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Old 09-02-2007, 03:45 PM   #1
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Default Sorry, but I have got to vent....

First off, let me tell you that I have been debating as to whether or not to post this, and I finally am going to, just cause I have to get it off my chest......










SO, I went to a friends house on Saturday for a mud bog. Lots of big trucks, quads, beer, and just a plain good time

I get there and spend about 3 hours by myself cause the person that was supposed to go with me had to go to work for "one" hour.... finally someone else from work shows up, so I grab my beer and head over to BS with her and her husband.

This is where it starts to get bad

On my way there, I hear someone say something about "half nig***" Now, to MOST people, they wouldn't think anything of it. BUT I have been tormented alot in my life about my skin color. I am a little bit mexican, so my skin is fairly dark. I have been called just about every racial slur available for mexican, hispanic, chinese, and african american.

at this point in my life, I have decided that I have better things to worry about then people that have a problem with the color of my skin.

I just ignored it and continued to have a good time well, a couple hours later, more friends of mine show up, and Stephanie got out of work and came out also.

Just as the sun was starting to set, there is this huge K-5 Blazer going through the mud pit, and all of the sudden I hear someone scream "WHITE POWWEERRRR". as you can assume, I was pretty agitated. The guy just kept screaming it over and over again.....

I have learned to manage my boiling point so much so to the point that I can take just about anything and turn away, but this constant racial "knock" was really getting to me. Now, he may have not been intending the remarks for me, but with how I have been treated in the past, and looking around at the probably 100 people, and seeing that I am the ONLY one with even a HINT of a tan, I take it as a personal attack.

I got to the point that I had to walk away and sit down to TRY to calm down... I was SOOO furious / hurt / upset, that I couldn't even hold my hand still. It was like I was having a siezure. My whole body couldn't stop shaking no matter how much I tried to calm down... Then he said it again. I couldn't handle it anymore.

What did I do? well, the LAST thing I want to turn to is violence... I will do anything in my power to avoid a fight, now to mention, it was a friend / co-workers house.

I went up to my friend ( property owner ) and said " Hey Joe, can someone go and tell Mr. white power to shut up?" well, he was in a group of about 8 people that I don't know, and many of them started laughing at me. They acted like it never even happened, and one guy even had the balls to say "what does white power mean"... COME ON!!!! I know that racism is getting less and less nowadays, but tell me that you don't know what the meaning behind "white power"? give me a break..... I explained to them on how I have been picked on for being dark skined, and that it was NOT a laughing matter, and finally Joe'* wife stood up and said she was going to say something to him. I never heard back from her......

I have been over to many mud bogs at his house and NEVER had a problem with ANYONE!!!!!!!!! any other time, I have been able to walk around, drinking my beer and just go up and talk to any random person that I don't even know and all was good So, I think everyone there knew what was being said, but were just too scared to confront it



This completly ruined my entire night, and took away alot of my feeling of security and self comfort. :(

ANYONE that has EVER taken the time to get to know me knows that I am probably the EASIEST person to get along with and that I will take the shirt off of my back for ANYONE. I just absolutely hate the fact that people can have such PUBLIC hatred for anyone based just of skin tone / color.

Not to mention that this guy was the typical stereotype of a racist... tatoos everywhere, shaved head, heck, you could just look at the guy and see hate all over him... TRUST ME, I can read people VERY well.


ALWAYS make sure that you stand up for what YOU believe to be morally right, even if it singles you out in the crowd. also, violence / fighting will NOT make things any better.


What kind of a person am I you ask????

well, if I got a chance to meet this guy face to face, I would not punch, kick, or try to hurt him. Instead I would rather sit down with him man to man and let him get to know me and make his opinion change. IMHO, life is too short to spend it fighting about stupid things.


I could honestly go on for hours here, but I will spare all you now


I feel much better now, and just so you know, no I was not drunk. I had a few beers, but not enough to make me exagerate little things.



I would like to once again thank everyone here for being just overall good people. I love the fact that every meet that I have been to, nobody has ever viewed me as a different person becase of my skin color. You are all a bunch of 1st class individualls and I don't have any idea how to express my gratitude and appreciation for everyone not caring or even giving a second thought about thngs like this.


