If we all married someone a different color than ourselves, it wouldn’t take very long for everyone to be one beautiful color. People who were black or white would stand out and be considered “Other.” Kids would look in books to see pictures of white people and gasp at their pale complexion. They would ask if white people were sick. If they could go out in the sun. If they were Vampires. Think about it. If everyone was a luscious brown, what would white people look like to kids who had never seen them?
I realize that wouldn’t solve much. People would just find something else to fight about, be prejudice over. But far down the line, who would remember racism? Who would ever think of people being harmed because of the color of their skin? They would think we were horrible, insane, pathetic, barbaric. They would be right, of course, but sometimes we can’t see the terrible things we do unless we look behind us. Too far behind us. Sure we would lose diversity but that would be better than what we have now. White, male, power.
Women could change things but like race, women are kept in line with violence and brutality, laws and hatred. Anything that could bring about equality and fairness, anything that would threaten the status quo, is treated with violence and even death.
See, the thing is, most people only think, or act, on things that only affect them personally. If their kids aren’t being shot in the street because of their color, then it’s not their problem. But it is everyone’s problem. Cutting off lives, talent, creativity, beauty and intelligence because of color or gender IS a crime against each of us. People have been conditioned to NOT see that. To NOT see the terrible loss that hatred causes, that greed, prejudice and inequality steals from our culture and lives.
I don’t know how to change anything. I used to think I did. I tried. Now the Klan and rape are on college campuses. All those years of trying to make things better and things are worse. I don’t want to believe that we can’t make a difference but all the evidence points to that. What do we do now? Like minded people just talk to each other. They don’t have money to fight long term, even short term. The money is backing the rich and powerful, not the people.
We are living in interesting times…deadly, mean, greedy, times. I read something by an anthropologist who said that it’s exciting to look back on times like these, times when great changes are taking place. She said that it’s not fun to LIVE through them, just to look back on them. Apparently they happen with some regularity. If that’s true, it just shows that we never learn anything and they we keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Not interesting at all…just pathetic.