Everything is Racist
Now before you jump on that keyboard, just hear me out. As per usual, todays subject is just what I see going on in the world, and what I believe it means, so don’t shoot me for that you racist!
Racism consists of ideologies and practices that seek to justify, or cause, the unequal distribution of privileges, rights or goods among different racial groups. Modern variants are often based in social perceptions of biological differences between Peoples. These can take the form of social actions, practices or beliefs, or political systems that consider different races to be ranked as inherently superior or inferior to each other, based on presumed shared inheritable traits, abilities, or qualities. It may also hold that members of different races should be treated differently.
Among the questions about how to define racism are the question of whether to include forms of discrimination that are unintentional, such as making assumptions about preferences or abilities of others based on racial stereotypes, whether to include symbolic or institutionalized forms of discrimination such as the circulation of ethnic stereotypes through the media, and whether to include the sociopolitical dynamics of social stratification that sometimes have a racial component.
There comes a point in our lives when we just have to say Yep! that’s me and move on. There are those in the minority, whose sole intention seems to be labelling every single damn thing in the world, as racist. (I really don’t like labels. I am not white. I am not caucasian. I am HUMAN!)
I can’t help but feel if we just accepted that, we would all get along a lot better. Once we do that, those who are trying will have nothing left to do and hopefully, they will wither away and stop annoying people. The more we deny something, the worse it is getting. Let me show you. I will start with the most obvious one:
Yes, I am going there. You wouldn’t expect a racist like me not to, would you?
Are you aware of the history behind this flag? I don’t mean the connotations that we have today. I mean the true real history behind this flag?
Well look at that. The Confederate Battle flag had nothing to do with racism. It was designed to make it easier to distinguish between the two groups in battle. Even today, there are those who are keen to distance this flag from those who have used it as a weapon for hate:
‘Note: It is necessary to disclaim any connection of these flags to neo-nazis, red-necks, skin-heads and the like. These groups have adopted this flag and desecrated it by their acts. They have no right to use this flag – it is a flag of honor, designed by the confederacy as a banner representing state’s rights and still revered by the South. In fact, under attack, it still flies over the South Carolina capitol building. The South denies any relation to these hate groups and denies them the right to use the flags of the confederacy for any purpose. The crimes committed by these groups under the stolen banner of the confederacy only exacerbate the lies which link the secession to slavery interests when, from a Southerner’s view, the cause was state’s rights.’
I was having a conversation with our admin and we were talking about banning the Confederate Flag. It raised a lot of questions, such as: Why is it just that one? On the grand scale of things, shouldn’t others be banned too? Right, so let us look at other flags. Do you know which flag is renowned the whole world over as being representative of violence, hatred and racism? One that is openly used by minorities to enforce their negative behaviour, in exactly the same as the way The Confederate flag is being used?
This is The Flag of England. More famously known as The St George’s Cross.
‘In 1188 Henry II of England and Philip II of France agreed to go on a crusade, and that Henry would use a white cross and Philip a red cross. 13th-century authorities are unanimous on the point that the English king adopted the white cross, and the French king the red one (and not vice versa as suggested by later use). It is not clear at what point the English exchanged the white cross for the red-on-white one. There was a historiographical tradition claiming that Richard the Lionheart himself adopted both the flag and the patron saint from Genoa at some point during his crusade. This idea can be traced to the Victorian era; Perrin (1922) refers to it as a “common belief”, and it is still popularly repeated today, even though it cannot be substantiated as historical.’
So that is what St Georges Cross meant then. Hang on. Isn’t that the same? Two sides using different flags to identify each other? What does it mean today?
St George’s flag is a racist symbol says a quarter of the English
The report blames the “extreme street hooligans of the English Defence League” for “toxifying” the St George’s Cross, although it says politicians should also take responsibility for failing to “speak up for the inclusive patriotism of the English majority”.
See that? Exactly the same process as The Confederate Flag. Something that was a symbol of pride turn into a symbol of racism.
And of course, let us not forget the flag that represents not just racism, but the terrorism of countries all around the world, cleverly disguised as ‘Freedom’:
I could go on forever about why this flag should be banned the whole world over, but it seems to me that, as citizens of the world, if there is something that causes us to feel shame or embarrassment, then it should be banned. And note, I haven’t mentioned the Swastika. Don’t really need to, do I? But did you know that The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit svastika, which means “good fortune” or “well-being.”? The motif (a hooked cross) appears to have first been used in Neolithic Eurasia, perhaps representing the movement of the sun through the sky. To this day it is a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Odinism.
