The World I Know

Posted: November 29, 2012 in Life, movies, Religion
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Last night I saw the movie Lincoln, which is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a loooong time. I learned quite a few things from that movie that I probably learned in a history class at some point, but have since forgotten. The thing that stuck with me though was that President Lincoln postponed peace talks with the South until the 13th amendment passed. You know, the amendment that abolished slavery.

Obviously, that enraged some people—especially most Southerners. But President Lincoln believed that all men really were created equal and he feared that if the war ended before the amendment passed, it might never pass. Did he have an agenda? Well sure—most politicians do, but dare I say his heart was in the right place?

Here’s the thing. Slavery may be abolished, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like we’ve come that far. For whatever reason, there are still people in this world who think that it’s okay to judge people by the color of their skin and it makes me sick.

There are people I know that will use the ‘n’ word, people who seem to think that the only reason we have crime is because of black people, people who think it’s wrong for a white person and a black person to be married.

To those people, I ask why? Why do you care? Now if you’ve had run-ins with a black person, I’m sure your perception is skewed—but even then, why are you judging ALL black people by that one incident? If you’re white I’m sure you’ve had a run-in with another white person and you don’t hate all of them.

So what’s the point? How can any of us find it in ourselves, call ourselves good people, if we’re judging people because their skin is darker than ours? It baffles me that some of the smartest men during the Civil War so innately believed that because of the color of their skin, black people were created less equal. Keep in mind these were God-fearing men—men who truly believed that God himself had created these people unequal. Perhaps they’d skipped over the book of James, specifically the part in Chapter 4 where it says, “Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?” Talk about ignorance.

Everybody stereotypes, so I get that. But there comes a time where a line gets crossed. And when a person hates another person simply because they don’t look the same—that line has been crossed. It makes me ashamed sometimes to think that I have Caucasian counterparts all over the world who still think slavery should never have been abolished, who still think that they’re entitled to more than their black counterparts, who still think segregation should be in place.

Those people are part of what’s wrong with today. We live in a world full of hate and in my mind, racism is the worst kind of hate. It’s the kind of hate that makes people mean and often times it’s uncalled for hate. It’s hate directed towards someone whose only reason for being hated is something that was beyond their control. It’s that kind of hate that makes me want to grab people and shake them. It’s that kind of hate that should be pointed to when we get asked where it all went wrong.

  1. Cat says:

    I totally agree with you Steph, another point; how about the people who judge gay people? That’s even crazier to me because it’s all about who they love and care about, not their skin or ethnic background! I think the attitude we had and some still have towards the African American raise is the same attitude people are showing towards gay people and it’s really sad. I thought our species had intellectually evolved? Obviously not.

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