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My son often asks me to explain things to him like what is racism? Why do people hurt each other? Why do some people look down on some people? Why are some people offended by everything?
How can I explain things I don't understand myself? I tend to tell him that most hatred of other people tends be be the insecurity that one person has with themselves. It's the only thing I can figure. As a species we are very insecure.
A couple of months ago I had to travel to Washington DC for the VA to run some tests on me. Hopefully my participation as a test subject will help others who are suffering. When I was returning I caught a taxi to the airport, big mistake.
The taxi cab driver presumed to enlighten me how since I was white, prior military, and from the south who smoked Marlboro's that I was racist, sexist, a republican, and that I was just an all around bad person.
News to me, frankly I don't associate myself with any political party as I feel they all have faults that should be corrected, sexist, have to ask my boss about that she's gay and as far as I know had no problems with me about this.
Racist, have to ask my grandmother about that when I go to the reservation.
When I asked him that if he made all these judgments by stereotyping me, he replied that I just did not understand, that much I had to agree with him. When I asked him if stereotyping me was bigotry on his part, he replied that he could not be a bigot as he was black.
Now I'm really confused, I did not know a prerequisite for being racist was that you are white. Have to check on that next time I'm on the reservation as well. So does this mean all white people are bigots? or is it just white males from the south, I'm still confused on the subject, maybe I should ask people I know and who know me. Did that, I was told that the guy was full of shit and to just blow him off.
I pretty much have, but I still don't understand bigotry, hopefully this is one thing I will always be in the dark about.
3/12/2006 4:25 pm
Bigotry is such a hateful thing....it shuts so many doors....particularly the ones in your mind....|