Thank you all
Ryan
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Old 09-02-2007, 03:50 PM   #2
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It sucks that there are still people like this in the world today.
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:10 PM   #3
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Crash I totally feel what you are saying.. And I know how you feel. I wouldnt have been as reserved as you were tho, I likely would have boiled over... and that might not have been good.
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:28 PM   #4
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Its sad that there are still people in this world that feel that way.. Ryan... I know how you feel... Trust me...

I went home one time and walked into the Advance Auto Parts store... I saw a Black Guy At the counter and thought for a minute that I was in a suburb of Orlando... I thought nothing of it.... I walked right up to him and we started to talk crap... The other 2 Guys were over in the corner whispering to each other...

I asked the Guy, " You aren't from around here are you ?" He said no... Then went on to say " You aren't from here either are you " I told him nope.. Its my home town, But I don't live here.... I'm from pretty close to Orlando.. He told me he felt out of place, I told him I understood.. He said he would be able to go back to Ohio in a week... He was just there trying to cure the Issues at that store... Seemed like a really good guy... And I got everything I was trying to get.. He'* the kind of guy we need here locally at the Advance...

Some of my Best friends are Black.. Now the part I hate tho is because I was hanging out in the Hood of sorts with a good friend, people were talking about me being a drug dealer because I was there a lot..

Cars and Beer... How could one say no to that?

The sad part is that My buddies family and friends treated me better than some of my own friends... 9 or 10 years later all of these people know me by name... I see them all when I have the time.. Several have passed on... But they were great people..

Some people look around and see color to this very day... With all of the years that have gone by you would thing a lot of this would have gone to the way side.. I won't say some of the things and conversations some of my friends have gotten into with me about different colors... Tan Like Ryan or Myself( Yes The Fellow Admin has some Japanese and American Indian in him).... White, Black.... Mixed... On and on..

Friends are friends no matter the color.... And if some of these people would really look around, there is no one single race anymore... The majority of us are mixed to some degree... And the United States is a Land for everyone regardless of Race...

We are all one people..

Just hard to believe racism is still alive

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Sorry Ryan that you had to experience that. I cannot say that I've experienced it because I havent (or I just didn't hear hte comments )

If it helps, you're my friend even though I have never met you and I don't see color, I just see the heart in each person.
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Sorry Ryan that you had to experience that. I cannot say that I've experienced it because I havent (or I just didn't hear hte comments )

If it helps, you're my friend even though I have never met you and I don't see color, I just see the heart in each person.
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I have a ton of off colored friends and I have a bunch of colorful friends... Most of them are "Red" But when I am out of town it'* usually me that stands out. I have somefiends that I can talk smack to "Won't mention the pigment of there skin" But I can talk openly and freely to them.

I am not 100% of colored I'm mixed with a little "Red" And I'm not talking the Neck kinda "Red". I know exactly where you were and What you felt Ryan.. I'm not racist there are "People" I don't like not "Colors" well ok I hate green lol. But I am comfortable with who I am. And thats what counts. In my previous reply I hinted I would have lost my cap ( I would Have) im like that sometimes. Especially if I have that "Off Colored" fire water in me. lol . But you know what I more then likely would have said right to his face something lke this...

If it weren't for My people where in the **** would you be? and walked away

Just shrug it off to ignorance and remember you are better then that "Off Colored Trash" who likely drove a tractor to the event. smoking a pipe.

Now go get me a Beer boy and while your at it that field needs a tillin.... Kidding.
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Racism is a strange thing. Last I checked no one chooses their race! Why discriminate based on it?
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Racism makes me really uncomfortable and very mad sometimes, even though I'm white and it'* not directed at me...

I'm really surprised that no one else that was there said something though...that'* really disappointing.
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im sorry that you had to experience this ryan. :( and its sad that anyone ever has to experience it. i hope that one day everyone will learn that everyone is the same no matter what their race, religion, etc. and can see the person on the inside
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