Racism has to go

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What we like or dislike in others is a reflection of what others like or dislike about us.

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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What Do These Have In Common?

What do these have in common:

  • Bill Clinton
  • Prime Time TV
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Tabloids
  • Government
  • Newspapers
  • Internet sites
  • Social Media

The list goes on and on.  All of these have pushed society’s buttons on what is acceptable.

Sex, Racism, Prejudice, Greed, Corruption, Religion, Politics, Crudeness, Aggression, Violence.

All of these things or people have pushed the limits of acceptable boundaries.  But it’s Social Media that intrigues me the most.  Why?

  • Because of it’s power to change things
  • Because of it’s ease of use
  • Because of it’s reach
  • Because it’s use is growing exponentially

Except in the corporate landscape.  People who lead big corporations are usually older, and stereotypically, unaware (and maybe intimidated) of emerging social media trends and possibilities.

Where do you fall in this mix?  And, more importantly, what do you plan to do?