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¡Aye Caramba!
¿Qué Pasa?

I love going to cemeteries, and recently went to this old one. While looking down at the tombstones, I tried to imagine what these peoples lives had been like.

Some of the graves had larger-than-life stone which were now as ugly as could be, while most had ugly little crosses made of wood, with half of the wood rotted away. There wasn't a fresh flower in sight, only artificial ones that were obviously placed there decades ago. All I saw was dust, tumbleweed and a few strewn rusted tin cans about the grounds.

Why is there racism? When did it start? Why is there so much emphasis on the color of our skin? Who invented racism? Will there ever be an end to racism?

Sorry if I come across in a grossly manner here, but aren't we all made of flesh, bone and blood? Don't we all laugh and cry, and have hopes and dreams? Don't we all pee and poo the same? Someday we will ALL go to that mystifying place with nothing, not even the shirt on our back. One hundred years from now, will the living know we once walked this earth?

I recall the day I bumped into an old high school buddy of mine, who is now married to the brother of Joe Blow, the guy I once dated back then. I asked this buddy how Joe Blow was doing. My old buddy told me in an arrogant manner, that she didn't know, because they didn't socialize with him because she and her husband were too SUPERIOR to him. My eyes rolled up toward the sky, I gasped, and then bid her farewell.

I've asked myself why she and Joe Blow's brother feel SUPERIOR to Joe Blow. Sure, my buddy is a teacher and her husband is the supervisor for this certain anti drug program, but then, Joe Blow is a teacher, also.

Were my buddy and her husband born into money? NO

Are they exceptionally attractive? NO

Have they made some grand contribution to humanity? NO

Are they famous? NO

Were they born with blue blood? NO

Perhaps they graduate from some prestigious university like Harvard, Yale or Princeton? NO

Are they rich? NO

If they feel SUPERIOR to Joe Blow, I KNOW they feel SUPERIOR to me.

Oh, and racism does NOT exist ONLY between people of different races, but among people of the SAME race, too!

The causes that lurk behind the racist's mind, is just as perplexing to me, as what causes and lurks behind the mind of a serial killer.

I will never understand the reasoning of those who suffer from a superiority complex, or racism, because as God is my witness I have never felt I am, or will ever feel, that I am better than anyone else. I have also felt and known that I am no less than anyone else, either.

Here is a selection from my favorite, Desiderata:

"If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater
and lesser persons than yourself."

Playgirl's Manhã de Carnaval
Coleção Na Música Brasileira

Join The NRA
"The Right Of The People To Keep and
Bear Arms, Shall Not Be infringed."


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Dec. 7th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
Racism is a false notion. It's really Xenophobia: Fear of The Other. This was once a primary survival trait. Still is in some 'hoods. lol

Racism in America however is a mask of Class. The color of your skin denotes your place in the social hierarchy. This is true in all groups. Light skinned blacks ['yellow'] often consider themselves superior to their darker brethren.

You look pretty Peninsularé, darling, and socially that places you 'above' mestizos.

It's all bullshit of course and only serves the interests of the white ruling classes. And that's not demonizing white folks. If an African imperial civilization had invaded the New World, they most likely would have violently subsumed the natives and maybe even imported white slaves from Europe. Luck of the draw, ya know. lol

Dec. 7th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
Simple. "Them" is different than "us". They are not part of "our" tribe.

