It almost makes me laugh when people say racism no longer exists. As long as there are people on the planet- racism, sexism, etc. will exist. The fact of the matter is, we are judgmental and prejudice people. No, not all of us are complete and radical racists. But we all make our own judgments about others based on appearance and behavior. I’ll be the first to admit it; I have continuously judged others throughout my years. Yes I know better and yes I’m aware of the phrase, “never judge a book by its cover,” yet I still subconsciously critique others.
In America race seems to be on everyone’s mind. We’ve come a long way since slavery and segregation, but we are still slaves to color classification. People have this intense desire and need to know what race you are. ‘Where do you come from?’ ‘What do you identify as?’ It’s perfectly natural to be proud of where your ethnicity and familial background; it’s not, however, natural for an individual to feel pressured to identify themselves based on the standards of others.
We don’t all start off judging others; I believe it’s a learned trait. We learn how to judge and see others differently from our parents/guardians and society. When I was a young girl, I didn’t realize “color” or nationality existed amongst humans. I would have never have thought to categorize my friends based on the standard Asian, African American, and Hispanic ethnicities. I mean, I wasn’t filling out a form and checking boxes when I found my friends. I simply categorized my peers as either adults or children. Somewhere along the way we realize that we’re different and that’s where the trouble begins.
But the fact of the matter is we’re not different. No one is more special than the other. God created us all equally. No special sauce was sprinkled on any one person during our formation. Yes, some of us have different personality traits and intellect levels, but we are all equal. When we think we are greater than others- whether that is based on income level, IQ, or skin color- that’s where the problem begins.