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Racism on the Internet: Lets Broaden Our Minds

“I studied psychology in school, and the best psychology is in literature. It’s so much easier to understand a character than a theory.”

Natalie Portman

If you want to be a better person, you’re going to have to work. I think reading is the answer to all of life’s problems. Everything you need to know, you’ll find in a book. So if you want to read to free your mind, here are the best subjects to choose from.

  • History- It’s simple really, you need to know the facts of what happened, what the conditions were like, how it was, and how it ended to know why we are how we are. You have to read from a lot of authors to come to the truth, because History is about perception. Also you would be well served to include in your  readings, books about life in Western Africa before, during and after the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It can be overwhelming sometimes, or it could be like reading a newspaper article from another time. Whatever, the rewards to your mind and soul will be numerous. For suggested readings click here.
  • Literature- Like the above quote from Natalie Portman says, in some ways fiction can be more realistic than the facts. By making you relate to the characters, you open yourself up to information, or a way of thinking that might have eluded you otherwise. I recently read Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe, and that did more for me than any history book did. Simply put, he illustrated how evil is not always deliberate. It can appear kind and well-meaning. Achebe shows how difficult it was for people  to save themselves from the influence of colonialism. By doing do he showed me how we’re still under its grasp, and why it’s so hard to break free. But the reverse is true, The Reader by Bernard Schlink I loved for similar reasons. It’s so easy to judge, when you’re disconnected from the situation. Schlink shows, what people always say about evil, that it happens when good men do nothing. They did, and millions died horribly. To know how horribly, read Night by Elie Wiesel.
  • Psychology- well my first post on this topic was inspired by my Social Psychology course. If you’re aware of your thinking, and the tricks your mind plays on you, you can fight it. It’s really about being conscious of your behaviour. When you act, it’s because you made a decision to do so. Make informed decisions as often as you can, and if you mess up, admit it and own up to your mistake (at least) personally. Most importantly learn from it. Here’s an interesting article discussing whether Stereotypes are true?
  • Sociology-People are the products of their social environments: Family, friends, country etc. Trinis love Soca and Jamaicans love Dancehall. Your accent, your tendency to tear up when you hear your anthem, all of that you learn from your environment. Appreciating differences as an expression that’s alternate to yours is healthiest. So stop it with the them and us stupidness. I’m not better than you and you’re not better than me.

As ubiquitous as blogs are nowadays, books are miles better. On blogs (even this one) you don’t know the author. They’re not obligated to share their credentials with you or do anything other than post their opinion. I mean there are blogs for everything, but they’re best used as a diving board for further research.

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3 Comments»

[…] Original post by youcouldbelievethis […]

  anonyjw wrote @

Yahoo (or someone else) deleted the question that was asked.

Good read!

  youcouldbelievethis wrote @

I know I’m going to search for a replacement and link to it.

Thanks much.


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