Racism

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I am "white", blonde hair, blue eyed, Dutch descent, grew up in a mostly white suburb, in Michigan. Sadly, when I was little, my dad told us to "Look at the little chocolate children" when we drove passed a bunch of "black" children. As a 7th grader, my Sun. School class scheduled an outing where we took "inner city" children to the city zoo. I was nervous because I'd never had contact with "blacks", but when a little boy ran up and grabbed my hand, claiming me as his escort, I realized they were just kids. In high school we had one "black" student, she was very popular, but I did hear her complain often about everyone being prejudiced against her, which confused me. In the late 80's I was in SC, staying in the home of strangers. I asked them about a church in town and they laughed and said that was a "black church". I picked up some fast food and they were shocked because it was a "black shop", they didn't even think I should eat what I got. I was shocked at this attitude, she explained they were not racist, or prejudiced, they employed "blacks". But then she told me she would not let them in the house, and if they needed a drink, she used paper cups to give them a drink of water. All these years later, I am still shocked, but it helped me see the difference between the north and the south. By this time, my dad was good friends with the "black" neighbor, and felt bad about his attitudes in his younger years. Moving forward, in 2005, I started a job in a company was mostly "black" (in Maine). I did not think anything of it, but when I met my closest co-worker, she had a fit. She did not want to work with "white trash", and spewed several racial slurs towards white. Again, I was shocked. What made her think all that of me? I didn't know racism worked both ways, but obviously it does. I guess I led a very innocent, sheltered life. When I see people, obviously I notice their race, how do you not? But I do not assume anything about them based on that. People are people, no matter their skin color, nationality, age, size, gender, religion, etc. There are good and bad in each group, no group is superior. God created us all equal, in his image. My late husband was Native American, I have a daughter adopted from Korea, my best friend is an immigrant from Africa (talk about differences!), I have 2 nieces who have children from relationships with "black" men. I am saddened by abuse of various groups throughout history, and in the present. Why can't we just all work together in love?
 

ArtsieSteph

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Racism makes me truly upset, but I also have to look at myself and try to recognize my own biases. I do find myself being wary of anyone who comes near on in certain areas, though hilariously I’ve realized I’m frightened of any man age 18 onward who comes up on me unexpectedly or when I’m on my own.

Also I’m Hispanic so I am obviously sympathetic to others having to deal with the attitudes towards illegal immigrants. But at the same time my family came here legally some 8 generations ago so I know it can be done.
 

calibob

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Racism makes me truly upset, but I also have to look at myself and try to recognize my own biases. I do find myself being wary of anyone who comes near on in certain areas, though hilariously I’ve realized I’m frightened of any man age 18 onward who comes up on me unexpectedly or when I’m on my own.

Also I’m Hispanic so I am obviously sympathetic to others having to deal with the attitudes towards illegal immigrants. But at the same time my family came here legally some 8 generations ago so I know it can be done.
Leviticus 19:33-34 33"'When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.
Deuteronomy 10:19 19And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.
Exodus 22:21 21"Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
Ephesians 2:19 19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household,
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We as Christians are not called to be nationalists or racists but ambassadors to the world for Jesus.

Matthew 28:16-20 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Great Commission
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
 

Lanolin

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Racism makes me truly upset, but I also have to look at myself and try to recognize my own biases. I do find myself being wary of anyone who comes near on in certain areas, though hilariously I’ve realized I’m frightened of any man age 18 onward who comes up on me unexpectedly or when I’m on my own.

Also I’m Hispanic so I am obviously sympathetic to others having to deal with the attitudes towards illegal immigrants. But at the same time my family came here legally some 8 generations ago so I know it can be done.
Sexism would be another thread methinks. With men often they dont realise the stuff they say and do hurts women. Or excludes them (us) .... we all tend to have biases towards people who are more like ourselves. I think it becomes racism and sexism when those attitudes are derogatory.