The beautiful thing about the Internet, is that it can allow us to expand our horizons, learn about new cultures and meet individuals that we never would have had the opportunity to meet before. However, the Internet also allows for much darker things to be perpertrated such as hate and disdain for those things different from ourselves.
The Internet allows for individuals to express their thoughts and feelings openly and freely without consequence. The anonymity that users are granted by sitting behind a computer screen is allowing these messages of hate and anger spread like wildfire. Choose almost any article online and you can begin to see the comments transform into a battlefield, with words of hate and accusation and disgust flying back and forth. Take for instance a recent article found on CNN.com that discusses this same issue. The article, an opinion piece, equates the anonymity found through commenting to the anonymity found under the white robes of the Klu Klux Klan.
While this is an extreme comparison, it is effective in driving home the point that commenting and posting of information on the Internet has turned into an unregulated environment where individuals are free to express themselves and spread their messages of hate to all that read it. I personally do not believe in censorship, nor do I believe that there should be some universal law or force regulating everything that goes on on the Internet. I do believe, however, that as human beings we should be respectful to others. This means responding and commenting in such a way that you are treating the other person as you yourself would want to be treated.
As a human being you should be able to stand behind everything that you say or post online. This includes any comment made or any blog written. You should be unashamed of what you are saying and the way that you are portraying yourself. If you feel shame you know that what you are doing or what you are saying is wrong. You must step back and re-evaluate your values and your beliefs. If you know they are wrong, why are you still doing it? I believe this is what is meant through Hermann Hesse’s quote:
“If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.” – Hermann Hesse
Racism is rooted in the fact that we are uncomfortable with those that are different than ourselves. However, we know that it is wrong because similarities are recognized. Unfortunately, whenever you are in an interracial relationship, racism will be a topic that must be addressed. This is due to the fact that it is one of the physical differences that others can see. There is only one way in which racism can be successfully overcome and that is through education. It is only through education that differences can be acknowledged for what they are and accepted. It will not be an easy task due to the deeply ingrained belief of superiority and discrimination. Therefore as interracial couples continue to grow in numbers throughout the world it is our duty to educate our children and our families about acceptance. It is through these values and education that a difference can be made in the world and racism can be successfully minimized and even abolished.