Recently, I was denied membership in a Facebook group because I expressed the idea that people of color can be racist. Honestly, I thought everyone agreed with that. Obviously, I'm not suggesting that all people of color are racist. But I believe any person, regardless of skin color, can be racist. What do you think?
You're right about having to be taught. It seems like the more things change, the more they stay the same. 68 years ago this song caused a ruckus on Broadway.
I like that video BB. Thanks. Too bad people learn racism more easily than they do, say, algebra. And once learned, most people seem to retain it. Racism, I mean. Algebra seems to be forgotten pretty fast.
I'm glad too - there's already enough hate out there.
Earth is the box that we live in and all of the many colors are residing within this one color box. Think of crayons here. In time the children themselves will do away with racism.
Thank you for sharing such a nice story. It's an excellent example of how racism is learned.
I grew up on a tobacco farm in Virginia. It was worked jointly by my family and a African American family. Share cropping I suppose. But truly shared, no one "worked for" anyone. We children all grew up together, played together, were mothered by both sides, ate together, bathed in the creek together, came to each others aid when bullied, learned and loved together. It wasn't until we were old enough to be influenced by people outside of our own little Eden that we ever learned there was supposed to be some sort of problem between us. And it wasn't until were were in our teens and outsiders decided some of us were "too close" , if you catch my meaning, that we ever really let it influence us. As all good misfits do, we largely just kept our heads down and let the racists think as they would. That was long ago that I learned racism is taught by the parents of all races. And that I learned just how wicked it was to come between people who considered themselves family, friends and loves. It is to be detested when ever, however, and for what ever reaason it occurs in my opinion.
Beautifully said, John.
I grew up in an affluent town in Massachusetts. No blacks, none.
There was a program known as METCO in which blacks were "shipped" in. This, in spite of actually coming in buses. The black kids were treated as outsiders and in some cases outright racism was on display. It got so bad that there was a fight between the toughest white kid and toughest black kid. Hundreds of kids witnessed it and was i ever happy to find out the black kid destroyed the white.
The things i saw and heard resulted in my not identifying with my peers-not fitting in and not wanting to. Those same kids also made me feel my jewish heritage. A healthy dollop of antisemitism.
Later in life i have gotten an inside view from blacks just how a lifetime of racism has changed their outlook. There is an awareness of different rules and differing treatment and it colors their lives not for the better. So moved was i by the stories of one woman i encouraged her to write. The discrimination she experienced in housing, in employment, in day to day life were she to communicate it might open eyes and create empathy and counter the idea of personal responsibility for one's welfare. In particular there is a notion that is especially prevalent among right-wingers that all people in usa get a fair shot and it is concluded that blacks are lazy because they do not achieve economically the way whites do. Whites came as immigrants too and experienced racism it is said. Exposing that lie would be a great aspect of a true exploration of what it is like to grow up black in usa.
Glen--I'm having a bit of a hard time processing the fact that your attitude toward black people and your attitude toward native Americans are housed in the same person.
Bertold i was using sarcasm to illustrate the ugly racist. Profits in casino is legit...
Otherwise tongue in cheek.
If there were a god I'd thank it. Your satire was way too convincing - I was thinking how can you really believe this crap? Poe's law strikes again. Sorry about that!
yes satire is the word i intended..how is it my mind bended..deadended...upended...resplendent descendant