Thursday, August 7, 2008

Racism

One of the many deficiencies of the human mind is the Assumption. We all assume, but the question is how much do we live our lives and create our worldview based on mere assumptions? One of the worst assumptions that has plagued humanity forever is the one that says that people who look different from us are not only different, but deficient in some way. It is called racism and everyone is potentially a racist in the making. It is a huge problem even today despite all the advances that have been made in race relations. Ideally we would never assume anything about anyone based merely on the way they look anymore.

It is not as easy as it sounds. Personally, if I am walking down the street and see a group of teens approaching, clothed all in black, with shaved heads and carrying baseball bats—I’m crossing the street. It is an unfair assumption to think, even in the part of Germany where I live, that they are a bunch of Neo-Nazis looking for trouble. They might just be a baseball team that has a black uniform and have shaved their heads in a move of mutual support. Still… better safe than sorry.

As with everything else, rational thought has been taken out of the discussion when it comes to race. Two mere assumptions have become accepted fact. The first is that all “white” people are racist. The other is that no “black” people are ever racist. If a white person attacks Obama’s policies and ideas, they must be racist. On the other hand, how is it not racism when a large percent of blacks say they are going to vote for him because of the color of his skin?

Ducking for cover as I post…

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