August 21, 2004 @ 12:39 am by sean
Pizza, baseball and fireworks. Three things I do enjoy in this country of ours. The Tigers won tonight. They beat the Mariners 8-3. I was at the game with my family. Including uncles, aunts, cousins and grands. It was fun indeed. Every Friday and Saturday night they do fireworks after the game, the fireworks were quite impressive. I’m glad I live in a country that enjoys watching things shot into the air where they blow up in neat colours and shapes. It seems somewhat childish or barbaric even, but I’ve enjoyed every fireworks I’ve ever seen. They’re fascinating!
What I don’t love about this country is racism. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as in other countries, but when it is in ones own family, it is particularily disturbing; especially when it evidences itself in 8 year old children. My grandparents grew up in Detroit, and Detroit used to be a nice city. The way my grandpa sees it however, is that the deterioration of the city directly correlates with the rising population of blacks in the city while all the whites fled to suburbs. Though perhaps that might be a logical observation, it is by no means necessarily true, and it is even less of a reason to not like an entire race of people. Unfortunately, this distaste for most non-white people has been passed on to at least one of his sons(my uncle) and it seems to materialize in even greater amounts. Or it at least rears nasty head more often. That same uncle married himself to a southern woman, a woman who follows the stereotypical southern path of discriminating against black people. She made a comment in the car ride home to her daughter(the 8 year old) that the reason the city looks so bad, is all the whites moved out, the blacks moved in, and they didn’t know how to take car of it, they’re dirty people. That same 8 year old made a comment to my sister about people she heard being unruly, that they were ‘probably blacks.’ I was inept at finding a felicitous remark to my aunts comment, so I said nothing. I allowed malevolent words to fester in an impressionable mind. I don’t understand how such baleful thoughts can reside in the mind of a christian. I don’t understand how I can let such maleficuousness(I think I made part of that word up) to go unretorted.