“You’re paying with your food stamp card, correct?” At that moment, I was thinking why would she ask me that question and while I didn’t say the words, the expression was written all on my face. Anyone who knows me, knows I do not have to say anything because my facial expressions always give my thoughts away. I felt disgusted in how the American society continues to stereotype people that come from different backgrounds. So, instead of just asking the question, internally, I want to get the question out to everyone:
“Why is it that much of the American society will look only skin deep when trying to understand one’s personality?”
The answer to this question is much more complex than a single word, the answer needs deep thinking into one’s own environment and how the surroundings affect each individual to the point, we feel we must judge a person by what they are wearing or the color of the skin. I have found we must look internally for answers. I have yet to meet one person in life that is not guilty of stereotyping. My father is a retired veteran from the Army and with the experience of traveling and seeing different backgrounds first hand, the one thing that is not different is the way Americans treat each other.
As you read through this first blog, please understand my goal: To create a better environment for the future. Living in the now, I know that the future is at risk for much destruction if there are not more people that are able to sit down, talk and resolve some issues that should have been dealt with long ago. My blogs will not be for everybody, because whoever reads this, I do not want you to just read, but for our children’s future, please discuss and come up with a solution among your own peers on how we can minimize the act of stereotyping, or even if it should be minimized. We should talk about it, versus putting up a wall and not be willing to understand different backgrounds.
Something I’ve always heard from people of the same race as me, “You talk so white!” My response,“And how are blacks supposed to talk? Are we supposed to speak as though we have no education?” For someone to express speaking proper is only a white thing to do, is really an insult to that person and not me. What you are insinuating is that a black person is not supposed to be educated, something that our ancestors fought so hard to come from. In the same sense, one cannot say another person is not educated because they do not speak “properly.” Some of the most educated and wealthiest people in America do not speak or have the appearance of what stereotyping proclaims. And so, I ask the question, “What is the point of stereotyping if this is not a true test of understanding a personality?”
Let me know your thoughts… All opinions are welcome here! Peace and Love!