Greatest Afternoon World Wide Web! Today is a beautifully blessed DAY! Today We are ALL closer to perfection than we were yesterday! I want to begin by acknowledging that I am not perfect at this! I fight daily bias, and racism inside of my journey just to try to effectively address the subject of mixed races, cultures and ethnicities. Because I dare to cross the line into other cultural worlds for better understanding; what I find more times than not is a force of opposition. Collective people and bias who have seen the news, or heard from one person who told another a racial stereotype. Then I pay in their minds for the entire black race. I’ve been known before maturing to not go down without a fight. Anyone who truly knows me, knows that I am passionate about “black” racial issues and sensitive to all issues of race, racism, ethnicities and culture. I’d come out with facts and great argument in opposition of bias to “defend” the negative connotations of my race and culture or even that of others. But…to no avail, the next time they see me; it’s the same issue over again, only this time, they’ve got a different stereotype or bias to throw out there. I’m coming to understand this is the climate of human kind. We watch nationally syndicated shows that have a view, and they invite one poor little soul with an opposing view and verbally tear them apart. This is today’s news and overall environment. I love the people who say,”Why do you care what others think?” or “I’m a complete being no one’s outside views bother me.” We are all STILL on the playground. All of us still want to be the coolest, most fashionable, highly sought after prom king or queen. Our playgrounds now are mainstream media and social networking is all. We are ALL influenced by our environments. The question then only becomes how to process the racism and bias. What other ways do we have to live and channel to support a healthy emotional state when EVERYONE has an opinion. TOO MANY are just hateful and cruel. Just yesterday, a “friend” of my husband’s placed a posting on my husband’s page. My husband purchased a motorcycle. This “friend” found a picture of a very unattractive over weight “black” woman with a two piece bathing suit and a blonde weave placed sideways on her head and posted it to my husband’s face book page. I’m truly just now processing the emotions. I’ve fought back emotions for two days. This guy is Latino, and his wife is white American, which is one of the reasons why they could be viewed as a worthy couple two engage with and our children expose themselves to. It has been totally contrary. Most of the time, when we’ve been in their company, the conversations always find themselves steering to my children’s skin colors and hair textures. My children have two different skin tones and hair textures. This “friend” has also gotten both myself and his wife in a room and boastfully voiced what he “thinks” about Americans both black and white. Of course he enforces that he thinks “I’m not an American” and his wife is. This was another confirmation for me that being “black” and Latino was an issue as well. I’ve heard often from Mestizo Latino and other tri-racial ethnic mixes the reference to Black Latino as not Latino. It’s actually interesting, relative and parallel to some of the same racial dynamics in the USA and all over the world. This isn’t the first or the 100th time that I’ve had to withstand the brunt end of such ignorance. I’ve often considered that this “friend” being an “undocumented” Latino immigrant influences his opinion. It could be that, or it just could be his lack of true understanding for this country and the history of the culture and dynamics. I’ve even leaned towards him having only “T.V.” education which is just all together bad. There is a comment in Spanish that states, “por uno paga todos” which simply translates to, “Everyone pays for one.” It’s amazing how a person’s interactions, or understanding of one person or incident can completely shape what and how they perceive an entire race, culture, or ethnicity of people. I can’t guarantee you that I don’t slip into the wanting of completely withdrawing myself, or even utter dislike. I’m growing. I am also mature enough to understand that one person’s words or actions can not speak for an entire group. This is one of the biggest reasons that I have decided to start this project. There are too many misconceptions, stereotypes, bias and racism. Bringing attention to some of them and engaging in a fact based dialogue to reverse the 16th century studies of socialism can really be a leap in understanding. As long as we stand in the ways of old; checking one box, and segregating ourselves; change will never come to us or our children.
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