16 Jul 2010 zanee   » (Journeyer)

Race and discrimination; Political Correctness

Rarely do I go into discussion on what I believe to be off-topic issue but this needs to be said because I have eyeballs. Race and discrimination as an ongoing issue doesn't interest me as I feel many strides have been made. Many more will be made and the topic in and of itself seems to be on level with religion. Every side is right and if you are on the opposing side, you are wrong. It doesn't seem any one side can take a critical look at themselves or offer valuable critique of the other and that means it is just a general morass of mess. It just keeps popping up in my life, most likely because I am a black male living in the United States of America.

Unfortunately the discord continues here in the USA and currently the flames are fueled by rhetoric from what many have deemed to be the "Right" wing of American politics. Sometime ago, if asked, I would of said it's simply safe to ignore it as intelligent people tend to ignore such things or at the very least collectively work towards marginalizing the behavior. Over the last decade, this theory has been proven wrong to me numerous times over. So after revisiting this and thinking about response it became clear that organizations such as the NAACP and others are wholly inadequate at dealing with the issue. Personally I suspect they are able to hire appropriate PR people but maybe that idea is wrong. I've not seen a solid formal response to many things from them. So, should you be planning to respond to some racial rhetoric it's important to note several things.

  1. There is no need to get emotional. It is indeed what the other party is looking for and as we all know an emotional response is not effective. The response should not be argumentative because it is not an argument.
  2. Persuasion happens by not persuading. Persuade by your actions and not by conversation or argument. It is also wholly ineffective in this case.
  3. It is ok to be angry if you feel injured or hurt. You should channel that energy into something positive.
  4. Stand-ins, sit-ins and civil disobedience works for some things. For others it doesn't. The notion that standing somewhere will change something is idiocy. What will change something is collective organization and changing it by all means available until it is so. Stand-ins worked when people didn't want you to stand where you were. I think as far as civil rights go we are past that.
  5. It pays to be smarter. Know your position and every detail, know their position and every detail. Refute anything that is inaccurate; improve any weakness.
  6. Timing is everything, so bide it.
  7. It is safe to ignore some things. Not every piece of racial rhetoric deserves a remark. Realistically, very little of it needs remark, you can generally pool most commentary into a pool and provide one response to that.
  8. Some will claim that violence is a proper form of response. For instance shooting an unarmed human being 50+ times and then being fully acquitted is unacceptable in any conceivable context. It evokes a feeling of rage. However the proper response isn't a stand-in, march, or protest. See 4. You'll be surprised to see how effective anger can be for fuel; it is very focusing. Obviously, i'm not saying you should not protect your families or loved ones. In the United States of America that is every free mans right. I'm saying calculated behind the scenes efforts are wholly more effective; combined with 6 they are even more precise and deadly.
  9. Nothing is ever one groups problem. Ever. So for instance, the racially motivated discrimination or killing of one group should be every groups problem. We all have our preconceived discriminations based on race. We should work toward eliminating those beliefs when they are clearly invalid.
  10. It's safe to realize that first we are human beings and secondly that as a group we have our collective fair share of idiots, scumbags and people who should really not be apart of our species. Unfortunately, they come in all color and sizes. Weed them out; See 8.
  11. Not everything is racially motivated. It's safe to say that sometimes I just don't like a person for whatever reason. That is fine, we are all human beings and that is a fair position to have. It's also fair to note ones experience or reaction to something. Sometimes I wonder why senior black people are so racist? Then I realize that some of them were children of slavery, racism, discrimination, they lived through riots, attacks on their families and such. I have to take this experience into context and be fortunate enough to realize that I haven't had to deal with race and discrimination in this way in my lifetime.

Onto Political Correctness or PC. If you have to be "PC" about something it usually means there is an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. So it's better to address the issue than to be PC about it. Should someone feel offended by something you've said then humbly and gracefully apologize if that wasn't your intention. If you have to validate an apology then it's not really an apology, try to take their experience into context and avoid doing so again.

We are humans and as much as we think we all fit a mold of behavior, feelings and passion we are highly unique and complex in the universe. Also, feel free to stop saying I have "black, asian, white, indian or whatever friends". That doesn't validate or excuse you being an idiot or discriminating against someone at the time. Anyway.. I guess I'm gonna just call this end of lunch for me.. cheers.

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