7.13.2014

The things you find on the internet

Here I was, casually wondering about daily life in a country like, say, Russia.  I found something even better.



And here's the exact opposite situation:



That's right. Medically trained professionals from Rwanda who graduated with honors can't find decent jobs. But athletes from the US get the royal welcome.

See Also

Racism in Russia
Being African is an insult in Russia??
(AFRICAN) Black women in Russia

8 comments:

  1. Medically trained professionals from Rwanda who graduated with honors can't find decent jobs.

    The same thing happens here in the U.S. I wonder if its because of their lack of citizenship. I love how they are staying positive and not letting it get them down. I love how they have a community with their fellow Rwandans and keep their culture alive. They aren't sitting around bemoaning what has happened to them. They say okay this happened, but we have to keep going. This way didn't work so let's find a way.

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    1. I like that the father is an activist and the children are beyond beautiful.

      And notice how countrified Russians (versus citified Russians) responded to them; things may have been weird at first, but that dissipated rather quickly.

      And that father is one hell of an activist. I hope his kids have a good future in Russia, if they never decide to return to Rwanda.

      Which brings me to why this video is so relevant: notice their love of their homeland and culture. Most Westerners can't seem to grasp that if brown people didn't have to leave their homelands, they wouldn't. If the genocide hadn't happened, this family would be raising their kids in Rwanda and working as medical doctors.

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    2. And notice how countrified Russians (versus citified Russians) responded to them; things may have been weird at first, but that dissipated rather quickly.


      I think they (Russians) didn't have the stereotypes to deal with that much if they had watched American TV (don't know if they can or not) and they took them as individuals. They went by their character and not by the color. Plus the father is educating them because just like the video states sooner or later you will have "civilized" morons come to town and spout hate.

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  2. You should put a warning label for the comments on the first video. Almost gave me indigestion. I can definitely appreciate the struggle of the family and how they try to do their best for the sake of their children's happiness. And I love the father's activism. I think they will be all right. Perhaps they will live elsewhere in the future but as long as they have their community and each other they will be all right.

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  3. What I find interesting here are the sharp contrast in the YT comments between the first and the second video...
    On the 1st one, not a lot of sympathetic or even understanding comments, only stuff like "they shouldn't stay in Russia" , "go to other countries", "go back to Rwanda"...yeah,okay.
    It saddens me because, despite all odds and what the family been through, they managed to stay together and have a decent life, a thing that I think they can be proud of. However, IMO, the title was very misleading, as if the whole life in Russia IS now a nighmare (but I get where they come from, it is just not accurate if we watch the whole video.)

    For the 2nd video, the decorum is of course much more "glamorous" as it is set in a big city (I think).
    Not much to be said here, Derrick Brown is obviously feeling good and seems to have adapted pretty well to his Russian environment.
    And of course, the comments are much more encouraging and celebrating.
    Mmh...

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    1. However, IMO, the title was very misleading, as if the whole life in Russia IS now a nighmare

      For real. The title is bullshit. And another things - the kids are happy. The parents are sad because they have a different set of memories - the African sun, idyllic childhood in their homeland, etc. But all their children know is being Russian and being the center of attention at at school and everyone loving their braids.

      What I also love about this video is that it shows good old-fashioned ignorance overcome with knowledge. Their community took a moment to get used to them, but it didn't take long and it wasn't difficult. There was no malice or loathing or insane preconceived notion.

      I'm not begrudging the guy in the second video. I'm proud of his social observational skills and his overall adaptation to a new world. By some of his comments, I can tell he took a hesitant leap of faith with his career, but he stuck it out and made very a nice living for himself in Russia of all places ("three bedrooms upstairs"). But as other linked videos explain being African in Russia and being African American are two vastly different things.

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    2. "But as other linked videos explain being African in Russia and being African American are two vastly different things"

      It sure is. I'm currently watching the videos you linked, and I'm appalled.
      It is seriously scary for a ninja out there (as quoted by Philko Us - Ussr).
      In all honesty...If I was a mother, and my children wanted to travel and learn about the world and stuff, I can think of a few places that would be a definite no-no.
      Russia is on top of my list, I absolutely would not be able to live constantly worrying about their safety, and about their very life, just for being who they were. Not the 1950s anymore.
      Not here for that.
      Nope.

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    3. I know where you're coming. Though I was very impressed with the Russian kids welcoming the children with open arms( also love the fact that kids loved the girls braided hair), eventually you know that they will be confronted by racists.

      I could be wrong.Maybe Russia could be more friendlier than what I've read about it and I do my best to believe in the best in everything,but I'm not 100 percent convinced of that . While it's great that those guys received a warm welcome there, I would feel insulted. It's like saying we will take one set of Blacks,but wont take the other. Don't get me wrong , it's great for the men to break bread and to make valuable friendships with the Russian citizens but they are still Black either way and with Putin in office, you know that racism will continue to rise.

      No..I don't think I wouldn't want to go to Russia. Even if my grips wasn't about racism, right now ,the way Putin is directing Russia it's going the wrong way.

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