Skip to main content

LET ME SPLAIN THIS (Prejudice & Racism)

Definitions (Websters):

Prejudice - (1) :preconceived judgment or opinion (2) :an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge

Racism - (1) :a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race (2) :racial prejudice or discrimination

**I hope you have taken time to read the definitions. Do not read any further if you have not read them at least twice and given yourself a few moments to reflect. You can also follow the links to get the full definitions, usage, and backgrounds of each word.

Good now let me first say that I am writing this because I think we get so caught up in wanting to be for our side and against some other side that we haphazardly throw out terms.We even try to equate and make things fit into terms that just don't when you look at the definitions. I was going to throw out some examples, but I don't want to get political. This is a post of personal observation and not intended to point fingers at anyone. Except myself because I have fallen into this trap before.

     I have been guilty of being prejudice about a number of things. If people want personal examples, let me know and I will gladly write a whole post of examples. Suffice it to say I am aware that I got flaws, but am always open if people see more than I do so please let me know. I strive to be a better person and overcome my ignorance by gaining knowledge and leaning not to my own understanding, but trusting in his word. 

     SO LET ME SPLAIN THIS! I personally feel that it is very human to be Prejudice, and all are guilty if they actually looked at their lives. The thing that turns it into something further is when you don't try to gain knowledge. You end up going further down the path of ignorance. That path can lead to things such as Racism if you are not careful, and before people think I only mean white people, no I am talking about ALL PEOPLE!

     It can be so easy for any of us to discriminate against someone without even knowing it. So easy to say that a person is stupid or even a thug because they got cornrows or locks, a libertard because they want to protect animals and the environment, has no values or morals because their from 'the city'. So easy to say someone is a dumb hillbilly cause they wear overalls or hunting clothes, a gun nut psychopath because they have firearms, or even a backwards bumpkin because they live in the country. So easy to discount someone's opinion or undervalue the work they do because of our own preconceived ideas of who they are. Even easy to criticize one and look the other way on another, or reward one and ignore another, doing the same things.

     It is about time we decide if we want to continue living in the dark cloudy world of ignorance or take the time to gain knowledge and actually get to know one another. Its time to stop just BELIEVING. Its time to actually learn TRUTH and finally gain KNOWLEDGE.



Popular posts from this blog

Wisdom From My Grandfather

My grandfather died when I was six years old, so I didn't get to know him for very long. He has lived on with the life lessons he taught my mother. She recently shared one of them with me. She told me something he shared with her when she was growing up. He told her that her and her sisters were all pretty girls and smart as well. Men/boys would be after them, but they shouldn't just put up with or accept one that didn't treat them right.
     So with that said I want to briefly talk about something that I think is important, especially for women, and that is self-esteem. I have been close to many women throughout my life, whether as friends, family, or relationships, and something I have come to recognize is that I have known way too many that have low self-esteem.
     First off let me share something I heard a comedian say, self-esteem is how you feel about yourself, other people really can't change that unless you let them. To all the women out there, please know t…

Bad Time To Be A Man

So I have been hearing that this is a bad time to be a man. Accusations against men are ruining our lives and reputations. At no time in american history has it been so hard to be a man. I hear things like this and it makes me wonder what people know of history. So I wanted to share a brief summary of a few moments in our history, to hopefully give people a little perspective.

                                                        January 1923 Rosewood, FL
     People from the neighboring town of Sumner as well as others who came from the region, came to Rosewood to help local law enforcement. They were drawn to the area to help with the hunt for a man that was accused of assualting a woman in Sumner. The local police tried to maintain order, but in the end surrendered to mob justice. Events spiraled out of control and the town was razed.

                                                        May 1921 Tulsa, OK
     A local shoeshiner was accused of assaulting an elevator operator.…


So I was thinking about something I watched on TV more than a decade ago. I was watching this telethon raising money for victims of hurricane Katrina. Mike Myers was encouraging people to donate, and beside him was Kanye West supposedly doing the same. I say supposedly for Kanye because instead of sticking to the plan he decided to suddenly say "Bush doesn't like black people" stunning everyone including me and Mike Myers. Mr. Myers tried to keep it together, but that first look he gave Kanye was priceless. Kanye proceeded to go off on a tangent talking about his accountant or something, and finally they cut to someone else not on stage. That person wasn't prepared nor was the telethon prepared. We the audience were not prepared at the time.       Sometime later Mr. West is in the spotlight for interrupting Taylor Swift at an awards show to say Beyonce should have won. He showed a lack of class and respect for someone having their moment, and again many weren't …