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Why I Think the Racism Problem May Never End(1)

Updated on September 5, 2015

My Childhood Story

When I was a child, there was this very horrible and degrading nickname my classmates gave me. So bad a name was it and so strong was my aversion for it. Interestingly my classmates loved that name. They loved it so much that they can’t call me by any other name. They called me by that name not because they felt the name was good but because they knew I felt the name was bad. The more I hated the name, the more they loved it. The more I sorrow, the more their rejoicing.

A child I was, I felt these offenders should be punished and since I couldn’t do that by myself, my best bet was to report them to my teachers. Once I hear that name from anyone, I block my two ears against their taunting pleas and rush to report them. ‘I will report you, I will report you’ I always said. Unfortunately more often than not, the teachers don’t punish them as expected. Soon enough, not only the name interested my classmates but the drama that accompanies my reporting them. These continued for a very long time. Along the line I found something very interesting and that changed everything. What you resist persist. How I discovered this I don’t know but somehow, I seem to outgrow my colleagues. When they call me by that name now, I ignore them. I pretend as if I didn’t hear them. Sometimes I turn to another friend to engage him in a pretentious talk just to give them a feeling that they don’t matter at all and that I don’t care about their stunts anymore. When I started doing this, amazing things started happening. Sometimes they will leave their seat to come and shout that name into my ears. They wanted me to flare up and act in some funny ways that will entertain them. Unfortunately this time they met with more disappointments than entertainment. The more they shouted the nickname, the more I ignored them. The more they wanted me to react, the more I show them they don’t just matter.

Guess what happened, that name began to die a natural death simply because I wasn’t reacting to it anymore. But wait, I haven’t even told you what that nickname was. "OPALA." It’s in my local language and it means someone with a tribal mark. The interesting thing is that I don’t have tribal marks. Not even a single stroke on my face. So what is their problem? Why should they insist on that name and why should I react so uncharitably. They were wrong to call me by what I’m not and I was wrong to react in any funny way. We were both wrong.

The World is not as matured as we thought

My opinion about racism is not any different. This world is not getting any more matured and we should treat it accordingly.It is obviously not as matured as we thought. It honestly doesn't deserve all the recognition we accord it. It's not worth all the sleepless nights and high blood pressure. Something is either true or false. If it’s true, there is no reason to fight and if it is false, there is no reason to fight either. Either way, we can all live together in peace, but in this kind of resistance and noise I hear of everyday, there can be no peace for the black race. MONKEY-NOPE, HUMAN, that’s what I am. You call me a monkey or any dehumanizing name, I ignore and shun you. You treat me as a friend, I give you a warm smile and perhaps a friendly shake if you don't mind.

After my childhood discovery, I became almost like a consultant in my class, teaching my friends how to deal with degrading and abusive names. Trust me on this one, this method worked and i'm quite sure it always will.

You want to fight racism, then IGNORE THE RACIST AND RACISM WILL DIE A NATURAL DEATH!

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 

      3 years ago from Orange County California

      They exist in mass here in the US

    • laidexsols profile imageAUTHOR

      Olaide Agbolade 

      3 years ago from Akure

      I must confess, I can't help but feel that my country is caged by politicians who won't stop until they have made their kill and divide the spoil. Unfortunately, they get support from the masses. The masses have eyes but rarely see beyond their nose.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 

      3 years ago from Orange County California

      I understand, and like your country, you have to separate the American government from its people. Unfortunately, the voters are so loyal to their political parties that they become useless pawns of the party, and when that part controls the government, there are many stupid actions that result.

      You might want to read my hub on why the US hasn't won a war.

      Unfortunately, what you want isn't compatible with human nature.

      The European Immigrants that came to America in the 19th century were treated worse than slaves. They had freedom, but they didn't have jobs, food, and other necessities, and there were millions of them. In the 1890s, 12,000 immigrants came to NYC each day. Only 1 in 50 was rejected, but this didn't give them a life, just an opportunity.

