Yes…I’m daydreaming of a world that no longer has a reference to the color of skin because people are accepted as they are. I am dreaming of a day when everyone can break through the color barriers and allow themselves to love one another unconditionally. Yes….I know a bit of a fairy tale, but in these trying times the issue of race seems to be the next most discussed topic, besides Brittany Spears.
Unless one can see life through the eyes as a person of color, it is hard to define what is most disturbing with today’s times. I would have to venture to say that it is fear that keeps people from trying to discover one another. That fear seems to be the driving force to further keep a nation of people chained and bound. This fear that won’t allow love, but anger….hatred for another because of the color of their skin, or the religion they choose to practice.
I’m quite sure the talks about race seem to be endless, everyone competing for a shot to state their views and opinions. One race doesn’t understand another, another race seeking supremacy. However, those who suffer the most are the seeds from unions. Multiracial, bi-cultural. Our children are left wondering why we hate each other so much…The things that are discussed at the dinner table, spills out unto our seeds, and they act out in schools, and amongst their peers….Then we sit back and wonder how our children learned such behaviors. We sit in embarrassment when we’re called from the school principals and teachers and other parents, as they explain to us that our children are a bad influence on other children.
Children often emulate what they see and hear. Favorite icons on television, musicians, and yes….believe it or not we are the molds for our children’s clay. Daughters mirror the mothers, sons mirror their fathers. We are the educators of our children yet our textbooks are outdated. The vicious cycle continues to spin, we are the perpetrators of the crimes. It is easy to say, “I am not responsible for little Johnny blowing up that Mosque,” however, think about the last time you spewed venom about the Muslim community and your hatred for Muslims. Children are not born to hate…we create the hate. The hate that hate made.
All of our fears spill forth into the world. We fear the man that shaved his head, but is he really a skin-head? We fear the man because his clothes are sagging, but is he really a gang-banger? Our perceptions of others has paralyzed our minds. How we interact with others on the streets is like a sitcom. We run from the man who says “hello,” we refuse to help that elderly lady across the street because we’re too consumed with our own selves to even care. We turn a blind eye when someone asks for help. “Oh, no….not me I’m not getting involved!” We utter foul words under our breath when we approach someone different. Yes different than our own skin.
Racism is defined as, “the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races…” My question? How can one race of people be more intrinsically superior to members of other races?” How can a man sit in awe at the color of blood pouring from the wounds that have been inflicted upon another. Yes, the blood that pours red is the same color that flows through all of our veins. That same hue stains the very fibers that America was built on.
America was built on lies and racism. Racism built America. The blood, sweat and lives of others. Strange fruit adorned the trees, blood nourished the seeds in our fields. It is also our lies, our prejudice, our superiority that is destroying the nation. Our hatred is destroying our world. Gaia is crying out to be purged of our ways. Our world is changing dramatically, and instead of trying to make it a better place for all, we continue to wear our chains. We continue to be bound by the hatred that controls our minds. We will never be free because our fear will forever hold us captive.