Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I came across this video today and was reminded of my childhood with a female Archie Bunker for a parent, going from an all-white high school in the North, to a mostly black high school in the South, then on to a mostly Hispanic school in the Southwest. I remembered the distinctive racism of the various regions I lived in. Up North, it was the Puerto Ricans, Sicilians, etc. who were to be feared. In North Carolina, it was the Blacks, in Texas it was the Mexicans. Whoever "the Other" was in any region, that was the group to fear, mistrust, segregate yourself from. I remember thinking even then that it was silly and backward, but yet it persists in our society. I realize we are pack animals, tribal groups and gathering among your own kind was a means of survival for the early part of our human history. After so many centuries though, you'd think we would have evolved a little further than this.
Here's another more obvious video I just saw on another blog about the Tea Party people.
Dolores O'Riordan - http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42696376
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