TITLE: Race Consciousness
Molo! Unjani? Ndiphilile! (Xhosa for “Hello! How are you? I am Living Good!”)
Thank you to Ovetta for allowing me the privledge of Guest posting on her awesome blog Musings of a Writing Princess for 2010 WordCount Blogathon day. I am not a Writing Princess, more like a blogging squire. As a challenge to me, and a gift as well, Ovetta tasked me with writing about my view of race in America. Also look for her guest post on discordianZen coming soon!
As for my blog – I’m curious as to how people view race in this country. I’d love to have someone write about the moment when they first became conscious of race, whatever that moment may be. Mine came when my mom and I went to pick out a doll for Christmas. It was quite an illuminating experience that I remember to this day. And if you’re still not conscious of race I’d like to hear about that as well (although living in America I don’t know how you couldn’t be).
Wow, race consciousness in America and my first awareness of it, is a heavy topic. It has given me some trouble to not only think of my first consciousness of race, but how to put this into words I can be proud of. My wonderful grandmother “Mamm” taught me, “No one is better than you! But you are no better than anyone else.” Life experience has shown me that everyone of us humans has trials and tribulations. Ups, downs, goods and bads. And that we could get a lot more accomplished as a race, the Human race that is, if we worked together, instead of trying to divide everyone into groups that we fear.
The passing of the Arizona Immigration Bill has brought racism and xenophobia to the public forum. Swat team raids and the National Guard being called in Chicago for gangs, seem to show institutional racism. Our country seems so caught up in our differences we can’t value our similarities. I have no answers or solutions, only hope that my son can see a day when his country has moved on to value the life and work of not only every U.S. citizen but every Human Being on or off the Earth. I leave you with an awesome hopeful song by a really cool South African Hip Hop group Driemanskap, “Camagu” means to value your heritage but look forward to your future.
dylan is wearing his writers hat and Hawaiian shirt. He blogs at discordianZen.com.