Every so often the light bulb goes on and there is a bit more understanding of how insidious, hidden, and malignant discrimination and hatred of others actually is.
I am finding that the more educated and higher up in terms of status, the harder it is to put one’s finger on the true nature of the discrimination. The more money we have, the more education we are provided with, the easier it is to appear as if we have no agendas and few, if any prejudices, because along with the preceding, the more able we are to appear liberal, caring, and on the cusp of being a part of the movement to have a more egalitarian society. In short, we are better at hiding our true colors. Strangely enough, some of these people are unaware of what they are doing and think they really do accept all others.
On Facebook, for example, there are so many of us who espouse fairer treatment and equality in all areas. Facebook is one of those places that allows us to portray ourselves as amazing human beings, often without problems, and having picture perfect lives. That depiction may or may not really be true. In this era of ‘fake news,’ some of us are portraying ourselves in such a way that we look as if we are but a short step away from sainthood. On media, we often put on our media faces.
One of the ways we often find out about the true status of things, is when we do or sponsor something that is something positive to benefit those who are not as fortunate as we are. We put it out there, we publicize it, we call upon our friends and acquaintances to partake, and nothing happens. Often, they don’t even respond to the invitation. It could be that it just is not their cup of tea, but at times it may even show that they don’t want an association with something that their subconscious might deem to be beneath them.
They talk the talk, but the don’t necessarily walk the walk. I need to be clear that this is not an indictment of everyone, but there is a significantly large group of people who fall into this category and I find it to be a sad thing.