Okay first off, sorry I haven’t written anything in the last two weeks. I’ve been doing other things that aren’t worth mentioning but hopefully my readers have been patient and as a result, here is a new blog for you 🙂
Everyone is talking about what happened to the church in South Carolina and how they can’t believe that something like that has happened. It’s truly tragic what has happened to those poor people and the fact that in this day and age, racism is still alive and well, hurts even more. You’d think that since we live in a world where we can start our vehicles with literally the push of a button, something so juvenile as the color of someone’s skin would not matter, but to some it does and it’s horrifying. We’re taught as children not to judge a book by it’s cover yet we’re all guilty for doing so. We see something or someone and immediately try to find its hidden flaws. It’s human nature, nothing wrong with that. But the moment we don’t realize that we are wrong for critiquing something, is when it becomes a problem. We are all different in some sort of way but similar in almost every other way, so why is it a problem?
A part of me thinks History is to blame. Although, I love studying History, so I don’t blame it entirely, instead I blame the ones who don’t study it properly. The thing about studying history or reading about the history of something (like say one’s ancestors) and during their reading, they learn that their ancestors were savagely ruled by another tribe that just so happens to still be around today, that tribe no longer rules that individual’s ancestors and it has been centuries since then, yet upon reading that, the individual definitely feels a sort of hatred for that existing tribe and animosity towards people he meets that just so happen to be from that tribe today. When studying history, you have to leave your emotions out of things, which is difficult to do because it is in our nature to be emotional (unless you’re a sociopath) but what we need to understand is, the past is the past. Let it go. If we keep living in the past, we’ll never move forward.
But of course, we can’t ignore that there are people who are still racist towards other cultures, those people are lost causes. Why do they feel the need to judge other people based on their race? Because they’re assholes, okay? They don’t have anything better to do and they’re not gonna take time out of their busy schedules of crystal-meth addiction and pondering about why they still are unemployed to realize it doesn’t fucking matter what the skin color of another person is; what matters is the individual. Judging someone by religion is just as bad because people then want to blame religion for the causes of all the war and atrocities that have been brought up in this world throughout history. Like Voltaire for example, a famous historian/satirist during the Age of Enlightenment, he is one of my favorite writers and he was notorious for condemning religion by saying, “Crush the Infamy” The infamy being religion in his point of view. But it’s not the religion at all that’s to blame, it’s the human being that thinks his religion is more correct than the other person and wants to start a fight if no one else agrees with him. The thing about religion and why it’s necessary (in my opinion) is people need guidance to turn to cause there is so much out there that we don’t know and it is scary not knowing so people need something to believe. But then you’ve got people that want to force religion down other people’s throats or want to be an iconoclast and tell someone another person’s religion is bullshit. (No one has any right to call any religion bullshit.)
No one is ever going to agree with each other though. And that’s why peace could never be possible and is why racism still exists. Only those who are wise enough in experience and knowledge are able to fathom tolerance. Like with Rosa Parks, when you read about how it all started (she wouldn’t move to the back of the bus cause she was tired) you think it’s juvenile cause it’s just a story about someone being stubborn like telling a child to put their shoes on and then when you come back, they still haven’t gotten their shoes on. But the thing is, she was standing for something, black people weren’t allowed to sit in the front of the bus, and it sounds stupid because it IS stupid. Why can’t someone of color sit in the front of the bus? Racism was so stupid back then they had “colored” water fountains, like what do you think is gonna happen if you drink out of a water fountain that a person of a different race has drank out of, NOTHING, that’s what.
As humans in the 21st century, we need to cast aside this pride that we are better than one another and remember what humility is. We all have our things that make us special but we also have our things that make us our own worst enemy. We all have similar struggles and one thing we all have in common is that we don’t know what the future has in store for us, so why not try to make today a better place for tomorrow? There’s no way in hell we’ll be able to have everyone singing “kumbaya” or however the hell you spell it, but we can start somewhere by taking small babysteps in knowing what tolerance is and together we can crush this infamous thing that is racism and ignorance.
Originally Written on the 24th of June, 2015 at 11:30 P.M.