The First Steps to Eliminating Racial Discrimination By Yvonne G |
SUMMARY: What a wonderful world it would be without racial discrimination bearing such a shameful position in our lives! Most say they'd like to be rid of it but how many of us are really working to accomplish the dismantling of this dreaded sickness?
Most people agree that discrimination against races is wrong, and the world would be an ideal place without it. Many cruel acts are done that express deliberate malice towards others. However, there are also subtle habits and actions stemming from learned behavior that contribute to racial discrimination in a more insidious way than that which results from outright malicious provocation. These subtle habits, which are directly connected to our emotions, are easily imprinted into our hearts and minds in ways that are hard to detect, so many people don't even realize the true nature of what they're becoming. Unfortunately, this learned behavior has been practiced by a large population of people.
Consider two typical cases:
1. A Caucasian policeman shoots a Black teenager in what appears to be a wrongful shooting. This type of scenario is almost immediately described and viewed as a shooting by a “white cop” of a “black kid”. This description instantly rouses feelings of rage among most people of the Black race against Caucasian policemen and people of the Caucasian race. What’s more important than viewing this as “white against black” is to view it instead as right versus wrong. If after an investigation, it’s found that this police officer acted in a wrongful manner, then he should be brought to justice. By the same token, if it's found that the teenager was in the wrong and the policeman was justified in the shooting, then the law should deal with the teenager accordingly. In either case, race shouldn’t be a primary issue at all.
2. A person or group of people who are of Arab descent proclaiming the Muslim religion carry out a plot to blow up a shopping center, killing hundreds of innocent people. The culprits are immediately described as ”Arab Muslims” setting up an abominable picture of all people of Arab descent as well as of all those from the countries that practice the Muslim religion. But the wrongdoing here was not that a crime was done by an “Arab person (or persons) of Muslim descent”, but rather of a person (or persons) who chose to commit a heinous crime against his fellow man. Again, race shouldn’t be the initial focus.
The point is one of the imperceptibly harmful ways we contribute to furthering racial discrimination is by labeling perpetrators according to their races instead of seeing them for what they really are: individuals or groups of people who choose to commit atrocious crimes against their fellow citizens and communities. When this is done, it wrongfully provokes malevolent feelings toward entire races, cultures, and groups of people while at the same time, undoubtedly, positioning people against each other. This continues to further racial discrimination as it interferes with the possibility of people learning first to approach each other with respect and without prejudices.
Another way that racial discrimination is promoted is the slang terms used to describe specific races that have become acceptable and are used freely among certain groups of people. Terms such as “niggers”, “chinks” and “rednecks” are all terms that are used so widely that there’s no need to even explain what races they represent. While many use these terms in a deliberately vicious manner, others may say they only use these terms in a “fun and understanding way” among a select group of people. However, no matter how these terms are used, these, and other terms I may not be aware of that are also used as slang terms for other races, are all derogatory in nature. They were originally developed and used for the sole purpose of denigrating people down to the lowest level of life so ultimately, they feel totally worthless. Therefore, it would be best if we endeavored to permanently remove these words from the English language.
Allow me to suggest that we try changing "bad" learned behavior into "good" learned behavior. Respect is the key: having respect for ourselves, for the people we share this magnificent earth with, and lastly, respect for life itself.
Finally, there’s an ultimate reason for discussing this subject. We must come to realize that we are all part of one and the same race: the human race. Our Father ingeniously incorporated all our differences into His Creation to provide variety, spice, and uniqueness in this world. Also, he has a Plan to bring into existence the world as He intended it to be. May I suggest visiting my website, THE WORLD OR GOD? for further information, as well as to become informed about the future tribulation that will come upon this world that will affect EVERYONE: it's all part of the Plan of our Father and His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to bring this world into the loving and ultimate state They originally planned it to be.
Regardless of our differences, we are all to be brothers and sisters in our Father’s upcoming New World, a world we can only gain access to through our Father’s Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Although some of us may find this to be a distasteful conclusion, it’s not going to change the truth.
For more interesting and factual reading by Yvonne G, kindly visit these other sites entitled The True Origin of Electricity, Creation Vs. Evolution: Which of These Theories Withstand the Ultimate Tests and A Tribute to Man and Woman: The Odd Forgotten Breed.
Alma Grady, a/k/a "Yvonne G", is a freelance writer who has written and submitted more than 300 articles for online publishers for use on their websites and other venues. These articles cover various subjects such as education, finance, business, home and family, hobbies, arts and crafts, and other miscellaneous topics. Her immediate attention is currently on Christianity and reconnecting with God, the Creator of the Human Race consisting of our Father, His Son Jesus Christ (our Lord and Savior), and the Holy Spirit.
Alma's goal is to continue her research and studies on the Word of God, submitting articles detailing the results of this process, and ultimately publishing a series of books that will be a compilation of all her articles and continued research.
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