Let’s start out with the fact that things have been somewhat quiet and uneventful. Which is to say that things are just this side of ….well normal. The cats are happy and fed [thanks to the fact they insist on yours truly doing the cat staffing duties] and I am happy as well. Reason being is that with the exception a couple of minor issues, life is stable so far. Which is actually a rather nice state of affairs.
Now with that said, of all the crazy things…there was a confirmation c/o of an interview program that I have been on the right path of things all along, even though there are those who are naysayers on this. Piers Morgan was interviewing Morgan Freeman [one of my faves because of his naration work, as well as his acting…case in point ‘The Shawshank Redemption’] and of all things, Morgan said something that was like a jolt to the system. He mentioned that he would rather be referred to as an actor and not a ‘black’ actor. His logic and reason for this has to do with in the mind of some, an adjective denoting race, religion, gender status, etc…would be seen as saying this person ‘is not up to the standard that has been established’ . Wow and My Oh My…..he said something that not many out there would have the stones, balls or guts to admit but this is the case.
When one does place what can, at best be called a modifying adjective of that nature in front of their occupation or who they are in certain spectrums, this can and will more than likely trigger a lower opinion of who that person is, based either on the experience of the person OR the media representations of same. I know, it stinks but this is how we are now socialized in this 24/7/365 media world. With some groups this only emphasizes the idea that someone is not up to snuff, is less of a human being.
If one does not believe me on this, consider the following and let’s be honest: would many of you who are reading this when you are looking for a professional to do some work…would you rather go with one who places their qualifications first or their ‘defining terms’ first in their listing? Should many out there be blunt, they would rather go to someone who list their skillset first, other issues and items …second, third or in the nature of an afterthought. And what I do in my case is I would and want to be known for the fact I am a geekette with 20+ years in doing same [or as someone who does online tutoring from time to time] than have my ethnic or gender issue background be the primary item that is seen. Yes, that is asking a lot…but if we are ever going to be a world that lives up to the idea that we base our views of others on their specialties and not their ethnicity or religion or gender etc….some will have to take that step. After all for some of us, it is somewhat sad that certain characteristics hit first before anything else.
By the by this extends to the LGBT community as well ….and my crush pointed this out in one of her posts a couple months ago when there was a definition for a part of the community that could have also been used for auto parts that had a lot of trash etc. on them. Now she had said what her view on this was, in a kinder way than I would have…and I applaud her for that [as well as the fact that I love her even more for saying what she did], but sadly there are those in the community…such as it is…who see those who are in same, but also have an ethnic adjective modifier as a way of saying that someone is of a lower class or caste. As in that those who are anglo [re: white] and LGBT are legit and others are the entertainment contingent – or worse. It is a rather sad thought….but it is something which is as endemic as let’s say the loyalties to one sports organization or another, etc.
So in effect, what Morgan Freeman said was something that one would hope many others would actually take to heart. To look at what a person can do based on their skillset or who they are based on common interests, vis a vis this idea thinking if ‘x’ or ‘y’ term is placed up front that the view of said person is much lower. The lower standard not only is disruptive and destructive to the person in question but also places a limit on the interaction among people overall. Not may will see it this way, but one has to look at the logic of a particular situation and then go from there. This along with not just paying lip service to the idea or concept of equality.
So that is it for this dispatch. Before I run, if there is a disagreement about what was said here, consider the following: when you talk about someone and their professionor their overall skillset, what words come to mind first about said individual. Do you think of them by what they can do or contribute…or do you use the words based on what they look like or some type of symbol that they wear which shows a particular religious affiliation? These are reasonable questions to ask, as well as to ponder. Progress only happens in this society when we drop the pretense, as well as the blatantly modifying adjectives which do less to describe and more at times to demean and deliniate.
And now that this is done…..til next time….from the land of the colourtini….enjoy [and think about] the words as the pics fly through the air…