Tim and I used to get "profiled" all the time back in the 80s. We
both have had large japanese style tattooed body suits for over 20
years. In the old days before it became so common we'd get snubbed
by sales people and followed by security. Little old ladies would
move aside and clutch their purses a little bit tighter when they
saw us coming. We could even hear folks lock their car doors when
we walked down the side walk. Have fun and make lots of jewelry and
If life were so simple! Racism, prejudice, and discrimination are
alive and well, in every country.
I think people should take responsibility for what they arbitrarily
do to their bodies that might be a turn off to others. I have seen
some beautiful tattoos, and I had a friend, 30 years ago, who owned
Sunset Strip Tattoo, as tattooed as anyone could be, ear lobes that
were stretched out and was equal or greater than the most stretched
out I have ever seen since.
Being it was Hollywood, he did not attract much attention where he
lived, but when he visited Ventura, where I lived, there was a bit
more staring. I personally appreciate the beauty of natural skin,
without tattoos. There are consequences for judging, and some people
are fine with whatever consequences they incur. Their right to judge
is more important than any loss they may suffer. I was in a restaurant
a few months ago, as I sat their I heard a guy talking about how cheap
Jews are, his Jewish bosses. I am Jewish, never was brought up in a
religious environment, but apparently I am "guilty" of being born
into a religion/ethnicity that some folks have trouble with. Oh. yea,
I killed Christ...
After he finished his meal, as he got up, I approached him and as
I approached he said "Are you Jew!" I said yes, and I said that he was
stating an opinion that was not based on fact, not something
attributable to all Jews, and that in business today any business
owner has to negotiate to stay in business.
His reply was that he was grateful to his employers as he has
financially done well over the years, and that he still had an
opinion that Jews are cheap, and he had a right to his opinion, his
brother and cousin held the same opinion, and it is a free country.
He said he admired me for having the balls to say something.
Complicated issue, and I am an equal opportunity hater, based on
each person's behavior that I come into contact :).
And then there was the German woman, in her 70's who recently asked
a repair price, I told her $80, she said she had a quote for $70, she
said she would not pay over $60. I told her I did not let my customer
determine my prices. She started tellingme how rude I was, and asked
if I was a Jew, and said something about my mother. I told her she
reminded me of my mother, and to get the f**k out of my store.
Sometimes it is interesting how some people respond to occasional
discrimination when it is a fact of life for so many and has such a
dramatic impact on so many from the time of their birth and for the
duration of their life.
Recent postings on Facebook over the Trevon Martin verdict has
illicited some hatred by some of my never met in person "friends"
that in good conscience I felt the need to un-friend. But I am
probably just over-sensitive.
Richard Hart G. G.