Skip to comments.The end of race: 50 years after King's speech, it's time to stop caring about skin color
Posted on 08/25/2013 7:42:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Scan the news on any given day in America, and you will invariably find multiple stories about race, racism, ethnicity, and race relations. We cant seem to get enough of this topic, and correspondingly, the media appetite for all things race-related is unquenchable.
Racism is one of the more tragic features of the human condition. Like greed, envy, and other sins, it has been around for thousands of years, on every continent.
So here we are, in the most advanced, successful, and powerful nation in the history of the world, and yet we continue to struggle to get past the color of each others skin.
There is no more shallow, hollow, or soulless way to think about human beings than in terms of their skin color. It is completely inane. Under what logic would any intelligent, logical, or decent person give any thought to the pigmentation of a persons epidermis? Its nothing short of immoral, not to mention stupid (oops theres that word again).
On the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther Kings famous I Have a Dream speech in August 1963, many are asking the question: Are we in a better place today when it comes to race relations?
Yes and no. On the yes side, consider the following: My parents immigrated to the United States from India a few years after Dr. King was assassinated. They came looking for an equal opportunity, and they got it, in the Deep South, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My parents wanted only to be judged based on the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
In 2003, I decided to run for governor of Louisiana, a state where David Duke got 44 percent of the statewide vote in 1990. The pundits said I was insane to even try. Friends worried about my mental stability and begged me not to run. I narrowly lost that first race, but Ive won every race since then. I wish I had a nickel for every time East Coast political journalists have asked me about discrimination, and I wish I had a dime for every Louisiana voter who has broken those journalists ugly stereotypes.
Heres what Ive found in Louisiana: The voters want to know what you believe, what you stand for, and what you plan to do, not what shade your skin is. And I think thats true of the country as a whole: Americas younger generation pays less attention to skin color than the generations that preceded them. (By the way, I noticed recently that the president of the United States, a man with whom I disagree with on almost everything, seems to have darker skin than most Americans. He hasnt had a problem getting elected.)
When I look at America, I see a country that increasingly has lost its way in terms of morality. As a Christian, as I look at American culture over the past half century, I dont like a lot of what I see. Divorce is through the roof, pornography is everywhere, sexual predators are on the loose and on the Internet, our abortion rate is higher than almost every First World country, vulgarity and profanity are mainstream and commonplace. In general, our culture has become coarser, and I regret that.
I do believe however, that while racism still rears its ugly head from time to time, America has made significant progress in the half century since Dr. Kings incredible speech.
But not all the news is good. In another respect, we have taken some steps backward. We all remember learning in grade school about America as the great melting pot a concept that was completely compatible with Dr. Kings dream of every American being judged on the content of his character and not the color of his skin. You come to the United States and you become an American, regardless of your heritage, your ethnicity, your traditions, or your accent. But now we seem to act as if that melting pot is passé, an antiquated notion.
We have made tremendous progress, but as long as our society is comprised of imperfect human beings, we will always be striving for a more perfect union. We must not let this constant process prevent us from acknowledging the enormous strides we have already made.
Yet we still place far too much emphasis on our separateness, our heritage, ethnic background, skin color, etc. We live in the age of hyphenated Americans: Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans, and Native Americans, to name just a few.
Heres an idea: How about just Americans? That has a nice ring to it, if you ask me. Placing undue emphasis on our separateness is a step backward. Bring back the melting pot.
There is nothing wrong with people being proud of their different heritages. We have a long tradition of folks from all different backgrounds incorporating their traditions into the American experience, but we must resist the politically correct trend of changing the melting pot into a salad bowl. E pluribus Unum. When I became chairman of the Republican Governors Association last year, I gave this advice to the Republican Party: If you want people to like you, a good place to start is to demonstrate that you like them.
I try to treat people as individuals, and that is the way I want to be treated. Im extremely proud of my parents and family, but that does not deter me from going all in on the idea of America. Put simply, I just do not care about the color of anyones skin or eyes or hair either, for that matter.
We are all created in the image of God skinny, fat, tall, short, dark, light, whatever. Who cares? What does it matter? Its time to get over it. Its time for the end of race in America. Now that would be progress.
This country has some major problems.
Racism isn’t one of them. Our society is onw of the single most accepting of all races, on earth.
We need to bring back American jobs.
Stop exporting American jobs. Now.
A lot of us did stop caring about skin color, til our current racist-in-chief and his attorney general began making color an issue.
Racism is LESS prevalent than 50 years ago but it does distract from what is really important: White House scandals!
I never did care about skin color.
I don’t care about black people anymore though.
To paraphrase Bronstein: You may not care about race, but race cares about you.
