I’m not the type of person that likes to get involved with the topic of racism, but recently I’ve had enough. I’ve been holding it in for a long time. Living in a small town and having a Spanish mother, I’ve seen and dealt with a few racism situations. In the past couple of years more then usual. I’ve always kept my mouth closed and just held my tongue.
My mother had always told me stories about how some people would treated her when she first moved here and after she married my father. People would walk up to my dad ask what race my mother was. Or when she went to the store one time the lady didn’t want to except the check because it was under my dad’s name and didn’t believe she was his wife. One time when we went to look for a new mattress the guy was nice and friendly with me until my mother and aunt walked in. Then he instantly changed and refused to even talk to us to sale us a mattress.
I’ve always grown-up in the movie theater business. My grandfather owned the old Theater in my hometown, and my parents ran it. When I was little I never paid attention to how people acted towards my mother. She told me a few stories, but nothing was to bad. She would sometimes get upset because someone would say something too her about her accent, or they would say something to her.
We have been running the newer movie theater for the past almost 9 years, and it has become a lot worse. A few years ago when the second twilight movie came out a guy got so mad at my mom and hit the window and told her “to go back to her country” and through out the years she’s been called an terrorist and an al qaeda. She’s been called an Mexican ( since apparently people in my small hometown believe all people with an accent and tan skin must be Mexican).
People have asked me who is worse black or whites? And I always say honestly I can’t. White’s love to threaten you, and black’s love to play the race card. I’m not saying this is how it is everywhere.This is how it is where I live, and I’m not saying it’s everyone. I’ve had so many white people who believe they are better then the workers and who look at us up and down, and LOVE to complain. If they don’t get their way they always have to threaten that they are going to report us (which when they do the cops and owner knows we are doing our jobs). Then I’ve had younger black teenagers tell me I’m a racist all because we’ve had to kick them out for being loud and disrespectful to the people around them. Again I’m not saying it’s only black acting out. There are plenty of white teenagers that are just as disrespectful and have had to kick out, but when we tell them to leave they don’t make a big deal, they shut up and leave. No cops have to be involved and they don’t text their whole family to come to fuss and fight. Maybe one mother comes back, but guess what we treat them the same way!
I use to be a cheerful and outgoing person up until we took over the cinema. I was always told working at a theater would make you hate people, and it was true! I can’t stand people, I mean I give everyone a chance until they give me a reason and believe me they do. Now I can’t stand to be around people, and I would rather just be alone and not deal with the drama or rudeness of people. I’m so sick and tired of all races.
The other night we had a sold out A show, which of course we had complaints. It was the same group we have always had problems with sneaking in to rated R movies, talking back and being disrespectful, being loud, and using their phones during the movie. Last time they where in there we pulled them aside and warned them if we got one more complaint they would be thrown out and never allowed back in. Well needless to say when we got the complaint my dad went in and told them to come with him. Another teenager with attitude pushed up against him and called him an “MF racist” my dad turned to him and told him”you know what you’re out as well”. The wouldn’t listen so he called the cops…shocker! The cops told the kids to leave and to not come back, and they gave the cops attitude. Well an hour or so went by the movie was over. A lady came up to me and asked ” who was that creepy man walking up and down the theater” I told her “one of the managers” Well we had a few words I tried to stay nice and polite. Then she asked for the owners number. I was writing down the website which had all of the owners information. When all of a sudden she called him a racist. I became furious and pissed. Still trying to be nice, I handed her the paper. I told her he is not a racist and that she didn’t know the whole story. Trying not to start more problems since my father was already dealing with stress of the teenagers from earlier. She then started talking to my dad and started with him. My dad finally blow up, and even offered to give her the newspaper’s number.
My dad doesn’t like to throw people out of the theater none of us do, but apparently people think we do. The owner is always asking us about the complaints he gets. We’ve told him how bad it gets in this town at night time. I’ve not saying where I live is bad. I mean it’s a small country town and I think its beautiful, but at night you don’t see a lot of people out an about late at night, because of how people are in this town.
My parents raised me to not judge because of race and color. I’ve always acknowledged everyone’s race, but always treated everyone the same. My Father is the same way, so when someone calls us a racist of course we are going to take it offensive and get mad. I wish people would stay out of others business. If you don’t know all the facts or story, then just leave it alone and keep your mouth shut.
I’m sorry if you don’t agree with me, and see another side of these situations. I’m not trying to make people mad or say that one race is worse then the others, because they aren’t. I’ve seen all races take things to the extreme. I’m just tired of keeping everything in and this weekend I’ve had enough.