Taking a Stand Against Racism

Taking a Stand Against Racism (Motherhood Looms)

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I like to think that I’m a fairly tolerant person.  I know that my own parents did a lot to teach me to be more tolerant than they themselves were.  I think that taking a stand against racism is important whenever you see it.

In a rant community that I take part in, one of the rules is “People suck for what they do, not what they look like.”  I’m not down with the PC police out there, and I’m far from a “social justice warrior,” but taking a stand against racism, homophobia, and other forms of bigotry is something that I feel like I have to do in order to teach my own children that it’s not okay.

Someone on my Facebook group had an episode of horrendous service from a vendor back home.  She didn’t get her Valentine’s Day gift from her husband because the company just didn’t bother getting it to her.  I don’t blame her for being angry.  The resolution was far from satisfactory.  But when she used an ethnic slur to denigrate the company owner, that was when my empathy went away.

At the end of the day, it comes down to this: when we use any sort of slurs, we’re teaching our children that it’s okay to hate.  We’re teaching them that it’s okay have problems with people because of who they love or what they look like.  It’s not okay.  If you’re looking at it from a religious perspective (and since the person who used the slur says she’s Christian), it’s not okay.  Love thy neighbor, etc.  If you’re looking at it from a human perspective, it’s not okay.

Some people are jerks.  That’s fine.  Taking a stand against racism doesn’t mean that people get a free pass on being jerks because of their race.  It just means that they are jerks, regardless of their race.

Have you ever been in a position to take a stand?  How did you handle it?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. Great post – I’m so tired of people using disgusting language out of anger. Racial slurs are as low as you can get and it’s a shame when people grow accustomed to hearing them. We’re not as civilized of a society as we think we are, even though it’s 2013.

  2. Great post – I’m so tired of people using disgusting language out of anger. Racial slurs are as low as you can get and it’s a shame when people grow accustomed to hearing them. We’re not as civilized of a society as we think we are, even though it’s 2013.

  3. Great post! Living in Louisiana now I see a lot more racisim than I am used to. Things must improve!

  4. Great post! Living in Louisiana now I see a lot more racisim than I am used to. Things must improve!

  5. I think some people don’t understand what they’re saying when angry but that in no way excuses them. Great post and great reminder to be respectful of others.

  6. I think some people don’t understand what they’re saying when angry but that in no way excuses them. Great post and great reminder to be respectful of others.

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