Is it possible to talk about race without being called a racist?

If you share your fears regarding another race are you racist? If you say you are more comfortable among your own race are you a racist? Is it possible to talk about race without being branded a racist? How can we overcome if we can not talk honestly? Share your thoughts.

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  • craiganddem  On September 8, 2014 at 10:24 am

    If you’re black or minority yes. If you’re white, you better be pretty damn funny while doing it. Oversimplification, but also true.

  • Orange  On September 8, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    If you are of the caucasian persuasion, and you use easily verifiable yet “inconvenient” facts during the course of your commentary, then you are absolutely 100% a racist.

  • LessonsLearned_WisdomEarned  On September 8, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Wow, I was just having this conversation with a friend on mine. I do not think that you are being racist if you are being respectful and not ignorant. I think that it shows you are not a racist if you are able to speak honestly about race and understand the plight of those who racism effects.

  • elogam  On September 12, 2014 at 1:49 am

    we often hear comments like: “We need to have a conversation about race in this nation”, “How come we’ve never had a conversation about race?” Well, the fact of the matter is we have different definitions of ‘conversation’. By and large, whites define a conversation as asking questions like:”why are blacks so angry? What did I do to you that makes you think I’m a racist?” blacks define a conversation as “Listen to me tell you about how the white man has done wrong all these years, and you white folks need to be ashamed and hang your heads as you reach into your wallets for reparations!” The premise isn’t there for a productive “conversation”.

    I have had productive conversations with whites, latinos, a few other races. Some well-meaning but sheltered whites have expressed surprise when I tell them I have been conditioned to notice when I am the only black person in the room without even looking. They do not understand my parent’s tutelage that I have to strive to be twice as good, so I can be considered “good enough”. They are puzzled when other blacks take umbrage at being asked innocent questions about black culture. They are instantly labeled as a ‘racist’ just for asking. At the risk of being excoriated, I will say I think we will not be ready for a “conversation about race” until the rank and file black community comes to the realization that not every white person is a closet bigot, and sometimes they just want to better understand how “we” think.

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