Geez, I don't think he's racist either, I was kidding.
Which is more likely? A group of Asian teen males in a car that drives by a white man, and they shout "Hey Cracker."A group of white teen males in a car that drives by a minority, and they shout "epithet of the month."I'm not saying that minorities cannot be racist. In fact some of the most openly racist people I have know were minorities talking about whites and other minority groups. But most minorities face racist action a from white people. Most of my caucasians friends have even told me that they don't really think about race that much until it comes up. Bu tIO can tell you that most minorities think about racial issues constantly. So Hurley, no I do not think you were racist in that situation. You probably didn't even consider race. But I'll bet you the black guy, getting blown off by the white guy will think of race everytime. Some wounds have cut too deep too often. The safest thing is assume all people (white, black, whatever) harbor racist thoughts until continually proven otherwise.
Having an open mind is the most rewarding quality a person can have in life. The ability to see each situation, each person, each question in its own light and on its own merit will prove invaluable. Very few have the ability to do this, but unfortunately even fewer think it's the right way to go about life. Most people think you should make up your mind and then stick to your decision because they inflate the value of the "principled life". Now, I'm all for principle. I'm all for values. What most people miss is the fact that general rules must be applied according to each situation appropriately. Otherwise, the principles lose all value.So, refuse to let yourself fall into the trap of having your mind set in stone. My .02--stepping down off the soapbox