After watching ‘Is football racist’ I had a conversation with someone regarding racism in society as a whole.
We chatted over the whole John Terry incident and our own experiences of growing up, me as white and coming from a 98% ‘white community’ and her as black in an ethnic diverse school. We both agreed that racism is unacceptable, always has and always will be.
I mentioned that sometimes and I say this carefully, that I feel excluded when people mention the ‘black community’ as I am white, I simply cannot be involved in that and never will be, which led us to wonder is there actually a ‘white community’? I personally don’t know of a white community, and is it just a community that happens to be white? Am I racist by even thinking that?
Like there is ‘black history’ there is no ‘white history’ just history. Then I felt guilty that the History that I learnt about from my country featured mainly white people, then I remembered that actually this country is originally white, and why should I feel guilty, but then felt guilty again cause was I being racist by thinking that thought?, and for almost not feeling guilty about such a sensitive natured thing at this moment. Then remembered that it is not a sensitive issue for me as I am not racist and actually don’t see people by the colour of their skin, or ethnicity.
And maybe that’s why I feel uncomfortable with terms such as the ‘black community’ By saying that it makes me obviously in the ‘white community’ and therefore I am excluded by default from one, and difficult to engage in the other one as now I too am being judged on the colour of my skin. Which is counter productive to relationships, and all that people from other cultures and backgrounds can bring to each other.
When a newspaper serves the ‘black community’ I feel as a white person that I can’t engage with it or read it. Does that make me racist or just excluded? And also are all other magazines ‘white community’ focused? Are all other magazines racist? Should I be looking at how many white to black people ratio’s there are in magazines? Should I abandon them all?
I have not grown up with a culture of racism like how it was 30 years ago and more in this country, and I cannot imagine what went on and how horrible it was for people who were being judged and abused for the colour of their skin. I can imagine that those people felt isolated and vulnerable and needed to stick together, and thus forming a community. But are people still in so much need of it today? Am I ignorant to the amount of racism that is happening today? Maybe because I am not racist I think that no one else is either?
I have learnt so much from my friends from different parts of the world, regardless of the colour of their skin. And I am so blessed to know so many people who are different from me, and experience a little of their world. As a community as a whole we have SOOO much to learn from each other.
Lots of people say to stamp racism out, people need to be educated. Which immediately makes me worry about what I have been educated about people from different cultures, what was it that I was taught? (can I even remember) Do I base my opinions on that? Are they racist?
I have never struggled with any of these questions before or indeed thought about them before.
As for me I am a Christian and that means that I am a Child of God- And as the Bible says-
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,27 for all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
I don’t really even see communities, let alone the so called ‘colour’ of a community. For me if you are a human being then you are my equal, regardless of where you come from, what you look like, what you’ve done, where you’ve been and lastly what colour you are.
I know many people from all over the world and people whose heritage is far removed from mine and I’m genuinely fascinated by it and love learning about it. I could spend hours talking to someone and finding out the different ways people do things.
So does all this even mean anything to how I have lived my life? not sure. Am I over thinking a little? Quite possibly.
Please contact me if you wish to talk further about the things I have said in this blog, also I hope that I have not offended anyone, and by all means again contact me and I shall be more than happy to speak with you.
I’m off to celebrate some Caribbean culture with some bun and cheese.(Absolutely ledgendary!)