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The End of Racism: Anything that has a beginning has an end

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

The title of this chapter is a paradox because, throughout the book, I pointed out that racism is a social construct, a façade, a bogeyman that has morphed into a monster that is extremely diffi cult to define and contains.

Yet, here I am talking about its end. The idea of racism is entrenched in my heart and it is in the news every day. It has been said that “If you tell a lie to people repeatedly, it will be accepted as the truth.”

We have been bombarded with the idea of racism to the extent it is almost heresy to dare suggest that it is just a social construct.

There are people who strongly believe that racism is real and very tangible, and they see everything through the eyes of race. They have been brainwashed into thinking that people are divided by the color of their skin. It is absurd that the White and Black classification permeates every segment of our society.

I mentioned that in Bamumbu, White people are referred to as red. Therefore, we will have a Red and Black division, an indication that using color to classify people does not make sense.

The intention of this book was not to dwell on the negativity associated with racism, ethnocentrism, and tribalism. Care was taken to demonstrate that a social construct such as racism has no place in any civilized society, but it has persisted because society continues to give life to it. In the final chapter of the book, I am going to hammer the last nail on the coffi n in which racism is to be placed and bury it.

The call in this book is for individual action because society is made up of individuals. When each person begins to change, other people will follow. As we bury racism, you will realize that some people will not do it because it is a personal choice. I want you to no longer be at the mercy of any social construct, and I want you to break free from any unfounded opinions about yourself. I want you to know who you are, affirm it, and walk in that realization.

Trying to change the ignorant and bigoted person is not your job.

While we hope those who believe that they are superior will change, you have to move on with just changing yourself because only you can change yourself. While you may fail to change others, your chances of changing yourself are much higher.

Here are some of the things that will put an end to racism, once and for all. All of these are going to be focusing on what you can do to change yourself. If your focus is changing other people, you are going to get frustrated, discouraged, and will give up.

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