While perusing various social media accounts, I generally (but not always) skip over posts and material that either doesn’t interest me or that seem like traps if one becomes involved in the discussion, but today I stopped following someone whose posts over the last year or so have had the definite tang of “See? See? I’m a good guy!”
I won’t describe the full nature of the posts, but he seems compelled to preach at others to “understand” or “identify” with people of other skin colors, all while demoting one skin color and promoting another.
We don’t win — and we certainly don’t unify or understand or identify — when our methods for doing so involve demonization of one while glorifying another. After all, regardless of ethnicity, we are all weak, fallible, and occasionally heroic humans. None of us is perfect — either perfectly evil or perfectly good. And none of us are good or evil based on skin color or ethnic background.
The same goes for this person: an excellent writer, someone with whom I have agreed on many things, but this one abrasive aspect has become a disappointing negative.
Today, the second day of a new year, I removed it.
As someone of mixed ancestry, I have been baffled by the continued need to judge color rather than character. Any discussion or debate, any legislation or group, etcetera, that builds upon skin color is starting in the wrong place. After all, the real problem isn’t a skin condition, but a heart condition.
There is a trap in equating sexuality, religion, politics, or worldview with skin color. “Embrace my choices or you’re a ______ist or a _______phobe!” — but those are not externals. Those are behaviors or outlooks or beliefs that we live, adopt, alter. While they may be influenced by our ethnic backgrounds or by our parents, they are not necessarily determined by them. Skin color, on the other hand, is not something we choose. It is a beautiful thing, and should never be used as a means of dividing or degrading.
Here in America, we tend to make skin color a matter of black or white, and we often think narrowly in only black-and-white terms. However, humanity is a palette of colors, and I respectfully recommend we broaden our perspectives.