"So I was taught - I was told that, you know, the world is diverse, and you need to go to a place where you can interact with different types of people and things like that. And when I got there, it was just - it was culture shock. It was, like, my first time meeting, like, you know, what we would call, like, a frat boy. It was my first time meeting elite people, people who came from not the type of money I was coming from, but from real money... And after a couple of months of being there, maybe, like, a month and a half, you know, I met a couple of people, but it didn't really work. And I just - I dropped out, and I just felt more at home in the street and around street people. So that's what I decided to go ahead and live out what I felt like my destiny was."
This is the story so often missed in many of the mainstream narratives we hear about "making it in America": when members of underrepresented groups come into colleges, universities and even workplaces and feel like they don't belong. How do we address that as a society (or God forbid, interpersonally)? The exclusion starts early and we continue on our merry way with the unspoken belief that its okay when things are "separate but equal."
If we didn't have policies like Affirmative Action and bussing, I wonder how many years the progression of equality would have been held back. Without these polices, many people of privilege sure as hell wouldn't have done it on their own.
Why do we continue to fear those "unlike" us, of our own species? Why do we continue to be okay with the?
"there was a headline in a newspaper several years ago saying, “We're entering a state where, for the first time in over 350 years, the world will be led by a non-Christian, non-white country.” And what it was saying is we should be afraid. So the early debates around integrating schools — the white segregationists were: “We can't have integrated schools because black and white children might get to know each other and might marry each other and have babies.” The Civil Rights Movement’s was: “This is not about marriage.” The white segregationists were right. You bring people together, they will actually learn to love each other. Some of them will marry and have children. And so it will actually change the fabric of society. When people worry that having gays in our community will change what marriage really means, actually, they're right. When people worry that having a lot of Latinos in the United States would change United States, they are right. We're constantly making each other. And so we can’t hold onto a notion that this is what America is, so Latinos don't affect us. So part of it is that our fear that we are holding onto something, and "the other" is going to change it. And the other is going to change it, but we're going to change the other. And we're going to — if we do it right, we're going to create a bigger “we,” a different “we.”"
- Source: See TDL 10/12/15
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