of August 2nd
There is one word so powerful that it instigates arguments
almost each time the word is mentioned......RACE. The two general meanings
for race when being used as a noun would mean either 'descendants of
common ancestors' or 'a competition'. Now 'race' is more acceptable as
a term for people to place each other in stereotypical categories.
When I moved to San Francisco with my New York City attitude
of saying exactly how I felt, some of my new friends were taken aback
by the fact that I always noticed someone's ethnic background. Ironically,
living in a small town, my ethnic background was really never an issue
or brought up until I lived in larger areas like Washington, DC and NYC.
I think it is human nature to be able to put someone in a category. Whenever
I filled out questionnaires that had your ethnic background, I always
checked three boxes: Asian, Native American and the generic 'white'.
Depending on what I was applying for, I hoped that one of my ethnic groups
would give me the grant or student loan I was applying for at the time.
My racial background is a mixture of Korean (always first
and dominant, since my mother gives me the best material), Greek and
Native American. I am what you would call 'Heinz 57', a little bit of
everything. I have a revolution going on in my head everyday. The Korean
and Greek are fighting weather I should open up a corner deli or buy
some goats and have sex with the goats. Then there is the Native American
side that just wants to drink the white man's fire water and sell everything
I own to the white man for 26 beads. Thank God, the Korean steps in and
raises the price to 100 beads.
During my mom's visit to San Francisco
in July, my mom looks at me for a very long time and says, 'Sometimes,
I can't believe you Oriental - you too big to be Oriental girl - You
take after your father's side (generic 'white' to my mom). All women
on your father side are loud with big chest like you. Mommy, only hope
you always think like Oriental girl.'
**Side note: I have explained many times to my mother
that a 'rug' is Oriental and 'people' are Asian. She is over 60 years
old and she will say what she wants. One of the many reasons I love my
The world is so politically correct in any office or corporation
if you utter any word of noticing someone's ethnic background you are
sent directly to human resources for'diversity training'. The main reason
comedy is my true love, is the ability we have to communicate our thoughts
about controversial topics and people can either chose to pay to see
you or not. Sometimes my friend's call me the 'female' Archie Bunker
since I say such direct statements about race and people. I think that
being up front about your views is not being racist. The true racist
is the person who smiles at you, seems to like everyone but would never
allow a person of a different racial background to join their community
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