I’m so unbelievably grateful for having heard the comments such as, “eww, black man! Low-class! Pimp! Blacks are the worst of them all!”
These comments have propelled me to some of the greatest achievements in my life. However, a comment-turned-podcast this morning stirred up what could be the real underlying cause of racism in the ‘land of not-so smiles.”
“Says a man living in Thailand, insulting the people, the culture, the blah blah blah blah. HOW GRAND!”
Clicked on the profile and wadaya know! A sex tourist with a Thai girl in his picture, as most “perpetrators” are. Instead of reacting in sympathy and empathy, he defends a society whereas I was approached by five white shirts, demanding my passport to see if I was African and searched my bag for drugs three years ago.
Tsk, tsk, tsk. There’s a story I have to talk about in regards to an African American woman entering the store with her sister-in-law who was half black and half white (as she says in the video). Upon checking out, the cashier greeted the woman (who she had only known for a month or so) with a big smile. She then gave a check to the cashier to pay for her bills, and the woman thought it was a fake check, so she went through hundreds of checks right there, embarrassing the woman.
Finally, her friends came to the rescue and said, “ummm, excuse me…why are you doing this to her?” The cashier replied in a not-so-friendly tone before saying, “I know you but I don’t know here.” The caucasian then said, “I’ve been only coming here for two months and she’s been coming here for ten years. Why are you doing this to her?”
Sticking up for one another, regardless of cultural backgrounds, creed, or color, will make all the difference in the world.
A banner at a Boston Redsox game this past week said, “Racism is as American as Baseball?” People were elated that it happened to begin with, and the significance came after fans (recently) spewed hateful rhetoric at an African American player during the game. Did anyone defend that player? No.
See, this is why humanity continues to have perpetual racism all around the world. If you don’t stick up for anyone, even strangers, we’re never going to make a change.
For a what they call “farang” to stick up for a culture that rebukes all people of color is insulting to humanity.
BE THE CHANGE!