Somebody's Watching You
I was sitting at the Border Brothers' table watching a soap oprea when an older African American walked by me. I said hi to him as he passed by me. Then he doubled back and said, "Eddy, I don't know how what you're feeling or thinking, but I like what're doing. You might not know this, but you're a model for the men in here. You've been very consistent in how you carry yourself. When you're less expecting, somebody is watching you. You're a good man."
I acknowledged his compliment and thanked him.
He was referring to the fact that I was sitting with the Border Brothers and watching a Spanish program. I might not understand 90% of the language, but I know I'm welcomed by the Border Brothers. There is no segregated area for me. I always make it a point to reach out to people of all ethnicities.
I pride myself for being able to respect myself and others consistently. As Bob Marley sang, "You can fool some people sometime, but you can't fool all the people all the time."