It was that point that my producer jumped in and defended me. He felt compelled to do so because he is my friend and yes he has Melanin. Anthony is my friend because we are alike in many ways. We both love the people in this city and we want them to have a brighter day, as Anthony would say. Unfortunately, with the division in this country I have to put the next disclaimer in. Today, we have to prove we are friends when color comes in. Anthony has been to my home and I have been to his. We have even shared a meal. My family has been to see him perform and we have worked on several projects together. Anthony is my friend because we have the same heart. We see the world the same way but we have different experiences that we bring to the table. Additionally, he is not my ONLY black friend. His relevance to this story is his defense of me.
You don’t understand how much it pains me to have to put those disclaimers in there. I have to back up the fact that my friends and even my family has diversity. We should not have ever gotten to this point as humans. But, never the less here we are.
Ironically, the very next day my Ancestry DNA test came in. First, I was shocked to see that I wasn’t as Irish as I thought I was. I was British. I will dissect that further when I trace my ancestors. British includes the possibility of England, Wales, and Scotland. I am not going to lie; I want the Scottish to win. William Wallace in my history fascinates me.
I know that some have not taken the news that they are not who they thought they were as well as I have and that’s the point of this blog. We have to stop hating for something we have ZERO control over. We cannot help the way our parents DNA lined up to create us. I don’t recall getting to choose this. Yet here we are blaming each other for things based on biology. Hating someone for the presence of Melanin or lack thereof is pointless.
We were all beautifully and wonderfully made. Our DNA holds a beautiful tapestry of backgrounds and ethnicity. We choose to taint this with hate and divisiveness.
I encourage everyone to pick up an Ancestry DNA test and find out who you are made up of. We may find we have more common ground that we thought. I know there are several barriers on this issue to break. But the one that can be the key to helping change all others is to stop the HATE. STOP IT! We are all people and we never chose what we look like. We only control how we behave and treat others. The change begins with you.