I was telling a story to four colleagues about how at a park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, that morning, a man had said to me immediately upon seeing me, “Hey, where are you from, Japan?” I told my coworkers that I couldn’t believe that people were still asking, “Where are you from?” to ask about ethnicity.
It’s not enough to dismiss people as bigots, but nor is it to pretend that bigotry doesn’t exist.
I’ve wrestled with whether or not to write about Trump since the election for several reasons and I often found myself at a loss for words as I thought about the topic.
“In the pantheon of crude, ethnoracial stereotypes, the “redneck” is perhaps the last acceptable target for wide-scale derision. “
So My 91 yrs old patient heard how #Trump has been attacking “me The American Muslim” so she brings me these little stuffed animals that she crochet herself to cheer me up!
“Yes. A Muslim man blew me up, and I lost my leg.”
Regional bigotry — have you heard of it?
One thing you’ll learn from these is just how much every culture hates foreigners.
In the wake of the Charleston tragedy, racial tension is heating up. However, can bigotry alone really be considered the root cause of American violence?
It just, is. Whether you understand it or not.