Down here in the south, the newest one that is, and being the mature woman I am, I’ve grown toward looking at behavior more than race. You know, I’ve been a few places and among a whole buncha folk from all manner of countries. While there are stereotypes attached to particular ethnic groups, I know for myself that whatever’s in one group, you can bet your last dollar it’s in another. Lazy folk, upwardly mobile, poor, killers, loving and every adjective you can name is filled within every race of folk. Whatever is humanly possible is possible in all of us. There are no exclusions.
You know folks, when I was over in Saudi Arabia, I met up with folk from there in all range of colors. Some with light brownish tones and others of rich, dark complexions. When I went for a required check-up at the clinic, the doctor said, “Turn around, Sister.” I was like, It’s gonna be alright over here. I soon learned just how colorstruck the folk were over there. They love fair skin and think all Black folk over there come from Africa. It’s a very closed society but I couldn’t help thinking how this love for fair skin and blond hair was a concept of beauty for folk who weren’t born that way. None I’d seen or heard of anyway. The big boss once stated, “I don’t want no black person in the office. I want white only.” Well, he got what he wanted and the white woman didn’t last. Ended up being an Asian American running the office who did a damn fine job of it.
I was also surrounded by a small group of Sudanese women, some of who lightened their skin and their conversations led me also to believe that white was right. I’m telling you, folks, I got to thinking if you can’t be black in Africa, where can you be black? And honestly, I tried to overlook this ’cause I was ashamed that they were ashamed. You feel me? These are internal racial inequities and then there’s the rest of the world.
I wanna ask you two questions, folks: What does the evolvement of the Birthers mean to you? Look. You’ve been observing the political scene long and hard enough. Did anybody ever ask Mitt Romney to show proof that he was a college graduate? It’s a fair question, right?
My initial post for Race 2012 was embedded with only questions and I appreciate your responses. George thought we should open the door wider on the topic and if you read her comments, had a lot to say. A whole lot. I had to really ponder her words and learned something . Let me also say that in George’s candid respnses, I think she evoked the kinda conversation we tend to shy away from when discussing race. I had to ponder her experiences and wondered if they weren’t limited to that time in which she spoke. I came to the conclusion that perhaps I am a little rosey-eyed. Maybe it’s only in my mind that we’re better ’cause I want it so for my children and theirs. Maybe I’m just weary of race being an issue. Maybe most of us are. However, the problem won’t solve itself. Do say what’s on your mind and not reserve your thoughts for private conversation. Let’s continue conversations that will heal these wounds that keep opening. I’m not asking can we all just get along without at least talking about why we can’t.
And if I can bother you with a coupla more questions: What is race anyway and what does it mean to you?