Life Experience

The “Black Sheep” of America

People will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character

Elye
7 min readDec 5, 2023

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Photo by Rob Tol on Unsplash

It has been many years since I last visited the US as a tourist. The opportunity to step into the Land of Liberty makes one feel special. I cherish the opportunity given.

However, this trip of mine was hampered by a horrible experience. It was on the first day I landed in Los Angeles when I spent my day time supposing one of the most popular tourist beaches there, Santa Monica.

I was walking into the Santa Monica Yacht Habour. Many people are walking around the area. Some people are giving away promotional cards, and handing them over to the bypasser, saying “It’s free”.

The people who gave them away are mostly black Americans from the look of it. I was given one, and I felt obliged to just take it when one was offered, especially from this group of people, at least I feel obliged to show some courtesy to understand what they want to promote.

Then something happened that gave me a really bad taste of America as a tourist….

But before that…

My high regards for the blacks

I have high regard for the Blacks, as they are a talented group of people. Coming from an Asian country, I don’t interact with many black people, but from my exposure to learning about them, there are just many things I love about these people.

  • My most admired singers are Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, who are of black descent. When Michael Jackson dances, my jaw just drops in awe.
  • When I grew up, Carl Lewis, Mohd Ali, Tiger Wood, and Michael Jordan were people I looked up to as examples of fine athletes.
  • On my flight to the US, I even watched the new movie of Big George Foreman and saluted his life from a boxer to a preacher to a boxer, to help the people.
  • I love watching the Sister Acts, starring Whoopi Goldberg. I love all movies by Morgan Freeman, and how calming and soothing his voice is. Also, not forgetting Will Smith, the Pursuit of Happiness movie.
  • When President Obama won…

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