I was browsing a few other articles this morning and came across one that I wanted to comment on. It was about a reaction to a poorly written piece about adoption and mixed race families. The point that struck me was how violently one author attacked the other. While I agreed that the first article was poorly written, the second never seemed to rise above the rant and and accusations of racism level.
The comments also seemed fairly homogeneous for so charged a topic. Most were the supportive or affirmative stuff I’ve come to expect. Great article. Well written. I couldn’t agree more. Maybe only those who were interested enough to write a comment, but I doubt it. I wrote one and didn’t seem to make it past the sensors. Yes, I checked.
For a people who claim to want to do away with racism, we seem reluctant to talk about it. How can we get past a problem when we act like it is only coming from one side? Does anyone actually believe that if you are black or another minority, that you can not be a racist? If so, someone, please, give me the new definition of racism and discrimination.
I would like to say that if you are expecting all of the work to come from one side and get this problem fixed, you are an idiot. That would somehow be viewed as racist, even though it goes for everyone.
I would like to say there is an easy solution. There is nothing easy about changing minds and beliefs. It takes work, understanding and accommodation from everyone.
I would like to say that there are intelligent debates going on and progress is being made. It doesn’t look that way. To many of the loudest voices on all sides of the conversation are only partially educated. Or worse, actively deluding themselves about the facts. To hell with it. I’m going to go put my feet up and ignore the world for a while. If that offends you, too damn bad.