Sunday, July 21, 2013
I was moved by the President's words concerning his own personal experience as a young African American man growing up in the United States. We all know all that's true, and we should know the effect that has on our fellow Americans who are Black. It's painful to think about it, but I'm happy that we are doing more talking about it than I've seen in my entire life. On the other hand though, not all of those people who lock their cars when young Black men walk by, or who are more fearful or suspicious of them, or profile them in their minds, are doing it because they are racists. And they're not all White. It's fear, and some of it comes from experience, and statistics that tell us that the Black community has a problem.
The best thing that we can all do is start talking to each other about these issues. Don't fear it or think that something is off limits to say because of the color of our skin. There's been suffering on both sides, but we should NEVER underestimate the suffering that an entire race of human beings have had to go through as a result of the color of their skin!
I believe we can unravel almost all of what remains of our country's racial divide. Just think about the progress we've made in 50 years!? In West Virginia for instance - a state that still has racial issues, you can go into some small, off-the-beaten-path towns and find that a significant part of the population, youth and children are born of mixed-race parentage. Racial problems in those areas that used to be places that African Americans would dare enter, are almost non-existent. The problems now stem from drug-related crimes related to unemployment, poverty and dysfunctional families. Now, African-Americans don't march alone for their equality. They are joined with huge numbers of European-Americans and Hispanic Americans. And now, we have an African-American President - probably the best president in at least a century - who can help us with this process.