Decide to be Undecided
Would I rather be a visual or non-visual or visual minority? This is a question that we were asked in our English class. We were supposed to decide which we’d be and create an informal talk on it with an intro, 3 body points complete with supports from 3 different places and a conclusion, the whole shebang. Sounds like tons of fun, right (note the sarcasm)? (Actually, once we got into it, it wasn’t that bad, I guess. I always enjoy assignments where I can share my opinion. One of the many reasons I like blogging.) Now that I have successfully gone off topic for a while, I will redirect my focus to what I am actually supposed to write about. I’ll start a new paragraph to signify that I am beginning the actual assignment.
When we were asked this question, our teacher made us stand in the room depending on our decision; visual on one side and non-visual on the other side. Everybody but one person, (a friend of mine who also has a blog that everybody should read) chose to be visual minority, including me. For the next few classes, we compiled our thoughts into a way where we could create an informal talk. We had to have a reference from our research on the definition of race, a support from the movie School Ties starring Brendan Fraser (if you haven’t watched it, you really should.), and a support from a podcast we listened to about race. For the next few classes I worked on my talk to defend my decision that visual minorities are the way to go. I was all ready to go. At about 12:30 AM, the night before I was supposed to present, I completely changed my decision. I decided that I couldn’t decide whether I’d want to be a visual or non-visual minority. There were just too many things to consider. Quickly, I completely redid what I planned to say with totally new information, although it still covered the required criteria. Our teacher gave us one extra class to work on this, (with some extra pleading from a majority of the students) so I felt pretty prepared about this assignment. What did I end up saying? Keep on reading. (Everything that is written in a different color below is similar to what I said to my class.)
Would I rather be a visual or non-visual minority? At first I decided that I’d rather be a visual minority, where people could see exactly who I am right up front. But then I decided that I couldn’t decide. Ask yourself this question. Would I rather be a visual or non-visual minority? Now imagine yourself as whichever one you chose. If you said you’d rather be a visual minority, picture yourself as a visual minority and the same with non-visual. Look at that person and ask yourself, is it you? If you answer no, than how can you decide which you’d rather be when you can’t even picture what it is truly like to be in that position. In the movie School Ties, David Green chooses to hide the fact that he is Jewish, so he is a non-visual minority. (For those of you who haven’t seen School Ties, it’s about a boy named David Green (played by Brendan Fraser back in the day) who is invited to a Catholic boarding school to play football, but he is Jewish. He chooses to hide this about him when he hears his new friends making comments about Jewish people. This decision ends up biting him in the butt when his friends find out and he is constantly bullied because of it.) Can we really blame him for doing what he did? True, if he did tell his friends right up front that he was Jewish; they could accept him or hate him; right? But what if they didn’t, (which is more likely). He’d have to face that hate every day of his school year. He’d see it in his dorm room, on the football field, and in the classroom. All of that hate could potentially endanger his schooling and himself. Would it really be worth it? David Green had a lot at stake, and that is something we all should keep in mind when answering the question of minority. What is the situation, and what is at stake?
In our classroom, everybody who chose to be a visual minority is white, and my one friend, who is Asian, chose to be a non-visual minority. The majority chose to be a visual minority, and the one person in our room who is a visual minority, chose to be a non-visual minority. What does that tell you? It tells me that being a visual minority must not be the greatest thing ever, and people who are part of the majority are too naïve to see what it is like. How can we as a majority decide if we want to be a visual-minority when we have no idea what that is like? The only person in our class that can actually fairly answer this question is my friend who is a visual minority because she actually knows what it is like. Before you answer this question, you have to keep in mind that you may not know what it is like to be a minority.
My final point is that it really depends on who you are. Some people are okay with keeping secrets, while other just has to tell other people. Would you be confident enough to tell people who you really are, and then tell them off when they make fun of you for it? You have to remember that there will always be discrimination, whether people like it or not. “The stomach will take any food, yet one food [will be] better than another”. I am quoting the Bible when I say that; Sirach 36: 23, under concerning discrimination. Whether or not we can help it, we will always discriminate. True, if you were a visual minority, people would see you in your fullness, but if you were a non-visual minority people would see your personality before they judge you. There are numerous pros and cons of each scenario, but you really have to think before you decide.
Many of you will have chosen one side. This may be for obvious reasons, or some of you may not have thought much about the other side. You may just know that you’d want people to see who you are.
I’m not trying to change any opinion. I just am trying to make you think. Just think, before you answer this question, about what the situation is and what is at stake, remember how much knowledge you have on this subject, and think about who you are. Just remember to think!
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