Racism; History and ideas.

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Thoughts on racism.

Submitted: November 15, 2013

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Racism; The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

Racism has gone on for centuries; From slavery, to interracial marriages, to discrimination in the media and prejudice through the media and law inforcement. Starting in 1619, to the final form of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and officially ended in 1865. Although, under the Convict Lease System, blacks might be arrested for petty charges, given long sentences, then brutally worked by the state, or leased out to farms or businesses. The system was frequently criticized, but only began to be dismantled during the Progressive era. The last state to end this practice, and the first to use it beginning in 1846, was Alabama. The legislature mandated that it end on June 30, 1928.  Because of this, some opinions say that slavery was legally abolished on July 1, 1928.

After this, there was still horrible racism going around; Mississippi prohibited marriage with a white person with a black person, or mulatto or a person with one-eighth African American blood, or an Asian person, or a person with one-eighth or more “Mongolian” blood.

The first Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1865 in Pulaski, Tennessee, by six veterans from the Confederate Army. The second, founded in 1915 in Atlanta, Georgia. Starting in 1921, it adopted a modern business system of recruiting (which paid most of the initiation fee and costume charges as commissions to the organizers) and grew rapidly nationwide at a time of prosperity. And the third, ''Ku Klux Klan'' was used by many local groups apposing the Civil Rights Movement, especially in the 1950's and 1960's. 

Even after this, the KKK is still around, it may not be acceptable in today's culture. But, it is still around. And there is still racism going on. In today's media, the prejudice in the law enforcement, condemning blacks and people of colour when in fact, they have done nothing wrong. After the long history lesson, this is where I start my rant on racism. 

Being scared to accept people for who they are, for their colour. Hating people for who they are, is absolutely idiotic. I live in a town where you cannot go out and not hear someone make a racist comment about someone under their breaths, knowing full well that they would be called out if they even dared say it out loud. And in other circumstances, little kids being bullied at school for being Hispanic, or black. 

What makes me sick to my stomach, is when the children I babysit come in and cry because they are bullied for playing with them. It isn't about us being equal. We are different, all of us. We have different skin tones, different eye colours, different hair colours. We are all different. But we are all humans, created by God, in His image. We have no right to judge. We have to accept differences because that's how we were made. DIFFERENT. Different cultures, different Races. And if we can't love each other, what makes us think we deserved to be loved? Black, White, Asian, Hispanic. We are all different and need to treat each other with respect. 

Racism with Obama is still going on. ''Oh, we elected a BLACK man?! That's why this country is going to Hell!" No! This country is ''Going to Hell'' because we cannot put our PRIDE down to accept people of different Races! You may not agree with Obama, but that has nothing to do with his race.

I hate when Caucasians try to justify it, or ''simpathy'' it by saying that they are bullied for their weight, or hair, or clothes. Things that they themselves CAN CHANGE. You can lose weight, you can change your clothes, you hair. But what gives people the RIGHT to judge based on colour? Policemen stopping, padding down a black man for sitting outside of his house, accusing him of selling drugs. The man tries to defend himself, and boom! He gets shot. The officer never gets charged because he was ''Defending himself against a dangerous fellon.''  This goes on, every single day. Sure, things have changed tremendously after people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X came and spoke out against it. It has changed. But it seems that as a people, mostly Caucasians, are happy to just sit by and even join in when someone is being bullied, or judged. Yet, when a white man is made fun of, he has everyones defense. 

We are all created equally, in the image of GOD. We need to respect, honour, and love one another. Just as Christ loved us when He died for us. This is not an attack on whites, don't take it the wrong way, it isn't. It's an attack on the idea that we can't do anything to stop it. Because we can. One people. Working together. 

 

 


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