I forget I have an accent until someone points it out. Mostly its, ‘wow you have a cool accent, where you from?’ But recently there have been several instances where my accent and not being from America has been an issue for someone. Their main contention is that only those born here, can really only fully understand America.
But my experience of racism is nothing compared to the experience of the CVS Minute Clinic technician who gave us flu shots this morning. She was born in Vietnam, is now an American Citizen and has lived here 12 years. Recently her and her husband were shopping for a house, and drove up to one that had the owner waiting for them outside. When he saw them, he quickly went inside and locked the door. He then went around the side of the house and let his dog out, which immediately charged at the house hunters.
Why did he do this? These folks may well have paid good money for his home.
I don’t know for sure, but I would guess his head was crammed full of erroneous assumptions about Asians, and his heart was affected by fear and hatred towards those different to him. I wish I could sit with that home owner and address his prejudice and fears.
Fear misunderstands and persecutes. Fear builds walls.
As 1 John 4: 18-21 states,
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us.20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
I for one choose love over fear.