because my grandfather told me about the Holocaust when I was nine years old. He gave me a book of photographs in black and white of the piles of dead Jews, Poles and Gypsies. He sat me on his knee and told me that we can never forget or it will happen again. I have never forgotten this experience. It has influenced a lot of the work in my life. He died in 1972, and I have told this story in schools, at battered women’s shelters, Holocaust museums and to mean hearted people. I have mentioned it before, here on my blog.

 

Injustice begins with seeds of hatred, intolerance, and ego. I have worked so many places, with so many different people that I can quite honestly tell you that we are all the same. Our hearts beat in the same rhythm, our eyes show us the same world (for good or bad), we all get hungry and tired. We all need to prevent dehydration by drinking fluids. Except for multiple births, we all look different and sound different. We could all die from a barrage of bullets. Why is it that small differences frighten people so much? My nose is different than yours, should that make me feel better than you? No. My skin color is different from many other Caucasians. It depends on the nationality of your ancestors. The people in my family do not all look alike. The DNA is different for each of us. This is true except for identical twins, like my grandsons.

 

During a lifetime, events happen that are not fair. They are not just. If you have a bad interaction with someone of different skin color does that mean that all people of that skin color are a threat? No, of course, not. The human species is more than capable of turning a person or a people’s life into hell. Genocide of any race or religion is a hideous crime without any justification.

 

Morgan Freeman was on a talk show today and Queen Latifah  put a question to him.  She asked him if he believed in intelligent beings in other universes or places in space. He thought a moment and said, “Yes, I do.” She then asked him if those beings would have a god. He again answered yes. I got to thinking about alien life. We are so hateful as a species that I tried to imagine what would happen if people with green skin, or antennae for ears, or even has three arms came to Earth and I think we would kill all of them without a qualm.We would justify it as the only way to keep human beings safe. I think we would never accept them and would destroy them without hesitation. Add in the concept that they might have a god or a goddess. Or better yet, what if our “God” was also their god. I think it would be ever so sad and might even destroy our souls. We can’t even allow other human beings to believe in a god/goddess who they are comfortable with if it is not our god. We want to kill them. It is time to stop sowing the seeds of discrimination, intolerance and hatred. It is time that we got back to the garden. The garden, yes the Garden of Eden. The place where it all began, if you believe that. (Don’t start about Eve. She offered Adam a piece of fruit, he chose of his own free will to eat of it. That is on him. And it always was on him.)

 

 

 

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I am dedicating this blog to every human being who died due to hatred and intolerance.

 

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24 thoughts on “Why is Racism still an issue?

  1. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    Racism and discrimination will continue because people who are different in any way – religion, color, nationality, economic, appearance, weight, intelligence and so on. Discrimination is subtle and can be passed on from parents to children, from friend to friend and from people to strangers for the content of their speech. People are not accepting. People judge. People are afraid. People who spout the Bible forget that our first duty was to love others.

    And then there are people like you and I and we thumb our noses at hatred, racism and being judgmental.

    There is hope. I have to believe that. And so do you.

    • I am filled with hope. If I weren’t I could not live. But I know that when you put strangers together, though different, they get past it to find themselves reflected by the other eyes and experience the sameness of the souls. Hugs, Barbara

  2. sherayx says:

    It’s not, people keep making it one. Thanks for posting, peace.

  3. You are right. It isn’t an issue except for those with closed hearts. Have a good weekend, Barbara

  4. Gator Woman says:

    It seems that we have not come very far as a species!

  5. moorbey says:

    Excellent post. Panther ove

  6. inavukic says:

    Sadly, there’s no instant cure that would fix racial intolerance within human race I think, Perhaps pointing fingers over and over again might work in the end? If not – everyone loses to racial hatred.

  7. Reblogged this on The Hunt FOR Truth and commented:
    My mom raised me to respect others – be courteous, kind and gentle – be unafraid to give respect my mom said… I noticed that this was not the way of the world…

  8. This is a great posting. It truly is amazing that over the millinia of time we as a spices have progressed slowly in acceptance of others on a planet that we share.

  9. Xena says:

    Reblogged this on Blackbutterfly7 and commented:
    I love that you dedicated your blog to every human being who died due to hatred and intolerance. I join you hand in hand, heart in heart.

  10. Not any more Eric. We respect nothing and we will turn on any one. Have a good night. Hugs’ Barbara

  11. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Sad to say that racism is alive and well in America … in fact, flourishing!!
    SMH ….

  12. Matthew says:

    Reblogged this on Carolina Mountain Blue and commented:
    Why is racism still an issue in America today? Because, to borrow Atty.Gen. Holder’s words, we Americans are still cowards when it comes to race; we still haven’t truly come to grips with America’s original sin and that is the sin of racism. Once that happens, the next question becomes: how do we deal with racism in America? Unfortunately, that’s a question we’ve yet to ask because, as AG Holder put it, we’re still cowards when it comes to that issue, and until we’re willing to lay everything bare concerning the issue, we’ll continue to remain cowards in regards to that issue.

  13. List of X says:

    Unfortunately, racism will probably continue for the foreseeable future – we are just wired to have a higher regard for the people in our “own” group, and distrust the outsiders. Which is why I think school desegregation in the fifties was the best weapon against racism so far – when you see people of a different skin color within your environment all the time, they stop being outsiders.

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