Skip to main content

Commenting in Quotes

You say people tell you they are color-blind and don't see you are black -  a person of color.

I feel for you; it's humiliating.

I live in Britain, though I have lived in other countries as well.

I am tall and white (actually I am 4th generation of Russian immigrants - so I am pseudo Western-White) and when I was younger I had a few occasions when people asked me questions in department stores as though I worked there.

I used to wear a suit - maybe that explains it.

It made me look into myself and wonder what they saw that made them think they knew who I was.

Was it something negative - something positive?

But it's a fool's errand - it's impossible to know what someone thought - even by asking them.

So I let it go.

The world is full of prejudice. I am prejudiced. I try to root out my prejudices, but some are pretty deep.

The biggest thing I am conscious of though, is not acting on my prejudices.

That means treating people fairly, relating to them neither from above nor below, and recognizing the person beyond the color or the country.

And it cuts both ways - I see myself leaning towards aciting positively to people from groups I know suffer prejudice.

When I see myself doing that, I hold myself back and look at the person behind and beyond the color or the country, to stop myself from apologizing for all the hurts they suffer.

But not to pretend it doesn't exist.

So I see peoples' color.

Relating to other human beings is difficult enough without all that baggage as well.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

MarsEdit 4

I've been using MarsEdit for just over seven years. I started with version 2, and then upgraded to version 3 in 2010.Now, in 2018, I just upgraded to version 4. This is my first post with the upgrade and I'll report on it in a little while as I get used to the new version.Here is what Daniel of Red Sweater Software has to say about his product:Browser-based interfaces are slow, clumsy, and require you to be online just to use them. Browsers are perfect for reading web content, but not ideal for creating it. If you're serious about writing for the web, you need a desktop blog editor. If you're lucky enough to have a Mac, nothing is more powerful, or more elegant than MarsEditRich and Plain Text Editing MarsEdit's editor switches easily from Plain to Rich Text, so you can work in whichever format you prefer. Love Markdown? MarsEdit can preview it and convert it to HTML if needed.Wildly Compatible Works with WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, TypePad, Movable Type, and any …

Resistance Is Futile

Some of the trains that run from London Kings Cross to Cambridge divide at Cambridge. Part of the train goes on to Kings Lynn and the rest stops at Cambridge and does the run back to London. Perhaps it picks up other carriages coming from somewhere else, I don’t know but it seems likely.When you get on the train and before it sets off, there’s a public announcement announcing how the train divides. It explains that the train is composed of eight carriages and that passengers wanting to travel beyond Cambridge should ensure that they are in the front four carriages.The rear four carriages are of course nearest the barrier, so we choose to sit in one of those carriages if for no other reason than that we don’t have to walk so far to find a seat.So there we are and the voice comes over with the announcement. And then there is a pause and then a voice tells you what carriage you are in. So we hear ‘Six of Eight’ or ‘Seven of Eight’ – and every time I hear it I think of Star Trek, ‘Three o…

Business For Britain Is Concerned With Business For Britain

This report in the New York Times today


LONDON — Is British business fretting about the risks of the country drifting out of the European Union? Or does it crave a looser relationship with Continental allies, one free from meddlesome regulation?
The answer to that question remained unclear Monday after a newly formed group of business leaders argued for a renegotiation of Britain’s membership terms — echoing the policy of Prime Minister David Cameron, who in January promised voters a referendum on whether the country would remain in the Union.
The new group, called Business for Britain, is intended to counter the intervention of pro-E.U. business leaders who have warned of the dangers of Britain slipping out of the 27-nation bloc and its single market of 500 million people. A statement released Monday to announce the group’s formation was signed by about 500 executives.
I think this opinion in the New York Times article is interesting:

Never much attracted to the idea of European unity,…