Kim Kardashian's realisation that racial discrimination still exists might be 'delayed' - but it's a good thing!
This week, Kim Kardashian touched upon a subject far weightier than the size of her booty.
‘To be honest, before I had North, I never really gave racism or discrimination a lot of thought,’ confessed the glamorous 33-year-old.
‘It is obviously a topic that Kanye is passionate about, but I guess it was easier for me to believe that it was someone else’s battle.
‘But recently, I’ve read and personally experienced some incidents that have sickened me and made me take notice. I realize that racism and discrimination are still alive, and just as hateful and deadly as they ever have been.’
OK. Kim’s sudden realisation might seem strange. She’s married to a black man and has pretty much exclusively dated/married black or mixed race men all her adult life – one would think she would have had some experience of this vile prejudice.
But the fact that she hasn’t surely isn’t a bad thing? And her heartfelt admission certainly doesn’t warrant her being mocked and teased on countless blogs and websites just because she never truly understood the motivations and roots of racism and bigotry before.
I know a lot of people – black, white, asian – who, like Kim, think racism is a thing of the past because they haven’t got a racist bone in their body, and live in communities that are wonderfully liberal, open minded and forward thinking. They have been so lucky as to have never been the target of it.
That’s an AWESOME thing. It shows how far we’ve come.
But the fact is discrimination is still painfully prevelant.
As Kim continues in her blog: ‘The first step I’m taking is to stop pretending like this
isn’t my issue or my problem, because it is, it’s everyone’s… because the
California teenager who was harassed and killed by his classmates for being
gay, the teenage blogger in Pakistan who was shot on her school bus for
speaking out in favor of women’s rights, the boy in Florida who was wrongly
accused of committing a crime and ultimately killed because of the color of his
skin, they are all someone’s son and someone’s daughter and it is our
responsibility to give them a voice and speak out for those who can’t and
hopefully in the process, ensure that hate is something our children never have
Does it really matter that it’s taken Kim 30 years to feel politicised by the anti-racism debate?
Having someone with such powerful prominence, one of the most watched women in the world, speak out against racism can only be a good thing. I just hope she sticks to her word and continues to fight for the cause.