Note: This post is MY OPINION.
I am getting on my soap box because it is my duty as a social worker to speak out about injustices and racism and oppression and all the other ugly pieces that make up our society. Earlier, I discovered this article regarding racism over the black characters in The Hunger Games movie. For those who are not in the know, Cinna, Rue and Thresh are played by black/African-American (not sure of proper term to use) actors/actresses. Perfectly friggin cast, in my opinion. In other’s opinion, not so much. However, it had nothing to do with their acting ability. These people focused on their skin color. SKIN. COLOR. Obviously, they learned nothing from the message of this book series!
After reading this article, I was the girl on fire! Just call me Smash Attack FI-YAH! I am absolutely appalled and enraged by the ignorant commentary people shared with the world. Now granted, I share stupid thoughts daily on social media and this blog, but I never, ever spout off the level of ignorance seen in that article. And if I do, please let me know so I can quickly correct my wrongdoing. Because this perspective, outlook, mindset, whatever you want to paint, is just not. ok. It is 2012. Not 1950. The world has come a hell of a long way in terms of racism, discrimination and oppression, but it is obvious that our society is still immature and I am saddened and disgusted that my future children will continue to be surrounded by such nonsense.
And yes, I am a white woman. I do not know firsthand the experiences that the oppressed races have had. I do know how it feels, however. I have been discriminated due to my gender. I have been sexually harassed in the workplace because of my gender. My current job takes me to poor neighborhoods of mostly non-white populations where I am stared at and laughed at and pointed at and talked about daily. It ain’t fun times, people! But do I turn around and make a snide comment about the “insert racist word here* person on the corner? No. Do I let my adolescent clients make racist comments during sessions? Hells to the No. I take the moment and do my best to EDUCATE them, because at the end of the day, that is my most important mission as a social worker.
I don’t agree with the treatment of certain populations of people and don’t blame any of them for their anger. What I wish could happen, however, is for the world to move. the. fuck. on. We could learn a lot from the healing process of the South African Apartheid and Rwandan Genocide called restorative justice. And just as children grow and mature due to life experiences, why can’t society GROW AND MATURE? Why do we continue to focus on race, skin color, age, sex, gender, disability, twelve toes, three nipples. WHATEVER? Why do we still feel some of us are superior? It should be damn obvious by now that we all have the ability to succeed and offer something useful to the world.
Now, as a social worker, I do not judge people on their beliefs. Yes, I am damn angry about the ridiculous banter by said tweeters, but I am not pointing fingers. The real core of this issue is that racism is learned, and not just at the mezzo (family/community) level. Racism is EVERYWHERE. In books, movies, music, video games, and of course, the internet. It can be found in jokes, on LOLcats, where the hell ever you look. WE, all of us, are perpetuating racism every time we laugh at a racist joke or repost a funny image with a racist caption. I am guilty of doing this. We all are, in some form or another. It might seem like a harmless thing, but it is affecting the future of our society: the children. We have to be good role models for them. We have to stop the nonsense.
Can we just all put our big girl panties on now? Or big boy briefs (yes, I like men in boxer briefs).
Sorry if this is a big piece of rambled mess. Call me a passionate woman…
Please, share your thoughts. And let’s keep it civilized.
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