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About Racism and Prejudice: And The Blind Shall See

Updated on October 13, 2012

LIFE’S LESSONS

For once, I have a life lesson I did not learn from my parents. You see, my parents were racist. I cannot sugarcoat it and I cannot duck the truth; they were, indeed, racist. I can understand it but I cannot condone it in any way, shape or form.

Because of World War II and what he had seen and experienced, my dad hated the Japanese, the Germans, the French and the Italians. Later, because of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, he would hate anyone who was “Oriental.” Do not try to attach logic to any of this, because hate does not have a foundation of logic; never has and never will.

My father also hated Blacks and Native Americans. I have no idea why, nor do I care. I am quite certain that his beliefs and his feelings were deep-rooted in some history that may or may not have been logical, but was most certainly real to him. Can we ever make sense of racism and prejudice, belief systems that seem to be passed down from one generation to another, like the genetic predisposition towards cancer or heart failure?

My mother was also racist, and I suspect most of her leanings were in support of my father, who most definitely ruled the household. She was quieter about it, but watching her actions, as all children are prone to do when with their parents, I observed the way she reacted when around someone of a different race, and there can be no doubt she was uncomfortable to the extreme. I clearly remember back in 2001, two years before my mother died. She was watching a Seattle Mariners game on tv with me, and Ichiro had just legged out an infield hit. She watched the action and then said, “I can’t stand that Nip.” It was such an incongruous statement, so out of context, as to seem surreal. When I called her on it, she was amazed that I thought she had done anything wrong. To her it was a perfectly normal and acceptable thing to say.

No, I did not learn this lesson from my parents. College allowed me to leave my sheltered childhood and stand among people of different races, and in that interaction I learned that we all laugh, we all cry, we all anger, and we all love.

So you see….I don’t care!

Do these kids care what color their playmate is?
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WHAT COLOR ARE YOU?

Well, truthfully, I don’t care! You may be black, you may be white, and yes, you may be yellow, brown, purple or orange. I simply don’t care! I do care, however, about what kind of person you are! I want to know if you are compassionate towards others. If you are, then march along beside me, because we are brothers, one and all.

You see, I am color-blind! I do not see the color you are, and silly me, I believe we all should be color-blind. If there is a divine presence, then that presence made us all; if there is not a divinity at work, then we are all in the same lifeboat anyway, and what happens to one happens to all. If you are willing to pick up the oars and do your share, then I am willing to go through life with you in peace and harmony. I believe that is as it should be, and nothing will change that belief.

Does it really make any difference which church you belong to?
Does it really make any difference which church you belong to? | Source

WHAT RELIGION ARE YOU?

I don’t care! I don’t care if you are Catholic, Baptist, Muslim, or Jew. I don’t care if you are atheist, agnostic, or a fire-breathing tent preacher. All I care about is whether you are willing to love your neighbor as you love yourself. All I care about is that you respect my beliefs as I respect yours.

Is it really important what I believe in regarding religion? In the reality in which we live, are there not more important issues than whether I believe in the power of Jesus or Muhammad? Here is an idea I’m just going to float out there: I’ll believe, you believe, and we will both spread the concept of love around the world. Surely the concept of love is a universal truth, is it not? How can someone argue with that and still be called a human being?

WHAT SEX ARE YOU?

Well guess what? I don’t care! I don’t care if you are man, woman, transsexual or gay. If God didn’t care then really, why should I? I do care, however, whether you show empathy toward your fellow travelers on this planet. I do care whether you are capable of lending a helping hand to those who are down, and I do care if you have a heart big enough to be a support to those in need. Show me those attributes and I’ll be in your corner every single time those who are filled with bigotry come a’callin’.

When are we going to learn? When will we come to the realization that the quality of a person is not measured by their sexual organs but rather by the size of their heart?

Let's find out about you!

Do you vote a candidate or a party ticket?

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WHAT POLITICAL PARTY DO YOU BELONG TO?

Yes, you guessed it, I don’t care! More so now than at any time in my life, I see people judged by the labels attached to them. Well, he’s a Republican, so he must not care about the American worker! Well, she is a Democrat, so she must hate capitalism! It’s all hogwash, and it’s about time we all grasp the concept that we are all in this together.

There are no political affiliations worth discussing when injustice occurs. Do not tell me what party you belong to when poverty is an issue, or the abused are screaming to be heard. Just tell me that you are willing to work for a solution and I’ll work right alongside of you.

