Racisim is not evil, bad or wrong. It is a harmless belief that can actually benefit individiuals, our nation and the world as a whole.
For too long we've simply accepted everything we've been told about racisim, without actually examining the potential benefits and positive effects racisim can generate in our lives.
Living in an age where we have been taught that racisim is the height of evil, it is hard to believe there might be a rational argument for its existence.
Many people live for the day we have no racisits or racisim in the world. The struggle against racial oppression has shaped the world we live in, from affirmative action to white guilt being a factor in the election of the president of the United States.
What if that is a mistake? What if racisim isn't the problem at all? What if the violence, anger and prejudice associated with racisim that are the real problems that we refuse to face. What if white guilt and the quest to believe we are all the same is driving us away from who we really are?
Time to get honest people.
We are all a little bit racist, no matter how much we deny it. Just acknowleging that we are one race or another, just marking down a category on a survey of who we identify with makes us micro-racists.
If there were no racisim in the world we would all be 'color blind', ignoring the critical factor of our skin color in determining how to look at eachother.
Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh wouldn't haven an audience and they would starve to death. How nice is it to starve people to death?
With just a little more racisim in the world, Vanilla Ice would have never happened. You can't tell me that's not a good thing.
I know from looking at a person's skin color, walking down the street that all sorts of statistics apply to that person due to demographic studies. Positive and negative both. These things will help me in my interactions with that person.
Hey, white guy in cowboy boots, I'll bet you listen to Taylor Swift. I know not to get in your pick-up truck!
Without racisim in the world, that would be impossible to do. Besides, it is not going to go away unless we breed it out.
We're talking about genocide here, in response to an attitude. Madness.
Sure the KKK gives white supremists a bad name. Hell, most white supremists give white supremists a bad name, but is the belief, in and of of itself, harmful?
Think about it for a second before you respond.
If I, as a white man, think "I am superior to black people because of my skin color," is that thought dangerous or harmful?
Of course not.
If I say "I am superior to blacks," what harmful effects does that have on the world?
First off, black people hearing it will be offended and upset. They will brand me a racist, first off, but then the secondary effects kick in.
They know that ignorance and predjudice are rampant, and by the very existence of such an attitude in the world, they will on either a consious or subconsious level seek to improve themselves based on that judgement.
When a black person says "black power" and believes he is superior because he is black, how does that make those of Latino decent feel, or Asian or White?
These people will all have that initial negative reaction, but then, through that implication that they are inferior, seek to improve themselves to disprove the negative stereotypes leveled against them.
The violence associated with Racisim is just as much a misconception as the violence associated with Islam.
Islam is a religion of peace. Those who want to destroy America and stone women to death are not represenative of all of Islam.
Racisim is a harmless beleif in racial superiority. Those who want to destroy the other races are not represenative of all racists.
The idea that we need to 'stamp out racisim' is a knee jerk reaction to the deeper issues of violence, poverty and cultural conflict.
Now, at this point you may still think racisim is bad. You indeed have the right to feel that way.
You may also feel it is wrong for anyone else to feel differently.
Examine that thought.
Thoughts and feelings must comply with your own? Harmless thoughts and feelings that happen not to align with yours?
That sounds a lot like mind control. Thought police. A world where freedom means nothing.
As people who pride ourselves on having open minds, It might benefit us instead to accept people of all viewpoints in our collective world.
Racisit is a word charged with evil, and it is leveled at people at the drop of a hat.
The racists of the world are shut off, closed away and shunned for their harmless ideology.
Well, unless they're at a meeting with other racists, then they're pretty jazzed, but you get the idea.
It is as if saying those who beleive in God or Hawking are morons and should be shunned, or worse, even hated.
Why increase the hate in the world?
Perhaps instead of simply calling a racist a racist and turning way, it might do the world better to give them a smile.
Embrace their viewpoint for a moment and try to see things from their persective and realize that the diversity of their thought lends to the greater collective picture of our nation and planet.
Without this flavoring in the soup of culture, we would be a far duller dish indeed.
Hug a racist today, instead of responding with anger, or hate.
One day they may be extinct, and then we'll be missing the good old days when we could simply use 'racist' to shut down an argument instead of having to think through a better way to do so.
Besides, that guy in the pic with the rainbow unicorn with the nazi flag on his ass wouldn't have to feel like such a retarded asshole.
Copyright: Doug Socks 2010
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