Hello all, I hope you are all doing well.
I wanted to share this thought and get some feedback from the forum. I am concerned about racism. I know that the media is all afire with people who express racist views and that most of us think that these folks are still a minority in American society. I certainly hope so. However, I am becoming less and less sure about that as more and more people express racist views hiding them in other expressions. An example is hating Obama, not because he is half-black, but because he is a socialist, or hating Chinese, not because they are not white, but because they are communist, as seen in the Daily Show clip I found on the Asia Society website (http://www.asiasociety.org/education-le ... sm-studies
) . Of course, let us not for forget, hating Mexicans, not because they are non-white and non-english speaking, but because they are illegal.
I realize that all people can become racist, not just white folks, but seeing as I am white and my family expresses many of these views, I feel I should take time to try to understand why so much of the racism that America is experiencing right now, at least in it's politics, is yet again, coming from white people. I am disturbed, distressed, and dismayed. I am worried about what my children, who are only half white are and will experience in this increasing racist environment. My oldest daughter, just finished first grade, had to deal with a little blond girl who would repeat over and over that my daughter was Chinese as if it were an insult. This young girl was disciplined my the teacher on several occasions yet never seem to let this issue go. I can only imagine what her parents are saying in the privacy of their home.
I am not sure what to say about this issue that has not be said before. I know I am just seeing this trend and it chills my heart. Is anyone else here noticing this? Is racism couched in political ideology becoming common place? Where had this disturbing trend developed and why? I know it comes from fear and lately Americans, at white Americans seem to be afraid of everything, even their own shadow, maybe because it's black as well.
Healthy and happiness to you all,