ebrown p wrote:
I think the opposite is true. Americans "obsession" with race is a good thing, not a bad thing.
I used to argue this side against fbaezer on the other side. My argument was that you couldn't improve things if you couldn't measure it. His argument was that the incessant desire to measure things by race made the culture more racially defined.
I can attest to that. I never thought about what race I was till I came to America and it was the first question most people asked me.
I like that America fights racism so strongly, really I do. I get how this can be much better than the simply assumed institutional racism of places like Japan. But there is such thing as way overboard, and I think America is there.
Race seems to define every inter-racial exchange. And that's a pity, because that kind of thinking leads to more racism just as it leads to more passion against racism.
Sweeping something under the rug doesn't address the problem.
Why does it have to be... ahem, black or white? Why can't there be a happy medium? You know, where it isn't swept under the rug but isn't overboard?
Why do you assume that if I appeal against one extreme I support the other extreme?
I don't ever want America to stop fighting racism, I just want America to be more judicious in picking their battles. I want America to stop making race the first thing we think of in inter-racial relations. That is the foundation of racism, and I look foreward to a day when America stops seeing individuals as defined by race as much as they do now. The trigger happy accusations about racism also fail to let Obama rise above his race. He's still not just a man, just a president to either side. He's above all a black
man, a black
It doesn't have to be this way. Race doesn't have to define every individual.