The McCain Train came through our area today, and the Mister and I have been recently surprised to find out how few people are aware of what I'm sharing with you this evening. For those of you who don't know, the Mister is Asian Pacific Islander, so this topic has been well-known to he and I; we just thought the rest of the country knew as well.
This video, for us, is not an easy one to watch. The "G Bomb" is a word not taken lightly in our household, and for darn good reason. We were both amazed to learn what a deep history the word "gook" has. As parents adopting Haitian sons, we were stunned to learn that the word "Gook" actually took form in Haiti, yet another way in which the Haitian people have been dehumanized.
The article Irwin refers to in the San Fran Chronicle can be found here
I'm not telling anyone how to vote or who to vote for. I will, however, feel free to share what issues and concerns are important to me, and my family, in this election, because 1) I'm blessed with Freedom of Speech and 2) it's my blog :) I don't expect anyone to share the same concerns/issues that I hold, as I certainly hope no one expects me to share theirs. What is wonderful though is the fact that we can have these forums to discuss our opinions in civilized manners.
My family is a wee bit more racially mixed than your current average American family. I am caucasian and my husband is Asian; we have one caucasian child; we have two children who are Asian-Caucasian; we have two Haitian children who society calls "black."
We fully recognize that our children will be exposed to racism. The Mister has shared with me all of the horrible, dehumanizing things he has been called because of the color of his skin, or the slant of his eyes. Traits that made him "less than" in the eyes of others. Horrible dehumanizing names will someday be spoken in reference to the beings of my own children. As a mother, this BREAKS MY HEART in a way that I cannot even put into words.
I will teach my children to rise above this. To hold their heads up and with Christian love in their hearts, to accept those who offer hate. Maybe they'll even be able change the minds and hearts of those who use such terms.
I just don't want the President of the United States of America to be one person my children need to work on.