Winning Over Racism

Dear Y.B.M.:

I trust that you are treating your brothers and sisters “according to the flesh” more kindly and with dignity and respect, and I also hope that you are mature enough to allow God to give you some good white friends to help you down the road on this most difficult journey.

It has been established that racism is firmly entrenched in this society. Frankly speaking, I believe racism will be here with us until the end. Here is how you can win over racism:

First, the best thing to do is ignore it and avoid it. One of the best things you can do for a racist White man or Black man, for that matter, is ignore him. Just leave him alone.

Second, do not get ruffled by racist/prejudiced people. If you get ruffled now, you will be getting ruffled the rest of your life. Always be cool, calm, and collected, as they say.

Third, “turn the other cheek”. Believe it or not, it works. It is kind of hard to fight a man who does not want to fight.

Fourth, do not allow yourself to become bitter. I repeat: do not allow yourself to become bitter.That is exactly what White racists want you to do—become bitter, angry and frustrated, because they know that you render yourself ineffective when you become bitter. Don’t let them get into your head like that. They know that a man who is filled with anger or bitterness cannot function or prosper that way.

Fifth, remember all White people are not racist or prejudice. Do not try to deal with the White community as a whole, but deal with each person on an individual basis. Treat them as you would like for them to treat you.

Sixth, become independent through knowledge and by having your own source of income, thus not putting yourself in a situation where you can be subject to racism.

Seventh, there are many dear White people who are not racist or prejudice; they simply do not understand some things. Take the time to help educate these good-hearted people in this matter.

Eighth, do not take racism too seriously. It is probably not that important of a matter right now. We can spend our energy in more productive ways.

Ninth, rioting, fighting, burning, and raising hell is not the way to deal with racism. All that does is drive the root of racism deeper. Avoid such asinine activities.

You can win over racism if you use your head and your heart.

Winning Over Racism and Prejudice,

Daniel

P.T.:
I would be nothing else in God’s creation but a black man. – Marcus Garvey

I find in being black, a thing of beauty; a joy; a strength; a secret cup of gladness. – Ossie Davis

This chapter is an excerpt from my book, Mo’ Letters to Young Black Men: More Advice & Encouragement for a Difficult Journey. Click here to find out more or to purchase the book online.