After some soul searching and hours contemplation over the content of this post, I decided that it is important enough for me to take it on. There are some things that appear to be taboo to talk about. However, the problem that arises when we do find ourselves in a fight, is there is always one side or opinion that speaks louder than the other. This could be because the topic is so controversial or simply results from the sensitivity regarding the topic as a whole. However, I too have a voice and decided the time is right to stand up and use it. The term racist is being thrown around like football. It is not a football and it certainly is not a game. However, people have learned that throwing this term around at just the right time, can in fact be a game changer. So let’s address when and how it is being used.
The most common use I see here in the United States is when someone’s opinion differs from their own. It may be very clear the issue at hand has absolutely nothing to do with racism at all, but we know that the receiving end of the accusation shuts us up and leaves us feeling ashamed. So, our silence, reinforces in the mind of the accuser, that that is exactly what we must be. Or, they just know that the silence would win them the argument so they keep passing the toxic bag of chips until there is no one left with the courage to speak.
Just to set the record straight, I am personally offended that this continues to go on in this culturally diverse country. We have become the country of bullies and intimidation and I sit by quietly ashamed. Today I make a stand and educate the ones who loosely throw this insulting term into every conversation. I am not a racist because I am affiliated with a particular political party. I am not a racist because I don’t jump on the bandwagon to support the latest upcoming liberal viewpoint. I am not a racist because I did not vote for and have little respect for my own President. I am not racist because my opinion differs from yours. I am simply a person who has many opinions for many different reasons. Someone has got to address this and someone has got to stop it. It is sickening and the word in itself divides us even further as a people and spreads hate behind it’s every use. How dare someone call another a racist and in the same sentence spew they are open minded and accepting of all. How dare these people make themselves out to be some kind of hero when the truth is they are shooting their poisonous arrow into an already misled world.
I will end this post with two of my favorite quotes. The first, BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD. And the second, THIS iS YOUR WORLD, SHAPE IT OR SOMEONE ELSE WILL.
So, if you’re feeling aggressive, please go throw around a football and leave the name calling for the kindergarteners on the playground at school. Maybe if we set a better example for our children, there will be less bullying in our schools and communities.
Let me respectively know what you think. I know you must have an opinion as well.