I was 9 when I have begun to hate racism and racists. All this thanks to Harriet Beecher’s Stowe’s book Uncle Tom’s cabin … I cried reading how Simon Legree, the slave – owner was brutally beating the uncle Tom.
Then I cried, listening to great Martin Luther King’s speech: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they won’t be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
…I have a dream one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”
Then in my life great black have appeared: Jimmy Hendrix, Earth, Wind and Fire, Miles Davis, The Temptations. And on my eyes there were tears again! But it were not tears of pity, but admiration tears before the fantastic melody executed by these great people!
At my lectures on sociology I organized a poll: what do you think of representatives of other races? Any of students didn’t answer negatively. But further the loaded question followed: what if you have treated marriage of your brother or sister with representative of other race? This time those who didn’t consider themselves racists have answered negatively, justifying the negative answer with the fact that their relatives who have arranged marriage with the representative of other race can undergo discrimination from the public! The believing students – Muslims declared that it is not a problem if their relatives elect the brothers in faith. You see, in this case discrimination is displaced from a racial position on religious about which we will talk later.
When I was in the USA some people standing on a racist position proceeding from statistics declared that the most large number of crimes in their country is commited by representatives of black race. It is difficult to argue with it. Unfortunate the children from Harlem and Bronx grow in dysfunctional families of drunkards and addicts. My colleague from America in 2002 abused the government which could redirect the money ragged for the Afghan war for more significant social needs.
The main character of my novel The Soldier’s Fortune, the veteran of Afghani war Dan McCormick speaks with bitterness:
“You know how much is day of our troops staying abroad? Enter the Internet and read! But don’t fall from a chair! And it’s happening in a time when our public schools are overflowed by the students, and in the cities, the most part of the black Americans can’t get an appropriate education! Yeah…” he grinned bitterly. “The Vietnamese war, apparently, taught us nothing!”
So don’t hurry to judge people of other race again – relying on the silly generalizations! Daily you are facing a roughness of representatives of your race.
And if you are going to make it just remember those great names which cause our awe: Lois Armstrong, Confucius, Denzel Washington, Lao – Tzu, Ella Fitzgerald, Akutaqawa, Will Smith and Michael Jackson who was singing: “He’s my brother no matter black or white!”