Racism is beyond common sense and has no place in our society.
Steven Patrick Morrissey
This month is Black history month and it reminds me of so much prejudice that still goes on in America. I remember a few years ago, my wife and I took in a biracial child into our home. Very few people outside the kids at church took time to get to know him. I’m guessing because he did look African American. After all the church did reach out to other white kids that we took into our home. So what made them not reach out to this child? One board member even told our family that he “needed to be with his own kind.” It is sad that this still goes on in the world and especially sad it goes on in the church. The church is supposed to show God’s love to all mankind.
Shortly after Obama was elected president I ran into some prejudice against him. A family member said, “We brought them over here and now they are taking over.” What kind of talk is that? Another relative has said several times that they wished Obama would be killed or commit suicide. Both of them would both say they are Christian. Again what kind of talk is that?! I am not a huge fan of Obama. I think he’s average at very best. However, I was raised to love all mankind no matter what they are like, yet some family members reject that ideology. When I read posts comparing President Obama to Hitler and comments like he’s trying to be a dictator, I wonder what in the world they are thinking. There has certainly been something that has happened in their lives that has obscured their view of the world. I know that these thoughts are not simply in my family. There are many Obama haters and I wonder if it is because he’s not a WHITE conservative.
What is it about others that make us afraid of them? Differences should be embraced but instead they are rejected and build divisions. Right?
Coke released an advertisement during the Super Bowl with many different people and languages singing “America the Beautiful” and there was an uproar about that. Seems to me this was nothing but prejudice. The quotes I saw were very hateful toward immigrants and yet unless you are a Native American your ancestors were immigrants. Seems to be fear that these immigrants will take something from us instead of adding to our already rich culture. Also, I must ask why this is different than the old Coke commercials “I want to teach the world to sing?”
The Olympics are going on in Sochi, Russia. There has been a long discussion on the problems Russia has had with its laws on homosexuality. Yet the Olympics are supposed to be about bringing the world together. How can this world be brought together when it treats one another with such contempt. In America there is a fight over whether homosexuals should have the right to marry. Recently there was a gay couple on “Good Luck Charlie” and death threats were sent to the 5 year old who plays the role of “Charlie”. Closer to home I have had people say that they wished “all homosexuals would die.” That from a children’s teacher at a church. I wonder if they taught love or hate to those kids. Too often very hateful things are said like this, and all too often in the name of God. No people, God does not hate gays, but just maybe you do.
There is a store in our area that my wife and I call the “scary mart”. Not because it is scary, but because a member of a church we no longer attend talked about how scared they were to get gas there. What may have been scarier were all the people who nodded in agreement with them. I was offended. Those people are simply poorer than that church. The same church where another leading member said of the poor “The poor choose to be poor.” Obviously a division caused by prejudice. I can say this because my work is less than a mile from that store and I am in contact with the people all the time. They are not scary, they are nice people. If they had money like the above people then I guess that would make them ok instead of scary.
Prejudice still runs deep in our society. Whether it is another race, sex, class, language etc… We have a long way to go. If you want to truly leave this world a better place for the next generation than it is you and me that have to change. To truly start treating each other like we want to be treated. With love and respect, no matter what our differences are or how right we think we are. You see, when a person thinks they are right, most likely they are like the people I mentioned above. They all thought they had it right, they just couldn’t see it from another persons point of view and that is where prejudice begins and ends. Within us. Within you.