Tea Party, Socialism, Radical Right and Radical Left…..stand up, sit down, fight, fight, fight, and for what? How can an ideology be more important than humanity? If you can answer that question to my satisfaction then please, give me a call, because I really want to know what makes you tick.

WHAT SOCIAL CLASS DO YOU BELONG TO?

You see, I simply don’t care! He’s rich, so he doesn’t care about the poor! Tell that to Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, who have walked their talk now for at least a decade, spending billions to eradicate poverty and hunger.

Well, she’s poor, so she hates the rich! I don’t believe that for a second. I have worked with the homeless and the poor; I have broken bread with them, and I can tell you that they are humble, grateful, and accepting of anyone who does not look down on them as being less than human.

Character is not measured by the size of your bank account; never has been and never will be. When we die we do not face a financial audit at the Pearly Gates, but we are called upon to demonstrate what kind of person we were while living.

Millionaire or poor…..I don’t care!

How about another poll?

Is there racism and/or prejudice in your extended family?

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SO WHAT DO I CARE ABOUT?

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
Mother Teresa

Yes, the smile is the beginning of love, and love is what I care about. Simplistic? I think not, and to deny that most basic of facts is to deny the one commonality that we all share.

The Beatles can say it as well as I can…..”I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.”

We are in this all together, folks! I’m not concerned with the Indian Race, or the Islamic Race, or the Irish, Brazilian, or Kenyan Races. All I am concerned about is the Human Race, and the sooner everyone gets on board with that philosophy the better.

In case you haven’t noticed, we have some trouble in River City! I compare it to a parasite, nibbling away at our humanness from the of the core of our being. We need to bring back decency! We need to bring back compassion! We need to resurrect some basic beliefs about “love they neighbor” and not only talk the talk but walk the walk, because the parasite is winning right now, and we hold the magic pill that can kill it.

Let me ask you this question, and give it some thought if you will. If you were drowning, would you care about the race or religion of the person who is throwing you a life jacket?

So, Mr. Racism, move on down the road because you are casting a shadow on my PIPO! Mrs. Prejudice, hit the road, Jack, and don’t you come back no more, because I have no time for your nonsense.

If you want to hang in my neighborhood, then repeat after me….I DON’T CARE!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      I don't care that you don't care - lolol! You represent love, compassion and a big, kind heart - something I DO care about. :) Keep up your messages of kindness, BB. I'm honored to know you.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      WTG Bill! I also believe that compassion for others is much more impt than all those other things you mentioned here. We will never all agree on everything and I think that's okay. Different views make the world more interesting. Take care, Kelley

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Because of World War II and what he had seen and experienced, my dad hated the Japanese, the Germans, the French and the Italians." - Why did he not hate the Romanians too, we were on the Axis side? Nobody remembers us ... Haha!!! Not bad, we squeezed out of the picture here. I suppose that is why the South Park cartoon portrayed Romania as the armpit of the world - we're well hidden (lol).

      "WHAT RELIGION ARE YOU?

      I don’t care!" - This made me laugh. I thought about the Austin Powers' movie when I read the "I don't care", sentence: "Zip it." Haha!!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSS4dOe8Ul8

      "All I care about is whether you are willing to love all as you love yourself." - Great attitude, in my opinion!

      "All I care about is that you be as tolerant of my beliefs as I am of yours." - There is a linguistic argument here, which I heard not long ago and I sort of agree with.

      The word "tolerate" has a somewhat of a negative connotation. Tolerate, means that we put-up with something; almost as if we have to endure something. Therefore, to tolerate almost seems like a drag. The argument is that perhaps we should try to understand and accept, as supposed to trying to tolerate otherness.

      "When are we going to learn?" - Some are probably learning as we speak, from reading this article - and all thanks to You! : )

      "All I am concerned about is the Human Race, and the sooner everyone gets on board with that philosophy the better."- I fully agree here. We are One people and One planet - why we are often fighting over scraps is beyond me ...

      Another great piece of writing. I shall share it.

      Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, thank you for the breakdown, and I mean that sincerely. I always love your comments....and in this case, you hit it right on the head with the "tolerate" mention...I am going to change that because you are absolutely correct. Thank you for that!