    • laidexsols profile imageAUTHOR

      Olaide Agbolade 

      3 years ago from Akure

      International politics is a complex thing but capitalism is even more complex. We inherited that from America. The world is condemning Russia and other communist countries. It's amazing that America is spending the money they don't have to impose a democratic system that isn't working on African countries. The ousting of Gaddaffi is a clear example of this malady. Libya today is worse of than it was under Gaddaffi. Why is America imposing a system that is not even working for her on others. Why is she wasting tax payers money on what is not suppose to be her problem. In my own opinion, America looks power drunk to me. She's doing everything to maintain its world power status and with Russia and China breathing down her neck, enforcing democracy on others remains her way of achieving cheap popularity. I don't want to live in a Russia or China controlled world, but having America parading itself as the alpha and omega isn't just going to cut it. What I want is a world with no super powers where every single nation has as much chance to succeed as the other, so we all can be proud of where we are coming from. That way, nobody will even be talking of racism, everyone will have a worthy identity.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 

      3 years ago from Orange County California

      So Nigeria is much like the Middle East where the few are super rich and the rest of the people are very poor. In light of that shouldn't the anger and distrust be to those fat cats rather than America?

      Nigeria was a British Colony much like America. So shouldn't Britain be responsible for the results there rather than America?

      In the United States, ninety percent of the wealth is held by less than ten percent of the people. That ten percent was the product of the US Congress and its creation of an Income Tax that only hurts the middle class while enriching the wealthy and adding more and more to the welfare roles.

      The US has become impotent against the super global monopolies that are too big to even monitor much less control.

      Since the 1970s, OPEC also controlled the oil for America, and because of that we lost our superiority in car making, and later in manufacturing.

      If anything, the US now competes against OPEC, and Russia for oil.

      I agree that the US as a government has done little to help Africa, but I personally know that private organizations do a lot of medical and other aid to the country. A cousin of my father in law was a heart surgeon, and every year he would go to various places in Africa and donate his services.

      Is that kind of help enough, no.

      But once again, the real bad guys are the super wealthy in countries that have a lot of poor people, and yet they have to rely on aid from the US.

      In the US, the blacks have a good presence in Sports, Entertainment, and Music, but they don't have a good presence in the middle class. Black slaves from Africa have been in the US for over 400 years, while European immigrants have been here for half that time.

      The European immigrants went through tough times, not a slaves per se, but they were at the poverty level, and went through the depression with no one to take care of them. In the 1800s, the Chinese were brought to the US as slaves, and they were treated like the black slaves except they worked on the railroad.

      Also, during WWII, the Japanese Americans were rounded up and put in camps. It took over fifty years before the US government acknowledged that they did wrong to these American Citizens. At the same time, the US Government did nothing to contain the German Americans.

      The sad fact is the Politics is not for the benefit of the people, but to control the people.

    • laidexsols profile imageAUTHOR

      Olaide Agbolade 

      3 years ago from Akure

      To be fair and honest, i think America is far more liberal in their dealings with blacks than most other countries of the world. In my opinion, Europe and Russia are far more racism inclined than America. This is however not enough to excuse the act. Africa and Nigeria have suffered greatly from the Neo-Colonisation syndrome. This is what our elders call mental imperialism. If America wants to be truly free, then let her set the black man free. We talk about African wealth and Nigerian oil in particular. We own the oil but US and Saudi Arabia controlled OPEC dictate to us how much we should sell our oil. Where does that work. Oil price is falling just because of American tussle with Russian Putin. As far as trade and commerce is concerned, America has done more than enough to underdevelop Africa. Forget the "aid". It's all politics.

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      Lai 

      3 years ago

      This is all a set up and it doesn't matter if America or Europe is taking the fall for this. Nigeria may very well be the Economic power house of Africa but its wealth are in the hands of a few cabals that has been holding us to ransom. It's no surprise that our brothers are running to Europe and America for greener pasture while we at home complain of brain drain. Africa from the very beginning was set up to be servants of servants. A continent subservient to the west. Buhari was in America a couple of week back, almost all our leaders have fat accounts and properties in America. Your country provides shelter for Africa's stolen wealth but nobody is complaining about that but when African American rights comes up, it's then you remember they are not American by blood. How fair is that.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 

      3 years ago from Orange County California

      In the US there are about 42 million blacks, and Nigeria has a population of 174 million people. I notice that Nigeria has the 20th wealthiest economy in the world.

      I also notice that its population is diverse by ethnicity, and divided by Religion.

      Nigeria had a Civil War about 100 years after the US Civil War. Then a couple of military coups.

      Nigerian law is based on British Common Law, and Tribal Law, and even Sharia Law for the northern states.

      I wonder how the Blacks in America compare to the blacks in Africa, and Nigeria specifically. Would the blacks in America want to migrate to Africa in general, or Nigeria in specific?

