The Diversity & Equality workshop at college on Thursday made me reflect back to the time I spent in Ghana.
I spent the majority of my time in Kumasi, an area where I did not see many people with the same skin colour as me. I was colour blind to myself because I did not see other people like me! I never saw myself as different, though it strikes me now that I never thought much about how everyone else percieved me because of the way I look.
Did they see as just another person? or a white person? I don’t know…
While in Ghana there was really only one time when I was reminded of my skin colour, I was going out into the depths of the countryside to a little village where the Mothers Union were having a big event. I was told to be prepared for the village children to follow me around, that none of them were likely to have ever seen a white person before as they will never have gone further than the next village.
Within minutes of arriving at the village I was surrounded by children, it did’t matter where I went… they followed, mesmerised by this funny looking person. Many of them wanted to touch my skin to prove I was real… (not painted)
That was the first real moment where I felt isolated and different from everyone else…
Our perception of who we are and who we think others are depend on the context we come from and our world view, often people see what they want to believe or what they are told to believe.
The quote of the day for me was, ‘We are all inheriting the same kingdom… what we are building here is very different.’
Keep an open mind to who you think your neighbour is… Love them as you love yourself.
In the end we will all go to the same kingdom!