Journal Entry: Saturday, May 30th, 2020
Anti-racism is the term I keep seeing. The anti-racism message seems to be spread amongst other people who agree with this message. (For the most part) Of course, we do. We all bleed, shit, and cry. It’s a simple yet powerful truth that most of us hold close to our hearts. We are all human.
Now… is telling someone who is truly racist that it’s wrong going to change his or her mind? Maybe. But these are the people we want to be speaking with right? The people who feel innately better than others because of their pigment.
I’m not sure how to get someone who is truly racist to love a human with different skin color. My initial thought would be to speak with someone who was once racist but has truly changed.
I would ask them:
• What core truth do you hold on to now that you did not before?
• Who or what event helped you discover this truth?
• Why do you feel that you held onto this lie for so long?
If we are going to irradiate racism in our country then we need to find a way to empathize with them. To speak with them directly.
When I think about it. I can empathize with at least a portion of what is going on in the mind of a racist human. I am guilty of comparing myself to others. Not because of race but because of status. No matter how unhappy they are with themselves they always have the excuse. “At least I’m white”. It’s a pretty easy way to escape the pain of confronting the real shit that’s making you unhappy.
Like a high school bully. They are hurting. Really fucking bad. Most of them need love. Some need medical treatment. Others may need a correctional facility.
I don’t know how to irradiate racism. But I think it starts by realizing that a racist human is still a human. Racism is a human condition.
Do you remember the last time you changed your mind about something? Was it a result of someone yelling at you and saying you are wrong?
We need to change the minds of hundreds of thousands of people. We need to prove to them they are deserving of love just as much as their black neighbor is deserving of love. We all need to show them this truth.
I don’t know how to change the stubborn mind of this many people. Changing one stubborn mind is hard. But it’s what has to be done. I believe in humans enough to believe it can be done.
Happy Monday fellow humans.