      As for Romanians....I'm guessing my dad didn't know the difference between a Romanian and a Frenchman. LOL

      Thank you my friend, and cheers to you as well!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kelley! I will never understand the hatred that is so prevalent in the world today....it seems people are just looking for a reason to be upset and mad. Sigh! Anyway, have a great weekend.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      Bill, unfortunately we live in a place where a handful of people have managed to make an above average living off of social issues like race and they keep fanning those fires because it means money to them to keep those conflicts alive. I know of what you speak in terms of your parents...I think most of us do. They were very much a product of the times and the past simply following the more commonplace ways of those times. Our generation is far better educated and we have come a long way in that regard but still see the race card played at the first opportunity someone has to create a divide among us. In years passed, our humanity was the common bond among us taking the lead role instead of the backseat. Today, we are divided in many, many, ways and those who purport to lead us continually look for ways to broaden divide....actions which cause me to remember Lincoln's reference to "a house divided against itself cannot stand". As younger generations come into adulthood, they do so with little fear of being manipulated for they believe that they are far too intelligent for such things....they could not be more naive. Our differences will always be platformed in ignorance and fear. If we cannot dispense with those two factors, progress will come painfully slow and we will suffer many setbacks along the journey. As you point out, all we can do is try and show others that we want to try. Every individual deserves to be judged on their own merits as a human being...nothing more, nothing less. The rest is up to us. Good hub! ~WB

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Cyndi, what a sweetheart you are! Thank you lil' Sis! Are you out cutting wood today?

      Have a great weekend whatever you are doing?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne, thank you for an excellent reference to Lincoln's phrase.....you are so right on with that one. We are so divided right now. I watch the political arguments, and I think back to thirty or forty years ago, when there was compromise on issues behind closed doors, and there were things accomplished. Now everyone wants to get in front of a microphone and blame everyone else. And your statement about the youth....yes indeed, they are naive...because they have not seen what true manipulations looks like.

      Great comment my friend! Thank you!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill, I remember my father making comments about blacks when they'd appear on TV, as my small town growing up was 100% white. I'd battle him and he'd reply, "Just wait until you go in the military and have to live with them." Well, I did, and enjoyed people of all nationalities and color. Yes, my friend, people are people regardless of their outer coat of paint. It's what's inside that counts now, and has always been that way. Some were just too blind due to environmental conditioning to recognize it. Luckily, I was always a rebel and usually went the opposite direction of my father. Great Read!

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      I love your Hubs. They renew my faith in humanity. I agree it seem like so many people these days are looking for the the differences to divide us instead of looking for the things that make us the same and those way outnumber the other.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Justsilvie, thank you so much! I'm just trying to stir the pot a little and see if anyone gets anything out of it.....I'm not happy with the state of our country today, and I'm going to do what I can to get people thinking. I appreciate you taking the time to visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, I was a rebel too, and once I got to college all hell broke loose. My dad and I were never as close once i started on my own in college, because I just wouldn't agree with him any longer. I think, in a way, he was proud that I was standing up for what I believed in, but he would never admit it.

      Thanks buddy!

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      hecate-horus 4 years ago from Rowland Woods

      I don't care either. It's the person inside that counts. No one should get discrimated (or conversely, get special treatment) because of race, color, creed, religion, or sexual orientation. Good hub.

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      cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

      Its nice that you didn't take that part from your parents. Learning from our parents mistakes, no matter how good of people they are, is what makes us great people.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you hecate, and I obviously agree with your comment. Have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cfin, thank you! I actually had great parents, but they were, in their own way, racist. Nothing was going to change that, but I didn't have to live like that.

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      cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

