WE’RE ALL SOMETHING: HOW MUCH DOES ETHNICITY MATTER

 

People Holding Red and Green Striped Flaglets Up High

“Does it really matter.”


my identity

In a society like America where the population is so diverse, we all live in this country comprising of different ethnic groups. You would think a place that consist of so many different people we would understand different cultures and get along. Only problem is that the bulk of the diversity is in about five cities of the 19,000 plus cities and towns in America. So when you look at the landscape of the country, it is no wonder why we still have issues that existed decades ago. But the real question I want to ask is how important is identity really? Because as much as we say I like everybody, how much do we really stand by that statement? It is one of those things we say, but for the most part we don’t live by it.

strength in numbers

People are always in a position to feel like they are being oppressed for whatever reason that appeals to them. So when this happens, there is a sense of comfort knowing there are people there that look like you that will stand next to you. And with that comes this sense of pride that you don’t understand unless you have a group to stand with you. But with that, you can easily fall into this space where that same feeling becomes addictive. And now with those numbers, you can get a lot accomplished that can easily be counterproductive to your cause.

this is still america

We live in America, and a lot has changed. But we must still understand that in this country still, a lot of people aren’t happy with others life choices. And when that exist you are placed in a position in this country to either live your life as you choose. Or the other option is to play by the rules and stay single until you meet someone from your culture. Whatever you may choose realize the country where you live. And that it can be the defining choice that puts you in good or bad standings in society.


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THEY WILL KEEP IT GOING: HOW CULTURE CARRIES INTO THE NEXT GENERATION

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“Teach them well.”


pass it on to them

When you are young, and come from certain cultural backgrounds, parents like to instill at an early age cultural awareness to children. An identity that have kept a group of people alive for a very long time. And all the parent want to really do is make sure the longevity of that cultural appreciation and love is maintained. So the next generation is always the key to making sure that culture is sustained. Otherwise, it is very easy to lose that identity and then what you have is hundreds, if not thousands of years of heritage gone forever. And always remember, the people in power can always have the ability to rewrite history once it is lost.

blended cultures

What happens once the next generation blends in with another group of people? Then what you have is the choice to either forgo one of the cultures or try practicing both. And the one that is the more dominant seems to always take over and replace the other. Or in the case of immigrants coming to America, they are seeing there cultures diminish because the American culture is more of what they live. Now what you have is the identity of the group lost so that the kid can have a better life in this country. The only thing is, are you prepared to sacrifice identity for a better career? Because that could potentially happen once the kid is brought to this country.

they care when we care

If parents are not interested in the identity of the kid, what will the kid do about it? And the answer is nothing. The culture is only as important as the parent that take the time out to teach them. Because it’s very rare that the kid will reach out and want to get to know about their culture without the parent expressing much interest. Children don’t just ask their parents where they come from. Children just grow in a society in which they live. So the priority must come from the ones that are raising them.


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POST RACIAL: ARE WE REALLY AS RACIAL TODAY AS IN THE PAST

“How far are we now?”


out the past

In the recent years, we have found ourselves having the old topics of race relationships in America once again. With the introduction of our current President Donald J. Trump, people feel with his election came a sense of racial tension. Some have said he inspired the hate with rhetoric, while others feel it has always been apart of our culture. The above video is of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; a civil rights leader that fought against racial inequality, prejudice, and segregation before ultimately being assassinated in the year 1968. So how far have we really come since the the turbulent days of the mid 1950’s to late 1960’s Civil Rights Era?

2018

So out of the past we have rallies and marches still on social injustice. So what must be done to combat such issues. Because yes, marching and protesting keeps the conversation going, but what about action. What about actually making things happen as oppose to talking about it. Within the past week, we were privy to see Lebron James open the school in his hometown of Image result for lebron schoolAkron, Ohio. Where public schools are failing children, he started a school. Which will jump start young people’s lives in that city. A lot of students are African American in school districts heavily underfunded. So economics and education aids in dealing with the problems today. Yet, there is more than just education and economics that will fix this issue.

the White base

What does White America think of the recent issues that our country have been going through? Better yet, do the majority of White men and women even know or care? Because when things are not taking place in your community that is not reflective of you, does it matter? And these are just a few questions as to why it has not really been on the mouths of too many White Americans. Or another suggestion is that there are other issues to be worried about. I live in the Midwest, and there is this prevailing thought that White Americans have all this money. But coming from this region of the country, so many are struggling economically. They are just not concerned with social issues. Are White men and women, if at all responsible for combating racial tension on their end, or just focus on themselves. Especially if they are racist themselves.


