Written February 5, 2014(edited 2017)
“If, as humans, we are 99.9 % the same in our DNA, no matter what our ethnic background is, then why do we fight one another, hate one another, and make war on one another? We are all truly Related, and from the same Tribe. A Tribe called Human. Tribal People take care of their Own. Get Tribal. Dream. Dance. Celebrate… Celebrate our Individuality… Dance our Togetherness… ” ~ Doug
Something to ponder…
I’m feeling the need to vent a little today. I may touch on the subject of politics but I’m sure their are others who can identify with how I’m feeling. There are 3 words that that are dividing this country like I’ve never seen. Hatred, Political Correctness and Racism. There are others too but we’ll focus on these 3 today. So as usual, let’s pull out the ‘ol dictionary.
1). Racism – discrimination or hatred based on race. First known use 1993
2). Hatred – intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury
3). Political Correctness – conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated. First known use 1939
I’ve come to realize something. The words that we use, or in some cases don’t use, can actually divide us. We’re so focused on what we cannot say that we still wind up saying something wrong in the end and somebody somewhere gets offended. The person who says the alleged offending stuff is branded a racist, a bigot or a whatever-a-phobe. We’re constantly throwing around the words listed above. In doing this, we’re actually creating a larger rift among us. Have we forgotten the words of ancestors like Martin Luther King, Gandhi, President Kennedy and others? They were leaders amongst the communities that not only sought an end to discrimination and segregation but also for everyone to get along in peace.
Yes there are some people out there who still treat others with hatred and discrimination based on whatever fears they have of someone who’s different from them. whether it’s the color of their skin, the religion or faith that they believe in, or even their job profession or their lifestyle. It’s unfair to say that a whole group of people is racist or bigots. If that one bad apple is separate from the whole bunch it doesn’t always spoil the whole bunch. In other words, just because the person next to me is a racist, misogynist, or an Islam-a-phobe doesn’t mean that I am too.
These days technology has improved dramatically. Today, any person with video camera phone and an email address can film anything going on and either post it to any one of the many social media sites. Now in lots of cases this is a good thing but there’s one huge problem. The viewer of the video sees only what’s filmed and they don’t see, or film, the whole story. How would people who record this stuff feel if the camera was turned on them doing the same thing they are filming, didn’t catch the before or after that person did and the same BS story was told about them?
Shakespeare said it best in his play “The Merchant of Venice” in Act 3 Scene 1. “I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that”.
This section of Act 3 Scene 1 is just a few of the more understandable ones in the play, if not all of Shakespeare’s work(I should know. My English teachers made us read that stuff! Lol!!). They are words from an actor portraying a character who feels discriminated against and, that there are racist people in his town. He, like others throughout history, believe that …