I recently received an email from a listener looking for answers…
I read the following Newsweek article http://www.newsweek.com/id/214989 and was wondering if you thought being a racist was a choice? I don’t see how. Why would someone choose a life of scorn and ridicule? How did you come to accept it? How did you come out? Any help would be appreciated…I’m scared.
Thanks for sharing. I know this isn’t easy.
Did you choose your sex when you were born? Racism is not a choice any more than being left-handed or having brown eyes or being a non-racist (I.E African American or Hispanic) are choices. It is a part of who you are. The choice is in deciding how to live your life.
Understand that accepting to yourself that you are a racist is one of the biggest dilemmas you have to face when the issue of racism arises. If you plan to come out from the closet and tell the world that you are indeed a racist, you have to be confident first in admitting that you are, or else people will just shrug their shoulders thinking that you are just undergoing a phase that you will soon get over. Show them that you are indeed a racist, but you are still proud of who you are. Instead of opening the topic with eyes lowered as if you have committed a crime, look at them straight in the eye with dignity. In this way, they will have the perception that you are sure about what you are saying, thus earning you their respect for being honest. If this approach doesn’t work you may want to try any of the following:
- Tell everyone you know that Fox news is Fair and Balanced
- Mention Sarah Palin as a viable Presidential Candidate in 2012
- Go to a Tea Party
- Talk about the Constitution in positive terms
- Listen to talk radio at work
- Criticize Barrack Obama’s policies
However, you need to understand that racism discrimination is real. There are still people who believe that Racism is a “choice” or that a person’s upbringing is a determining factor. Pay them no mind. You are just like everyone else and not a second class citizen.
Good Luck to you
James Wright is Co-Host of The Conservative Fun House. He is also a rural activist against racism discrimination