Hello nonexistent readers! I’m sorry. I know it has been a few days. I got a little sidetracked. But I’m back now and want to talk about something.
Now, I know that today would be a good day to discuss terrorism, or something to do with 9/11, but you’ve probably read about that a lot recently and I didn’t want to sound like another recording. That’s not to discount the tragedy of 9/11, but I want to talk about something else. I want to talk about racism.
Almost nine years ago, the United States admitted their first black president. On that day, my dad said that racism was dead. The most powerful position in the world was given to a minority, how can people say that there is still racism with any power or relevance. So was my dad wrong in this optimistic statement? In my opinion, not as wrong as one might think.
I know that there was a white supremacist rally recently. But, like many other things, it was completely overblown. I’m not saying that the beliefs that the marchers held weren’t deplorable, I’m just saying that there was probably about four-hundred marchers. And what were they doing? Nothing destructive. They just wanted to wave some swastikas and feel relevant again. They were marching for a crappy cause, but I’m a big proponent of actions speaking louder than words. And if they would’ve been ignored, they wouldn’t have resorted to actions.
But instead, we had ANTIFA think that they were a bunch of Batmans, and this was a problem that they had to solve with violence. We had the news media giving this tiny group of people a disproportionate amount of coverage. And in the end, an innocent girl was killed.
Another clarification I have to make. I’m not blaming anyone for that girls death besides the human piece of garbage who ran her over. Quite honestly, I hope he doesn’t see the sun again. But would this have happened if we stopped caring what these people think?
So my opinion on racism is that it is extremely rare. I, personally, am not sure if I’ve met anyone who is truly racist. And I come from a small town with a recent large influx of Mexican immigration, so if there was a time for racism to show its face, a decade ago would’ve been the time. But my town full of rednecks, blue-collar workers, and an over-whelming white population just accepted them. If they didn’t like them coming, it wasn’t because of their race. Let’s face it, when there’s a large rise in any population, it usually causes issues. But my point is that when I lived in a town that people would almost automatically assume were a bunch of bigots, I did not see racism.
So is my town an outlier? Maybe. But I don’t think so. I think that it is representative of what most rural small towns are like.
So if racism is not to be found in my beloved redneck city, where is it to be found? I have a guess. Scattered. There will always be racism in the world, we can never fully kill it. But my question is: does it matter if there’s a man in south Mississippi muttering the “n-word” is his parents’ basement while daydreaming about an all-white society? Do we really need to get all up in arms when a few hundred people have a gathering that is universally condemned by every major religious and political group in America? Maybe we can solve it one a person-by-person base, but I don’t think it’s necessary to go to war.
I’d even argue that going to war with them makes it worse. Because it’s treating them like a problem rather than an annoyance. If you found a fly in your house, you don’t call pest control, because that would be an overreaction. And in a nation of three-hundred and sixty-million people, four hundred is quite a small fly.
You may say that the problem may grow, but is that true. I think it will only grow through misunderstanding. I think that it will only grow if people keep accusing everyone they disagree with as being a racist or a Nazi. When you have a guy like Ted Cruz, and you say he’s exactly like David Duke, well maybe some reasonable people like Ted Cruz and infer that they’d also like David Duke if he and Ted Cruz are so similar.
Now, this isn’t a right-winged propaganda article. I never intend for this to be a political blog. This is an article for mutual human understanding. And if that’s a political message, then so be it.