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IDENTITY: THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRONG CULTURAL IDENTITY

“A name, a religion, an identity.”


 so so important

In a world where social and political strife has been erupting lately, what is the significance of having an identity on a ethnic level mean to you? Because I can speak for my myself coming from a family who were descendant of slaves, there is no real strong culture like a lot of families globally. Meaning we don’t have an official language, religion, country, or namesake.

actor, adult, ancient

And the problem with not having an identity of your own, and having someone else dictate your identity, is that you seek validation from that group. And then when that group shows the slightest bit of disinterest there is this fight to be had. It’s why you must define yourself, and not look to other groups to do it for you.

the fear that is identity

Why would there be fear connected to the identity of another person? Well, the reason why fear exist is because you seek to control a group of people. How do you control people who have their own cultural identifier. Little you say or do matters to them as a people. But when you are able to manipulate and control, that group needs you.

And the reason why you may seek to control is because there is a supremacy factor. Supremacy lies in the ability to feel better than another group of people. But also you need another group to show why you’re not in your supreme position so you can have a reason to continue to hate and look to self as the reason you’re not successful.

shifts and changes

As time progress, will we see cultures collapse, and due to war and conquest. But we may see the decline to the introduction of more and more technology. The cultures of the past that have held groups together has gone from one of isolation to one of inclusion. We are becoming more and more a one world place to live.

But can that last forever (togetherness), since we as people have a hard time coexisting for too long. There always going to be someone who wants a little more than someone else. Someone working harder or going to be smarter. And that advantage will bring us together, but will also give rise to new wars and separation. Man loves having an advantage, and with that comes power, and with power comes abuse. So thinking we will be this one world place in the future is farfetched, which is why cultural identity is important.


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ETHNIC CONSCIOUSNESS: WHY HAS THERE BEEN A RISE IN RACIAL NATIONALISM IN AMERICA

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“When the machine breaks down, we all break down.”


The United States of America has always had to deal with an insurmountable level of racial tension. But now more than ever, the tension has risen. You have what is considered the far right, which are members of the Klu Klux Klan as well as The New Black Panther Party. These are groups that have always been around; the Panthers for decades and the Klan for over one hundred years. But with the political landscape in shambles from tension still at a height from this past presidential election of Donald Trump, these far right groups are poking their heads up yet again. But where is all this coming from? Are we starting to digress as a country into old ways?

Let’s take a look at some of the groups in America, starting with the KKK. The Klu Klux Klan has been an organization built on White Nationalism for over one hundred years. They preach that America was made for the Related imageadvancement of the White man. Everyone else should repatriate themselves to other regions of the world. Mainly to places where their origins are from: Black People to Africa, East Asians to their respective nations, Latinos/Hispanics to theirs, and Middle Eastern to theirs. They are also an organization built on pushing against what they define as White genocide, such as interracial marriage. An action that they see as a potential threat to their people.

As for the Black Nationalist views, these are people who seek to push the Black agenda. And that Black agenda has meant everything from repatriating to the continent of Africa, to establishing our own economic base outside of White men and women in America. The further views are Related imageheld that Black people should not mix the bloodline of those who have oppressed their group, nor should Black people conduct in trade with such a group. The other Nationalist views are that Black people should create our own schools, hospitals, protection for our communities, as well as a push to recreate a culture that has been lost due to historical precedence. And these are the views of the Black Nationalist.

Now my question is, why have these views emerged today in America. Because this conversation has always been an issue. But why so much now? My theory behind the reason why is economics. Anytime Black and White people are in a lesser held position, we tend to look to the other as to why Related imagewe struggle. White men and women say I struggle because of welfare, Affirmative Action, and crime effecting their ability to earn. Black people state that we can’t earn due to systemic oppression, White privilege, and stolen identification robbing us of self. But what is the real reason?

Well, recently, psychologist and Black Nationalist Umar Johnson and White Image result for black nationalismNationalist Richard Spencer have become faces we see in the struggle. Both men have a viewpoint which is similar, yet supports one ethnic group. Now, to understand the racial fight, understand the construct. First off, Black and White are not real ethnic groups. We as Black people had no choice but to Image result for white nationalismadopt Black because our identity was lost during slavery. And White is just a combination of European groups that came here generations ago. And here lies the interesting part. We are so color constructed in America, we don’t realize the old continents and how they fight.

