If racism were viewed as mere opinion

I have read that immigrants to the United States are about four times more likely to become millionaires than are people who were born here. It’s poisonous to imagine that wealth is the natural focus of every successful life, but still the statistic does teach us something relevant. America is a prosperous, free country, full of opportunities: a statement that rings truest when we compare this country to the realities current in much of the rest of the world. A foreigner coming here may, through contrast to his or her own nation, recognize the “opportunities” that are available in this society, and seize them. A native may, on the other hand, be “content” (that is, unmotivated to move) in a dull job or cradled in the social net. Always, that sleepy side of the “easy” aspects is the devil in the stew.

It is easy to form an opinion so strong (for instance, ‘racist tendencies’) that you embrace it until it seems like a hard, cold fact- a private religious tenet. And sometimes the ‘victim’ of the opinion also reluctantly embraces it at such a subconscious level that both parties perceive the view as objective reality- a possibility not unheard of in the field of psychology. Until one of them calls upon the immense courage of rigorously questioning it for what it is- a point of view.

Several of our socio-legal problems today perhaps have the potential of long-term/permanent resolution if only we find in ourselves the mental hardiness to stop antagonizing and ‘finding the criminal’. Instead, the acceptance of the fact that the ‘crimes’ are simply dark aspects of human behavior could lead us to understanding our shadows better, thereby innovating new methods of dealing with such societal ‘leaks’ and ‘overflows’ in a way that plugs the holes, instead of filling up prisons and creating a subculture of outcasts, as this is a dangerous phenomenon that afflicts harms upon those within as well as without the purview of the ‘mainstream’ society.


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