In light of some of the recent issues I felt that I should post something a little more serious this round.
Racism. It’s a problem in general that humans have. I personally suspect it has to do with the basic animalistic instincts we all have that drive us to fear and distrust things that are different. This easily gets extended to people that look differently from ourselves. Understand that when I say this, it is not meant to justify racism. It’s meant to call attention to the simple fact that people that succumb to their base instincts over the reality of a situation are showing their own ignorance and inability to use the higher brain function that we, as humans, supposedly have. When you sacrifice your ability to use your higher brain function to override your simplistic instincts… you might as well be the stray dogs screwing in the alley solely because it smelled right. Which may not sound horrible until you realize it’s the same justification those dogs will use to roll in shit and drink anti-freeze if they find a leaky car.
If you hate an entire group of people simply because they look differently than you, what does that really say about you? To me, this shows a weakness of character and an inability to think logically enough to override your base instincts.
I think there is also a very similar mentality in racism as you will see in most bullies. I have noticed that bullies are often extremely insecure about the direction of their own lives. They attempt to compensate for their inadequacies by finding an easy target to publically degrade to a point lower than themselves. This is usually performed through ridicule, threats and/or violence. I think most of them fail to realize that it just makes most other people look at the aggressor with disgust. Racist groups are just large numbers of bullies trying to blame their ineffectual lives on another large group of people. So… basically a dysfunctional support group of people being willfully stupid instead of finding actual solutions to fix their own lives.
At least that’s my opinion on the matter… I’m definitely interested in hearing what other people think.
With all of this said, I want to comment about the United States in general. We are a country that has long been known as the “Melting Pot”. A country where a large number of cultures have come together for various reasons (good and bad). In many ways, I believe that our diversity as a country has proven to be one of our biggest strengths. Many different cultures means many different ways of thinking. This means that our multi-cultural country tends to generate a lot of interesting and creative solutions to the many problems we have faced over the history of our young but rather successful country. Like many strengths, diversity comes with a huge drawback: division. We spend so much of our time fighting each other over everything. We’re addicted to drama to the point that we don’t even wait for valid reasons to fight each other. We manufacture and consume drama constantly as a society.
Our society needs to learn to respect and appreciate each other as individuals. We need to learn to stop constantly looking for ways to claim that we are victims when we have not been victimized anywhere but in our own minds. And we all need to not tolerate the people and the groups of people that bully our fellow citizens.
At the end of the day, we all live together in this country and it is time that we learn to recognize that we are all in this together. We keep sticking to old labels and adding new ones instead of just accepting that we should all be on the same team. Our country was built on a beautiful idea of freedom. An assault on one person’s freedom is an assault on all of our freedom – whether that comes from one person, a group of people, or our own Government.
Currently, I see a lot of anger directed towards President Trump. I also see a lot of sources going out of their way to add a lot of things into what he said to suit what they want him to say. He has been a continuous target of the media since he took office and it was realized that he would go out of his way to cut out the middleman and speak directly to America through things like YouTube and Twitter. I think there are good and bad things about that mentality. I have also learned that with this President, it’s better to see the actual speech and draw your own conclusion than it is to rely on any of the “news” sources out there. Most are so anti-Trump that you won’t get a an honest word out of them, and the few that aren’t are so pro-Trump that you won’t get an honest word out of them. For the recent events in Charlottesville, I saw two statements from Trump. One was great – he outright called out the KKK by name and denounced hate groups as well as violence in general. The other one… I think he could have handled a little better but I personally think that he was simply trying to point out that there were more issues here than a bunch of violent and ignorant white kids in Charlottesville. We have large groups of people going out of their way to pick deadly fights with each other in our streets. This is our country, and every day it is showing us how diseased we have let it become. We do and should fight for what is right. But we are showing an inability to distinguish between what warrants violence and what does not. We are squandering our time and resources fighting because we’re disenfranchised by the system that brought us here instead of fighting to fix the actual root causes that are leaving so many of us feeling hollow.
Our country does not have clean hands and there have certainly been some extreme atrocities that have taken place a number of times in our short history as a country. The past is over. The question is what we are doing in the present to make a better future for every single one of us. Take ownership of your country. What are you doing today to make yourself, other citizens, and your country better?