Dealing With Racism: Understanding Why And A Solution
Third year political science major, Alexandra Wallace made an offensive video rant against Asians. She’s now leaving UCLA, which has a 37% Asian population. Smart, because she’d probably get seriously hurt, or harassed for the rest of her time there if she stayed.
My main question is, how could someone from a good school like UCLA post a public, racist rant on a forum which could attract millions of viewers as a political science major??? Aren’t poli-sci majors supposed to be super careful about their persona if they ever want to get elected into public office? Maybe not. Look at all the politicians in office we have now.
WHY ARE THERE RACISTS?
* Lack of education. This has to be the #1 reason why people are racist. If you only speak one language well, have never lived overseas, have never traveled overseas, and live in a very homogeneous environment, you don’t have the education or perspective to understand different cultures. 60%+ of Americans don’t have a passport, and we Americans are cursed with the fact that English is the main international language. As a result, we don’t try as hard to understand other cultures because we don’t have to.
* We blame others for our problems. Alexandra is stressing due to finals and is taking out her anger and frustration on someone else. We like to blame others for us not being able to get into college, get the job, get a promotion, or find love. It’s easier that way. Instead, we should STFU and try harder and focus on how we can improve ourselves.
* We have low self-esteem. The Girls Gone Wild producers are already calling Alexandra Wallace to see if she will audition, no joke. Can you see why? With the way Alexandra is seeking attention with her video and her entire ensemble, it’s not hard to believe she has very low self-esteem.
* We are inherently evil. Perhaps we are just born this way, and can’t help ourselves. It goes back to the nature vs. nurture question. I’m of the belief “nature” is but a 30% minority to why we are who we are today. Our parents and our environment is what really shapes us to be who we are. I don’t believe we are inherently evil and blaming our genes for being out of shape, not smart, racist is just a poor bullshit excuse.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE RACIAL TENDENCIES?
The first thing to do is to become introspective as to why you are a racist. Ask yourself whether you lack the understanding, self-confidence, and general education. If so, get busy because your racist tendencies will prevent you from getting anywhere.
Alexandra Wallace will NEVER have a career because her name will always be associated with her racial rant which any employer will find offensive. Do you think any Asian person who knows about Alexandra Wallace will ever want to hire her or give her a chance? Unlikely. If Alexandra decides to start a business, do you think an Asian person will buy any of her products except for the Girls Gone Wild videos? Unlikely. In essence, Alexandra has a large uphill battle, and potentially 2.5 billion enemies in the world.
If you are a racist, watch Dr. Martin Luther King’s full video and start contemplating before it’s too late.
After you’re done watching, really consider learning a second language well. By learning a second language, you not only learn how to communicate with new people, you also learn so much about that language’s culture. From learning honorific verb forms, to the origins of how characters are drawn, Japanese and Chinese are amazingly powerful languages that helps you from becoming a racist. The languages are based on a concept called “filial piety”, where respect for one’s elders is tantamount. Once you adopt filial piety, you will start not only respecting your elders, but also people from other cultures as well.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS FREE, BUT…..
We all have a right to say whatever we want in America. It’s our 1st amendment right. However, we should all be aware that our words have consequences that we must live by, forever. It really is too bad Alexandra Wallace is racist, because she’s brought so much hardship and shame on herself and her family.
Perhaps someday, Alexandra will realize it’s probably better to keep her thoughts private, and be more understanding of other people. I am very dismayed we consistently have so much hate in our community. We all have pet peeves, idiosyncrasies that may annoy others, and so forth. But, for goodness sake, keep your evil to yourself and perhaps do some good!
Readers, why do you think people are racists? Have you ever encountered racism growing up or in the workplace? What did you do to address the issue? Should Alexandra be forgiven? Will she ever get a respectable job?
Alexandra’s video is no longer available, but here is a good spirited retort.