I often say that racism in America is dead. That, of course, is an oversimplification. It’s based on the experiences this platypus has had over a lifetime among people of all races and having those relationships be positive and warm. I say this about racism because I see a difference between the existence of racists and the existence of racism as a common practice. However, when I read stories like this one I question if I’m right or not.
In one respect the story proves just what I’m saying. In case you aren’t familiar with it and don’t want to click on the link below I will give you the short version. A black congregation church was burned and spray painted with “vote Trump”. The clear implication being that some hateful white bigoted Trump supporter was lashing out at black people because of his deep hatred for them. But the truth is that the crime was committed by a black man. Basically, actual racism is so rare now that it has to be faked.
While I’m pleased at that seeming confirmation of my wide eyed view it also presents a bit of a contradiction. It’s not that racism is dead it’s just that the racists aren’t who we are told they are. It takes a deep level of psychosis to burn your own community’s church just so you can suggest that there are racists out there while ignoring the fact that doing this makes you the racist. Assuming that all blacks are against Trump is racists as is assuming they should be or getting angry when they aren’t.
The below image is a good example as well. It’s meant to be a lesson about how we’re all the same on the inside. We’re all people after all. But notice it asks us to “pick the white one” rather than the African one, or the Mexican one. Why? Because the person who made the meme assumes that only whites are racist which is in and of itself racism by very definition.
Racism really could, really should, and really would die off if people would let it.
Your average person in the day to day workings of their lives doesn’t care what race another person is. They care more about cultural differences and less about skin color and in my experience people find those cultural differences interesting rather than disturbing.
Perhaps it’s naive but I think people want to love other people.
Racism remains because it has become a tool and people use tools.
Andrew McClinton, who is African-American, is charged with first-degree arson of a place of worship.