Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:09 PM
In answer to the OP, ABSOLUTELY. any and all discussion about race should be encouraged. Only through discussion and connection can we move forward. Few would agree that the country has reached the end all be all on race relations. In actuality the US is probably the WORSE country in the world when it comes to race relations and that should bother people, because a united people with a purpose is a formidable enemy. And it is absolutely true that "A house divided against itself cannot stand".
And to all the people who seem irritated about these conversations but claim to be racially blind or have all of these friends of different races I ask that you consider this. Try not to dehumanize black people in America. It is common for people (black and white) to exercise contempt for blacks in America which is often only slightly veiled behind compassionless remarks in reference to truly sensitive racial issues. Before you dismiss a person or an issue you have to connect with the people involved. Not in a sympathetic way, but by demonstrating pure empathy. Whether you like it or not America is a product of its history. That history is torrid and gruesome at times along with the beauty. History is paramount in evaluating or studying a society, because current events do not happen in a vacuum. I am sure most of people on this forum are at least high school grads with a likely large amount of college educated people so you should know the value of teaching ones history (accurately) when it comes to educating them.
If you really have no problem with the black man then try to identify with him. Place yourself in his shoes but do so in context. Try and imagine what it must be like to live in a nation that for so long has sought to destroy you. Realize what it means to search for your culture amidst this sea of misinformation and outright lies. What must it be like to look at grandfathers who fought in WWI or WWII only to come home to be lynched by the people they risked there lives for. To see the people who raped and beat your female ancestors, exalted as heroes with monuments built in their name. Try and live in a country you love enough to give your life for yet you know that at any time you may be reminded of the fact that a large portion of its citizens view you as an anomaly, a monkey in cage there to be studied, poked and prodded. sometimes allowed at the table but never completely welcome.
Now imagine that you go somewhere, a forum perhaps. A place where you want to connect with people who share your greatest passion of Carolina Football. Only to find that the people that are the most like you cant be bothered to share the part of your life that is the most significant. And you realize just how separate they hold you.
I have been to Europe, I have lived 3 years in Korea, visited Mexico and spent 18 months throughout the middle east and if I have learned anything, it is that people hate all over the world. But this is the only place that does so over something so superfical as skin color. There is a reason for that. You cant even classify it as racial since most Americans trace there history back more than a hundred years and the horrors of slavery brought massive amounts of rape.