Gil (fenyx) wrote,

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It's Ten O'Clock, do you know where your children are?

God I'm old, does anyone even remember those PSAs or even know what the hell I'm talking about?

Lessons I should have learned by now:  When one looks forward to something, one will inevitably be let down.  Shit, is letdown one word or two, let down.  Maybe it's a hypen, let-down.  I suck.  Anyway, I guess I can get one thing off my chest...

I'll start by saying that I'm not even going to touch the immigration issue, that's complicated and there's no easy solution, I think Bush didn't really say much or resolve anything tonight, we'll see where it goes.  Just remember that not so long ago we had Japanese people locked up for no reason across the country, land of the free indeed...

Anyway, this is something that's been bugging me, and honestly I'm not sure if it's me being overly-sensitive at times of if people really are down right ignorant.  I live in a very diverse community, I work in a diverse environment.  I was brought up pretty well, I'd have to admit, and lucky enough to have friends and neighbors of every shape and color.  C'mon, who else do you know that grew up learning Spanish, English, some Tagalog and a little Assyrian.  At my current place of employment we have students from 59 countries speaking over 69 languages.  Long story short, I think I can honestly say I don't see color too often.  I see shitheads, assholes, and pieces of crap, but that's regardless of what color they are.  But I digress...

It seems that whether I'm on MySpace, LJ, MSN, or Xbox Live, whatever it may be, I've been running into a lot of racism lately.  Has the immigration issue ratched up this hatred?  Some of it might seem harmless, or like I'm overreacting but some would argue that racism should be fought in any of its shapes or formsI have a great quote about it somewhere that I can't remember right now.  Back on point, I'm playing Ghost Recon and people are like "let's shoot those Mexican's before they cross the border" or about not wanting to live in a certain area because it's full of "white trash and Mexicans".  I know, some of these people are kids, and I sure as hell am not going to try to be a parent or "treat" them online.  That's not my job, at least not when I'm off the clock.

Or is it?

Isn't it up to all of us to try to overcome prejudice?  I don't mean to get on a soap box but it's fuckin' 2006 and I know for a fact, that's it is not only little kids spouting "nigger" all over LIVE.  I know that some of these people have kids of their own.  This is what they're teaching.  This is what their kids will learn.  I mean, a lot of us play these games online, on LIVE, to get away from the BS of our lives.  Work, school, parents, life, whatever's bugging you, it's supposed to be a nice getaway, it just sucks having to hear these idiots bring you back to the real world.

You are some of the people I am talking about.  You post your little bulletins, you forward your "funny" emails, you spread the ignorance.  I'm just not sure how to fight it.  Some of you are my friends, and maybe you don't mean it.  Or mean it like that.  How am I supposed to say, hey that wasn't that funny, or that insulted me.  I'm not being sensitive, hell I'm not very PC my damn self.  So what's okay?  Where's the line?  I don't know.  When I was pledging in college, I was the only  Latino in my line.  I got shit from a lot of my friends and from the Latino fraternities because I didn't join theirs.  I was cool with it, the particular frat I was joining was pretty much everyone I worked with.  They were easy going and fun.  Anyway, one day during hell week, we weren't allowed to sleep, if I remember correctly.  Well, the rest of my line thought it was funny to start telling jokes, I'm always going to remember how much that shit hurt and how much of a pussy I felt like and still do, for not saying anything.  For just sitting there and listening to these assholes.  There's not much I regret, but that's one of the things I do.  Again, was/is it just me overreacting?  I mean everyone's either told one or laughed at one, what's the harm?

Anyway, this isn't a typical post, I just wanted to vent and maybe make one of two of you think a little before telling that joke or forwarding that message.


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