Just like everything else I talk about, here’s yet another disclaimer. I’m about as anti-racist as it gets.
I think humankind is on a completely level playing field when it comes to cognitive capacity and the ability to innovate and succeed. Black, white, yellow, red, it doesn’t matter. We’ve all evolved from the same basic roots – I think ethnicity has more to do with environmental factors than it does psychological or physical differences. Sunny environment? Well, you have darker skin. Not a different brain. Plus, I have a huge crush on Stacey Dash, so that should tell you I’m on Team Unity.
Anyway, I think you get my point. So as you read this, avoid taking any of it personally and just consider the logic. In other words, read through the surface and absorb the content.
Okay, disclaimer added. So, to my point.
If I were racist, here’s what I would say: “Well why don’t black people get up, stop complaining, and start a business or something? After all, that’s what I’m trying to do after not being satisfied with my own situation.”
But I don’t say that. Want to know why? Because I don’t believe it. I think that’s a completely unfair generalization that doesn’t take into account the factors that black people have been forced to experience their entire lives. What do I mean by that? I’m glad you asked.
They aren’t expected to. It’s as simple as that. Our bigoted, closed-minded culture has created this sense that black people aren’t supposed to be successful. Why do you think they make it such a big deal when people like Oprah or someone makes it big? Because they’re so shocked.
The irony of this is that society’s unfair perception of black people is the very thing that causes this suppressed environment in the first place. You ever heard of the self-fulfilling prophecy? If not, Google some psychology/sociology literature and educate yourself. They don’t think anyone expects them to succeed, so they don’t see the point in trying. These disgustingly judgmental, low expectations of black people are exactly what make them think they’re incapable of anything in the current system.
If I could come up with one thing to end racism, it would be that. Stop encouraging it. Instead of telling minorities to stop complaining – change your attitude about them and start encouraging them.
Don’t get me wrong, in my opinion the vast majority of normal people are just like me. Color has nothing to do with anything. But our popular culture and media outlets promote this division, and that’s unfortunately what many people base their opinions upon.