I’ve got a friend named Joe, a good hardworking man with a big heart – funny guy too.
Joe’s Mexican and married to a woman who is Mexican and Somali – she’s as good and industrious a woman as Joe is as a man.
Joe says his kids are “Mexali” and he thinks it’s a very good combination – I’d have to agree as they are well mannered and industrious in their own right.
Joe’s a little concerned about racism, doesn’t want his children or his wife to have to contend with it, and I don’t blame him.
Inspite of the all the rhetoric and political correctness racism is very much alive in this country and globally.
In talking about it Joe asked me how I dealt with racism and I told him proactively, he wanted to know what I meant by that.
So I told him my opinion is always to stand your ground, and by that I mean to insure his children are trilingual, or at the very least bilingual, make every effort to instill pride, a work ethic, and a knowledge of their culture and history in them.
But along with that teach them to be willing to reach across the aisle to break racial barriers down and to be their own person, not someone others think they should be- if America wants to go on about being the great melting pot then it is nothing less than an outright hypocrisy to shun the results.
All the legislation in the world isn’t going to change individual attitudes – change comes from the bottom up, from the individual.
A reality is Joe’s children will in all likelihood have to try harder than others, much the same as children of the nations, a key to their success will be education.
Though I haven’t much of an education never having made it out of jr. high I understand the importance of it.
If I had a better education I might be doing something other than what I do, pound nails. But then I doubt it as I enjoy my work, but not everyone wants to pound nails or do hard physical labor, nor should they have to if it isn’t their thing.
In the end a trade or career is the only thing that stands between a person and the soup line – in most instances the more education you have the more opportunities and the better the payscale.
I think it something of a universal axiom that parents want a better life for their children, for them to have more than they had and be more than they are, if so they need to do all they can to equip their children for life in the real world.
A part of that real world is racism, job competition, and the gluttinous fallacy of conservative corporate “trickle down economics”.
You can wrap conservative ideology in the tinsel and ribbons of America love or it leave, gun ownership, their laughable interpretation of family values, the Constitution, immigration, or whatever you like, but the bottom line is if you’re busting your ass trying to make ends meet, or a woman whose supposed to surrender the fundamental right of control over her own body, be subservient, and think that’s okay then go ahead and vote that conservative ticket.
On the other hand if you think the Dems are saintly, don’t accept the same corporate lobbyist money, and sell the public out you’re sadly mistaken.
Try thinking outside the box, listing yourself as an Independent doesn’t mean much if you don’t. Take a closer look at candidates the party machine isn’t promoting, at independents within a party and ask yourself why they aren’t being favored and promoted?
Inspite of what you may have been led to believe you’re not obligated to vote for whoever has the most campaign money or who your parties central committee has vetted and presents as the “answer” to all woes
You want change? Then let it begin with you and your children.
I don’t believe it is humanly possible to like everyone, but disliking a person or persons shouldn’t be predicated on ethnicity.