12.01.2005

here's something, x2 (blogged against racism)

i am a white male.

that said, as far as the receiving end of racism goes, i've got it pretty good. i found myself born into a society that has an unending appreciation for who i am and what i can do. as for the dishing-out end of racism, i am struck by my lack of words on the subject: i have embarassingly, frighteningly little to say. even still, i want to do my part today...

- here's something: i will be thinking about this for a while, i think, but right now, today, my understanding of what racism even is is stil in its infancy. growing up white, i was taught, essentially, that racism is saying bad things about black people. (i know i shouldn't speak for too many people, but i fear such is the case in a shockingly high number of white homes in america.) so far as i can figure, the fact that racism is far more, and much deeper a problem than i originally understood it to be - that is the bulk of my real understanding of racism. anything else i post on the subject is the result of my experiments in thought - nothing groundbreaking, just a white male trying to understand what it means to be on whatever side of the issue i am on.

*raises glass* "here's hoping someone reads these words and is moved to think and/or do something good."

- here's something: perhaps a little motherly wisdom would be helpful. that is, when there were bullies, we were taught they acted as to overcome their inadequacies, that they were trying to make themselves feel better. does racism function on a similar level? people who feel they are not enough, or simply lack understanding about different kinds (read: races) of people, form their symbolic, and sometimes physical, actions around misconceptions and self-glorification. i completely agree with the idea that racism (indeed, all forms of evil) stem from self-justified ideologies - that is, no one who is evil would say they are motivated by evil, but rather by some perceived good. it seems, then, that racism can only stem from inferiority (the need to build up oneself, even at the expense of others), ignorance (not recognizing one's own racist acts, be they intentional or otherwise), or arrogance (actually believing one or more races to be inferior/superior, and acting accordingly - really, this is a form of ignorance, but i think it is sufficient enough to differentiate).

i've lost the train of thought that brought me from "motherly wisdom" to that last sentence. wherever that train was headed, here's my closing thought: knowledge and understanding can't solve everything, racism included, but they sure don't hurt. in fact, they help quite a bit. my man kevin said it well: "Please, people think about what you are writing. Think about what you are assuming". racism may never end, but it certainly won't get any better until people really start to think about what they say and do. looks like you were right about that, too, mom.

spread it.

1 Comments:

Blogger Josh said...

"it certainly won't get any better until people really start to think about what they say and do."

The problem is that people don't know what they are thinking or what they are doing. Can a person honestly say he isn't a racist, even to the tiniest degree? Assuming the mindset of a non-racist is probably the first step in accepting the "perceived good" instead of what is truly good.

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