Yet that hasn’t been banned. You can still buy the Swastika. What’s wrong with that? If there is to be a ban on flags, let’s have a ban on ALL flags, not just one. Isn’t that racist in itself? Remember:
‘Among the questions about how to define racism are the question of whether to include forms of discrimination that are unintentional, such as making assumptions about preferences or abilities of others based on racial stereotypes, whether to include symbolic or institutionalized forms of discrimination’.
Okay, so that is just one reason why we are all guilty of being racist. Let’s look at some less obvious ones, shall we?:
Terrorism is a clear sign of racism. ‘All white men must be disarmed’. White. What is that, if not racist? What happened to yesteryear, when the message was disarm ALL people?
Disagreeing with feminists? That is definitely racist. ‘Racism consists of ideologies and practices that seek to justify, or cause, the unequal distribution of privileges’. Is it not our right to disagree with some-one else? Clearly if you and I disagree (lets say on this subject), am I not justified in standing up for myself? Is that a privilege or a basic right?
This video is all about racism, cleverly disguised as ‘women’s rights’. No, I am not saying rape is right, but I am saying that ‘man spreading’ is racist too. Against men. So there we are. Two incidents of racists. One against white women, one against men as a whole. How stupid are we? We are the only humans on the earth. Male and female. We actually need each other to survive, to thrive, to grow. Yet we turn on each other and try to undermine the privileges that we have known our whole life. Men have balls. They hang between their legs. That is just the way it is. Do you hear men claiming that women take up too much space in a queue because they have boobs that stick out? Of course not. Get some perspective!
Deep breath. Moving on, the latest scuttlebut is that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are racist. Why? Because not everybody in the world has access to or eats bread. WHAT?
Peanut Butter And Jelly Racist? Portland School Principal Ties Sandwich To White Privilege
“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” Gutierrez said, according to the Tribune. “Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.”
So that must also include Pizza, burgers, snails, pasta, wheat, grain, fruit, nuts berries, confectionary, even vitamins! In fact it must include every food group, mustn’t it? Because you can bet your bottom dollar there is a country that has never had access to any of these food groups. I know that other countries do eat most of these foods NOW, but it is not native to their country, is it? How do we know that Somali or Hispanic students didn’t eat Pb&J pittas or tapas or whatever is native to them? We don’t, but that doesn’t seem to matter. It is racist and that is that. Bye bye American icon. I imagine those Hispanic or Somalian children refered to in the above report, eat bread now, don’t they? So why is it racist?
What about curry? Curry is native to India, but there was a time when western countries never had curry or even knew what it was. Isn’t that the exact same thing? But you don’t hear anyone saying “What about African or Latvian students, who might not eat curry?”
What about coffee? I love my coffee, so I must be a racist. If I ask for black coffee, isn’t that the same as asking for a brown paper bag? Children don’t drink coffee, so that should be banned, because it is racist against those children. Have you heard anyone say ‘What about children, who might not drink coffee’?
Seattle city gov’t bans the words “citizen” and “brown bag,” for obvious reasons
‘So, some black people are racist against other black people, therefore nobody gets to use the phrase “brown bag.” That makes perfect sense.’
Citizens? that’s new. What is racist about the word citizens?
‘the word “citizen” is to be avoided because not all Seattle residents are citizens. You may scoff, but I know how pissed off I’d be if I lived in a country where I wasn’t a citizen and somebody called me a citizen anyway. That’s offensive!!!’
But those people who might not be official ‘citizens’ of Seattle ARE citizens of somewhere, aren’t they? How far down the stupid path are we going to go? Is it racist to use the word stupid? It must be because it is a derrogative term.
Holy cow I AM a racist. Would you look at that. Let me walk you through a typical day of a racist like me.
As I said, I love my coffee, so a few minutes after I have woken, I am guilty because I like black coffee. Now at lunchtime, I do like me some PB&J. I have mine on toast, yummy, but there I go again. Throughout the day I like to snack on food that is not readily available in other countries (crisps, handfuls of nuts and berries, fruit, Coke or Pepsi, more coffee, tea). I work with computers. They are black. Damn! I own black clothes and white clothes. Come to think of it, I also own brown, yellow, pink clothes. In fact I probably have the whole spectrum of colours when it comes to clothes and footwear. OMG!