      I just wrote a hub about my feelings on the topic too. You might find it interesting. I totally understand where you are coming from. Its ignorance (in the literal meaning of the word) on everyone's part, because I am sure they were treated the same when he was abroad, and it just made him feel worse. Americans are also the subject of many stereotypes. Lets hope that as the world gets smaller, we will all learn to live as one.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi billybuc - I am having a lot of trouble this morning with my computer, as the comments keep disappering so I am having to retype them. Anyway, you probably already know what I believe, and that is "love ALL others." When we do not love, we do not know God, and as a Christian, I am called to love. It is very difficult to love ALL, but we must. I don't want to sound like a broken record or anything, but if each and every one of us on this planet truly knew how to love others, this would be a much nicer place to be. That may sound naive to others, but it is what it is. I am thankful that my parents were never racists, and my mother made a point of not saying certain words, especially. However, I have experienced some of the in-laws who are, but I really do not want to judge them, as they have their own experiences why they believe such. When I do hear something being said, I always make a point, in a gentle kind manner as possible, to point out what needs to be said, or at least I try. But we are not God, and we have no control over the actions, words or thoughts of others. We all just have to make our own choice in this life. Great hub. Voted Way Up In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I think we spent less time caring about the outside and more about the inside, the problems in our society would not be as troublesome as they are. It is hard but very possible. Just because someone identifies as a certain race, social class, or whatever doesn't mean that defines the entirety of who they are. And I think this hub says it very nicely, well-done!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I have to agree with Alecia here. If the world cared more about what is on the inside, there would be fewer problems! The most important quality a person must have the capacity to love his fellow beings (notice I didn't just say man). Thanks for sharing, and I share too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cfin, it is ignorance, and the byproduct of ignorance is fear, and I, too, hope the world gets smaller and we all learn that we need one another. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I do not think you are naive; if you are then I am too! :) I'm going to keep sounding like a broken record, but if we don't start looking for similarities rather than hating differences, we are in for serious trouble in this world. I still have faith.....I'll always have faith.

      Thank you my dear; I appreciate you hanging in there despite the computer problems.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alecia, these problems are as old as mankind; I personally am getting tired of dealing with it. It is all nonsense, and it is tiring at best and dangerous at worst.

      Thank you my friend; have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No doubt about it, Michelle! I'm not sure what it will take for people to wake up on this issue, but I hope they do soon. Thank you!

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      I have a framed print in my home of a man, bear, mountain goat, mountain sheep, and moose in a raft shooting the rapids of a raging river. Everyone's body language is startled, a bit panicked even, but the message is clear: "We are all in the same boat." I look at all of humanity__and nature__in need of unity and harmony, or our boat will sink to the depths of never to return.

      I was blessed with Southern bred and born parents who lived amongst racist relatives all of their lives. To this day I scratch my head in puzzlement as to how they did not end up racists themselves. But they did not. Were they more evolved because of their intelligence? Or did God just give them bigger hearts? I do not know. But I am so grateful that Mom and Dad, by example, brought me and my two sisters up to be open minded and open hearted. And because of that our lives are enriched with people from every corner of the globe, and I have never been afraid to call out the "haters" when they display their ugliness.

      Thank you, once again, William, for scoring on the side of humanity with a heartfelt, well articulated hub. I love the rhythm of this hub, too! It has a wonderful cadence that builds to "I don't care!" Blessings to you, dear man.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dancing! May I ask for your first name?

      I don't have the answer why some can rise above these issues and why other cannot....or will not. I have pondered this matter for decades and still do not have the answer. All I can do it keep talking about it and hopefully cause awareness in others through my words.

      I get so frustrated with my fellow man/woman....can we just wake up as a civilization before it is too late? I love the print you mentioned....there is actually a movie coming out about a man and a tiger in the same lift raft....and it delivers the same message quite powerfully.

      Anyway, thank you my friend; you are a compassionate human being and I'm proud to know you.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Saturday for me is hectic as usual, but finally made it here and so glad I did my friend. And to quote you, "I don't care!" Yes, I very much agree with you on this issue at hand and was raised by my mother to look at the kid of person someone is and not their color or anything else for that matter. I credit my mom with so much including being able to know that you indeed quoted The Beatles, even before seeing that you said it was. Thank god for her, because she is the reason I am who I am. That said, yet again after reading another of your articles I am left understanding why we have become friends, because we do have such similar ways of thinking. Have of course voted, shared and tweeted too :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, after reading your blog, I understand about Saturdays being hectic for you. :) Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment. Thank God for college for this boy....but then even before college, I did not buy into my parents' way of thinking. There was something in me that would not accept their view of other races. Hard to figure, but I'm thankful I see clearly on this matter. And yes, it is easy to understand why you and I are friends. :) I am very grateful that we are.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill...Congratulations for stopping the cycle, dead in it's tracks. Now, with your more accepting and compassionate attitude.....the racism and bigotry fades away.

      Our parents taught us much, I agree. However, they were/are, also not perfect, as much as may like to believe. I too, had to break a cycle or two and while it was not this particular one.....they were just as equally deserving of being stopped.

      The circle may go on within our families, from one generation to the next...but when a few spokes are removed, strange as it may seem.....in this case......the circle becomes bigger and stronger!!

