This is a shortened version of a piece I’m currently working on. Please enjoy, and begin a discourse.
I’m fortunate, but not in any conventional way. My fortune stems from being mixed raced. To those who know me may be screwing their faces in contorted shapes at the thought of this because, I am white.
However, that has not kept me safe from experiencing my share of racial discrimination. My Mexican background has provided ammunition to a bevy of middle-class English people, whose knowledge of Mexican culture is only that which the stereotypes purport.
This racism was not as subtle as most you see in the wealthier suburbs of major cities, which are typically filled with the high earners, and super educated patrons of our city centres, but it came from the same lot. And, these are the people donating money to charitable causes; the people fighting for Darfur; women’s safety in the Congo; and the reconstruction of Port-au-Prince.
These are the same individuals that degrade me, simply for being American, unaware of the discrimination in their actions. Is it fair to besmirch an entire nation for the actions of a certain sect of people? Yes, if you’re the type of person who feels it is okay to label all Muslims as terrorists, or all Catholics as paedophiles. Any rational human being can see the duality.
It isn’t any better in the States. Our discrimination is well documented, so there is no need to dive too deeply into it. But, interestingly enough, the United States donates in and around, $300 Billion annually. As racist as we are nationally, we give. But, does that make it right? Should money be accepted that is either a conscience-absolving donation, or donated by people too ignorant to see how racist they actually are?
The fact is, need is need, and help is help, wherever it comes from. But, it breaches a level of morality in my opinion. I wouldn’t take blood money for instance, nor would I accept drug money, however, I am willing to overlook racially abusive people donating money to charitable causes. The moral issue lays heavier on me than it does with society as a whole, I understand that, but it still weighs heavy.