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Beliefs and Values Regarding Prejudice (Part 2)
Our part in stopping Racism
Please read part one first: http://angelabrummer.hubpages.com/hub/stopping-racism
Jeff went off to play professional football and I entered college where I was presented with choosing a topic for a paper that would amount to one-third of my grade in the class. I decided to look further into why officers of the law would feel comfortable treating my friend with such little respect. Back then research was done on micro-film in the library. I compiled a note book of endless hate crimes and the growing number in white supremacist organizations. I was alarmed to find that only thirty minutes from were I lived was the main mailing address for the neo-Nazi skinhead organization. Up until this point I was under the influence that most decent people would be disgusted by a racist organization. Although my report was done years ago, the continued growth of organizations members has prevailed. Only recently an arrest was made in Florida where a compound surrounded by barbed wire contained troops being prepared for a racial war. The group planned to establish dominance by whites by killing Jews, immigrants and minorities. They also planned to manufacture a ricin that could be used in weapons in mass destruction.
After hearing how Jeff was treated so distrustfully, no doubt brought on by his color of skin, and what I unturned by writing my paper I decided that I would stand up to hatred. I would not listen to racist jokes no matter how innocent they seemed. Imagine if you were at a gathering and unknown to yourself one of the white supremacy members that I mentioned above was the one delivering the joke or even listening, wouldn’t your laughter just empower them thinking you also felt hatred for other races?
I went onto have children and again was rarely confronted with racism. I went out of my way to transferred them to a school that was a melting pot of many ethnic groups. I recall after the tragedy of “911”, my children, quite young then, kindergarten to the fourth grade, spoke to me telling me that they were concerned about how people might treat their classmates from Saudi Arabia.
It is not always easy to stand up for what you believe in. I was a very miserable nine months pregnant, and had just spent three hours in the hot sun being a volunteer on a field trip for one of my children. I pulled up to a Quick Shop in a brand new sports utility vehicle (my husbands new toy) to get a much needed cold drink. As I was walking in out walked a group of three young black men and jumped in a rusty old car that reminded me of the one I drove at their age and pulled away from the pumps. Just when I had thought I couldn’t be any hotter or miserable I could hear the clerk blurting out ear burning racial slander about the young black men while I walked towards the coolers. He continued his idiotic behavior as, I approached the register, I began to pray, “Please god help me have the words and conviction to say something regarding this horrific hatred?” I handed the man my soda and he continued raving, still I was at a lose for words and said nothing. Finally as I held out my gold card to pay, my hand displaying a $10,000 diamond, and my pregnant belly touching the counter, he turned to me and said, “Don’t you agree?” I don’t know where the words came from but I answered, “I don’t know? My husband is black.” His hands trembled uncontrollably as he handed my card back and I walked away thanking God for the perfect words.
God wil help you stand up for what is right!