posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 08:55 PM
First, thank you NRA (do you mind the truncation of your screenname?) for this thread, and your gentle guidance of the OP.
I am fortunate enough to live in an area where the "color lines" are blurred to the point of being pointless. People here will characterize
others as white, brown, black or their nation of origin. I used to be a caucasian, and now I'm merely dark beige. ha!
I'm uncomfortable with generalizations being made upon a country-of-origin basis; I hear things like this all the time, and have been known to be
a real pain-inne-adz about challenging such statements:
Jamaicans are _________
Horduranians are _________
Philipinos are _________
There doesn't seem to be much emphasis placed upon actual skin color, and I think that's great. There is a frequent use of the N-word, which here
is apparently used as an endearment and not necessarily in a reflection of skin tone. I'm uncomfortable with that, as I grew up believing it to be
wrong to use it, and I choose not to accept it into my lexicon, even knowing how it is used here by a small segment of the population. There are so
many other words, better words, you know?
When I lived in the U.S., I intentionally avoided less affluent, heavy-density areas of either latinos or blacks. It was my experience that those
areas had a higher probability of confrontation [for me] than others areas. To me, this was just being sensible, much as I would avoid any
hazard, however it always made me think -- made me question my motives, question my analysis of the situations, examine my prejuidices.