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Racism is Alive and Well

Updated on November 5, 2012

I don't like racists - not white ones, black ones, green ones (money), or any other color. Racism fought with racism begets yet more racism. I'll not cast my vote for any person in any election who chooses to use the simplified definition of 'helping a people' - it's racism at its core and should be called such. No black candidate-elect would succeed in an election on a campaign aimed at helping 'black' people. No white candidate-elect would succeed in an election on a campaign aimed at helping 'white' people. Until the powers that be come to their senses and realize that we are ALL Americans, no matter our race or station in life, and that what is good for one must also be good for all, the election process in this country will remain in turmoil. Racism, called by many names, is the culprit, and it must be ignored, shunned, dissuaded, abolished on every level of governing, on every level of 'living'.

The next time you see a black woman using food stamps at Walmart, or a drunk Native American, or a Mexican walking along a highway, before you judge - as we have all been so conditioned to do - take a moment to realize that that person is your EQUAL, your counterpart, your reflection.

Christ said that how we treat the least among us is how we can expect to be treated as our heavenly reward. He also said to love one another as we love ourselves. He didn't say there were exceptions or categories in which to love, he said simply to love. DO your part to abolish racism. The next time one of your friends or family members uses the N word, or refers to a person of another race as being less than he or she is, kindly remind them that they are merely a reflection. Help and love others, lest you be left with only your racist thoughts in a cloud of dust. People can change, and if racist, by all means they should. This is 2012. There is no place in our world for bigotry and hate.

People worry about what evil will be the downfall of our nation, but that's an easy question to answer. It won't be an attack by Iran, it won't be the collapse of the economy, it won't matter who sits in the White House. Ultimately what will do us in as a nation is the notion that we can live hate-filled, spiteful, lives secluded from compromise and compassion. We are either part of the solution or part of the problem. We cannot be both.


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