Tuesday, April 08, 2008

I'm still here, bitches.

You think April could honestly kill a guy like me?

Think again, shit-for-brains.

Things have been pretty busy around this here neck o' the woods, though. I spent this past weekend hangin' with the fam (and attending a Tiger game), the school's baseball team is starting up (of which I'm one of the coaches), and the domestication of the dog has continued (on more of a global scale, really, as I do not own a pet).

One thing that baseball practices have taught me is that I'm getting old. I mean, sure, I spent last Wednesday afternoon popping up and down from a catcher's squatting stance, which is normally pretty hard on the body, but HOLY HELL did I hurt for two days afterward. Today before school I threw about 70 pitches' worth of batting practice to a few kids; I expect my right arm to turn black and fall off by the morning.

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As my brother and I — possibly the two whitest people on the planet — were on our way back from the Tiger game to our parents' house near Sarnia, we stopped off at a mall on the east side of Detroit to pick up a few things at my new favourite store.

I live in Toronto, which is extremely multicultural; if you walk around the Eaton Centre, you're bound to see people of every imaginable ethnocultural group, and I'm used to that. But in Eastland Center near 8 Mile (yes, that one) and I-94, every other person in the entire mall was Black.

I'm not saying I felt uncomfortable, because I honestly didn't. But it certainly was a weird experience, being the only one of, well, anything in a place. (Heck, even the mall in Sarnia has some ethnic diversity goin' on these days.) I recounted this tale to 50% of my "close Black friend" population, and she suggested that, well, the US is really a whole lot better at ghettoization than we are.

I think she's on to something. Take any part of the GTA — Leaside, Jane-Finch, Brampton — and you're going to have one fairly-dominant group in each of them, by-and-large. But by no means is Leaside exclusively white, or Jane-Finch exclusively Black, or Brampton exclusively Indian. I'd say each of these places was more stratified along socio-economic lines, with certain tendencies towards one group or another. From what I've seen of Detroit, and various other parts of the US, things are a little more black-and-white (pun intended?).

I'm not sure why that would be, but hey, I'm no sociologist.

2 comments:

ecb said...

Chicago is the same way, mang. I've seen 1 asian person and 1 indian person, and the rest are black or white.

Renee said...

I get to be one of something in only two weeks. I look forward to an enlighting, albeit uncomfortable, experience. (My dad said that when riding the subway in Taipei an old woman started stroking his arm hair and looking perplexed. I can't wait.)