Published: Friday, May 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
I was the youngest in my family. I never got to go hunting or fishing with my
dad and older brother. I know how it fells to be left out all the time. to
really want to do something and can't. but who hasn't. I grew up. I
never got as tall as I wanted to be, or as strong. But I am better looking than
anyone in the family. I know it's hard to be humble when your perfect in
The writer truly is naive, just as she suggests. Over six decades of life, I
have seen and heard countless instances of discrimination. Just this week a
customer of mine referred to his foot fungus as the result of dirty people from
a certain part of the hemisphere sneaking into this country and infecting him.
"Can't we get rid of Obama and all the rest of these
blankety-blanks?" he said. "They've given me the fungus." As if
his own poor hygiene had nothing do to with it.
While the instances of new wounds being inflicted have decreased dramatically,
there are still scares from past experiences. This is like telling the battered
wife to just get over it... its all over now... you can trust the next guy who
comes along. These events leave scares..... some long term, some less so. Two quick points. We get lots of students in our area from Utah. In
one case here there is a lovely black lady who grew up in Bountiful, active in
the church in every way, and in the top of her class at school. She tells of
one instance where she went home after High School to a fellow members house
only to hear the parents questing her friend why she had brought a black person
into the house. This was not ancient history.On the other had, my
wife is teaching again, and I visited her for lunch today. She teaches teenaged
kids, and during lunch in her room there was a cluster of girls eating a
laughing together. 3 black, 3 white, and 1 Asian.... the way things should
be.There is hope... and light at the end of the tunnel.
Indeed UtahBlueDevilAnd the children shall lead...
I think that the point that the author is making is not that racism is dead. She
is saying that racism is dead as a political subject. We do not vote on things
that are pointed directly at discriminating against one race. We now spend the
high high majority of our time on issues such as gay marriage, illegal
immigration (which never has been a civil right), and bloated budget problems.
Yes, there are bigots who hate blacks, who hate Hispanics, who hate Asians.....
So on and so forth; but, such people do not (at least on the surface) hold
political office or hold a significant sway in the political landscape.
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