20-something Southern California native who enjoys chillin on the Interwebs. I try my best to be a friendly person, so feel free to message me about anything and everything.
"you’re too young to know what your sexuality is" said the straight person to a queer teenager
"he’s such a ladies’ man" said the straight person about a 6 month old baby that doesn’t know what a lady is
Like. There are a lot of things I could say here. But I’m just going to do my best to answer your question, and the answer is either very simple or very complicated, depending on your current point of view.
1. “They” knew what people with brown skin looked like because people with brown skin had been there literally THE ENTIRE TIME. Some (and father back, ALL) of “them” had brown skin themselves.
2. “People with Brown Skin” and “Europeans” are not separate and mutually exclusive groups.
3. No matter how far back you go, the mythical time that you’re looking for, when all-white, racially and culturally isolated Europe was “real”, will continue to recede from your grasp until it winkles out the like imaginary place it is.
We can just keep going back. In every area, from all walks of life, rich and poor, kings and peasants, artists and iconoclasts, before there were countries and continents, before there were white people.
The time when “EVERYONE” in Europe was White does not exist. They knew what people with brown skin looked like because they were there. They knew what “Africans” looked like because they were there, and they weren’t “they”, they were us, or you. I think what you’re missing is something that never existed.
the. whole. damn. time.
Covering yourself in ash would be pretty intense, but Jaya’s threatening to go a different route. Every time he sees a hippy wearing something Hindu related he wants to make a super awkward Christian equivalent specifically because he knows my aunts and uncles would freak out.
Chick wearing a Ganesha shirt = Jaya wanting to make a shirt that has “Sri Sri Jesus Maharaj” written on it with a picture of Jesus sitting like Buddha
Guy wearing “Om” pants = Jaya wanting pants with crucifixes all over them. He said that stigmata-d hands on the back would be a bonus, and I told him that if he ever finds a pair of pants with bloody cross-Jesus hands on the butt he should buy them immediately, no questions asked. As you can see, I am an enabler and therefore can’t complain too much.
We love it out here so far, San Diego wasn’t our scene. Everything’s so much more expensive here, but we feel like this is a place we could actually raise a family some day.
The only downside is that all of these hippies keep giving Jaya ideas on ways to annoy my fundamental-Christian family members. I’m gonna get kicked out of so many family reunions, you have no idea.
Thanks for the offer, Jaya’s gonna look them over when he gets home. The man managed to get three job offers in two weeks, I figure he must be doing something right :)
San Diego’s job market was terrible, but things look like they’re better in the Bay Area so I’m slightly optimistic.