The Continued Existence of Racism in America
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I believe that racism will NEVER, ever disappear so long as there is such thing as bigotry, ignorance, and hatred, elements of humanity so fundamental to the nature of human thought that the theoretical destruction of such things cannot and will not ever be possible. These things (bigotry, ignorance, and hatred) are as elementary to any person's thoughts as atoms are to the constitution of the universe. Let me try to put it a little more simply: We are all ignorant about something (or someone); we are all bigoted toward something or someone; and we all hate something or someone - it is in our nature. We cannot escape from these things; it would be illusory to think that we can. Because bigotry is a fundamental part of human thinking, racism can't be destroyed, nor can misogyny, nor can sexism, nor can homophobia, nor can any other irrational hatred or fear of something or someone. Man has tried combatting with his own profound stupidity and I say that the HUMAN "race" has failed. We will all live the rest of our lives, knowing that, one day, we may come across some stranger and find out he is a profound racist, or an unbelievable misogynist, or some other type of -ist or -phobe. Whatever that ignorant may be, the fact that you cannot change the way he/she thinks for all that is holy and true will ensure that racism will retain its immortality, gifted unto it by our imperfect, human nature.
I was born and raised in Anderson, TX. Pop: 224. It was the idol of peace and quiet and we only had one school which students grades 1-12 attended. We knew everyone, and every family, and we were an all-white town... well, almost. You see, there was a Black family that lived there who had a son my age - they were our neighbors. They seemed quiet and afraid, as if living in such a small-conservative white town would be their downfall. My family visited them occasionally, and we sent them pies and sang to them on Christmas before I was born in '94. When I turned 7, I met Allen Jones, their son, (AJ for short) and we quickly became best friends. Because of this, our families grew closer together, and we ended up not only becoming great neighbors, but also near-family as well. One day, a man from Mississippi showed up at our town and witnessed me playing with their son at the local park. My dad was there looking after us, and the strange man walked straight up to us and called us "Negro Lovers." My dad shrugged him off and replied, "We are a loving Christian family, If you cannot see past the amount of Melanin in some of our skins, then we cannot see past your absurd bigotry. Please get out and leave us be." The man looked angry and spit at us, eventually walking away. It was my first and really, my only encounter with racism. AJ and I grew up together and we're roommates at Stanford (we were both accepted).
Now, imagine if that was fifty years ago. Would that kind of racial acceptance still be plausible? In Yankee states, maybe, but in Texas? Definitely not.
Racism is a dying disease - as the world progresses and humanity advances, racism seems to seem absurd and irrelevant. Sure, there are still some racists in the deep, deep south that live in trailer parks, dying out in Alabama, but it's gotten a lot better, and a lot more accepting. Texas, for example, is one of the most racially diverse states in the U.S.
I do think that Homo sapiens can look past racial differences and join together for the cause of humanity. The source of racism is uneducation, a bad standard of living, propaganda. All of these causes are dwindling as we shift into the new age. After all, if we were such a racist country, we wouldn't have a Black President.
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