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Are You Free From Being Labeled Racist?

 None of us are immune to being racist. Except the obvious of course, why would someone say this? Why would I call you or I a racist?

The answer to this question is not as simple to deny as one may think.

I couldn’t fathom the reason why I was being considered a racist person. Because, in my heart of hearts and my way of thinking, I honestly believed I wasn’t racist. Please, continue reading, and you too will see how the majority of us never even consider the little things we do, on a day to day basis will be seen to others as racist.

I am currently working on my Master’s, and I have to take this Multicultural class for winter term, and one of the texts for this is titled, “Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice” written by Derald Wing Sue & David Sue. The whole first chapter is written to prepare the reader for what they are about to read and learn about racism.

Many Reader’s of this book have been offended by being “labeled” racist. To the attune of the whole first chapter written to prepare the reader and inform them to be ready for their feather’s to get ruffled. Because, if you have ever listened to or told a joke concerning race, including your own then you are considered racist.

Now, how is that sitting with you? As for me I honestly could not say that I haven’t listened to, laughed at or even probably told one myself. If you do not speak up for the person, the joke is about you’ve now become racist.  Wow, seriously? I had no idea. 

That got me to thinking. How many times had I said something that would be considered racist? I honestly can’t think of a number. Had it been many? Although I hadn’t ever set out to be racist, I discovered in some form or another I am.

Racism isn’t just against other races; it’s something that people of the same race even do to each other. How do you ask? If you’re white how many times have you told or laughed at a redneck joke? What about if you are black? Have you ever made angry comments and insults to people who you feel make your race look bad? Hispanics are just as guilty. Why? How many times have you seen or heard a Hispanic person try to pretend they don’t speak Spanish? 

Now as the end of this post draws near I’m guilty of it again. How? Didn’t you catch it? I’ve left out Asian’s and Native American’s. Why is that I wonder? That’s because I haven’t ever paid any attention to the Asian races in what they do or don’t do to each other. However, I do have Native American ancestors, and I still left them out.

It looks like I need to go back and put some thought into racism and what it truly means because I hope to become a multiculturally competent counselor.  How about you? Do you need to take another look at yourself?

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Thank you for coming by and checking out Mama Owl’s Infinite Wisdom (MOIW). This site is still in its beginning stages so we hope that you’ll come by often and check out all the new things we will have to offer you. I spend a lot of time on the internet and one night I decided that I was going to start a blog. Now I asked myself well what will you call it? I thought hmmmm?? Well, I’m a mom. I’ve just fallen in love with those cute little cartoon owls and owls are known to symbolize wisdom. I also wanted to make a site that was full of infinite wisdom for all to learn. Before I knew it Mama Owl’s Infinite Wisdom was born.

Now that I had a name for my blog, I asked myself what shall I write about. Well, when it comes to discovering new ideas, I’m a squirrel type of personality, as in one thing looks good so I start doing this project… then it’s oh this looks cool lets do this, but then oh wow I want to do that. This kind of personality, has led me to want to have a site where people can come and check out several different things all in one place.

One night, I had been up late because I was unable to sleep, and I just happened to be on Pinterest, pinning anything and everything that caught my interest. When I got to thinking about the concept of that site; where you can pin everything under the sun that interests you, so I thought why couldn’t I write about it all.  There and then is when I decided I was going to start a site and blog about all of the different niches that, I love to pin. People enjoy going through all of the different niches on the site and pin until their hearts content (me too!), so I thought why wouldn’t they like to read about lots of different stuff.

My Granny B's headboard now being used as a trellis in my cousin's garden!
My Granny B’s headboard now being used as a trellis in my cousin’s garden!

Therefore, I’ve created a site where you can do just that.  This site will have many different things for people to learn about like arts & crafts, DIY projects, quilting, crocheting and knitting.  I love to find old things and turn them into new things. Pallets!! Can you believe all the cool stuff that you can make with those flat crates that get thrown away. I mean really, thrown away. I feel it’s a crime to toss out things that have lost the initial purpose. There are an endless supply of ideas out there in the big wide world of the internet. The list can go on and on but I’ll stop myself here.

The Team and I here at MOIW, hope you enjoy the idea and that you’ll come back often.  Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think, and if you’ve got any ideas for something you’d like to see here.

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