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Archive for March 24, 2009

Day 20

I think I’m finally used to the massive amounts of people and the slight celebrity status I have as a very white person. I spend most of my walks to and from work greeting people and responding to the trail of ‘how are yous’ that follow me. If I walk past a school when it breaks I literally get a parade of young people following me. Most of the time I respond in English and then ask them how they are in Swahili, which surprises them. A mzungu that knows Kiswahili! Sometimes I get the mother language greeting in Luyha and I know how to respond in that as well, that always gets a good laugh because they can’t believe I know Luyha. This experience has fully prepared me for a life in politics; I have perfected the walk and wave that would be ideal for a local politician campaigning in the town parade. Lots of hand shakes, lots of greeting children, waving and smiling.

My time here has given me a point of reference I can hopefully use in my continued anti-institutional racism work. In Seattle I took a couple trainings on the subject and feel that I have a good understanding of the issue but it’s always been more of an academic understanding. I’ve never really had the experience of being the only white person walking down the street, the only white person in the store, the only white person in the meeting that many people of color in the US experience on a regular basis. Although being in Africa is very different than American racial issues I can at least now understand what it is like to be a different color from everyone else.