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  • Family! Part 2

    Posted on February 8th, 2012 Patricia No comments

    Shii Ann said to the cameras (and I’m already concerned about how much screen-time she’s getting), “When I got here, it was like breathing for the first time. Or just, it just felt so good to make friends. It felt so nice to just meet new people who didn’t judge you.”

    And we see a conversation she has with Ted where she described being the odd man out for a long time. Ted asks if she thinks it might be due to race and she responds, “I think that has a little bit to do with it. I mean, you can’t take it out. I don’t think it’s because people are racist. It’s just that people don’t understand.”

    When I taught in a school near Virginia Beach, my best friend was a most beautiful, fascinating black woman. One day she came to me fuming about one of the teachers, “I can’t believe that old Southern Belle bitch actually asked me if I was able to comb my hair! I know she was trying to start up a little female conversation, but… UGH!”

    And all I could think was, ‘How DOES your hair feel like?’ I wasn’t racist. I was just a good ‘ole boy from Missouri who had never fondled a black person’s head.

    Continuing with Shii Ann’s comments to Ted, “I would say the entire tribe at Sook Jai, except for Jake and Ken, have done their best to socially ostracize me and basically torture me in the worst way, in the social way.”

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