no wonder racism and sexism is still alive and well
I just don't understand how thinking, feeling human beings can be okay with their mothers, daughters, sisters being treated like second-class citizens in our society. I cannot understand that having a different skin color somehow makes one superior or inferior. Its ridiculous...and yet, although I suppose our society has gotten better through the years, there are still too many people out there who do not see the problem with sexism and racism or they honestly think it doesn't exist.
Then it dawned on me...most people are not that thinking after all. Most people do not put a lot of deep thought or do not think beyond the box of what was spoon-fed to them as children, so their "deep" thoughts do not go deep enough.
I have friends and family who post the stupidest cr@p on Facebook. They quote unreliable sources, come to illogical conclusions.
I have one cousin who thinks the Obama administration caused the shooting in Connecticut to further their anti-gun agenda. I have a friend who finds every source of information to try to discredit Obama, to insinuate that Obama is a terrorist. I have a brother that thinks Obama is going to order the military to shoot down anyone who refuses to give up his/her guns. The comments on these websites they refer to are even crazier. I fear for Obama and his family's life. I fear for our humanity.
I know these have nothing to do with sexism and racism (well, perhaps racism), but it shows how people will come to the most warped conclusions with no real evidence.
Why we have -isms and why people treat each other like crap? Because they are not thinking individuals.
I am in no way suggesting that if someone doesn't like Obama, that they are racist or are not thinking individuals. There's just too much hatred...and I honestly think much of it is because of ignorance or stupidity.
Women will continue to be treated like children; black people will continut to be treated less than human...until we find a way to break through this stupidity. Just not sure...it might be a lost cause.
I don't know what to tell you. The hysterical irrationality out there is truly frightening. To me it seems like a complete lack of ability to critically evaluate information, but then I remember that we are all subject to that "confirmation bias" thing. (You know, twisting all evidence to confirm our own beliefs). I read some of this stuff and shake my head at the blinding anger that is (to me) completely irrational, but then I realize: people actually believe these crazy theories. I want to respect other views, but I don't know what to do with that. I almost find the wild conspiracy theories more frightening than the prejudice, though certainly prejudice is fueling much of it.
I have a high school reunion coming up. I haven't seen most of my classmates in 30 years. I thought I would look forward to it, even though I had some conflicted feelings about those years (who doesn't?). But as part of the planning, many in my class have started interacting on Facebook. And the stuff I'm seeing there is making me dread going. It's like, I knew my beliefs didn't fit in where I was growing up, but wow. Just, wow.
I don't think it's a lost cause. However I think that with Obama becoming president a lot of racist groups have become more visible even if they don't identify as racist. To be clear you can definitely be against Obama's politics without being racist but the group's talking about Obama being a terrorist, a Muslim, and not being born in America are racist and irrational. They don't back up anything with facts and attack the president personally.
I think that for a lot of older baby boomers who grew up with racism and sexism as being legal, these are scary times if they still hold these views. You have a man who is the result of miscegenation - a huge sin especially because his lily white mother had him with a very black man from Africa, you have an outspoken black woman as first lady, you have gay people living out in the open fighting for marriage equality, women admitting to having sex before marriage and some who enjoy making their own money, other POC fighting for recognition, etc. All of these question the authority of non-Hispanic white privilege. It seems that before every huge change takes place in history, there is a fight from those who don't want to accept change and the equality of others.
I am 32 and I've noticed that although things have gotten a LOt better for someone like me - a female POC - that most people don't question what they say or hear anymore. I think this is more noticeable from younger Gen Xers and Gen Y. Seniors and middle-aged people who think this way tend to do this to support their views; I think early 30-somethings and those in their 20s do this out of ignorance and lack of critical-thinking skills. Many don't question much.
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