Anti-racism: (n) the policy of opposing racism and promoting racial tolerance.
It is cruel, insane and useless to walk up to a man having a heart attack, lying on a gurney and proffer, “You shouldn’t have eaten so much bacon.”
Warnings have to come at the right time, or they are either petty bitchiness or meaningless babble.
Anti-racism is similar to this. We all grew up in households where preferences were promoted. So it is ridiculous to think that we’re going to ease our way into a world where color doesn’t matter.
We must stop arresting the neighbors who live next door to the Bodega that was vandalized and start looking for the actual perpetrators.
What causes racism?
1. Too much emphasis on culture.
Matter of fact, I’m not comfortable with any emphasis on culture. When I begin to believe that the Chinese, the Africans, the Jews, the Arabs and the Europeans have different ways of looking at life, I am setting myself up to feel arrogant over my rendition.
2. Take away the stigma of loving who you want to love.
Even though we are willing to accept that the chimpanzee or ape is our ancestor, we are not able to procreate with one. Yet there is no human being of any color or ethnic origin who cannot pair off and make a baby. What a piece of hypocrisy.
Many people would be more willing to accept a gorilla as a neighbor than they are an Hispanic.
3. Be clean.
Start off on the basis that all of us were taught a certain amount of prejudice, which can explode into full-fledged bigotry.
The misconception in America is the belief that we have racism under control because we elected a black President.
First of all, President Obama may not be any more black than I am, since he had a white mother.
Secondly, what we choose to do publicly does not determine our soul. It is the truth that lies on our inward parts–our private notions–which carry the heart of our true beliefs.
When we realize that racism is just another piece of our immature nature which needs to be addressed and abandoned, we will actually go forward.
As the great writer once said, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, but now that I’ve become a man, I have put away childish things.”
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