Originally posted by poet1b
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
Ah, but if I am right, then you are working against what is right, and so working against your own best interests.
And clearly you do take issue.
Based on your perspective of what is right.
Intellectually, I take issue with bigotry. I have a belief that things like race, religion, gender...all these are WHAT we are, not WHO we are. I
don't make judgements against people based on what they are, only who they are. Thus, I can work and live happily around all manner of folks.
I, personally, am many "whats", and have been many "whats" throughout my life. I have been overweight at 470 lbs, and hated that the world was
made for people of a normal size. That i couldn't find a comfortable seat anywhere, or that clothing was not made to fit decently. I was overlooked
for jobs, and treated like a leper by people of a shallow nature. I didn't like it.
I was once a teenager. I was told "not hiring", looked at with contemnpt by older people, and not trusted in general by the world. I didn't it
I am still a white male. I often get to be "the gringo", "the man", "cracker", and any other number of labels that shows harsh feelings for
what others who are of the "white man" demographic have done in the past. I don't like that, either.
I have had long hair and a beard, looking like a biker. When i offered help to an elderly lady on the side of the road with a flat tire, she called
911 on me. I really didn't like that one bit.
I have been lots of "whats" in my life. None of them, not a single one, is who I am. Now, if someone wants to judge me for "what" i am, then
that is fine. It is their right. Consequently, I don't have to care.
I am tolerant of a lot of "whats" that people are. My wife and kids are hispanic, my son is gay. My aunt is korean. My neices are african
american. And all this diversity in my family teaches me to be tolerant of other culture, to only respond to the negative, while embracing and having
fun with the positive and neutral.
but there are a few 'whats" that i cannot be tolerant of. "Whats" like bigots, racists, small minded, or hateful people are generally something I
don't tolerate very well. But just because I don't tolerate it doesn't mean i want it to be gotten rid of. I just go somewhere else, and leave
those "whats" to themselves.