This was recently posted on my tumblr, but felt it worthwhile to reprint here.
Me by my mate Dean:
Me by me:
Since growing my beard I have been abused in the street, had
disproving stares and comments from family and friends and generally
been at the receiving end of a lot of racist comments!
I’ve been told on a number of occasions that I should shave my beard
off because I look like a ‘Jew’, others say I should shave it off
because I look like an ‘Arab’ or an ‘Arab terrorist’. This is all said
as if looking like a Jew or Arab is something to be ashamed of. One man
walked past me in the street last week and just as he past me, he
yelled out ‘fucking Arabs!’. This behavior only makes me want to keep my
beard. I consider it an honor to be thought to be part of the rich
culture of my Jewish or Arabic/Middle Eastern brothers and sisters. I
have to say it isn’t all hard going, A couple of middle eastern eateries
I visited, called me brother and gave me some complimentary side dishes
The bad news for the racists around me is that now that I have
discovered beard wax… the beard will definitely be around for a while!
I do acknowledge that we are all potentially racists in someway, I
know that I have been guilty of it in some ways. I think that racism can
to be taught, learned and past down through the generations. I grew up
with a lot of Greeks who were still very angry towards the Turkish
people for what had happened in the past…These friends were all born
here in Australia and didn’t directly experience the events they were
angry about. I am not attacking my Greek siblings, just using this
example to make a point that leads to a question. The question is, how
do we heal and start to see each other again as individuals and to see
without a lens of hatred and bigotry?
As for me, being gay and growing up on a government housing estate, I
have had my unfair share of homophobic comments and poor treatment. I
am a tough bugger and will plough on regardless of what others think.
Besides, it’s just a beard….. ;-)
Me by Nadia N:
Me by Dani (and yes, I know that shirt needs a rest!):
Lastly, me by me and hey look! different shirt! ;-)
All photographs copyright the respective owners. 2014