Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Saturday, October 9, 2010 4:22 pm

Maybe there’s hope

Filed under: Cool! — Lex @ 4:22 pm

I am generally pessimistic about the progress of race relations in this country, by which I mean there are still way too many people invested in systems and ways of thinking about and doing things that privilege Caucasians at the expense of everybody else. And I think that on most days, this country is flatly incapable of having an intelligent conversation about racism and race relations.

And yet, in the comment thread of this post by Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic, a lot of people of different backgrounds and common good will are fumbling and stumbling their way toward just such a conversation. They’re asking awkward (to them) questions of people of a different race in ways people would never do in real life. And rather than insisting that they have, or that there even are, definitive answers, they’re grappling with one another’s responses and the consequences of those responses, and they’re listening and relating to one another’s sad, sorry stories. Even Coates, who may have thought more intelligently about these questions than anyone else in the national media, steps in at one point to acknowledge a white viewpoint that he says had never occurred to him before — and to add that it’s not necessarily wrong.

So maybe we’re not totally screwed after all. Also, I’ll be the first to say that 99.99% of the Internet is crap, but threads like this are a big reason why I keep paying for a subscription.

(h/t: DivaGeek, via e-mail)

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