Friday, September 21, 2007

Vivian Paige has it right: Not always is it about race

Originally uploaded by foreversouls.
But sometimes it is.

Hampton Roads blogger Vivian Paige has a thoughtful post, Sad state of affairs. I'd like to say I could have said it better, but I can't.

While I'm not sure I place the blame so squarely on the mainstream media, I agree there is something wrong with this country that we claim race is the root of all our differences and that racism is the root of all evil.

Ms. Paige wrote,
So it is a sad state of affairs in America today, one in which blacks and whites talk past each other instead of to each other. It is a sad state of affairs when people make assumptions about a person’s beliefs simply on the basis of race. And it is a sad state of affairs when people make excuses for injustice.

I would also suggest that it is the loud, angry voices which cause me the most distress. On one neo-Nazis blog, I found the names and addresses of the Jena Six. On an anti-racism site, I came across a picture of half-a-dozen young white guys holding a flag emblazoned with the words "The South Will Rise Again" and a caption indicating these young men might have had something to do with placing the nooses on the tree (the incident that really started this whole firestorm). That post seeks information so they can be watched. Both of these forums are subtly advocating violence.

Without thoughtful voices of reason, all could spin well out of control. Join Ms. Paige is raising your thoughtful, nonviolent, social justice voices so that the sound becomes a beautiful chorus.

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