Philosophy – “Why Anti-Racism is, in fact, Racism” – 9/21/2021

“One can be ignorant without being prejudiced, though one cannot be prejudiced without being ignorant.”

– Modern Romanticism

Ignorance is to the notion that something is missing. This would not be in alignment with hatred, because one cannot hate what one is ignorant of. Instead, one fears what one is ignorant of. Two things aligned with the other, of ignorance and fear, is then for hatred to be allied with knowledge. Hatred is the place for being knowledgeable to another thing. Though, in being ignorant, there is complete blindness. In ignorance, it is very much like the act of first falling in love. To that extent, it is blind. To be blinded through hatred is not possible, because this suffocating emotion can be the result of having loved.

Racism, so much conjoined with both fear and ignorance, involving the distance for the interior, then causing a person to be confined for view upon the exterior. To this, there is no hatred. There is the fear that questions what could not be asked for of its truth. This is due to being knowledgeable would involve closing the gap that fear has caused, and when truth is known of a person, there can be hatred that is bred from it. As hatred is only possible because of the existence of love, humans do not feel it in their blindness. The result of love can be hatred, because through love, there was the attempt to understand and to know the value of another person. After betrayal, there can no longer be closeness, as another gap becomes built without the desire to repair the fallen bridge. Although, the secrets that were once shared between two individuals are now taken in opposite directions. In vengeance, people can exploit those secrets, even expose them, due to the knowledge gained.

As racism is the offspring of its parent figures, of fear and ignorance, then to its place in a world, its representation is absence. Racism, the offspring of what is absent of knowledge and also defines the gap between individuals, can compare to the term “absence” because of these two elements. Ignorance and fear are products of absence, thus making racism its mere counterpart. If to be anti-, with the prefix being used to refer towards what can only be presence, then to be so of absence holds no meaning for the notion of its reversal. That is, one cannot be anti-racist, let alone anti-depression nor anti-death. It is to mean that there is nothing in being anti- to the absence, when such refers itself already to the anti- of presence. Anti-racism is the double of absence, making it an oxymoron. There can then only be racism or absence, or presence. It is the same to be ignorant or knowledgeable. It would then make being anti- to racism a place of itself, because there is the ignorance to presence.

Hatred is one-sided, set to be against equality. Hatred conforms to victimization, because it is the presumed victim that, through their supposed innocence, will state they know they know everything to the situation that transpired. At the same time, they know nothing. Since with hatred, there is the refusal to forgive. This makes the hateful one not omniscient, as love will take this place upon a mantle. As there are a million snakes to one devotion for ourselves, we can then state it only possible to fall in love, with truth for it’s happenstance, once. Should betrayal or even a false perception for it be an occurrence, there will be hatred. Had one been in love, there will be hatred. Had one been infatuated, there will be nothing but to forget and remain ignorant.

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