"Mommy, they all look the same!"
That was the first thing I said to my Mom when I attended my first Sunday mass after my family and I had just arrived to the U.S., when I was a young boy, when I was still innocent.
"Ju? Ju ing-no-sung? Mee A..."
"Dear Confucius, could you be quiet so I can tell my story?"
It was a very small Catholic congregation. The first thing I noticed was that pretty much all the men were bald, not just balding but bald, and had beer bellies. They all looked the same, I thought--White, Bald, Beer-bellied!
"Wy meng, tay awl nook tuh jsame! Awl bew-tee-fule!...Wu-meng lo bew-tee-fule!"
"OK. I know! A lot of bald White men are very attractive."
"Zeem lo bole lown lere!"
"What? He does have balls down there--two!!!"
"Ju lo ung-ler-steng! Zeem lo BOLE lown lere!!!"
"He's not BALD down there?"
"Of course NOT! How do you know, anyway?!"
Anyway, Jim has been telling me about this Chinese Buffet place that he and his family had frequented. Though this was not his favorite place, there were things that each of his family members liked. So, yesterday, the kids wanted to go there. When I got there, I realized it wasn't a Chinese buffet. The name was Eiko Hibachi--Sushi and Steaks...LOL!!!
"Yes, I know, Dear Confucius--Eiko, Hibachi, Sushi."
Of course, Jim would have known that this was a Japanese buffet if he had paid attention to the name. This brought me to think people of other races often think Asians all look alike, too.
Then, I thought about how a lot of people generalize about different groups of people and criticize them, like: Gays are like this; Bi men are like that; rich people are like this; poor people are like that...on and on.
Afterall, we are supposedly created equal under God...
"Lo! Wee lo ee-cuale! Wu-meng lo helve pee-niz. Meng helve pee-niz--Bew-tee-fule!"
"Yes, my Dear Gay Confucius! God! I can't write anything without you bugging me!"
At the end of the day, I think criticizing about different people with generalizations is just a waste of energy. Get to know them, then do the criticizing. I am in love with a balding White man, afterall.