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Are you a racist?

Do you think you aren’t a racist?

Well, let me clarify, Racism is not just about hitting or killing a person from another race/religion. It is also the prejudice or discrimination you direct against someone of a different race, consciously or sub-consciously. My last post My Personal Black Day was an example of racism at a sub-conscious level in daily life. I had more of such experiences when I joined a Christian school in middle grade and later a Muslim High School, but those are stories for later.

Now, do you still think you aren’t a racist? I dare you to check.

Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash

Did you study in a school or college, worked in an office, or lived in a place that had people from different races–Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Jews or others; black skin, white skin, red skin, yellow skin or brown skin? Open your collection of pictures during the social gatherings and answer the following questions in the Comments section. You will find your own answer.

  1. Which race/religion shows up the most?
  2. Is a person from another race/religion standing close to you?
  3. Are they close friends?
  4. Do you remember their names clearly?
  5. Ever visited their house or hung out with them?
  6. Did you ever go on a date with a person of another race/religion?
  7. What race/religion is your bestie?
  8. What race/religion is your spouse?

Did you get your answer yet?

You can give an excuse that these people wanted to be left out. Really? Did you try starting a dialogue or offering a smile?

Clearly, as birds of a feather, we racists flock together.

Author:

I am an Instructional Designer, avid reader, small-town woman and working mother with a fish-eye perspective. I have just published my first book, The Forest Bed and other short stories. If you like my stories on this blog, feel free to Like, Comment, Reblog and Share. You can reach me at shailygrwl@gmail.com or through my Facebook page facebook.com/shailyagrawalwrites/

5 thoughts on “Are you a racist?

  1. I just posted of why I never learned to be a racist. I am a French/German Caucasian. My wife is from Mexico City. Her mother was Mexican. Her birth father was a French Jew who was killed fighting with the French Resistance in WWII. We never taught our sons to hate and they never taught their children to hate. As a union official I broke he race barrier in my Local. I don’ t think of myself as a racist.

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    1. You are lucky. I was born learning prejudice on day one: Sexism, Casteism, Religious policing, Regionalism (South Indians vs North Indians), Racism…I had to break those mental barriers one by one daily. I am glad I have reached a point where I can easily work with people from different backgrounds and make friends while agreeing to disagree.

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      1. It takes a lot of work to achieve where you are now from where you started. I think your journey is amazing. I applaud you, Shaily. May it be an example to all who know you,

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