How do you Think we are Going to get People of all Races........
To get along or can we? I know many will disagree with this, but I feel it has been WORSE since Obama was elected. Maybe, it is because of this bad recession for the past 4 yrs. But, for me I have never seen it this bad. Race against race. Rich against poor, poor against rich. I have lived during the Rodney King beatings & the riots in L.A. I have lived during the trial that had O.J. not guilty for the murder of two people. (I lived/worked in those areas). I understand that I may not of lived or seen a lot of what others may have experienced.
But, I still lived in a State that has a very diverse population. I lived here all my life. Yet, for me anyway I saw a lot of people getting along still. I see people from ALL races friends, married, girlfriend/boyfriend. That's a GOOD thing. My best friends were Hispancis, my friends now are Hispanics & Blacks. My sister's boyfriend is a black man. My daughter's boyfriend of 5 yrs. is a Hispanic. Yet, I'm beginning to see a lot of tension between races. The gym I go to has had 2 fights recently. One between an Hispanic & White man. Another an Hispanic man & Black woman. 1 turned physical. Right there in my gym. :(
I don't usually like race posts. But, this has been bothering me lately. To see all these changes. Is it because people are blaming other people for what is happening in our Country? Are people just stressed because of their own finances & taking it out on other people of other races? Do people feel injustices are going on in their own race? What can WE do as a society to change this? What I thought I could do for my part in all this, is to be kind, helpful & friendly to ALL people of race. To be friendly & ask them if they'd like to go to lunch after working out at the gym. I thought that may help. Besides, I'm just that type of person. I like everyone I guess. Until, they show me they aren't a very friendly/nice person. I don't see the color of their skin FIRST then stereotype them. I see THEM for who they are inside.
When I or my husband & I take our dogs for walks. I'm noticing something that is starting to make me sad. We have to take a different direction in our walks because I feel we are being targeted because we are white. PLEASE don't see this as a white/black thing ok. It's just it's making me sad it has to be like this. I'm sure others have their own stories as well, & I'd love to hear them. We walk our dogs, minding our own business. It gives us a chance to just talk about our day. But, we are starting to have these black teens staring at us. I tell my husband to just continue walking & not look their way. I need to say, this COULD happen in ANY race ok. But, I don't know what to do about it. I hate the fact we have to change our direction of walking. These teens are also now starting to talk bad towards us & making me scared.
I'm afraid to walk by myself now. That's just crazy I have to feel afraid. I usually am friendly to everyone. But, for some I feel uncomfortable & look the other way. Just minding my own business. I'm thinking of just saying "Hi how are you today"...but, I'm afraid. Do you think I should do that? I REALLY want to make a difference in turning all this around. I want people of ALL races to see that there really are people that are nice out there. Even if they are not of your own race. So, I thought this might be a start. What do you think? Also, could any give me their opinion on WHY this is happening? When a person is just minding their own business, talking to (in my case) their own partner about their day, yet we get stares? & rude comments? What did WE do to have this happen? Any ideas?