A woman in Wichita got a hateful, racist letter from a neighbor recently. This just kills me inside. I have never understood racism. I have never gotten what gives anyone the idea that they are superior based solely on skin tone or ancestral background. It’s idiotic. It’s illogical.
I think everyone, everywhere, is guilty of some racism. For most of us it is unintentional. I know I personally have said or acted in ways that, upon later reflection, I beat myself up for because it was possibly a little racist. Even when it’s unintentional, I have to do better. We all do.
When President Obama was elected, I was surprised. I knew there was enough racism in this country that it would be difficult for an African American to be elected to that office. Whatever your thoughts are on his presidency, you have to admit that is has brought the racist backlash out. It has sometimes come out on such a level that it has taken me by complete shock. I knew it existed, but the level has just destroyed a little bit of me, maybe a naive and innocent bit, that thought we were getting better as a society. And it has made my heart ache over how evil we people can be to each other. I no longer have the delusional idea that things were so very much better. Now I know that we have so very far to go still.
And I state this for the record: If you like or dislike President Obama for his policies I am fine with that, but if you like or dislike him because of his race then I ask that you please not buy or read my books, and please leave my site and never return.
Racism only makes sense if you come from a place where you see everything in the world as us versus them. The U.S. vs. Russia, Men vs. women, caucasians vs. minorities. It’s stupid. People have ALWAYS used race to control and manipulate others. Why do we continue to listen? Why let others have that power over us, where we will let their poisonous ideas infect us? We have to be better than that.
We continue to get evidence that racism isn’t going away anytime soon. People like the ones who crafted that awful letter to the grandmother in Wichita, and the people like the ones who wrote this letter in Seattle, keep reminding us of that. But we have to speak up when we see or hear it. We have to make it clear that people who think that way are not welcome in our lives. And most importantly, we have to make sure kids know this is wrong and that people who think others of a different race are inferior are just themselves the inferior one, that all races and mixes of race are completely equal. The only way we will ever get rid of racism is to do so in our children. Then we just wait for the ignorant racists to die off from old age. Until then, we have to do better at calling out the racists. If we can’t stop their racism then maybe they will at least shut up about their racist thoughts if enough others make it clear it isn’t acceptable. Maybe they’ll know racist actions will never be allowed. It’s a lofty goal, I know, but a worthwhile one.
Until then we need to keep trying to be better people. I have to, you have to, and everyone in all our lives have to.