Have you ever asked yourself “what exactly is the point of racism”? In other words: what purpose does it serve a given individual to walk down the street perpetually angry at or with hatred towards someone they don’t even know – simply based upon the color of their skin?
Stop for a second and consider that question…
To spend time and energy producing prejudiced thoughts – ill-spirited words – or in some cases going so far as to commit heinous acts against someone based on their race or ethnicity – is not only morally compromising – it is an intellectual mystery for which I am simply unable to ascertain a rationality of any kind.
The reason I am exploring this line of thought today is that I feel it is important to analyze racism at its very core if we hope to eradicate it as a nation and first and foremost as human beings. From that perspective, as far as I can tell, there really is no significant explanation that can be offered up for this incorrigible conundrum that has produced so much pain – strife – emotional turmoil – and yes even violence and death in far too many instances throughout history.
If racism was personified I could not help but to liken that “stubborn old man” to the old man in the Wizard of Oz…because once you pull back the curtain you’ll find that there is nothing really there after all. The tenants of racism are not built upon any concrete facts…they’re actually just constructed with myths and insinuations passed along from generation-to-generation – and ultimately serve no real purpose. This means we have allowed something that has no legitimate basis to be completely blown out of proportion and even worse – witnessed way too many be indoctrinated with its ugly aspects – derived from dark hearts of the past and present.
I think one way for each of us to attack racism head on is to point out to others with whom we come into contact the absurdity of it all. To illustrate just how meaningless and without profit this aged philosophy is to those who practice its dubious tenants. At the end of that Yellow Brick Road is just an old man behind a curtain spewing hate filled language and making much to do about nothing as he pulls levers – pushes buttons – and talks through a megaphone in order to sound convincing.
Time to get off that old path to nowhere and forge a new one towards restoration. Be an original. Learn to think for yourself and maybe stop to consider the benefits of diversity rather than reveling in uniformity. If you see a problem in the community – fix it – instead of pointing a judgmental finger in its direction. Don’t build walls – build communities. Reach out to pick your neighbor up – not to push them down. That is the type of path that actually leads to purpose unlike the dead end street so many among us have traveled down towards the old man behind the curtain.
Oreos to go: Let’s pull back the curtain on racism.
More than a blog. It’s a movement.
Though there is much more that could be said, I will have to stop for now. But hopefully you will continue the conversation in your living rooms, at your places of worship, and even with that person of another race you just met as you were walking down the street in your neighborhood.
And also I do have what I think is another interesting plate of cookies on a platter for next Monday (you can share via social media buttons below), when I hope you will join me again to talk some more oreos.