Life A Little Race Notes
posted by September 25 at 11:03 AMon
I’m sure this happened:
While brushing my teeth in my mother’s bathroom, I spot an artificial breast on the shelf above the sink.
That really happened. Where there is some confusion is the color of the artificial breast: was it pink or brown? My memory sees pink, but there’s enough resistance to this image to make it murky. If, however, my memory is picturing the truth, then it is a very sad truth. The picture of my mother fitting a pink breast against her brown flesh is not a happy one.
No long ago, my daughter while watching a comic anime for children:
Can you fix the language on this DVD? I’m tired of watching white people speaking Chinese.
I corrected her her about the language (“There’s a big difference between Japanese and Chinese”); later, however, it struck me that my daughter’s problem was not watching a film in a language she did not understand but the watching a mismatch between the language and the people speaking it. What is her problem? What caused to have this problem?
A white American person to me:
It’s weird that I feel this way, but while I was in Africa I couldn’t help think that some of the Africans looked like apes. Particularly because of their flat noses.
Me to the white American person:
It’s so strange you say that. Africans tend to think Europeans are very much like apes because of the amount of hair they have of their bodies. Africans distinguish themselves from animals by their lack of human hair. European men, on the other hand, have all this hair on their legs and chest and so Africans think they are closer to the apes.