Ignorance + Fear = Racism
Racism is really another word for ignorance. It's another way of saying that nature should have had only one type of flower or tree. It's another way of looking at the world with your eyes closed to diversity and change. Racism is another word for fear. Fear of the unknown is understandable, of course, and for many of us those of different races and creeds are the great unknown. Most of us are brought up in a particular environment with a particular type of people. For example, let me give you some statistics that I got from the US Census Bureau, on a large scale we have a total of 2,100,562 people in Utah, 1,999,509 of which are white that is 95%. There is only 18,613 total blacks, that is not even 1% of the population. The other majority is of course the Hispanic population but they also only have about 4%. So we may come in contact with these other races, but it is almost just a "passer by" situation, most the time not even becoming acquainted with them let alone getting to know them on a personal level. So we think "there goes a different person" and most the time different to us can be viewed as negative.
Often we do not put those thoughts into words. We simply, as it were, stick to our own. We are comfortable there and it is where we belong. We often repeat our parents' philosophy on race and that too is understandable. They set our standards and we often, unthinkingly, adopt them. Some of us may be more aggressive in our attitude, of course, but generally we are just unthinking. Like Thomas Jefferson for instance, he wanted to pass a bill that would make all slaves "free and independent" sounds like a good idea right, but here's the catch he wanted to send them basically to some secluded island where they wouldn't be able influence or have contact with the white race. Thus, proving are country was founded on ignorance.
Now on an even more personal level to all of us, a couple more statistics these coming from the US...
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