Just because our older relatives rarely use the N-word, just because we watched “12 Years a Slave” and just because we twice elected a black man as our nation’s president does not mean race relations are where they should be.
As if the ashes of Ferguson were not reminder enough, a McClatchy-Marist poll released Friday again pointed out the divide and just how differently we view the world based on our pigmentation. If you are white or hispanic, you are more likely to think that having a black president has helped race relations. If you are black, you are more likely to think it has hurt.
On the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech on racial equality, whites thought significant racial progress had been made while blacks did not.
Social media carried a lot of conversation on race during the Ferguson riots. A lot of people declared how much they hated racism and racists.
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We wouldn’t expect them to publicly declare anything else.
But just like alcoholism or sexism or any other “ism,” isn’t the first step to admit you have a problem? Is there anyone who isn’t some shade of racist, regardless of his race?
You can’t view this ongoing conversation simply in terms of right or wrong, Darren Wilson or Mike Brown, black or white.
You can further it by talking in terms of fair or unfair.