How people destroy hatred

I’m watching Something the Lord Made with Alan Rickman as Dr. Alfred Blalock and Mos Def as Vivien Thomas.

I’m struck by how blatant racism was back then. At the very beginning of the movie Dr. Blalock and Mr. Thomas were in the halls of Johns-Hopkins looking at paintings of the greats in medicine. When the security guard approached Thomas and asked him to use the back entrance, Blalock stepped forward and identified himself as chief of surgery yet the guard still held fast to those ‘rules’.

But in the end, Blalock didn’t let the fact that Thomas was black impact his opinion of the man. Watch the movie, it’s definitely worthwhile.

I cannot imagine what it must have been, or what it must be like to have that kind of institutional racism present in my life.

But fortunately I’ve had my eyes opened on numerous occasions. Keyron is black and even today people write him off because of the color of his skin. If they knew him, they’d find a delightful, smart, and talented guy, but they can’t see past the color of his skin.

When I see it happen I get very annoyed. What will it take to enlighten other people that race isn’t a reason to hate.

While I’m on that very subject, it seems the homophobes have a little secret of their own. There have been a number of studies done and it seems that when you show a homophobe a picture of a naked man or men having sex, their penises tumesce. But they try so hard to suppress those urges that they come out as the most hateful people. The Reverend Ted Haggard comes immediately to mind but there are so many others.

Hatred is such a waste of time. Just imagine how the world would be if we abandoned hatred without reason.

One thought on “How people destroy hatred

  1. so true. What a waste of time bigotry is. And also how people miss out on meeting and getting to know great people be they black or queer.

    Maybe 50 years from now it will not matter, we can only hope.

    Onanite

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