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(Who are you to judge?)

I was going to write a post about NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) and upload a review or two, and I still will, but between planning these post and getting on here to write them I encountered a few things that deeply upset me.
The things I encountered were some Facebook comments and a couple of newspaper articles. Now, before I tell you what was in this content I read first I need to tell you that I suffer from being extremely empathetic. Empathy (similar to sympathy, except more personal) is the ability to put yourself in another persons shoes and feel what they feel. Now with my own issues and emotions I can cope with and work through, but as soon as someone else tell me their problems I feel all their pain as they’re feeling it with an added extra of helplessness when there’s nothing I can do to help them. I often work myself up into a right state over someone else’s pain.
So now, onto the topic of the content I read this morning. Racism. Completely unfounded, ignorant, discriminatory racism. On Facebook (and other places, too many other places) these despicable, ignorant people are attempting to argue that some people don’t deserve to live in this country based on the colour of their skin or the piece of land they happened to be born on. They say these sweeping ignorant generalisations about certain races with no evidence or reasoning behind it except their own small minded selfishness. I can’t comprehend (call me naive) how people could actually believe this rubbish. How someone could look at someone who’s come to this country for a better life, maybe to escape a war in the country they were in, to give their children a better life than the one they had, how some could look a person so desperate in the eye and tell them they don’t deserve that. It utterly disgusts me that someone could be so vile as to not only have these beliefs but to act upon them and harass and assault people based on their own pathetic opinions. Who are you to judge?
And the worst part, the part that had me in sobbing on the bus on my way to work this morning was an article in the newspaper that told of a man who’d moved to this country to get a degree so he could have a better life, he was working part time delivering pizzas to fund his degree and he was stabbed to death on his last day of work. I didn’t read any further to see of it was actually a racial attack, but I have seen far too many stabbings and beatings in the newspapers that were done simply because this person was a different ethnicity. So people are taking it upon themselves to decide wether a person deserves to live based on what piece of land they were born on?! You do not get the right to live from your race or your heritage. If there was anyway to judge wether someone deserves to live (which there isn’t) it would be on how they act as what they believe.
And if we were going by this it wouldn’t be the immigrant working to save his family back in his origin country who had lost the right to live.

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2 thoughts on “(Who are you to judge?)

  1. I know some people that are racist because of what they’ve had to endure throughout their lives; horrific, terrible things that no one should have to go through (being brutally beaten, shot at and their children threatened at gunpoint and more). They have been victims of racism themselves, so while we know racism is wrong, I think we need to at least try to understand what they’ve been through. That said, these people I speak about have never been aggressive. They’ve never attacked anyone, but they have been very defensive around certain races, because that kind of trauma is very hard to forget. For someone to attack someone else out of racism takes a very aggressive person, so you’d probably find even if they weren’t acting out of racial tension, they’d still probably stab someone just because that’s their nature.

    Racism needs to end because diversity is a strength, just ask any geneticist, and it’s not right to judge like that because race doesn’t determine everything, but I think it’s a bit of a smoke screen here for a deeper problem in some people.

    I’m not entirely sure what the deeper problem is, but I thought I’d point this out anyway to help the discussion move along.

    As for those who are very empathetic; there’s going to be good and bad every day, most of which you will have no influence over, the world is a massive place. So really by making yourself aware of the bad, you’re only ruining your day, your mood and your life. That’s all you have control over. I’m all for helping where possible, but if all you’re achieving is an unhappy state, it might be a good idea to balance it out with 10 good things for every 1 bad thing. There’s a lot of good in the world that goes unreported. The news is a business set up to make us feel negatively. So be strong, stay focused, and even when there are bad things going on, try to remember that it’s a very small minority and that most people are pretty decent types that are just trying to live the best they can. The world isn’t evil, just some of it.

    1. I completely agree with you! Not everyone who appears racist is just being ignorant and idioitic, some people have genuine reason behind their reluctance to embrace all cultures but it’s ridiculous to try to paint a whole ethnic group with the same brush. The actions of one can’t be generalised to the whole. There are good people and not so good people everywhere, regardless of the colour of their skin. No culture is perfect.
      You basically said everything I forgot and thankyou so much for sharing your opinion!

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