“I’m not racist if what I believe is true” is total bullshit. People are racist if that’s all they believe. If you singularly judge a group of people based on stereotype, you are a bonafide bigot. You’re not actually seeing the person before you.
Just because it’s true, doesn’t mean it’s not bigoted. Racism and racist stereotypes are, of course, based on reality. Dangerous Black and Latino thugs who sell drugs and kill in the streets exist. But so do White thugs. And Asian thugs.
There are also smug entitled White people who protect their privilege from other groups. But so do entitled Black, Latino, Asian people. There are perverse gays having unprotected sex spreading AIDS and other diseases. As there are many careless selfish straight people who do the same. There are angry rednecks who hate minorities while waving the Confederate flag. But there are also plenty of Southerners who are proud of the Rebel flag more as a sign of rebellion against an overbearing federal system, that has very little to do with race.
There are Black people who swear they’re not racist, they’re just complaining about how racist White people are. Just like White people who swear they’re not racist, they’re just complaining about how racist Black people are. If that’s all you have to say about another group of people, is just how racist they are, then you’re racist. If you think White people can be racist, but not Black people, or vice versa, you’re racist. As long as you’re making unilateral judgments about a group of people, you’re racist.
And it’s not always so black-and-white. If you look at a person, and by their look, wonder if that person is in this counry illegally, you’re racist. You can’t just look at someone and tell. And yet, our immigration attitudes and the policy they create, are based on that very notion. We write laws based on murderers and thieves, border jumpers and tunnel crawlers. But what we won’t admit is that it’s more complicated than that, and that we’re rounding up people who shouldn’t be rounded up, beause they’re not thieves and murders, border jumpers or tunnel crawlers. But we don’t care, because we’re racist.
We have to be better than that. Stereotypes shouldn’t even exist in the United States of America. But they do, and they define the United States of America. We can never make this country great as long as we cling to our hypocrisies and insecurities. Greatness is about stepping up, not stooping down.
Be American, defy stereotypes. Like the guy in the featured image in the red shirt, at the Anti-Sharia protest rally. He was against extremism, he loves America, but he didn’t agree with the hateful rhetoric based in ignorance. He was a great person to talk to over there, until the cops escorted me away, “just in case.”