Racism’s causes

Published: 6/24/2020 10:09:34 AM

Exposing and objectively addressing the root causes of racism is extremely important in order to reduce its existence. Many now fear reprisals if their thoughts do not conform to what is deemed “politically correct.” Nonetheless, I think there are several significant steps that must take place in order to change peoples’ attitudes.

One is to teach our children how to respect each other. How they regard each other should be dependent on nothing other than how they treat each other. Although this seems so simplistic, parents and teachers by their words, their lessons, and their actions have a dominating influence on how our kids act as adults. We will never end racism unless we inculcate our kids every single day with the lesson to treat each other with respect and as equals.

To demonstrate that equality, we must end the double standards that now exist. For example, it is somehow okay to promote “Black Lives Matter” but “All Lives Matter” is deemed unacceptable, even racist. Why is that? Expressions of “Black Pride” are similarly okay, but doing so for other races — brown, Asian, or white, are considered wrong. If we truly seek color blindness and racial equality, how can we justify such disparities?

I grew up in Lawrence, which had the nickname “Immigrant City.” This was a blue-collar, industrial city composed of every race and every nationality under the sun. I’m not saying there was no discrimination. But we got along pretty good because what we thought about each other was based on how we treated each other. A simple formula. Nobody got special treatment. That should be an essential ingredient in how we move forward. Rigorously educate our kids, and show them a common sense way to treat each other equally.

Paul Gallo

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