Monday, September 20, 2004

Racism.

Have been mulling about this for a while now , wondering about whether its politically incorrect to write about it ..now thats stupid or what ! Nothing could be more politically incorrect than racism itself !..and having borne the brunt of it..am learning to take it on the chin..hey even maybe laugh at it..after all its a reflection on the practioners of this particular performing art form..not on me..or so I choose to believe..no..change that to I DO believe !

Been in this country for just over an year now , and am just learning to identify the various shades and tints of racism. Believe it or not..for such a nasty thing..its no less than a fine art for its practisioners ! Theres the obvious, in your face racist with the capital R who goes...''F*&^ the foreigners''..which I suppose could be compared to a loud obnoxious farce popular mainly its shock tactic and brutish macho appeal !..Ahhh..then it becomes a little more subtle.
It mainly takes the form of being rude in a silent manner..everybody in the line..at the supermarket gets their ''hellooo love''..and their '' thank you's'' and their ''buh-byes'' and you don't..you don't notice it for a couple of times..and then you do..and what do you notice ??...ahhh the colour of your skin in different from everybody elses in the line..your imagination ?? well not really..when you see that it happens consistently almost every time ! And now the most subtle..a fine tuned form..the one with the kindly friendly face...almost conversational ...'' Hellooo dear !(in that very special falsetto!)..where are you from ?'' and then when you eagerly think..oh here's a lovely stranger making conversation with me..you tell them all about your beautiful country..and then..wham !''Oooo doesn't that sound just lovely ! Then why don't you GO BACK !!''....now if that isn't a subtle guerilla tactic or what !! In fact earlier on I was sooooooo stupid..that I didn't even realise it for what it was..how dumb is that !

Sounds funny ?? even admiring ?? LOL..NOT when you are bearing the brunt of it..believe me ! I would be reduced to tears..but not anymore..its a reflection of an inner ugliness and its certainly not mine !!

6 Comments:

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Rachel Ann said...

Oh what morons! The problem with such is they won't ever see the beauty of another person; their lives are shallow and sad. Really, the loss is theirs; and in terms of you specifically; their idiots! They are missing out on a chance to find a great friend.

And it isn't stupidity that keep you from noticing; you hadn't experienced such vile behaviour before, nor did you harbor such feelings yourself. You had a different set of eyes; it testifies to your moral behaviour, not your intelligence.

Hugs...

 
At 1:17 PM, Blogger Pincushion said...

Thank you soooo much for ur support Rachel and a big hug to you too :-)!

There are good people out there too..and you are a prime example ! So hey..I am not gonna let it take me down..esp when i have friends like you !

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger tan247 said...

Unfortunately, we have to share this world with others who have extremely small minds. I choose to hold my head up and be proud that God made me who I am. We need to pray for those who choose ignorance instead of acceptance. Have a wonderful day!

 
At 3:55 PM, Blogger Pincushion said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and expressing your support to me Tan ! You are quite right...these people are ignorant and small..and its entirely their loss and I do hope that some day they see light..meanwhile it only makes my belief in who I am stronger..!

 
At 5:30 AM, Blogger Tamra said...

I truly hope I've never treated anyone that way. {{{HUGS}}}

 
At 9:50 AM, Blogger Pincushion said...

Oh Tamra ! Of course U haven't ! You are such a lovely person..you've done what I haven't had the courage to do ..being a mum to Rani :-))..I so admire you for that !
Thank you for visiting and caring :-)

 

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