An End to Racism

Racism in any form is ignorance. It is a sense of “otherness” (an egocentric/ethnocentric fear of the loss of one’s own values or survival) that is passed down from generation to generation. It is a symptom of traditional/modern value systems. It is the cause of much suffering both at home and around the world. And it is completely reasonable to think that we can eradicate it, or at least shift our center of gravity away from these archaic ideals.

Let us fight the mainstream media (and other structures/institutions that exist at these traditional/modern levels) when they attempt to reinforce this worldview and the double standard of “terrorism.” Let’s live by example by embodying non-violence, compassion, and more inclusive value systems. Let’s go out of our way — and out of our comfort zones — to heal these divides among our friends, family and community. Let us not stay silent when we witness injustice or the curse of racism being handed down to a child.

I offer the following prayer/affirmation: Today, we will be our ideal selves — with love for all beings in all worlds, who greet each other with kindness, an ear for each others’ stories, and a shoulder for each others’ suffering. We will recognize our commonalities and our connectedness in each and every moment. And we will be the ideal community — one that succeeds and flourishes through cooperation, collaboration and co-creation — by building a new world based on a shared love, a shared wisdom and shared understanding.
A sign in Jackson, Mississippi which reads 'Waiting Room For Colored Only by order Police Dept.', 25th May 1961. (Photo by William Lovelace/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A sign in Jackson, Mississippi which reads ‘Waiting Room For Colored Only by order Police Dept.’, 25th May 1961. (Photo by William Lovelace/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s