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Race and Music

Posted on 2006.08.16 at 22:44
Current Music: Shuichi's Theme ~Gravitation
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Why is the color of your skin such an issue? I really don't understand it. I am all for celebrating diversity, but this constant talk of the White man not knowing his own culture and thus being threatened by African American culture is absurd. I know my ancestory and my knowledge of their beliefs and lives is the same as anyone of any culture.

If something drives me from my district this may be it. I cannot function within a structure that seeks to separate under the premise of uniting. Yes, we need to look at biases that we may have based upon our own life--but that life is not determined by race alone. When I see a student, I see another soul. My view of inner city kids is no different than my view of suburban kids. EVERYONE has the potential to strive for their dreams.

I proposed this question today at the inservice. "If I teach my students they can overcome whatever they dislike at home and move forward and achieve their dreams, is that me imposing my culture upon them? Is that a negative thing to do?"

Moreover, there is a difference between accepting and celebrating differences and letting them dictate your standards. I can still teach a love of music--all music. What their personal preferences are is up to them. I personally do not like classical music unless I'm playing it, so why would I expect my students to love it instantly? If I were to simply accept that their music is the best for them and not broaden the perspective, as they are broadening mine, what kind of a teacher would I be? If I didn't have the passion behind what I do and why I do it, could I really teach them anything of value?

I think all of these preconcieved notions of race vs. race as well as those stating we need to analyze our own biases is holding us back from truly achieving the world view we preach to desire. We are all different; not because of race, not because of location, not because of money, but because each of us is an individual human being. We are all spirits playing our role in this world. Why can't they just let go of this separation and see each other for who they are rather than the color of their skin, where they live, or how much money they have?

I don't understand the mentality and I'm not sure I ever will. Every child can be successful and wants the same thing out of life: love, support, happiness, safety, etc. Your job as a teacher in suburbia is the same as in the ghetto. You cannot "save" anyone for only the person can save himself.

In the X manga, Hinoto says all humans need beauty in their lives. I agree. I bring one perspective of beauty to the kids I teach but what is important is not that I teach music, but what music teaches the soul. It teaches you to find your own beauty, express your own emotions, and show you there are windows open before you that perhaps you did not see before--even if they are not in music. The most important thing music teaches is that life is beautiful.

Music in and of itself is not the beauty, the beauty comes from the soul that creates it. If music speaks to your soul go for music. If it does not, it often opens up the mind and heart to find what does. Music doesn't rely on words, body language, or finances to speak to you. In fact anything of true beauty will not for it will speak directly with your soul. That is why the arts are important--they tap into the beauty within each of us and help bring us closer to who we truly are.

Why would you not want to teach that to students? Perhaps I am all wrong and just living some egotistical existance thinking I am saving the world from itself? Maybe I'm just confused. There is so much fire and love inside me that perhaps I am just blinded by it. Maybe I just need a man! ^_~ But if I wasn't passionate about what I do I don't think I could do it day in and day out. I wonder if there is even an answer to such questions.


ex_rong at 2006-08-17 05:56 (UTC) (Link)
That, is just so wonderfully said. *tears*

Maybe I just need a man!

I agree. Maybe WE need men. :P
akiko_kalla at 2006-08-19 04:06 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know, sometimes I think men are overrated. But I suppose they would be nice to have around once in a while. ^_~
ex_rong at 2006-08-19 04:13 (UTC) (Link)
Exactly. I think they are overrated (or perhaps love is), they are only good for:

1. sex
2. money
3. massages
akiko_kalla at 2006-08-19 05:00 (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, I must have dated the wrong men. I would love to be truly in love. All the same I have serious doubt that I'll even meet someone I could live with much less fall in love with who loved me in return.
ex_rong at 2006-08-19 05:06 (UTC) (Link)
same here. :/
akiko_kalla at 2006-08-19 05:12 (UTC) (Link)
Haha! I just mean I've never had a "good" sexual experience, not met one with money really, and not met one who had any clue of how to give a massage. Maybe it just means we're in for a real nice future? We can hope. ^_~
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