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"And I ain't gonna be a face in a crowd, you're gonna hear my voice when I shout it out loud!" - Bon Jovi, It's My Life.
Today, We're going to delve into something that isn't comical, or really Literary in nature.
Yes, this is a definite change for Mr. Emerid, but change is academic. Oh this particular column was going to be a review of other Columns, but the day I started it, I took a break and decided to watch a movie my brother had picked up from the library. Pleasantville.
Now it started out cheesy, with the entire 50's sitcom thing, but as the movie went on, I noticed some very familiar things.
Things that, quite frankly, disturb even Good ol' freaky Emmy.
It started when Things were going colors, and Bud's mom had went technicolor.
She was walking down a street, when three guys that were still black and white started harassing her, saying stuff like "what's under that nice shade of blue?" Well, this struck a chord within me that started to feel furious. Sure, just a tiny pang here to start with, then the movie went on to where the City council started to try and fix things, first off, by Separating the "Coloreds". It hit me that beneath all this Fifties persona's, and the theme of the movie being about change, that it went deeper to the misguided notion of hatred due to difference.
The blind hatred that was thoroughly pronounced throughout the 40's up to even the 90's. Hell, it's been going on even longer than that.
What I'm talking about is Racism.
The theory that one person is better than another due to beliefs, or color of skin. It disgusts me to the core.
Sure nowaday's some people treat Racism like a joke, One movie comes to mind, Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles." Chockful of racial slang and jokes relating to racism. I laugh at the movie myself, it's a good movie.
Really, though, Racism is a serious notion. The sheer idea of hating someone due to them being different bedazzles me. Difference is necessary, Difference is Change, and Change is THE way of life. Everything Changes, and that's because something or someone different enters the picture to change everything around it. Detesting Change is a short sighted point of view, in my humble opinion, because it's the way things are. Without change, we'd still be clobbering each other in caves with wooden clubs, or we'd've been eaten by Animals.
So while there are people who hate people because of the difference of a paticular thing, remember that Difference is change, and change is essential to survival.