I can't keep my mouth shut on this one.........
It's quiet. Neighbors are like family.
I remember when we 1st moved to this area, the Mexican was a little worried. He kept asking me, "So, you think this area is okay? All we've passed are huge trucks and confederate flags." I reassured him.
We've been here 6 years now. We've had our run ins with racism and ignorance out here, but we just considered it to be isolated incidences.
Our little town has GROWN leaps and bounds in the six years we've been here. We now have a numerous amount of restaurants and stores. We no longer have to drive to the next city to go to Home Depot! Yay!
Our neighborhood has a mixture of races.
So just when you think those run ins with racism and ignorance are headed out the back door....... because after all your little country town is more like a city...
On my way to work this morning I passed a new billboard.
"Where is your roofer from?"
Call blablabla Roofing.
American owned and operated
Seriously? Are you kidding me? Well, I know what this billboard was referring to. Here in Georgia, most roofers are latinos. AND? I just had to shake my head in disgust. I mean, did they really have to go there? And what idiot billboard company is supporting their propaganda?
I can not bite my tongue. Tomorrow, I'm calling. Not to stoop to their level, but to let them know I do not care if my roofer is from the USA, Mexico, Guatemala, freakin' Madagascar, etc.... All I care about is that my roof is being put on properly and I find their billboard offensive. There is tons more I want to say, but I realize I am going to make a couple of brief, rational, comments. Then I'm going to find out who owns the billboard and call them. I hope more people from my area are doing the same. (although it is unlikely)
Or maybe tomorrow I'll feel better after venting here. Although, I have a sneaky feeling that it will just piss me off again in the morning!
The Mexican would tell me to stay out of it. He knows me better than that! He knows I cant! Don't forget we are the ones who participated in micro-loans so women can start their own businesses in other countries (check out Kiva ), I am the one who has preached and preached to my own family about women's rights, I am the one who made shirts for our family to wear supporting The Girl Effect.
I just can't! Not when it is this close to home! It's 10 minutes from our house. Sorry! I'm saying something!
The Mexican and my family like to make fun and call me "the hippie" in the family...... I like to refer to my self as the "activist" in the family. How will things ever change if we do not speak up???