Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Reginald Denny lesson...

During the 1992 LA riots, Mr. Denny was yanked from his truck in the middle of an intersection by a group of black men. They set upon him and smashed a cinderblock (seen in the photo right below the gas tank) into his face, leaving him for dead, and DANCED and CHEERED.

Why? Because he was white.

Reginald Denny, after many painful surgeries and months of rehabilitation, went to the jail where his assailants were serving time and FORGAVE them to their faces.

Reverend Jackson and the rest of the Black Community would be better served by teaching their children THIS lesson.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Understanding The Power of Prejudice

First off, a disclaimer...I do not use, and have no tolerance for those who use, the terms "racism" or "racist". This comes from a long-held belief imparted upon me by my mother in my early childhood, that there is only one race--the human race. Any perception or misperception of differences between those of different skin color, based solely upon skin color, is prejudicial in nature and based on upbringing and experience.

The prejudicial mindset is actually a mental time-saving and survival mechanism built into the human brain. It saves us from having to repeatedly burn ourselves touching hot ovens by subconsciously "pre-judging" them to be a source of pain, and we learn to check them first. By the same token, interactions with people teach us over time to "pre-judge" them, based on appearance, behavior and yes, skin color.

Prejudicial behavior is developed over time and embedded into our sub-conscious. Any prejudice is either reinforced or attenuated as experience is gained. When a positive experience occurs, we tend to migrate towards those situations or people, to subconsciously seek out those experiences. Likewise, a negative outcome reinforces the subconscious to "steer" us away from those situations or people that led to the negative experience.

What is a natural human behavior has become that which is all too frequently, and all too mistakenly, called "racism". It is only once it is understood that it can be intellectually addressed and put to positive use within society.