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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Racist VS. Bigot - what's the difference anyway?

An interesting theory... per this article, only whites (in America) are racists while all others groups are bigots.
In the United States, the most powerful ethnic group is white people. I don’t think anyone seriously objects to this observation. As such, and I hate to inform my white friends of the fact, but only white people can truly be racist. Hispanics, African-Americans, Asian-Americans or other ethnic groups simply aren’t powerful enough to practice racism. 

Now, if it makes you feel better, ethnic minorities can be prejudiced, narrow-minded, hateful, intolerant, or all the other delightful traits that go into racism. But they can't actually be racist, because they lack the requisite power.

One thought I have here is that when I was growing up we used the word prejudice and bigot to describe someone who didn't like another person or group due to their color, race or any other physical factor. I don't recall ever hearing the words racist or racism. Perhaps it was due to where I lived or perhaps the words have  only become big in the recent years... or perhaps the media hounds on them to death. 

Here are the definitions found in at Dictionary.com. 

rac·ism

–noun
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

Origin:
1865–70; < F racisme.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.


Or...

rac·ism

  1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
  2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
rac'ist adj. & n. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition



Here is where the dictionary starts to get into white or black..
Cultural Dictionary -racism definition

The belief that some races are inherently superior (physically, intellectually, or culturally) to others and therefore have a right to dominate them. In the United States, racism, particularly by whites against blacks, has created profound racial tension and conflict in virtually all aspects of American society. Until the breakthroughs achieved by the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, white domination over blacks was institutionalized and supported in all branches and levels of government, by denying blacks their civil rights and opportunities to participate in political, economic, and social communities.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition

And then there's the word bigot... 

big·ot

–noun
a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.
Origin:
1590–1600; < MF (OF: derogatory name applied by the French to the Normans)
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010. 


Another definition... 

big·ot
  (bĭg'ət)   
n.  One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.

And then there's this...
Word History: Bigots may have more in common with God than one might think. Legend has it that Rollo, the first duke of Normandy, refused to kiss the foot of the French king Charles III, uttering the phrase bi got, his borrowing of the assumed Old English equivalent of our expression by God. Although this story is almost surely apocryphal, it is true that bigot was used by the French as a term of abuse for the Normans, but not in a religious sense. Later, however, the word, or very possibly a homonym, was used abusively in French for the Beguines, members of a Roman Catholic lay sisterhood. From the 15th century on Old French bigot meant "an excessively devoted or hypocritical person." Bigot is first recorded in English in 1598 with the sense "a superstitious hypocrite."

Notice how racism is mentioned alongside the United States while bigot is more of a French/English thing. Neither word has a particularly pleasant ring to it but I have always found that a bigot is one of the most hateful individuals who bases his reasons for such hatred on, what he perceives, as fact (unfounded opinion). A true racist is just an ignorant fool who doesn't know why he's better than someone else... he just is. 

I have felt prejudice in my life and it was brought on by a wrongful act of which I was a victim. It is something I have dealt with, confronted and banished from who I am today. I do not feel what I felt back then, some 30 years ago now, but I can tell you I felt I was justified in feeling what I felt. I did not consider myself to be a bigot or a racist... but I did feel a prejudice towards men of a certain group. No, I will not mention that group here because that's not going to help. What is necessary is stating that sometimes people feel the way they do for a reason and they need help getting passed the issue and letting themselves heal. 

If on the other hand a person is just an ignorant fool who dislikes others simply because he wants to dislike others, that person doesn't need healing... he needs a trip some remote island away from people. 

Individuals who hate for the sake of hating and pass that thought process and hatred to their offspring are some of the worst offenders of bigotry and racism. They keep hatred alive because they can't just be human and let others be human.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Guilt is the Freedom Killer

Don't let others kill your freedom by pushing your "guilt" hot button. Politicians scrounge around, they dig into your physic trying desperately to determine what makes you feel guilty. If you tend to feel a little uneasy around certain groups of people, that will be what makes you feel guilty. It could be religion, race, sexuality, body size, environment, disabilities, personal expression, nationality, income, employment, personal associations… it could be any number of different aspects of life that you feel differently about than others who hold an agenda to control you. 

