(this is a bit of a rant so if you don't have to read if you don't want to)
Racism. Okay, admittedly everyone is a little bit racist, but you shouldn't allow that train of thought to keep you from enjoying the company of others, whether your an intro/extrovert. You know what the only thing you should be judging others on? Whether they're a nice person or not. That's it. Treat others how you want to be treated.
So tonight I was watching some of The Walking Dead with my dad (I dunno 'bout you guys but this is just too funny of a show. Got to a part where the zombies fall through a store ceiling when the main characters JUST SO HAPPEN to be in the store. The ceiling of that place wouldn't be that rotted for like another 70 years but whatever... okay I'm getting off track). ANYWAY in one part of the show they showed a man and a woman in love, and it's cute. "That's disgusting, they don't need to show something like this in a show, it's a disgrace," says my dad as he fast forwards through the cute scene. Okay, I can see through romantic scenes whose only purpose is to raise the roosters and launch some rockets, but in this scene?
The woman was light skinned, the man was dark skinned. That's it. Both intelligent people, both nice people, both happy, both in love.
But oh dear god those two can't fall in love, it's an abomination
Okay, first off I love my mom and dad to death. Yeah they do the regular parent stuff where they annoy you, but out of so many people I know my parents are really great and loving people. Yes they were born during the baby boomer generation, the most racist generation I have ever encountered besides the ones born in the World War 2/Korean era. My dad was born in Philly and my mom was born in a strict Irish Catholic family (she's not strict anymore though now that I'm older THANK GOD), so of course, they grew up like so many others to just dislike or be wary around people who are different. However surprisingly, my dad worked construction a lot when he was younger and told me once he even had a friend who was black, but yet my dad still somehow dislikes dark skinned people and oh shit, when I said there was nothing wrong about a white woman loving a black man, I never seen him so pissed off looking.
I know there may be some watchers or passerby who might be a bit hateful towards people of different skin colors, WELL I'M GONNA TELL YOU SOMETHING. You know what the REAL difference is between skin color? Hint: it's not intelligence nor technology nor culture.
IT'S FREAKING UV RADIATION PROTECTION.
Allow me to show you all a map:
So, what, you hate people that get more or less vitamin D then you do? Well boo-hoo buy some vitamin D supplements on the shelves at Walmart or some other shopping center and get on with your lives.
Same goes for racism against religion or the beliefs of others. Don't HATE ANYONE for believing in what they do, unless their religion is something that requires mindless killings or harm upon others. And before anyone points out, ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY/CATHOLICISM ARE NOT HATEFUL RELIGIONS DEAR GODS ABOVE DO YOUR RESEARCH. Those people who commit harmful, terroristic, and/or hateful crimes are blind stupid radicals who abuse their religion's name in order to get away with what they've done. Pope Francis gets it.
Honestly, I will admit that when I was younger I had the same mindset until I actually started paying attention to people. I was friends with someone, and later found out they were gay. Nothing changed, they were still my friend and I knew them. I was skeptical but then became friends with a lot of people from various ethnic backgrounds, and guess what I found out? They were people with likes, dislikes, and personalities. They were PEOPLE.
I just, oh god I got really heated over this but I had to stop because you know how it is with adults from the older generations. They are so set in their ways they will never change, and that's what's wrong in today's world. My dad was SHOCKED that I didn't give a shit that there was a white and black person kissing. Oh no I'm so angry that their vitamin D absorption is different WHAT A TRAGEDY.
So moral of the story, treat people how you want to be treated, and ONLY judge people on whether they are good or bad. Don't let racism and hate be the deciding factors in your life. This has been a Sio Rant PSA.