Whites,Chinese and Blacks

What was more irritating to me was that smug expression on the face of Xiao-he, any time he reminded me of how better blacks would be, if they read more books and worked harder. He had gone on business trips to almost every African country and had dined and wined with many black political figures—including some African ambassadors to Taiwan. He had also visited many black neighborhoods outside Africa. His conclusion was that achieving excellence has everything to do with the pursuit of a goal—meaning hard work and committing tons of time to whatever knowledge one might have acquired overtime to practice—and not as much a consequence of  possessing innate gifts of  specific genes.

 Whites and Chinese, as he always consoled me, were not better than blacks. According to him, to desire nothing less in one’s life than the best takes a huge commitment and great amount of time devoted to what one wants to achieve. To him, what people believe to be extraordinary talents were mere skills honed by successful people better than others. He believed that all of us—whatever our circumstances—have the ability to succeed—as long as we could get a handle on our fears and other negative emotions that sets us back. He seemed to imply that so many blacks—including some of their leaders—were disoriented. These, according to him, were either due to ignorance, greed or simply selfishness.

To be continued…

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