You never realize your blackness and nationality until you come to the West. The West loves to label people and put them in boxes, maybe that's one thing that helped Obama become President as he fits more than one box. Anyway the picture above is from one of my favorite Asian stores that I shop at, in regular stores here food "ethnic" people such as myself eat has it's own section but in this store the "ethnic" people are white and European so have their own small food section.
I have often heard people grouse in the media about immigrants not integrating, when in reality they do not realize how insular society in the West is. People for the most part are comfortable among their own, which is normal, we all prefer to spend time with people we can relate to, who sound like us and who look like us. Integration for me is a byword for minorities and immigrants to jettison the things about them that mainstream doesn't like so that the mainstream can be comfortable.
It's like the case of hispanics in America, I understand the grousing about them learning how to speak english which I do agree more of them should make an effort to do.But on the other hand when people have hackles raised about pressing 1 for english when they call somewhere, I find that stupid, not all people speak english so a reasonable effort should be made to accomodate them as they integrate. People complain about immigrants living in their own hamlets but when immigrants and minorities move into neighbourhoods, one of the first things that happens is white flight.
Anyway I'm going to stop rambling now and go outside to integrate on this fine Labor Day Holiday....