Monday, July 04, 2005
"Why should people of color and others ... be humiliated and degraded to teach white people not to be bigots?" said Shanna Smith, president of the National Fair Housing Alliance. "That's not good for race relations in America."
Within the first two episodes, one man made a crack about the number of children piling out of the Hispanic family's car. The citizenry of the business-owning Asian family was questioned and displays of affection between the gay men were met with disgust.
Anger about the series even united the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (which found it "really disturbing" to watch privileged couples vote out families they don't like) with the Family Research Council (which worried that conservative Christians would appear like overly judgmental buffoons).
ABC has cancelled their reality series, "Welcome to the Neighborhood," before it even aired. I think that this is as close to reality as we can get, amid all the reality shows. People of color are humilated and degraded everyday. I think what it shows is that times have not changed and this real fact is too hard for "white America" to face. For example, why did ABC pick Texas? Because it's a well known fact that some of the people in that state are stupid racist rednecks. Isn't Bush from Texas?
It's also a well know fact that Hispanics have large families, as do some Asian groups, and some white folk. Has anyone been down to Mexico? I've seen large families in Acapulco, walking down the street, hand in hand, or arm in arm, taking up the whole sidewalk. One can tell that they have a deep affection for each other. Something that is rarely seen in America.
White Americans who are illiterate are the first to jump on the citizenship of Asians. "Why don't they go back to their own country! This is America, speak English," are just a couple of things that some of these "whities" say. Not only does this prove how uneducated they are, but also their jealousy of people who work hard. Another reality fact, Asian immigrants keep to themselves, are not extravagant, sacrafice and save, and work hard at whatever business they own.
And in regards to their disgust of the affections between gay people, I'm sure in some "white American" family lines somewhere, brothers and sisters or cousins, are married to each other and have families. Now THAT is disgusting. If the world didn't include gay people, it would become so overpopulated by illiterate inbreds. There would also be a huge lack of creativity and style.
Has anyone ever heard of country clubs? You know, the places that vote in new members and heaven forbid if you're not a white upperclass family with 2.7 children, an annual salary of $150,00, and a large house with a white picket fence in an affluent neighborhood, you'll never get in. Unless, the club wants to be on the PGA tour, they'd need to have at least one black family in their membership. What's disturbing is that this practice is still alive in America. Thank God for Tiger Woods. As a minority, I find it interesting to go into a predominantly white area and watch the reactions from the people.
Lastly, conservative Christians are over judgemental buffons. Bringing this fact to life would really hurt their cause. So by ABC cancelling this series, I think it has to do more with the real reality of life in America than anyone would like to suggest. What would this say to the rest of the world? I bet it would have been a hit. Isn't it ironic, that on 4th fo July, this was part of Bush's holiday address.
On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the "land of the free and the home of the brave" so they can begin their American Dream.
The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people. Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate that freedom and indepen-dence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings. Through the Internet we are learning about and communicating with people of different nations, with different languages and different races throughout the world. Bringing the world closer with understanding and knowledge can only benefit all nations.
We invite all nations to celebrate with Americans online this Fourth of July.