Letting go of racismThe time has come to let go of racism and move forward in the black community. Racism will never end but we need to let go of it as an issue and the idea that it "holds us...

Letting go of racism

The time has come to let go of racism and move forward in the black community. Racism will never end but we need to let go of it as an issue and the idea that it "holds us back." It's time to let go of anger and defensiveness. It's time to let go of negative images/music and the insane idea that through embracing the "N" word it will magically become ok for US to use while still being viewed as offensive by non black people if used in a certain context. It's time to let go of embracing poverty and negativity and thinking that doing so is keeping it/being "real" and doing otherwise is "selling out". It's time to stop letting those that mean us harm or disrespect us win by giving them the reactions they want and playing us for puppets by responding with anger and violence. It's time to stop giving words more power than they have. It's time to stop hiding our beautiful strong hair under a false symbol for a false "standard" of beauty.

It's time to embrace love of self, family, education, self esteem, technology. It's time to take responsibility for our own actions and face the ups and the downs as they come. It's time to master the English language and encourage others in their educational endeavours. It's time to own property and businesses and to represent ourselves properly for ourselves and not rely on others to do so. It's time to create jobs/careers for ourselves that stretch beyond entertainment and illegal business.

 

It's time.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Racism is generational - that is, it is not innate in humans to hate based on race.  It is conditioned, socialized over time.  This is where parents come in.  Progress is slow when you have to measure it in generations, but we need to remember as parents that raising your children to be tolerant, accepting human beings is in and of itself a revolutionary act.

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marbar57 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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I believe no race of people is better than another one!  My saying it doesn't depend on the color of my skin either.  I'm not any better than you; you're not any better than me!  What matters is the life you live.  If you want to be great, then do great things!  It's that simple. 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I'm not black, but I'm not 100% white either, so I think I have some insight...

I agree with what you are saying, but it is very hard to do, isn't it?  What you are saying is that black people need to ignore the real impact of racism and let go of the anger that comes from being treated that way.

It is surely the best way to get ahead, but it is also very hard for people to give up a just grievance.  This is especially true when so much of the population wants to deny that blacks have a right to feel angry and want to blame all their problems on them.

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abmundy | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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This is an interesting discussion for me.  I work with high school students of all races and ethnicities in Texas.  It is far more important for my students to understand their differences as a reality and to understand their individual cultures.  That does not mean that they do not need to also understand their similarities (which are far more than their differences).  I have found that by respecting culture (not necessarily race or ethnicity) my students have a greater respect for me and for each other.

I fear the decision that we will not let go of racism.  True, humans will always find a way to differentiate each other, but I do not think it always has to be destructive.  I found out at the ripe age of 35, while doing family geneology, that my family owned slaves.  The first people I went to were my African American friends to find out how to post the wills of these slave owners so more African American geneology could be completed.  I think where we keep messing up is when we don't talk about the past and our individual parts in it and all come together to move ahead.  This responsibility falls on all of us, but I do think that as a white culture, we have got to pull our heads out of the sand.

That said... I am a white woman whose niece and nephew on one side are half Hispanic and whose neices and nephews on the other side are half black.  The blending of race, ethnicity and cultures will leave its mark on this society.  I see it in my students.

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blacksquared | (Level 1) eNoter

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All of us are from one race- Human.  We all are equal to our creator, mankind themselves are creating discrimination. Distinctions make people narrower inertly.

We need to be broad-minded and large-hearted so that we can have the mentality to render proper respect to others. Then, we would be able to gain respect for ourselves in return. Racist attitude must be abolished, however long time it would take. Human is human. Why should there be any discrimination? The mentality has to be changed.

Actually that's backwards. When you respect yourself you won't allow yourself to desrespect others because you view how you treat others as how you treat yourself or would want to be treated. I agree that we are all human and one race and the idea of racism itself is ridiculous.

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blacksquared | (Level 1) eNoter

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People can't even quit smoking, so how can one expect to let go of racism. I know people addicted to sugar and all sorts of things, so letting go of that is merely impossible; just watch your local evening news and the issues of politics. If many don't accept Barack Obama, racism will never be conquered. 

Excuses. Nothing is impossible unless you give and believe it so. It does us no good to to play the victim so let it go and move forward. Just do it. Don't think about it, just do it.

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nusratfarah | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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All of us are from one race- Human.  We all are equal to our creator, mankind themselves are creating discrimination. Distinctions make people narrower inertly.

We need to be broad-minded and large-hearted so that we can have the mentality to render proper respect to others. Then, we would be able to gain respect for ourselves in return. Racist attitude must be abolished, however long time it would take. Human is human. Why should there be any discrimination? The mentality has to be changed.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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People can't even quit smoking, so how can one expect to let go of racism. I know people addicted to sugar and all sorts of things, so letting go of that is merely impossible; just watch your local evening news and the issues of politics. If many don't accept Barack Obama, racism will never be conquered. 

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blacksquared | (Level 1) eNoter

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That is easier said than done. Prejudice and ill-feeling towards others is very hard to let go, especially in times of economic downturn when people start blaming others for their own problems. It is almost human nature to do that. Not everyone acts in a professional way, and some even resort to violence out of frustration.

Again just because it's hard it doesn't mean it's not possible. It needs to be done for the sake of our sanity and to progress forward. We need to let go of excuses and just DO it. It's like sky diving, if you stand at the door and think about the possibility of your parachute not opening you may never jump. Just do it, we have more to gain from jumping than continuing to stand around making excuses for not doing so.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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That is easier said than done. Prejudice and ill-feeling towards others is very hard to let go, especially in times of economic downturn when people start blaming others for their own problems. It is almost human nature to do that. Not everyone acts in a professional way, and some even resort to violence out of frustration.

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blacksquared | (Level 1) eNoter

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Racism is generational - that is, it is not innate in humans to hate based on race.  It is conditioned, socialized over time.  This is where parents come in.  Progress is slow when you have to measure it in generations, but we need to remember as parents that raising your children to be tolerant, accepting human beings is in and of itself a revolutionary act.

It goes beyond being tolerant, it's more about self respect and educating children to respect others as themselves. The old idea of due unto others as you would have them due unto you couldn't be more true. Treat people the way you want to be treated and when a person respects themselves they find it very difficult to disrespect others.

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blacksquared | (Level 1) eNoter

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I believe no race of people is better than another one!  My saying it doesn't depend on the color of my skin either.  I'm not any better than you; you're not any better than me!  What matters is the life you live.  If you want to be great, then do great things!  It's that simple. 

 

Exactly. We all must live here together and we are all human so to feel better or worse than anyone else is an issue of that persons own self esteem. Happiness is the most important thing and I don't mean the temporary happiness one gets from a material thing I mean true happiness that comes from self respect and not giving in to negativity.

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blacksquared | (Level 1) eNoter

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Sure it's hard but the only things in life worth doing are difficult. The same way anger and reaction to racism is now second nature we need to teach ourselves to make not reacting to it second nature. No racist act is an accident. The person committing the action is well aware of what they are doing when doing it so there's no need to point it out. Pointing it out to them doesn't make them aware that what they are doing is something negative, they already know this which is why they did it. If anything pointing it out and reacting with anger only gives them exactly what they want and expect. Racism only has as much power as the person or persons at the receiving end of it GIVES to it. When it shows itself black people need to acknowledge it as negative and stay away from it but causing a scene over it is uncalled for. Physical acts are another story but that's not confined to acts of violence due to racism, a person should be able to protect their body in any way possible but there need not be any reaction to words.

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