(CBS Radio) — Racism is a thing of the past, right?
In truth, racism is an issue that continues to plague our country — despite the fact that this is 2013, and the first initial push for equality took place in the 1960′s.
While the nation echoes, “All men are created equal,” in every corner of the United States there are small pockets of racism and hate — and within these pockets they believe that the “other” race is inferior to them.
Moreover, racism in itself implies that our skin color defines who we are, however a person’s skin color does not accurately represent their intelligence, wealth, or their morals.
Racism is not just a viewpoint, but rather it’s a disease that is often left untreated because of misguided stereotypes. There is no cure for racism because it is fueled by ignorance.
Here are some of the stereotypes that fuel racism:
- African-Americans are more violent than white Americans, and they commit more crimes.
- Most African-Americans “milk the system” and live off of welfare.
- African-Americans deal drugs.
- African-Americans are illiterate and uneducated.
Here are the realities:
- The criminal justice system in the United States is flawed and racially biased. African-Americans are more likely to serve prison time than a white person — even when the same crime is committed.
- A higher percentage of white Americans receive welfare than African-Americans.
- White Americans deal drugs too.
- During slavery, most African-Americans slaves were forbidden from learning how to read or write. However, this is far from reality today, as almost all African-American children attend school, just as white children do.
Racism has become somewhat of a “hidden” issue today, even in well-known cities across our nation. Americans know that racism still exists and persists, but it’s easier to pretend that everyone believes that “All men are created equal.”
We recently had a chance to chat with Keya Woods, about her experiences with racism as an African-American woman in Charlotte.
“Racism in America today, in my opinion, is just as it has always been. However, now it is a bit more covered verses being so open. Being an African-American woman, I experience racism constantly. At most it is frustrating, especially to have my African-American children open their hearts and extend themselves to a Caucasian to say hello, only for them to be ignored. In ignoring an innocent child, it merely shows the extent of a person’s ignorance.
Recently, I have been in search of venues to host several events that I am having, and though I could be wrong, I do believe that my race is a hindrance in me not being able to secure a venue that is owned or predominately run by Caucasians. I personally have gotten to a place where I no longer allow the actions of other races to discourage me. After all, I still have my life’s journey to take and that is my walk alone.
But to say that the actions of those less open to loving all of mankind does not hurt at times — that would be a lie. Racism in my opinion, is just a way to mask the true issues in America. The issues of greed and power.
From my viewpoint, at times it seems that Caucasians are threatened when African-Americans are placed in a position of power. Now let’s not forget the taboo topic of racism among the same race. African-Americans have the same mentality towards each other that they SO desperately want to get rid of from other races.
Again, it is about greed and power. “I am better than you if I have more than you do.” They are so consumed by this notion that they are willing to destroy each other to prove its truth!
Racism is defined as having a dislike for another race based on one’s beliefs. That same definition can be used to describe how we feel about others within that same race. If I don’t dress as well as another African-American woman, I am broke and “not worthy.” If my hair does not look the way they want it to, then I am mocked within my own race. If my attire does not possess another individuals trademark upon it, than I am not worthy enough to be a part of a clique.
That, too, is racism, no matter how you slice it. In order to eliminate racism we must first deal with the insecurities of self in order to realize that our self worth is not threatened by another. We are great simply because we are who we are. Once we get to this place we will realize that if we would all work together to better not only ourselves, but each other, we can actually acquire more while standing as a united front.
I don’t mean African-Americans only stand with African-Americans and so forth and so on. I mean every human being should stand with every other human being that has the same blood flowing through their veins.
How beautiful would it be if we could remove all hatred, pain, hurt and insecurities and just learn to stand united in peace, happiness and love as a people — united. If we could no longer have to define a specific race that will label one above the other, but if we could someday only speak of the race of human beings then every individual in this world is my sister or brother.
Racism is an illness and just like any other illness, I do believe that our bodies (in this case our minds and hearts,) have the ability to heal its self.”
-QC Writer, CBS Radio