Captain's Log: April 25 - Aaron
Maryland Saturday, D.C. Sunday, Philadelphia today (Monday), New York tomorrow, Boston Wednesday. Events in each city. Days flying by in a whirlwind of commotion. Interviews with national radio and speeches in front of the Smithsonian. In another time and life, I would have been fazed by such a schedule. Now it just seems routine.
Last night I had a chance to hang out with my friend Meredith from Morgantown after eating dinner with my aunt Ruth. Right now I’m at my Uncle Cliff’s house in Philadelphia. Sitting in a regular house and eating a home-cooked meal seemed alien to me after a month and a half on the road.
I’ve come to realize that this trip is far from any reality I have ever known. It is going to take months for me to digest all the things I have witnessed on this trip. We have traveled the gauntlet of this American continent in an effort to create a cohesive mixed race community and start a national dialogue. During this gigantic road trip I have met with mixed leaders across the country and talked about a mosaic of topics. I think that many of these things will stick with me for the rest of my life, even if it is too much for me to process right now. The personal stories that I hear in each city stick with me and remind me why I joined this endeavor in the first place.
Being mixed in the United States is definitely difficult. But I’ve come to find that it is also a gift. The people I have met in the host organizations and at the events are some of the most unique and interesting company I’ve ever kept. Their stories of overcoming adversity are steadily becoming a great source of personal strength.
The issues that we are attempting to overcome are very difficult to deal with. They are even hard to explain to somebody who not either mixed or in some sort of inter-racial relationship. It’s hard to explain why exactly I left my regular life behind for 2 months to go on this wild journey.
From the beginning of American history, people have been speaking on account of mixed race individuals. Whether it is the government, the racial hierarchy, or other communities of color, it doesn’t make a difference. One look at any government publication dealing with the issue (which I have done for numerous thesis papers), and it is easy to see that when other people look at mixed race from the outside, the result is going to be biased. No matter what is in store for the mixed-race community, it is important that we have a voice of our own.