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    My realationship with Kwanzaa

     

    I am Carlos, I got to a International Bacculauret school in Virginia. It is no little know fact that there are very few African Americans in that program. So my friends of other races are always very curious about my culture. I began with having to define myself as not a stereotype then as a respectable person. However there is a ever present air of racism . Over the last few weeks I have been receiving  commentary on the holiday widely associated with African Americans, Kwanzaa. Me nor my family nor any one I know of in our personal circles celebrates this holiday, however it is publicly associated with this race. So after  stating my ideas and lack of experience of this holiday to my friends I was ridiculed and labeled as the "Kwanzaa Scrooge". One girl screamed at me so angrily I changed seats to avoid more attacks. I went through my day hearing things like "we wish you a merry Kwanzaa" filling my ears. It even followed me in a field trip to see "A Christmas carol".  I tried to explain to them that I celebrated Christian holidays. I tried telling them that the holiday wasn't as big as the big poster in the front hallway made it out to be. Then I tried to explain to them that I was offended by their association of me with the holiday due to race, giving me a day of rest before it returned. I have survived two weeks of this. So as I begin my winter break I wanted to ask people as a Christmas present, to lay off of race relations and stereotypes and just to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. (This is not meant to give blame) I respect all those who celebrate the holiday.

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