The dialogue that typically occurs when race is brought out into the open is generally based on the "white perspective" or a "black perspective" that is palatable to the MSM. The issues concerning race in this country run deep, but most white people with the power to entertain a dialogue about the issue, don't, because they don't have to or they're simply not interested.
Just look how the issue of race blew-up for Obama just a few short months ago. Reverend Wright is now regarded by most whites and almost all of the MSM as a pariah! Jesse Jackson has been a pariah ever since he made a statement that offended the Jewish community. And Al Sharpton, at least to me, has always been a less than enviable spokeman for me as a black person because his penchant for drawing national attention to himslef is more imporatnt than the issue that is pitting the black community against the white community. In other words, many so-called "acceptable" blacks who happen to have media pull are caricatures of real people, albeit black people, to the white people power players in the media.
It's inconsequential to most mainstream, urban whites, that a lot of information that fills our national news about the poor academic performance of black students whose performance is compare to white student performance always results in black students being far inferior to the white students. It's rare to read about black Phi Beta Kappa graduates from prestigious universities; this sort of level playing field information just doesn't have the same appeal as a black rapper/athlete being arrested for violence, again,or the accepted occasional drug charge to keep that certain level of immorality within the black coummunity in the public ken. As in most things reported in the news today, that is poor black academic performance, is solely reported as "fact" and like a lot of the facts that appear in the news today has been poorly researched and many intellectually talented young black students are labeled and expected to be uncompetitive in any academic/work setting.
The taint of accepted racial bias runs deep within the veins of far too many Americans. Some of us actually believe that higher degrees and academic accolades somehow miraculously removes racism from the hearts of people. But of course this pervasive and just plain wrong assumption is not any truer than the accetpted liberal idea that racism died a long time ago in the United States.
The point of my blog today: race will make a difference in the upcoming presdential race! There are legions of whites who won't for Barack Obama simply because he does have some black blood coursing through his body. Add to that the legions of blacks who won't vote for him because he has some white blood coursing through his veins. The point is that racism exists on both sides of each race and both races and the media are quite content to let these differences simmer and occasionally boil over without a sensible resolution to a problem that should never have been a problem in the first place. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I could have sworn that Jews were once an enslaved race and no one expects or even contemplates that any Jewish person won't perform well in any endeavor they decide to undertake?
And yet, despite the fact that blacks born in this country have contributed not only their sweat and blood to this country but have also contributed ideas and techniques that have saved lives and/or improved the lives of others, blacks are still regarded as inferior and untrustworthy by local law enforcement agencies, the court systems, by medical doctors, by teachers and by the average joe on the street. And the media? Well, an intereactive medium that thrives on sensation and shock value: race is a tool to be used on slow new days.
Isn't it about time to recognize the fact that we all bleed and grieve? Maybe these two simple facts could provide each of us with a pathway to recognize something as simple the humanity in the eyes and the form of the person standing next to us, regardless of their color of their skin?