Monday, September 12, 2005

What Would That Look Like?

What would a world without racism look like?

Well, as far as I can tell, a lot like our world today, only without Jesse Jackson, Kanye West, Barack Obama, and all the other people who are on record accusing President Bush of racism and fomenting hatred on the basis of race.

See, if there was no racism, then you wouldn't hear people talking about race as if it mattered. And that's exactly what you see every day, at least around here. I can't speak for other parts of the country, but here in the West, it's only a few loonies who talk about race as if it matters. Even the most vehement anti-illegal-immigration people care more about citizenship than race. Nobody around here utters a single racial slur to us or refuses to be friends with someone because of their race. Nobody even blinks when our interracial family walks down the street.

So when I hear people accusing a President who chose his cabinet with more regard to talent than to race, of hating black people, I have to wonder: who's more committed to creating a world without racism, the guy who made race a non-consideration, or the people who use race as a lens through which to see the world?

We have raised an entire generation of people to whom race does not matter. We should rightly be proud of ourselves.