OK...my thoughtMay 10 2001 at 1:41 PM
|C hristian (no login)|
Response to If I may be so bold as to start a discussion
I think that as long as racism exists (and BELIEVE ME, it's ALIVE and WELL!) it's important to talk about racism. I don't ever know quite where to start, but it seems to me that this is/was as good a place as any. And, most middle class whites these days get SO UPTIGHT when you bring up race that there is no point in even continuing on about it. But like I said, it HAS to be brought up and talked about. Coming to terms with the past and the present is the ONLY way one will be able to make a healthy, rational change for the future. And Racism is build right in to this society. It's a featured part of the establishment. It's here to stay and it's within me and just about every other white American until it is talked about, and worked on. It shows up in our ignorance or our inconsiderateness, and how brutally we treat one another.
One of the reasons why I love house msuic is that the crowd who follows it is made up of all types. It's like a little United NAtions. It seems to me, that this is the perfect chance and group to work on dealing with some deeper issues of society that are sorely needed. Also, if you think that the thread that binds music and politics together can be seperated even for a moment, you are wrong. I know it. I did the conservatory and performance thing. Wow that world is ignorant and/or isolated!
So, I think my wife is more or less correct in saying
before integration, there was more of a sense of black pride among African Americans, and that their educational, cultural, educational institutions were ...stronger? ...more organized? Something like that. That seems plausible, but I don't know for certain.
I also think that it would benefit EVERYONE living in this society - black, white, yellow, and green - to study not only white history, but black history as well, as told by the blacks themselves. Not some white man's interpretation of black history which is more often than not, I suspect, what one gets through institutional channels. So, I think the 2 accounts of their own history is key to understanding so much that goes on in this society. I say these two because while there are other races in America, these are the 2 major opposing groups. But as I write this, it occurs to me that studying the Native American's account of their history and their history with the white man, is ?almost?/?absolutely? equally important.