Greatest Evening World Wide Web! Today is a wonderful day! We are closer to perfection than we were yesterday. The words that are coming from my fingers have been inside my mind for some time. I didn’t really know how to speak on the subject without seeming like I would offend anyone. Then I realized the very existing of children that are mixed offends some people so I won’t make everyone happy. Well…here it goes.
Pride, Prejudice and Egocentrism. Once I learned another language and interacted with people outside of my cultural comfort zone I started to see the world that I lived in from the outside in. I see black differently. I think at the same time I started to see all people and culture differently. Ladies. Have you ever walked into a nail salon with Asian employees and asked the employee to maybe change your nail polish like three times? Gentlemen. Maybe you’ve gone into a business where you’ve made a similar petition. You can tell they are upset, and they immediately convert to speak to the person beside them in their native language. What if it was a racial slur? What if it was a comment that if it were in English would be illegal and enforceable by law? Have you ever gone into an Authentic Latino, African, Middle Eastern or any other restaurant or business and right in front of you, the person started to speak in their native language? Do you assume? Take your business elsewhere? Now let’s switch the scenario. A person whose nationality is from a country outside of the USA comes into a business that is owned by an US Citizen of US Nationality. The client upsets them and the owner or employee says in English a derogatory comment about a protected status; race, color, religion, national origin etc. Would it be fair to say that just because this is America and the national language is English that this is now a CRIME? Why wouldn’t it be the reverse? I’m not saying that we need a translator in every business where someone is speaking another language, but there should be a common ground. I’m not saying now that people can not practice their languages of their heritage in their homes either. What does this mean?
I am raising children that check OTHER. They are of Latino and African-American descent. That is two ethnicities; Latino and African American, marrying themselves IN the beautiful United States of America. This is of course multiple races. (Latino/Spanish is NOT a RACE; it’s an ethnicity/culture) It’s also the largest classification other than color on the Census, assuming that everyone is an American and understanding that the country is filled with immigrants from all over the world. Here is where my question gets sticky. Flags, language, cultural shift etc. I am an American and I speak, read and write Spanish as a 2nd language. I want my children to be proud of both of their heritages. I want them to appreciate America, immigration, and understand the WHY in all of their future questions. Opportunity is what called most immigrants to the United States. Teaching them about racism is important. This is a real issue in our world. Children of multiple races and ethnicities are perfect, little ambassadors to bridge a racial conversation that is long overdue. My children are bilingual; learned at home. They speak and understand BOTH languages well. Being bilingual is important. All too often, I’ve heard people tell me, you should speak only SPANISH in your home and let “the teachers at school” teach your child English. ” They will learn fast, my children did.” Is that the teacher’s responsibility? In an already stressed economy where poor teachers are loosing their jobs based on performance, and plagued by variables such as language being one that are beyond their control. I just feel that this subject can be explored more. The refusal to learn English by some. Is this Egocentrism. The expectation of a translator? The demand that laws are enforced when they are broken in English only? How far does this go? Realizing that as an African-American it’s NOT normal in the SOUTH for me to hang an American flag to show patriotism to my country of origin; America. America is the only country embedded into my being. Can I be Patriotic? Am I Patriotic? Is my allegiance to the Africa that I’ve never known? When I’ve asked people from outside of the country that come as immigrants, “Who is American?” The answer provided normally is Caucasian. Black American is “Black”, and Caucasian is American. I almost drifted off into another blog, but I won’t press backspace because it’s necessary. I couldn’t properly discuss this subject without at least mentioning that “I” am not completely recognized on a consensus as an American. What is patriotism? Lack of Inclusion? I’ve often wondered why “Black” people who were brought as slaves more than a century ago are kept from their heritage and all flags because of broken records etc. BUT everyone else who came voluntarily can proudly say where their lineage comes from and even waive flags of other countries of origin. I’ve met people who mark “Caucasian” as their classification, yet the only LOVE that flows from their mouth is that of ITALY, IRISH, SCOTTISH, EUROPE etc. The people from around the world who are aware of their heritage and proudly waive their flags. Are we guilty of looking at ethnic groups and based on their physical appearance keeping them in a country of origin? One can not LOOK Latino, because it is not a race, but we take part in racial profiling. The culture also practices similar racism to that of America’s past and present. If you look Asian, (which is a valid uniform ethnic group) then you are Asian, and not an American and etc…. Can one have pride without having EGOCENTRISM? Egocentrism? Possibly. Prejudice? Could be. Pride? I’m sure it may be…. But where is the Red, White, and Blue line?
Patriotism is a cultural attachment to one’s homeland, excluding differences caused by the dependencies of the term’s meaning upon context, geography and philosophy. In a generalized sense applicable to all countries and peoples, patriotism is a devotion to one’s country.-WIKIPEDIA
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Egocentrism is characterized by preoccupation with one’s own internal world. Egocentrics regard themselves and their own opinions or interests as being the most important or valid. Self-relevant information is seen to be more important in shaping one’s judgments than do thoughts about others and other-relevant information (Windschitl, Rose, Stalkfleet & Smith, 2008). Egocentric people are unable to fully understand or to cope with other people’s opinions and the fact that reality can be different from what they are ready to accept.-Wikipedia
The word prejudice refers to prejudgement: i.e. making a decision before becoming aware of the relevant facts of a case. In recent times, the word has come to be most often used to refer to preconceived, usually unfavorable, judgments toward people or a person because ofgender, social class, age, disability, religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, language, nationality or other personal characteristics.-Wikipedia
Pride is an inwardly directed emotion that carries two common meanings. With a negative connotation, pride refers to an inflated sense of one’s personal status or accomplishments, often used synonymously with hubris. With a positive connotation,pride refers to a satisfied sense of attachment toward one’s own or another’s choices and actions, or toward a whole group of people, and is a product of praise, independent self-reflection, or a fulfilled feeling of belonging. Philosophers and social psychologists have noted that pride is a complex secondary emotion which requires the development of a sense of self and the mastery of relevant conceptual distinctions (e.g., that pride is distinct from happiness and joy) through language-based interaction with others. Some social psychologists identify it as linked to a signal of high social status. In contrast pride could also be defined as a disagreement with the truth. One definition of pride in the first sense comes from St. Augustine: “the love of one’s own excellence”. In this sense, the opposite of pride is either humility or guilt; the latter in particular being a sense of one’s own failure in contrast to Augustine’s notion of excellence.-Wikipedia