I didn't used to be so fiery but it seems like the older the get, the more passionate I get. When I for something, I'm really for it and when I'm irritated or have a pet peeve, I REALLY have a pet peeve.
One of the biggest issues I've experienced in my life time is racism. No, this is not the time to insert "But some of my best friends are black" but a chance to hear what's running through my head.
I was born in L.A. so the first three years, most of my peers were black. When I was four, my family moved to an area where we were minorities in every sense of the word. We (my sisters and I) were blessed to go to Christian schools from elementary school to high school. Yet, there, we were also minorities. Our black friends (from the church we attended still) made fun of us talking and sounding like we were "white" and we were often excluded from our white friends by their parents. One time, while on a field trip to a classmate's horse farm, the whole class was invited into the house for hot chocolate after viewing the horses. The kids were either sitting on the couches or the floor. Sue's mom, in front of all of our classmates, said, "Susie, please tell your black friends to sit on the floor." My twin sister and I were humiliated but sat on the floor. This was in third grade!!!
Well, even in blog world, where there is a place for us all to chill out, talk and make friends, that sorta thing still exists. It may not be blatant but enough to make me feel like I did when I was in third grade. I stumbled upon a post on someone's blog where there was a remark made towards someone black that was harsh and insulting. I understand freedom of speech and I even understand that I if I didn't like what I read, to keep moving on. I just wish that this type of thing didn't exist at all. Why should the color of one's skin determine whether they are included in on the personal jokes are the brunt of them?
So, in spite of me being my usual bubbly, funny, comical person, I'm fired up. Enough already! We look exactly the same on the inside!!!
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