Crossing the Divide
Do I believe that racism is genetically encoded? Absolutely not.
Until society as a whole extinguishes the stereo-typical verbiage racism will continue.
Building the Bridge of Change
Make the Choice
People Are Fallible
I commend the individuals who are being interviewed, blasting the use of terms and stating that this is a humanity case and trying to put an end to the inflammatory verbiage. It gave me hope seeing educated persons speaking out against this and further stating that this isn't a white on black, or black on white issue. There are so many other things going on, but if we limit it to this, then we're unable to fix an already broken system.
When you have celebrities and people using unacceptable terms (like the N word); it's racist. I was taught that the N word was a bad word because it is derogatory; I was also taught that retarded is a bad word and wasn't used in the house growing up, because it too could be used in a negative way. Much like when women use bitch in referencing their own friends - while it is my opinion - I believe this is unacceptable behavior. When we use these words we are not respecting each other as individuals and people.
How about a new challenge, since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was such a success; how about a challenge demonstrating tolerance and acceptance of our differences.
America is often referred to "The Melting Pot" because it is the land where many different nationalities have come and converged. Some have welcomed change, while others are fearful and think that anything different to what they know is wrong. You would think with this day and age and our advances that cultivating and maintaining positive behaviors wouldn't be so hard to fathom.
In closing I'd like to share a quote from the American humanitarian, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."