14/8/17 — Why is racism still a thing?
I can’t believe I even have to make this post…
So unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, then you’ve heard about the absolute mayhem that has taken place in Charlottesville this weekend. In the event that you actually don’t know what happened, let me give a quick rundown based on what I know.
A group a White Nationalists/Neo Nazis/White Supremacists gathered in Charlottesville for a “Unite the Right” rally and they were met by anti-fascist protesters. Before long, the confrontation erupted into a fully fledged fight and out of nowhere, someone from the White Nationalist side of the fight drove a speeding car into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters.
So without me needing to explain anything here, you can already see that this situation is messy. Really messy. People died and were injured in the crash, so people are now being killed because of the colour of their skin. No…it’s worse than that now. People are being killed because they believe people shouldn’t be treated differently because of the colour of their skin. Nowadays just believing that racism is inherently a stupid concept makes you a target for racists.
It blows my mind how a group that is completely for White Supremacy will now turn against other people of the “desired” skin tone just because those people disagree with discriminating against people of colour. Let’s really think about this.
Why do they hate their own country?
According to this helpful article that I found, by 2014, people of colour made up 40% of the US population. Accounting for the fact that this number has likely grown in the 3 years until today and that there is a large number of non POC’s that support equality, it’s safe to assume that more than half of the US population is fighting for some sort of racial equality.
So here’s my issue. These White Supremacists call themselves patriotic, but how can you be patriotic when you actively hate, harass and harm more than 50% of the population in the country you claim to be patriotic about?
How can you hate the majority of your own country, but attack that majority because…patriotism?
It doesn’t make any sense. Diversity and multiculturalism are the focuses of the country that we live in. Heck, diversity and multiculturalism are the focuses of the world that we live in. And yet, some people still fight against it? Sounds like broken logic to me.
Oh look, that’s a nice segway onto my next point.
Racism Makes No Sense
Absolutely none. There is literally no evidence that anyone has ever been able to provide to prove that racism makes sense, period.
The colour of someone’s skin is just a property before we assign labels to it. It’s just a pigmentation and a mix of certain chemicals. That’s it. That’s all it is. There are 0 white supremacists, neo nazis or KKK members who can provide any valid justification for exactly why they hate others races so much. Granted, I said valid justification, so their usual ranting about how they’re above other races or how other races are ruining their country don’t count.
It’s more interesting because racism right now only exists because people are actively perpetuating it. No child is born a racist, children are taught racism and then grow up with it. If adults stopped programming their children with these thoughts and ideals, then racism would be a thing of the past already.
This is a concept so warped that it’s confusing to me. Every time an issue like this arises, people are always quick to cry about free speech and how that justifies people expressing their racist views.
My question to them is…why?
Germany, the country where Nazi ideals originated, banned Nazism. And yet the US, who prides themselves in being a nation that fought for peace and freedom, including fighting off the Nazis, is okay with Nazism. I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s confused here.
I’ll stop for now…
So I guess this was just my 2 cents on the whole issue and me slightly ranting about racism in the present day…Some things just set me off I guess.
I’ll probably talk more about this on my Anchor today (and give live reactions to updates on the situation in Charlottesville), so hit me up there for more! Also follow my Twitter and my newly made Instagram to keep posted on my antics!
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