As I saw this video, I was glad that Lebron said “it's a worldly thing.” I am glad, because I think he is absolutely right. This is not about sports. This is not about celebrities. This is certainly not about one race. This is about all of us.
And yet, while I write that, I feel guilty because Eric Garner’s death should not be seen as an event that launched a movement or a moment that was lost in time… I believe his death should be viewed, first and foremost, as a sad moment for his family. Nevertheless, I do think that his death will serve as one of the key events that leads us into an era of greater harmony and equal representation in all nations.
So, I wanted to write this post as a way for all of us to discuss what we saw growing up. What are your thoughts on equal representation? Do you believe that this is something that is actually improving worldwide? How is it in your country, in your community? I will start it off:
I grew up in the projects of NYC. I was that scared hispanic boy that felt threatened because he was not ghetto enough. I would get mocked for my school uniform (i didn’t have a choice though…), and would routinely be bullied on the basketball court because I was “too white.” At the same time, I went to private school (on scholarship) where finding a hispanic or african american was one of the rarest things. I once had a student (my first and only time) tell me that I was lucky to be there because his parents’ tax money paid for me to go there. He went on to tell me that no matter how smart I was I would wind up his employee anyway. So, needless to say, I think I can safely say I can understand why both sides (both those from the ghetto and those from “suburban homes”) felt like they were discriminated. But what perplexed me was that while they could see how they were discriminated against, very few on either side saw they were doing the same to others. How could they not see it? I still wonder that. Anyway, that was my experience.
I hope you all share your thoughts on equality and discrimination, how you grew up with it, or how you have seen it in your world. There is no opinion or experience that is too small to be important. They are all important.