Super Soul Series: What is the root of racism and prejudice?
The people who are not like us...the people who oppose us...are afraid of being different. They've never had to (be different...be like us), and their fear stems from the fact that they sense the inevitable reality that they are about to be. And, of course, that makes them feel uncomfortable and scared. So they exert the power and ability of being in the position of privilege simply to tell us,
"No, we're not having it"
"No, you can't be that way"
"No, you can't be this version of free"
"We need to go slower this is moving too fast for my comfortable state of privilege/unawareness/lack of concern"
"No, maybe we need to focus on something different
"No, you're making such a big deal out of this"
"I don't think it's as bad as you say it is...even though I know you are telling me...from your mouth straight to my face... that your life and livelihood is threatened on a daily basis simply because you are different from the majority. I don't believe you."
Fear makes people shun opportunities to learn and be compassionate and accept the possibility that, a reality that is not my own can most definitely coexist with the only one I know. That shunning spurns anger, violence, and arrogant ignorance on micro and macro levels (i.e. microaggressions, hate crimes, dating preferences, hiring practices, legislation, etc.). That shunning infests the roots of society with a practically incurable disease: oppression.
*Super Soul Series is adapted from Oprah's Super Soul Sunday guest-questions. Existential questions asked by Oprah, answered by me...in preparation for when she (finally) interviews me in real life.