« on: March 20, 2008, 10:36:39 AM »
RTP - During college a white friend of mine was walking back from the library, and was jumped by two black guys and called a white mother______ and other racial slurs. A month later, I walked by campus and witnessed a rally on Columbus Day. Two black guys held fists in the air and yelled "black power!. Later that year, walking back from a party minding my own business with my sister I was confronted by three black guys and called a white____ and threatened. In high school, I was in line at a fast food restaurant and a black guy walked up behind me and out of nowhere threatened to kick my ass and called me a white mother____. Unfortunately, RTP, it is not just whites who need to choose to take another path. Recent statements by the good reverand are proof that there are people on both sides of this issue who need to choose a new path. The real question is what we need to do to address past wrongs and move forward. The city I grew up in, like many cities, is divided by a river and by race - one half is middle class white and the other poor black. Looking back, I don't remember any overt racism on the part of any white friends or relatives, but what I do recall is a total lack of engagement with that 'other' side of town. It is as if as a country, we are content to just have the 'other' side of town exist, what used to be called the 'colored district', so long as we don't have to go there. The solution is probably twofold. The rest of America needs to engage with these areas, teach the lessons of success and try to change the culture into one of entrepreneurship, hope and success. Second, the people in these areas need to empower themselves and recognize that elements of their culture itself are self defeating. Looking to recent Hispanic immigrants, Koreans, Chinese etc. who have come here with nothing and done very well, we can find many examples to follow.