It’s Not About Race!
John Metta

Thank you for this. What you wrote is leagues more desirable to read that the same principles and concepts that I have included in my interactions with people. I have a very difficult time trying to understand much of what others attempt to say because they do say it with emotion and anger. Just like I am sure others have difficulty understanding me because of my emotion and anger. We all have have those things and our individual experiences that form our reactions. I can not possibly understand, say you for example, because I have not lived in your shoes…..but EQUALLY, you can not understand me or my experiences in the same manner. I am not a beautiful writer but how does one say their life experiences are just as valid as another’s. My skin might be white as described by the American census, but truly I should be listed as an American Mutt. I select purposefully the “other” tag in new hire situations, because there is no legal classification for someone with my lineage and I refuse to be called white (because I am not white). I refuse to be called Caucasian (because no one in my history is from the Caucus mountains and there are other issues regarding that labeling). What I am though, is someone who grew up in poverty in a long list of poverned ancestors and that aspect is very important to me. The problems I run into is that I have been raised to tell the truth and be honest, but when I am truthful and honest, I am chasitized in various ways because apparently my truth and honesty is not the “same?” as another’s. Sometimes I am wronged in the full list of things, but when I report the wronged aspects to authority persons, I am often chastized again. So, I suppose my question is to anyone that will answer is how do you make a combined society that all can exist and be comfortable within when those of any color and lineage that are attempting to begin are met with emotional and angered memories that block progress and only beget a physical or violent response? We have all been wronged in one way or another. Is one person’s suffering any greater or lesser than another’s?

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