I guess I’m not finished ranting quite yet. I talked about definitions in “Defining” Moments, and I’m not done with those. I want to talk about the REAL issue that’s going on. It isn’t about RACISM, not even a little bit. Well, okay…maybe for some folks it is (the white supremacist groups that exist- and their numbers are actually pretty FEW as compared to the remainder of the population, so let’s be realistic a little bit here!!!!)…but for the rest of you it is quite another story! The REAL RACISM that you think is happening is actually RACIAL PREJUDICE!! I said before that people need to buy a dictionary and read it, and I firmly stand by that statement! Prejudice is defined as the following:
- An unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
- Any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
- Unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social, or religious group.
- Damage or injury; Detriment
And bigotry doesn’t mean quite what I think people mean when they use that word either!! Bigotry, as defined by the dictionary, actually means:
- Stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.
- The actions, beliefs, prejudices, etc., of a bigot.
This all sounds eerily familiar, and kind of like something that stems from more than one side of an equation!! I don’t get the feeling that people just want to live in peace and harmony, or that they truly understand what RACIAL PREJUDICE is, and it’s quite disturbing!! The segregations and divisions of HATE groups is very REAL!! For people who don’t see similarities in groups like the KKK and BLM, I would highly suggest looking a WHOLE LOT CLOSER!! Not all members of ANY “HATE” group are extremists…but when we lump everyone together and attach that meaning to them, then by definition they are. Isn’t that what people have been accused of doing with Islam?? Islamophobic, I believe that’s the word attached to that- which is erroneous in nature, and I believe the correct attachment by definition would be RELIGIOUS PREJUDICE. If you don’t understand the point I am trying to make, let me spell it out for you. White people, black people, yellow people, red people, purple people: All still PEOPLE! Some people steal, but that’s not ALL people. Some people murder others, but not ALL people do that. Some people rape others, again…not ALL people are responsible. When you start breaking things down AFTER that point, THAT EQUALS RACIAL PREJUDICE!!! It is DIVISION, it is SEGREGATION, and it is WRONG, and EVERYONE is EQUALLY GUILTY!! The question is: WHY????
I’d like to say that I have some theories, and I’m sure they aren’t all sound, but I’ll start with the first one. People need to feel included. I have heard this themeology over and over again! Inclusiveness often creates EXCLUSIONARY factors!! To be “represented”, you must first exclude another. Why is it so difficult for people to see this?? It involves an awful lot of posturing, and of course people are going to be “OFFENDED”. When you ask for “representation”, you should probably understand the following: You are asking for special treatment. I will put it a different way. I am a writer. If I am writing a story, I might choose to include elements that I am familiar with, and that are relevant to the story that I am telling. If a reader chooses to read it, then they should probably understand that the story I am telling ISN’T about them. And, if it’s MY story, then shouldn’t I be allowed to express MY STORY in MY WORDS?? If my character is in a relationship, then it is one that has been devised in MY mind, etc. I see far too much going on in the entertainment industry, with people attempting to influence writers and creators to make things that are more THEIR choosing. Here’s a tip: Write your OWN story!! Don’t think it can be done?? I give you Sylvester Stallone: Rocky!! Look up the history of the movie, Rocky. Read it. And then stop telling others how to write their creations!! If you want to express yourself in this world, it is not up to others to EXPRESS YOU FOR YOU! Ugh….but that’s a whole ‘nother blog. To sum this one up: You do you, I’ll do me. I mean, why hate you, when you can hate me??? Maybe we can learn to tolerate each other, even if we can’t quite ACCEPT each other. We don’t have to like each other, but we CAN stop trying to beat each other down! Not one single person, regardless of skin color, is BETTER or MORE IMPORTANT than any other! Leave the past where it belongs! Accept TODAY, and live in the NOW!! What’s done is done, and can never be undone!! Move on, get over it, and leave it be! That’s all folks! Till next time…..