Diversity is a term that is often used but never really discussed outside the walls of academia. My goal is to open up the lines of discussion about diversity, especially as the country and the world becomes increasingly diverse. I aim to inspire, provoke, but most of all bring diversified minds together to discuss diverse topics.
So as race has become front and center during the past week, Attorney General Eric Holder has entered the fray. In a speech given to commemorate Black History Month last week Attorney General Holder made some very interesting commentary regarding race matters in the United States. "Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards...On Saturdays and Sundays, America in the year 2009 does not, in some ways, differ significantly from the country that existed some 50 years ago. This is truly sad."Eric Holder showed a huge level of courage to make this comment. Now many people may take exception to the use of the word "coward." I can understand most people's apprehension to the word. Having looked at the comment in its entirety, it can not be denied that there is some merit to the term.
To my readers, In my last post I made a careless mistake. It was brought to my attention that I used a term that has been historically viewed as racist. At the time I was writing I was not aware that the term (call a spade a spade) had racial connotations. After researching the term and its meaning, I sincerely offer my apology. My intentions were merely to use a colloquial statement to illustrate a point. If my use of the phrase was viewed by anyone as the wrong use of words at best, or racially intolerant and/or insensitive at worst, then I apologize. While I don't believe in censorship, in the future I will use better judgment when using words or phrases. Especially when those words or phrases can be used to offend the people that I aim to advocate for. Thanks for understanding
Now see New York Post, this is a proper apology. What you all put out last night stands as one of the most disrespectful meaculpas that I ever have seen. I would have accepted the ubiquitous "we apolog…
In today's edition of the New York Post, there was a cartoon in the editorial section that can only be described as racist. I am warning those who feel that this is not that I am about to go in hard on this article. I expect people to be offended, just as I was offended when I awoke to this disgusting cartoon in the newspaper this morning.
Admittedly the cartoon on its face does not appear racist. Had the image of the cops shooting the chimp been left alone, it would have been viewed by many animal lovers as insensitive, but that would have been the end of the furor. Its the accompanying text combined with the imagery that is causing the uproar around the country.
Now I must be a downright fool to believe what Col Allan, editor in chief of the New York Post said in his comments today. "The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington's efforts to revive the economy." I urge ev…