5 Sentence Friday: My Own 5 Sent.s On The Racism Discussion

[published on Open Salon in reaction to recent posts there]


Saying that the best way to reduce racism is to stop talking about it is like saying that the best way to reduce the incidence of rape is to stop talking about them.

Daylight is our most effective weapon. We don't excuse rapes because of male-dominant culture and we shouldn't excuse racism because of classism. If you aren't as safe as your neighbors because of your identity as opposed to your individual conduct, you have a big enough problem to be worth our all addressing, Period. No one has a right to demand a more stringent standard from you based on who you are.

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on November 28, 2014 at 5:27pm

Five words on Racism: Racism is taught not learned.

Comment by koshersalaami on November 28, 2014 at 7:14pm
But taught widely
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Comment by August von Doggus on November 29, 2014 at 2:45pm

JJust got home from the hospital yesterday-mild heart attack on Monday.

I've been blessed with quite a few things to write about stemming from the experience....but in catching up on the writing on OS, I find one question formed over the topic of Racism ( as in the Ferguson business)......

One of my nurses was a Black gentleman of about 40. His name was Isaac. He had a somewhat lilting accent. On meeting him, I immediately formed a “Prejudice” about him.

In 2007, I had taught an SAT preparation class at a summer school run by a Gahanian Seventh Day Adventist Church in Columbus. I was the only white face present in a community of people who had migrated as a community from Ghana ( Where Seventh Day Adventism is the major Christian religion- go figure) I thoroughly enjoyed the experience- particularly the fact that, if I experienced any disciplinary problems with the adolescent boys ( Many named Isaaac) ( and, adolescent boys being adolescent boys, I did) ,- I had only to summon one of the elders and, after a short ( and loud) conversation in Twi ( Gahana native language) I would have no more trouble.

The “Prejudice” I formed about my Black nurse was that he was Ghanian ( Dark Black, accent, named Isaac) and thereby a jovial individual to be counted on for compassion and character, as well as Humor.

Isaac turned out to be Ruwandan rather than Gahnian, but otherwise proved as expected. He was a large part of making my stay, if not exactly enjoyable, at least tolerable.

So tell me- If I am so bigoted based on SKIN COLOR, why was I so delighted to find myself ministered to by this very dark complected gentleman?

It isn't the color of the skin that is the determinant

It is the expectation of the culture that has formed the character of the Individual.

I find the Ghhanian/ Ruwandan Christian culture wholly admirable and reassuring, -delightful to be around and trustworthy in performing their vocations.

American Gangsta ( Black or White)-- Not so much.

Comment by koshersalaami on November 29, 2014 at 5:57pm

I've answered you on Open Salon. Do you want me to duplicate my answers here? The only difference will be that fewer people will participate in the discussion. My initial answer has to do with the distinction between race and ethnicity, something I've discussed a lot in the past. In the Black population, because until recently almost all Blacks in America were essentially of the same ethnicity, the groups were defined interchangeably, usually using racial terminology because race is an easier physical identifier. What you're witnessing is the introduction of new ethnicities into the Black race in America and you're noticing that they differ from each other. There are reasons for that. Be careful, though, because a decision to avoid bigotry toward a whole race doesn't mean that bigotry is being avoided in general - it can be applied to ethnic groups and frequently is. 

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