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Trust Yourself

24Julpm1912

I am going to try something here that is difficult. I realize that what makes sense to me will not necessarily make sense to many other people, which has been a frustration of my existence. With that said, here I go.

It has been recently noted by an author (of whom I will try to find an cite) that there are about 25% of Americans who do not have substantive interaction with anyone who is different from them in racial/heritage origin. Clearly, such a person would have to come from other than the big cities or even the major metropolises of America. I grew up in such a town, of 14,000 people, in which there was only one African American family. In that town, and the towns and farm lands in which the current 25% reside, there was controversy between the different Euro American heritages that lived there. First, there was a religious divide, but always within the Christian sects. There were Jews and I learned from my close friend that prejudice was felt, but no violence.

The Isolated 25% (the “I-25”) are the people to whom P45 appeals with his proposal that others should return to the country from which they came. Note this, though, that at one time in the history of those isolated people, certain sections of the Euro American population were ostracized and put upon by the other Euro Americans who were the franchise by which the community ran financially. Let’s start with western PA since that is the rhythm in which I matured up to age 15. My family was largely Scots/Irish, but one grandmother was Slovak and the other was Irish/German. In the town, we were included in the franchise largely because we were Presbyterian and Masonic. We were the lower level of the franchise, but we were in a place such that if we danced in the rhythm of society there we could have a predictable and relatively sweet existence.

I did not know it at the time, but if you were Catholic and Italian, you were not directly included in the franchise. You were put up with, but looked down upon by those at the top of the franchise. Heck, even those like my family were looked down upon a bit, but we were still accepted for work in the mills and plants owned by the franchise members, who probably had land grant ties back to the formation of the state. As time went on, and especially after WW II, as the result of information gained by men who left town and fought next to people of other ilk, though still segregated by color, and learned that the heritage from which a person comes is not determinative of their intelligence, honesty and courage. Those values are true in every heritage group is what they learned and the acceptance of “others” in the isolated community began to expand. Eventually, all of the Euro Americans met each other in high school and romance further accelerated the mix. Heck, Romeo and Juliet had nothing compared to mixes in the isolated communities.

So here we are now, with the “we” being the I-25. Actually, I am not isolated since I moved from that town to a suburb in Detroit – actually an island upon which 7,000 resided and not a single non-Euro American of which I was aware. Wait, let me correct that as there was a respected doctor who happened to be Syrian by heritage, whose wife was Euro American, but that was an isolated instance there. Most of the people were really well off. Heck, the houses that faced Canada were like those in the Great Gatsby. Anyway, though, I learned to drive in Detroit, went to the University of Michigan and learned first hand that the intelligence, honesty and courage standard by which my intuition measured people did not depend upon any heritage divide. I played street ball in Detroit in my twenties on courts upon which I was the only Euro American in the neighborhood. I accepted what took place, but I was unusual. I learned, though, that honesty carried the day with everyone, eventually.

Note to the I-25: The other 75% of Americans have similar experiences to mine. They are not afraid of a variance from their ethnic heritage because they see that mere ethnic variance is not the reason a person is what they are. The images formed in their brains arise from first person evaluation rather than a sensational picture painted on TV or the internet based upon an isolated situation.

Let me give you another reference for this story. I spent time in a variety of countries around the world, and one of my longest give and take experiences was in Israel. In that country I took a 10 mile walk alone one day, just so I could say I dipped my feet in the Mediterranean. I walked through neighborhoods that were “Orthodox” and this was on their sabbath. I walked through a French neighborhood and other neighborhoods without incident, and really not even a second glance. I talked to the people, most of whom spoke English, Yiddish and another language fluidly. What I learned was that the picture we get from the news does not in any sense reflect the concerns of the people on the street. They just want to live and let live.

Here is my push to expose the I-25 to a new paradigm. One that is not based upon fear and loathing of a “threat” painted by TV, the Internet and those within politics who would use your fear only for the purpose of getting elected. P45 is not concerned with you per se, but he will play on your fears to get your vote. Afterwards, though, your place in the franchise will not change. He really doesn’t have a care about anyone but himself.

The franchise of America changes all the time. At first, it was the food that we could provide to the world. All of the canals, from the Erie canal, to canals in Ohio and in Chicago allowed farm goods to move through the water system to the east coast. New Orleans grew large because it brought the same value out of the river ways that led to the Mississippi river. For centuries, this transportation, augmented by rail road and trucking, has enabled the movement of agricultural goods to the world. That movement made America “good” for those who produced the agricultural goods moved. The I-25 live somewhere along those routes of old. They would love it if the US never changed in such regard, but they (you) must realize that the world keeps spinning, which is why the franchise(s) of today are not the franchise of yesterday.

Heck, remember the tobacco that was largely grown in North Carolina and Kentucky? Remember the big fights that Tobacco Industry fought in the ‘80s and 90s, and with a recently mandated admission of knowledge of harm, relating back to a court order from somewhere near 2006? Big Tobacco got all of the farmers on their side for political purposes, but once the cat was out of the bag now most of the current tobacco industry is grown outside of the US. Anyone beside the actual farmers who care about this? Heck no! That is just one obvious example that the finance of the US is now based upon mental labor and service rather than physical exertion. Sure, the physical aspects are still necessary, but they are not the place to which the youth are headed. The “nerds” of the 60s and 70s are now the main players in the franchise. Those people come from all heritages and the world has changed. Those people are OK and many Euro American exist side by side with them, mostly based upon finding those of their intelligence, honesty and courage from all heritages instead of merely relying upon their personal heritage as the measuring stick.

To those of you in the I-25 I suggest to you that your best move is to deny the appeal that is being made to you, for you will not be able to maintain your isolation in today’s world, just as it has always been. When you meet a different person face to face you will have to evaluate them and yourself and you will see that mere color or heritage is not controlling. Don’t let the politicians put you in a box for their purposes. Kick open the door to the room and let the light in. Accept a different paradigm because it is clear that being “white” (hate that moniker) is a divide that is without basis in fact. You are no different than what America has become. It was designed to become a melting pot and it has. It is the most unique country in the history of the world. Every other country in history, including “the East” has been founded upon the rock that is a prevalent heritage group. (Heck, Japan was created centuries ago by the people in “China” telling a group that they had to leave or die.) The constitution of US expressly recognizes that one heritage was not in control. That is what makes America Great.

The wheel is turning and you can’t slow down

You can’t let go and you can’t hold on

You can’t go back and you can’t stand still

If the thunder don’t get you then the lightning will

(J. Garcia)

 

Each individual should look at their personal intelligence, honesty and character – as the result of living, and decide if their personal honesty and character can allow them to accept the prejudice that politics would have them apply – through fear –  such that they turn their back on the clear and obvious variances between the displayed character of P45 and the standard by which they measure themselves and others. Is blatant and unrepentant lying (just one undeniable behavior) a characteristic you accept in others, much less those who would decide for you? Don’t let fear of the unknown dictate your steps. There are many Euro Americans who live every day with other heritage folks and have no issues other than the same issues they have with their own heritage group!  Join us in making your own choice.

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