I told him honestly, yes, there are racists in America. When asked to explain what I meant, I realized that the situation in the US is frighteningly reminiscent of the lead up to 1994 in Rwanda. There are certain ways of thinking that have been etched into the minds and memories of Americans that allow us to perceive different races in different ways, just as over time the Rwandan people were coerced into believing certain lies about Tutsis.No matter how hard individuals might try to avoid racism, it still occurs up because it has been so strongly institutionalized.Thankfully, America has thankfully never experienced an atrocity like the Rwandan genocide, but prejudice is still something we should fear and continuously fight.
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Because if you don’t do it yourself, then it’s not real success. Living in a new culture makes me question my own, which is healthy, I suppose. I just wish that America lived up to what non-Americans believe it to be.
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How can you tell someone that this land that they’ve dreamed of is a fictional media creation?
How do you explain that even if you get to America, chances are a white man will get a job before you will?
Because as soon as I go that direction they ask why such a strong government like America’s would be so dumb as to make minimum wage too low to live on.
It’s simply not possible that they would design such a thing. The next conclusion that some jump to is that perhaps the issue is race, and in America we do not like black people. One of my host siblings asked me what people would call him, as a black man, in the United States.How do you explain that even if you get a low-paying job, you probably won’t be making enough to afford housing and food?And how do you explain that in America, your neighbors will most likely not open their doors for you if something goes wrong?I always explain that yes, of course, if I found a black man that I truly loved and respected, of course I could love him.However, at this moment I am committed to someone else, so no, I will not marry you.I’ve also been asked this question by several Rwandan men: “Would you ever be able to love a black man like me?