- Aug 5, 2018
I've had enough for my life. I fucking hate it here.
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I don't know why the thought had never occurred to me before, but I'm totally with you there. I can't stand the entire idea of race. It's like some arbitrary line we draw that signifies, in reality, very little, but many people mistake for the entire substance of the person. It's not just trivial, it's insubstantial and meaningless.I was born in Africa, and as a child in the US I was taunted for that by other kids, even though my skin was the same color as theirs. I'm sure that has a lot to do with why I've gone out of my way as an adult to live in countries where I was a visible minority. In the country I now live in, some people say I look Jewish, which I am, but no one ever made an issue of it as some people do here.
My experiences have made it easy to see how race is a made-up thing used to enforce a caste system that I don't want any part of. I started identifying as Q when I have to specify my gender, and if there were a Q-like option I could choose as my race I'd do it. I am Spartacus.
I always felt like race was being used as a cynical ploy to keep civic animus churning within the population because race is something at the surface, it's easy to identify even despite the fact that it has no connection with the actual identity of the individuals within those racial subsets. Just put them in their own cattle pens and tell each group that they're better than the other, or mistreated by the other, and eventually nobody's paying attention to the milk getting harvested from our collective udders, or our slow march towards the slaughterhouse. I'm too young to know what the '60s were like, and too old to live through a re-litigation of the civil rights movement. To sum up: humans are all kinda dumb.I know I fit that bill pretty well.@catalepsy, you might want to read some of Isabel Wilkerson's stuff. She has a book out called Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, which I haven't read, but I've read several interviews, reviews and articles about it.
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