It's no secret that I don't understand racism. The idea that a person is worth less because of their skin tone, deity or homeland contains zero logic. How can one group of people grow to hate another for such unreasonable reasons? How fucked up is the human mind that it can allow such a self destructive trait into our species DNA? And when the Hell is the human race going to (I'd say grow the fuck up but the younger you are, the less bigoted you are) stop drawing lines in the sand?
I freely admit that I laugh at "racist" jokes. Honestly, there are a lot of funny ones. Daniel Tosh, Lisa Lampanelli, Joan Rivers, Carlos Mencia and many others can fire 'em off. And we laugh. Why? Because we see the ridiculousness in it all. We know that Mexicans don't pop out a new baby every ten minutes, that having dark skin doesn't make you a lazy druggie and that being Jewish doesn't make you a penny-pinching scrooge who can balance even the US government's checkbook. Those are stereotypes. And yes, they can be offensive to those they mock, which is why I, like millions of others, laugh at the stupidity that created them.
But if they're so stupid, why do some people say them out of cruelty? Why, in 2013, do some still cling to these ass backwards beliefs and feel it's okay to hurt those perceived as different? Why are they laughing at the subject of the joke and not the shocking idiocy behind it?
I don't get that shit.
Someone, not so long ago, told me that maybe my lack of understanding is a good. thing. And maybe their right. Because my logic cannot accept the idea of undeserved hate, I can't form an opinion on their observation though I hope it's true.
There is always a target for this shameful hate, at least here in the US. Since this country's inception, those of African decent have been treated as less than human beginning with the worst period in our history: slavery. And as far as we claim to have come, it didn't end there. Asian, Irish, Mexican, and many other groups have been targeted. And for what reason? None. Zip. Zero. Nada. Or rather, I, using logic, cannot find any. I've seen, heard and read the supposed reasons and none have seemed to be good enough.
Fucking stupid, honestly.
And as for the movements to do away with racism? Those can be just as dangerous. Think about it for a second: whenever we point out something as racist, we're reaffirming the idea that there's some important difference between any two people. Hate crimes, Affirmative Action and "white privilege" all converge on places just left of the bigotry and reminds us all we're not one human race. I'm not against equality at all. What I want is real equality. The kind that goes beyond what Martin Luther King Jr spoke of:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color
of ;their skin but by the content of their character...
I have a dream that one day...
little black boys and black
girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and
white girls as sisters and brothers.
Forget color. Color is just the paint on the outside. It has no bearing on the person inside. We need to learn that treating some one as lesser is not a civilized, 21st century thing to do. We need to see passed skin tone and places of worship and realize that what is best for all of use is to stop being living in a world that will only bring us down. We should all take a cue from Morgan Freeman, one of the most talented actors of any generation:
Mike Wallace: How are we going to get rid of racism until ...?
Morgan Freeman: Stop talking about it. I'm going to stop calling you a white man. And I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You're not going to say, "I know this white guy named Mike Wallace." Hear what I'm saying?
I love this. It makes perfect fucking sense. If we remove race from the equation, racism cannot survive. We don't need the Which Race Are You box on school, employment or census paperwork. It doesn't fucking matter! The only time I care to know someone's skin color is in a book; I like the fullest description of a character possible. Not because it makes a difference for the story (most times) but because I want the full image in my head while I devour the story.
He also says Black History Month is ridiculous. I agree. it's all part of American history and should be treated as such. Why only teach about David Crosthwait Jr, Mark Dean, Charles Drew, Matthew Henson or Mae Jemison (just to name a few) in February? It reinforces those stupid divides. Stop doing it.
In the end, racism is fucking us as a people. We're not reaching as high as we can because some insist on pushing others down. Stop that. It makes you a fucking useless cunt and we have enough of those without bigots spreading their hate-filled filth. Be good to each other. And remember, when it comes to humans, there's only one race. That's why we're called The Human Race, not human races.