I believe that what Warren Bolton asserted on Sunday is true: Most people don’t resist the call to talk about race because they’re bigots. They’re committed to fairness. I sense most people don’t know what will finally “fix” the problem of race, however it is defined.
I don’t think the problem can be “fixed” as we generally think about repairing something that’s broken. Anti-discrimination laws cannot change a prejudiced heart. Reparations for past wrongs would not effectively erase the damage caused by the state-sanctioned terror of Jim Crow. And, as recently asserted by the state Supreme Court, desegregating schools has not eradicated educational inequality.
The frustration with the race conversation lies in the issue itself. Would we even know what we’re talking about if we sat down together? Could a random assortment of citizens even agree on what race is? The “brilliant minds” who constructed this thing called “race” may not have intended to create such a formidable beast, but that is what they did.
Yes, please, let’s talk. And let’s begin by being clear on what we are talking about. Not laws. The human heart.
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