Speaking against racism and injustice is easy, but keeping oneself free from the viruses of this disease doesn’t seem to be so easy. More often than not, people speak against racism not because they abhor this practice or they want to eliminate the reminiscences of racism from the society all together. Rather, many people’s public stance against racism is dictated by a kind of utilitarian consideration and calculation. After all, the social, political and even financial cost for anyone’s being exposed as “racially insensitive” is too high in America today, as evident in many political down falls and firing from offices of high stature. Our politicians therefore are keen to craft their language with anti-racist rhetoric and this way they seek to maximize their political gains and support. The worse scenario, however, emerges when people start speaking the language that is politically correct, but they continue to act otherwise. Their formula is very simple, as described by Professor Taylor: “Acknowledge that the problem exists, while actively undermining any effort to deal with the problem.” (K. Taylor, “Civil rights and civil wrongs: Racism in America today,” International Socialist Review, Issue 32, November–December 2003). Former President George W. Bush’s speeches could be cited as a classic example of this trend. While visiting Africa in 2003, he (Bush) said in one of his speeches: “My nation’s journey toward justice has not been easy and it is not over. The racial bigotry fed by slavery did not end with slavery or with segregation. And many of the issues that still trouble America have roots in the bitter experience of other times.” Yet, it didn’t prevent Bush and his party stalwarts from dismantling affirmative action and adopting discriminatory policies that put the minorities in great disadvantage and despair in many aspects of their lives.
Racism is primarily a psycho-moral and spiritual problem. Therefore, the pathology of racism requires a spiritual remedy at both the individual and collective levels