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Someone crying race. Why would you.

Updated on July 24, 2013

Times were different back in the 50's.

Perhaps times were actually rougher and more dangerous than today.
Perhaps times were actually rougher and more dangerous than today. | Source

I am sure that I have been discriminated against because of my race.

There is no doubt that I have been discriminated against because of my age, my race and my sex. But as far as I can recall. I have never cried about it. Does crying out because of discrimination actually help the situation? Does complaining add positive influences into the mix?

I tell you it does not. It just aggravates the situation. Maybe we had to 40 years to 20 years ago. But it is now a political game. Come on!

If some one acts like a bigot we know that is what they are. That is on them. But if we complain and make a big stir about it that is on us.

You may think it is crazy for a white male 55 year old to talk about discrimination.

Well that is fine for folks who have not lived elsewhere than "normal" places. I imagine there are still many places where a white guy just cannot walk safely at 2 am in the morning. But I have. Oceanside Calfornia, gang country. When I worked there they figured a full quarter of all full gang members had served in some combat role with our military. The gangs were clearly defined by race.

I also lived in a couple of countries that discriminated pretty well. Southeast Asian, Central Mexico and if you know what I mean -- Paris, France, at least they used to consider Americans a lesser race. They still have laws restricting use of English, not promoting French but basically outlawing English.

And I have lived through affirmative action for both women and minorities. I was told when trying to get into grad school -- point blank, those openings are for minorities and women.

And recently I have been clearly excluded by my age. Hey I am only 55 but I look a tired 75 ;-)

Remember this hub is about how we act when faced with race issues.

I used to provoke people

I would say easily through my thirties I provoked people in a negative way. Antagonistic in style. No not all the time and I had/have many friends so it was not a serious problem so to speak. But it took it's toll on me. I had a novia who would call me Criticon.

I went and found serenity and gave up on it at all except where it is the sport of willing jousters. So I still have fun with it. And still follow biblical notions of stirring it up to provoke into thought.

But many people have that inside of them. Both nature and nurture developed. I mean many. And these folks love the hot topics of sex and violence and race. They just do. Oh yea and age also.

I hope by now you see where I am going.

I discriminated against some of my roses. I liked the heavy scented red the most.

Now they have cross pollinated so much that they all have deep smells and variety of color. Way Cool.
Now they have cross pollinated so much that they all have deep smells and variety of color. Way Cool. | Source

So we tell good up right people not to discriminate.

And we tell all people discriminated against to rise up and make a stand and fight and fight and fight and fight.


Well I am not buying it any more. It simply makes matters worse. All these people with nothing better to do than to accuse. To make matters worse. Hell's bells they riot and hurt others as a response. And they write nasty things and they become so self righteous about matters they only know/no from the press.

I these are people who work the same job in the same neighborhood during the same hours for 40 years.

I tell you this must change. We are whining and dining ourselves to death on a blame game that only feeds politicians and fear mongers.

If I have problem with a discriminator it is between me and her.

I do not want systems to control my behavior or theirs. And I pray and want for the power to effect and affect change by my no longer complaining.

I am one of those weirdos who get discriminated against for one final reason. I preach and I preach the Gospel of love only. That pisses off religious and scriptural Christians and atheists alike. I do my best not to whine about that.

Will you do your best not to whine about your perceived issues with discrimination and stop fueling the fire of hatred when you perceive someone else's.

Will you help me turn it around and instead of sowing the seeds that produce whine, start sowing the seeds that produce the fine wine of brother and sisterhood?

If you read this far--- sorry for my preaching. But vote or think about this:

Are you a whiner or a lover?

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh Cat, you bring me blessings. A fine day it is when you drop by and share some time with me. Now people you too can put a smile on your face just by going here: http://hubpages.com/@cantuhearmescream

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      Cat 

      5 years ago from New York

      Oh, sweet Eric... I'm not too late am I? lol... You don't need your behind paddled... you're a wonderful man with a wonderful heart and you only want to see the good in people and you want others to see it too! You speak up for justice and against injustice. Maybe you ought to be in charge of the paddle!