Remember... it is their job to keep us divided and they know guilt is the freedom killer.
 
Currently it seems the biggest hot buttons in the general public of America happen to be race, the environment and sexuality. Those with agendas to control people find what they perceive to be the biggest weakness of individuals and they dig in, pecking at their brain until they confess what isn’t a sin but suddenly is made into a sin and… bang… the guilt floats to the surface and that person wants to make amends to something they never did. 

Remember... it is their job to keep us divided and they know guilt is the freedom killer.
 
An individual can be the most environmentally conscientious person and still be made to feel they aren’t doing enough if they happen to be on the “other side” of a political argument. If a person is completely oblivious to a person’s skin color in all circumstances, they will still be made out to be a racist if they do not agree with the “correct” people and if that person does not profess how horrible they are for not making amends for something they did not do. An individual can be made to look like the most uncaring of all humans if they don’t agree with another person’s sexuality even if they don’t voice how they feel or hold back the rights of those different then they are. If they don’t stand up for them in all circumstances then they are against them. 

Remember... it is their job to keep us divided and they know guilt is the freedom killer.  

You see, those who have political agendas will turn against anyone if they do not fall in line. If you are homosexual and not on their side politically, you are the enemy… but they will profess to be on the side of homosexuals. If you are black and not on their side, then you are an enemy and a traitor… but they will profess to want equal rights for all minorities and request that those NOT of that minority “pay the price” for those who are. You don't have to be white to feel guilty... if you are different than the group currently on the political pedestal, you are the potential enemy of that group. If you are the biggest Earth lover but do not believe in ALL their restrictions or requirements then you are the enemy and not really an Earth lover. 

Remember... it is their job to keep us divided and they know guilt is the freedom killer. 
 
It’s not enough that you are doing the little things that fall under their list of “what is right”, you must also profess it to the world, agree with ALL of their agendas and do more and more and more to prove your worthiness and dedication to them. Essentially, you must give up all of your freedoms in order to have whatever “earned” freedom they feel you should have… which is not really freedom but instead a leash you cannot remove. 

Remember... it is their job to keep us divided and they know guilt is the freedom killer. 
 
How many Americans truly understand the meaning of LOSING freedoms? Not many. I certainly don’t. I can’t imagine what it would be like to NOT be able to walk down the street at any hour because I just FEEL like going for a walk. Imagine not being able to purchase whatever and however much you want at the local grocery store. Imagine not being able to purchase your favorite meal because it’s been deemed environmentally harmful even if it isn’t. Imagine not being able to go to YOUR church any more, not being able to choose the job you want, not being able to leave your house after midnight, not being able to take a shower at noon because it uses too much water and power, imagine being required to pay money to another group of people because you are different than they are, required to let any government official into your home to search whenever they feel necessary, required to give the government a log of all electronics in your home. Imagine not being able to travel to another state because you’ve been placed on the “no travel” list because of your political connections or the fact you haven’t signed up with certain groups or organizations with control over your life. Imagine border patrols at every state... not to keep out illegal immigrants, but to keep you in.

Remember... it is their job to keep us divided and they know guilt is the freedom killer. 
 
You see, eventually it’s not a matter of what is right and wrong… it’s a matter of power and control. Does it really sound that farfetched? Does it sound unreasonable or like Science Fiction? Have we learned nothing from our Socialist and Communist examples? Have we not noticed that they eventually fail and collapse? 

The big questions is… how many decades do you want to go without your freedoms? Look into the future and see your children’s children and their children's children. At what generational point do you just write off the freedoms of your family?At what point do you just not give a damn? 

Don't let them make you feel guilty for things you have not done... don't let them kill your freedoms!

Political Gang Wars

Politicians are too strung out on the fact they can’t do anything else with their lives other than politics and that scares them. Because of that, they go out of their way to do anything and everything to keep their jobs… even if that means using smoke, mirrors and lies. Basically… being called a democrat or a republican is just wearing blue instead of red. It’s nothing more than gang wars.
May we each take the moment necessary out of this day and any day we feel the need to remember those who have gone before us in defense of our freedoms. Without them... we would not be "here"... we would be in chains. ~Bug~