      Awesome, as always bill....UP+++

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I so totally agree with this hub Bill. I like it because it's the character of the person that really counts, not race, age, sex, creed, etc... And in my Christianity Christ died for EVERYONE and God shows no favoritism. That's right He is "no respecter of persons". So IMHO that's how we Christians ought to believe and act. Also, isn't it in the Constitution that everyone is created equally(???) But I guess every generation has its share of haters.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Efficient, sadly, every generation does have its haters. I had the opportunity a few months back to go see the rally for the Westboro Church, which sent its supporters to Olympia in protest of gay legislation....and I was wondering how so much hate could come from a Christian Church. I'm still wondering!

      Thank you for an intelligent and rational comment. Have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Paula, how is your weekend? Fall is in the air here, and I love it.

      Yep, we can all break cycles, and it is so important to do it. I loved my parents deeply, but that doesn't mean I had to become them. I don't hate them for their prejudice, and to a certain extent I understand it....but I don't have to buy into it one iota!

      Thank you my friend!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy - By far my favorite among your outstanding creations!

      I will say how I can relate to your Dad's prejudice. My Dad, at one time felt the same way about "Orientals". However, it seemed to have a reverse effect on us kids. We winced whenever "Oriental" was said. Finally, at dinner one night my Dad (who was a kind man) asked "Why are you wincing?" To which I replied "Because the nationality of the person has nothing to do with this conversation and neither does rugs and lamps." He looked at me confused and aked "What do you mean, I wasn't talking about rugs and lamps." I said "Yes you were, you said Oriental and that refers to a rug or lamp". He grinned and never said it again. As I got older I realized what my brave Father had seen and gone through during WWII . Although I still winced, I also felt sad for what he witnessed.

      My sister couldn't have children and the happiest day of her life was when she adopted a 6 month old baby boy from Korea. I can still see my Dad's proud face as she approached him and laid that beautiful baby in his arms. As I write this my heart grows remembering the words my Dad said. "How could I have ever felt that way." That beautiful baby was the light of my Father's eye until the day Dad passed.

      Sorry to make this all about me but it was a fantastic article that I could identify with so strongly.

      I love you Billy. Mainly because you keep spreading goodness, compassion and unending support. It is a far wiser man who recognizes his fault and learns from them.

      Words can never express how grateful I am for having you as my friend.

      Give Bev a kiss from me, OK? XXXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOO (Some of these hugs and kisses are for Bev!)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awwww, Beckie, now you've gone and done it...you have me crying! Damn it girl, could you just not bring out my emotions? :) You are a doll.....and I think you know I love you too. I care about you....for whatever reason, a connection was made early on, and I'm afraid you are stuck with me. :)

      Great story and I'm glad you shared it; I know I would have loved your dad, and bravo to him for understanding what you were trying to teach him.

      I appreciate you greatly; sending hugs and kisses right back atcha!

      bill

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      joytruthlove 4 years ago

      you are so right.... all the major religions come from God so to love one is to love them all...for they are one and the same. as far as politics instead of looking at names...I think we should combine the best principles of both parties and just do away with titles like republican and democrat.... great hub

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      Sam Graham 4 years ago from Australia

      Excellent hub. I have worked & lived in inner city amongst multi-racial community, quite often mysel being the miniority. What I have observed is that racism runs rife through most cultures and it doesn't matter what colour you are or where you come from. Much of it stems from ignorance. Most people are intrinsically good & don't realize their racist comments/actions, but hen pointed out they are willing to change. Thanks Biilybuc. I love mankind and think there's a place for us all.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Billy, I don't believe Westboro is a real church. Just saying.......

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love your suggestion about combining the two political parties. I don't think I have ever heard that before. Thank you for a great comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Samnashy, I love mankind too; we just have to figure out how to make it all work together. :) Simpler said than done, eh?

      Thank you!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I always wonder, when I see the vast, unyielding hatred in the world, so prevalent and in all its ugliness in HD display with the upcoming election, if, God forbid, there was a monumental disaster, be it natural or manmade, would hatred still exist? If we only had each other for survival, would skin color, religious choice, money or cultural differences bear any relevance? If any individual was starving, would it matter who handed the hungry food?

