Sunday, February 22, 2009
A Conversation About Race
Eric Holder, our new Attorney General in the above 16 minute speech called us a “nation of cowards” because we refuse to talk about race and race related issues honestly. The creator of a popular Race Relations blog disagrees with Holder's statements, but adds this, "There are certainly some honest conversations happening here and all over the place in the blogosphere. But even tucked away behind our keyboards, blind accusation and gross generalization plague “discussions” of almost every racial issue that comes up. When people disagree they all too quickly and frequently resort to name-calling and refuse to entertain opposing or even tangential points of view. When challenged, many just cling to their original position more tightly."
Do you think we could attempt to have a conversation about race here at this blog? Do you think we can do it intelligently, civilly and without resorting to defensive responses? Do you think we could try to open our minds and just try to see each others' perspectives and move our race relations here in DeKalb Schools just a little bit forward?
I have faith in you guys -- I think we can do this!