Wise people say that we fear things that we don’t understand. I think that racism exists because of this fear. People who are different from us fall into this category. We don’t understand and comprehend the difference so we think that they have to be not as good as us, because they are different!
It’s not only white people who are prejudiced or racist, each of us thinks that whoever is different from us must be inferior or bad. So we all need to dig out this cancer and throw it out of our society.
It is a grown-up response, learned through parents and propagated through misconceptions, ignorance, and outright prejudice.
Children are not born racist, they are introduced to racism by the thoughts and actions of their parents, who had learned them from their own parents or through ignorance and fear.
Can we do something about it?
Yes, we surely can. It is time to educate ourselves. It is time to examine our instinctive reactions and biases and to remedy them. What this current outrage has done it that it has brought to surface these hidden prejudices of people.
Now since a debate has started, one should move forward and try to sort out the mess that is racism.