Not a Black and White Issue
I always feel a little funny writing anything that talks about a group of people, and I must admit that thought crossed my mind as I wrote yesterday's post. But when someone e-mailed me to say the post was racist, I found myself defending what I had written.
I think of racism as something that results in unfair treatment or derogatory statements about a group of people characterized by their race or Hispanic origin. I am well aware of these categorizations, because this is a big part of the mammoth survey I work on. The people in these various groups take great pride in bearing the title of their group and you would not believe the efforts they go to in order to make sure their group is treated fairly statistically. In many cases, this is a matter of entitlement that can mean a huge swing in revenue from government programs.
I like to consider that I am one of the most broad-minded people on the face of the earth when it comes to treating all people fairly. So being told my statements constituted racism made me wonder if the real intent of my post had been missed altogether.
Yesterday's post was supposed to be about celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., in music. It was about black people and white people coming together on equal ground to do so. It was poking fun at white people whose hearts were in it, but whose bodies just didn't cooperate in the same way. The evidence of this was not anecdotal, but rather it was obvious.
But perhaps the bigger point was the feeling of awe and jubilation and love for our fellow man that this music evokes. It is almost magical in its ability to draw us in and hold us as we sing the same words over and over with the energy and sound constantly rising.
I felt happy to be in the midst of an audience that was so completely mixed and to be hearing all those musicians who were also intermingled. It was actually about 180 degrees from feeling like a racist.
So if you read that post and branded me as a racist, please understand that my intention was otherwise.