I’ve been hesitant to post my views on this emotionally charged subject, because in my experience, it’s not “mainstream”. I’ve been called ignorant for my views. While I’m OK with that, I don’t necessarily need that on my blog. So I had to buck up and come to place where I was OK with what this post could bring.
I’ve been working on this blog in my head for a bit, but then saw this story on CNN and felt it was the right time to get it all out. If you don’t feel like reading, the gist of it is 4 teenage white boys, after a night of drinking, beat an illegal 25 year old immigrant to death. Beating him so badly that they left an impression on him of the religious medal he wore around his neck. Makes you sick right?
In reading some of the readers comments, people were upset that the victim was classified as a Hispanic and the perpetrators as White teens. Some said race isn’t important, but the act of violence was.
After a night of drinking, the teens taunted the undocumented worker with racial epithets, pummeled him to the ground and then kicked him in the head, court documents charge. He died in a hospital two days later.
Seems pretty clearly racially motivated to me.
So much of the problem with racism today stems from the fact that so many think it doesn’t exist. It’s very much alive and well.
Another problem is people think minorities are “playing the victim”. And that programs like Affirmative Action are reverse racism and only serve to futher the gap.
This social experiment measured resumes and AA sounding names. They concluded that job applicants with white sounding names had to send 10 resumes to get a call back, while applicants with AA sounding name had to send out 15.
I’ve heard the argument (in regards to AA’s now), “I never had a slave, so why should I apologize??!”. I’m supposing recognizing the past and being sorry about it is too much, hey? True YOU never had a slave, and those AA’s in society today weren’t slaves, but not acknowledging it is doing a great disservice to their history.
On to reverse racism! It doesn’t exist. In fact, I’ll go ahead and tell you that I don’t believe that minorities can be racist against whites. Prejudiced, yes. Likely with due cause. But not racist. To me, racisim goes hand in hand with power. Minorities don’t have the power to suppress white people. Therefore, it’s not racism. As far as Affirmative Action being considered as such is ridiculous. It’s simply to give everyone a level playing field. If you can’t get a job as a white male in America because the company has to meet requirements, you’ve been given a small taste of what minorities face daily. Doesn’t feel really nice, does it?
I’ve heard also that it’s time for AA’s to “get over” the past. So, MLK was assinated 40 very short years ago. I suppose that 400 years of oppression should be “gotten” over in a few short years? And I’m sorry, but it’s pretty ballsy to think you have the right to say when anyone should be over anything.
Now to the question of how we fix it. I don’t know. I wish I did. I don’t believe in being “color blind” because really, differences should be acknowledged and celebrated. I think the first step is to teach our kids properly. Teach them acceptance. Don’t ignore racism, but teach about it, and why it’s wrong. It’s OK for them to notice that some people have different skin color. As long as when they do, it’s explained that they are the same on the inside. I’m not sure how much of this we’ll have to face, being that my kids are biracial. I’m afraid in some ways, of them entering school.
I welcome your thoughts on this. Even if you disagree! I’m always open to hearing other perspectives.