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Does Anyone Really Want to have a National Conversation on Race?

The Henry Louis Gates controversy has rekindled the idea of having a national conversation on race. What does this mean? Will policy makers come together and say racism is wrong? We already know that. Will they say racial profiling is bad? We already know that. Will they say not all policemen are bad? Well we know that too. So what would they discuss and what could they possibly accomplish? Last week I did a number of posts on the Gates situation and one of the readers sent me a comment. This is an excerpt from that comment. “Lately, this blog has become heavily focused on the negative: racism and Dr. Gates, Republicans and racism, racism in the media, racism and children, and general racism. I just can’t take it anymore, and I’m black. Racism exists and racism is bad…I get it. Yet somehow trying to keep my job and basically survive is taking precedence over racism woes these days.” So again I ask is America ready for this conversation or is this a conversation that most do not want to have?


Celebrated Henry Louis Gates Victim of Racial Profiling in “Post-Racial” America

About a month ago Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)said in jest if President Obama did not have his security he would have a hard time getting a cab in New York. He was criticized for this remark but the reality is it is the truth. Some police see a black man and they think criminal first. This is why noted historian Henry Louis Gates was arrested while attempting to enter his own home. “Police say they were called to the home Thursday afternoon after a woman reported seeing a man try to pry open the front door. They say that they ordered the man to identify himself and that Gates refused. According to a police report, Gates then called the officer a racist and said, “This is what happens to black men in America.” Gates is director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, but to the police he was just a black man breaking and entering.

Race Matters

It is 2008 and race still matters in politics. Over the past few weeks all we have heard about is race. Hillary Clinton started it with her statement to Fox news regarding Martin Luther King Jr. In short she said he had a dream, but it took white politicians to make the dream a reality. Once the sound bite was out there it changed the dialogue of the campaign. Now everyday we hear about race. Is BarackObama just a black candidate or is he an American candidate. We are losing sight of the real message. It is a new day and it is time for a change. We know race still matters, but we can not allow it to color our judgment. We have a unique opportunity and we can not afford to squander it.