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- Bill Hicks, comedian 1994 R.I.P

Thursday, August 7, 2008

America is Not Just White Folks!

These were done as a gentle reminder to those out there that think Americans are only white folks.

A year or so ago we were coming back into the country from a trip abroad and after getting off the plane we were shuffled through immigration and were told that those with American passports were to go in the line on the left and those with other than American passports in the line to the right. So we follow instructions and get in the line on the left and in front of us is a woman in her 50s maybe 60s and in front of her are a couple we believe to have been Sikh by the traditional garments they were wearing. Cool we're in line and waiting. Then the woman in front of us says in that loud exaggerated tone people use when speaking to others they assume don't know English she informs them they have to go to the other line for foreigners. The couple are conversing amongst themselves and pay her no mind so she repeats herself again with more persistence. This is a disgrace we are thinking to ourselves and just as she is about to say it again we ask her if she ever gave it a single thought that they might be American citizens and maybe she should mind her own business. At this point her jaw drops and she hurriedly turns around quietly. Sure enough as we continue to stand in line we notice the passports in the couple's hand are indeed American passports.

Now this isn't the 1st time we've seen our fellow citizens act like fools when dealing with people of different races . Is it any wonder the rest of the world looks at us so funny? Is it any wonder that some people in this country don't feel welcome here and more and more keep to themselves and their own wonderfully close knit community? All we're sayin' is be more mindful to others. take the time to be kind, smile and don't assume all that you have heard is true. Isn't it time we got over all this racial tension crap and move on? We need each other more than ever these days, particularly after all the damage done by our government in the last 8 years. We need to stick together or we'll continue to fall apart.

Pleasant Street between West and Crown Streets
and Worcester Historical Society

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