My Experience with Racism

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Elvis A Navarro
BLS 245
September 23, 2008
My Personal experiences with Racism
Racism has always been a big topic in society, even during Jesus Christ time. I believe racism comes from independent thinking and views and how this view from family, friends and society forms us each day. Racism has to do a lot with social status, money, power, looks, sex and much more. Coming from a third world country I can really see the major differences of racism how they vary by culture and education. My experience in the United States as a young boy has formed my racism definition and view of society in general. One of the biggest influences in my life is my father name Evaristo Navarro in terms of racism, he came from an era where marrying a darker skin person was not aloud, not discussed nor appreciated. I came to the United States of America January 1996. I realized that life was much quicker than in my country the Dominican Republic. There were all sorts of people with different cultural backgrounds. When I started to explore other cities and states I realized that racism was much more apparent then it was in the city of New York, and in my heritage culture the Dominican Republic. As a little kid I began to see how different this country was to the Dominican Republic racially and economically. I was amazed at the different cultures and backgrounds people came from. In the Dominican Republic there were people of all colors but people didn’t talk about racial issues. Light colored people in the Dominican Republic would talk bad about a person who was darker than them. When I was a teenager my mother Maria use to tell me and my little brother Eddie that we were suppose to marry blonde girls with blue eyes just for the plain reason that she wanted us to have cute kids with light skin color, this I found very disturbing. Maria as well wanted us to come out with blonde hair and blue eyes. I laughed and told her how such a thing can be possible when my father was of black complexion and had brown eyes. I told her where in the world could she think that such a thing could happen and it just shocked me that my own mother would think in such a way. I do not blame her for being so ignorant but the centuries of racism have remained in Dominican Republic and mostly the United states. Another shocking thing to me was that my father considered the lighter skin girls more fair to marry and to have kids with than any other type of girl. I am just glad that I studied Dominican culture and learned that the Dominican Republic is 90 percent mulatto which means a mixture of Spanish and Black. Even though there is such ignorance in the Dominican Republic when I came to this country I saw a bigger worse perspective of racism that it was even more shocking and disturbing to me. As I grew up in the rough streets of the Bronx I realized how every body of different culture fought one against the other. I saw how gangs of different ethnic groups formed and fought with a hate that one can only imagine. I experienced how Dominicans fought against African Americans and Puerto Ricans. How African Americans hated white people with a passion and would often rob and beat them up. I saw how white kids would run trying to get away from the incredible beat downs they would receive from Puerto Ricans and African Americans. When I was 12 years old I played baseball in little league on Washington heights uptown Manhattan. I had this Cuban friend who was light skin he looked like he was a Spaniard and he also played baseball with us and I remember how gangs of Dominicans would come and harass him and try to rob him I was embarrassed because I was Dominican too and my own people were doing this.

While attending high school I saw how a white teacher would cross the street to the other side walk when he saw a group of African American kids walking by. Before I went into the United States Marine Corp. I was hanging with some of the other...
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