My Experiences (you can skip to “The Point” below if your short on time)
So I try to tread lightly on my blog when it comes to race and discrimination. Growing up as an American of Asian and German descent (I feel you should only consider yourself Asian-American, African-American, etc. if you actually came directly from that country), I endured my fair share of racism. One of my earliest memories was in kindergarten where one of my classmates called me a <racial slur that rhymes with blink>…in KINDERGARTEN! This is a prime example of racism being bred into future generations. The problem is that I didn’t know what that meant but I assumed, by the tone, that it wasn’t complementary. So naturally I asked a family member what that word meant. That family member immediately became angry and told me that whoever called me that was ignorant and next time I should call them a stupid <slur that rhymes with tracker>!
These events have stuck with me for the almost 30yrs since. I’ve learned to laugh about it now and feel that I’m pretty well adjusted with all things considered. A more recent example I have is one I witnessed at a movie theatre. An American of African descent was dragging her fussy toddler out of the theater. She then said to her kid, “Shut up! You sound like a stupid white boy!” My wife actually turned to give the woman a piece of her mind but I stopped her since the group she was with would have outnumbered us.
What worries me is that those are just a couple experiences I’ve had and there are many others who have had those experiences and worse. The problem is that there are basically two things that can happen. You can either perpetuate the cycle and keep breeding the hate, or you can realize that you don’t have to live your life that way and teach future generations differently. I’m not naïve enough to think that you can shelter your children from the ways of the world. I’m saying that when the time comes, we need to teach that there are over 6 Billion people in the world from all different cultures and backgrounds. We should embrace each other’s differences because that’s what makes us unique; but some people are not tolerant of others just because they are different and they may not like you without reason.
This leads me to the point of this post. I watched the deplorable interview with Oprah Winfrey where she said that, “There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die.” Now what she might have meant was that in order for racism to go away, we have to wait for the racists to die off. The problem is she didn’t say that and if you watch the video and listen to her voice, she made it sound like racists need to be killed. Add the fact that she was discussing racism in the U.S. between blacks and whites and it’s pretty easy to conclude that she stated, in a roundabout way, old racist whites need to die.
I’m curious when the last time Oprah was actually discriminated against. She’s a Billionaire who is recognized around the world! I’m pretty sure it’s been quite a while. I don’t count the incident in Switzerland with the handbags because that was a bologna story just to get publicity for her new movie. Since that story has pretty much been discredited, she now feels the need to state something even more inflammatory. I understand the concept of method acting but I think Oprah has gone too far. Oprah is a public figure and one of the most powerful people in the world. She’s been in the public eye for almost three decades and should know better than to encourage such a message. I’m sure she’s going to eventually say that she didn’t mean to sound the way it did and, like a politician (Hillary), she’s going to say “I misspoke” but the damage is done. If you still don’t agree with me. Take her comments about people who criticize Obama where she said, “There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs…because he’s African-American.” I’m going on far too long on this post so if you want to see evidence to the contrary check out the video here. What I will say is that I personally criticize him for his failed policies.
Apparently it doesn’t matter what you say as long as you’re friends with Barrack Hussein Obama since she was now awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom! Not too long ago she was upset with Obama because she was supposed to have special access to the White House for her OWN Network but *gasp* Obama didn’t follow through on his promises. Now (conveniently) she’s getting a bribe *ahem* I mean award?
In closing, we need to teach tolerance not hate. We need to award those that deserve it such as our military heroes and people who actually use their power for good instead of their own agendas. Finally we need to teach people to think for themselves instead of just accepting what one source tells them. That’s why I provide my resources so you can make up your own minds and correct me if I’m wrong.
Thanks for reading,
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