Self Surrogation (Warning: long blog)

Posted: July 5, 2012 in Life, Uncategorized

Self Surrogation

Is a title I came up with a long time ago.

As a Latin male, I know and love my heritage.

As a child,teen and sometimes even as an adult. I always get the “You think you are white!” statement.

The reason for the is because, I listen mostly listen too rock music,play in a rock band and refuse to yield to stereo types.

My hair is long and I can converse (no,It’s not conversant) I dress my own way and like being an individual.

Style of clothing or musical taste should not dictate my love for my heritage.

I have friends of all shades and I think there is a lot to learn from everyone (if you are open minded enough.)

People like to sit there and talk about being proud of their race.

These same people,get on me for not being Puerto Rican enough.

I can bet the house,most do not even know their true history or even find their homeland on a map.

(Case and point, I over heard two young brothers were talking about driving to Puerto Rico.) This may seem funny too some,but it saddens me.  Here you are with the Puerto Rican gear, head too toe and don’t even realize that Puerto Rico is an ISLAND!!!!!!

Another gem:

My old co-worker was yelling at a young lady walking down the street. I told him, “if you like her, walk up and talk to her. No need to yell and be rowdy.”

His reply, “I’m Puerto Rican,it’s all I know how to be.” I had a very long talk with him about that simple statement and how I too am Puerto Rican. You don’t see me yelling and acting like a fool.  All he could say is “Yeah,but you’re not a real Puerto Rican.”

He doesn’t realize acting like a loud mouth thug has nothing to do with being Puerto Rican.

Number one:that comes from birth.

Number two:it comes from knowledge.

Again,funny too some. (Just not to me.)

Being proud does not simply come from a t-shirt, hat,a tattoo or acting out.

It comes from the heart,it comes from knowing your back ground.

So… did I come up with the title Self-Surrogation?

simply from watching life.

We as minorities fought so hard to be accepted.

To get away from what people thought of minorities.

Only to label ourselves and adhere to the stereo types.

When we say Latin this or Black that. It alienates other people. Not just whites,but other races as well.

Bruce Lee once said, “Teach others,by showing the beauty of your culture.” (What that means to me is staying away from negative label or expectations)  We should work to enlighten the world.

That was a well thought out statement,as he did not have it easy.

Like many others Bruce Lee was considered an outcast for trying to teach Americans (white,non-whites) the arts.

Jimi Hendrix was getting a lot of heat from the Black Panther party about not writing music about the cause. Jimi’s reply, “I don’t see color.”

I know many people of non afro-American (or hispanic) backgrounds that watch movies that consist of mostly a non-white cast. (and enjoy them)

Once you label something, you turn others away. Mainly,because they will feel as they have nothing they can relate too.

It works both ways.

Life is no longer a black,white or the other issue.

We are all human.

Labels and stereo types are something we should stop worrying about, just enjoy being human.

Perception is everything!!

How you behave, is how you are perceived.  So too my young brothers and sisters of all races, stand proud and stand strong.

Learn about who you are and where you come from. So the next time to beat that drum, back it with knowledge.

  1. Lisa Beckett says:

    Very good post. We are all the same race-the human race. More people need to realize that.

    • los73 says:

      I’m all for being proud of ones background as long as you know your heritage. At the very least take the time to know,by talking you your parents,grandparents or read a book.

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