You can't fix other peoples' racism
17th Jul 20194m33s
I was just reading the other day about Satpal Ram, this British-Asian guy who was jailed for murdering a white dude in a fight that broke out in a restaurant in Birmingham. And Satpal Ram claimed to have done it in self-defense 'cause he said if he hadn't stabbed the guy, the guy would have killed him. In any case, he suffered massive amounts of racist abuse in jail, and after 14 years he was supposed to be released, and the government had no legal standing to keep him in jail. And yet they delayed his release, and who knows why? Maybe it was again, for racist reasons? These sorts of things remind me that there are plenty of racist people still in this country, and I live in a world which... At least here, I live in this world, here in the West, where I do not have an equal standing to white people out there. And, not to say that, when I meet white people they're gonna see me that way, because I think for a lot of people I'm, you know, cool, but there are definitely people who don't see me as an equal. And that's something that I'm always gonna have to be aware of and I'm gonna have to deal with, at times. When I was a kid I had to deal with it a lot more, because it was a lot worse then, back in the 80's, in the UK. But at the same time, I'm not naive enough to think that we're past racism. I mean, I remember watching the the Tory party debate where a question Krishnan Guru-Murthy asked Sajid Javid--
[Krishnan] When it comes to uniting this country, how sure are you that Britain is ready for a British-Pakistani prime minister?
And I thought that was such an offensive question to ask him. I mean, what is the guy gonna say? No. Of course he's gonna say yes, but moreover the only reason he's even being asked that question is because he's Pakistani, because he's not white. And Sajid gave this inspirational answer of why he thinks Britain's the most tolerant nation. I mean, man, you know what, if people don't go vote for you because you're brown, then that's that. And personally, I just... That's just life. There's nothing you can do about that. And sometimes it's easy to get angry about these things. You get into a rage where you see these sorts of injustices and you realize that there is racism and you are gonna be at the receiving end of it at times. But, one thing I've realized, one thing I've learned from my life is that, it's not worth getting angry at other people, and it's not worth harboring negativity and angry thoughts towards other people because of potential racism and things like that, 'cause that's just gonna make me miserable, that's gonna make my life worse. So, the better approach is to live the best life you can live, and focus on your happiness, and focus on creating positivity in your life. 'Cause that way you have a positive mindset. It doesn't mean you're ignoring the issues, you're ignoring people who could treat you in a bad way. No, it just means that you're not gonna let those people take you down mentally. That's the key point. You're gonna deal with them, you're gonna handle them, but you're not gonna let them influence your day-to-day thinking. You're gonna stay positive. And it's really hard to do, but I think that's really the only way to deal with this. 'Cause the truth is, you know, this isn't going away. Prejudice, racism, bigotry, not just against me, against anyone, it's not going away. And you can't change people's mindsets like that. It just doesn't happen. I think people have bigotry in the first place because in some ways it makes them feel good. This stuff is never going away, and for that person to stop being a bigot they would have to have some kind of internal transformation. I think that's how this works. I mean, in my life I've had moments where I've definitely felt resentment towards groups of people, and what would then change my mindset would be my own thinking being transformed through personal growth, or maybe I meet someone or something happens. But it was never someone else coming and telling me off for my thinking, and then that causing me to change my thinking. Maybe if I was a five-year-old kid that would work, but not now, 'cause once we become adults we're all so sure about our thoughts and our opinions and we definitely don't want someone else telling us how to think. So that's why I think it's so hard to change other people's mindsets, once they've latched on to a thought like that. So, the best that you can do is just become really strong yourself, in your own mind, and that way you can handle what gets thrown at you. And also, that way you can stay positive. But it's important then, to work on your life, so you feel that pride in yourself. So you can look at yourself, and there's evidence to show you that you're doing well. You are what you say you are, and that you have the evidence to show for it.