posted on Apr, 1 2012 @ 11:27 PM
Having been adopted when I was a very young infant, I believe I am somewhat uniquely qualified to speak about prejudice. With no records regarding my
heritage, I can say that I have what appears to be Hispanic or similar biological lineage, but was raised in a distinctly Caucasian home. My adoptive
parents were born before 1930, and were part of a very different culture. Neither of them had the smallest bit of prejudice within them, but they had
to learn not to use certain words, phrases, and inferences. I was taught that any form of prejudice was among the worst of sins, and therefore grew up
with many friends of many races completely unaware they were any different from me.
Then when I was 18, the father of a girl I was dating put a stop to the relationship and told me the reason was because he didn't want his daughter
to wind up marrying a Mexican and then he would have "that kind" of grand babies. Somehow, I had missed it, but when I began looking back at my life
there was instance after instance where I had been denied a privilege, an invitation, or other slight. Why I think my situation was unusual is that I
realized I had been ostracized by EVERY racial community. Anyone (white, black, yellow, etc) who had a problem with Hispanics did not care for me and
the Hispanics believed I was either arrogant or worse because I apparently thought I was white.
Believe me, a LOT of pieces began to fall into place. But I was raised/taught better than to return hatred or intolerance for the same. My friends
were and continue to still be the same mix of all the above. To say I am a "man without a country" is a fair and applicable description. I watch the
battle between the White, Black, Hispanic, Oriental, etc. communities and can make little or no sense of it. If a white man wants to be unhappy with
another man because he's dark skinned, try being neither one! I can honestly say I never lost a second of sleep over the color of my skin, even after
I found out it seemed to make a difference.
What must be said is that the arguing itself is the greatest danger of all. Through it all I discovered a great distaste, which I have to consciously
fight to keep from becoming animosity, for those who believe they are entitled because they may be black or privileged because they are white or any
variation of such sentiment. The argument that our government is either too stupid or simply too incompetent to perform in certain situations is
appropriate here as well. The ones "leading" ethnic wars and confrontations are oblivious to the damage they are doing to their cause, and the
result is tearing this nation apart. Mr. Jackson and Mr. Sharpton must be blind to the image they project by constant warfare and unending
accusations. Keep in mind that by this same logic, no other race has the right to judge another by the color of their skin, but isn't part of
humanity making judgement on one another's behavior? If someone spends their life on the verge of violence due to their "lot" in life, isn't it
also fair to say they are potentially doing irreversible harm instead? How much farther would they be if they applied the same level of energy (hate,
discrimination, reverse discrimination) towards actually bettering themselves instead of whining that someone else may have it easier? No one is
immune to this criticism. There are those in the rest of the world who will never have the opportunity to have it as good as the worst of us in this
country. The worst of it in this country is still pretty intolerable, though. We need to reach out and help those who truly cannot help themselves.
Maybe a medical condition, a mental difficulty, a learning challenge, poverty, and more can prevent people from excelling, and we can all be of better
character for helping them.
Stop whining. Do something CONSTRUCTIVE with your time, energy, and talents or just get out of the way for those who will not destroy the future or
will have to repair the destruction you are leaving in your path. As a leader, if you are sincerely incapable or seeing the negative impact of your
actions (again, black or white--it doesn't matter), then you are either too stupid or incompetent for the role you have given yourself and you need
to turn it over to better ambassadors before it is too late.
Or would you prefer to be correctly labeled as damaged goods, a criminal, a thug, or better yet, a traitor to your cause rather than the asset you lie
to the mirror about? Remember, this applies to all races, and as someone who has nowhere to go and no one to claim him, I say get over it and
then.....get over it.