      Having a country split by religion is foreign to the US, and we have seen how devastating it has been for the Middle East.

      Bottom line is how are the blacks in America doing compared to the blacks in the rest of the world Today?

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 

      3 years ago from Orange County California

      I can only speak about America.

      If people want equality here then they should put American first.

      How can an African American be equal to a Mexican American.

      But changing the order to American of African Descent, and American of Mexican Descent is more equal.

      The government is the chief agitator for racism. It is their mandate that we classify our race, and ethnicity for their documents. And for that matter why is the sex of the person needed in these documents?

      There is a need for knowing the race, and gender of a person, but it is limited to its actual necessity. If a person commits a crime, then all of these attributes are needed to apprehend a suspect. Along with that would be physical attributes, and what clothes they were wearing.

      But to file your income tax, why should the government need that information.

      .

    • laidexsols profile imageAUTHOR

      Olaide Agbolade 

      3 years ago from Akure

      Propaganda is a lucrative business and everyone seems to be milking its cow. Old habits die hard and it's difficult to isolate the past from the present. The chips may well fall on racism today but to shy away from the obvious is hard. Racism is a global phenomenon with a more far reaching effect. This is not just about color. Races are involved here. Australia is a good example of this. There are recent incidences of black unarmed people been short by police sparking up serious hostility. To now draw the boundary between isolated cases that are blown out of proportion and inherent racially motivated bigotry is tough. The racism thing as a game may have some element of truths in it but the players of the music have taken it too far. Too many people in too many places are dancing to the music and that is where the problem is.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 

      3 years ago from Orange County California

      The racism in the 60s was internal and the culprits were many. Mostly the laws of the state governments that did make it equal protection. Along with racism , there was also bias against women, especially in the workplace. And that continues today.

      Then in the 70s, the outside world started to make a mark on our country starting with the fake oil crises. Two of them in the 70s, and that is when the country went into a decline. They lost their manufacturing and auto making superiority. The focus than shifted from Civil Rights to self preservation. Vietnam was peaking, and people concentrated on the war, and getting out of Vietnam. At the end of the war, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese flooded the country.

      The US had more pressing issues that affected everyone in the country. The economy would start to decline, and this would be repeated in 1990s, and 2008. Both of these busts were preceded by a Boom.

      In the 90s, the oppressed faction of the US was the LGBT. And because many of their members are in the media, and entertainment they flooded the film, and TV with stories that favored their lifestyle. It worked, but that spotlight was to beamed to allow any real activity on racism for the blacks.

      Now in this century, after seeing how to manipulate the country as seen from the success of the LGBT, we now see RACISM take center stage.

      As for president Obama, you need to read my hub on the worst five presidents.

      The democratic party cast aside the more experienced presidential candidate in 2008, Hillary Clinton. And Obama should have made her VP, but he didn't and that can be construed as an act of Racism, and Feminism.

      I don't care about the color of a US president, but I do care about what are the goals and more importantly the accomplishments of the president. President Obama has failed in both of those criteria.

    • laidexsols profile imageAUTHOR

      Olaide Agbolade 

      3 years ago from Akure

      I'm impressed you quite agree with me that there were racist situations in the 60s. I intend to write more on this in my next couple of hubs but your point leads me to ask you a couple of questions. If there was racism in the 60s, who were the culprits then, where are they now, when did they stop?

      You have been leveraging on the fact that Obama is a black president in your arguments but your position on his role in America tax situation does not look to me as if you see him as the right person for the office.

      What do you say to this.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 

      3 years ago from Orange County California

      That was the 60s, we didn't have a two term black president that won over a more experienced, and more well known Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton.

      What specifically are your racists today?

    • laidexsols profile imageAUTHOR

      Olaide Agbolade 

      3 years ago from Akure

      Racism thrives in the heart of people and its history is as long as the world itself. If there were no racism, I wouldn't have heard of Martin Luther King Jr and Dr Mrs Rosa Park. If racists do not exist, I suppose words like "Negro", "Denigrate" or even "apartheid" would not have existed either. The only problem is nobody comes out openly to pronounce himself a sworn racist but people like this are everywhere.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 

      3 years ago from Orange County California

      That doesn't answer my question, and who are the racists? And where are they?

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 

      3 years ago from Orange County California

      The US has a Black president that was elected twice.

      We don't have a Jewish, Asian, Mexican, or a woman president, or vice president.

      How racist.

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