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hold me dear in your heart. For I need it today.

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      Credence2 

      5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Eric, I guess the band Credence Clearwater Revival had a little something to do with my 'handle'

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Love love and more love my Cat.

      You are love. So bust me down in back of the woodshed and paddle my behind!!

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      Cat 

      5 years ago from New York

      Oh, my intelligent Eric friend! :D I totally understand what you're saying... at least I think I do! I think we are all subject to some form of discrimination at some point in our lives, but I truly believe I do not discriminate myself. If I'm willing to accept and celebrate differences then why can't others accept it and celebrate? It's hard to show our love when people walk into a situation expecting hate... you know what I mean? I say, Please don't make up my mind for me!

      Cat

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Eddy, Dialogue and thoughtful reflection are what is needed. And you do it so well. (although you were a little heated on your scumdogs article ;-) Which folks should read here: https://hubpages.com/politics/Come-Sit-By-Me-A-Whi...

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Credence2, Are you related to CCR? ;-) I like your take on the BVD's as it seems it is now stylish to brandish these in public. My brother's motto is judge everyone harshly so it is fair. Sometimes it seems that half the folks just want to be angry. Instead of harmony.

      Thanks for dropping in a giving your thoughts so freely.

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Interesting Eric and voted up.

      Eddy.

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      Credence2 

      5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hi, Ericdierker, nice article, so who is looking for trouble?

      As human beings we all have biases whether we want to admit it or not. Civility requires that we control that tendency when harmony between people and society's cohesion requires that we be objective in evaluating one another. That takes effort, and it is worthwhile. You and I both are right to expect to be evaluated by others impartially, particularly when it counts. While I would comfortable lying around in the house in my BVD's, I need to be presentable when in public, showing that I respect myself and them.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you CriSP, I had not heard CanAsian before. Amerasian is used here for mixed race like my son. But in our Vietnamese culture they are very blunt and just say "boy has American father".probably residual from war time Vietnam. It is all cool.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Michele. There is that fine line between provoking thought and provoking anger. I think the folks here are doing a good job of that walk.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank Sparklea, It is not so easy to say and a lot harder to do.. But I believe we are doing better.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Truth be said, this subject is unlikely to end. Well, not anytime soon...but thank you for hubbing about it.

      The younger generations would tease me at work whenever I do the sign of the cross everytime we take off. I've been called CanAsian, Yellowbird and so on but I didn't whine. I laugh it off and showed them compassion in return for what do these narrow minded people know about me anyway...so, I simply shrug it off and do my job. I am that very patient. :)

      Here's to embracing diversity and lovin' it!

      Good read!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      MsDora, I do not think it in your make up to whine. Thank you for coming by and sharing with me.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Interesting observation, chinweike. Thank you.

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      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      You have written another very good hub. The kind that makes people think. Also, the comments are good because they help me think and ponder, instead of arguing.

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      Sparklea 

      5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Voted up, useful and interesting. You bring out excellent points and I hope this hub encourages many, many readers. I totally agree with your advice. I do not believe whining, shouting and turmoil do any good at all. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you always have a unique spin. This is good and I take your advice seriously: I will not whine. Thanks!

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      Chinweike 

      5 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      The truth is, no one can stop racism, but people can be made to pretend they are not racist. Nice hub.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      thank you buddy. I will be over tomorrow to catch up.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Truth that Bill. But we generally find that it is discussion that is a prerequisite to action, personal action.

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      Dil Vil 

      5 years ago from India

      Great hub, had a good read. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's an interesting subject, Eric, and one that could be discussed until hell freezes over, but nothing is solved by random discussion. Racism is as prevalent today as it was fifty years ago; it's just sneakier today. Has all the government regulation stopped it? Of course not. You can't legislate a person's heart or mind. The only regulation that will work is on an individual basis, one person at a time, finding the truth in the credo that all men were created equal.

      blessings my friend

      bill

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