What Color Am I?

Chip Greene By Chip Greene, 17th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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My experiences with discrimination and prejudice. A surprise ending.

The color problem

I've been discriminated against my whole life. When I was just a kid I was singled out by a couple of bullies because of my father's color. 99.9% of the other kids at school and in the neighborhood I lived in didn't mind that my father was different from their fathers. In fact, because of this difference I was actually afforded a modicum of respect. When we moved out of the old neighborhood, when I was 12, the discrimination seemed to stop. But, I lost all my old friends, never to regain them. I was thrust into a new environment where people who were different was the norm not the exception. I was able to make new friends.

Working world discrimination

This got me through junior high, high school and my college years and the old difference was left behind. Then I entered the working world. The first important job I had at the age of 24 brought all of the old prejudices back. This time it wasn't as overt as when I was bullied. I was now too big to be bullied, 6'4" tall and weighing 240 pounds. It manifested itself in other ways. It first started when the sister of my girlfriend, my future wife, was shocked. She couldn't believe that her sister would have anything to do with the likes of me. I however won her over to my side. After I married my girlfriend I noticed that her friends were at first a bit standoffish towards me. They had preconceived ideas about people like me. I won them over also.

All the same color

None of the new friends I made moving to the new neighborhood, the suburbs, lasted. Then I soon came to realize that all of the friends I made on the new job were all the same color as me. I was unable to make friends who weren't of my color. I would walk into a bar where I then lived and heads would turn. I found myself being pointed at. Stories were told about me behind my back. I didn't even try to win these people over. It was a hopeless endeavor. I learned to get by with the friends in my new group.

Now do you understand?

Eventually I left that job but, retained all of the friends I met there, although I was now separated from them geographically. I found that new acquaintances took some kind of perverse joy in pointing out the difference which before I had enjoyed. I had to ask some to refrain from mentioning it to others. It has followed me for my whole life. Because of it some think that I have special powers or dispensations. I personally never took advantage of my difference. If you saw me walking down the street today you would not see it. I look just like the next guy of any color. Others, who still look like I used to, are experiencing this prejudice. They are not trusted and it has even led to protests and violence against them. The difference for me now, is that I took off the uniform. You see, I like my father before me was a police officer. Our color was blue. Now you understand?

Photo credits

Discrimination
nigeriancuriosity.com

School bullying
kathykeiferblog.com

Friends
flashscrap.com

Understanding
blogthecrabbies.com

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Acquaintances, Discrimination, Discrimination At Work, Friends, Prejudice, Stares

Meet the author

author avatar Chip Greene
I am a retired police officer, baseball enthusiast, political junkie, and published writer.
My articles will focus on crime, politics, and baseball.

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author avatar Retired
18th Feb 2015 (#)

Well done - you've brought out a very important point here.

If we treated everyone else on the basis of who they are rather than what they are, the world would be a much more contented place.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Feb 2015 (#)

Though I have spent all my life in Asia, prejudices surface at times. I live my life based on what Martin Luther King eloquently told the world "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Those who are prejudiced discriminate themselves from the oneness of creation - siva

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
18th Feb 2015 (#)

A very well thought article, as timely as today's headlines.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
18th Feb 2015 (#)

Chip, great article. There are so many things I could comment on but I'd just like to say that I think there is a lesson to be learned here. Smiles to you today!

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author avatar Retired
18th Feb 2015 (#)

Every one of us carries some characteristic against which we may be discriminated, be it background, heritage, religion, skin color, schooling, or whatever makes each of us who we are. People who do the discriminating ought to know what small minds they show.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
18th Feb 2015 (#)

You are Microchipped Green and all you have to do is stand up and fight not be submissive.

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