Normally I don’t care to elaborate on such a controversial topic because anyone is almost sure to be offended by any point-of-view statements. Not that I’m trying to be a naïve little rainbow here- I’m just anti-stress when it comes to my blog. Anything I say here about it may come back to haunt me but rest assured, I’m not much of a controversial person. I am not deeply bothered by this enormous dark cloud that seems to be given new life every few months or so- thanks to the media.
I do have my rights to my own opinion. I do not speak for every person of color (any color). I’m cool with that and as far as I’m concerned if you’re still reading this you’re interested in my opinion alone.
Here it is…
I’m quite tired of the subject. Most times when I’m forced to hear about things race related I roll my eyes because I know it is a complete waste of my time. I know I’m forced because nowadays thanks to the media’s attempt to sensationalize anything to get more viewers, they look to promote these racial incidents so you can tune in. There, I said it.
Do I believe racism still exists? Of course I do. I’ve experienced it myself at several points during the life I’ve lived. The way things go about it all on a national level, the way things are publicized in my opinion often throws gasoline versus water to the fire. Of course I’m aware of the nastiness that has occurred from pretty much the second any person of color has encountered the ‘white’ man since he set foot on the North American continent. Am I disgruntled about it? Sure. To an extent that only says if the majority of us are ready to move on- so am I. If only a few people are still stuck in a fruitless pattern of thinking why should the rest of us be forced to live in the depths of their despair?
I tend to focus and shift my perspective toward the future. I know that the black kid being gunned down by a non black (or vice versa) constitutes a racial uproar but I have to ask if the uproar is going to promote a movement toward a better interaction within all the racial makeups of the involved parties or will it tear it down further? I don’t argue that we should simply forgive and forget. I argue the suggestion that intelligent discussion needs to occur. In my opinion this cannot happen in the heat of a racially-subjected trial or crime. My friends, at that time the media wants division. They need it for their ratings. They need us to become extra sensitive and extra defensive so that we can continue to tune in and listen to their often biased reporting. They’ll state facts but it won’t be all of them. That’s the way reporting for ratings goes.
Let’s upgrade our thinking.
In my opinion improving race relations calls for a much smaller level of communication, a smaller movement among each individual that’s not unlike fixing your finances, or changing the way you shop because it’ll save money. One has to make a personal investment and strategize how to change their thought patterns on how to go about educating themselves about the different cultures that exist around and how to better interact. I’m not just talking whites learning about blacks- I’m referring to a web of informational exchanges so that we can each gain perspective into the lives of the people who are different from us. Personally I’ve decided that as long as I can find some food I enjoy- that’ll be the basis for me to explore further about any culture. Food is good.
I can recall conversations with several of my non-black friends over the years. They were curious about different things as it relates to race relations- mostly about the perceived anger in the black community towards non- blacks. I was happy to share my opinion and while it isn’t the end all be all answer for every scenario, I was happy to at least have the discussion with them. Talking about it brings at least a minute amount of understanding, doesn’t it? That’s what I’m all for: responsible and mature discussion.
I bring this up primarily because the mayor of the city I live in (Minneapolis) was recently chastised for taking a photo posing with what could be perceived as a gang symbol (which is complete garbage and another attempt to sensationalize the subject of race relations between the city and its residents). You can read more about the story here.
Again, I have to ask whether the media truly helps or does more harm by investigating certain subjects to the death?
I invite you to responsibly chime in your opinion.