- Posted August 24, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Everyday racism: Your stories
I won't give up!
No matter who those other people are, they should be offered the same opportunities that were/are offered to you.
My experiences are recent as two days ago and also will last until I am no longer living. I am a male of color (not saying which) and I stand well over six feet tall. On this particular day I emerged from my company vehicle and was on my way to pick up food for a homeless shelter. I dress neatly on a daily basis with no sagging pants and untied shoes. As I stood on the curb putting quarters into the meter a woman of another color was locking her doors. I am ex military so I was trained to notice my surroundings at all times. As the woman looked up and saw me standing there she did an about face and nearly ran back to her vehicle, all the while clutching her purse with whitened knuckles. I immediately understood why she had reacted in this manner but my question was the same. "Would she had reacted if I had been the same color"?
And just by chance I am married to a woman of another color as well. Her father wasn't too keen on the idea of his youngest daughter marrying someone of my ethnicity. Even though I had showed him nothing but respect from the moment I met him.
I must admit that my wife's father has taken the high road and is slowly realizing that color doesn't matter and stereotypes are as out dated as jheri curls and leisure suits.
I believe that if you let racism into your life it will begin to control your life. If you treat everyone as you would like to be treated the possibilities are endless