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When I asked my mother why he looked so different from me, she said it was because he was black. Confused, I replied, “He’s not black- he’s brown!” I always thought it sounded dumb to refer to him as black,(this was back in the day before everyone started referring to black people as African-Americans, which, techinically, he wasn’t. Massa and his family weren’t citizens at that point,) though I never looked at him or treated him any differently than I did anyone else. He was simply my best friend.
We used to do everything together, and through our friendship, our families became close until they moved away. I remember on the day they left, I hugged Massa so hard because I didn’t want him to go. I cried for a week because I missed him so much.
But that’s the thing about being young and innocent, you don’t really see things like color or the differences in race, you just see people. I was raised to judge people for who they are, not for what they look like.
Racism is not an ingrained behavior, it’s a learned one. Nobody on Earth comes out of the womb hating blacks, Jews, or Asians. It’s an indoctrination burned into the human psyche due to fear of the different, ignorance, hatred, intolerance, and self-loathing.
I think bigotry exists on some level in everyone (usually manifesting in the form of stereotypes,) but that is a far cry from outright hatred, which is what I’m really talking about. There has to be something deep and dark within your soul to have such unreasonable hatred toward someone simply because they don’t conform to your idea of ‘normal’. It’s more of a statement of who you are and what you’ve been taught to believe.
I don’t really understand white supremacy. There’s no logic behind it on any level. Racists can justify it any way they like, but it always boils down to the same thing- fear and intolerance. And again, it makes no sense, especially when you stop and realize that they created the ‘problem’ in the first place. Nearly every black person in this country is the descendant of a slave, someone who was dragged here in chains to work because white people were either too lazy or too cheap to work their own land. And it’s been that way practically since the dawn of time.
Genetics aren’t proof of one race’s superiority over the other. Every subset of humanity has one advantage over the other. Skin color, hair and eye color don’t mean diddly squat. Hitler wanted a perfect aryan race, but even by his lunatic standard, he was unfit to be a part of it.
Am I the only one who thinks that neo-nazis and southerners who scream, “The South will rise again!” are idiots? First of all, they admire a bunch of losers, which pretty much tells you all you need to know about them. Or how about the ones who scream that they’re not racist, just proud to be white? Listen up, buttercups- if you think that being white makes you better than everyone else, you’re still a racist.
Why all the hatred towards Jews? Judaism isn’t a race- it’s a religion. They’re every bit as caucasian as you are. By the way, being that racism and conservatism kinda go hand in hand, don’t you think it’s a bit hypocritical to support Israel? Because the last time I checked, Israel is full of Jews. Kind of defeats the purpose, don’t you think? Oh,and in case you weren’t aware, Trump’s son-in-law, daughter, and grandchildren are Jewish.
For that matter, Jesus Christ wasn’t a white guy. I know that’s kind of a hard pill for white christianity to swallow, but you can’t change the facts, no matter how delusional you may be. Even if he wasn’t, do you honestly think he’d abide your brand of insane hatred? I highly doubt it.
Republicans love saying that Mexicans are taking our manufacturing jobs away, but let’s be honest- who is really responsible for that? Hispanics only came here for work because corporations didn’t want to deal with unions or pay higher wages and benefits. Who was it that moved manufacturing jobs overseas to cut costs? I highly doubt it was the day laborers hanging out in front of the local Home Depot.
Now, I’m sure that some mouthbreathers out there are going to be screaming that I’m being a ‘reverse-racist’, but come on, I’m just pointing out the truth. I’m not condemning every white person on the planet. The people who are responsible for most of this shit just happen to be of a pasty disposition, nothing more. I don’t believe that a whole race should be condemned for something a handful of greedy people did. I mean, not every slave-owner treated his people like shit. They just didn’t know any better.
For instance, slave reparations is a hot topic right now, but instead of cutting a check (which won’t solve the problem,) I think the best way to do it is by putting money into the community- more money into education, job training, and other social programs meant to elevate. This country owes a debt that can’t really be paid, but if we truly believe in equality for all, we should at least level the playing field.
I’m no social justice warrior, but I do believe in equality for everyone. That’s what this country was founded upon. No one is more ‘equal’ than anyone else, and certainly not due to skin color. Our diversity is what makes us the nation we are; it’s what gives us our strength. If that is so hard to understand, then perhaps maybe you should go back where you came from, though I highly doubt they’d want you back.
In case you missed it: The Idiocy of Ideological Purity