I’m wondering if I have the capacity or the voice sufficient to write this in a meaningful productive way. If you can, imagine for a moment that you grew up in the 1950’s & 60’s. For the average age Internet reader, this might seem difficult, but for a few moments, just try to place yourself in this time period. Let’s place you as a child in a major urban area in the U.S. Your parents are Caucasian, but some of their friends weren’t. Many of your friends are different ethnicity from yourself. This seems normal to you.
Along comes the turbulent 60’s. Protests against the Vietnam war start to become major news, but so did the discussion and civil upheaval over race relations. Voting rights and equal opportunity legislation become law, but attitudes for many, don’t change. Riots break out in many cities, but after the fires are put out, and tempers get under control, things appear to be normal.
This is part of the problem. When it comes to the discussion on race relations, equality of people, no matter their color or gender, most people just want to not discuss it and hope that if ignored, the problems of people not being treated fairly, will just go away, as if not talking about it will solve the problem. Does that ever work? I don’t think so, because here we are today, still figuring out how to discuss the problems, or blast those who disagree.
I’m not writing this to blame, shame or speak metaphorically. I don’t have the best answer or the most clever way of stating that we’ve got a problem here, and it doesn’t seem to be going away. I just know that after living more than 6 decades, now firmly in our 21st century, it’s time to find solutions. I’m not suggesting that any individual or group is responsible. I’m not desirous of fixing the blame, I’m just of the mind that we can and should fix the problem.
This post may go nowhere and be lost among the millions of other voices, but if I can just plant this thought in your mind, long enough to dwell on, consider this; each of us come from the same planet. All of the elements in our body are of earth materials. No doubt, we all look different to each other, skin color is only one of many characteristics that identify us. We have features and flaws that make us different, but we are all of the same huge family, we are human. Can we consider the person, more than how they look? Is it possible to recognize that even though some are born as female, some male, whatever the physical features, we are here together.
This is our time together, for some it’s longer than for others. We have no other place to go, so isn’t it about time we learn how to get along better? Let’s discuss how to work through our differences and recognize that there will be many opinions on just how that can be done. Perhaps I should have said, what if you were born blind, would race make a difference to you then? Life is more than visual, and people are good or bad to be around based on how they act, not on how they appear.
Make something of your life that contributes to benefiting other people, not just yourself. It doesn’t have to be big or gain you attention, start small, maybe it will become big.
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