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Thursday, February 15, 2007

My Turn To Be Offensive

So, hopefully this post doesn't draw too much attention from the outside world. I'd rather not have the burden. I will be monitoring my comments section for responses, but my regulars shouldn't worry about that, as it ain't you I'm worried about. And y'all know I'm not too ticklish. You can say how you feel honestly and respectfully.

I don't "celebrate" Black History month. I don't like it. I actually find it down-right wrong. I feel the same way about Latino History month and Native American History month. Why? Because I feel it defies something important that most minority leaders like to point to as what they claim their goal is. As Dr. King (of the Martin Luther, Jr. variety that is, not me) once said, "I have a dream that one day my children will grow up to live in a country that cares more about the content of their character than the color of their skin" (I think this is pretty close, as I couldn't find the word-for-word quote on the net). I think these different "History Months" only serve to set people apart and point out the color of their skin. Are we not all Americans? Should that not be what is most important? I want my children to grow up admiring and emulating the life George Washington Carver not because he was black, but because he was a godly man and a great American. He was studious, hard-working, wise and kind. I want them to admire Rosa Parks because she had the courage to stand up to someone for something that was very wrong. Seriously, if your grandma was riding the bus, and some fat, lazy jerk came up and tried to kick her out of her seat, wouldn't that enrage you on a multitude of levels?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that race had nothing to do with their lives and struggles. We all know it did. But are we not just re-segregating by saying "African/Black Americans" and "Latino Americans," etc? Why not put people of high caliber in the "Pantheon" of Great Americans without regard to skin color? Put George Washington Carver next to George Washington. Put Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. next to Benjamin Franklin. Put Rosa Parks next to William Wilberforce. Put Chief Joseph next to Ulysses S. Grant next to Harriet Tubman. For that matter, put Adolphus Busch next to Woodrow Wilson.

Dr. King envisioned a color-blind country, and all the self-appointed leadership of the minority groups are doing is ensuring that such a thing never happens by working hard to point out color. Truth is, many of them are racist. Jesse Jackson hates Jews, and I'm sure most of us "whities" are on his list, too. Al Sharpton hates everyone (you don't have to listen to him talk for more than 5 minutes to know this). Many of the Latino lead lobbying groups, especially in SoCal, are vehemently anti-non-latino. I won't even get started on others, but you get my drift.

I don't hate or like anyone based on race. I honestly try to avoid thinking about it. What are we but sons of Adam, daughters of Eve or children of God (in a broad and/or specific sense)? I currently work with people from all over Asia. I work closely with a blind man who emigrated from Liberia 9 years ago. The different cultures are amazing; the tapestry of God woven across the earth. But all that different, we are not. My friend from Liberia is married, and so am I. He likes green tea; me too. He has transportation issues; don't we all, no matter what kind (see my post from last week on Niki and Benny)? We both love gospel music. He tunes in to American Idol like many of you.

There is nothing wrong with a person celebrating their heritage, be it the Mako tribe in Liberia, or the Butte Tribe of the Gregor Clan in Scotland. But, to hold Americans out and point to the color of skin really defeats the purpose that Dr. King set out to accomplish.

I'll close with the quote from Tony Dungy, when he was asked after the Superbowl win how it felt to be the first "African-American" coach to win a Superbowl:

“I’m proud to be the first African-American coach to win this. But again,
more than anything, Lovie Smith and I are not only African-American but also
Christian coaches, showing you can do it the Lord’s way. We’re more proud of
that.”

And all of God's people said...

8 comments:

Delia said...

I believe that there is too much importance placed on race. And that we should ALL be looked on as people and not as a certain ethnicity.

I think we should celebrate Native American, African American, Latin American, Asian American, (etc.) history and culture but we should celebrate it all together and not, like you said, segregate them. I'm saying this as a Native/Irish American who has a daughter who is not only half Native/Irish American but she is also half Asian American. We celebrate our different cultures and histories, but we do them together. Like our very own tapestry of God in our home.

Dapoppins said...

well, sounds like you failed the multicultural class! No, I agree. I think it is the same for women's causes and college classes as well. Humanity should be judged on character and not color, individually and not as a group.

so...amen.

trespassers william said...

first, don't worry i am not inclined to think that the thought police, the p.c. crowd, "reverend" jackson or mr. sharpton will be knocking down your door anytime soon. second, i find your remarks about jackson and sharpton interesting-while i cannot attest to the validity of your statements about their views on the jews or other human beings i wholeheartedly agree with your conclusion that what they do further promotes racism. in reality racism is/was their bread and butter. third i can attest to this in my own life, as i grew up i found that the children and adults that found race to be an important issue were "hispanic" not "white". at a very young age i decided i would rather have the attitude that we were all just human beings. this was something that the "hispanics" absolutely hated and i was consequently not considered one of "them". i was disliked by the mexicans because i was to "white" for them-go figure. isn't it interesting that these are the same things that are being done to people such as condoleeza rice-just read michelle malkin and ann coulter to get the facts on this.

Looney Mom said...

AMEN! I'm hispanic - not even sure WHICH hispanic anymore... some mexican some spanish - who knows? Supposedly my paternal grandmother had some indian and black roots somewhere along the line. My husband is "white" - his dad is cajun, his mom dutch? Who knows? I hate when you fill out applications and they ask "race"? Human, i think.

My kids are mixed breeds. But they are indeed God's children - that's all that matters.

Sorry my site keeps crashing your comp. I miss your comments!

Chelf said...

Amen! Preach it, Brother Jared!

I have always said that "American" should be like "Christian". Neither should have a hyphen, neither needs a description, because they should be self-explanatory.

I think here of "Colored People" by DC Talk. Great song, if you have never heard of it. Color-blind will never happen while people keep pointing at their own skin, and yelling it's color to everyone. Get over yourselves - I say to everyone who shouts their racism to the world, from the comfort of their own insecurity.

I am White as copy paper, I am Nerdy as Weird Al, and I am special!

My friend Fuzzy spoke it best: I am omniracist. I hate everyone equally.

Niki said...

Well said. I think we were saying the same thing for the most part. But I don't have a problem with any "history months". I'd be all for a "Scottish History Month" Benny could play his bagpipes and you could bring the beer. ;) Better yet, I'm pushing for a "Moms month"...one day a year just isn't enough for me. haha

Seriously though, I think it's good to remember that we have not all been treated equally - learn from it - and teach a different path. That's not unique to black, latino, American-whatever and every other "race". As much as we are all "the same" and should be treated so, our differences make us unique and bring us to a place where we add to the color tapestry God created and by that, make the world better.

I agree with not treating people differently because of skin color. At the same time, I marvel at how many colors there are in God's human rainbow and I appreciate the differences that come with them. The main focus is the heart - which I believe is both of our points.

The Flip Flop Mamma! said...

I agree. Why can't they just teach the things that all these people did together in one book? They really do need to stop emphasizing the color of their skin, and stick to the amazing things they did. I am half Italian, half mexican....my hubby is white (he's not sure what) SlowMo is half of me, and half black...theBeast is half of me and the hubs. I have childrens books about white people, black people, asian people, Italian people...now that I think about it, I don't think I have any Latin books? Weird. Anyway, my point is, my kids pick out books and I read them. It might be about a black kid, or a white kid, they don't care, they just like the books, and the stories they tell.

Jennifer said...

Excellent post, Jared! I totally agree!

On a side note, a friend of mine sent me a Youtube video and when I watched it, I thought of how you would mostlikely enjoy watching it as well. Here's the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRjVeRbhtRU

Jennifer