Ojo: The "Cholo Word Of The Day" is simply for fun. This is not an academic exercise, therefore I do not spend much time checking for espelling or grammatical errors. Most of the words are not only used by "cholos," but by many people in S. Texas - and their usage can vary. c/s

Monday, July 04, 2005

Talking Race in the Pacific Northwest

I have only been in Seattle for four weeks and I have already been told several times that I talk too much about race. "Why does it always have to be about race?" I feel like saying, "because it always is."

My theory is (and feel free to blast it) that people are even LESS comfortable talking about race, racism, and sensitive issues here than they are in the South. I think people here feel that because Seattle is so "liberal" that people are all equal. Everyone is on the same level. There's no reason to talk about race if everyone is on the same level. Well, I hate to break the news, but I'm still brown and most of my classmates are still White or Asian.

I make jokes about race and there's uncomfortable laughter. I make a comment in class and people look uncomfortable. C'mon. It's who we are for pepe's sake.

The other thing about being up here that people started telling me as soon as I got here is that the locals aren't very inviting. The people here are extremely nice, but that's as far as they'll go. They won't let you in. I was talking about this to a new friend over dinner the other day and she thinks it's because it's always raining over here. People tend to retreat into their homes. They shut the doors on the rain and others. She's a fellow Texican and feels that way.

No se. I'm going to continue talking about what I like to talk about. We'll see what kind of reactions I get. I don't want our society to be color blind. I want everyone to see that we're different colors, so that we can learn from each other. So that we can be better people. I want you to know that I'm a Chicano from South Texas. I want you to teach me about yourself. And I want to make fun of your dancing skills (or lack thereof).


Blogger cindylu said...

You really can't escape race in discussions at the UCLA school of ed, and I like it. Some of our most well known professors are critical race theorists or do a lot of work around racial/ethnic diversity. Thus, they attract a lot of likeminded students. Anyway, when I'm not with my ed school peeps and I bring up race, I get weird looks.

2:48 AM

Blogger Cracked Chancla said...

well i think it depends how and when you bring it up. it sounds like your still feeling your way around up there. but i worked with someone that always had to bring up the race thing in a 'bad' way. one couldn't tell her about something that you saw on the news because first thing out of her mouth was, "were they black?" or "i bet it was a white person." this usually gave her the amunition to feed into generalizations and it got annoying after a little while. but i'm sure that is not why you bring it up.

8:59 AM

Blogger Xolo said...

Don't come to the Northeast. People in WA are extremely nice and friendly in comparison. Race is also a taboo subject here, although it is even more of an glaring issue than in WA.

6:08 PM

Blogger Antonio said...

If you're bringing up race b/c everytime the cops do something crooked and the judge let's it fly and it's clear the guy was black or mexican than you are right to do it. And that is going to happen a lot, especially if that judge is Rehnquist. A lot of the kids, not just the white ones but the well off ones too, don't know that constitutional rights depend a lot on what neighborhood you grew up in.

10:40 PM


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