Scott Robinson (quadhome) wrote,
Scott Robinson

An early, and hopefully final, comment.

I had an unstated rule about not seriously commenting on race relations. I prefer to pointedly ignore reality and focus on a colourblind lifestyle. My rationale is that, by calling attention to invented divisions, I only help perpetuate painful memes. I won't claim perfection. I am quoted on Max's Facebook profile, "Some call it the race card, I call it the trump card!" To my chagrin, this demonstrates my philosophy rarely stops me from lampooning the issue between vetted friends.

Today's Violent Acres article narrates an event in her life where a rude black woman hurt people by evoking these invented divisions.

This particular circumstance of birth is not a "trump card." I quickly withdraw my respect from anyone who seriously expresses that sentiment.

Contrary to common belief, I do not wake up in the morning and remind myself I'm a black male while looking in the bathroom mirror. On most given days, I am never reminded of my membership in a minority demographic. Unless there are grand conspiracy meetings, I believe I go through my day-to-day life as any other average college student. I am under the impression the honest composition of the preceding paragraph was the goal of the civil rights movement.

Take a moment to read Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. If you have a short attention span, start reading the famous one-liners near the end where he vignettes a world where his dream is reality. His hopes are realistic! I won't claim perfection. But, consider the incredible societal changes that have ensued since these words were first spoke and this very moment.

I am infrequently directed to the fact I could indulge in affirmative action-styled programs. My fairer-skinned friends sometimes point out I have been mistreated as a direct result of my race. Some people express a preference for darker-skinned company. In response to these, I walk a line between indifference and avoidance. Some have called this irrational behavior: "Why do you not maximize your advantages? You should take every opportunity." Others imply treasonous behavior: "Are you ashamed of your race? You should love Black." These are confrontations I prefer to avoid. But, my internal dialogue consistently responds to both with the inquiry, "I was born this way. Isn't that enough?"

I enjoy a privileged position. I don't live with a burden of race. The woman in the Violent Acres article lives with that burden. Unfortunately, she's not alone in carrying that daily weight. In the same vein that I take offense at the implication I am conditioned to ignore harms society inflicts upon me, she would be offended at an implication she is imagining those same harms. Our society isn't perfect, and so we're both right. I won't claim perfection.

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