Recently I've read some articles about "White" people. The premise is basically that "White" doesn't really mean anything to anyone. As a generalized "white person" I have no history really, just this sad american history with persecution to other races here in the US. I mean what legacy does "white" have? White has lost its culture lost the meat to our culture. White is a culture of technology and money, of capitol society. That brings to mind "Wall-street?" republicans. Cut throat politics? Retirees in Arizona - white racists. Nationalists (a new term to me). I don't want to be associated with those things, but now all this racism against brown people has made me sometimes feel embarrassed of being white, in certain situations. Sometimes when I sit on the train and there are several different ethnicities around I want to tell everyone I like all people the same.
But that wouldn't work anyway. I often feel the urge to burst out in spanish to people I don't know and say some kind words. I know that sounds dumb but with all the crapity crap going on I don't want anyone to assume I am one of the mean ones.
When I met my husband I learned "What is culture?". But it really took me moving to Mexico to understand my own culture. I guess we are never forced to think about it until we feel really different. Many youth even think we don't have a culture. It is sort of lost, not really celebrated in a "this is my culture" sense. However, it still has nothing to do with "White" my culture is US culture. I think it doesn't even matter any of those things like White, black, brown, green purple - if I like boys or girls - married or single - religion.
Here is how I see my culture - this is the world I see through my eyes:
- In my culture - you can celebrate someones life when they die.
- In my culture - everyone is important - not just the children and not just the adults.
- In my culture - everyone has a right to their own religious or non religious views.
- In my culture - it is ok to disagree and still like each other
- In my culture - babies are perfect and adorable regardless of color
- In my culture - we are always trying to figure out how to be better parents.
- In my culture - we recognize that everyone makes mistakes
- In my culture - we try to come from love not hate
- In my culture - we try to treat others how you would want to be treated
- In my culture - we value education yet recognize that intelligence is not dependent on education
- In my culture - EVERYONE has great potential
- In my culture - we don't talk people out of things they want we say " if you put your mind to it you can do anything"
And now with the whole Arizona thing - in a way it is bringing these problems to the surface and that is important. It IS making a higher priority of these issues - BUT in another way it is getting worse before it gets better. Yet the publicity of all of this is creating this problem where youngsters are starting to internalize the problems of our culture and hate their own color of skin.
If you are an anti-immigration person - what kind of world do you want to live in. The blending of cultures here in the US is inevitable. There are so many cultures here in Portland you would not even believe it Portland is highly diverse. What kind of world do you want for the children? What kind of values do you really have?
Shouldn't we all be Humanitarians?