Racism is a choice that some decide for themselves or they follow their leader. President Trump accused Representative Elijah Cummings of doing a bad job and called Baltimore “rat and rodent infested.” President Trump also told minority congresswomen to go back where they came from. According to the Politico President Trump tweeted “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” the president wrote. President Trump has set the stage for people to be more vocal about how they feel in regards to race.
Keith Tharpe an inmate on Georgia death row died at the age of 61. In 1991 Tharpe was accused of killing his sister-in-law, and throwing her body in a ditch. Tharpe accuses a juror of sentencing him to death because of the color of his skin. The juror Barney Gattie refers to blacks by using a racial slur and even questions whether “black people have a soul.” Tharpe has never denied that he killed his sister-in-law but sought a stay of execution based off of racist remarks. An interview was launched and Gattie “harbored very atrocious, racist views about black people.” Gattie said that there are two types of black people: Black folks and ‘niggers.’
At the end of the day we all are biased, but we have to be conscious as to what we say, and do. In order to combat our bias, we should counter stereotypes, this can be achieved by researching the positive impact other cultures have made for society. For example, Martin Luther King, Jr. was instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement, he paved a way for all races. Multiculturalism is a great way that we are able to learn about other cultures in order to get different perspectives on why or how they interact in society. Having an intentional plan in place in case your bias appears will help to train the brain and body to act in compliance with your intent to be fair to everyone. We have all heard the saying “I have black friends,” instead of just saying it because you work with a different race, take the time to genuinely get to know others as real human beings.
My vision for the future in regards to racism is to have people taking a stand against the ignorant views of bigots. Judging people based off their actions and not the color of their skin, having an equal playing field in the jog market. Most importantly, no one losing their life because someone fears what they won’t bother to understand other races. Racism affects us all, by way directly or indirectly. Our children are watching us so if we are treating people wrong because of their race or sexual preference, they will adopt our views and treat people the same way.