I try to notice what goes on the world. My life revolves around the computer but I must admit that I tend to be offline and writing. I only log on when I have finished my word count. Which is why I tend to blog late at night after working all day on the latest book. But I see my Facebook feed and I watch the news.
Really I only noticed this bit of news because of Will Smith.
I love Graham Norton, if you are in the UK then you will know he has a chat show. If you aren’t then look him up – he is hilarious. Anyway, Graham had Will Smith (and others) on his sofa. At one point Graham asks him his opinion on the problem of there being no black actors nominated for the Oscars. Will Looks at Graham and said that it was a tend… That segregation appeared to be making a comeback (I have paraphrased here).
At the time those words where bracketed by jokes and the usual laughs so I didn’t really register them. Not until a couple of days later. Then they stuck with me. Then I saw Trump was trending… And I got a feeling that I was missing something.
It’s easy to do. I live in a very small rural town in Wales. We are in the foothills of the Cambrian mountains and, although not isolated, it has its own rhythm that it works to. My town dances to its own beat and I love that.
I ought to mention that I’m not white… I am a mixture of Irish, Northern Indian, Welsh and English with a tiny bit of Brittany thrown it. Basically I’m someone who is a real ‘mixed-race’ person. I love my history and I love the stories I have. I have a Welsh great great grandmother who never took no for an answer and always smoked a pipe.
And I live in a Welsh speaking community. Does that mean I feel isolated?
Um… No. You see this is Wales and I have never had any racial abuse in Wales. None. I moved here in 2001 and since then I have never had to think about the colour of my skin. England was another matter and something I don’t talk about.
Will Smith made me dredge up the past though. I started thinking about what it might be like in places where segregation was common place. The fear and the anger. It scares me. I have lived it.
I just wish people would love and accept and not try to change others. That’s the thing that gets me. It happens all the time… Why change anyone? It doesn’t work. People are who they are. Like them or just move on. But don’t try to force them into your view. What’s the point?
So yes, the news of late has worried me. What will I do about it?
I live in a small rural town in Wales. I will continue to smile and accept everyone I meet, because I expect them to do the same with me. Still I worry… I just hope that the media have blown everything out of proportion and got the wrong idea.