In recent months race has become an open issues among some Americans and has been an issue among some Americans since birth. Since President Obama has become president, it appears that more people are willing to talk about race. Let’s take a look at the meaning of a few words to help us understanding why people may be feeling this way.
“Racism a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination. Racism is hatred or intolerance of another race or other races. Hate is to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry and to be unwilling; dislike.” http://dictionary.reference.com
We live in a very unique society. We often hear that we are a Christian based country and our foundation is based on biblical principals. Yet, our fore fathers and mothers enslaved and abused people for personal gain and treated their dogs better than they treated some human beings.
Years of years of teaching one’s children this kind of hatred and principals could not be removed by ending slaving and giving people rights. In order to change this way of thinking, people would have to believe and teach the new doctrine to their children. So instead of coming together as Americans we are still trying to prove who is superior instead of making America the best country in this world. It is no wonder our children are so mixed up, we have taught them that white people are racist and black people are lazy and dumb. Yet, as they grow up they began not to trust the adults because they realize that the information that they have been taught is not true. Saying one thing and doing another. What determines who a person becomes is the person themselves not the color of their skin or there religion. Yes, there are people from all races and cultures that are racist. What are we doing to modify this way of thinking?
Now that our society has changed so drastically, of course fear is running rapid. Change sometimes creates fear and a large number of people are afraid of change. You might ask what has change and what is causing this fear? We have our first black president. What does this really mean? Since our first president, George Washington, we have always had white men to run our country. We now have a successful black golfer, Tiger Woods, black football quarterbacks, more successful white basketball players, successful female black tennis players and successful white rap singers, in order words a once segregated society, has now become integrated. To most this is called success to others this creates fear that change is coming and their way of life is threaten.
It is not surprising that more hate crimes and group are developing, because beliefs are now being challenged. To believe that all people are created equal and no race is superior, some people would have to believe that their parents lied to them. Some time rather that believe the truth we work hard to disprove anything that is not what we believe instead of looking at things from different perspectives.
What have I learned about people? There are four sides to every story, the side of the person telling the story, the side of the person listening to the story, the perception of the story and the truth. We get so caught is making that what we are doing is saying is right we sometimes forget what the truth really is. As long as people continue to stereotype people because of the ethnicity or what we call class we will always have people that are racist.
In order to stop hatred and racism, we must not just say and read the great words of the great and late Dr Martin Luther King August 28, 1963 speech “I Have a Dream” but work to fulfill his dream: It is time for us to stop dreaming and start to initiate Dr King’s dream. It is time for those us who have differences sit down and work together instead of working against each other. It is time modify the clatter of hostility of our nation into men and women of all races, classes, and religious groups to come together. We need to work together, pray together, struggle together, stand up for freedom together, knowing that this will create freedom for all of us.
This is the time to lift our nation from the clatter of racial injustice to a foundation that makes justice and equality for all a reality. For our children’s children, know that justice and Equality for all should not be a group of words but a way of life for all.