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Racism vs. Prejudice

April 29, 2012


I really do think racism is gone from our society with only a handful of virulent holdouts.  The days of believing one race is superior by right of blood is over.

Prejudice, however, still hangs around, but less as a bigoted ideal and more as a means of self-preservation.

I work in the most diverse environment I have ever experienced.  Asians, East Indians, Black, White, American, Balkan, South American, European… more accents than at the Tower of Babel, it seems.  I feel %100 safe at work.  Skin color makes no difference at all.

Put me on the streets of OBT after dark and I’ll be jumping at every sound, looking at people with suspicion.  While most of that is socio-economic, there is still the awareness that if I were to be jumped it would most likely be by a black person.  Between crime rates, gangsta culture, current race baiting, speech mannerisms and historical resentment, I don’t think it’s an unreasoned fear.

It’s still prejudice, though, because I’m not basing my fear on an individual’s actions but on the possibility of action.  It is, perhaps, wisdom, however.

One could argue that white people have brought it upon themselves, but that’s prejudice, too.  Most whites have never done anything to blacks.  One could reasonably argue that many black people ARE bringing it upon themselves.  A sub-culture that exalts violence, race hatred and misogyny in the music and speech deserves to be feared.  The problem, though, is we don’t know who belongs to that sub-culture and who doesn’t.

Who are we to say such a sub-culture is wrong and harmful?  Americans, reasonable adults, take your pick.  That sub-culture is wrong.  And for the first time in American history, a black man has the authority and responsibility to call it out.  I have the utmost respect for Bill Cosby and Morgan Freeman, both of whom have spoken out against gangsta culture, both of whom have been vilified by not only people in the sub-culture but black people outside it.

Yes, we are a free people, but not everything is wise, beneficial and good.  When millions of people rejoiced because a black man was elected president, that man took the highest platform inAmerica, if not the world.  It would go over like a lead balloon if Bush or Romney or any white president took on a black sub-culture, but Obama has the ability AND the responsibility.  But sadly, we’ve discovered that a black politician is identical to a white politician (equality at last!); they both are only concerned about reelection.

Reagan had the wisdom to envision the American people.  Kennedy did, too (I am not a fan of JFK’s presidency, but he could inspire people… I think RFK would have been a phenomenal president even if he was a Democrat).  I honestly believe that Obama has the ability but is just too timid to use it, despite the hammering from the right.  He certainly turns it on for the elections, if only he would do it for matters of substance.

We as a people need to change.  The American culture needs to turn away from globalism and return to community.  I disagree that it takes a village to raise a child, but it DOES take a village to preserve the union.  We need someone to lead us to that ideal.  Sadly, we’ll be waiting a long time.


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