Our Kind of People

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He’s not our kind of people.  She should stick to her own kind.  I don’t have anything against his kind, but I really think people belong with their own kind.  It’s like the saying, “birds of a feather stick together.”  I think people get along better with people who are more similar.  Like parrots with parrots and robins with robins.

I’m not prejudiced against anyone.  I have noticed that people seem happier when they are with people who are like them.  It’s a big world out there and its got room enough for everyone, so why should we crowd it?  Don’t you want everyone to be happy?

So if you like coke 

And you like dope

You’re my kind of people

(My kind of people)

You’re my kind of people

(My kind of people)  —- My Kind of People, CeeLo Green

 Why force people who are different to live with people who are not like them?  We would all got along better if like stayed with like.  You don’t mix salt and pepper or sugar and pepper so why mix people?  People are much happier when they are with people who have a great many similarities to them.  Fish eaters get along better with fish eaters and vegans get along better with vegans.

Stick-to-your-own-kind-...-or-not1-254x3001It’s not about racism or privilege but everyone should have a right to say who they have to live with and go to school with or church with.  I am all for equal rights for everyone and that includes my right to stick to my own kind.  Does that make me a racist because I like one group of people more than another?  We all have our baseball and football team preferences.  That is what makes sports so much fun.  I don’t have to like your team and you don’t have to like my team.  Teams stick together and play with their own kind.  You don’t see football players playing against baseball players or lacrosse players playing against rugby players.

“I’m waiting, for what, my kind of people, what kind is that?  I can tell my kind of people by their faces, by something in their faces.” — Ayn Rand

If you took a can of blue paint and red paint and yellow paint and mixed them all together, you would get something really strange.  If you blended the rainbow together, you would just get gray.  That would be boring and uninteresting.  You need to keep colors separate and then you get all of the beauty of the spectrum.  Keeping people with their own kind improves life for all since the colors do not fade.  Unless you get a tan and they never seem to last very long.

My kind of town, Chicago is

My kind of people, too — My Kind of Town, Frank Sinatra

imagesThat is why I am not a racist because I believe in the beauty of all colors.  I don’t think one color is more beautiful than another.  I prefer blue while I think my wife likes pink or green more.  I just think you don’t want to mix the colors too much or you lose the beauty.  It is also easier to clean a paint brush when you just use it for the same colors.  Have you ever tried to clean a paint brush that has been used on too many different colors?

A little rock and roll

A whole lot of soul

You’re my kind of people

(My kind of people)

You’re my kind of people

(My kind of people) — My Kind of People, CeeLo Green

kkk-chicago-flashback-0125-20150123-e1446548107862-2lw7l8q-1080x633Now I suppose some of you will still say that I am a racist or prejudiced and that nothing I can say will change your minds.  But I don’t dislike those kind of people, I just want to live with my kind of people and those kind of people can live with their own kind of people.

Don’t you think there would be less problems in the world if we all stuck with our own kind of people?  Listen to what the bible says:

Leviticus 19:19 “Keep my decrees.  Do not mate different kinds of animals.  Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed.  Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.”

I have to show this to my wife because she wanted to get a Golden Doodle and now wants to buy an Aussie Doodle.  I guess the bible says no doodle for her unless she wants to buy a pure doodle whatever that is.

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The above blog was inspired by my friend Kwame who was discussing race with someone who made the comment that we should all stick to our “own kind.”  The thought resonated with me since we have all heard it at one time or another repeated as a “code” for discrimination and disrespect.  “Stick to your own kind” sounds so benign but it is really a phrase full of hate and fear.

“It’s hard to be different,” Scarborough said.  “And perhaps the best answer is not to tolerate differences, not even to accept them.  But to celebrate them.  Maybe then those who are different would feel more loved, and less, well, tolerated.”  ― Bill Konigsberg, Openly Straight

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Wayne Woodman
    May 31, 2022 @ 14:31:06

    Thanks John, this is a tough one because of course you are right somewhat. I would say most of us are more comfortable with our own kind but the bigger problem seems to be in being able to “live and let live”?
    I don’t think I am racist at all but I do resent it when “others” come to my country and want to change laws or customs that are ours. If people want to integrate that is fine but change yourself not the others. However, if you want to live in my country with your customs that is fine as long as your customs don’t clash with our laws.
    So if you are American and you move to Canada be prepared to give up your guns!

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    • Dr. John Persico Jr.
      May 31, 2022 @ 15:09:26

      Give up my guns Wayne!!! Haven’t you heard that the only way they will take our guns away is to pry them from our cold dead hands. “I’ll give you my gun when you pry (or take) it from my cold, dead hands” is a slogan popularized by the National Rifle Association (NRA). They should be called the NRN for National Rifle Nuts. 🙂 Yes, diversity has certain limits and integration is seldom a smooth process. It is never smooth though if we are beset with mythological biases and conceptions. For instance, Trumps ranting that all immigrants were rapists and criminals. John

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  2. Wayne Woodman
    May 31, 2022 @ 14:32:45

    Reblogged this on Musings and Wonderings and commented:
    Who wants to go out for some different ethnic food tonight?

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    • Dr. John Persico Jr.
      May 31, 2022 @ 15:10:50

      Yes, just think if Chinese, Mexicans and Italians had never come to Canada. You would still be eating mostly moose meat up there. 🙂

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  3. Dougiepoobear
    Jun 06, 2022 @ 19:36:29

    Opposites attract? Suppose it depends upon how we complement one another as well.
    But I’m with your wife … I was getting acquainted with an adorable, gorgeous service dog at Washington airport and he was an Aussie Doodle! – (Travelling in business class too whilst I was economy! ) – I want one!

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    • Dr. John Persico Jr.
      Jun 07, 2022 @ 07:45:46

      I am still “dubious.’ We had several dogs years ago and after each died it was heartbreak. I am thinking I am too old for another dog. Too sad watching so many of my friends die now each year. However, I will probably try to make Karen happy and go along with the Aussie. I did see one live and they seemed like very affectionate and intelligent dogs

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