Thursday, March 20, 2008

Racial Tolerance

An excerpt from Obama’s recent Perfect Union speech:

…to wish away the resentments of white Americans, to label them as misguided or even racist, without recognizing they are grounded in legitimate concerns – this too widens the racial divide, and blocks the path to understanding.

My problem:

I have friends and family members who are racist. They know I don’t approve of their beliefs and, for the most part, keep their racially intolerant comments to themselves to avoid a confrontation. I wish there was something I could do that would enlighten them and cause them to abandon their fearful backwards view of people who are not like them. I haven’t figured out how to do that so I try to accept them and focus on the good qualities that they also possess. I DO label them as misguided and racist, though. Even if their beliefs are “grounded in legitimate concerns” as Barack Obama has pointed out, the beliefs themselves are wrong.

He's right about it blocking the path to understanding. My path is definitely blocked and I don’t understand them. I guess this means I’m widening the racial divide which I totally don’t want to do.

Anyone who can offer some advice or can share their own experiences of how they deal with racial issues in their lives, please share!


Anonymous said...

So, with a single speech, Obama convinced you that you are personally responsible for widening the racial divide? That basically you are doing something wrong? Wow, he's good.

Your upside-down brother.

Life Junkie said...
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Life Junkie said...

I am always looking for inspiring messages to help me be a better person. This excerpt made me rethink my self-righteous stance and that's a good thing, I think.

...and yes, he IS good! Yes we can!

David A. Davison said...

I thought of the race issue more when I lived in NC many years ago, seems many there were still fighting the civil war each and every day.

I guess I'm lucky to think of friends as just that, regardless of skin color or beliefs. Maybe our children will do even better than our generation.

Can you imagine all the people selling homes in the DC area if a Black family moves into The White House? They'll think he's a drug dealer just because he has a big car and the constant comings & goings at The White House. Oh, too funny, I better stop now while I'm ahead.