      It is difficult to believe that as far as humanity has come by way of technology, even going to the moon and exploring Mars, that this ignorance still lives. I believe, to some degree, intolerance to any difference will live on as long as man populates the earth. I also believe that our Creator is watching. As we are accountable for our choices here, we will be in Heaven, not for the bullshit many humans are fixated on, such as money and class, but for the most important matter, being how well we love each other here on earth. Very thought-provoking, well written, hard hitting hub, Bill. Thank you

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      A mixture of comfy cool, rainy, balmy, warmer and breezy, chilly evenings.......definite HELLO from Mr. Autumn. Beautiful...Love it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As do I, Paula, although we are having unseasonably mild weather right now....but that will change suddenly as it always does.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, I am reminded of the aftermath of Katrina, and all of the looting and inhumane actions that went on at that time.....I have very little faith in the goodness of mankind....don't get me wrong, there are some incredibly good people inhabiting this Earth. Unfortunately, there are an equal number of people who will prey on the weak and take advantage of any situation. I still have hope....always hope.

      Thank you my dear; your input is always appreciated.

      love from Oly

      bill

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      And..we all bleed red!

      Your mom's 'incongruous statement' - that she didn't even realize was horribly racist - reminds me of my cousin from LA when she was 3 years old and visiting her grandmother (who, btw, had a heart that was so bad she wasn't even supposed to stir her coffee..)..

      The adorable, pig-tailed little girl opened the freezer to find ice cream - and couldn't see it - and Folklore has it that she started swearing like a truck driver: Where's the mother f***ing, c***s***ing ice cream -

      almost causing her grandmother to draw her last breath! (lol)..

      All she was doing was imitating her gutter-talking nuclear-physicist father - who used that language casually while in LA traffic! LOL..

      I love that 'you don't care', Billy - and yet - you really couldn't care more!

      Don't think you're not making an impact on the world, Bill - you ARE!

      Funny that you and i wrote on the same topic today - tolerance! We seem to often be on the same page, eh?

      tweeting, voting, sharing, liking...and loving!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Ugh, I am so sick of hearing about race! And about identity politics of all kinds. I'm right on board with you - I really, truly do not care. I am lucky, though, my parents are not at all racist and raised me to not care about any labels a person might have but to treat them like a person. I am so thankful that my parents treated me like a person, not just a little girl. When I was in elementary school, we participated in a program that brought an Irish Catholic and a Protestant from Belfast to stay with a host family in America for the summer. I was confused about why these people wouldn't like eachother over something so simple as where they went to church.

      I am tired of being told I should care about this issue or that issue because of who I 'am.' I am one thing - a person. I don't need people telling me what they think I should do!

      Thanks for writing this hub - it's fantastic!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh my , Leslie, I'm amazed the old woman survived that visit. LOL

      Yes, I care more, probably, than I should, but the alternative is to turn my head and pretend it isn't happening, and that just doesn't work for me. :)

      Yep, my friend, I hang with the winners....we may not be saints but I'll take my chances if there is an afterlife.

      Thank you Leslie; I am proud to be your friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Natasha! You have great parents for sure. The upcoming election may have soured me forever on politics. I have just had it with the name calling and the derogatory tactics. As for the racism and bigotry so prevalent in society.....I just don't get it and I never will.

      Thank you, Natasha, and have a great weekend.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I would love to be a member of the "I Don't Care" club.

      Your decency and kindness exudes in your every word. This is beautiful, Bill. Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, you are now a member of the club! And thank you for the kind words and the hug!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I can honestly say that i knew no prejudice when growing up. My best friend was Jasmine who live just up the street from me. My mother and Jasmin's mother were the best of friends. She was my baby sitter when my mother had to work. I loved her and she loved me. I was about four years old. She would send me to the grocery store to pick up vegies that were delicious in a wonderful soup. Only the blind cannot see. I love this hub..

