The revelation of controversial comments made by the longtime pastor of Sen. Barack Obama, and the equally hot aftermath from the general public that led to the junior senator from Illinois delivering a strong speech/sermon on race in America… While many white Americans will look at Memorial or Veterans Day as an opportunity to celebrate our armed forces, African Americans do the same, but also will think historically about black troops hung from trees, still in their uniforms. They will think of black soldiers returning home to America during World War II forced to sit in the back of the train, while German Nazis got to sit up front.
Remember everyone, Context is everything. I do not condone the comments of Reverend Wright, but neither do I condemn them. I find them to be horrific, but at the same time, I’ve never been black in America.
I’ve believed for quite a while that fundamentally, racism was a dead issue in America. Oh sure, I knew there were still racist, a-holes out there, but that they were the fringe and that society as a whole had evolved past that.
Clearly, I was far too optimistic, and clearly wrong. As Dave Winer said, the reality is that we’re all racists. If you dig down inside, you’ll find that you are. If you’re more evolved, that realization will shock and offend you. I know that I hate the thought that I could be something so asinine, but there it is. If, like me, it bothers you, you fight those instincts with everything you’ve got, and you try to make sure that they’re less in the next generation.