Here’s a couple of random thoughts I just want to write down.
How am I going to change the world? I guess the best way to start is by letting my actions represent the change I think should take place. By having a kinder, more tolerant heart. Accepting.
I didn’t have a diverse life before my college years. I grew up in a white neighborhood. I belonged to a white country club. My friends in my youth group at church were white.
College has great way of changing a person though. Hopefully for better for most people. I belong to a fraternity that is very diverse. During rush each year we pride ourselves on being a diverse house. Two of my best friends are not white. I didn’t really hang out with people who weren’t like me until I got to college.
But what isn’t like me? Not white? Is that really that big of a difference? To some it probably is, and with merit. But my friends who aren’t white are just like me. We have common goals, beliefs, dreams, and experiences. We don't act at all like there is any difference between us because of our color. That's a good thing.
What is the difference in tolerance and acceptance? The dictionary says acceptance is to be regarded as suitable, or adequate; to be admitted into a group. Tolerance is tolerating the existence of beliefs or opinions one does not necessarily agree with.
I’d say I am somewhere between accepting and tolerating. I tolerate people’s beliefs and opinions because it is their right to have them just as I have a right to have my own. I accept people with beliefs and opinions that are similar to mine. I have a lot of friends who have very different beliefs and opinions than I – both on the left and right side of the scale. Most of the time we agree to disagree. So to me, that is tolerating rather than accepting.
Disney isn’t racist.
Transformers isn’t racist. The two robots everyone is having a fit about had maybe 2 minutes of screen time. They just had a funny personality. Tyrese, one of the actors in the movie, spoke with more of a dialect than the robots did. What’s wrong with personifying the robots, giving them personality? And when they said they don’t read, they were referring to all the robots. They had to go find a robot that was buried on earth thousands of years ago to have him translate it because none of the current robots could read it. What about megatron, the evil decepticon who wanted to destroy the world? He sounded just like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino. Am I supposed to assume megatron was racist because he sounded like an old white guy? No.
This class has opened my world up to different opinions. I never thought twice about how Asian Americans, Latin American, is American Indians are represented in the media. Really they’re not.
I’d like to think we’re making steps in the right direction though.
My roommate last semester was a TA for a race class called the civil rights movement. He and I would talk about what they were discussing in class and I didn’t really understand why he was so passionate about it. Now I see his side of the story.
I’m glad I took this class. I didn’t need it, I had other options. I was told this would be an interesting class and would be eye opening. I love learning and I’m glad I now know other people’s perspective on different issues. I still disagreed with some people, but at least I know where they’re coming from.