Answer your question?
Dec. 10th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
Yes, and I like your answer!
Dec. 7th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
Must be something to do with society because all races seem to suffer
from it. It would be a much better world if we could get rid of it.
Dec. 10th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
Yes, it would be a much better world!
Dec. 7th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
I don't think racism will ever go away. It is almost ingrained in our nature to be hateful in one way or another. The only way for racism to end is for people to one day simply stop hating. Not only that but they would have to stop recognizing color period! From there they would have to teach their children the truth about why people are different races. The fact that it is solely due to physiological and climate adaptation. Hating someone based on skin color has always been about superiority. It gives a person an excuse to say that person x is inferior to person Y Because they are darker in color that the other. In europe during the so called renessiance. The noble women would take milk baths because they thought it would whiten their skin. I found that being in thailand there were no Dark skinned Thais on Tv at all! And there are dark skinned thais EVERYWHERE. It is surpising how racism appears in countries where everyone is the same race it just takes on a different persona. I hate to admit it but i do consider myself to be higher on the food chain than others i have come across. Not because of race or anything. Rather of of the many predjudices i have that i will admit to is that i hate stupid people and the stupid decisions they make! I once read a book that made a very good point. The guy telling the story spoke about his daughter. He grew up in the south of segregation and bull connor. But his daughter dates black men. As much as he doesn't like the fact that she dates black men. He won't get in the way of that because this is a different time. And he chooses to keep his predjudices to himself and accept the changes society is brinign to the world he came from. If more people thought this way we could go a lot farther toward stopping all this death over nothing.
Dec. 10th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
I look at race like I do my marshmellow salad. I much prefer all the little marshmellows being all different colors, because it's so much more fun to eat them, than if they were all the same color. Too bad racists can's see people as little colorful and delightful little marshmellows in a salad bowl.

I don't believe racism will ever go away either.
Dec. 7th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
I think it boils down to FEAR....people fear anything, any idea, any culture, that is different......I think racism is just a subset of that fear of unknown......an ugly subset.

And don't for a minute think it is a left/right, lib/cons thing. I have some sandle wearing, granola eatin, NPR listening co-workers who say shit all the time.....against "rednecks" (translate "rural people") a group which I consider my culture (I grew up on a ranch) I hear the shit they say....."what do you expect from people who can't take time to goto a dentist." Or, "What do you expect from a bunch of ignorant rural people?"

I say, "I expect EXACTLY the same as I would from ignorant URBAN people."

It is all prejudice and it is wrong.

Seek first to understand.
Dec. 7th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
I think it's a mis-guided identity construct. To establish identity one has to define "me" against "the others", often via belonging to "us" vs "them". Now basing this on something obvious such as skin color or money or intelligence or physical attractiveness is simple and thus often the first such attempt children make. If parents don't counteract this it will become more ingrained and can become self-perpetuating when affirmed by the "tribe" one defines oneself as belonging to.

And - not critizizing you - you follow a line of arguing that shows you understand the mechanism quite correctly. You list a number of possible reasons why the couple might feel superior and answer every single one negatively. But even if you answered positively there wouldn't be a single reason in there to actually feel superior...

Racism, I believe, becomes even more ridiculous if you consider that throughout the course of history every "race" seems to have mingled with every other "race" on the planet, maybe with the exception of the Australian natives.

To quote Bulworth: "All we need is a voluntary, free-spirited, open-ended program of procreative racial deconstruction. Everybody just gotta keep fuckin' everybody 'til they're all the same color."
Dec. 7th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
the thing about racism is that it ultimately isn't an issue of skin color or race, it's about human nature: which is to fear and despise anything that's different.

the thing about humanity is that even if we were all one race, we'd find some other excuse to hate and persecute one another: gender, social class, religion, nationality, even hair color.

i've grown around both blacks and whites and i'm a richer person for being exposed to two different cultures. throughout my lifetime, i've had friends of different races and different cultures and i'm a richer person for it.

i think ultimately it's about treating others the way we want to be treated.

but that's just me.
Dec. 8th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
Uggggg.....How conceited!!! She is not a true friend....of anyone but herself....and POSSIBLY her husband....But I bet she feels superior to her husband too.....

One day,....she will learn....the hard way. And it will be tough on her....
Dec. 10th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
First time in my life I ever heard someone call herself superior.

I've given her a great deal of thought, and I'll be damned if I can find just one thing that would make her superior to anybody else.
Dec. 10th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
I am NOT surprised that you cannot find one thing that makes her superior to anyone else....because she very likely is NOT....She merely thinks she is.

She is very conceited and self-centered.

Life has a way of getting the attention of people like her. It may take a period of time, but it probably will. Then she will be devastated... So be ready to be a true friend to her when she needs it, because she more than likely will a true friend.....
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