Entry 010118 – I Am Black

Posted: January 1, 2018 in Journal, Life Stories
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I started this new year at -30… degrees celsius. What a way to start eh? The great thing is… ‘it’s only up from here’… I hope lol.

Well this isn’t a ‘new year, new me, new page, new chapter post’. It’s more a ‘I haven’t posted in ages and what better day to restart than on the 1st post’.

What I will do is take a look back and comment on something that totally shook me… and continues to puzzle me.

Racism! Why is this still a thing? Like really? Are we still clueless to the fact that people are different? Why would you cross the road to avoid passing me on the street because my skin has more melanin in it than yours? Why would you choose to stand on a bus when there is an available seat on either side of me because I look different?  Are we still so ignorant? Really?

What really upsets me… is that… this behavior is NOT something we are born with. IT IS TAUGHT! Parents are the reason why kids grow up like this. Most of those parents are not even sure why they themselves behave that way… it’s just what their parents taught them. And the sad thing is… the cycle will continue with people not even thinking about why they are doing what they are doing but just doing it. Just yesterday, I sat on a bus and saw a young girl (probably about 10yo) sit in the seat next to me… with no care in the world… because it was a seat. Then her dad sees me and says to her “hey dear, let’s go sit in the back”. Ironic actually… I’m black and they are white… and he chose to go to the back of the bus.

I was just going to move on to something else but I just remembered something very funny on that same bus ride. This young boy (probably about 12yo)… he is also white and he comes in the bus and walks to the seat next to me…. and this boy has already committed to sitting down and is already on his descent down…. and looks up and sees me and moments before he touches the seat… he spins around and walks to the back of the bus. LOL! Like that was the funniest thing EVER! Truth is… normally when we commit to something even if we are interrupted mid action… it’s almost impossible to change the action until said action is completed. Sitting is one of those actions that once you have committed to and already on your way down… is extremely difficult to stop lol you would have to sit and then get up lol. But he managed to get it done.

The up-side to this… is that I feel special and I can feel comfortable sitting on the bus. But the reality is, it does bother me that people can still be so ignorant.

To be fair though… it is NOT everyone. People do sit next to me. What I find though… those are the young adults who are at the stage in their lives that they evaluate things for themselves and challenge the ideas and views they parents have taught them that may not quite add up for them… or they were fortunate to have not grown up in a family that does not accept differences.

The good thing too is that at the university level… persons are allowed to mix in an environment that lends itself to intellectual reasoning. A lot of interracial relationships come out of university. And that is great. It’s just a shame that so many start off with that influence from their ignorant parents. And when I say ‘ignorant’, I am not saying that they are stupid. I am saying that they are lacking knowledge and awareness.

Well anyways… I think I’ve said enough for now. I just wish persons would accept each other’s differences. It is okay to be difference but it’s not okay or cool to be ignorant. Not knowing in this age where information is so readily accessible is definitely NOT cool. Think! Try to understand! What these people do… is silly… but guess what? It hurts.

Thank God that I know my worth. I am happy and proud to be who I am. I am not ashamed to be different!

I am black.

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Comments
  1. Kathy Lee says:

    Lovely write but sad content. Sad to think that such ignorance still exist . You would think that a decent educated black man getting in and out of the White House without the slightest scandal would show people that we are the same. Anyway an almost black, sorry interracial lady is on her way to the palace

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