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I grew up in rural Pennsylvania and didn't meet anyone of any other color or ANY different race until I moved to SC at the age of 22. My idea of other races came from TV from shows like the Cosby show. I was green and naive when I moved to the South and I saw the most brutal racism from all racial groups directed at eachother. I lived in a very backwards town in the south and the day I left in 2011.. I couldn't get out of town because the KKK was marching on main street that day. It makes me sick! We are all human beings. There are great people and bad people of every race. After being immersed into this society working in social services, I learned that you have to get to know people as indiviuals because every human being is different. I am glad you wrote this very important hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I honestly loved writing this hub! When will the blind find their sight? Ever? I certainly hopes so, but I've seen this for quite a few decades now. I'm still hopeful, Ruby!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, I simply can't imagine what you have seen in the South! I have no concept, no basis to judge on.....I am surrounded today by minorities in a very liberal town, and still I see racism and prejudice in this city. It is beyond my comprehension how this can continue.....I thought the race riots and King's work in the 60's would change things, but it only put the racism in the closet and in the dark corners rather than out in the open. I am trying to remain hopeful....I really am.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I think the only way things will ever change is if people actually interact with eachother more than just a cordial level. When people of different races learn to know one another I think we see we aren't much different. I was the only caucasion working at the social program and people assumed I wasn't going to help them until they got to know me. With each positive interaction, we can change sterotypes, predjudices, and hate. If one person has a bad experience with a member of a different race, it shouldn't mean we should associate that with every member of that race, but that is usually what happens. You are doing a wonderful thing.

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I love the theme of personal responsibility defining the individual rather than surface level attributes found here, the idea of only what is on the inside and the choices one makes being important. You're words always strike home. If ever the ideals of true tolerance you call for and live by, not the mockery of such ideals we see in current society, becomes the norm, we truly will be able to fix the world. God bless!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Tammy, and what you say is accurate. When I started my reading program for underprivileged kids in the black section of Seattle back in 1968, I was looked at with skepticism and some hate tossed in for good measure....but slowly I won the trust of the black parents when they saw their kids reading better. Trust slowly developed and it was wonderful to see.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vix, maybe I'm a dreamer. What you say is true.....what I say is true....but man oh man, we have a long road to haul before meaningful change happens.

      Thank you my friend, for the eloquent and intelligent comment. Blessings to you as well! Tomorrow I'll be fighting for the military so stay tuned. :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. highlights: My mother was a real Nazi. When I went to High school "whites were a minority, we checked in after the Indians. There was a war daily between the Chinese and Blacks. If it got out I had a Chinese girlfriend I won't be typing this. The only reason my mom accepted my Phil-Am wife was the money I could generate. Of her 7 kids, I was the only one to complete high school.

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      Rodric Johnson 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      By this shall men know ye are my disciples if ye have love one to another. I aim to get to that point. I do care, but I am anxiously trying to learn not to care.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      I just wanted to add "Amen" after reading this hub, but I'll try to write more. Lol!

      I think many people from the older generation can't accept that people are different, look different and believe in different religions. It's probably becuas of WWII. I have friends with different backgrounds and I love it! Most of them live in Stockholm, Sweden. My friends here in Finland are more alike. :)

      You know I like you, Bill. Hugs from the east.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This was awesome and right on! That's really all I can say. Awesome! Too bad more people don't feel this way

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I have bookmarked this; it is superb! Like so many of your hubs, this is a must read for everyone. Your words are more than citizenship at its best; it is what humanity should be all about. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, where the heck did you go to high school? There are so few areas in the country where whites are a minority....I would love to hear more. Thank you for sharing; I was the only member of the family to go to college.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rodric, I understand.....no, I am not black.....but I understand nonetheless, because I am fed up with this nation and its hypocrisy! Maybe it's because I am older now and I have just seen too much. I don't know.....anyway, thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, yes, I know you like me, and I hope you understand how much I care for you......such a compassionate woman....blessings to you this Sunday my dear! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I will gladly settle for awesome.....:) Thank you my friend and yes, it is too bad!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, you said it perfectly....this is now about humanity, not citizenship. We need to come together as a global neighborhood. Thank you my friend!

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      Deborah Freed 4 years ago from Virginia Mountains

      I too came from a long line of racist family. Some are still that way and others have joined humankind. The older generations (70,80,90) lived in the era when hatred and prejudice toward blacks and then people of Asian decent was acceptable. I remember when my father tore my Jimi Hendrix poster off my door and burned it. I didn't care if he was black, he was the greatest guitarist in the world! As my parents aged so did their beliefs and they truly began to learn to love all people. They both became more open minded, more loving of all people and more giving. I have hope for all people and have been shocked and disappointed in some of the things people have said over the last four years regarding our President and was naive and thought we were past that. I guess not. Tolerance and understanding and accepting everyone and every living thing for it's inherent worth is what matters. I try to be an example. Thank you for this thought provoking hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rideinthesidecar, thank you for that great comment, and it was very interesting that your parents came around in their thinking. That makes me hopeful! This latest election is getting nasty again, and although I haven't heard a blatant racist remark I know it's right below the surface all the time.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      This is quality writitng on the hub. Thank you for this very important hub. Thank you also for being honest about your parents and their views. I applaud you for growing pass that and forming your own ideals.

