You know that line “funny thing happened on the way to the forum”…well a not-so-funny thing happened a couple of weeks ago that just left me floored. I soul-searched and consulted a few folks that I consider family and they thought I should let it go. But, I’m NOT ELSA and I can’t let it go! In light of the continued “discussions” about race relations in America I MUST share what happened:
I found out a so-called friend had been spreading a viciously criminal rumor that I drugged him and stole money from him. Anyone who claims to know me wouldn’t believe such foolishness yet, some people did and cut me out of their lives. I confronted him and was hoping for an explanation or apology but after a heated exchange he finalized the demise of our acquaintance when he responded with the following text message:
It seems folks don’t understand that this kind of treatment has been a part of my life since and before I was born and where as I can slough off most of it, this cut deeply because this person claimed to be my friend. It made me wonder how many of my other friends might be harboring this kind of venom waiting to spew it when I said or did something they deemed wrong. Some folks think because I am “light-skinned” that somehow I had it easy. WRONG! I had it worse because I got this type of treatment from both sides of the racist issue. My own race would taunt me saying I was trying to be white because I spoke grammatically correct English, call me a sell-out, and Uncle Tom’s bitch. Other races would refer to me as nigger bitch, black bitch, Queen-Kong bitch (because I’m supposed to be descendent from apes, etc.) and any other name they could think of except my given name of Karen. Racism has been a part of the American tapestry for hundreds of years and doesn’t seem to be letting up. I am not posting about this to garner sympathy or pity. I am posting this to show people there is racism and hatred out there that isn’t going away. Every time I read a moronic post about there being no racism, my stomach turns! I remember every slur, the physical violence I endured at the hands of people in authority, classmates, and strangers. I remember the feeling of shame and doubt that permeated my life for a long time before a few good people helped me realize that not everyone holds such disdain for people “different” from them. They helped me overcome any doubts as to my worth and made me realize my contributions to this planet are as valuable as anyone’s. I don’t hate this person for throwing those nasty and hurtful words my way. I feel sorry for him. He will never realize how much he is losing by being a loser. What’s worse is he is a gay man and always cries when people hurl gay slurs at him. Another reason this behavior was so shocking. I’ve said it before and I will say it until I die: It is my prayer for him and the world that discrimination becomes a thing of the past and we realize we all bleed red, die, and turn to dust and all this turmoil over race is really all about the $green$!
[Shah insisted that until the store opened he did not know who Adolf Hitler was and that Hitler was a nickname given to the grandfather of his store partner because “he was very strict” via ‘Hitler’ clothing store stirs anger in India – Yahoo! News.] Unless, you are living under a rock, in a cave, in the deepest part of the wilderness, with no internet connection then NO you do not know who one of the most vial creatures in history is. But this idiot? PLEASE! He had to do a name and trademark search to open his business so you can’t tell me he didn’t know what he was doing when he chose this name for his business. I would believe him if he hadn’t included a red swastika to dot the “i”! Who in the world does he think he is trying to fool? I hope his business fails but I fear it will not because there are still TOO MANY people around the world that uphold the thoroughly evil ideas that Hitler stood for! There are still too many people who feel they are superior and entitled! Another example of this attitude comes from this article: Man Forced to Work in Prison Sues Under Anti-Slavery Amendment – http://news.yahoo.com/man-forced-prison-sues-under-anti-slavery-amendment-185542960–abc-news-topstories.html?_esi=1
REALLY? This man, Finbar McGarry, claims he was forced in to ‘involuntary servitude’! He, however, was a graduate student at the University of Vermont in December 2008 when he was arrested for allegedly firing a gun in his home and threatening to kill his family and an official at the university So, he gets himself arrested by being a self-entitled prick and then makes ridiculous claims that he was forced to work against his will????? If anyone was forced to work against their will is the children sent to prison for being children! In an article dated Friday August 10, 2012, “the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has released investigative findings determining that children in predominantly black Meridian, Miss. have had their constitutional rights violated by the Lauderdale County Youth Court, the Meridian Police Department, and the Mississippi Division of Youth Services in what civil rights investigators allege is a school to prison pipeline with even dress code violations resulting in incarceration”. ( http://news.yahoo.com/feds-authorities-meridian-miss-violated-rights-black-children-214546323–abc-news-politics.html). These children were subject to illegal search and seizure and sent to prison for dress code violations and other ridiculous and imaginary offenses. These children and their families should be allowed to sue under the 13th Amendment! Not this Vermont idiot!
I am feeling sick and disgusted by all of these events because in this modern age, where ignorance can be corrected by education and communication is so advanced you can speak to some half way around the world in real-time, that people are still abusing and using the system to their evil advantage. It just comes down to pure hatred when you think about it. But why hate so much? We all bleed red blood, we all breathe the same “polluted” air, drink the same “contaminated” water supply, yet some of us choose to believe the stereotypes and ignorant ideals that still seem to permeate all societies! Some still choose to feel they are owed something instead of going out and being of service to their fellow humans. My personal solution to get through all this muck is to keep the faith in which I was raised and turns out works for me best and to hold on to the ideals instilled in me by that faith–to be kind and respectful to all around me and to serve them without regard for a reward or acclaim….to treat everyone as I wish to be treated. Maybe, my example will rub off on folks I meet and we can eventually stomp out the ill that causes the above things to happen to go away from our world permanently. What? I can dream can’t I?