This rant is partially inspired by a Youtube video we watched during a guest lecture in my Afro-Latin@ studies class which shows a mixed (in this case, half black and half white) kid who has an adoptive Mexican father and is very frustrated at always being labeled as Mexican when he himself is not. He is adamant that he has no problem with people of Mexican descent; he just does not like being identified as something he is not. I hadn’t really thought about it before, but after some pondering I have realized that I can relate to that more than I originally thought.
I absolutely hate my last name. The excuse I use at first is that its long and cumbersome and some people have trouble spelling and/or pronouncing it, but it the issue really goes much deeper than that. My last name is absolutely one of the most German-soundings things you could ever come up with (it even has the word “reich” in it). Naturally, people tend to assume my family has German background. However, my father’s side of the family has most of its roots in Switzerland (excluding random bits of English and Irish ancestry), with my great great grandfather being a Swiss immigrant. So, the name is actually Swiss German and in fact has a completely different pronunciation from what you would think (the “reich” part is actually pronounced like “rick” instead of “rike”). But pretty much everyone everywhere, excluding some people in the small community in Ohio where the surname is extremely common who are aware of its true pronunciation, pronounce it as if it were Standard German.
As a first-generation Polish immigrant complete with accent, my mom has a quite strongly ingrained dislike of Germans and Germany due to its history with her country. Poland has a long history of being carved up and annexed to different countries, in fact disappearing from the map completely for over one hundred years. The most notable antagonists of Poland are Germany and Russia. If that were not enough to breed distrust and dislike among the countries, during WWII Poland was the first to be invaded, and when the war was over it had lost the greatest percentage of citizens. My maternal grandparents and great-grandparents were all sent to German work camps at some point during this time. So while my mom is not going to directly treat someone any differently due to them being German or Russian, I do not fault her for expressing some distrust and dislike in private.
I personally have nothing against Germans, subconsciously ingrained or otherwise, partly as I was not raised in Poland and am too young to have really gone through or directly absorbed the impacts of the aforementioned. However, I much more strongly identify with the 100% Polish side of me, as any Swiss culture my paternal predecessors had has pretty much disappeared over the several hundred years, whereas the Polish part of my heritage is very much alive and well.
Bearing all this in mind and also due to the simple fact that I do not want to be identified as something that I am not, I find the fact that people assume that I am and ask about my supposed German heritage to be not only annoying but honestly kind of offensive, given the above. I really wish I could just use my mother’s last name, to be perfectly honest. So that pretty much sums up my feelings on my last name, and that is the real reason why I avoid using it except when absolutely necessary and kind of bristle inside when people read or hear it for the first time.
Student:I'm not going to go to college because I don't want to go into debt.
USA:YOU USELESS PIECE OF SHIT. YOU'RE GOING TO AMOUNT TO NOTHING YOU FUCKING SCUMBAG. YOU'RE THE REASON WHY MY TAXES ARE SO HIGH.
Student:I'm just going to attend a small community college instead.
USA:HAHAHA YOU WERE TOO STUPID TO GET INTO A GOOD UNIVERSITY. ENJOY YOUR MCDONALD'S DIPLOMA.
Student:I attended a four year university and received a diploma in a field I am interested in. Now I am $50,000+ in debt.
USA:YOU DUMBASS. WHY THE FUCK DID YOU GO TO COLLEGE WHEN YOU KNOW YOU COULDN'T AFFORD IT? YOU DIDN'T EVEN CHOOSE A USEFUL MAJOR EITHER. GOD PEOPLE LIKE YOU MAKE ME SICK.
Student:I plan to attend graduate school. I want to work toward getting a Masters Degree in a field I hope to make a living in. I feel this is a good way to expand and develop my skills and abilities for my future career.
USA:ELITIST PRICK! YOU'RE TOO EDUCATED FOR YOUR OWN GOOD. YOU THINK YOU'RE SO SMART. YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING.
“The Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in Arizona v. United States, a dispute over the legality of the immigration law known as “SB 1070.” More than any matter in recent history, the case involves a range of important questions regarding the role that states may play in the enforcement of federal immigration law. The Court’s decision will likely affect not only the future of SB 1070, but the fate of other state immigration laws being challenged in court and the odds of similar laws being passed around the country.”
i am not going to say anything about this but just leave it on my dash….
Next time I get a girlfriend I’m going to eat nothing but limes for a month just to disprove this theory. My veins will flow with citric acid. I’d follow it up with the pun “how’d you like them apples?” except it would be irrelevant because I wouldn’t be eating any of them.
as an aside, I’ve always found that whole “eat lots of fruits and vegetables and your jizz will taste better!” thing to be total bullshit
some of the nastiest spunk I’ve ever tasted has come from people with the healthiest diets, and the most tolerable from people who ate loads of crap
speaking with quite a bit of experience (lol), the biggest and in fact only factor i have noticed to affect taste is smoking. sorry smokers, but you guys have nasty, bitter jizz
Is racism like a battery now? And if you do something racist you charge it?
(I know, I know. It is all part of ridiculous white liberal rhetoric about how calling something ‘racist’ is as bad as the racist action itself. But, damn, these linguistic hoops the media jumps through just to avoid calling something racist is absurd.)
it’s code I personally use to tell white people that I can’t curse out that they’re being a racist fuckwit without actually saying “you’re being a racist fuckwit”
I just attended the best passion of the Christ play. As they were “nailing” Jesus to the cross the entire thing broke. No one knew what to do and it got quiet. Finally one of the guards on stage said “You get out of it this time Jesus”