RACISM-It’s a strange phenomena. It comes in all sorts of forms whether we’re aware of it or not. Sometimes it’s unspoken. It’s look, tone of voice or a sudden change in path. Sometimes the people targeted are unaware. Stranger yet, sometimes the people feeling it too, are unaware. One thing I’ve noticed is that America is the only only country that thinks white is a race. Every other country in the world distinguishes race by ethnic heritage from country of origin. I remember when I went to Europe people would ask me my ethnicity. I, as a stupid American, would respond I’m half white and half Chinese. This baffled people. They would look at me and ask me to name the parts of me that constituted “white”. Well lets see, “I’m German Irish Indian and Welsh”. A look of confusion would sweep their face. One funny old British man smiled and responded “Oh so you’re like Heinz 57.”
Racism has been around for as long as we have had borders. In ancient times to be Roman was a privilege so much that people would pay for it. Roman citizenship meant protection from it’s army and a voice in the democratic process. Nationalism is another seemingly racist idea. If I, in all of my Heinz 57 glory, were to move to Japan and marry a Japanese man and have children no matter how many generations passed my decedents would never be Japanese. There is also racial mistrust. The best example of this is seen in American colonizers and Native Americans. It comes from that whole thing about small pox and the trail of tears to Oklahoma. Who can blame them I wouldn’t want to move to Oklahoma either.
It guess the big picture is no matter where you are some people will find a reason as to why they don’t like you. It’s as silly as the color of your skin, where you come from, that your parents came from different places, or that people that look like people who did terrible things once. It’s all very strange to me, as it is when you break it down like that. The secret is that in American soon enough unless you can’t speak a lick of English, no one will have any idea where you came from because we will all look like Heinz 57.