Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Racism is here to stay

Racism hasn't really changed over the years

You can talk about the strides that have been taken since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but, in a nutshell, they haven't worked. I said in an earlier post that since 1964, radical racism has simply gone underground, with those who practice this vile lifestyle, playing in the shadows, putting on the good-guy front. Until Donald Trump. Until the White House loaded up with racists, white nationalists, and a bigotry that isn't disguised, rather, put right there in the open for all to see. Steve Bannon is proud of his white supremacist label, flaunting it regularly around Washington. And Donald Trump is quick to tell you, Steve Bannon is his man.

Donald Trump afraid to offend white nationalist supporters

After days of not repudiating white nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan after the murder in the Charlottesville demonstration, T-rump finally denounced the KKK and neo-nazis. This was his statement...
  • "Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups."

The media made me do it

Daily Progress reports that the only reason Trump changed his tone--it is widely known that he does not adhere to political correctness--is that the media made him do it. What a pathetic moment in history when it takes outcry from the media to make the President of the United States do a duty that should have been his top priority the moment that woman was killed by James Alex Fields' car. But that would have insulted Donald Trump's base of double-digit IQ bigots. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, "From the beginning, President Trump has sheltered and encouraged the forces of bigotry and discrimination." Why would we expect more just because of a death?

Sports personalities criticize Trump

LeBron James, basketball star, said, “Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!” Steve Nash, another basketball great said...
  • “To defend white supremacists and then slang his [crappy] a— grape juice pretty much sums the man up.” Nash was referring to Trump’s remark that he knows “a lot about Charlottesville” because he owns “one of the largest wineries in the United States,” located there.
Seth Meyers on Trump Charlottesville news conference...

Even the Jews were included in Charlottesville protest

Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally was universal in its appeal with anti-Semitic lines like “Jews will not replace us”? Also heard, “This city is run by Jewish communists and criminal niggers,” one demonstrator told Vice News’ Elspeth Reeve during their march. The Atlantic reported, "As Jews prayed at a local synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, men dressed in fatigues carrying semi-automatic rifles stood across the street." There was more, "In the minds of white supremacists like David Duke, there is a straight line from anti-blackness to anti-Judaism." I learned from the deep South, when you learn to hate like these people do, there are no bounds.

T-rump again reverts to bad taste

Donald Trump created an analogy between his re-tweet that was eventually pulled, where the Trump train collides with a person from CNN News (logo across face) obviously killing them. He did this just three days after the white nationalist drove into the Charlottesville woman killing her. Trump literally sanctions violence; remember when he wanted to punch the Black Lives Matter protester in the face? He also recently told a group of Long Island police that they shouldn't be too nice with criminal suspects. That drew fire from people all across the country, including police departments. There is no end to the Oval Office lunatic's lunacy.

Why are people still racist? A terrifying answer

The Washington Post recently asked, "Why are people still racist?" They go on to answer using a scientific point of view. The answer...
  • “In some ways, it’s super simple. People learn to be whatever their society and culture teaches them. We often assume that it takes parents actively teaching their kids, for them to be racist. The truth is that unless parents actively teach kids not to be racists, they will be."
That is scary as hell, especially when you consider the fact that Donald Trump is President of the United States, espousing his rhetoric of bigotry.

1 comment:

  1. “In some ways, it’s super simple. People learn to be whatever their society and culture teaches them. We often assume that it takes parents actively teaching their kids, for them to be racist. The truth is that unless parents actively teach kids not to be racists, they will be.”

    Very good point, one I can speak from experience on. I grew up in the South during the 50s and 60s. I never had so much as a splinter of racism in my head, but I grew up saying very racist remarks and repeating what I heard from those around me.

    That's human behavior in a nutshell; we are group (or team if you prefer) oriented and have been for millions of years. We began grouping together simply for survival then and it is literally imprinted in our DNA to behave the way we do in relation to groups. Even Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs shows this as one of the most important of human needs - the need to belong.

    We can see this behavior from the moment we remember being in elementary school and competing with other schools at track meets, etc., all the way through the rest of our lives - collegiate sports, politics, etc.

    From my personal experience, humans are easily taught racism, even when we don't realize that's what we're being taught, and we MUST exert the effort to avoid, or refuse to become such as we mature enough to discover our perspectives are erroneous. And that takes some very difficult introspection on our part to discover that, just maybe our view is wrong.

    A perfect example of how easy it is to learn disliking is to simply pick a group of people we dislike for one reason or another and perform a bit of introspection as to why we dislike them.

    For me, it's the religious, for I find their blind commitment to ideology foolish, disturbing due to their refusal to be reasonable, and most importantly, the way in which they condemn those who believe differently than they do, even to the point of calling out other's of the same religion, but a different sect and saying "your wrong and I'm right.” All the while, they're talking about precisely the same concept.

    I have to fight the urge to form a very strong disregard for their inhumanity and intolerance; to understand that's how they believe and, though I disagree, it's their belief. As long as they don't start nailing people to crosses, or burning them alive, or, as we've seen for the past several decades, form terrorist cells, my opinion of their belief is truly irrelevant and they have every right to believe as they will, regardless of how foolish I see it.

    When I take the time to think about their belief system, it’s easy to see that even they offer humanity a positive contribution.

    Hate is a learned trait. Unless you’re born with a fault, such as sociopathic tendencies, etc., we’re not born to hate.



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