It is the year 2021 and we are exposed to different people across the world, yet racism rages despite being connected globally. Where can you go without seeing or interacting with people who do not look like you, speak like you, or live like you?
Where can you go? You may live in a homogenous neighborhood where you primarily encounter only people that share your same skin color, a similar standard of living, attend the same church and social gatherings. But, that is about as far as racial segregation goes these days. If you turn on your television, listen to your radio, and shop anywhere, for anything—in person, or online, even if you thumb through a catalogue that is where your one-race experience comes to an end.
So, why is it that racism rages despite being connected globally? Why does one group of people of a particular skin color persists in believing, acting, and perpetuating the myth that they are superior and better than any other group of people with a different skin color? Sadly, mere skin color seems the primary driving force despite the abilities, contributions made to humanity by people of all skin colors.
You would think that with all the exposure on a regular basis, whether it is on television, in movies, through books, art, science, history—and every subject known to mankind about our the roles in a common humanity—that we would let go of manufactured, false, and hateful misrepresentations of each other. Yet, we choose to create and stay in a comfort zone based upon false notions about skin color. Racism rages despite being connected globally.
We are perfectly content eating foods, wearing clothes, purchasing cars, phones, electronics, nearly everything we consume that comes from people whose skin color, culture, and living styles are different than our own. We find no contradictions in accepting and embracing a lifestyle that is the direct result of creation and ingenuity of people who look differently than us. Yet we are content with the fact that blatant racism rages despite being connected globally.
We seem to be shaken for a moment when we learn that people have been killed because of false impressions about their ethnic or racial identity that we have allowed to exist and persist. After the horrendous incident, we resume business as usual—continuing to cast others in an inferior, detrimental, hateful, and discriminatory light.
When will we choose to do something about it, beginning in our sphere of influence? That is what it is going to take. We seem to be comfortable living in a perpetual state of denial. What other reason can there be that racism rages despite being globally connected?
There is no other reason except we turn a blind eye. We allow it.