Because I am a straight talking kind of a Chickie, I like to say things as I see them, which is quite apt considering the subject I am about to rant about. Actually I wrote the following as a response to a friend’s blog post about racism, a never ending well-spring of refreshingly good venting material that unfortunately I do not believe will ever die until hell freezes over. The response as posted here is slightly edited just so that it maintains an independent context, and surmises that: as long as there are humans, there will be prejudicial preference. My response to said friend’s blog post was triggered by an article that he had cited, which can be found here should you be interested. No longer current news, but still ever so relevant. Furthermore, should you be interested in reading said friend’s original post, I’m sure he will be more than happy for you to click here
Anyway, this is where I stand on the heady subject of racism, and I rant with confidence as I am multiracial myself, not to mention female, and have been at the shitty end of the prejudicial stick more times than I care to think of in my life. Even so, my stance remains an academically pragmatic one:
Prejudice exists. It is hard-wired into our DNA. Where there is exclusivity, there is prejudice. And as we are all individuals in the eyes of science and the law, then that says there are differences between you and me, and the person next door. The fact that someone can identify themselves as being different from me is an exhibition of prejudice, and should they choose to get their point across by clobbering me over the head with a heavy object, that too is merely a varying degree of the same prejudice.
Loving everybody equally is an unreasonable request that does not foster innovation. You need a bit of fire in your belly to give you the drive to pursue new possibilities and vistas. So, love and respect just have to be earned, but being the individual human that I am, I am capable of recognising distinguishing qualities in another if I like what I see, and if that someone can demonstrate an nth of compassion towards me. I will still however, see myself as separate and different from them.
These media types and politicians need to stop thinking in terms of democracy, equality, and universal love, because they are kidding themselves and the mass populace. It’s a crock of shite. A myth, that will never be substantiated by humanity because it goes against the grain. It’s an oxymoron. And the people who propound such notions of democracy and equality are just morons. You see, not even humour works without prejudice. It’s the key ingredient.
Feel free to add your two-penneth’s worth.