I was born in England. My early upbringing was accomplished there, and my father maintained a British attitude all his life. In recent years, I have decided that the English are equal opportunity bigots. Race, creed, and colour really have nothing to do with it--it is just that, if you're not English, they feel a bit sorry for you. Except for the French. Many English people that I have met hate the French. I was in high school before I knew that "damned frog" was not only not one word, but also that it was not a polite and proper term for a French person.
I know I have prejudices. The thing is, I think it's wrong to have prejudices, so I fight them.
I don't really believe in God, but I have to say that IF He exists, and IF He created all humanity, then each of us has equal value to Him. Put in secular terms; I see a spark of life in everyone, and that spark is equal in each of us. That spark is what makes us human, and the outside is merely decoration.
In my opinion, what it's all about is trying to be a good person. Trying to be a better person tomorrow than I am today, which I hope is better than yesterday. Nobody is perfect...if we were, we would be in heaven, sitting on the right hand of God, right? But we are supposed to try and do better. And that includes fighting any sneaky and covert thoughts that we might be superior or inferior to anyone else, on the basis of skin colour, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, intelligence, or wealth. Because none of that matters. The only thing that matters is heart; being the best person each of us can be in the face of the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune."
So, I guess that I'm trying, in my own clumsy way, to say that we are really much more alike than we are different, and the differences make life interesting. This has always seemed to me to be a fundamental truth; one of those things that I don't understand how anyone could not believe.
I do the best I can with what I have to work...with.
It seems to me that there is a current of incivility running through our entire culture, worse than I have ever seen. There seems to be more violence on the streets and in our homes, more anger and hatred everywhere. And more prejudice.
I've seen several Democratic Presidents elected in my lifetime, and none of them has sparked the level of viciousness from the other side that this President has. He is intelligent, articulate and caring, characteristics that appeared to be sorely lacking in our most recent former President. So what's the problem? Could it be (gasp) the colour of his skin?
The most racist among his "detractors" deny, deny, deny that racism has anything to do with their lack of respect, but, honestly...what else is there for them to gripe about? Liberal policies? LBJ effected some of the most liberal changes in our country's history, and folks got down on him for the size of his hat!
These Obama haters are making themselves look like utter fools, and making this country look foolish in the eyes of the world. It's time to grow up, people. Don't try to make him fail, just because you think he should. We liberals buckled down and accepted your war-mongering, wealth-pandering, inarticulate President, when you manged to get him (more-or-less) elected. It's time for you to do the same. If he doesn't improve the country, vote him out in four years. Meanwhile, give him a chance.