Our fear, our frivolousness and our lack of vision as human beings when it comes to race in our present-day world is seemingly increasing by the hour - and taking into consideration some of the recent events that have occurred in our nation, it is clear that the racial relief we so desperately need is far from being in sight.
Arizona has enacted a limited version of its controversial SB 1070 immigration law targeting immigrants crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S.; the NAACP condemns the Tea Party Express for having alleged "racist elements" within their organization; and Mrs. Shirley Sherrod, a former USDA employee, loses her job as a result of a video posted on the Internet portraying her as a racist element within the NAACP.
However, the most senseless, disheartening incident of all has to be the recent case involving Omar Thornton - the man who went on a killing spree at a factory in Manchester, Connecticut, claiming that he had been racially discriminated against since the day he was hired.
According to the company, Hartford Distributors, Mr. Thornton had been stealing and selling beer from his truck, and that Mr. Thornton during his two years of employment never filed a formal complaint of racial harassment or discrimination with either the company or his union.
We do not know (as of yet) if racial discrimination had anything to do with the killing spree - what we do know is that nine more people are no longer here with us, and that "race" may have had something to do with their deaths.
Our inability to find a balance when it comes to race relations in this nation is a tale that has never been fun to read, and a story that we refuse to write an ending for.
How many wake-up calls do we need before we make a genuine effort to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination from our society?
It is sad (in fact almost embarrassing) that we human beings, who represent the most intelligent species on the face of the planet, cannot bring ourselves to recognize and collectively accept the fact that:
1) We need one another for the ultimate survival of the human race
2) We have diversity to thank for our existence
To understand these concepts, all you have to do is look in the mirror. We have eyes, a nose, lips, hair, hands, arms, legs, etc. - with each feature coming to form through the communication and cooperation of different cell structures (containing different types of information) which ultimately create what other people see when they look at you, and what you see when you look in the mirror.
We as individuals are no different than the individual cells that make up our bodies. Each one of us is different, and each one of us contains different types of information. Imagine the peace and progress we could achieve if we would learn (like the cells) to come together, communicate and cooperate.
There is power in diversity. With each day comes the opportunity for us all to profit from the benefits of living in a diverse society, but if we continue to ignore the obvious and waste the mixture of resources that we have at our disposal, it will almost be next to impossible for us to solve our common problems and eradicate the plagues of racial hatred and discrimination from our civilization.