Due to the recent shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in Ferguson MI, the issue of race has been front center in our lives. What I find interesting is how even in 2014, is how hard it still is to talk about race and how it effects us. This blog sums it up perfectly..
We as a people are extremely uncomfortable talking about race relations. My black friends think white people are to naïve to understand the issue, or too racist. My whites are either to naïve to get or get to defensive to talk about race.
We need to push past the uncomfortable silences and face the issues head on. White people need to come to terms with the idea of white privilege. Black people need to come to terms that all of our problems are not caused by “The Man” and start taking personal responsibility for our circumstances.
We also just need to start hanging out with each other. I’ve recently read that the majority of people have never had a friend from another race. If that sad fact is true, we will never get over our race issues. If we continue to stay ignorant of each others cultures we will continue to have an atmosphere of mistrust. Blacks will continue to think all whites are racists, whites will continue to cross the street when they see a black teen walking towards them. All people of latin decent will be looked at as illegals etc.
I am sick and tired of our race issues. I know to many good people from all backgrounds and nationalities for race to such a derisive issue for our country.