Holy crap, it never ends. I have male and female friends and clients who are of all races, yet I speak to them in English. That is not their native language (Shoot me, shoot me now). I have to imagine that some of the people in my life are not heterosexual. I go to bed at night (in the ‘dark’). I actually have a bed. There are millions and millions of people in the world who have never had a bed to sleep on. (Dear lord, please forgive me my sins). Whoops, I pray to a God, not all of them. How terribly racist of me. That is where we are right now people. We are starting to question everything we say and everything we do, in order to not be classed as racist. How much are we going to give up, just so we can say no, not me?
Here is my point. You can take any situation in your life and pound to a dollar, some-one will decree that as racist. As long as we continue to allow these people to get away with that, we will just be backed into a corner. Everything is racist in today’s society. It is not restricted to white western people. It is everywhere.
So let us just accept that yes, we are racist. And let’s differentiate between the severity of racist levels.
It is okay to have a flag. It is how we perceive that flag. We should not ban the flag itself. We should ban the use of it, by those who mean to use it as an offensive symbol. We should continue to teach people the historical meaning behind that flag, not the controversy that surrounds it today.
It is perfectly okay to disagree with some-one. It has nothing to do with their color, their sex, their IQ. It is just life.
It is fine to eat food. All food. If we are to ban foods because other countries might not be aware of them, then we should ban Columbus for exploring those countries in the first place and we should definitely ban travelling to those countries. Absolutely no way should we learn about different cultures in case we bring home some of those ‘unusual’ or ‘unheard of’ traditions. After all, isn’t that what it is all about? Aren’t we supposed to learn about these things, in order to understand? To get along? To become one? Aren’t we all human? Aren’t we all divided into just two groups, at the end of the day? The ‘male’ and the ‘female’.
It is absolutely NOT okay, to use any of these items to execute privilege over others! It is not acceptable to hurt or harm or cause harm to be done to others, under the heading of racism.
If people such as rappers can use then ‘N’ word in their music, why can’t the people they are influencing (mostly children) use that word to? Learned behaviour. Look at it this way before you start arguing. If black people don’t want white people to use that word, they should STOP using it in their music. Why isn’t the music of those artists classed as racist? Because it is a black person?
Isn’t it a privilege for those people to use that word, but no-one else? Isn’t it a privilege that we can be proud of the US flag but not be proud of the Confederate flag? The Union Jack, but not the flag of England? Curry but not PB&J?
Vindawho? Chicken tikka masala knocked off top spot by Chinese stir-fry as Britain’s favourite dish
‘Chinese stir-fry has now replaced chicken tikka masala as Britain’s favourite dish, a new survey revealed today.
The simplistic Cantonese dish, typically full of fresh vegetables and noodles, is now the most frequently cooked meal in the UK.
One in five Brits now have it at least once a week, with over two-thirds saying a large part of its appeal is that its far easier to prepare than traditional British cuisine, with the average stir-fry only taking a few minutes to throw together and cook in a wok.’
At what point do we cross from racist to hypocrisy? And what else are we to ban under the guise of ‘Racism’?
I guess I need to get rid of all four of my pets now. Two are pure ‘black’, one is ‘black’ and ‘white’ and one is ginger. I probably need to get rid of all my furniture, because there are people in the world, who have never had such ‘frippery’. White goods? OMG! How racist is that? so I need to clear out my kitchen too. Damn, this life is beginning to suck. Instead of us getting rid of everything, why don’t we GIVE these things to those that don’t have them? Instead of restricting words to one group of humans, why not let everybody use it and de-sensitize the word itself (such as stupid, idiot etc)? Instead of banning one flag, either ban all of them or teach the true historical meaning of that flag. Instead of banning foods, rejoice in them. That is what food festivals are for. Embrace all food, from everywhere on the planet, every walk of life, every country. This is a form of unity. We all need food. It is common ground for the bonding of humans everywhere. Instead of bickering which sex is better than the other, acknowledge that both of them are crucial to our very existence. And more importantly, accept that each and every one of us, is in part, a bloody racist. Now move on!
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