For example when I first went to Africa (and I’ve been 5 times to as many as 8 countries in war torn east Africa), I journeyed so deep into the bush within Malawi (you know where Madonna adopted her child) that there was no electricity, no running water, and no white men.
In fact I apparently was the only white man some of them had ever seen. I realized that when little African children bathing in the river ran like crazy screaming with fear when they saw me, thinking I was a ghost.
Other natives (when I got out of a truck to get a drink and go to the bathroom) ….about a hundred or more local Africans deep in the bush surrounded me like I was the most unusual animal at the zoo on exhibit. They were shouting and pointing saying, “Mzungoo” (meaning – white man).
Hence I understand discrimination, being a minority, struggling cross-culturally and overcoming racial bias and discrimination.
When I slept in a tent within the bush (traveling throughout the villages of Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania), every morning when I woke up and got out of my tent….there were Africans sitting waiting to see the mzungoo.
Back home in the United States I met Bernice King (daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King) where she taught me how to “Live Like a King” and have “great expectations” for the future.
Truly overcoming racial stereotypes, discrimination, bias and limiting beliefs is possible.
It feels great to make friends of all enthnicities and races throughout the world and to work together for the common good of mankind.
www.PaulFDavis.com – worldwide speaker and life-changing author of several books including “Diversity, Multiculturalism & Global Cooperation”
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