It is still everywhere.
Whether in the US town of Ferguson, on the football pitch at Camp Nou, Barcelona, the so-called projects of Birmingham City in the UK, amongst the so-called untouchables of Delhi, India. And then there is Palestine, there is no denying that the Zionists want the Palestinians out. In Uganda, witch hunts against homosexual men and women still continue. And then South Africa, hiding behind the veil of class and economic disparities, denying the rights of foreign asylum seekers who flee still worse prejudice.
Racism is enjoying a season which is sold out.
Nelson Mandela remarks that no child is born hating another. Why did we begin to change the child’s perception of this world and indoctrinate them with an awareness of differences.
Jesus Christ mentions how we should love our neighbours as we love ourselves. Such a suggestion is no different from those offered by the prophet Mohamed, peace be upon him, and others believed to fall outside the Abrahamic religions.
Try as we may, it still comes back to bite us.
Social and economic conditions have caused people to resent one another. Previously, colonialism introduced us to racial differences. Western ideologies are used to excuse racism.
Hate-filled war mongers and greedy land-obsessed capitalists have used religion to divide people. Religion, as it was founded originally, is not to blame. Men have manipulated scriptures and texts to serve their own purposes rather than live and breathe the word of God as it was intended.
Today’s colonialists, from West to East, continue to enforce their supremacy over others, hiding behind the founding manifesto’s of both democracy and socialism. In the middle, the spirit of ubuntu is blatantly ignored and badly abused.
Rocket science is not needed to know that it helps no-one to hate those who are different. Or blame others for our own shortcomings.
Nelson Mandela quoted William Ernest Henley’s poem, Invictus, to prove a point. We rise above our hardships and prove that the undo-able is do-able. And yet it is easier said than done.
What we experience in life, and strive to achieve, should be passed on to others who fall behind for now. Let our own personal light shine on others, rather than discourage them. When we encounter opposition, we seek common ground, even if it means compromising on what was originally intended.
This life is not perfect. It is short. We all fall short somewhere. We should not excuse our shortcomings as the fault of others who oppress us, or who seek to replace us. Our ambitions are good, but they need to enrich the lives of others too.
Let us include others in our plans.
Much is said of the world’s wealthiest one percent, while the world’s least fortunate fall still further behind. It was said rather famously that we should give ten percent of everything we earn and everything that we have to those who have not. Using today’s economic conventions we still feel that that is too much.
But what if we did all just give one percent. Collectively, what we could simultaneously accumulate and share unquestioningly what others lack and what we take for granted, could save all of us.
Let us always strive for unity in diversity. Life is richer. We should try.