Racism in America!

My entire life I've been the one who's looked for the good everyone. I've always felt that I should give a person the benefit of the doubt, until they give me a reason to believe otherwise. So my view of people have been based on their character and not the color of their skin.

Having family members and friends who grew up in the forties, fifties and sixties, their view of things were much different. They learned to base their views on the color of a person's skin instead of their character. In their eyes, anyone of the opposite race who's presenting you with what seemed to be kindness, decency or respect, was simply putting on a show.

Within the past year or so, I've began to question my views on racism. Especially since the birth of Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. Now don't get me wrong. I still have friends of the opposite race who I strongly feel consider me a friend and don't look at the color of my skin. I'm talking about everyone else. Those who see me in the bank, mall, work or a restaurant. What do they think of me. Do they see an American or do they see someone of the opposite race? Are people not showing their hate for me because it's illegal or in fear of retaliation?

It would be wrong of me to say that Donald Trump holds hate in his heart for any race as that would be an opinion solely based on what the media has shown. But I can say that there are those who support him that does hold hate (this is a proven fact) in their heart for races and or religious views that differ from theirs. And when you look at the amount of supporters he has, it makes me ask the question, have we come as far as we thought with race related issues in America? Or has everyone just been tolerating each other?

I've decided that the right thing for me to do is to continue looking at people based on their character and not the color of their skin. If I did it any other way, I would then be a part of the problem.

If you notice that during this blog I never stated any race. I feel that anyone, no matter their race, can relate to this in one way or another. Don't be a part of the problem, be a part of the solution by judging people based on their character and not the color of their skin.

Remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

Just my 2 cents

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Educate yourself

Growing up I remember my father was always giving his two cents about different things. At the time I thought he was a know it all. A few times I even said to him, "you think you know everything." and he usually commented back saying, "no. I only speak about the things I know and I know these things because I read about them." When he said this I began to remember that he in fact was always reading (this was before the internet). Reading about other countries, different religions, politics, local news, world news and so on. When the internet came along he would sit for hours reading and researching different topics that he got from the news or conversations at work, church or the barber shop. (Research doesn’t mean you believe the first thing you hear or read or only believe the things that coincide with how you feel.)

As I got older I began to realize that so many of us hear things in the news or in the streets and we foolishly take what we hear as as the gospel. Without ever doing a little research to educate ourselves on the real truth of what we're being told.

Remember the experiment we all learned as a child. If you take 10 people, line them up and whisper something in the first person's ear, by the time the message is passed to the last person the message has changed. "The Grape Vine"

Now when we accept the "The Grape Vine" message, and believe it to be true, we're now ignorant. From this ignorance we make assumptions. Now this is where the really screwed up part begins. These assumptions, ignorant assumptions, now guide us and determine the paths/direction we take in our daily lives. And like a virus, we spew this ignorance from our mouths into the ears of the next person eager for a message of ignorance.

People! PLEASE research before you take things at face value. I don't care who they are or what they are. Deciding on the next leader of this free world is worth taking time out of our lives to determine who's the best choice. This is your life and the future off our Country depends on it.

Just My 2 Cents

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