I just had a very interesting experience with another passenger on my flight home. I had been working on this reflection post when he brought up race in conversation. He began with what seemed to be a calm and understanding tone, but the chat quickly escalated as he went on to tell me that the Black Lives Matter movement was a bunch of “bull shit” and that race wouldn’t be an issue if we didn’t have a black president. True: race has become a much more prevalent issue as President Obama has continued his presidency, however I was infuriated by this man’s willingness to disregard race as an important and relevant topic. With strong ties to this course, this certainly made an impact to me.
For this man, and many others, race doesn’t seem to have much of an impact on them on a daily basis and thus it seems to be irrelevant, however the racial tensions within our country are impossible to ignore. This idea of a post-racial era doesn’t seem to be very accurate, as race is a topic of conversation every single day. People often refer to slavery when comparing race now and then, but I feel it’s safe to say that race is just as much of an issue now as it was back then. In my opinion, it has become a focus of our culture today because we preach so much of equality and freedom in America, then discriminate both whites and people of color. It really isn’t a matter of whiteness, but something much more than that, as people of all races INCLUDING whites are being targeted as both victims and enablers of racism.
**Please note: I am traveling and without consistent access to wifi. Please forgive my tardiness.