Prejudice is the act of prejudging someone or something without facts. We all do it sometimes; that’s why we are always told that first impressions are important.
If you go to a job interview for an accounting position dressed in raggedy cut-0ffs and a dirty shirt, you will be prejudged.
If you enter a country club in a $2000 suit, you will be prejudged.
Saying all blacks are criminals is racist.
There have been jokes about every race, religion, background, hair color, height, weight, nationality, and so on for as far back as anyone can remember (and I am sure beyond.) For years, my daughter found some of the best “blonde” jokes (we both are blonde); now, it is politically incorrect. I miss the blonde jokes!
It isn’t racist to say that Barack Obama is black; he is. At least half. It isn’t racist to say that his ideals and goals for America go against mine; they do. It would be racist to say that he has these ideals and goals along with all other blacks just because he is black. Not all blacks agree with him, and not all others disagree.
It isn’t racist to mention that black mobs and gangs are roaming downtown Chicago beating, killing, and destroying; they are. If the roaming gangs were black, white, Asian, and Hispanic, and we were blaming it all on blacks just because they were black, that would be racist.
Why is it that only white people can be accused of being racist? Years ago I worked with a black woman who believed that only she should be allowed to take care of black customers because she was black. When the boss decided that he would take us all to lunch, she made a big fuss, saying she “would NOT ride in the back”; she was serious and very adamant until the boss showed up in a limo! She was racist.
When I was growing up many years ago, races were actually more divided (and at the same time more united). We lived together in harmony, each doing their job without the anger or hatred we see today. We had “negroes”, or “colored people” (don’t get your panties in a twist; this was before they decided to be called black), Polish, Jews, Germans, Irish, Swedes, Italians, Scots, and on and on. We had American Indians, India Indians, Persians, Egyptians, etc., etc., etc. Everyone was a minority.
When the movie “Roots” came out, not so much the book, America started to change. As with “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, the ideas and themes of the book started a movement. The book by Stowe created the setting for the end of slavery in the US. The Haley book created the setting for retribution over 100 years later.
How far back must we trace our heritage in order to justify being owed something? If I trace back far enough, I’m sure I could find some group of people who treated my ancestors badly. Around the time of the Civil War, my husband’s people were being forced to give up their lands, their homes, and in many instances their lives. Much of this land was deeded to the freed slaves in the late 1860′s. So in actuality, the slaves took from his ancestors. Was that any better?
Our leaders have made mistakes over the years as have the leaders of all nations from the beginning of Man. Let’s face it, Eve royally screwed up. But retribution and revenge are not always the answer. I’m not saying that we should give in, in fact the opposite, fight for what you believe in. Just be sure you are fighting for your beliefs and that you don’t let greed, jealously, and fear drive you.
If we admit that some blacks are running wild in Chicago and other major cities, the issue can be faced and corrected. If we admit that Islamic Jihad Extremists are out to kill America and Americans, the issue can be faced. It is fact. It was not the French flying planes into the WTC. The British are not setting off bombs in Spain. The Italians are not rioting and killing in America.
Forget about being politically correct; it is an impossible task. Instead, be morally correct, legally correct, and honestly correct. We cannot have a conversation or understanding if we are afraid to talk.
There are many countries where the citizens are not allowed to speak. Saddam Hussein was hanged for killing anyone with the audacity to speak against him. In the United States, we are supposed to be free. Many good men and women died for those rights. And many died to keep us from having them. If you say something I don’t agree with, it doesn’t mean you are wrong; but if we talk, we will see that we don’t have to agree on everything to accomplish something.
The Founding Fathers didn’t agree on everything, but they realized that there was a greater good.
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