I'm Not Racist': Defining Racism as US Witnesses Continued Violence

As defined by Britannia.com “Racialism is the action, practice or belief that reflects the worldview. The ideology that humans may be divide into separate and exclusive biological entities called, races, that there is a causal link between inherited physical traits and traits of personality, intellect, morality and other cultural and behavioral features; and that some races are innately superior to others’

Racism, our social cancer is still among us, and maybe worse than before. Just from the observation of the latest occurrence that sent George Floyd to the grave even before his time, from a scenario of racial discrimination. I concur with the stand that black lives matter. It is high time that our brothers and sisters are allowed to lead normal lives as Americans. The funny bit of it all is that, though our skin color is different we all have the same blood flowing in our veins. Since everyone whether one is American, African, or Asian just but to name a few, one will only have either of the four blood groups; A, B, AB, or O. Racism can be rightly compared to Tribalism. Since one may find countries fighting over ethnic boundaries. When one is asked the best way to stop tribalism. He or she may say that the best way is to have only one tribe which is highly impossible. So the best way is us as mankind to change our attitude. We are mostly concerned with the surface structure rather than the deeper surface. The hardest part of the human mind is to change our attitude which is possible. As Muhammad Yunus wrote “My greatest challenge has been to change the mindset of people. Mindsets play strange tricks on us. We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see’ It only takes one person to bring a change.

Most of us can vividly recall the occurrence in the year 2016. Colin Kaepernick, during the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, did not stand during the national anthem during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on August 26.

A timeline of events since Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest

Brave men who stand up against racialism.

Afterward, he stood firm to his decision not to stand for the anthem. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed,” he said. By the virtue of him, behaving in that manner depicted that the lyrics of the national U.S. Anthem may have a pint of racism. As the third stanza says

No refuge could save the hireling &slave/

From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave :/

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave/

O’er the land of the free &the home of the brave.

Though one cannot fully say that the whole anthem is criticizing a certain race.Since when Francis Scott Key wrote the anthem, he was inspired by the sight of those broad stripes and bright stars. The stars and stripes, which was the American flag, was raised by the soldiers at Baltimore’s to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the war of 1812.that was on September 14, 1814. Though it was made a national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931, and signed by President Herbert Hoover.

That aside the tragic death of George Floyd brings back many memories. It reminds us of the way black people were slaves in the past. It reminds us of the white privilege. The photo itself shows that that man had no mercy and was even caught on camera smiling.

Brother of George Floyd: 'I just want justice' | News | Al Jazeera
the injustified killing of George Floyd

It shows how inhumane the cop was. How can one kneel on someone’s neck continuously for 7 minutes?What crime had he committed to be treated that way? Where is the brotherhood of that man? Ideally, we must shape up and it starts with you and me. Not tomorrow but today. We are not in the olden days when one race is superior to another. Ideally, we should come together and build each other up. It all starts with I can and one-day racialism will be a thing of the past. Future generations won’t live in fear due to one reason or another. The neglected and oppressed black people won’t die of hunger day.

Black lives matter.

By Joy Kirima.

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