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Over the past year or so, we’ve heard more and more about the issue of racism within our country. We’ve seen people protest, riot and start all out wars within their own communities. We’ve seen people threaten and attempt to shut down anyone that opposes their opinions.
We’ve seen people roll over and take it. We’ve seen people agree with each other out of fear. We’ve seen people give up on speaking their mind or debating with others in fear of the outcome.
Well, I’m not one of those people. I’m not going to coddle you or keep my beliefs to myself because you may call me a name or label me something based solely on what I’m about to say. I’m not going to let someone take away my freedom of speech because they disagree with me enough to try and intimidate me.
I don’t work that way.
Let me start by saying that slavery ended in 1865, and unless we have a 152 year old running around in secret or hiding in someone’s basement, no one alive today was ever a slave. No one alive today ever owned a slave. Slavery has not existed in our lifetime.
Did you hear me? Did I make that clear enough for you?
How about the fact that I do not owe anyone anything based on something my great-great-great-grandparent may or may not have done to your great-great-great grandparent? Is that something we can agree upon? That I don’t have to make up for anything because I have not done anything?
Can we agree that everyone is equal? That no one’s opinion or skin color makes them any more or less important or valuable than the other? That EVERYONE matters?
Let me break this down for you.
The color of my skin does not define me, just like yours does not define you. The color of my skin doesn’t automatically mean that someone in my family had a slave, just like yours does not mean someone in your family was ever a slave. The color of my skin does not mean I’m a racist, just like yours doesn’t mean you judge me based on my skin color.
We are so caught up in trying to blame someone for the things that go wrong in our lives that we are causing a bigger problem. Something that happened in the 1800s may be a part of your history or your identity, but it is not currently affecting you.
Are there some people that are racist? Yes, I won’t try and deny that. But instead of ignoring those ignorant people, you’ve given into them and bought into this “racist nation” issue. Then instead of owning your actions when you begin to act like fools, rioting in the streets and destroying your own neighborhoods, you blame it on racism and “white privilege”.
This is not a valid excuse. White privilege doesn’t exist and the scale in which racism exists does not even begin to compare to the scale of divide and destruction these riots and “protests” have caused.
People are not protesting because they believe in a cause. They are protesting because someone along the way hurt their feelings or they ran into a racist idiot that then changed their opinion of all white people.
But I want to make this point very clear. If you label ALL white people as “racist” because of one person’s actions, you then become the racist person. You are judging all people based on the color of their skin. That is racist.
But racism is masking the real issue in this country. It’s used to cover up the fact that everyone feels entitled or as though someone owes them something. That everything in life should be handed to them.
That people that have chosen not to work for what they receive should still receive the same, if not more, than those hard working people. That everyone should be given free things. That people that put in little to no effort should receive the same opportunities as the people that go above and beyond to earn those opportunities.
It’s masking the fact that people are destroying their own neighborhoods and not paying the price. That people are deliberately ignoring the police and believe they have the right to do so. That people are sending our country to hell in a hand-basket and don’t care as long as they get to be right.
This is not how life works.
Didn’t your parents ever tell you that life isn’t fair? Didn’t they ever teach you that you have to work for the things you want in life? Did it just not sink in?
Is this why the younger generation is entitled? Is this why they believe they shouldn’t have to work for anything? If so, we all may be doomed.
Stop making racism an issue where it isn’t. While I know it exists and it is a problem, it is not the problem hurting us. The issue hurting our country is the entitlement and stubbornness of its citizens.
So I recommend we all pull our shit together, and stop giving a flying fuck about some random person that hurts your feelings. We’re adults. We’re more than capable of telling someone to fuck off and walking away.
A Girl That Doesn’t Really Care What You Label Her
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