Friday, May 31, 2013

An apology

I have to apologize for Monday's post.  I should have read, and re-read the post to make certain that what I was thinking came through, but I didn't.  I was feeling hurt and angry, and I didn't reflect on how my words could and probably were being construed, which was rather racist and whiny.  I am sorry if I offended anyone or gave the impression that I condone racism.  I think racism is a terrible mindset that is, unfortunately, very difficult to eradicate. I reacted to someone else's words, whether they were meant to be interpreted the way I understood them, and I brought that negativity here and wrote about it without thinking and cooling off.

The message I had wanted to convey was this: inequality- for any reason- is bad for us ass individuals and as a society.  In equality comes in many forms, some them are very subtle and tend to be overlooked, while others are encoded in the very institutions of society.  Rather than fighting among ourselves over whose in equality is the worst and who, if anyone still living, is responsible, we need to commit ourselves to changing it, but we must never assume that this work will be done in our lifetimes. There is simple too much inequality to fight for us to think that it will happen soon.  Every being on this planet deserves respect and should be entitled to life and self determination.  Who your ancestors were shouldn't matter, and what you look like should be far less important than what's in your heart. Until we come to grips with the terrible happenings of the past, in terms of what happened and why (slavery has existed far longer than The New World African slave trade that most of associate with slavery), and commit to removing barriers to inequality by refusing to pass on the inequalities and prevented new ones, we, as humans are doomed to repeat our mistakes over and over again.

Again, I am very sorry for my hasty, angry and hurt words. I have removed the post, and I promise to try a little more self reflection before I post while upset in the future.


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