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I was listening to the Stephen A. Smith show today and he was commenting on the Tiger Woods/Lynching Comment/Golf Week Noose. At one point he stated that this country loves you, "as long as you're raceless."
This morning, while getting my son ready for school, we were discussing Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and the Civil Rights movement. I was explaining why it's so important to pay attention to and learn from these people and that time in our country's history, and that racism continues to be an ongoing problem.
I went on that, "that's why, around here, we treat everyone the same. We don't care about skin color, whether they're tall or short, fat or skinny; it doesn't matter." Etc., etc., and more along the lines of distilling race down to a non-issue.
So my question, global and diverse QBN community: Is there merit in teaching 'racelessness'? Are there detriments I'm overlooking? My personal approach has always been to purposely look beyond race, and I'd never looked at that as anything but a positive, solid approach.
I'm thinking about going home.
I think it is great, but the amount of things that your son can learn from other races is huge too, not sure how I would say it, but I think you know what I mean.
i'm thinking that brownie i just had was damn good.
I get you, mrd., and I guess that's exactly it--maybe my approach is too watered down. Not just for the boy, but for me, too. It's like an even of small talk. Who the hell wants that?
Also, I'm thinking this was too heavy a discussion topic for 4:45PM EST on a Friday.
*Goes home; eats a brownie.
- "...it's like an evening of small talk..."blaw