Edward James Olmos gave a landmark speech on Tuesday 20 Sep 11, in Pueblo, Colorado. I wish I had been there. I would love to see a video of the speech, and the text. I hope they are available. We are one family on this earth. There is only one race, the human race. When we divide ourselves into parts (sub-races), or create new “races,” then the troubles begin.
“There is only one race and that’s the human race. We use the word ‘race’ to define culture but in actuality, there is only one race….
The word race is a unifying word but we have used it to be a divisive word…. We wanted to be able to kill one another easier. As soon as we had different races, then you could kill….
We are all related but we act as if we are all so different. We should stop using race as a cultural division…. We are the most diverse country on the planet but we say that only European studies deserve to be taught. You know what, you pressed the wrong button because that is what has led all of us to this day. Not being able to accept ourselves for being human beings first….
If we only teach them [Latinos] that they are Latin and that’s the culture that’s in them, you lose… You start with Africa, you bring in Asia. You work the indigenous in and the Caucasian and European. You put them all in there and you say that you are all people….
We are all one race. Never forget it.”
I am very impressed and moved by what Edward is saying. I believe this in the depths of my soul. We are all family. We are all children of God. We all have infinite worth. I am committed to accept and treat all as my brothers and sisters.
Thank you Edward James Olmos for your leadership, vision, and goodness. I am with you.