Can xenophobic language used by politicians and media help race relations overall pt. 3 My own personal touch

Posted: September 4, 2013 in Capitalism, Politics, Racism
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So far I have been talking about politicians making racist statements and the ploy to use this rhetoric to spark a tone of separation among the races. They will in turn use the peoples pre-conceived notions about that particular race and fear to spark support for their campaigns. Fear has always been and will always be, the biggest asset to those seeking political power and financial gain. Fear is one commonality that has been used to enslave different races and nationalities all over this world. One thing I have encountered during my lifetime are ignorant statements about my own race to me. One time I was riding the  bus in high school. The school I was attending was mostly white with about, no more than six black people and a handful of other minorities. During the ride on the school bus a girl asked me if she could touch my hair. I didn’t mind. I was more puzzled why she asked. Once she ran her fingers through my hair she noticed that my hair was greasy. It was the hair grease I was using. I applied a little too much that day. She then asked me  “Do you use the same grease for your hair as you do for cooking fried food?” I remember being more embarrassed that I had to answer this stupid question, being  than angry about it. Another incident I‘ll never forget is when I was asked, have I ever been in  drive by shooting. This was asked by my roommate in college in my freshman year. That one I laughed at and told him “Don’t believe what you see on MTV or the news”. I know the media plays a role in spreading confusion and fear….. What???  You don’t believe it. I’ll give you a small example. Say you’re watching the news looking for the weather for the day and you haven’t gotten dressed for the day yet, because you wanna know how to dress accordingly. The weatherman/woman tells you there’s a 90% chance of thundershowers throughout the day with rain and lightning and then it dips into the low 60’s in the evening. Woow!!!! sounds like a bad day doesn’t it? I better cover up you might say. So you bring out your best rain coat,  long sleeve shirt, maybe some jeans, khakis and a hat. Even a sweatshirt, because when you get off of work its supposed to be cold…..Right??? Well you go to work. You go throughout your day and notice not one drop of rain has come down. Matter of fact ,the sun has peeked out a couple times during the day. When you get out of work instead of getting cooler like you thought it would be the temperature only dropped slightly. I know the weatherman/woman isn’t always right ,but how could they be wrong about their entire prediction? Its not a coincidence this happened. The real point I’m making is the media used your fear of getting rained on so you would over prepare and possibly even go to the store and purchase items like an umbrella, a jacket, scarf etc.  Don’t believe me again? go to any grocery store after a emergency weather bulletin was released and see how it looks. It’s the fear. As a society we pretty much plan our day around what the weather is forecasted to be, so what power and influence does the news have ober us?….. Moving on I made my point by directing it to the masses, but lets apply this same logic to race. Think about it how many positive images we see of each race throughout the day? For me not too many that I see. Races are marginalized, displayed as separate and unequal images that become more like figurines on  our mantle to look at, either in disgust like a hideous antique, or like a prized trophy we remember winning from a glorious memory . If they’re black it’s usually a criminal or someone fighting on tv, If they’re Italian its usually a mafia boss or a pizza shop owner, If they’re Jewish its usually a Rabbi or a lawyer, If they’re Muslim its usually has to due with some terrorists act. As a person who has exposure with another race they gain insight into their culture, heritage, beliefs and history. One thing ignorance, bigotry, racism does is keep people in the dark. I read an article in MSNBC that 40% of white people who say they have a “black friend” really don’t and say so they do to not appear racist or ignorant. I can sincerely say I have met some of the kindest, warm-hearted, professional, intelligent people of all walks of life. I ate their food, partied in their homes, slept in their beds and haven’t once felt like an outsider. I was made to feel at home just like any other guest. Seeing that and knowing those people exist humbles me. It gives me a foundation of thought that all people, no matter what race embodies the spirit of what this nation is supposed to live up to. Another point I wanted to make is that when you personally know someone of a different race, nationality, gender, and background. You can then make a more informed and educated decision about that person, also you can be more dismissive of the stereotypes, racists comments that are used to generalize and box them into one group.

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