They say slavery has always been America’s Sin. I say then our second sin in America has to be Ignorance.
On my last blog “DIVIDED AMERICA” I wrote The story on how I came into my building with my daughters and NYC police officers patrolling the building can ask me for my ID and put my information into their data bank. I have to say I got a few crazy, strange, and funny remarks. My point in the blog was to let people know that in some parts of this Country police officers use the Constitution in different ways. If you live in the 5th avenue section the police officers would not do this, but if you live in the Bronx police officers will do this.
Sometimes people say things because they are sure about things and sometimes they say things because they think they know what they are talking about. I try to write on things that I know. We live in a real divided Country. There is a lot of inequality, racism, and stereotyping. The truth of the matter is that this goes both ways. White, Blacks, Brown, Orange, as a Hispanic living in the Bronx I have seen my share of racism, inequality, and stereotyping.
Many people in low income community try to make the best they can for themself and their family. Many people work their tails off and still live paychecks to paychecks not looking for hand outs or public assistance. I like to call our self the heart beat of America. Many of us work the night shifts and do jobs that a lot of people would not do. Clean toilets, clean offices, dishwashers. I have gone shopping to major stores and I have had security follow me in stores. Sale clerks tell me that a watch may be to expensive for my taste without them knowing what I have to spend. If you come from a low income community you learn to adjust to your surroundings.
Now the other side of my low income community you have the people that I like to call the un informed or the ghetto news network. People who still complain about their ancestors being oppressed and how the Government is keeping them down. Funny thing is that when I leave to go to work they are hanging out in the front of the building and when I get back home they are still hanging out. I guess that is not a bad way to live if you like living on public assistance. These are the people that are so un informed unfortunately these are the people in my community that young people listen to. We are missing good old family values in our Country Respect and Manners are all almost gone and again that goes for all race and creed.
When people don’t know better or they think they know better that’s called ignorance. We need to educate people on the harm that we are causing by not teaching our kids that the there is a big wonderful world out there letting them know that breaking the cycle of their surrounding could actually be the best thing for their community.