I’ve seen and dealt with racism and sexism my entire life. I’ve seen the hatred people have for each other, the disdain, even with regards to classism, elitism, patriotism, and even just sports.
People seem to really enjoy putting other people down and classifying them as “less than” themselves. And this is absolutely not just white people. This truly is almost everyone and by that I mean about 99.99% of the population over the age of 10.
This seems (to me) to be learned behavior. Because no one steps out of the womb with any such predispositions. Though we are born with a sense for the enjoyment of symmetry/beauty and we do actively seek out comfort and sustenance. We do not have a sense for or an understanding of discord.
Which is what any kind of prejudice is. And the complete lack of true compassion in people, the lack of any kind of desire to mend fences, build bridges and truly get to know the side of those we find so easy to find fault in only accelerates these issues more.
And we will never have true reform in this world of any substantial kind without each person looking with themselves to root out their own prejudices and hatred.
I really like the Disney movie The Princess Frog. I always wondered why it had such a mediocre reception. A lot of people claim it is because it depicts voodoo, which Christians find offensive and don’t find “appropriate” for children to see.
But I always suspected it was truly just a prejudice thing.
I saw this poll recently about re-theming Disneyland’s Splash Mountain rides from the highly controversial Song of the South theme to The Princess Frog. The results so far of the poll to me seem to mimic the general view of systemic racism in this country pretty well.
So if we changed the title of the question to “Would you like to see drastic changes to systematic racism in this country?”. I think the answers would speak quite appropriately as well. With 5% being the blatantly racist, white national facet and 6% being people who are just completely over the entire issue altogether.
But that’s just my take. 😂🤷🏽♀️🙄