“Greatest Evening to you World Wide Web. Today is a beautiful day. We are closer to perfection today than we were yesterday.”-Marjorie Molina Today I am asking a question. Are WE ALL BIAS!? RACIST!? Just plain don’t like that black guy who cut you off in traffic the other day. He’s like all the other rapper thugs who want a hand-out from the government. Or the Spanish guy who lives in a house with 3 families and has too many children waiting for his handout too. The Cauc-Asian serial killer. I honestly tried to think of a negative bias for other races and ethnicities but I don’t have a long list. I even asked 7 people and nothing. The dynamics could be different around the world. Whatever the numbers, I’m sure when one is honest in a closed circle, they’ve heard at least one negative association to a race or culture. This post isn’t to help self conviction. This is not even to blast a race or talk about the MANY negative associations to one or another. I really just want to know how connected are we? How diverse is our dinner tables? Can we truly tackle the obstacles of another’s shoes if we haven’t walked in them? How open are we to being totally wrong about what we think is right? These are all questions that have to be asked of one self when we expect to overcome which ever diagnosis we may have.
Why am I asking this question? Honestly, I see too many inadequate attempts to tackle the issue. Bias that people hold seeping into words. The unwillingness to open the UN at their dinner table. The lack of real life experiences sharing that this is not just a walk in the park where the answer magically appears. Post racial integration which was oh just 30 or 40 years ago, people have started to openly accept well the integration of race. We have ALL been influenced by the world in which we were bred. Anyone who denies this fact is dangerous. They aren’t truly dealing with an issue, they are denying there is a problem. Can just 2 minorities tackle the issue? My opinion, absolutely not. Everyone needs a seat at the table even the majority. A ticket to the open-minded. People who are willing to be absolutely wrong, and right sometimes, to tackle an issues that are long overdue. The willingness to let ego stand down and let the soul, LOVE and human logic take the vote. The willingness to be open and allow your soul to be shaped in love. Can we do this? Who needs a seat? I don’t want a seat. I want to lead the project team. I was born to do so. My circle is a mini UN in progress. I openly seek out each opportunity to shake the hand of someone who looks and speaks differently than me. What can I learn? How does that fit into the big picture? So many questions that can be fit into one post. The truth is the two biggest minorities aren’t the have all end all. Black & Latino I mean. “The beautiful burden of being the land free to the brave and home of the rich where opportunity is opened up to all that knock is the grand diversity of our issues”-Marjorie Molina
If you are a 1%er living tastefully diverse, I salute you! I admire your resolve. I have an idea of what your path of growth was and still is like and I would like to share that gift with the world someday. The ability to funnel LOVE. To see the world through open eyes in a world that is segregated still from everything to churches to the grocery store, we have work to do. Every person alive and loving outside of the box is doing all of humanity a great service. I salute you.
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I am a “FACTS HUNTER” Below are some definitions for all who like to stand on concrete. Enjoy!
Bias is an inclination of temperament or outlook to present or hold a partial perspective at the expense of (possibly equally valid) alternatives in reference to objects, people, or groups. Anything biased generally is one-sided and therefore lacks a neutral point of view. Bias can come in many forms and is often considered to be synonymous withprejudice or bigotry.-Wikipedia
Media bias is the bias of journalists and news producers within the mass media, in the selection of which events and stories are reported and how they are covered. The term “media bias” implies a pervasive or widespread bias contravening the standards of journalism, rather than the perspective of an individual journalist or article. The direction and degree of media bias in various countries is widely disputed.
Practical limitations to media neutrality include the inability of journalists to report all available stories and facts, and the requirement that selected facts be linked into a coherent narrative (Newton 1989). Since it is impossible to report everything, selectivity is inevitable. Government influence, including overt and covert censorship, biases the media in some countries. Market forces that result in a biased presentation include the ownership of the news source, concentration of media ownership, the selection of staff, the preferences of an intended audience, and pressure from advertisers.
Political bias has been a feature of the mass media since its birth with the invention of the printing press. The expense of early printing equipment restricted media production to a limited number of people. Historians have found that publishers often served the interests of powerful social groups.–Wikipedia