Because of the past events that took place in Minneapolis the word racism has been declined in all possible ways. Mass protests, acts of vandalism, mutual hostility and lack of good will have caused riots on a large scale. Probably, knowing some historical background of the United States, you thought that the problem of racial segregation is a phase we should have been long over. However, is is really true?
Aside from the American issue and the next pointless death, let’s think about the real grounds of racism and while doing that we should try to decide whether we are essentially not racists ourselves, despite the fact that officially we often declare something completely else.
We should also bear in mind the fact that racism has a number of forms and these are not only loudly said words, visible acts, but also the way we really treat others and the way we really think about the people who differ from us. Do you still think you aren’t a racist?
Why do we try so hard to emphasize the contrast among people of different complexion, even if they were born in the same country and contribute to the society? Not to mention the fact that it frequently happens that they are more successful and they regularly support the local community.
There are a few main reasons why we try to treat people of different skin color in a way that in consequence has led to this current situation.
- The willingness to strengthen one’s own ego – if we are unable to do it in a different way, we look for a seemingly ‘weaker’ individual, the one who we could take our frustration out on. I’ve emphasized the notion of a seemingly ‘weaker’ individual who we are looking for, but it’s often purely and simply just our subjective and distorted image of a given person.
- Someone needs to be ‘the better one’ – exactly, the easiest way to feel a little bit better is to take our negative emotions out on somebody else, and in this manner to gain the sense of illusory primacy, which leads to animosity, aversion to finally finish on hatred – in this case the racial one.
- Intolerance of being different – lack of tolerance is a truly broad topic, as it refers not noly to the issue of racism, but also cultural differences as such. It’s really easy to judge the things which don’t fit our approval scale, assuming that our own values are the ones which should be obeyed by the society at large.
- Upbringing – we should always remember that racism isn’t an inborn feature of a given person. Children will play happily together for hours, no matter of the skin color they have. Later, they come to know that they are either better or worse depending on their complexion or their hair color.
- External influences – even if somewhere deep inside you feel that color doesn’t really matter to you, groups you decide to join make you accept their rules (even if you don’t really agree with them), otherwise you will be the one who is rejected.
- Weakness of character and being susceptible to outside influences – one cannot disagree with the fact that there are many different types of characters and personalities, and there are people who are resistant to influences just like a rock, and there are people who change their mind depending on the wind direction. These are individuals who are susceptible to outside influences and fashion, the ones who certainly want to win something for themselves. The group influence is just a trigger to highlight their degenerated personalities.
Of course, I could successfully continue enumerating various reasons, which lead to racism, but it’s not the main aim of this text. Ask yourself whether your behavior doesn’t harm other people, remembering that a small stone can cause a snowball effect and in turn lead to a terrible tragedy. Let’s try to do the right thing and respect everyone, even though it may be quite a hard task at the beginning. I don’t always do well, although I try to do my best to make the surrounding me world a better place. Am I a racist? No, I’m not. Do I always treat other people well? No, I don’t.
No one is perfect, regardless of the skin color or ethnic origin. Everyone has their merits and defects. That’s why, we should try to see the goodness in others, but we should also work on eliminating our weaknesses. Let’s unite with the disadvantaged, as we never know, one day we may change places with them… And you? Are you a racist?
See you around!