Some may be wondering why would I even bring this up? Why do I like talking about race and racism? That was yesterday. Today is a new day. We have a President who is Black? So why is race still an issue? I’m not a racist. I have Black friends. For God’s Sakes we have a Latina Supreme Court Justice. It’s not always about race.
Each time I’ve heard these statements made to me in conversation or to dispute something I’ve written or in a public venue, it raises a flag. It raises a flag because it generally indicates someone who is uncomfortable in some manner with the subject or has been taught to avoid the subject of race.
It’s not an exclusive trait of a single group of people, because I can recall conversations I’ve had over the years with people of my own race who has the tendency to shy away from any measure of participation that involves people of a different race than themselves. Also the conversation, mannerisms and gestures tend to be different for the benefit of not appearing socially undesirable or perceived as a racist.
As I’ve said on many occasions, everything is not always what it is. This means that hate, ignorance, prejudice, racism, bigotry and intolerance does not do what it does. The example I like to use is racism is not racist, because anyone can be a racist.
The consequences of these attitudes we have accepted and unconsciously support and promote are being uprooted and exposed by our changing demographical status, changing economical status, changing political power status and other various societal inequalities.
The fear of the unknown is what has often been the motivating factor and pathway to power and acceptances by some. When you are unsocialized, your thoughts, actions and suggestions tend to appear uncivilized, even if you do not realize it.
Unconscious racism, bigotry, prejudice is more than just mistrust amongst Blacks and Whites, but is frankly mistrust of anyone who is not like how you perceive yourself. There are those who harbor some sort of animosity or mistrust towards someone politically. Someone mention any sort of opposing fact or falsehood about your party and without a second thought or validation you’re ready to attack.
Although it is not exclusively racist, we can recently recall the images found during town hall meetings of Democratic congressmen/women and Senators. As recent as September 12, 2009 in Washington D.C. and many instances prior to today including the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election cycle. Many try to dispute that race has anything to do with it, but the overwhelming evidence that can be found on this blog alone provides ample reason to think again.
So why do we continue to hold such a strong mistrust and animosity towards one another in terms of race?