Thursday, September 26

Prejudice and Racism


by Mark A. Cohen

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 We celebrate the differences, but they don’t make anyone better than anyone else.  BTW – This poster depicts several stereotypes, but it is not racist.
We celebrate the differences, but they don’t make anyone better than anyone else. BTW – This poster depicts several stereotypes, but it is not racist.


In 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called Americans “a nation of cowards,” saying that we avoid talking about race. I disagree with his accusations but agree that we don’t discuss the subject enough. We don’t speak about it because many times we falsely accuse each other of racism. There are too many misunderstandings and no one wants a bad reputation. Some may call me a racist - or a hater of overweight people after reading this article, but I am nothing of the sort.



Andrea Tantaros, someone with great ideas.
Andrea Tantaros, someone with great ideas.


Andrea Tantaros explained it better than anyone recently, by saying that many people today confuse racism with prejudice. They are not the same, and I agree. We all prejudge (ideas, history, politicians, politics, people, etc.), but most of us are not racists. For example, someone can be fearful of an individual walking down the street (an emotional reaction to their physical appearance, but this is not racism, sexism, or anti-semitism, or any of those) and at the same time not hate them for who they are. Fear is created by past events in a person's life, such as being mugged, picked on by ONE person we unintentionally classify as belonging to a group. This is a self-preservation mechanism - uncontrolled and emotional, but hate is pre-meditated and is a mind-set.



 What about me?
What about me?


As I’ve said before, I was picked on by a heavy-set Caucasian fellow in high school. For many years I felt uneasy and angry around overweight people, any color, any race. However, I dealt with it and I don’t feel bad about this anymore. One can understand that when someone who looks different bothers us, a prejudice sets in. If a similar situation occurs concerning racial differences, a person can become fearful or develop a distrust for those who look like the one who caused the anxiety.



What if it’s the kid on the right?  Why not, are you prejudiced?
What if it’s the kid on the right? Why not, are you prejudiced?


It doesn’t mean the skeptical person is a racist. If you resemble someone (white, black, Hispanic, Asian, bald, skinny, heavy, dressed the same, wearing a similar cap, etc.) who caused someone else some pain, you may hear a car door lock as you walk by. Don’t take offense. It may be prejudice, or simply mean that the driver realized his doors were not locked and decided to lock them as you walked by. Hey, they might not be a racist, but reacting to some past, bad experience.



Saying ‘Chicago’ and ‘golf’ may be racist, #1.



Saying ‘Chicago’ and ‘golf’ may be racist, #2.



Some pundits on TV have said that when we use the word, “Chicago,” we are racist because there are a lot of blacks in Chicago. If we say that President Obama plays too many rounds of golf it proves we are racist. This is seen by the paranoids as linking the president to Tiger Woods and sex. Sorry, but that’s not reality, it’s just crazy. Check out more paranoia here: Search for the text, ‘If you,’ and you’ll see it.



Saying that President Obama plays golf isn’t racist, it’s the truth.
Saying that President Obama plays golf isn’t racist, it’s the truth.


Let’s not let ultra-sensitivity get the better of us. Americans generally celebrate the differences and believe that if we were all the same we’d be bored. Yes, there’s real racism out there, but let’s keep in mind that there’s a difference between prejudice (pre-judging), and racism (hating someone for their appearance or heritage). Why have we not had the conversation on race that President Obama and Eric Holder spoke about many years ago? Like most of us I am not afraid of discussing this, Mr. Attorney General, are you?




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