Here at The Infection we are all against any form of discrimination. From sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance, we’re against all of it. This is not to say that our individual members don’t hold their own opinions on the subjects but all together we are willing to accept anyone for who they are and what they are.
To begin, this month we’ll be talking about black history or to be broader, we’ll be talking about the history of race in general. Racism is defined as….
- A belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
- A policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination
- Hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
At some point in time, everyone has been guilty of the following crime. When people think of racism, sometimes they forget that it’s not just a black and white issue but an issue concerning everyone. Throughout history, all people have been subject to some form of racism. From the blacks and segregation to the Chinese Exclusion Act, everyone has felt some form of racism at some time in their life. If you haven’t been victim of racism then my bet is that either you don’t know it or you’ve been living in a bubble but the fact is that everyone is a little bit racist, it’s true.
Racism is a virus in our society that is spread through a lack of understanding. As humans we all fear what we can’t understand, that’s a given. Through learning about each other and celebrating the differences we can understand and make racism into less of a problem.
I say less of a problem because it will always be there. As long as we have differences there will be people who will celebrate them and there will be people to hate them. It’s a bit naive to say that racism is a problem that can be completely eliminated because there will always be people who wish to oppose the greater good. Why? Because some people just want to see the world burn.
So the sad truth is that we can’t stop racism completely. What can we do about it? My suggestion is Harm reduction. Yes, I know that the definition given pertains to public health issues but my belief is that if we can’t completely stop this problem then the most we can do is monitor it. By watching and making sure that the problem doesn’t get out of hand like in the past, we can at least be sure that we’ll never see the worst case scenario.
For some people the worst case scenario is going on right now and you have people like me who don’t believe we can completely solve the problem. Feel more than welcome to make suggestions because here at The Infection we’re willing to help.
If anything, right now most of society is practicing this method. An example would be the acceptance of comedian Russell Peters who has risen to fame by making fun of the differences between all of us. Jokes are ok sometimes but please be reminded that you have to present the comedy in a tasteful manner. Also, there’s a time and place for some jokes. Be sure that if you’re going to make a joke that will offend people, make sure that they’re alright with it first. This is all common sense but I just want to put it out there before people go off and do something stupid like start telling black jokes in the middle of a Black Panther rally.
On the opposite end of the spectrum lays racist policies put in place by governments that need to be put to an end. Its policies like that which push people into committing acts of violence and causing trouble, discriminatory acts feed ignorance on a large scale. Ignorance feed fear and fear feeds hate which leads to violence and the disruption of society. The government is supposed to be put in place for the people and by the people, ALL OF THE PEOPLE. When people are discriminated against by the system put in place for their own good then no good can come of the system because it will eventually fall apart.
In total, racism has and always will be around the corner from us. Here at The Infection we try to open people’s minds a bit when it comes our way. We know we can’t completely solve the problem but we do know we can keep it from getting to a point where it’s beyond control. In an ideal world, yes the problem would be easily fixed but I think that the people would find something new to hate each other for. Hopefully, the day where racism is a thing of the past can come soon and I’m completely dismissed as idiot but for now it sucks to say that I’m probably right and I hope that I’ll be wrong.
Entertain me with your thoughts.