Monday, August 10, 2009

You said what?

Sometimes I think about the fact that we don’t choose which country we’re born in, or which family…we don’t choose the color of our hair, the color of our eyes or the color of our skin…It’s like there’s a wide variety of colors and shapes and figures and we just get one when we come to this world.
I was a soul born white but I could easily be born black. I would still be the same soul only with a different skin color. And I wonder, how would or could this simple, random difference have changed my life up to this day? I mean, even if I had it all, wouldn’t there be at least one stupid person to treat me a bit different at some point of my life?

I don’t know if you feel me and maybe I sound like a 6 year old kid, but do you get it how simple it is or better, how simple it should be? The existence of racism in this world is enormously absurd anyway, but it becomes even more absurd if you think about how randomly life picks the physical traits for our souls to be born with...How easily a white racist could, let's say, have been born black?!

I watched the film “Glory Road” earlier – in case you don’t know it, this film is about the first *Black* College Basketball team in the USA - and I felt all these feelings of frustration, anger and satisfaction (in the end) again. But in this kind of movies, there are “clouds” covering catharsis because what you watch is true, has happened and in some cases it still does…And for no logical reason at all. At least it’s inspiring to see that in all times there are sane people who manage to make a difference in this insane world! ;)

3 comments:

Nicholas V. said...

Hi Marina, you have pre-empted my Movie Monday post, which is also on this particular issue of race and racism. I shall provide a link to this blog of yours, if I may?

In terms of race, it is amazing that this day and age we are still full of prejudice regarding this, no matter what science has done to disprove the "racial superiority" excuse that was around in "less enlightened" times...

When we first migrated to Australia, we lived for a little while in a small country town, where I was the only "non-anglo" child in the class. I experiences the two most terrible years of my school life as the prejudice against migrants was rampant. It was doubly stinging as I was the dux of the class (in fact that may have triggered everything off, perhaps?).

We still have to mature as a species and our social structure still reminds me of the pack mentality of hominid apes. Knowledge and education, understanding and tolerance, compassion and non-discrimination are still values and skills that we are all sadly deficient in...

*MaRiNa* said...

Of course you can :) You're absolutely right and thanks for sharing what you've experienced..The truth is that there are many different reasons tat lead to this kind of behaviour and even though people can't erase the past they can and have to try to raise their kids right, because it all starts from there. We're supposed to be civilized, open minded human beings but even in 2009 there are incidents like the pool incident in Philadephia on July..Did you hear about it? It's insane!

Dangerous Meredith said...

well said Marina