Some Historical Context on Race

I could write 100 posts on this topic and still not explain this topic any better.

This 11 minute video is worth watching, thinking, and discussion. Click on the link to watch.

Race Baiting 101

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2 thoughts on “Some Historical Context on Race

  1. Jeff Schullo

    Thanks for posting. Very informative and a great compilation of information I have seen over the years.
    In some of your posts, here and elsewhere, I detect a fatalism. Do you agree with Mr. Cooke’s general thesis that inequality is at the root of our racial divide? If so, do you think this was a “natural” result of the economic process?

    1. Mike Livingston Post author

      I don’t subscribe to the common definition of fatalist. I believe we make choices, mostly of our own accord. External actions, real or perceived influence our choice. We set into motion personal and external events based on those choices.

      I believe we empower ourselves when we take responsibility, rather than blame or wait for someone else to act. Perhaps that’s the best practical explanation I can give concerning fatalism. Someone who shouts from the roof tops, “the world isn’t fair”, has observed reality, but unless they do something to help, their pointing it out is of no consequence. Equally true is the person who understands there are and will always be inequities or inequality. We may read of an athlete or a public figure who started with a disadvantage, but chose to advance themselves anyway. That is why someone like Helen Keller or Jesse Owens have such appeal.

      Matthew Cooke, laid out a factual explanation into the history of this inequity, however describing these conditions places us at the crossroads in our daily decisions to be bound by them or overcome this history through positive action on a personal level.

      In this era of pop-culture and season of the latest release of Star Wars, I use the words of Master Yoda, “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”

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