Is the grass always greener on the other side? If you could wake up tomorrow and change your race, would you? These are the issues explored in “Crossing Color Lines.” The questions posed are ones that will make you seriously question the way you are living your life and the goals you have set for yourself. It may even help you come to terms with differentiating between what is an excuse and what is an actual challenge to be taken on and defeated.
Society has created many hurdles to success, especially for black Americans. What “Crossing Color Lines” demonstrates is that we have a choice, every day, and those choices greatly impact our lives. We can choose to be who we are and blaze our own trail or we can choose to assimilate and pretend to be someone we are not. When given the choice and ability to switch races, many people may say, at the outset, that they would choose the race that they know offers the most benefits, in the belief that it is an easier path to a life of success.
In April 2010, a subscriber posted in Yahoo Answers, “If You Could Change Your Race for One Day, What Would It Be and Why?” Answers ranged from, “I am content with who I am,” to “Latin,” or “Asian.” But two posts stood out the most:
“I would like to be white to see if they’ll give me more respect that way,”
“White so that I won’t be attacked in the south.”
This post was only two months ago.
But the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, as the main character, Chase Cain, comes to find out. When you give up so much, how much have you really gained? And if you have to give up who you really are, aren’t you paying the ultimate price? We also have to remember that each and every one of us was created as we are for a purpose. At this time, as our race, with our specific family members, our friends; all for a purpose.