The color of racism is fear. What better description could ever be offered as a definition for that word racism. The embodiment of this word has caused more problems in this, our world than any other word ever has or ever will for that matter. Racism is at the base of all divisiveness and hatred. It was racism that gave rise to the Holocaust and it was racism that brought forth Apartheid in South Africa. Racism was at the core in the Bosnian war where genocide was the ultimate goal. The faces that racism chooses to wear are many, some of which are blatant and others which are not so easily seen with the latter being done by design. This evil has been with us since time eternal. It can be called racism or it can be referred to as bigotry or prejudice as well. Racism is the reason that there was ever such a thing as slavery. The very idea of buying and selling human beings is abhorrent to me. Each human being carries within it a soul, a radiant spark of the Divine. No one has the right to buy or sell Divinity. Is this not the truth?
And I will say that if I chose to do so, I could give to you immeasurable examples and instances of how as well as where and when racism has been permitted to control so much of our world. I speak of ages past and of our world today. And that, my friends is most unfortunate. You see, in today’s world we are supposedly so much more enlightened and vastly more intelligent than those of bygone eras. So why is it that racism is still so much a strong force that runs rampant across this Earth of ours? Why do people hate or even dislike another person because of the color of their skin or because their belief system differs from our own? People, human beings which are born of our Creator are still being terrorized, being victimized and ostracised and even killed simply because of their race, religion or gender preference? “The evil that men do…”. We have all heard these words before. I will tell you that if we were able to trace back each evil deed ever committed, I would wager that it was somehow brought about by some form of racism. So, I would repeat my query here……If we are so much more intelligent and enlightened, why in God’s name is there such an abundance of prejudice, racism or whatever else you wish to call it in our world??
Well, perhaps the first item I would call to your attention is that there is a huge difference between intellect and wisdom. So many of folks today have MBA’s, PhD’s and a number of other college degrees behind their name and I applaud them for their tenaciousness in obtaining such an education. I am not against education and schooling. It is a part of a strong societal backbone, if you will. But intellect is not wisdom and it is wisdom we lack, my friends. Wisdom is knowledge tempered with discernment and cloaked in compassion. We must allow wisdom back into our hearts and then into our minds. Therein lies the difference and I believe I am just now able to see this truth. Wisdom begins in the heart and wisdom once received then involves the mind. Intellect has always been and always will be relegated to the mind. So let us first gain wisdom. This is to be our armour when in combat with the enemy called racism. Agreed, yes? We have an accord then. Good.
Now to truly bring about change, to truly hit racism where it lives, we need to be able to do what? In any battle (And make no mistake about this. This is a battle) we must be able to recognize the enemy for we cannot possibly win the war if we are unable to discern who the enemy is. Which brings me to our original point. The color of racism is fear. All racism, all prejudice and bigotry are deeply rooted in a particular soil called fear. So perhaps we have been attacking this problem of racism the wrong way? We, often with considerable effort, attempt to uproot the weeds of racism from the garden which is our world. And many times we do meet with some measure of success. But still we wonder and are puzzled why these same weeds return again and again to plague our world. I believe the problem to be not so much the actual weeds of racism as it is the very soil, the soil of fear that feeds and allows those same weeds to return and they often return with more strength than those that came before them. Does this make sense at all? If so, then what is truly the answer to this question, this problem we have called racism?
The answer, as most answers usually are, is simple but it is hard. It is the soil, the soil of fear that must be addressed here. This soil of fear is rancid. It is poison, to be quite honest. The soil of fear is soil that has not been tended to properly for a very long period of time. In large part, the soil I speak of is representative of the Heart of our World. In order to bring the soil back to its original goodness, we must once again give heed to what is allowed into this soil, yes? And for any garden to grow abundantly and in goodness, the soil therein must be tilled, turned over and aerated so as to permit Life to enter in anew and afresh. And how do we accomplish this task, you might ask? We accomplish this through by using the wisdom we discussed a bit earlier. The formula for racism is not difficult to understand if we think for a moment about it. The formula is simply this – Ignorance of any given situation by any individual brings forth fear. And fear gives birth to the problem at hand which in this case happens to be racism. So, if we can bring wisdom and enlightenment into the places where ignorance resides, we can effectively cast out the fear which is indeed the basis of racism. People are afraid of what they do not understand, whether it be consciously or subconsciously and what we fear we perceive as threatening in some fashion. The answer then is to gain understanding and in doing so, we obtain wisdom. And in obtaining wisdom, we learn what tolerance really is. And my friends, if we can understand the true meaning of tolerance, it is then that this issue of racism will no longer be the issue that has plagued us for so long now. It is then that we will have truly been brought forward into wisdom. Wisdom is based in love and understanding, yes? So, it is in true wisdom that we will know peace in this, our world. If you would, please give this some thought for I believe it has much merit.
As always, I thank you for taking time from your day to read these thoughts that have been given me, thoughts that I truly enjoy sharing with you. Be blessed abundantly in your day and please be sure to share the blessing with all those round about you. Take care with yourselves.
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.