Re: KK Writes| Mike Wise Asks RG3 About the Name "Redskins"
Originally Posted by dposton
If any watched the show, that aired earlier this month about the question of blackness in America, people would know that both Rob Parker and Mike Wise have legitimate questions. Timing and "phraseology" are only issues for people the subject does not affect. The question of one's "blackness" is an issue in the African American community. It is a historical issue. To decry it's importance borders on indifference of another race's issue(s). I am an African American man that was the only AA in a small town in this country and some of the towns citizens and the newspaper reported that the Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services said, That the reason she was closing a juvenile justice institution was because the employee ranks were not black enough. ". I took great exception to the use of this term. How would someone without the experience even know what black enough really is, when we as a people, from a historical perspective, struggle with the true meaning of " blackness.". Blackness is not a monolithic concept and therefore controversial. But a legitimate topic, it is. To ignore it or refuse to discuss it, portends indifference to the subject, thereby minimizing an entire segment of society's conversation about itself, historically. Indifference is worst than insult. At least through insult, intended or unintended, we have a platform for dialogue. Ignoring many of these issues is what allows the ignorance between the races to continue and thus never moving us toward the day when we actually understand and respect one another. Let's have the dialogue, no matter how uncomfortable. It will eventually save us all. Fortunately and unfortunately, that salvation will be from ourselves.
I agree, it is a legitimate topic, people just don't wanna have to deal with it.
And I think people look to a group that supports their opinion and ignore the ones that don't and say "see, 'they' don't care, so why should I?"