Sunday, July 6, 2008

A Thought



I think that the people who ask me whether I feel "strange" being black in Slovenia have a fundamental misunderstanding of what it means to be black at all.

9 comments:

Aja said...

So, do you care to explain to us, slovenes, what it means to be black, or is this an inappropriate question

Delux said...

"have a fundamental misunderstanding of what it means to be black at all."

Haven't been to Slovenia but I have to cosign this completely, its so appropriate for just about everywhere.

ps: love your pictures!

Lora said...

Hmmm. That very question is isolating, and must erase connection you felt with the person you were conversing with.

But to your comment: Do you think Slovenians should understand the fundamentals of what it means to be black?

If so, how should they learn? As Slovenians do not meet many black people in their lives, is there a basic moral principle that all Slovenians should know? If so, what is that principle? Something like, 'all people are the same no matter what they look like' - or would that be misleading too?

Or should Slovenians use television and the internet and music to learn?

sdg1844 said...

I've never felt "strange being black" anywhere. I never get what that's supposed to mean anyway.

It's almost as if Black people are somehow "alien" or "other" as if we don't have hearts that beat and minds that think just like anyone else.

Alcessa said...

It seems to me the question "Do you feel strange being X in Slovenia" is quite common...

I've had the pleasure of the "vegetarian" version of x so far ...

Felicity said...

Good for you, enjoy your time in Slovenia. The earth belongs to us, and we can live anywhere we like.

Carlitos said...

I second alcessa here. I neither eat meat nor drink alcohol -- in Slovenia that's more than strange, it's rebellious! :-)

Nice blog, from yet another expat living in Slovenia. I added it to my feeds! ;-)

Peace!

Camille Acey said...

@Carlitos- Thanks for reading! When are you going to start YOUR blog?

Carlitos said...

@camille_acey: you're welcome. My blog is online actually since *before* I landed here :-) It's linked to my name right up here. I mostly write in Spanish, but I did dabble in some English and -gasp- slovensko too. Drop by if you're interested, you're most welcome! :-)