- Posted August 27, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Everyday racism: Your stories
What Would A Racist Call A Racist?
Today, racism is no longer about Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” That’s already been achieved. It is no longer about white men cheating black men, nor an issue of black and white thing; ever since it is about us— our wicked mindset toward others.
As an immigrant, I have been victim and witness of racist thought and action. I remember an incident with my boss; one day when his car was out of service he called me to take him to the office. While we were on our way, he suddenly burst into saying “These f.....g lowly pieces of shits should be arrested and deported” upon seeing these people of color in downtown Athens trying to make a living by cleaning car windows. He admitted easily to me that immigrants are the problems— “they steal jobs and commit crime.” But when he felt my silence, he said— “Sorry, I didn’t mean to hurt you.” To comfort me, he said many good things about me. “You are not of them, and I like you...blah, blah, blah!” Though my feeling was touched, still I smiled at him and ignored his racy slur and moved on. For me, it is never been a great idea to enter into argument while driving. Since then, he changed a bit, just a bit and that’s a good thing! I guess he felt and realized that he was wrong.
Sure we know, and we often say, hating people because of their color is totally wrong; and it really does not count which color does the hating, it is simply not right. Even if the basic human rights are equally guaranteed / and or granted to all, without regard to race, racism will still exist simply because racism is us and we dislike so many things. Certainly, man has a higher IQ than a dog, but he often barks for no reasons. It is not?
Deep inside us there is love and hate. But some of us often use the latter in their everyday life. Hate is racism. Indeed as we grow older, racism is becoming a vital part of our society. Just look around you and you will see people of all colors are committing evil things. Crimes, here and there. Why? Because of…the fear, the hatred and the mistrust?
Although so much learning / education we pursue, still we miss the important point of learning / education— and that is love toward others. It is so sad to think that we are not trained well to love, to be humble and be more understanding of others; this we definitely lack in our lives.
Our goal now is to defeat our ignorance of others’ feelings with more understanding and generosity / kindness. Racism can not be defeated if we are miserable fools who are more happy boasting and protecting our skin of lies, defending our ignorance of others feelings or well-being. I wonder what a racist would call a racist. And who is more racist, the learned or the illiterate, the blind or the one that can see, the rich or the poor, the leaders or the followers? Sometimes we are even racist towards our own. Why can’t we just embrace our differences with just a smile?
Ah, racism! And here’s what I believe, “Achievement has no color.”—Abraham Lincoln.