In this talk I get to connect with Carl Adrian, Bachata Instructor at the Sevilla Nightclub in San Diego’s Gaslamp District.
Carl Adrian has an amazing background. Not only has he survived and served honorably in Iraq for 5 years as a combat veteran (leaving the service as a sergeant E-5) but has survived racial abuse (both verbally and physically) while growing up on the west side of LA.
Carl is half Irish and half Salvadorean but to the ignorant and uneducated person, he is considered 100% white. And so, instead of his skin color serving as a threat, it served as a target for racism and physical abuse.
When he was 12 years old, he got beat up by a Crip gang (a black adult and a black teenager) for walking an Asian girl home in their territory. And when he was 21 years old he was nearly killed by a group of Mexicans in Mexico for being white.
However, those bad experiences, he says, has benefited him because it has taught him to not dislike anyone based on their skin color, religion, or parents ethnicity.
He says when a child is born, it does not get to choose its skin color, eye color, hair color, gender, citizenship or their parents. So you really need to get to know that person before you decide if you like them or not. You can’t dislike somebody by the color of their skin.
Today he is a proud father of his 11 year old son Andrew whom he loves very dearly and is living his dream as a Bachata class instructor every Tuesday night at the Sevilla nightclub.
If you want to reach out to him for Bachata lessons, come Tuesday nights at 8:30 pm at the Sevilla Nightclub–located at 353 5th ave, in San Diego, Ca.
You can also reach out to him on Facebook at “Latin SD”
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