He’s my brother no matter black or white!

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!”



O yeah! A difficult thing these stereotypes! Therefore they are subdivided on the following signs:

  • national
  • racial
  • religious
  • political
  • age
  • sexual
  • social

I think that dear reader is rather informed on these facts and there is no need in detail explaining of them. I just want to show the most striking examples and to show ways of their overcoming.

  • National. I already set an example of what negative stereotypes are connected with Russians. To reveal the falsehood of this stereotype I will tell that from all my familiar Russians living in my hometown of Baku – there is no seriously drinking person! However my spouse who studied in Russia and saw awfully drunk Russian maids claims that my friends teetotal as they grew up in our country, but not in Russia! It means that her stereotypes about Russians already developed into prejudices and bias, and these are already symptoms of a disease!

Take a look on the nations who are in a state of conflicts! Can you change their enemy image created by their media or public opinion! Your miserable talks about the multiculturalism can emerge a sense of hatred and even attack of nationalists! But are they guilty alone?

In 30 -s of the XX century mad anti-Jewish propaganda of fascism led to the Holocaust.

Striking example of falsehood of national stereotypes is Oskar Schindler’s image, the German who in the years of the II world war saved hundreds of Jews. However, the remarkable movie of Spielberg speaks about it more eloquently, than my dry statistics.

Now is it clear to you that not only ourselves are guilty of the garbage which accumulated in our poor head, but also other factors, beginning from media and finishing false prejudices of our relatives and acquaintances?!




But before cleaning a garbage from the head let’s look for the pollution reason. It is easy to accuse  ourselves for the pollution reason.

What happened that we ceased to enjoy life as kids? Why we don’t manage to assimilate to kids and to smile weeping instantly having forgotten about everything?

The main fault to all is our generalization! This greatest, philosophical gift by a time turns into the load for mind in human relations!

It generates stereotypes in our consciousness.

But stereotypes have both a negative and positive side!

Benefit positive stereotypes that they don’t require the serious analysis. What occurs to you in case of the word Dubai? We will tell in advance that it is hot, eastern country and we shouldn’t take with ourselves warm clothes!

Now be careful! Negative stereotypes! What associations coming to your mind with the word Russians. 99% of my students answer: alcoholism, roughness, abuse on streets, a terrible frost! At the same time the great Russian culture and its representatives is forgotten. No one is saying in advance: Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Tchaikovsky!

Here’s a danger of the negative stereotypes and they’re giving  a rise to prejudices and bias! And they  are a direct way to infection of your consciousness and to the conflicts!