      That is true courage.

      Voted up...definitely!!!!

      Laurinzo

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Laurinzo! I refuse to be defined by the actions and beliefs of others, and I would hope that sometime in the near future more will come to that realization and form their own rational decisions and beliefs.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Bill, another excellent article. I recently read a great book review Hub by James Watkins on race. He is an excellent hubber and I would think you would love the Hub "White Guilt."

      As you said, I don't care about those things and will support and love anyone equally until they prove themselves unworthy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Mark......Yes, I have read Watkins stuff before; I will check out the one you suggested. Thanks buddy!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Hey billy!! i don't care!!! I l,love your hub.. you are so awesome.. such a great writer and the way you care about everyone.. I feel the same way.. I DON'T CARE!!

      blessings to you

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      Debbie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blessings to you, Debbie, and I will gladly not care alongside of you. :) Thank you dear friend!

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      mejohnson 4 years ago

      Great great hub billybuc. I'm glad that was one lesson you didn't learn from your parents. And, count me in, I DON'T CARE!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mejohnson, you are now an official member of the "I Don't Care " Club! Congratulations! :) And thank you!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      "I don't care"

      I will always remember a colleague told us about how her daughter(six or seven at the time )wasn't nice to a black child in the class. She sat her daughter down with a brown egg and a white egg and told her to crack both eggs open to show her though the shells were different the eggs were the same inside just like people.

      Respecting others differences, having compassion and empathy will always have top priority in my book.

      Voted up and away

      Have a great week :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      What a hard hitting snub hub to those racists, my friend. Can a racist ever stop breathing the same air as the one he/she hates if they get locked in a lift,together? I bet even the hardcore racist will not be able to say yes to this!

      Awesome hub as ever Bill. Voting it up, interesting and awesome. Passing it on.

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      It seems that, in the U.S., being called a racist is one of the worst things that can happen and people spend much time denying the label. That energy would be better spent admitting the shortcoming and trying to improve relations with others. It's sad that your dad missed the opportunity to experience many wonderful people and their cultures. Voted up and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, I love the egg example....thank you for sharing that. You are now a member of the "I Don't Care" Club. Thank you and have a fantastic week.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! In the past couple of years we have seen quite a few from India come to the States and begin small businesses.....and I hate to say this, but I see prejudice against them as well. There is racism everywhere I am afraid, and it knows no national boundaries.

      Thank you for being a caring human being.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Your Cousins, I have never heard that point of view but I like it and agree with it. Thank you for adding that perspective. Much-appreciated.

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Loved this hub which was packed with so much universal truth and went straight to the core of the issue of prejudice. As you say, let us respect the beliefs of others, know our own beliefs, and then spread the concept of love, compassion and human kindness across the world.

      Yes, on the face of it that sounds simplistic but it is anything but simplistic in these truly troubled times.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

      Sending a Bouquet of Hub Hugs & Love,

      Gail

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, thank you so much for the bouquet of hugs and love; those mean a great deal to me, and I hope you know how sincere I am when I write that.

      I always feel better when I see the comments, because it reminds me of how many good people there are out there, and you are certainly one of them.

      Thank you my dear!

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you for this soothing, equality-reviving hub which has reiterated the importance of loving and respecting each other beyond all existing differences in lives. I agree that nature has been created comprising of multi levels and diversification. So, every race, gender, religion, social status, has roles and of equal importance. Salute and vote up this awesome work.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Agusfanani, thank you so much for those kind words.....we all can change this.....it will take love for all mankind, not just a select few.

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Right on, billybuc. Up, Useful, Interesting, Beautiful, Awesome, and shared.

      I think one of the most important spiritual laws is that it's not what you've got, it's what you do with it.

      This song expresses our common humanity on a shared planet:

      http://www.guntheranderson.com/v/data/blueboat.htm

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      B......I like that very much! So true! Thank you for sharing that song.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for an interesting read. Looking generally over the world, it's nice to know that this issue has diminished significantly and even laws are in place, not to encourage it.

      You're a ray of sunshine, Bill. Keep up the PIPO, I am. :-)

      Best Wishes, Elena.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady_E, I will indeed keep up the PIPO....it might have an edge to it occasionally, but I'm always trying to see the positives in life. Thank you!

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