Is Racial Prejudice still a problem?

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I think the answer to the question, “Is Racial Prejudice still a problem?” is a very simple, Yes and No. Let me explain.

No matter what race you are, think about the last 5 times that you went to the movies? Now, try to remember how many black people, white people, Hispanic people, Asian people, etc were in the movie theater with you. Now what about the last time that you went out to eat? Think about public places that you go where like minded people go and consider this question.

Now, I know if you go to the mall you will notice the teenagers…of all races. They don’t count.

If you really ponder this, if someone was acting civilly in public, they are dressed appropriately and have manners, you really didn’t notice what race they were. If you have a casual encounter with someone either holding the door open for them, or vice versa, did it really make an impression as to what race they were? Or did you just think, “What a nice person…I wish more people were like us.”

A casual conversation with a stranger from another race in a public place, was there any racial tension there from you or that person?

Of course not.

Normal, every day Americans do not have racial prejudices anymore.

Now wait a minute, you say, I’ve used racial slurs when I see those “you know what’s” in the mall, or at a gas station, or whereever showing that they are “low lifes” so even I am not 100% non-racist.

Really?

Do you look down upon the nice lady or gentleman of another race that was a total stranger that let you go first at a 4 way stop? What about the one that you waved to go thru first and they waved back? When you walk your neighborhood or ride your bike, or drive your car thru, and that same neighbor of another race waves at you and you wave back, are you being fake or do you sincerely have good wishes towards that person? Do you believe that they actually have good wishes towards you?

Everyone has used a racist word when describing someone that is doing something that they do not approve of. It doesn’t mean that you are racist. If you get mad at someone of the opposite sex, do you sometimes call them (even if it is just in your mind, or under your breath) a “bitch” “dick” “asshole” etc? How about a fat person that aggravates you in public? Ever think or mutter something about their weight? A bald guy pisses you off, do you ever even think something disparaging about him and use his baldness in your mental tirade? And the list goes on, short people, old people, young people, people with bad haircuts, people with bad teeth, with pimples, with a rash, whatever.

We all do it. It does not mean that we hate fat people, too skinny people, people of other races, old people, whatever. It means that we are just human.

I pose this to you, normal every day citizens of the United States are not prejudiced against someone strictly because of their race. So, in part the answer to the first question that I asked is no but with a caveat, racial prejudice is not a problem anymore…for the majority of us.

However, there are still narrow minded individuals that are racially prejudiced. Well, you think, there you go…white folks still hate other folks because of their race.

Well, yes, some white folks. But I suggest that you pay attention to the news, both local and national for a while. Look back over old news stories.

Who is out there giving off racial vibes. Who is out there stirring things up? Who is out there inciting people emotionally and sometimes inciting them to riot?

The people who have something to gain from it. People like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

What good have these men ever done? How many innocent people have they “prosecuted” in the court of public opinion? When it turns out that they were wrong do they apologize? No. They ignore it. They refuse to admit that they were wrong. These men are doing all that they can to try to enhance racism.

All good people should first of all, ignore anything these race-mongers have to say. We should encourage others to do the same.

There was a Star Trek episode back with good old Captain Kirk years ago where an EVIL BEING manipulated other creatures to hate each other and to fight. The evil being actually fed off of the feelings of hatred. When Kirk and his crew figured this out, they convinced EVERYONE to lay down their weapons and focus on feelings of togetherness and happiness. When all of the combatants did this, the EVIL BEING was forced to leave them alone because it got no benefit from their feelings of camaraderie.

Well, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, politicians that use their race as an issue or a weapon, organizations that focus on their color or race, anyone that tries to promote their race over others…these are the EVIL BEINGS that we all need to ignore. When we can come together and tell these folks “enough is enough” stop the race baiting and we are going to ignore you anytime separatist, hateful, racist words come out of your mouth then, and only then, can we begin the end of racism.

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