When Boer National Party took over and made South Africa a utopia for whites. That of course included throwing them out of their own land or abusing them. Since then until now, our history is loaded with millions of examples of racial discrimination against colored people. It not only limits to black people but includes discrimination on the basis of caste and religion as well.
Ethnic minorities have been provided with fundamental rights in constitutions of every country but deep down in the cultural heritage lies down the bits of racial discrimination. It usually starts with the way we are brought up and treated during our adolescence. In my case, I was taught to celebrate the individuals around me and there uniqueness and celebrate my differences with them. It was the peer pressure during my teen years that made me watch my friend die in front of me.
Racism has a tendency of turning normal human into beasts. There was a quote coined by Abraham Haschel, a Jewish philosopher in 1969 which always appears in my mind when I think about it; "Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason."
He was right when he said that we were paying a huge price for a little ego boosts to our empty selves. We are putting the whole social order in danger. As human, we have this social obligation to give other human the same respect we hope to get for ourselves. Also we need to believe that the creator doesn't make mistakes so in one way or another, we are all the best creations of his. Friedrich Otto Hertz puts it beautifully, "At the heart of racism is the religious assertion that God made a creative mistake when He brought some people into being"
Once we are born, we are given complete right of living our lives facing no detest of others no matter what. Imagine how the black folks would feel when they feel in the disgust in the eyes of white people. Nelson Mandela explains it rather well in his own words, "I hate racial discrimination most intensely and all its manifestations. I have fought all my life; I fight now, and will do so until the end of my days. Even although I now happen to be tried by one, whose opinion I hold in high esteem, I detest most violently the set-up that surrounds me here. It makes me feel that I am a Black man in a White man's court. This should not be I should feel perfectly at ease and at home with the assurance that I am being tried by a fellow South African, who does not regard me as an inferior, entitled to a special type of justice."
However, we need to stop hating people for the things they haven't done. One can't change their skin color. I can't control who their parents would be or the place where they would bear. We can't punish people for their undone sins. And the time to take action is now. It's now when we have to give black people what they deserve; respect for their independence and individualism. We have to undone what we have been doing earlier, change our perspective about them, standing in their shoes and ensuring that they get the status in society that they deserve.
"In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently." - Harry A. Blackmun
After all, history has a lot of black legends to make us understand that they are no less than us.
We need to hope for the better future, a society solely based on synergy and tolerance for other's opinion and race.
"Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away, and that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty."…