 

You have European and African groups who dislike each other. And when I Related imagesay each other, I don’t mean France hating Ghana. I mean the fight between the Serbians and Croatians. The fight between the tribal groups in Africa. So anyone who does not align themselves with the Black/White struggle is seen as a traitor. But really, your skin color construct means nothing, and is oppressive in Image result for african cultureitself. But the fight is so long and so deep, the fore fathers of America created a problem that they didn’t foresee. They had no clue that it would run so deep. So deep that now, if you are Cuban and accept Cuba and not Black you are met with resistance from the Black community in America. And if you identity as non-White/European, you’re met with resistance on the opposite side.

See in the end, the fight racially is simply to designate what is seen as your enemies. If another group would have come in and took over America after slavery, the Black/White fight might have ended then. But the leadership has always been White males. But they don’t care about Black or White people, but themselves. Therefore, it becomes more personal than racial. But people need someone to blame. Just as much as Black people need a face, White people need a face. And it’s usually as a reaction to our quality of lives. With an increase in both groups of people struggling, will come an increase in racial tension.


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POLITICAL ETHNIC CHOICES: DOES ETHNIC CHOICE MATTER IN MARRIAGE CHOICES

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“Is love really color blind?”


Recently on the morning radio talk show The Breakfast Club, social activist and psychologist Umar Johnson was on talking to the hosts. He made a statement regarding interracial marriage that I thought was quite interesting. He stated that marriage is a political decision. And who you marry says a lot about your priorities when pertaining to ethnicity. Which is why he said that if you are an African American marrying a White man or woman you are not only taking them on as a partner, but also this group’s culture. And you are accepting the group’s community as well. Umar was making a distinct connection between what outside ethnic group you marry and your loyalty to your own ethnic group.

And what I thought about right off the back was, is this so? Does marrying outside your ethnicity as an African American renders you devout of self-love and respect because of your choice? And is this really a choice that is stemmed deeply in politics? Because I see Jews, Asians, Indians, and Hispanics stress marrying another member of their group. This is not just Umar who feels this way. Are those other groups wrong for preserving their culture? Because this is what the fight is about, preserving culture. When you marry a group that is different than your own, the cultures can be vastly different. What do you say regarding this, such as Jew marrying a Muslim?

See, in my household, my mother stressed marrying someone you love. And I felt this way, but when I became an adult, and took on my own experiences I started to look at things differently. I don’t think you are less than for marrying outside your ethnicity, but I also am not against people who are against interracial relationships either. Now some may say, how can you feel that way? I myself, as an African American man, couldn’t marry a woman of any other ethnic group if not accepted by her side. Meaning, if I meet a Chinese woman, and her parents/family didn’t approve, I wouldn’t see myself staying. As against them as I might be, I don’t think you should be forced to allow people into your family if you don’t want me there.

Now, that leaves the woman hurt, but that’s a problem she must come to terms with, with her family. You know your family, and you know what they accept and reject. I don’t want to be a member, nor do I want them forced to accept me. My best bet, is to remove myself from the equation. It’s not in my best interest to stay. Because if I were abusive, that’s a reason to not like me. I can’t stay in a situation where you dislike an aspect about me I can’t change, nor would I want to change. So as much as it would hurt the woman, I have to make a decision to remove myself.

Now others might disagree with my decision. They would say, if you love that person, who cares what others think. But to me, as awful as you might think they are, losing family is easier said than done. Are you willing to lose everything that have ever existed in your life for this one person? And if you and this person don’t last in the relationship, you’re completely alone in the world. Sadly enough, people are put into those decisions. And I don’t want to be the catalyst for that decision.

In the end, there are people who think love is color blind. And to me you like what you like. Human attraction is not always a socio-political decision because we are not that type of species. People are mammals that gain attractions to other mammals like us. Ethnic conflict is a social construct placed by man for means of control. There are men who are members of the KKK that are attracted to Black women and Nation of Islam men who have liked White women. It’s not ok socially, no one would admit that, but as humans you like who you like. Yet the social aspect of our society is far more greater than the emotional attachments.


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