We are all guilty of this belief because we do not prove it wrong. We are not racist, but we make racism possible; so when we decide to work extra hours to end up receiving the same wage as our white co-worker, we are making it possible. When we decide to let a wrongful action go, we are making it possible. In that very moment we are making a statement and sending a massage that makes racism possible.
I was reading an interesting article online about racism and in the comments I found a rather enlightening and frank thought I want to share. (I would recommend to read the article in order to understand fully what I’m talking about [click here], it’s extremely interesting and you’ll find some good stuff in there.)
«[…] The real problem with this thinking […], and really with the whole line of thought […] is it falls into the trope that minorities should be better than any average person. Let’s forget about “how” they should pull this off for a second and ask the more important question… Why? Why should minorities prove themselves to be more human than human and then fault them when they fail to live up to this ideal? This is the truly vile and subversive strategy of racism, it says minorities need to lift themselves up rather than realize the majority needs to be taken off the pedestal and examined as being as flawed and broken as the people they criticize. It is a ploy to elevate yourself by lowering the ground your fellow man stands on.»
I found this thought extremely interesting and, regardless of the piece this thought was produce for, let’s reflect on the importance of the statement.
It’s a description of social racism, that kind of racism that teach people to elevate themselves by degrading their fellow. So it happens that when one person of colour commits a crime, a whole race and an entire population have to carry the blame; it happens when we talk about terrorism.
I think what people ignore is that behind the colour there is a person, one person, one and only; a person who is as faulty as the man walking down the street and as flawed as everyone. A colour, a race or an ethnicity does not define one’s intellectual activity.