Archive for August, 2017

Racism In America

August 8, 2017

News flash: There are racists in America. They are awful. All of them. White nationalists, neo-Nazis, the alt-right, skinheads. Anyone who is white who thinks they are better than someone just because of the color of their skin is an idiot. Plain and simple. I, a white male, am no better than a black female. I am no better than a Hispanic person. I am just a human being who has nothing about me that inherently makes me better than anyone else. No matter skin color, ethnicity, or creed.

In America, though, while we have people who are definitely white racists, there are also those who are racists that are not white. The white get noticed a bit more (mostly because of their ridiculous outfits and rigor mortis arm gestures). But racism doesn’t belong to one race. You have the radical fringes of the Black Lives Matter movement. You have the Nation of Islam, the Black Separatism movement, for example.

One thing I always like to keep in mind when thinking about the awfulness that is racism is that while it tends to get wall to wall coverage by the media when something happens, it makes up for such a minuscule amount of the American population. Now, don’t get me wrong, even a little bad is too much bad. But we’re not coming to a point where the strings of the country are beginning to become un-tethered. The media may make it look like it, but the media is a business and ratings are key. So let’s make this look awful so we have people tuning into our nightly broadcast.

So what am I going to do when it comes to this racism? What I’ve always done. Treat people like I would like them to treat me. It’s not a hard concept. And I’m a firm believer that good always triumphs over evil. We’ll all be fine.

And oh yeah, racists? Go fuck off.