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rm_kaolack4 63
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8/26/2006 5:57 am

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I would like to share a story, with you. It’s about my community, and the events I’ve recently encountered.
I, along with my family, have lived in this small community in northeast Pennsylvania, for twenty (20) plus years. We’re homeowners. We’ve lived a quiet life, minded our own business, maintained our home, and raised our children in this area. We’re just regular folk.
However, in the last year I and my family have encountered racism, and prejudice. I’ll explain. We had a neighbor, of European descent/white woman, and her children, for about fifteen (15) years. We were very friendly with each other, and our children grew up playing and engaging each other. In fact, they’re the closes of friends. In the last year, she was in an unfortunate situation, where she lost her home for reasons I won’t get into. Anyway, she moved, and her house went up for sale. Since, the home has been up for sale, many people have looked at the home, and have been interested in purchasing the home. It is a beautiful home. But, through conversation, with the realtor, frank conversation, about why the house wasn’t selling, I was stunned, by his forthright comments. He informed me, the house was on the verge of being sold, three times, until on three different occasions, the prospective buyers had the unfortunate opportunity, for them, to see me, a so-called nigger, sitting on his front patio. The prospective buyers told the realtor, they couldn’t live next to people of my origin, which is sad.
Here is another situation. Recently, we’ve implemented an exercise program, which includes walking. During our walking sessions, people in our community close their doors, if sitting outside, go in their homes, make racist comments, and other actions, when they see us walking down the street in their direction. Mind you, these are our neighbors, and have been for twenty plus years. But, for some unknown reason, they think we just moved into the community, and we’re going to take their community to the bottom. These two examples are just a tip of the problems, which we, as Africans face on a day to day basis. This is real life.
It’s sad, when people won’t buy a home, cause of the color/tone of a persons skin, or don’t take the time to know their neighbors. This is the stereotypical attitude, which is on display in America. I do hope, one day this can go away. But, I feel the mentality of certain people, is, we as Africans, are slaves, even today, and we are not worthy of anything, and this should never change.
But, we will stay strong, no matter what.

rm_PurryKitty2 49M/51F
9753 posts
8/26/2006 6:16 am

People are so cruel. I am sorry you had to experience this

Big hug,

Purry {=}

Purry


rm_kaolack4 replies on 8/26/2006 8:21 am:
Thank you. You're sweet. It is very unfortunate, not for me,cause I'm used to dealing with this situation, it's a part of my every day ciecumstance, but it's unfortunate for society, as a whole.Have a great day.

dababygurl69 53F

9/3/2006 10:57 pm

I am a 'white' female, and I date 'black' men. Why? Because they are the ones who ask. Many white men I have met, want a skinny, little piece of 'eye-candy' to hang on their arm, and that is not me. To say you don't see a person's color is a lie. If your eyes work, of course you see their physical appearance. It is a shame that not enough people look BEYOND that and find the true person, whatever color or size. There are good and bad apples in every bunch. the old cliche is very true - ' You can't judge a book by it's cover." I have tried to really live up to that, and I have tried teaching that to my children. I believe that's where the real problem is. Parents teach their own prejudices to their kids, and that is not fair to anyone. People are not a color, or a size. People are a personality, and mindset.


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