I’ve seen so many social media posts about racism this week that my eyes hurt. I can’t find the latest episode of my grandkids’ online life for all the posturing and pontificating coming from all directions. I’m not the smartest kid on the block, so I’m a bit embarrassed that I have to be the one doing this, but if you’ll settle down and be quiet for a minute, I’ll tell you how we can cure our racist ills.
Telling people that they have no voice in the matter because their skin is a different color is – well, racist. Part of the definition of that word is to feel that one race is superior to another. When you declare that one group is not entitled to an opinion or allowed to participate because of the color of their skin, you are shoving that group beneath all the others, and, in the process, perpetuating the very thing you say you’re against.
Symposiums and equality congresses devolve into each group telling the others how they want you to treat them. Then they all go home declaring they have made progress in bringing people together.