20jackie August 14, 2011 at 8:54 AM
Jim, this is both thoughtful and insightful. Interestingly enough, I’m not convinced my “uniform” is what allowed me acceptance, as that day I was better suited for a Harley than the ‘hood. As for the reception in suit and tie? As evidenced by the woman who commented on my ethnicity, it’s a camouflage which works neither in a corporate setting or around the way.
I agree that qualities of individuals should supersede any physical characteristics, and would love to live in that meritocracy. My question to you Jim is: in your opinion, how do we get from here to there?
21Jim August 14, 2011 at 10:27 AM
I think we can say that the “uniform”, combined with your melanin levels furnished an acceptable image to the others. Hence my remark about the suit and tie. Hollywood has long been aware of the importance of your looks, and even your behavior, to create an impression rather than define you.
I have a friend who drove 70 miles late at night in the rain to help me with a breakdown. When I called him, his only question was “Where are you?”. (He is also a big, scary looking guy.) That commands my respect, not his looks, or skin color.