10.07.2005

update: I hate white people

Hello All. Some of you who might be stopping by... haven't heard from you in a while! Well, I have been busy, too. Still in training at work, they are really busy so I know I will have lots of work and *job security* soon. :)

Trivia: Where was Napoleon defeated in 1815?

Answer: Waterloo.

I did not get this answer right today at work during our trivia break. This reminds me that I must read my world history book I bought years ago that I have barely cracked. Ok, so I'm pretty knowledgable with current stuff, U.S. history from around U.G.R.R. through now. Give me credit for that. My true loves lying within the 60's and Mexican-American history. I also know a bit on Black Nationalism and the anti-Chinese and Japanese movement that us lovely "whites" instigated.

Speaking of being white, today a co-worker killed me (figuratively speaking) when he said "I hate white people." Ok, this is so great because he is white. Not many white men are willing to say this, so I about kissed his ring (figuratively speaking). Thank God we're sitting next to each other when the training is completed. I strongly believe in keeping politics away from the workplace because in my last job, I worked with a bunch of conservatives who bashed on every hero of mine, every ideology I hold dear to my bleeding liberal heart. I finally got a little pissed and said something when they said at the desk next to me that "Liberals should all live in California and hopefully fall into the ocean." Ok, enough's enough. So I basically told them to shut up with a smile on my face.

This taught me it's not worth talking politics at work because I care about everyone, and don't want to be tainted in my view of otherwise great and honest people - whether or not we subscribe to the same political ethic. Whether or not they are just blatant idiots because we all know I am right - right? :)

This mentality makes it hard to truly love white people, so like my co-worker, I tend to generalize when I - deep inside - do not want to. I don't necessarily hate white people, as many white people have tried to do good for humanity. Many are compassionate and concerned individuals who fight for the greater good. But many are just morons who play the covert card of discrimination. Many are racist pigs, to state the brutal truth. And let's face it: white people are really to blame for a lot of the world's atrocities. If you don't believe me, then this is an invitation for debate - one where I know I will win.

I remember in high school, way back when, I saw a commercial for the Peace Corps. The toughest job you'll ever love. I knew it was for me. I was stuck in a small town of only conservative white people, and I desperately wanted to get out, I wanted to go to college and join that Corps.

Do something important, then write about it.

You have to have a college education to be in the Corps. So I started out slow because my parents would not pay for college. I went to community college for six years part-time as I worked. I got my A.A., graduating with honors. Then I met my husband.

Then I had two kids.

Then I turned thirty-three (ah, the age of Christ when he died), finally went back to school, got my B.A. with top honors - being the first in my family to even go to college - while raising a two year old and a one month old.

And then it was too late to join the Corps.

So I got involved locally with politics in lieu of my vehement aspiration that went awry. This was not hard. My husband's family have been involved with the Democratic party for years upon years. Jeff's dad was a delegate to Carter's campaign. We also campaigned for Jeff's very good family friend, Matthew Gillard, who is D-State Rep. A picture of Jennifer Granholm standing next to my in-laws graces their refrigerator, as did a Christmas card from her last year. Many portraits of the Kennedys - some my husband painted, some prints of B&W Photos - hang delicately from the walls.

So this is my Peace Corps. It has to be. Fighting the good fight by going to the protest at Calvin College, protesting Bush's presence, is my Corps. Raising my kids to be honest, white men, who will admit to the fault of their fathers, is my Corps. So that hopefully one day - they, too - will admit that it is valuable to criticize your own skin color - your own country - in order to demand better from the human race. To demand better from a country that still fails to deliver equality to all, as it falsely flouts freedom. To demand us to move into another sphere of mentality, one void of Randall Robinsons who have no other choice but to believe that we have traveled a long way to nowhere.

Does this mean the world has any hope? Or myself? Perhaps. That is why today I serve the Corps in a different way than planned, in an invisible way. In a way that fights for a better America, a better society that values each and every one of us.

I will fight for this. It is important. And I will still write about it.

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Blogger Chick With A Gun said...

I understand your plight. I respect you for your passion and your mission. I am white and unfortunately am very disappointed in how so many of us caucasions have used our majority power in evil and unforgiveable ways. I intend to try to reverse that in even the smallest ways I can as well.

Fight the good fight!

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