A Quality of Mercy

I am a big fan of the Twilight Zone and Rod Serling. This post is very timely given the negative racial climate of the USA. All my life I have been the “Other.” Along with all the accompanying stereotypes. I’ve worked as a Museum Security Officer for 9 years and for the first 8 years I worked days now I work at night. During my day shift time period I was constantly sexually and racially harassed by white visitors. White male visitors propositioned me for sex and assumed I was a drug dealer. There is unwanted attempts to touch me or my hair. I have been called everything except a child of God including a Nigger. This resulted in me throwing them out of the galleries and/or calling my supervisor. Finally last year I made the decision to work the night shift where I have very little interaction with the visiting public. More money. Less problems.

Fortunately I plan to retire either next year or 2019. At this point I can truly say that I don’t want to assimilate into the dominate culture nor do I wish to integrate. I only want to be me.

This post is on point. It did remind me of the movie Watermelon Man starring the late great comedian and actor Godfrey Cambridge.

Watermelon Man
Official Movie Comedy · 1970 · R · English · CC

A bigoted white insurance agent, married with two children, wakes up to find that he is now a black man! His doctor suggests he might be more comfortable with a black doctor, his neighbors want him to move so their property values won’t drop, his wife takes the children and leaves and his boss’ desires to capitalize on him as the man to tap the black insurance market. © 1970, renewed 1998 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Melvin Van Peebles
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Ryan Swinton knows how it feels to be an outsider.  In The Singularity Wheel, the sequel to The Eye-Dancers, set to be released later this summer, Ryan is in a major slump.  Now seventeen years old, on the cusp of his senior year in high school, he struggles to find his place in the world.  To his eyes, it seems that all of his classmates know what they want to do with their lives.  Even his kid brother, Tyler, has plans to become a marine biologist one day.  But what about Ryan?  What will he do?

From chapter 3 of The Singularity Wheel:

“He [Ryan] walked into the living room.  A fifty-gallon saltwater aquarium, with bright orange-and-white clown fish and yellow tangs and angel fish, lit up for the night with a florescent bulb, served as a reminder that Tyler was focused, determined, sure of what he…

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