Sunday, July 16, 2006

Georgetown's Hidden History et al

Georgetown's Hidden History - Washington Post

'We're Still Here' - Washington Post

Officer Apologizes for Racially Insensitive Comment - Washington Post

Police Inspector Who Made Racial Remark Back at Job - Washington Post

With all that has happened recently in Georgetown, a brutal murder and assault, and a side editorial of police ignorance, one thing is for sure – people are actually talking about race, rather than treating it like the ‘elephant in the front room’.

America clearly needs the therapy. This is evidenced by the polarity of sides that either largely denies the relationship of slavery to our current lives, or who would pin everything that happens on dastardly deeds of old. These absolutes in thinking and behaving are the result of not talking about race, not telling the truth, and most importantly, not seeking the truth.

Yes, Whites enslaved Blacks in brutal fashion, which their progeny generally regret, but have yet to reconcile, including their shame and resulting bounty. They face this conundrum as few others have over the last 5,000 years, because of the timing of humanity finally waking up to the immorality of people as property.

Blacks continue to wait for Whites to become people that humanity has never seen, or will ever see. It is not within the bounds of human nature, governed by the physics of time, to return time stolen. In waiting and wanting the impossible, Blacks deny themselves the journey of doing for themselves – a most terrible and continuing self-infliction.

Instances of talking about race should not require tragedies as the prime motivation. Sadly this seems to be the case.

James C. Collier


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