May 18

kids playing in school

Racial lines are blurring as time goes along but it isn’t gone or invisible like a lot of commenters (you know who you are) and media people would have us believe. Some would assert that denying racism is actually the newest form of racism because it aims to alienate those who call out the giant whale in the room. Racism is still here folks, let’s not be stupid about it and while some things have been a bit more relaxed, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a ton of people who are violently against change.

I grew up in the South where racial lines were not only drawn but they were drawn with bright red paint so that everyone knew where they stood. A black boy dating a white girl had to do so in private, and white coaches would call a child of color anything under the sun. We grew up to ourselves because of this and now as adults it is sometimes hard to move past, even though many of us were rebellious enough to broaden our minds past skin color and discrimination.

So which way do we go on this?

One way I know that we shouldn’t go is to downplay the blatant examples of discrimination in our society just because the want for it all to go away, and our own ignorance makes us believe it to be so. Racism is as alive today as it was when I was a teenager. The bad people aren’t gone folks… they are just dormant.

While we look to kids to manifest destiny and ascend to a more liberal world of bigger issues than culture and pigment prejudice, we cannot rush the process because we are so intent on having it go away. When you cover your ears and shut your eyes tight, the boogie man will still be there waiting for you when you decide to take a peek. It gets old reading on atrocities happening all over the country and then seeing a rebuttal by someone denying it regardless of the proof that was presented. It makes you question that person’s integrity first of all (read this sentence again racism deniers) and it makes them seem pathetic.

What I worry for however is for the children (The Dragon loves the kids) who see the comments denying true claims of discrimination and choose to believe that versus the fact that it is true. Kids may be more racially unified than ever before, but they are also ill-prepared for true discrimination when one of these old fossils brings it to them. So until it is truly gone (racism that is), people in the know need to speak up always. This new generation is not privileged to carry the shields that we did mentally when we were their age, so I believe it is of optimum importance that we educate instead of ignoring this ever living problem of racist idiocy.

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  • You have engaged in a very important topic. One thing that we, as racial and ethnic minorities, must do is to make racial and economic justice a serious priority. For those of us who are educated enough to know racism and discrimination (and the ingrained history of racism and discrimination) that minorities in America have suffered from and continue to suffer from, we must educate our children and adults about the realities of racism and discrimination. We need to be highly organized to defeat racism and discrimination.

    To be successful, there cannot be minorities in the know and minorities not in the know. Color-blindness is ignorance and leads minorities to ignorance, exploitation, and alienation. When an act of racial discriminaton happens to a minority (no matter where he or she is situated), the collective national minority community needs to rally around that person and refuse to allow that injustice to go unpunished.

    Again, you have engaged in a very important topic that we must continue to focus on and work to affect the change necessary to uplift minority communities. Thanks for this piece!

    • Thanks for the commentary Antonio, it definitely is 100% something that must be said – hell screamed at the top of the mountains. I have always said that it is the duty of those in the know to speak out when the ignorant start in because silence loses every time. I’ll keep writing about it but as long as I have an audience and I appreciate teachers like yourself (who use their blog spaces to improve things) doing the same. I may not post on this sort of thing a lot but in my life I try to steer the younglings correct in recognizing and being very aware of ingrained prejudices within our society.

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