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Full Definition of CULTURE
1: cultivation, tillage
2: the act of developing the intellectual and moral faculties especially by education
3: expert care and training
4 a : enlightenment and excellence of taste acquired by intellectual and aesthetic training
b : acquaintance with and taste in fine arts, humanities, and broad aspects of science as distinguished from vocational and technical skills
5 a : the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations
b : the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; also : the characteristic features of everyday existence (as diversions or a way of life) shared by people in a place or time
c : the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization
We need a common understanding and basic definition of racism for an educational dialogue about race relations in the United States.
~ a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.
Many are uncomfortable with discussing racism, though understanding the roots of racism is important for us to heal in the long run from its ill effects, especially in light of the recent #Charleston shooting that killed 9 innocent civilians.
Racism can be a form of mental illness and spiritual sickness. It needs to be recognized, treated and cured if possible. Racism will not go away by ignoring it as it hovers and dwells deep in the Amerikan #psyche as natural as breathing. In truth the racist suffers from low or no self-esteem and thus feels the insecure need to be superior over the targets of his racism.
We must not be the United States of Amnesia and forget the Black African Slave Trade and #genocide of indigenous native peoples in its history! Racism is as Amerikan as apple pie and vanilla ice cream. So before we nuke Iran and rekindle the Cold War with Russia we should look at our role in the world as ‘exceptional’ American people.
Despite my personal criticism of U.S official policies and @POTUS Obama I love the United States and its people. I was born in the U.S.A. Sometime I spell Amerika with a ‘k’ so we are reminded of the KKK mentality still in the minds of White racists.
A People’s History of the United States ~By Howard Zinn via @hiawdotorg
As humane beings and decent loving Americans we must have a conscious conscience and repel all remnants of racism in public or in the privacy of our own homes. None of us should condone racial slurs and epithets by our cowardly silence.
Racism warps and distorts our social and personal relations with each other. As a rule, a White man will usually be a racist. As a reaction, some Blacks will be racist or at least prejudice against White folks. Racism affect al of us directly or indirectly and can be passed on from one generation to the next. Who has been lynched the most? Who is the last to be hired and the first to be fired? Who will not go to bed with someone because of their perceived race?
Among non-Whites there can be a prejudice or prejudgment that a strange White person will be racist, though there may not be a belief in an innate superiority by non-Whites. If White people ever stop and think about it they can realize that there is no natural superiority of Whites over Blacks or non-Whites.
Inside the United States we are born and raised from childhood on in the toxic culture of racism. We are carefully taught with social cues and subtle suggestions from early childhood on about racism by our parents in term of who to befriend, who to play with and who to invite over . Who are our parents’ friends? We may even be told to stick to our own kind.
We cannot wait for this generation of racists to die out. We need to stress our common concerns and mutual interests now. We need to step out of our comfort zones from time to time, be open to integration in all realms and widen our circles of compassion. We need to break down the barriers of paranoid fear, the conditioned mistrust of strangers and know the marvelous beauty of diversity in life. Explore life among the living. Go through different cultural experiences. America is a kaleidoscope of many cultures and customs we should better appreciate and enjoy.
Human beings are one race of people ~ the family of humanity. We can choose our friends, but not our family. Now is the time for all of us to examine our minds and search our hearts to purge ourselves of the rampant poison of racism that threatens to tear Amerika apart. No sane human being wants a race war between Whites and non-Whites.
We want unity and harmony among all peoples. We are already an endangered species of life facing #extinction without our getting caught up in the potential chaos of a race war. We cannot afford any ‘race war’ skirmishes.
Summer is upon us. Rest assured it will be another long, hot Summer. Many of our inner cities where key official government buildings are located are ‘hot spots’ with angry poor citizens enduring in ghettos and barrios right by the nerve centers of Empire.
White racism is a major obstacle to the forging of a united progressive movement inside the United States for social justice. Remnants of racism still persist on at least the subconscious levels among many progressive circles.
Racism is not a monopoly of White folks nor is self-hatred. Many non-Whites can be racist or prejudice against others. A common term for Blacks among Mexicans is mayate, which is a dark beetle found on cotton in the south.
There is so much news that goes on that does not cross our computer screens. Corporate media clouds and distorts cases of urban unrest and independent media also has its share of gatekeepers who censor what is revealed to us.
Never underestimate the collective power and subtle influence of ordinary concerned citizens engaged in deep conversations about current events in local coffee shops. Go eavesdrop. Stay alert, stay alive!
As a whole, humankind is one hybrid race of people. There is no pure race. The whole concept of race is a man-made invention. Racist Spanish conquerors did not have moral compunctions about raping and killing Indians who were not even Indians from India. To the White racist killer killing a non-White person is not the same as killing a person with equal status as a White person.
We are one endangered species of life on a planet in peril under the tyranny of a global Empire. The old Roman formula of divide-and-rule is still used by Empire. When we as humans share the same basic DNA the very idea of distinct separate races is an illusion. We are one family of humanity.
This essay can only scratch the outer surface of racism as it is a complex issue related to other sensitive subjects, such as, classism, nationalism, sexism and other forms of evil negativism.
We must come together as one family of humanity. Come to understand and accept one another, seek to understand and forgive those who are infected by the lethal psycho-social disease of racism.
We need to become fully awakened and come together in unity to create a new humane culture for ourselves and for future generations in the hope of someday living in Peace on Earth together.
Venceremos Unidos! We Will Win United!
+Peter S. López via @Peta_de_Aztlan
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