I am writing this thread because I want to know candidly what others are thinking regarding race. I am leaving it very open to interpretation, but
hoping that if you do comment then it is not nasty to others.
I have spent many years thinking about race. I was born and spent most of my childhood in a place in the very middle of England called Leicester. It
is there I was exposed from the word go to many different types of people. There were English, Scottish, Welsh, Jamaicans, Irish, Polish, Indian
Hindus and Muslims, Pakistan Muslims, Jewish people and others. Wow, that was happening even in the 1970s. When we were kids there was a bit of banter
and the racist National Front tried to stir things up violently, though they were only a small minority. Leicester has been a wonderful multicultural
success. It is amazing really as it is one of the most working class cities in the whole of England. To this day I miss the place.
I spent many years living in a Muslim community. My real Dad came over from Germany as a very little boy with my Grandmother and his older brother at
the end of the last World War as refugees. I really know nothing about them as my English Mum (who is unusually dark skinned) never married him. I met
my Grandmother once, but she was so secretive and utterly discouraged me from getting involved. It remains a mystery and is I expect untraceable. On
my Mom's side it is Gypsy. My Mom almost looks half African, like Diana Ross, so dark and beautiful. She is still alive and doing fine. She is very
happy with my Step Dad, who is a lovely easy going and gentle guy.
I liked living with the Muslims. I never really had a problem except when everything went crazy with Jihad. I used to even eat Halal meat. I spent
many years, too, with Jamaican culture. I learned so much about Africa and its Diaspora. It helped with the Bible, too. I learned all about Cush in
the Bible and Solomon's Dark Lady.
I meany, guys, the one who has taught me more than any other human being was this chap from Galilee, Israel 2000 years ago. I read a lot about Native
Americans. I read a book called "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown. It chronicles all the slaughters of the tribes. I spent weeks reading it
as it is a very thick book. I had tears in my eyes the whole time. It hurt me bad and to this day I can still instantly recall the feeling of grief. I
read all about the struggles of the Black Man and the Black Woman. I studied Martin Luther King, even read Malcolm X. To this day I still make music
that comes from Black people. They have had a huge influence on me in terms of understanding freedom. I picked up on their journey to freedom, too.
Like Bob Marley said we all must "Emancipate yourselves from MENTAL SLAVERY, None but ourselves can free our minds". Bob turned me on to Haile
Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, The Christian King wrote about some amazingly intelligent, insightful and philosophical observations and ideas about
race that address our global dilemma as we become more and more exposed to each other. He gave many speeches about race to the United Nations. I
highly recommend Haile, lol. I think he wins the argument. His argument is regal and noble in purpose. He has taught me a great deal about race.
I read Maya Angelo's "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" and Alice Walker's "The Color Purple". I learned all about child abuse from these Women
Writers. It gave me deep insight into the woman's perspective. Yes, I learned that from Black Women. I have let Russian writers get in my head. It has
all been an EDUCATION. I read "The Diary of Anne Frank" which is an incredibly powerful book about race. Anne is a great teacher. Yes, children have
taught me about race.
I look around my studio. I have stuff from all around the world. I have Chinese electronics, Japanese electronics, American electronics, German
electronics, British electronics. My PC is loaded with programs coded by programmers from many different nationalities. I have Indian cotton, Egyptian
cotton, American/Hebrew Levi's jeans, Korean hiking boots, American guitars (how much more to make my point?)
I would date any nation of girl. I find beauty in all nationalities aesthetically. I eat many different kinds of recipes and food traded from all over
the earth. This is my attitude to race. It is what it is. I make it a plus not a minus. Others do not though and they ruin it for me and stop me from
experiencing what I would like to experience. The world is still not ready. It will have to go through the motions. I have been through the
Now I am at my multicultural peak living in a beautiful place where even royalty and Rothschilds come to have holidays occasionally. David Cameron and
his wife come here often. I am very poor in my cave cottage. I miss multiculture like crazy in many ways. It is almost too monoculture for me here. I
can't think locally. My perception perceives the world always. That is one of the reasons I visit, read and write here at ATS. America and its
writers, poets, artists, movie makers, thinkers, dreamers have been a huge influence on me culturally, black and white.
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