Racism, to me, feels like an extension of a larger issue, discrimination. i am not smart enough to speak expertly, only as a novice. A novice with 60+ years of observation experience.
Discrimination, in my opinion and from my six decades of experience, is rooted in strongly held stereotypes.
Ironically, stereotypes are nondiscriminatory.
There are many “categories” ripe for creating stereotypes.
Age, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual preference, height, weight, hair color, hair style, hair length, the car (or truck) you drive (or public transportation you use), job experience, socio-economics, clothes, marriage status, kids or no kids, zip code, political affiliation, accents, glasses or no glasses, education level, hobbies, active or inactive lifestyle, and a litany of endless other categories.
The older you get, stereotypically, the more you’ve seen, learned, and experienced. You learn there are now things that matter that you didn’t think mattered before. You learn there are things that don’t matter that you once thought were written in stone (for example, marriage is between a man and woman).
Here’s to a future that’s not only better than now, but much better than now.
A future with no negative stereotypes, no racism, no hate. A future filled with positive stereotypes, unconditional acceptance, never-ending love.
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