Nobody knows the origins of racism. So long as different ethnic groups have existed, so have hatred between them. It isn’t just about hatred of others or superiority, but it’s a means to power. The play book goes like this:
1.) Blame your current problems on some other ethnic group.
2.) Be a good speaker and whip the crowd into a frenzy.
3.) Tell the crowd to vote you into power so you can solve the problem.
4.) Fix the problems and deal with the ethnic group quietly.
5.) Blame any problems on another ethnic group…
Yoda once told the young Anakin Skywalker, “Everything! Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you.”
It is the year 2010. Our president is biracial. One would think Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream had finally come true. Yesterday, a rally was held in a park celebrating the white anglo-saxon protestant. A few months ago, the president mended fences between the police department and a college professor by drinking beer in a garden. For being in the post-racial era, I have never in my twenty years of existence seen as much trouble with race issues over the last year or so than ever before. We might have come a long way since the Civil Rights Act was passed, but we haven’t gone as far as we think. We still have a way to go. It is time to talk about race.
Who benefits from racism? Certainly not those on the receiving end. As far as those on the giving end, only the people in power can use hatred to their advantage. Have you noticed that they never directly get their hands dirty? Which leaves those actually being racist. They gain acceptance, reputation, etc. among their peers and are foolish to everybody else. Racism is a stepping stone to genocide, nothing but murder on a mass scale. In the end, nobody wins by being racist. It is usually only a matter of time before the givers are on the receiving end of racism.