Someone crying race. Why would you.
Times were different back in the 50's.
I am sure that I have been discriminated against because of my race.
There is no doubt that I have been discriminated against because of my age, my race and my sex. But as far as I can recall. I have never cried about it. Does crying out because of discrimination actually help the situation? Does complaining add positive influences into the mix?
I tell you it does not. It just aggravates the situation. Maybe we had to 40 years to 20 years ago. But it is now a political game. Come on!
If some one acts like a bigot we know that is what they are. That is on them. But if we complain and make a big stir about it that is on us.
You may think it is crazy for a white male 55 year old to talk about discrimination.
Well that is fine for folks who have not lived elsewhere than "normal" places. I imagine there are still many places where a white guy just cannot walk safely at 2 am in the morning. But I have. Oceanside Calfornia, gang country. When I worked there they figured a full quarter of all full gang members had served in some combat role with our military. The gangs were clearly defined by race.
I also lived in a couple of countries that discriminated pretty well. Southeast Asian, Central Mexico and if you know what I mean -- Paris, France, at least they used to consider Americans a lesser race. They still have laws restricting use of English, not promoting French but basically outlawing English.
And I have lived through affirmative action for both women and minorities. I was told when trying to get into grad school -- point blank, those openings are for minorities and women.
And recently I have been clearly excluded by my age. Hey I am only 55 but I look a tired 75 ;-)
Remember this hub is about how we act when faced with race issues.
I used to provoke people
I would say easily through my thirties I provoked people in a negative way. Antagonistic in style. No not all the time and I had/have many friends so it was not a serious problem so to speak. But it took it's toll on me. I had a novia who would call me Criticon.
I went and found serenity and gave up on it at all except where it is the sport of willing jousters. So I still have fun with it. And still follow biblical notions of stirring it up to provoke into thought.
But many people have that inside of them. Both nature and nurture developed. I mean many. And these folks love the hot topics of sex and violence and race. They just do. Oh yea and age also.
I hope by now you see where I am going.
I discriminated against some of my roses. I liked the heavy scented red the most.
So we tell good up right people not to discriminate.
And we tell all people discriminated against to rise up and make a stand and fight and fight and fight and fight.
Well I am not buying it any more. It simply makes matters worse. All these people with nothing better to do than to accuse. To make matters worse. Hell's bells they riot and hurt others as a response. And they write nasty things and they become so self righteous about matters they only know/no from the press.
I these are people who work the same job in the same neighborhood during the same hours for 40 years.
I tell you this must change. We are whining and dining ourselves to death on a blame game that only feeds politicians and fear mongers.
If I have problem with a discriminator it is between me and her.
I do not want systems to control my behavior or theirs. And I pray and want for the power to effect and affect change by my no longer complaining.
I am one of those weirdos who get discriminated against for one final reason. I preach and I preach the Gospel of love only. That pisses off religious and scriptural Christians and atheists alike. I do my best not to whine about that.
Will you do your best not to whine about your perceived issues with discrimination and stop fueling the fire of hatred when you perceive someone else's.
Will you help me turn it around and instead of sowing the seeds that produce whine, start sowing the seeds that produce the fine wine of brother and sisterhood?