*note there is a slightly disturbing image of Emmett Till here, but it's to show just how bad it can get*Okay, so this might be a bit of a stretch to talk about this here, but the blog is about inner beauty, and people who are racist or prejudice are certainly not beautiful.
I was just watching the news today when I saw the story about a white supremacist, James von Brunn, went into the Holocaust Museum in DC (THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM!!) and opened fire, killing a security guard there. Ironically enough, that night a play about two famous faces of the consequences of racism, Emmett Till and Anne Frank, was supposed be performed. Here's the story here.
If there is one characteristic I truly and deeply hate about the human race, it is that prejudice can exist, especially racism. I do not understand the need to dislike someone based purely on things they are born with! Why? Especially white supremacy. I really detest that the most. It is ethnocentrism at its prime. Groups like the KKK, Black Panthers, etc should not be allowed to exist. I know this is America, land of the free, and everyone's speech is protected by our First Amendment, but really, these kinds of acts are truly despicable.
So please, the next time we look at someone, let's try to not judge them based solely on their clothes, their skin color, the shape of their eyes or the texture of their hair. Let us consider who they are as a human being, their emotions, their quirks, their personalities, their attitudes. Sure maybe they really are snotty jerks who deserve a good slap, but its better to learn that through conversation than one glimpse. Race should never play a role in our views of other people. Everyone has their pros and cons regardless. Yes there are the stereotypical gangsta blacks, genius Asians, valley girl whites, etc, etc, etc. But everyone is unique, and racism is probably THE ugliest trait a person could have.
** Side Note: I'm figuring everyone knows about Anne Frank, but Emmett Till was a 14 year old black boy who was brutally murdered by a number of white adults for "whistling" in their convenience store.... Those murders were never properly convicted.