Discrimination based on behavior is mandatory.
Wow. Someone didn't get the memo. RATS are pimping the race card more than ever.
Actually, the divorce rate peaked in 1981 and has been generally going down since. We are back to about where we were in 1970.
Unfortunately, this is mostly due to fewer people getting married.
True. However, I detect a note of desperation in the pimping. I think the race card is beginning to bounce.
Or if you prefer a different metaphor, the emperor's new clothes are starting to disappear.
RE: Discrimination based on color is wrong.
Discrimination based on behavior is mandatory.
How about profiling based on statistical data?
The black SUBCULTURE is what offends me. Violence, ignorance, drugs, gangs, ignorance, crime, ignorance, ebonics, etc...
I think conservatives are much less race conscious than liberals. Black liberals and elected democRAT politicians are the most race conscious.
I'm sorry but it is a lie and misnomer that 'race' is just skin color. Now if he is advocating that race shouldn't be the sole criteria or reason to treat/judge/react to someone I am with him there but race is not just skin color and it is dangerous to insist that it is so.
that while racism still rears its ugly head from time to time, America has made significant progress in the half century since Dr. Kings incredible speech.
In what way specifically do you allude? 'Racism' from whom? Do you mean whites have been browbeat to not see 'skin color'? We have more non white race groups then ever. Political, lobbying, social, academic and otherwise for this non existent skin color. Except of course white specific groups. Meanwhile we have an anti-white Marxist SOB in the white house and as AG.
One thing that Democrats always, always, always do, is overreach and overplay their hand.
Aside from expecting massive voter fraud from blacks, I can't quite figure how they plan to win National elections by catering only to 12% of the voters and pi$$ing off everybody else.
On the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther Kings famous I Have a Dream speech in August 1963, many are asking the question: ***Are we in a better place today when it comes to race relations?***
Who is president TWICE?.
Whining gets old real face check your race card in your own house.
I read some of what was said in the speeches and I thought that rather than talking about thinking positive and what we can do to better ourselves they mostly talked about the dark past and hate. You can’t be positive and do good things if you live in the past and think negatively. Think Germany of the late 20’s and 30’s of their hate from WWI, it wound up consuming them.
Not to mention what really is the point of this piece? To further disarm whites until they completely capitulate to the destruction of us and the nation that our forefathers built?
If you want to have a true national dialogue on race and see where chips really fall then lets do it. But if what you are really advocating is more of the same from the last 50 years? No thanks.
This isn’t about skin color, it’s about ideology.
Not when you can make a lucrative career out of it.
If the Rhyming Reverends would begin preaching accountability in their own communities (chastity, hard-work, and Christ's expectations that we will follow God and want to be better than we are) instead of doing nothing but blaming others for bad behavior, perhaps race concerns would disappear. Gandhi (and MLK Jr., actually) espoused that the way to make the oppressor change is to be outstanding, smart, empathetic, and good to others. You make your people so impressive that others have to recognize your humanity, and grant that to you. However, today's Excusologists in the "community organizer community" do nothing more than make genuinely color-blind people like me say "there you go again", and begin to expect the worse from some groups.
Mssrs Jackson and Sharpton...you don't give a crap about MLK or what he stood for, because you refuse to listen to his pleading spirit. Like W.E.B. DuBois noted, there are some who keep the black man down because they find it more profitable. Fifty years ago, sadly, it was mostly white men (a lot of them Democrats.) Today, it is nobody but YOU.
Agreed. How about a timeout for a while?
How about we stop adventuring around the world, "solving" its problems and telling others how to live and what to do and get back to being ourselves and clean up our own house and our act?
Let's do it for the children...and for ourselves!
That't a tired argument when you look at how our opponents come after us and have been for decades. Their very effective raced based juggernaut moves through our society. With weak defenses such as 'I'm not a racist - you are'. Which has no effect on them and completely disarms us as is evidenced by the position we find ourselves in.
Thanks Gov. Jindal!
We are all actuaries now.
Bobby Jindal bump.
I like this guy.
It’s not color, Bobby, it’s BEHAVIOR.
>Racism isnt one of them.<
Tell that to Barack, Jessie, Quanell X and other black race baiters.
I think that it was never really about skin color — it was all about social behavior.
I attended a Southern University in the late 50’s and early 60’s during the days of segregation.
We had many professors and students from India that were darker in skin color than the local African Americans. Yet, the former were fully accepted in our society.
Can anyone explain?
I agree. It is about social behavior. From my own perspective, the color of one’s skin or country of origin or religion in most cases matter not a hill of beans to me.
It’s all about actions, how you treat others and so forth.