This is my opinion and mine alone.
Many moons ago, when I learned that there was no such thing as Race, I knew there was a problem with the label, Racism – a human construct created to keep a certain people in their place. Every time we fight in the name of racism, we accept that we are inferior.
The other problem with the “Racism,” label is that we never get to the bottom of what it is that caused the uneasiness which promoted the use of the dreaded label. If you go back in history and look at when the Spanish invaded the Aztec, or when Columbus invaded Borinquen and America, When the colonists landed in Virginia and what they did to the indigenous people, you see a horror beyond imagination due to the fact that one group, seeing that the other was completely different in language, culture and thought, deemed themselves superior and decided to subjugate the other using violent means.
We are humans…we are different. The main problem is that when confronted with a person, place or thing that is different than who we are, how we think and how we live our lives, we either accept it, reject it or subjugate it.
Take the George Floyd incident – Floyd was killed by another man that put his knee on Floyd’s neck long enough to kill him. George Floyd is black and that man that killed him was white. Right away it became a case of racism, but I see it differently. Given that I believe that we are all one race, this man suffered from what most people suffer from – when confronted with a person, place or thing that is different than who we are, how we think and how we live our lives, we either accept it, reject it or subjugate it…Chauvrin tried to subjugate it. He believed that Floyd was inferior and he wanted Floyd to submit to him, as well as all the onlookers.
“Racism,” as it is called today, will always remain as a disfunction of our DNA so long as we continue to reducing it to just a label. It’s not just about color, its how we see and judge one another before we have even taken the time to greet one another as equals.