A New View on Racism

If you choose to read on, you will probably find that this is not what you expected. I spent two years of my childhood in Northern Rhodesia in the 20s, when the white man ruled and the indigenous population were virtual slaves. But the mindset of the whites had nothing to do with racism, they merely looked upon their African servants, in the way that the average housewife looks at the washing machine and dishwasher today, she feeds it, keeps it clean, has it repaired when required, and takes it for granted. Until the 50s we had hardly heard of racism, it was more a case of demarcation, and I propose to treat all the aspects of demarcation and racism equally.

>From as far back as I can remember there was demarcation, a class system, and snobbery, basically all the same thing, and if you think of the various strata of our society then and now, there hasn’t been that much change, we all have a place and we know our place, whether we decide to make such advantage that we may have as a tool for enhancement is a matter for the individual, not necessarily adopted by all. The titles of the places have changed, it seems that celebrities from whatever background, are more important now than titled people or even those in charge of our destiny. You will never get rid of demarcation, it is the hallmark of success, it has a snob value, and a commercial value.

Racist riots are generally not to do with racism per se, but with territorial, economic or social problems, but the word racism has a tag of an entirely different sort, it is intended to appeal to the conscience of the world, whether valid or not, that there is demarcation that, in most cases, is unacceptable to the minority. This has now become not only a social tool, but a political tool. It gives substance to spurious rhetoric, which can rouse feelings of intense hatred of what is seen as a highly differential demarcation. In all my nearly 90 years, I can’t remember a more disturbed time, when a high proportion of the races of this world were at one another’s throats, apart from WW2. I suggests that if we all considered racism as demarcation, it would be less pejorative and possibly less open to abuse.

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